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Hotel industry in GCC - statistics & facts

The hotel industry is a significant part of the tourism, travel and general hospitality sector. Hotels are establishments of the service industry that provide accommodation or lodging on a short-term basis mostly for people coming from out of town. The equipment, amenities, as well as the level of service of hotels varies but are mostly standardized by their classification or number of stars they received. As of 2018, the market size of the hotel industry worldwide was valued at over 600 billion U.S. dollars. However, the global hotel and accommodation industry experienced a strong economic impact through the global corona pandemic.

To measure the performance of the hotel industry the average daily rate (ADR), the revenue per available room (RevPAR), and the occupancy rate of a hotel is used. The three benchmarks are analyzed together to get to an exact performance indicator. In May 2020, the highest occupancy rate in the world was seen in the Asia Pacific region at 35.8 percent the occupancy cate for the Middle East and Africa for the same time period was at 30 percent. In the same month, both the highest ADR and the highest RevPAR were seen in the Middle East and Africa.

The majority of the luxury hotel supply in the Gulf Cooperation Council can be found in the United Arab Emirates, which has tried to attract a more upmarket tourism experience. Five-star hotels are also the leading category in Qatar with 49 establishments, which was flowed by 31 four start hotels in the emirates. Interregional tourism is an important sector within the Gulf Cooperation Council region. Therefore, the leading numbers of guests in GCC hotels are from their neighboring countries. More than 1.3 million guests from the Gulf Cooperation Council region stayed at five-star hotels in Qatar in 2019.

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