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Visitor Arrivals To Qatar Increases In The First Of 2017

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Around 1.464mn people visited Qatar in the first half of the year, which is more than the figure achieved in the previous year.

Visitors from the GCC region accounted for 43.7% (639,182) of the total visitors arriving in Qatar, followed by other Asia (including Oceania) at 24.1% (352,469), Europe at 17.7% (259,121), other Arab countries at 7.8% (113,927), Americas at 5.7% (83,240) and other African countries at 1.1% (16,048), according to the MDPS (Development Planning and Statistics) monthly bulletin.

Though, Gulf countries had the highest percentage of visitors, the European and Americans witnessed the fastest growth. Visitor arrivals from Europe witnessed the highest growth of 17.7% year-on-year, while visitors from the Americas increased by 7.1%.

The hospitality industry in the country witnessed 61% occupancy, which was higher than that of last year’s 47%. The highest occupancy was reported in the four-star segment at 63% against 57% in June 2016, five-star 61% (42%), three-star 60% (40%) and one-and-two star 50% (52%), MDPS said.

The average hotel room rate in Qatar was QR462 in June compared to QR429 in the year-ago period. Five-star hotel room rates were at QR638n (QR620), and four-star at QR303 (QR292), while that of three-star and one-and-two-star was flat at QR255 and QR189 respectively.

The hospitality industry’s yield (revenue-per-available room) stood at QR284 in June 2017 against QR203 in the same month of the previous year. The yield of five-star hotels was at QR388 (QR260), four-star QR191 (QR166), three-star QR154 (QR102) and one-and-two-star QR99 (QR98).

Coming to the hotel apartments, MDPS reported that occupancy stood at 62% compared to 55%in the last year, with deluxe segment witnessing 59% occupancy (50% in June 2016) and standard 69% (66%).

The hotel apartment average room rate was QR400 in June 2017 against QR412 in the previous year period. Deluxe and standard hotel apartments registered average room rate of QR459 and QR288 compared to QR481 and QR302 in June 2016.

The hotel apartments’ yield was higher at QR249 this June against QR227 in the corresponding period of 2016. In the case of deluxe hotel apartments, the yield was QR271 (QR241 in June 2016) and that of standard was QR200 (QR198).

The total number arrivals in Doha saw a year-on-year decrease of 22% during June this year, as the total arrivals reached 246,000.

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