Qatar welcomes over 2.8m visitors in 2014

Qatar tourism on growth mode
Qatar tourism on growth mode

Recent statistics suggest that Qatar welcomed more than 2.8 million visitors from around the world last year, representing an 8.2% growth over 2013.

These statistics were shared by the annual report of Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).

According to the report, 40% percent of visitors came from GCC countries, 28% from various parts of Asia and Oceania, while 15% of tourists came from European countries.

Since 2009, international visits to Qatar have increased by 91% with an average annual growth rate of 13.8%. According to the report, visits from all regions have grown substantially over the past five years, with Asian/Oceania and GCC visitor markets expanding by 107% and 102% respectively since 2009. Visits from Europe have also surged by 82% over the past five years.

The tourism sector although in its early stages of development directly contributed QAR13.6 billion to the GDP in 2013, representing four percent of Qatar’s non-extraction economy. The total economic impact of tourism, including indirect contributions, tallied QAR28 b, comprising an 8.3% of Qatar’s non-extraction GDP.

Hotels experienced strong performance. Occupancy rates increased, with the average hotel occupancy rate reaching 73% last year compared to 65% in 2013. The largest gains were experienced by five-star hotels segment, which realised a surge of 71% compared to 61% in 2013.

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