Doha hotels occupancy increases during pandemic

The Qatari capital saw a 12% increase in hotel occupancy during Q1 of this year

Qatar’s capital, Doha is the only city to have seen hotel occupancies increase in Q1 2021 compared to Q1 2020. According to a Colliers International MENA hotels review, hotel occupancies in Doha saw a year-on-year (YOY) increase of 12%.

By comparison, occupancies for hotels fellYOY by 7% in Dubai, 10% in Abu Dhabi, 20% in Riyadh and 22% in Cairo in Q1 2021.

Amman in Jordan has experienced the most significant decrease in terms of occupancy levels, with a decrease of 59% between 2020 and 2021. In terms of average daily rate (ADR), Muscat in Oman has experienced the most significant decrease at 54% within the same time period. Both markets have ongoing travel restrictions, which have influenced overall international hospitality demand.

Doha’s hotels also broke even on ADR, with no discernible change in its YOY comparison.  

In March this year, STR also found that Doha’s hospitality sector was performing well. It found that occupancy rates for that month were almost 10% higher than those in the UAE, coming in at 71.2% compared to 62%.

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