Qatar tourism flourishes in second quarter
Qatar Tourism Authority announced that the tourism sector has realized a strong growth during the second quarter of this year compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. A press release issued by the Authority today said that the occupancy rate of hotels in Qatar rose 67 percent during the second quarter of this year compared to 58 percent during the corresponding period last year, despite the increase in the number of available hotel rooms which amounted to 4.5 percent.
The statement added that the total revenues of the four and five star hotels increased by QR155.9 million riyals with revenues of the five star hotels alone registering a significant increase which amounted to 20 percent, explaining that the total number of hotels being built currently in the second quarter of 2013 totaled 121 hotels, compared to 110 hotels at the end of the year 2012.
Those hotels are expected to provide 20 955 new rooms, the statement said. Commenting on the report, Chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi said Qatar is witnessing significant and strong growth in all areas of the tourism sector in the country, expressing the Authority's pride over these development and achievements being accomplished, referring in this respect to the role of tourism in the diversification of the national economy.
The number of visitors from most parts of the world has increased especially from GCC countries (GCC) which rose by 15 per cent, the statement said explaining that visitors from Saudi Arabia totaled 144.491, while the total number of arrivals from other continents increased by nearly 6.6 percent with the number of visitors from Asia increased significantly to 12 percent.(QNA)