As major international hotel chains compete for space in Qatar, a growing number of mid-market and budget hotels have also been eyeing the landscape, hoping to get a piece of the FIFA 2022 action. More than US $100 billion worth of infrastructure is expected to be developed by 2022 including the construction of 77 new hotels and 42 hotel apartments in Qatar bringing a total of 21,107 new rooms into the Qatari hospitality market.
Qatar and in particular Doha continues to experience a major boom in hotel development with large international hotel chains and companies rushing to become a part of one of the fastest growing countries in the world.
The Doha Exhibitions Center’s main hall was packed with visitors, shopping lovers and souvenir collectors looking for special treasures on the opening day of the Doha Trade Fair 2012 – Qatar’s biggest shopping carnival of the year. The event comes during an exciting period for Qatar, with the World Travel Awards Grand Final set to take place in the destination on January 11th.
Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey and director Sam Mendes were among an all star cast who flew into Qatar over the weekend to stage Shakespeare’s Richard III at the brand new Qatar National Convention Centre. Qatar was the only Middle Eastern destination included on the production’s global tour.
World Travel Awards, “the Oscars of the travel industry”, will host its Grand Final Gala Ceremony in Doha, Qatar, in partnership with Qatar Tourism Authority on January 11th 2012. The most important decision-makers in global travel and tourism are set to attend the glittering ceremony, which will be staged at Katara Cultural Village, Qatar’s ground-breaking new arts and exhibitions complex.
On the back of winning the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar has pledged an investment of billions of dollars into its tourism infrastructure as it prepares to welcome an estimated 400,000 visitors for the games. Ahmed Abdullah Al-Nuaimi, Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority talks to BTN about the ‘economic cycle’ that is taking place in Qatar as the tourist board pulls out all the stops to ensure the destination remains in the spotlight in the build up to this major sporting programme.
The FIFA 2022 World Cup may be a decade away but its host Qatar is already embarking on a hospitality programme that will transform it into one of the world’s most exciting destinations. BTN takes a look at the tiny nation with grand plans.
With the announcement that Qatar will become the first Middle East nation to host the Fifa World Cup, the entire region is set for sport tourism windfall. From the Burj Al Arab to Ferrari World, BTN gives a rundown of the hotels and attractions set to reap the rewards from hosting the tournament.
Qatar has revealed plans to invest $20 billion in its tourism sector over the next five years, as the Gulf Arab state seeks to diversify away from oil. Authorities plan to triple the number of hotel rooms in the country, while the new Doha International Airport is set to allow Qatar to compete with the UAE as the region’s international hub.
Fred van Eijk, CEO of the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) tells ITN about how Qatar is being transformed and promoted as a niche tourism destination.