Doha: Hotels in Qatar show strong occupancy and revenue growth in July 2022 as visitors and overnighters increase. The country’s hospitality sector should see a surge in demand due to initiatives taken by the government and upcoming commitments for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Two- and one-star hotels had the highest occupancy rates in July this year, jumping to 90% from 72% in the same period last year, according to Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA) data.

Hotels and hotel apartments in Qatar delivered strong performance with an overall occupancy rate of 55% in July 2022. Among hotels, the occupancy rate for three-star hotels jumped from 81% in the same period in 2021 to 85% in July 2022.

According to the report, in July 2022, the occupancy rate for the four-star hotel was 60%. Similarly, for five-star hotels, hotel occupancy was 53% during the review period. The occupancy rates for deluxe hotel apartments and standard hotel apartments in July this year were 49% and 78% respectively.

According to the Qatar Tourism Board (QT), Qatar saw a 19% increase in international arrivals in the first half of this year compared to the full year 2021, and expects an even stronger second half.

Hotels in Qatar also recorded an increase in revenue per available room. It is used to assess a hotel’s ability to fill available rooms at an average rate. This is important as it helps the hotel industry measure a hotel’s overall success. Revenue per available room for five-star hotels increased to QR332 in July 2022, while for four-star hotels he increased to QR155. QR173 for 3-star; QR156 for 2-star and 1-star hotels.

Average room rates for deluxe and standard hotel apartments rose to QR384 and QR212 respectively in July this year. The average room rate for 5-star hotels showed an increase of QR627, while for 4-star hotels it rose to QR258. The average room rate for hotels and hotel apartments across the board was QR458 in July 2022, compared to QR400 last year.

Qatar will welcome 151,000 international arrivals in July 2022. This is the highest number of visitors recorded for a summer month since 2017.

July in Qatar was filled with family-friendly shows just in time for Eid al-Adha and beyond. Visitors enjoyed a variety of indoor entertainment and diverse experiences, including the free ‘Summer Festival’ at Doha Festival City and ‘African Circus’ at Mall of Qatar. As part of the ‘Summer in Qatar’ campaign, Qatar Tourism Board, along with Qatar Airways and his Ooredoo, hosted three of his exciting live shows at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall, QT said.

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