Nigerian travel agencies miss out on World Cup ticket sales

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Travel and tour agencies in Nigeria are missing air ticket sales, hotel reservations and airport transfers, among other things, ahead of the 2022 World Cup as the country failed to qualify for the competition.

The 2022 World Cup is set to take place in Qatar from November 20 to December 18.

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of Qatar, announced a few months ago that it was increasing its workforce by 10,000 to handle an influx of passengers flying to Doha for the World Cup and in line with a post-pandemic expansion wider.

BusinessDay results show that travel agencies and tour operators in Europe, the United Arab Emirates and the United States are taking advantage of World Cup travel and hotel deals.

Abdulmalik Hassan, managing director and CEO of Famak Travels, told BusinessDay that organized trips to Qatar from Nigeria this season are not really happening as Nigeria is not among the countries participating in the World Cup.

“If Nigeria were among the countries competing in the World Cup, we would have had many travel agencies advertising World Cup packages to customers. Even Qatar Airways has increased its flights to other counties and increased its workforce to make facing up, but the traffic from Nigeria has not changed,” Hassan said.

He said, however, that a few travel agents selling package tours to Qatar had done so before, but took advantage of the World Cup season to sell a little more than they would have sold.

For example, HotSpot Travel & Tours, a travel agency in Nigeria, sells an all-inclusive package with airport pick-up, flight tickets, hotel accommodation, welcome reception, match tickets, insurance travel, visa and excursion for $3,500.

A HotSpot source who wouldn’t want his name mentioned said the company already offers package tours to Qatar but sees the season as an opportunity to sell World Cup packages.

Earlier, Qatar Airways announced that it would collaborate with other airlines, including Flydubai, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air and Saudia, to offer a match-day shuttle service during the World Cup for the super-rich and VIPs interested in catching up. the game.

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Dubai-based conglomerate Al-Futtaim and Germany’s DC Aviation GmbH, is also seeing a massive surge in demand. DCAF Chief Executive Holger Ostheimer confirmed the same in a statement: “We have seen a strong increase in inquiries for the later stages of the tournament from the first week of December through to the final, which takes place on December 18.”

According to the company, demand seems to fluctuate between a lightweight 10-seat Falcon 2000 and a full-size cabin aircraft.

Make My Trip, the leading travel agency in India, has offered great deals on Qatar World Cup Tour Packages.

LavaCanza, a Delhi-based travel agency, is also offering Qatar World Cup travel packages to football fans across its country. Travel packages include economy class airfare, accommodation, airport to hotel shuttle services, welcome travel kit, personalized itinerary and local guide services for tours tourist.

In 2018, many Nigerians traveled for the World Cup in Russia as the country qualified for the competition.

The Russian Interior Ministry said in 2019 that 1,863 Nigerian football fans who arrived in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup were still in the country.

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