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SHERIEF ABOUELMAGD has been named general manager at Meliá Doha, Qatar. After graduating from Florida International University, Abouelmagd began his career with Marriott International and has since accumulated over 28 years of experience in the industry.

When and how did you get involved in the tourism industry? We started as a small brick and mortar travel shop out of Sharjah and now are a leading online travel agency based in India and the UAE.

In an attempt to amplify its image, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) aligned its corporate existence with the Qatar destination brand and unified the organisation’s online presence under a single domain name.

IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR (H1), 1.4 MILLION TRAVELLERS ENTERED QATAR, SIX PERCENT LESS THAN IN THE EQUIVALENT PERIOD IN 2015, DUE TO THE TIMING OF RAMADAN. The six-month period saw a year-on-year decrease of 15 percent

When and how did you get involved in the tourism industry? I worked in a resort hotel in the Philippines way back [in] 2002 until I got [the] opportunity to work abroad and joined Regency Travel & Tours [in] 2006.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan conducted successful road shows and gala dinners in Qatar and in Kuwait. The initiative was aimed at strengthening relations between the country and the GCC states by further

According to STR Global’s data, hotels in the Middle East reported negative performance, while properties in Africa registered mostly positive results for the three key metrics in February.

Hamad International Airport (HIA) introduced its new iBeacon-enabled mobile application to provide passengers with an immersive experience and allow them to stay connected while travelling.

QATAR TOURISM AUTHORITY REPORTED THREE MILLION VISITORS TO THE COUNTRY IN 2015, WITH FUTURE TARGETS GOING AS HIGH AS FOUR MILLION BY 2020.

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