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Tourism Sector Profile


The tourism market in Qatar is expected to grow significantly in the next 10 years (forecasts of some key indicators are shown in the table below). This growth will be both in business related tourism (i.e. MICE – meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) and in leisure tourism. The leisure tourism sector may offer the greatest opportunities for SME’s as it has been relatively underdeveloped to date. With the efforts to diversify the economy as part of Qatar National Vision 2030 and major developments such as the award to Qatar of the right to stage FIFA World Cup 2022 the high-end culture, education and sports tourism markets in Qatar will grow considerably meaning that there will be scope for the formation of many new SMEs operating in niche tourism markets or offering specialist services of interest to particular types of tourists.


Travel & Tourism in Qatar in 2012 and forecasts for 2023



2023 forecast

Forecast average real growth per annum 2013 - 2023

Total Contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP

QR 47.6bn

QR 79.8bn


Total Contribution of Travel & Tourism to Employment




International tourist (overnight visitor) arrivals




Capital Investment

QR 5.4bn

QR 11.4bn








 Source: World Travel & Tourism Council



Qatar Tourism in Numbers


Sources: Qatar Tourism Authority, QNCC, Oxford Business Group


Qatar Development Bank (QDB) support for the tourism sector

Tourism is one of QDB’s main sectors. QDB provides financing towards tourist facilities, recreational centres, exhibition halls, shopping centres and sports centres. For further details see: QDB sectors

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