Occupancy rates for Qatar's hotels on the rise

Major events held in Doha have contributed to a surge in hotel occupancy rates in the first three months of 2011.

Occupancy rates for all hotels in the country are up nearly 10 per cent in 2011 compared to last year, according to statistics released by the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).  

On average, hotel occupancy rates were nine per cent higher for the first quarter of 2011 at 68 percent compared to 59 percent in 2010.  

The figures also show that the increase in hotel occupancy rates has coincided with a surge in hotel revenues. Revenues for five star establishments for the first three months of 2011 are nearly 20 per cent higher than for the  same period in 2010.  

According to the QTA there are around 77 new hotels and 42 hotel apartments under construction in Qatar. This will bring a total of 21,107 new rooms into the Qatari hospitality market. Wyndham, Starwood and Marriott are  some of the hotel groups that have opened or are due to open properties in Qatar.  

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