According to latest report, in 2025,
tourism and hospitality industry in Qatar is expected to reach $7.2bn. If
Qatar’s National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030 plan works as expected, the
peninsular Arab country will welcome 4 million visitors by 2020, following
$40-45bn tourism and hospitality investments.
According to 2015 official figures
presented during Arabian Travel Market (ATM) this year, travel and tourism
contributed $4.6bn in 2015, registering a 7.3 per cent rise when compared to
the previous year.
ATM Exhibition Manager Nadege Noblet-Segers
“Looking further ahead, this is expected to grow annually by 4.7%, to
reach $7.2bn in 2025 as Qatar works towards its strategic goal of positioning
itself as a ‘world-class hub with deep cultural roots’, by creating a high
profile product that will appeal to all market segments from cultural tourists
and families to sports fans and business travellers. ”
“As we are seeing in other GCC countries, an increasingly diversified
tourism portfolio requires an equally broad hospitality offering, looking at
both the luxury and mid-range categories, which is something that we are
focusing on this year at ATM with midmarket travel our spotlight theme.”
Residents from GCC supported the country’s
tourism sector, as they accounted for 45.2 per cent of total visitor numbers.
1.400 hotel rooms were opened to the market in 2015, explaining the tourism
boost Qatar experienced. Moreover, 50.000 rooms will be built here to host FIFA
World Cup 2022 visitors.