By Shane McGinley
US chain will add more than 500 rooms to the city; Qatar to spend $17bn on hotel building by 2020
US hotel chain Marriott International is to open three new hotels in Qatar in the second quarter of 2011, the company said Monday.
The Doha-based hotels will add more than 500 rooms to the city, and will form part of the Doha City Centre Mall development.
The openings “emphasise the growing importance of Doha as an emerging destination,” said Oliver Kahf, general manager of the three properties.
The brands will include a 257-room Renaissance Hotel, a 204-room Courtyard by Marriott and a Marriott Executive Apartments property, offering 123 units.
Luxury hotel revenue in Qatar rose 12 percent in 2010, data from the Qatar Tourism Authority shows.
Revenue for four and five-star hotels rose from $570m in 2009 to 4639m last year, aided by a rise in business tourism to the emirate.
The number of luxury hotel rooms in the gas-rich state increased from 6,819 to 7,422, in 2010, a rise of nine percent.
Qatar has said it will increase its room capacity to 90,000 over the next 11 years in preparation for 2020 FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted in Doha.
The emirate is expected to build 140 hotels under a $50bn plan to overhaul infrastructure in time for the tournament, at an estimated cost of $17bn.
Qatar has said it may use offshore cruise ships as a temporary accommodation solution.