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From Qatar, Dominican ambassador Federico Cuello reports on advances in conversations for the start of a direct flight from Qatar. Cuello says that His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Than wants Qatar Airlines to serve as the flight of choice to make Asian tourism a reality.

Cuello explained the embassy commissioned a study with financing from the Ministry of Tourism on direct flights from Qatar to the Dominican Republic. The study revealed that the flight would be more attractive than the 11 existing connections at comparable distances.

“Qatar should be the Dominican port of transshipment for Asian tourism and the Dominican Republic should be the logistical center for Qatar in the Americas,” is the conclusion.

Thierry Antinori, chief strategy and transformation officer for Qatar Airways, attended the meeting. He was accompanied by the airline’s senior...

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