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International visitor numbers to Qatar grow by 11% in first quarter of 2015

International visitor numbers to Qatar grow by 11% in first quarter of 2015

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) released its tourism performance summary report for the first quarter of 2015 (January-March) revealing continued growth in Qatar’s burgeoning tourism industry.

Regional and international visitor arrivals totalled 841,025, representing a strong 11% year-on-year increase. In comparison to Q1 2014, arrivals from the Americas grew by 17%, from Europe by 9%, and from Other Asia by 7%. Arrivals from the GCC, Qatar’s largest source market, grew markedly in Q1 2015, increasing by 16% compared to the same quarter of 2014. Arrivals from other Arab and other African nations remained roughly same.

The overall growth from the GCC countries was primarily dominated by an increase in visitor arrivals from Saudi Arabia that grew by 28% in Q1 2015 compared to the same quarter of 2014. The majority of this growth took place in March when visitor arrivals grew by 82% compared to March 2014, with 241,008 Saudi visitors entering Qatar. At the same time, visitor arrivals from Bahrain, Oman, and U.A.E. also grew during the first quarter of 2015, however, by modest rates.

Regarding accommodation sector performance, all segments performed well for the first quarter of 2015, with only 5-star hotels and deluxe apartments reporting occupancy rates slightly below 80%.

Occupancy rates across all hotels reached 82% in Q1 2015, up 8% in comparison to the same period last year. At the same time, average room rates dropped slightly (by 1%), primarily driven by drops in 4-, 2- and 1-Star hotels.

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