Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Qatar Tourism Surges Ahead in 2013  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Qatar News Agency - 02/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Qatar during 2013 welcomed more than 1.3 million visitors from around the world, compared to 1.2 million in the corresponding period last year. Regional visitors increased by 14.4%, with the greatest volumes from Saudi Arabia followed by UAE, with Kuwait continuing its high growth rate at over 35% compared to the last quarter of 2012.



International arrivals increased by 9%, with an increase in business arrivals from Asia at 14%. Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) released full year figures today showing the tourism industry in Qatar continued its upward trajectory in 2013, benefitting from new investment and promotion.



Key indicators of the tourism sector demonstrated improvement and growth from the previous year. Based on the performance in 2013, the sector is on track to reach growth targets set out in the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy, both in terms of contribution to the economy and in overall visits.



The past year's data incorporates a wider set of statistics, adding to the quality of the information which is aiding in the planning, development and promotion of this sector of Qatar's economy. The largest source of tourists remains the GCC region with 1,090,239 visitors; followed by Asia (152,476 visitors), Europe (35,861 visitors), Non-GCC Arab countries (34,093 visitors), and Africa (4,045 visitors), arriving on either business or tourist visas. Commenting on the results, Chairman of QTA Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi said: " There is no doubt that Qatar has made great strides in promoting its tourism sector and in attracting a greater number of visitors to the country.



Tourism remains a significant economic driver for Qatar". "There is, of course, much to accomplish toward our goal of 7 million visitors by 2030. While the 2013 figures are impressive, we have to look beyond numbers and continue the shift towards quality, sustainable tourism. We are achieving these results through expanded public-private and public-public partnerships that are driving sector growth via new opportunities. QTA is committed through the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030 to continue the development of Qatar's tourism sector, while allowing the country and Qataris to reap the benefit of a rich and diversified tourism sector," added Al Mohannadi.



The average hotel occupancy rate rose from 60% to 65%, this despite additional rooms added to the market. This corresponds to an overall increase of QR 411.13 million in revenues (13%) in 4 and 5-star hotels. These performance improvements bring 4 and 5-star hotel annual earnings to QR 3.58 billion. Four and 5-star hotels make up 11,717 of Qatar's 13,551 rooms. A recovering global economy and an influx of companies supporting Qatar's infrastructure development drove the tourism sector forward in 2013.



A diverse range of events and activities in Qatar, and increased regional and international promotion during 2013 also pushed growth in the leisure sector. Activities in this sector include the seasonal festivals, international performances and family entertainment, international and regional exhibitions and conferences, as well as world-class sporting events held in Qatar

 


Qatar News Agency




  MENA News Headlines
 Jul 27 2015 - Omani Target LLC's USD58.36m pipeline bid may winMENAFN
(MENAFN) A contract for building a pumping station and a water pipeline to connect the newly planned Quriyyat water desalination plant with Wadi Dhaqah is expected to be awarded to Target LLC, Times ...

 Jul 27 2015 - Egypt residential rents up 20 percent in JuneMENAFN
(MENAFN) The rental prices of residential units in Egypt rose with rates ranging from 10 to 20 percent in June 2015, Daily News Egypt reported.Real estate brokers relate this upsurge to the increase ...

 Jul 27 2015 - Abu Dhabi population statistics revealed in new reportThe Arabian Post
(MENAFN - The Arabian Post) Newly-published statistics from Statistics Centre € Abu Dhabi (Scad) show that the population of the emirate is 133 times what it was in 1960.From that year until 2014, ...

 Jul 27 2015 - Dubai to sell Maltese telco stakeThe Arabian Post
(MENAFN - The Arabian Post) A company owned by Dubai Holding said on Sunday it plans to sell its 60 percent stake in Maltese telecom operator Go.Emirates International Telecommunications (EIT), a ...

 Jul 27 2015 - 3% quarterly fall in Dubai rentsThe Arabian Post
(MENAFN - The Arabian Post) Dubai residential rents declined by 3% during the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest ADIB/MPM Properties Real Estate report. This comes amongst a surge in ...

 Jul 27 2015 - Egypt- 30,000 units issued for Social Housing ProgrammeDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouly said this is to be the largest batch of units issued for the programme's applicants. In a ministerial statement on Sunday, Madbouly ...

 Jul 27 2015 - EGP 500m to construct solar powered compoundDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) A total of EGP 500m in investments will be injected by the Modern Company of Real Estate Investment (MCR) into an integral compound operated by solar power.The compound ...

 Jul 27 2015 - Egypt- Clients have right to object to credit reports: I-Score Managing DirectorDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Clients have the right to raise complaints to object to the incorrect data and reports in the their credit reports within 15 days from the date of receiving reports, ...

 Jul 27 2015 - Egypt- 9 banks offer self-query service, receive related complaintsDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) nine banks working in the local market, in cooperation with the Egyptian Credit Bureau of I-Score, are offering self-query service to help clients inquire about their ...

 Jul 27 2015 - 460 fish farming ponds to be established in Suez CanalDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Suez Canal Authority will begin implementing the National Project for Fish Farming in the Canal Zone, according to Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Chairman Mohab ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help