The winter cruise season has kicked off in Qatar with the Boudicca docking at Doha Port earlier.
The season, which continues till April, is predicted to see almost double the variety of cruise ships that arrived within the 2017/18 season.
Of the 43 ships scheduled to name in Doha Port, ten ships can be making their maiden calls to Qatar.
And, with most calls being by megaships, this season is ready to be the most important but for Qatar, bringing 140,000 guests to the nation’s shores – almost triple people who arrived final yr.
Along with being the most important but, this season will witness a major first for Qatar: the arrival of two megaships at Doha Port on the similar time – an prevalence that is because of occur a complete of 5 instances all through this season.
Hassan Al Ibrahim, performing chairman at Qatar Tourism Authority, commented: “It continues to be an thrilling interval of fast progress for Qatar’s cruise tourism sector, which can witness extra firsts this season.
“We’re happy to see our native companions take part our efforts to develop providers and merchandise particularly for cruise guests.
“They’re a super complement to our partnerships with main worldwide companies and we look ahead to proceed drawing a rising variety of guests to Qatar’s shores to benefit from the nation’s nice winter climate.”
He added: “These developments spotlight the alternatives for traders to develop genuine and memorable experiences that reinforce Qatar’s place as a hub to find.”
QTA just lately signed an settlement with the German Aida Cruises and the Italian Costa Cruises to position Qatar on the 2 firms’ winter itineraries in addition to to cooperate in designing particular promotion packages for his or her passengers.
As a part of the agreements, luxurious ship AIDAprima and Costa Mediterranea are anticipated make their maiden journeys to Doha Port this season.
Between them, the 2 cruise strains will deliver as much as 1 / 4 of this season’s passengers to Doha.