Qatar seeks 1.8m tourist arrivals in 2014

23 May 2010

Tourist arrivals to Qatar are forecast to reach 1.8 million in 2014, up from 1.1 million in 2009, according to a new report by Euromonitor International. Corporate travel continues to be main driver for tourism in Qatar, as business travellers to the country rose in 2008-2009 despite the economic crisis. Future investments such as the Doha Convention Centre and Towers - due to open in 2012 - will accommodate the growing number of business tourists, which is forecast to jump from 0.9 million in 2009 to 1.6 million by 2014, the report said. Also promising for Qatar's tourism sector is the growing number of tourists coming from outside the Middle East. The country has become a more popular destination for Europeans, who accounted for 16.3% of arrivals in 2004 but represented 33.1% of visitors by 2009.

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