As FIFA World Cup 2022 moves closer with less than 500 days before its kick-off in Qatar, the nation’s hospitality and tourism sectors are robustly preparing for the increased demand for hospitality and tourism products and services, investing in major projects that include the construction of 105 new hotels.

In support of this major initiative, IFP Qatar has also launched the sixth edition of Hospitality Qatar, which will be held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center from 9 to 11 November 2021. The leading international hotel, restaurants and café (HORECA) trade show and conference in Qatar, is well-positioned to equip these various industries and help accelerate the readiness of the nation to welcome guests from around the world.

Industry experts reported that the country’s tourism and hospitality sectors are witnessing an exceptional increase in investments and projects to meet the demand of the World Cup. The country still has 46 hotels under construction. These hotels can provide approximately 13,000 rooms and 22 of these hotels are to be completed by the end of the year. Seventeen more hotels will be delivered next year.

According to IFP Qatar General Manager Haidar Mshaimesh, the major transformation taking place in the tourism and hospitality sector in Qatar is generating tremendous growth opportunities for various types of products and services.

During this sixth edition, we look forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors from local, regional, and international hospitality markets to enable them to explore the promising prospects and commercial opportunities available within Qatar’s hospitality sector and to take part in the development of the sector in the country while also creating new businesses.

The hospitality sector in Qatar is seen to expand growth opportunities beyond the World Cup with the government infusing investments to further develop the tourism sector, considered as one of the key economic drivers of the country. It is also poised to become the third-largest contributor to the GDP after the oil, gas and construction sectors.

Industry projections note that the rise of projects will continue after the World Cup with plans underway for the building of 20 more hotels in 2023 and another six in 2024. These include several new resorts and advanced recreational facilities in addition to the continued expansion of restaurants and cafes in terms of size and quality of projects.

Mshaimesh further noted that Hospitality Qatar this year will deliver an even more diverse range of activities which include a conference and internationally accredited training sessions.

Visitors and exhibitors are set to experience a new exhibition ‘look’ as they explore the major developments taking place within the hospitality, hotels, restaurants, and café sectors, enabling them to form new partnerships and interact directly with partners.

The event looks forward to following the successful 2019 edition, participated by 228 companies, featuring seven international pavilions and 33 countries. The exhibition also recorded over 11,500 visitors.

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