Qatar Tourism has announced that the number of visitors to the state increased to a record breaking 151,000 visitors in July, the largest number of arrivals during a summer month since 2017 and representing a 297% increase year-on-year (YoY).
The State of Qatar has obtained 10 award nominations including Middle East’s leading destination at this year’s Middle East ceremony of the World Travel Awards which is being organised on the 18th of this month in Jordan.
The State has also updated its preventive measures for Covid-19, making travel easier for incoming travellers planning to pay a visit for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in November, eliminating its red travel-ban list and mask mandate. Visitors to the state ought to produce a negative PCR test result, valid for 48 hours, or a negative rapid antigen test result, valid for 24 hours.
Qatar’s vast portfolio of properties
The news appears in the wake of the unveiling of Qatar Tourism’s new stopover campaign featuring David Beckham, as the country prepares to receive 1.2 million visitors for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 later in the year. Qatar is adding up 105 new hotels and serviced apartments to its now vast portfolio of properties. New hotels comprise of the newly opened Pullman Doha West Bay and The Double Tree by Hilton Downtown Hotel that opened in August this year. The Katara Hills LXR Hotels & Resorts with 15 luxury villas each with private pools and The Outpost Al Barari would be opening in October and November respectively.
Five major upcoming tourism developments in the country
- the Doha Winter Wonderland, a sister event to the famous Hyde Park, London
- Fuwairit Kite Beach (FKB) – An upcoming state-of-the-art kite beach resort in Fuwairat
- Qetaifan Island North – dubbed the first “Entertainment Island” in Qatar and,
- The West Bay North Beach, a new premium beachfront in the heart of Doha.
- The Outpost Al Barari – The Outpost would be the first of its kind in Qatar
About Qatar Tourism:
Qatar Tourism is the official government body in authority for the expansion and promotion of tourism in Qatar, enabling the sector’s exponential growth. Qatar is a destination where people from all over the world come together to experience exclusive offerings in arts, culture, adventure and sports, catering to family and business visitors, embedded in Service Excellence. Qatar Tourism pursues to increase the entire tourism value chain, attract inward investment, expand local and international visitor demand, and drive a multiplier effect across the domestic market. The Qatar Tourism Strategy 2030 places an elaborate target to attract more than six million international visitors a year by 2030, making Qatar the fastest growing destination in the Middle East.