Qatar increases visibility in Australia
In a move to strengthen Qatar’s presence in Australia, chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, general manager Finance and Administration Mr. Richard Forson and a delegation of senior management traveled to Canberra yesterday. According to Qatar Airways, Mr. Al Baker was invited by the Hon. Bruce Baird, member of the House of Representatives, to speak in the Australian Parliament. He is expected to deliver his speech on June 24.
Mr. Al Baker expressed his pleasure at having been asked to represent his country and airline in Australia: “The success of Qatar Airways has truly been recognized on an international level by this invitation by the Australian government.”
The tourism chief also said his delegation is scheduled to meet with a number of Ministers, such as the Minister of Tourism and the Minister of Finance and we will discuss our plans to fly to Australia in the near future.
“Earlier this year I had the honor of welcoming Victorian Premier Steve Bracks to Doha and we made the decision then to fly to Australia very soon, but cannot confirm specific dates as yet,” said Mr. Al Baker who is likened the speaking opportunity “a great honor.”
The tourism chief said Qatar is seeking to develop business and tourism ties between Qatar and Australia. He said: “We are offering a wide choice for individuals and businesses looking for new investment opportunities both within Qatar and outside its borders. Companies looking to tap into the requirement for skills and products as a result of the huge investment infrastructure in Qatar will find much scope.”
The expectation for the trip was set high. “We are setting high hopes on a successful trip and forging close relations with our Australian counterparts, with a view of providing regular services between Qatar and Australia very soon,” Mr. Al Baker said.
Qatar Airways has recently inaugurated its services to Tehran and Luxor, and is planning to open more services to reach 60 destinations by early 2005, and 70 global destinations by the end of 2005, covering destinations on all five continents.
author: Nelson Alcantara