Qatar witnesses record-breaking tourism success with 2.56 mn H1 visitors

157 percent growth year on year
Qatar witnesses record-breaking tourism success with 2.56 mn H1 visitors
Qatar welcomed 2.56 million visitors in eight months

Qatar greeted more than 2.56 million visitors between January and August 25, 2023, according to Qatar Tourism (QT). This figure surpasses the total arrivals recorded in H1, 2022, showcasing a significant growth of 157 percent compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

The statement further emphasized that this accomplishment serves as evidence of Qatar’s growing prominence as a premier tourism destination on the global stage. This status has been reinforced by the successful hosting of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which significantly elevated Qatar’s presence on the international tourism map.

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The expansion of Hayya, along with the relaunch of the Hayya platform, has provided a significant boost to Qatar’s tourism sector. The Hayya platform has now become the primary destination for travelers seeking visas to enter Qatar, further enhancing the convenience and accessibility of the country’s tourism services.

GCC visitors lead the way

The total number of inbound visitors in Qatar reached approximately 288,000, marking a monthly growth of 2.1 percent (in comparison to June 2023) and a yearly growth of 91.4 percent (in comparison to July 2022).

As per the recent report from Qatar’s Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA), the majority of visitors, accounting for 47 percent, were from the GCC Countries. When considering the type of port, visitors arriving by air constituted the largest proportion, comprising 58 percent of the total number of visitors.

Exceptional success

Akbar Al Baker, chairman of QT and Qatar Airways Group chief executive, reflected on the increase in visitor arrivals to Qatar. He stated that the growth in international visitors is a testament to the successful implementation of Qatar Tourism’s strategy, which capitalized on the momentum generated by the world’s largest sporting event held last year. By prioritizing key markets and employing a comprehensive approach across their strategic pillars, QT has successfully welcomed visitors from diverse regions worldwide, showcasing Qatar’s harmonious combination of modernity and cultural authenticity.

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