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July 6, 2009

Rooms supply an issue for Qatar

Hotels continue to enjoy high occupancies in Qatar despite the economic downturn, but that is not necessarily a good thing for the market, according to top hoteliers in the capital.


“Supply is still an issue. Qatar has expanded economically,” said Simon Casson, general manager, Four Seasons Hotel Doha.

According to Casson some 900 new rooms entered the Doha market in Q1 of 2009 and a further 1,500 will open up in the following 12 months, bringing a much needed boost to the capital’s rooms inventory.

“Qatar is taking a long-term approach to tourism. There is no need to develop tourism for income, but to create a balanced offering for the state,” he said.

“You don’t build a hotel for one year; you build it for 80 or 100 years. Hotels are assets that appreciate,” he added.

The Four Seasons Hotel offers a dedicated suite of meeting rooms, a ballroom and large terrace overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The property recently installed new flat screen TVs in all guest rooms and is current constructing a new restaurant, which will open in mid 2010 and will be managed by celebrity chef Nobu.

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