Qatar’s tourism growth (Editorial Ayeni) A unbelievable FIFA World Cup soccer matches, Arab and Qatari hospitality to expertise, and a plethora of actions, websites, museums, resorts and desert safari, Qatar is a hotbed for vacationers.
Qatar Tourism had printed figures earlier this yr displaying that it had made a stellar restoration from the pandemic-induced setbacks when it comes to customer numbers. The statistics mentioned worldwide arrivals from January-June this yr stood at 729,000 – 19 % greater than the 611,000 quantity it clocked for the complete yr of 2021.
Qatar’s tourism sector has additionally been projected to learn from the inflow of followers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, with as many as 1.2 million followers anticipated.
Yesterday, Qatar Tourism knowledge revealed that the variety of guests to the nation throughout October to almost 180,000 a six-year excessive.
All through 2022, guests have steadily elevated month on month, and the most recent October figures exceeded pre-pandemic numbers by almost a 3rd (32% greater than in October 2017).
Guests from the GCC made up the main supply of all worldwide guests (over a 3rd at 33%) to the nation in October. On the similar time, October noticed a ten% improve from the prior month within the variety of non-GCC vacationers, at 66% of the full a rise of 10%. Non-GCC arrivals hailed primarily from India (13%), the UK (4%) and the USA (3%).
Commenting on the most recent arrival figures, the Head of the Promotion Sector at Qatar Tourism, Haya Al-Noaimi, mentioned Qatar is delighted to see so many individuals from across the globe eager to expertise all it Qatar has to supply.
In keeping with Al Noaimi, the line-up of occasions, openings and festivities which have been occurring throughout the nation over the past couple of months have been merely unmatched, and Qatar seems to be ahead to taking this optimistic spirit past December 18.
As October figures present guarantees, the present World Cup has undoubtedly additionally been a optimistic for the nation. Sooner or later, Qatar expects to draw six million guests yearly by 2030, and several other campaigns and promos have been launched globally to attain this.
Not too long ago, Qatar has opened a number of enticing spots, together with the Doha Winter Wonderland on Al Maha Island and the Fuwairit Kite Seaside resort, permitting guests to take pleasure in scuba diving, parasailing, snorkelling – and kitesurfing for 9 months of the yr. One other main attraction is the Qetaifan Island North, which presently hosts a fan zone for the World Cup and has floating inns, a water park and seaside golf equipment.