- Tournament to take place from 23-29 February at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha
- Sponsorship supports Qatar’s ambition to become a global leader in sports
DOHA, Qatar, 2020-Feb-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free (QDF) are proud to sponsor the Qatar Total Open Tennis Tournament 2020 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha. The tournament begins on Sunday, 23 February and runs through to Saturday, 29 February.
23 year old Ashleigh Barty from Australia, currently ranked world No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association, is leading the champions competing in the 2020 Qatar Total Open. She is joined by some of the world’s top players, including 27 year old Karolina Pliskova from Czech Republic and Simona Halep, the 28 year old from Romania who has twice been ranked world No. 1 in singles in recent years.
Qatar Airways and QDF will host special booths in the sponsors’ village, offering all tournament attendees a taste of their world-renowned five star services. The Qatar Airways booth will feature an interactive green screen where guests can get their photos printed on stunning virtual backgrounds, while the QDF booth will feature a guessing game, offering participants the chance to win exciting QDF prizes.
Qatar Airways Senior Vice-President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “Qatar Airways is very proud of its extensive sports sponsorship portfolio. Through our global sponsorships that span a variety of sports including tennis, soccer and golf, we are ensuring that Qatar is established as a world-class venue for top global sports events.
“Qatar was once known as a hidden gem. This is no longer true as the world is now seeing Qatar for the fantastic country it is. In addition to the beautiful weather that Qatar offers, the world-class facilities available here in Doha, coupled with the warm Qatar hospitality, make it the perfect destination for a variety of world-class events.”
Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations, Mr. Thabet Musleh, said: “Qatar Duty Free is proud to be a key partner to one of the most high profile annual sporting events that takes place in Doha. This year, the tournament is a WTA Premier ATP 500 series with a bigger draw of 56 single players over the course of seven days. Last month, we sponsored the 29th edition of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open along with Qatar Airways and we are delighted to continue to support major sporting events that are aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030. We invite spectators at the tournament to discover the QDF booth at the entertainment village for a chance to win exciting prizes, courtesy of Qatar Duty Free.
“The Qatar Total Open Tournament 2020 will bring world renowned female tennis players and fans through our home and hub, Hamad International Airport. We wish all players a successful tournament and look forward to providing our visitors with an exceptional world-renowned retail and dining experience as they depart Doha.”
Tournament Director Saad Al Mohannadi said: “It has always been a pleasure to host each edition of Qatar Total Open, particularly with the great support we’ve enjoyed from our partners and supporters of tennis in Qatar – Qatar Airways & Qatar Duty Free. We are grateful for their tremendous support over the years and we are delighted to have them as our sponsors. QTF believes that more lies ahead for these great organisations as we continue to lift the profile of tennis high in Qatar and in the region.”
Qatar Airways is proud to have developed a wide range of global sports sponsorships, supporting top-level sporting events and some of the world’s biggest football clubs. As official FIFA partner, Qatar Airways recently sponsored the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™ and will sponsor the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 edition ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
Qatar Airways will also sponsor the upcoming first edition of the Qatar Airways International Tournament from 26-30 March 2020. The inaugural event will feature top national football teams Belgium, Croatia, Portugal and Switzerland. The airline is also proud to sponsor premier sporting clubs around the world, including leading German football team FC Bayern München AG, Italian football club AS Roma, France’s most successful football club Paris Saint-Germain and Argentinian club Boca Juniors.
Qatar Duty Free has also sponsored the Commercial Bank Golf Masters since 2009 and, this year, extended its sponsorship of this sport to the annual TFWA Golf Tournament at the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes which will welcome more than 3,000 duty free and travel retail brands and 500 international exhibitors, reaching over 2,000 key executives from major landlords and duty free retailers.
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About Qatar Airways:
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating more than 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 160 business and leisure destinations on board a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2020, including Osaka, Japan; Santorini, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Almaty and Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; Accra, Ghana; Cebu, Philippines; Lyon, France; Trabzon, Turkey; Siem Reap, Cambodia and Luanda, Angola.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.
Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.
Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 160 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, B777, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2022 World Cup, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.
Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 160 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 250 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 21 Boeing 777 freighters and five Airbus A330 freighters.
Qatar Executive is the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways Group. Luxury jet services are available for worldwide charter on board the operator’s wholly-owned business jet fleet. Qatar Executive is the launch customer for Gulfstream’s G700, the world’s first commercial service operator of the Gulfstream G500 and largest commercial operator of the G650ER worldwide. Qatar Executive’s service portfolio also includes aircraft management, maintenance and Fixed Based Operator services.
For further information, please contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 4022 2200
Source: Qatar Airways