Qatar Airways recently unveiled a host of its latest, state-of-the-art products and services at the China International Import Expo (CIIE).
The airline showcased its award-winning Qsuite Business Class experience at an interactive stand, as well as its unrivalled cargo offering and its services offered as part of Discover Qatar – the destination management specialist subsidiary of Qatar Airways.
Organised by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, the CIIE is the world’s first national-level expo to be set up with imports as the theme. The event aims to open up new channels through which countries can strengthen trade cooperation and drive economic growth.
“The Expo comes just as Qatar Airways proudly celebrates 15 years of services to China, which we commenced in October 2003 with flights to Shanghai,” chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker remarked. “Our commitment to China remains strong; as well as having a growing cargo offering in China, we now fly passengers to seven gateways in Greater China and most recently have introduced our patented Qsuite Business Class seat on our Shanghai route, giving passengers the best experience in the skies today.”
Last month, Qatar Airways Cargo commenced freighter services to Macau, the carrier’s fourth freighter destination in Greater China, after Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Meanwhile, in 2017, nearly 45,000 Chinese tourists visited Doha, an increase of 26 per cent compared to the previous year. The boost in tourism numbers from China is largely due to visa-free entry for Chinese nationals visiting Qatar and also increased promotion efforts by Qatar Tourism Authority after Qatar obtained the Approved Destination Status by the China National Tourism Administration in May 2018.
“The China International Import Expo will provide Qatar Airways with additional exposure to key trade markets, while strengthening our existing relationship with the Chinese market. Participating in this inaugural expo further bolsters our presence in China,” HE Al Baker concluded.