Published on : Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Tourism raked in an estimated QR1.6 billion (about US$439.4 million) during Qatar Shopping Festival, the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said. Meanwhile, the direct impact of tourism, during Qatar Summer Festival, in Aug, 2016, is estimated at QR639 million (about US$175.4 million).
Director of Tourism Festivals and Events, at QTA, Mashael Shahbik, said that, the Qatar Shopping Festival also witnessed an increase in the number of visitors coming to the state, by 16.8 percent, compared to the same period last year. She was speaking at the Festival’s closing ceremony on Tuesday.
Hotel occupancy rate in the hospitality sector reached 70.5 percent, during the Festival days.
In addition to other attractive festivals, held in the same period, such as Souq Waqif Spring Festival, Al Wakra Festival and others, the growth was the result of promotions, recreational activities, and the events, which accompanied the Qatar Shopping Festival, she noted.
Forty-two small businesses took part in the festival, which exhibited locally designed and produced goods. The festival helped entrepreneurs gain exposure to visitors and residents.
The Festival period recorded significant growth in the number of visitors from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), she said.
Total visitors from GCC citizens reached 188,513 visitors, during the period from Jan 7 to Feb 7, representing an increase of 23 percent over the same period last year.
Visitors from Saudi Arabia amounted to 133,849 visitors, during the Festival.