Big events push ho­tel oc­cu­pancy above 95% in Qatar: IFP Qatar

Qatar Tribune - - Front Page - SATYEN­DRA PATHAK

HO­TEL oc­cu­pancy rates in Doha have not dropped be­low 95 per­cent since the start of Septem­ber this year, ac­cord­ing to IFP Qatar, the or­gan­is­ing body of the up­com­ing Hos­pi­tal­ity Qatar ex­hi­bi­tion.

“Qatar has hosted big sport­ing events like IAAF World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships and World Beach Games in the last cou­ple of months. The coun­try is also go­ing to host 2019 FIFA Club World Cup. The ho­tels are re­ally en­joy­ing it. There is an un­in­ter­rupted oc­cu­pancy of more than 95 per­cent in most ho­tels in Doha since the start of Septem­ber this year,” IFP Qatar Gen­eral Man­ager Haidar Mshaimesh told Qatar Tri­bune.

The higher oc­cu­pancy lev­els at th­ese ho­tels are ex­pected till the end of this year, he said, ad­ding that the trend is likely to con­tinue next year as well.

Be­sides mega sport­ing events, he said, Qatar will also be host to a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions and con­fer­ences in the next few months.

“We see a very bright out­look for hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor in Qatar. Host­ing of such big events has re­sulted in the open­ing of many lo­cal firms in the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor. This is the sec­tor that has wit­nessed the big­gest growth in re­cent years,” he said.

The growth of hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor is ev­i­dent from the fact that the up­com­ing Hos­pi­tal­ity Qatar ex­hi­bi­tion is 30 per­cent big­ger in size com­pared to the pre­vi­ous ex­hi­bi­tion.

“The main in­crease has come from the lo­cals ex­hibitors. A lot of new com­pa­nies have come up in Qatar

We see a very bright out­look for hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor in Qatar. Host­ing of such big events has re­sulted in the open­ing of many lo­cal firms in the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor. This is the sec­tor that has wit­nessed the big­gest growth in re­cent years. Haidar Mshaimesh, IFP Qatar Gen­eral Man­ager

and they are very ea­ger to show­case their prod­ucts and ser­vices to the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence. This is a very pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tor that in­vestors do be­lieve in the Qatari mar­ket,” he said.

The growth of this par­tic­u­lar sec­tor is ev­i­dent from the grow­ing in­ter­est of in­ter­na­tional hos­pi­tal­ity firms in Qatar.

“Tur­key will have the big­gest pavil­ion at Hos­pi­tal­ity Qatar ex­hi­bi­tion this year fol­lowed by Italy. Coun­tries like In­dia, China, Pak­istan, Iran and Malaysia are also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event in a big way. Th­ese par­tic­i­pa­tions also in­di­cate the grow­ing in­ter­est of for­eign firms in the Qatari mar­ket,” he said.

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