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A strong bilateral relations between Qatar and Italy in terms of tourism is expected to rise as the Italian delegation laid the first stone of cooperation during their brief visit in Doha. Aside from expanding bilateral economic relations with Qatar, the delegation was in Doha to start a profitable cooperation in line with tourism industry.

The members of the Italian delegation headed by Michela Vittoria Brambilla, Under-secretary of State in Charge of Tourism, presented Italy’s huge number of ongoing and future tourism projects to prospective investors during the seminar called ‘Italy meets Qatar’ yesterday at the Sheraton Doha.

“The responsibility for tourism given to me by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is a great challenge I have to rise to, since tourism is one of the pillars of our economy and has to be enhanced on all levels,” said Brambilla, as she addressed around a hundred members of the audience belonging to Qatari companies, locally based travel agencies and media. Brambilla earlier met with Qatar Tourism Exhibitions Authority Chairman Ahmed Abdullah Al Nuaimi to discuss tourism concerns.

She said the summer of 2008 saw a marked rise in the number of Qatari tourists who preferred Italy as their holiday destination. In the same way “many Italians have chosen to get a flavour of the charm and attractions offered by a city like Doha”, she said.A number of delegates presented investment opportunities for businessmen mainly on hospitality and leisure. A great number of constructions are presently done such as marinas, holiday villages, hotels and golf courses among others.

Among those highlighted was the construction of the Imperial Rome Theme Park which would provide 9, 000 new jobs, entertainment and a chance for tourists to relive the grandeur of Rome’s past and the richness of its culture. Through a short clip entitled ‘In its past Rome has found its future’, participants were informed of the background of the exciting project. A stable economy, growing real property market and tourism industry’s big contribution to the country’s GDP were just some of those underlined by the delegates as reasons for Qatar to invest in Italy.

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