The two-day conference will take place at Waldorf Astoria Lusail Doha
It has been confirmed that next year’s ITT (Institute of Travel Tourism) Conference will be held in the Qatari capital of Doha.
Speaking at this year’s conference, which was held in Istanbul, ITT chair Steven Freudmann announced that the event will be held at Waldorf Astoria Lusail Doha from the 5 to 7 June 2023.
Freudmann said: “As always, it’s going to be held in a world-class hotel in a unique setting in spectacular surroundings.”
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Freudmann went on to confirm that delegates who attended the 2022 event who are travelling from the UK to Qatar will get a £200 discount on booking for the 2023 conference, and promotional fares will be available on flights with Qatar Airways.
Qatar previously hosted the event in 2004, when it was held at the Ritz-Carlton, Doha. Next year’s edition will be the ITT’s 28th instalment, with the event dating back to the Nineties.
Qatar Tourism’s vice president of international markets, Phil Dickinson, remarked that those who attended the conference 18 years ago would notice a difference in the destination in terms of development, noting that there are now “more than 100 new hotels, new theme parks and attractions, a new grand cruise terminal, a state of the art metro system – effectively, a new, modern city”.
Dickinson also said Qatar’s aim is to grow its tourist arrivals threefold to six or seven million compared with pre-pandemic visitation.