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Qatari tourists consider alternative destinations – Al-Shorfa

Qatari tourists on holiday are opting for different destinations these days, as the recent political events across the Arab world forced travellers to reconsider their traditional vacation hotspots. Egypt, Syria and Lebanon once topped the list of preferred travel destinations for Qataris, but with the arrival of the Arab Spring many tourists are now visiting countries in Asia and Europe. Samer al-Asha, director of a travel agency in Qatar, said Turkey, Malaysia and Thailand are taking the lead in holiday reservations made by Qataris. [...]

Qatar- QD Set to Launch Tozeur Desert Resort in Tunisia – MENAFN.COM

(MENAFN – Qatar News Agency) Preparations for the groundbreaking of the Tozeur Desert Resort development in Tunisia are in full swing at Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company.A delegation of high-level representatives from both countries is expected at the event on Tuesday.Qatari Diar’s first venture in Tunisia, the Tozeur Desert Resort, reflects the company’s strategic commitment to supporting development and growth in Tunisia and the wider North African region.The resort is intended to contribute to the Tunisian tourism sector by boosting Tozeur’s reputation as a local and international tourist destination, attracting visitors from across Tunisia and around the world. The Tozeur Desert Resort will provide employment opportunities to the country s youth. In addition the project developers will work closely with local institutions in the tourism sector to promote Tozeur internationally.Tozeur, one of Tunisia’s 24 governorates once dubbed ‘City of Dreams’ by the Romans, is a destination for artists, film directors, politicians and journalists, who frequently fill its restaurants, cafes and markets.The resort will include a range of independent luxury suites, conference facilities, retail areas, sports and spa facilities, an amphitheater, and a traditional Arabian tent, in addition to an Arabic themed cultural village.Visitors to the desert resort will experience a unique mix of Arabic desert culture and an array of high-end restaurants and entertainment facilities, amidst abundant natural beauty. [...]