Data from the Planning and Statistics Authority showed a 91.4% increase in number of visitors in Qatar
07 Sep 2023News
According to official statistics, Qatar welcomed 287,963 tourists in July despite sweltering temperatures that were around 50 degrees Celsius. The Planning and Statistics Authority's data revealed a 91.4% increase in visits. The majority of tourists are still from GCC neighbouring countries, although Sub-Saharan African travellers represented the largest change (294.8%). Hotel occupancy hasn't changed significantly year over year; on average, it was about 52%. Other tourism-related changes include a YoY 5.9% fall in the total number of boats entering Qatar's ports after the World Cup.
Late last year, Qatar became the first Arab and Muslim nation to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, causing an unprecedented boom in the area's tourist industry as millions of people travelled, particularly to the Middle East and Gulf region, for the athletic event. Authorities in Qatar revealed intentions to increase tourism by expanding the Hayya platform months after the World Cup.
Based on the traveler's nationality, place of residence, or other existing foreign visas, the Hayya e-visa is available in many categories. Three other traveller categories will also receive quicker clearance.
All nations not eligible for visa on arrival or visa-free entry fall under category A1, whereas Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens fall under category A2, which now covers all occupations.
A3 is designated for foreign tourists from Schengen nations, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and New Zealand who have a visa or residence.