By Andy Sambidge
Gulf state's tourism authority also says revenues for luxury hotels are up in July-Sept
Qatar's tourism industry saw a four percent improvement in occupancy rates in the third quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2010, it was announced on Sunday.
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said four and five star hotel also witnessed an increase in revenues during the summer period, coinciding with a 24 percent rise in visitors from GCC countries.
Visitors from the GCC increased from 178,245 in the third quarter of 2010 to 221,793 tourists in Q3 2011.
Ahmed Al Nuaimi, chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority, said the average room occupancy rate for hotels in Q3 was 48 percent.
July recorded average occupancy rates of 50 percent versus 48 percent last year while September's figures saw an increase of 11 percent, up to 55 percent.
Four star and five star hotel revenues rose each month in Q3 this year compared to 2010, QTA added.
Al Nuami said although four star hotel occupancy rates dropped in August, revenues saw the highest increase in the amount of revenue achieved in the quarter.
"This reflects a strong local tourism sector during the month of Ramadan, especially in the food and beverage sector where the percentage increase in revenue was around 216 percent," he said. "This reflects an increase in spending on services in hotels during Ramadan."
There are currently 11 new hotels under construction in Qatar according to the Department of Licensing and Classification.
These new developments will add 21,988 new rooms to the country's room inventory.