Published on : Friday, June 30, 2017
A boycott inflicted by four Arab nations that lay blame on Qatar for lending a helping hand in terrorism is squeezing the tourism sector and Doha’s hotels, which normally remain jam-packed in the Eidul Fitr holidays, have witnessed sharp falls in their occupancy rates.
At a recent survey of Reuters, five major hotels were identified with average occupancy around 57% at the start of the Eid festival on Sunday.
“We’re usually packed with Saudis and Bahrainis, but not this year,” a staff member at a five-star hotel said.
But Qatar’s official news agency QNA cited officials and managers in the hotel sector reporting hotel occupancy during vacation was at more than 95% and denied reports of lower rates.
“They pointed to high tourist flows from Oman and Kuwait and a significant increase in demand from domestic tourism,” QNA said.
Aviation analyst Will Horton explained that Hamad International Airport, one of the busiest airports of the Middle East would handle 76% as many flights in first week of July in comparison to the same period in 2016, a loss of about 27,000 passengers a day. The airport however reported in a statement on Tuesday it had witnessed a “very busy” Eid period with 580,000 passengers passing through between June 19 and June 25.
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