Articles tagged “qatar”

Qatar Says Tourism May Not Recover From Blockade Until the 2022 World Cup

Qatar Says Tourism May Not Recover From Blockade Until the 2022 World Cup

Layan Odeh and Mohammed Aly Sergie, Bloomberg

Hassan Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim of Qatar Tourism said the industry will need about three years to recover from tourism dropping due to a diplomatic spat with several regional countries. The Gulf state is seeking to attract tourists from India, China, and Russia — like much of the rest of the world.

5 days ago

Qatar-Owned Company Buys New York’s Plaza Hotel But Legal Wrangling Continues

Qatar-Owned Company Buys New York’s Plaza Hotel But Legal Wrangling Continues

Patrick Clark and Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

No one said buying one of the world's most iconic hotels would be easy, and the Plaza sale seems to be a masterclass in hospitality wheeling and dealing.

3 months ago

Qatar Air CEO Calls on Trump to Intervene Against ‘Failed’ Blockade

Qatar Air CEO Calls on Trump to Intervene Against ‘Failed’ Blockade

Benjamin Katz , Bloomberg

If Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is holding out hope that Trump will side with Qatar over new best-friend Saudi Arabia, he may have a long wait despite the U.S. government's strategic interests in Qatar.

8 months ago

Business Class Must-Haves That Airlines Neglect at Their Peril

Business Class Must-Haves That Airlines Neglect at Their Peril

Colin Nagy, Skift

As airlines double down on investment in business class, there are some experiential table stakes for customers paying the money to sit up front.

11 months ago

Bahrain Restricts Travel From Qatar Making Blockade Even Tighter

Bahrain Restricts Travel From Qatar Making Blockade Even Tighter

Associated Press

Qatar's regional disputes are mounting, but its status as a global hub and destination isn't falling off a cliff.

12 months ago

Qatar Under Blockade Is a Mix of Time-Sucking Layovers and a Fascinating Crossroads

Qatar Under Blockade Is a Mix of Time-Sucking Layovers and a Fascinating Crossroads

Colin Nagy, Skift

While much of the news media focuses on bigger-picture geopolitical issues emanating from the Saudi-led blockade, it is actually the small constrictions that can be the most painful in Qatar. But, despite increased travel friction, Doha remains one of the most intriguing places in the world at the moment.

12 months ago

Qatar Airways Grabs 49 Percent Ownership in Italy’s Meridiana Airline

Qatar Airways Grabs 49 Percent Ownership in Italy’s Meridiana Airline

Associated Press

Qatar Airways and Etihad are making Italy almost a province from an aviation standpoint as they've swooped in to make investments in struggling airlines in the country. Whether the strategy works out in the end is another matter.

1 year ago

Qatar Ends Tourist Visa Requirements for 80 Nationalities to Combat Growing Isolation

Qatar Ends Tourist Visa Requirements for 80 Nationalities to Combat Growing Isolation

Associated Press

Qatar is facing a real crisis and it is doing everything in its power, including spurring tourism, to combat the Saudi-led coalition's aggressive tactics.

1 year ago

The Qatar Crisis Is Boosting the Fortunes of Air Arabia

The Qatar Crisis Is Boosting the Fortunes of Air Arabia

Filipe Pacheco and Deena Kamel Yousef, Bloomberg

Investor interest in Air Arabia is rebounding as the low-cost carrier takes share from Qatar Airways, suffering from the Qatar diplomatic ban. But beware of investing in airline stocks in this region.

1 year ago

Should Qatar Airways Give Up On its American Airlines Investment Idea?

Should Qatar Airways Give Up On its American Airlines Investment Idea?

Brooke Sutherland, Bloomberg

With his disparaging comments, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker could be dubbed the Michael O'Leary of the Middle East. If Al Baker's strategy was to endear himself to American Airlines, then CEO Doug Parker beat back that overturn with a sledge hammer. Neither boss has distinguished himself.

1 year ago

British Airways Seeks Planes and Crew From Qatar During Proposed Flight Attendant Strike

British Airways Seeks Planes and Crew From Qatar During Proposed Flight Attendant Strike

Brian Sumers, Skift

Most passengers would love it if British Airways could keep flying a full schedule even while many of its flight attendants are on strike. But will regulators let British Airways wet-lease nine planes registered in Qatar?

1 year ago

Qatar Airways Plans to Take Up To a 10 Percent Stake in Nemesis and Partner American Air

Qatar Airways Plans to Take Up To a 10 Percent Stake in Nemesis and Partner American Air

Tony Robinson, Bloomberg

Qatar's unsolicited move to take as much as a 10 percent stake in American is not a done deal. Anyone can buy American shares on the open market but the airline's board and U.S. regulators would have to approve it. American doesn't plan on changing its anti-Qatar strategy.

1 year ago