Eight landmarks open for World Tourism Day social media contest

 27 Sep 2016 - 2:45

Eight landmarks open for World Tourism Day social media contest

The Peninsula

DOHA: Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) yesterday announced the eight landmarks people can visit to take part in World Tourism Day (WTD) social media competition which starts today. 
The landmarks include Museum of Islamic Art; Katara; Al Zubarah Fort; Souq Waqif; Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum; Aspire Zone; Imam Muhammad ibn Abd Al Wahhab Mosque; and the East-West/West-East Richard Serra installation at Brouq Nature Reserve near Zekreet. 
Life-size photo frames have been installed at these locations, through which participants can take pictures to upload on social media.
They can use the hashtags #WTD2016 and #ShowcaseQatar for a chance to win exciting prizes, including  weekend stays at a local five-star hotel.
Participants can boost their chances of winning prizes by visiting and uploading pictures of as many of the eight landmarks as they can. 
The competition, declared in the UN calendar to celebrate World Tourism Day, runs until Saturday. 
Throughout this time, special packages at discounted prices will be available at local tourist establishments, courtesy of partnering hotels and tour operators. 
The packages include discounted bed and breakfast, spa treatments, lunch buffets, special rates for desert safaris, dinner dhow cruises, fishing trips and overnight camping.
World Tourism Day was established by UNWTO to celebrate tourism’s social, economic and cultural value and raise awareness about the ways it enriches the lives of people across the world.
Qatar will host the official UN celebration for WTD next year under the theme ‘Sustainable Tourism — A Tool for Development’.