More visitors during Ramadan, Eid this year

 14 Aug 2014 - 2:05

Hassan Al Ibrahim (third left), Chief Tourism Development Officer of Qatar Tourism Authority, with officials of Ritz-Carlton Doha and The St. Regis Doha at the Ramadan awards ceremony yesterday. ABDUL BASIT

DOHA: A total of 236,000 people visited Qatar during Ramadan and the Eid holidays, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) revealed yesterday.
“Figures showed that more than 136,000 people visited Qatar in Ramadan, and nearly 100,000 people visited Qatar during the Eid holiday, while occupancy rates in the leading five- and four-star hotels and hotel apartments reached 90 percent during the peak days of Eid,” said Hassan Al Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development Officer at QTA.
Al Ibrahim said the results of the Ramadan in Qatar and Eid in Qatar activities, in terms of hotel occupancy rates and number of visitors to Qatar, were impressive.
He was speaking at an awards ceremony held at the Doha Exhibition Center yesterday for an inter-hotel competition held as part of QTA’s Ramadan in Qatar programme.
The Eid Al Fitr festival in 2013 saw more than 75,000 visitors from the GCC countries visit Qatar. The figures reflect the growth of Qatar’s tourism sector, with the number of GCC visitors increasing by five percent in the first quarter this year.
“We see tourism as one of the pillars of the ever-expanding Qatari economy and one of the important industries in leading Qatar’s efforts to diversify the economy, with an annual increase in the number of tourists and number of tourism investment projects constantly contributing to the GDP, said Al Ibrahim.
“We managed to achieve these results thanks to the promotional campaign launched in the neighbouring countries weeks before the activities to attract nationals and residents of the Gulf countries, in addition to our cooperation with trade partners in the region, participation in the regional industry trade shows and in organising familiarisation trips to promote Qatar as a destination to both media and trade partners”.
During the awards ceremony, QTA named the hotels that won the Ramadan contest, which was aimed at evaluating the quality of customer experience in hotels during the holy month. The objective of the competition was to encourage the hospitality industry to boost their Ramadan activities this year and make the “Ramadan in Qatar” brand attractive for citizens, residents, and tourists from the region and around the world.
The Ritz-Carlton Doha won the Best Ramadan Tent Award as well as the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Award, while The St. Regis Doha won the Best Ramadan Experience Award.