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21 November 2008 08:46 pm

Qatar set to receive 15 million visitors annually from 2012

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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Qatar is expected to be the travel destination choice for those wishing to experience a quality venue for business, meetings, culture and sport, with Qatar’s tourist authority predicting that as many as 15 million passengers will travel annually through its new airport by 2012. The country’s hotel capacity is set to increase from the current 4,300 hotel rooms to over 29,000 by 2012, according to data from the Qatar Tourism & Exhibitions Authority (QTEA). “Qatar is a world class travel destination with 20 percent annual growth targets for in-bound travel over the next five years. The country is experiencing rapid economic growth and offers an upscale world of leisure and cultural attractions” says Garry Friend, General Manager, Grand Hyatt Doha. Featured attractions for visitors to Qatar include Doha’s soon to-be launched Museum of Islamic Art, Doha’s new International Airport set to open in 2012, a thriving business hub and a host of leisure activities both along the coast and inland. “Doha provides an appealing holiday proposition, professional conference venues or a pleasurable stop-off for those from Europe wishing to travel further east,” continued Friend. Grand Hyatt Doha is set to open in spring 2009 and will offer luxurious accommodation to the growing number of visitors to Qatar. The hotel will have 249 luxurious guest bedrooms as well as residential complex available for short and long term rentals adjacent to the main hotel. The Pen