Qatar expects 1.1 million tourists this year

10 May 2010

(MENAFN) The Chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority said that the number of tourists visiting Qatar is expected to rise by 10 percent from 1 million in 2009 to 1.1 million this year, The Peninsula reported.

The rate of occupancy of hotel rooms was 70 percent during the first quarter of 2010. The number of hotel rooms has jumped from only 2,700 to 8,500, and will reach 15,000 by 2011, the chairman said.

A new exhibition center, to be completed by late 2012 with a total area of 80,000 square meters, is expected to attract up to 2.5 million tourists a year by 2015, he pointed out.

Qatar�s $14.5 billion international airport, due open at the end of 2012, will cater to 25 million to 48 million passengers a year. At least 2.5 million tourists are expected to visit Doha a year by 2015.

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