QTA issues warning to hotels against price hike

Hotels are said to have increased prices by 400-1200% between March 10 and 23

QTA reports a decline in tourists in March 2015.
QTA reports a decline in tourists in March 2015.

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has issued a warning to hotels against making sharp price increases to exploit tourist influxed during peak periods.

QTA said that some hotels had increased prices by 400-1200% between March 10 and 23, The Peninsula reported.

"This illegal price increase has given a negative reputation about the tourism sector in Qatar and the national economy, especially when more tourists from other GCC countries are coming to the country," QTA said in a statement on its Twitter account.

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"This irresponsible act is damaging efforts being made by QTA to promote tourism and attract families during weekends and holidays," it added.

QTA said it had sent a circular to all hotels asking them to comply with the approved prices and correct their prices to reflect these. It has also set up a panel to investigate the issue and said that legal action will be taken against the erring facilities.

A total of 145,000 tourists visited Qatar from March 10 to 23, which shows a significant decline compared to last year’s 245,000 visitors in March, according to QTA data.

Qatar has 20,000 hotel rooms and another 3,700 will be added this year, with the opening of 20 new hotels, said the statement.

Reacting to the QTA warning, officials of some hotels said that irresponsible general managers were causing damage to the industry by increasing prices.


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