Qatar's hotel revenue and occupancy fall: DTZ

With 5,000 keys added to Qatar's supply in the last 18 months, occupancy fell by 8% in April 2016 compared to the same month last year

88% of hotels in Doha are either four- or five-star.
88% of hotels in Doha are either four- or five-star.

Figures from DTZ's Q2 Qatar Market Report have revealed that Qatar's hotel revenues fell by 17.8% over the year until April 2016, with occupancy falling to 64%.

In the last year-and-a-half, nearly 5,000 keys were added to the country's supply, according to sister title Arabian Business.

Occupancy fell to 64% in April 2016 compared to 72% in the same month in 2015, while ADR saw a year-on-year decline of 6.5% from QR 551 (US $151) in April 2015 to QR 515 ($141) in April 2016.

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RevPAR was also affected, with a 17.8% fall from QR 399 ($109.6) in April 2015 to QR 328 ($90.1) in April 2016.

The supply of hotels in Qatar crossed 20,700 by the start of 2016, figures from Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) showed, and DTZ’s report said that Doha has 123 hotel and hotel apartment complexes at present – 88% of which is categorised as either four-star or five-star.

Following this, a new survey by Condé Nast Traveller with 128,000 readers ranked Doha as the tenth unfriendliest city for tourists in the world, with visitors describing the city as "ugly" and traffic as "horrible", while the airport was praised, Arabian Business revealed.

Qatar aims to increase overall annual tourist arrivals to seven million by 2030.

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