Qatar's Tourism Sector
Revenue from the Tourism sector in 2019
Total Tourist visits to Qatar in 2019
About Qatar's Tourism Sector
Qatar’s tourism sector saw $15.65 billion in revenue in 2019, even though it was hindered by the previous blockade. Qatar still welcomed nearly 2.2 million international visitors in 2019, with over 205,000 being from the Americas. This is an increase of over 17% from 2018. And 2020 was also looking very promising until the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world. Between January and February 2020, the country welcomed 499,000 tourists, which was a 32% increase compared to the same two months in 2019.
The tourism sector is going to continue to grow with the end of the rift and with Qatar preparing for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. From 2016-2018, the country opened 12 new hotels. At the end of 2018, Qatar had a total of 110 hotels (46 being luxury hotels), with a combined total of 24,091 rooms.
In 2019, the tourism industry grew by 6% from the previous year. In the same year, the average cost per room dropped by 2%, even though demand for hotels grew by 15% and there was a 9% increase in occupancy.
Qatar’s cruise industry also saw a massive influx, resulting in its largest cruise season ever. From October 2019 to April 2020, Qatar recorded 186,000 passengers and 61,000 crew members from 74 cruise ships. Compared to the previous cruise season, this is a 120% increase in the number of passengers and a 66% increase in the number of cruise ships arriving in Qatar.
Some of the major companies in Qatar’s tourism sector include Qatar Airways, Marriott, Hilton, and Royal Caribbean Cruises.