By Shane McGinley
Revenues were up at five and four star hotels, despite number of rooms remaining static
Sales at luxury hotels in Qatar rose 12 percent last year, despite the number of rooms rising by only 9 percent in the same period, government data has shown.
Revenue for four and five start hotels in Qatar rose from $570m to $639m last year, a rise of 12 percent on 2009’s figures, the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said on Thursday.
The number of luxury hotel rooms in the gas-rich emirate increased from 6,819 to 7,422, a rise of 9 percent.
“Even though world tourism indicators have suffered severely in 2009, the first half of 2010 witnessed a surge in Qatar’s own tourism indicators,” said QTA chairman Ahmed Abdullah Al Nuaimi. “Qatar Airways… is [also] expanding its routes worldwide and growing its state-of-the-art fleet.”
The revenue rise was driven by a surge in occupancy rates, the agency said, up from around 50 percent in 2009 to around 60 percent last year.
Qatar is planning to increase its number of hotel rooms to 90,000 over the next 11 years in view of the 2020 FIFA World Cup.
The emirate is expected to build 140 hotels as part of its $50bn plan to overhaul infrastructure in time for the tournament. The increase in rooms will result in an investment of around $17bn over the next five years, the emirate has said.
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