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Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tourism has really been a booming sector in Qatar. Despite the industry adding some 600 rooms, the average hotel occupancy rate in the third quarter had gone up to 57 per cent from 50 per cent in the corresponding period of 2012, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said yesterday.
As a result of higher hotel occupancy rate, Qatar’s four- and five-star hotels earned a total revenue of QR703.1mn in the third quarter, up 13.81 per cent higher than the same period last year, official data shows.
“All key indicators of the tourism sector demonstrated improvement and growth in the third quarter compared to the period under review in 2012,” QTA said.
According to QTA, four- and five-star hotels account for some 11,717 of Qatar’s total 13,551 rooms, with calls for more economy and budget hotels from consumers.
Regional visitors increased by 20 per cent, with the greatest increases coming from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait while the UAE and Oman remained static.
Tourists reaching Qatar from other continents rose by 13.36 per cent whereas arrivals from Asia showed the biggest increase at 18.27 per cent.
QTA statistics now incorporates “wider field of data” which provides “greater guidance” to the industry. The data is based on hotel submissions to QTA and assists in assessing trends and underlying opportunities.
Despite the increase in room inventory, the average room rate per available room per day for both four- and five-star hotels increased by 8.82 per cent in the third quarter compared to the same period in 2012, reaching QR319 from QR293.