SOUTH AFRICA TO PARTNER WITH QATAR AIRWAYS
By: Mbuso Kunene
MEC of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Michael Mabuyakhulu, announced the partnership between Qatar and the city of Durban.
This announcement was made at the 21st World Routes at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) yesterday.
Mabuyakhulu said that Durban is hosting this event for the first time on behalf of the African continent.
“Qatar Airways will be flying between Doha and our state-of-the-art Kingshaka International airport via Johannesburg,” said Mabuyakhulu.
He further said that this move is in line with their ambitions of developing a navigation, inspired conurbation which can lead to business and employment opportunities.
“The international profile of Qatar Airways speaks for itself and therefore we will create an avenue for our province and city to connect with more than 151 destinations in all six
continents, which guarantees an out stretch in tourists number coming through Kingshaka International Airport,” he added.
EThekwini Mayor Councillor James Nxumalo said that as a city they are happy to host this summit which will have great impact on development.
“Today Durban is a leading local destination in South Africa, and we understand the impotence of moving it to global tourism,” said Nxumalo.
Nxumalo added that for Durban to increase its annual visitor’s number from 3.8 million to five million in the next seven years, it requires partnership among stakeholders in the tourism.
Qatar Airways Country Manager South Africa Jonathan Minnett, said that Durban is a city with great diversity and ambition, its warmth is one of the reason why he is sure visitor’s
“World routes together with the support of the government will significance strengthen Durban’s standing,” said Minnett.
He added that Qatar airways celebrated its decade of serving people and in less than four months the first flight will land in the Kingshaka airport.
“It is in that spirit that Qatar airways will like to celebrate the pending launch of our service to Durban on the 17th of December,” he said.