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Travel and Tourism - Qatar - August 2010

A destination primarily for business travel, Qatar is taking proactive steps towards growing the share of leisure tourists visiting the country. Despite the global financial crisis, Qatar has succeeded in maintaining its economic growth of the last several years. The 2008 drop in oil prices and the global financial crisis have reduced the country’s budget surplus and to some extent slowed the pace of investment projects in 2009. However, its gross domestic product (GDP) still registered more than 9% growth and is expected to rebound in 2010. Qatar is among the leaders in the Gulf region in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). A significant share of the FDI goes to the oil and gas sector but the percentage attracted by the real estate and tourism sectors is not to be underestimated either.

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Each profile contains information on:

  • Tourist arrivals - overnights and expenditure
  • Purpose of visit - business, leisure or VFR
  • Accommodation supply - operating performance
  • Tourism policy - management
  • Transport - access and infrastructure
  • Tourism funding - promotion and future development

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Table of contents

  1. State of Qatar

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

                • MICE
                  • Culture
                    • Education
                      • Sports
                        • Leisure
                        • Tourism and the Economy

                            • Figure 1: Key tourism indicators, 2005-10
                          • Qatar National Convention Centre
                            • New Doha International Airport
                              • Lusail City and Qatar Entertainment City
                              • Arrivals

                                • International
                                  • Figure 2: Foreign arrivals in Qatar, 2001-09
                                  • Figure 3: Hotel arrivals per source region, 2009
                                  • Figure 4: Hotel arrivals and nights, 2005-09
                                • Domestic
                                • Market Characteristics

                                  • International
                                    • Purpose of visit
                                      • Seasonality
                                        • Figure 5: Hotel arrivals and tourist nights* per month, 2009
                                      • Length of stay
                                        • Figure 6: Average stay and occupancy, 2009
                                      • Domestic
                                      • Transport

                                        • Air
                                          • Road
                                            • Rail
                                              • Sea
                                              • Accommodation

                                                  • Figure 7: Hotel developments to be completed, 2010-12
                                                  • Figure 8: Number of operational hotels per category, 2008-09
                                                  • Figure 9: Hotel revenue, 2008-09
                                              • Tourism News

                                                • 2022 World Cup bid
                                                  • Playing with the sustainable concept
                                                    • Regional co-operation
                                                    • What Next?

                                                      • Public or private sector
                                                        • Supply and demand
                                                          • Regional ‘co-opetition’

                                                          Travel and Tourism - Qatar - August 2010

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