Doha to get 22 new hotels this summer alone
Doha • A total of 22 new hotels will be opened by this summer
and over the next four years several hotel conglomerates will invest billions of dollars in a series of hotels and hospitality-related developments in the country, according to the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).
The Four Seasons, Hyatt, Hilton, Inter-Continental and other multinational hotel corporations are constructing new properties in Doha to meet high demand. More than $100bn in infrastructure and investment projects will be completed by 2012.
By 2016, more than 80,000 rooms will be available, all guaranteed by the government and these rooms will be ready well in advance of 2016 regardless of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to pick Doha as host city for the 2016 games. The decision is to be made next year.
Hassan Ali bin Ali, Chairman of the Doha 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid, said he was “immensely pleased" with the growth within the hospitality sector in Qatar and that as a result the country will become a more attractive destination for sports, business and tourism.
A survey conducted by the consultancy, Deloitte, showed that the Middle East hotel industry is one of the fastest-growing hospitality sectors in the world. Revenues per available room (RevPar) increased by 17 percent in 2007, exceeding both the Asia-Pacific and Europe, with a promising outlook in the near future.
“Qatar is one of the most exciting countries to visit in the Middle East. We have a rich culture and vibrant history. Visitors to Qatar have wonderful opportunities to explore the natural environment, take desert safaris, visit our ancient monuments, relax at our many beaches and pools or attend one of the many international sporting competitions held in Qatar annually," said bin Ali.
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