Qatar's hospitality sector tops in GCC

 25 Apr 2017 - 23:53

Qatar's hospitality sector tops in GCC

The Peninsula

Qatar’s hospitality sector has once again ranked at the top of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) destinations in the Guest Experience in the Middle East report, released by hospitality and travel data providers Olery.

The report monitored and analysed more than 2.5 million  online guest reviews from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 from popular sites such as Booking.com and TripAdvisor. The results showed that Qatar’s overall ranking in the Middle East has climbed to third place, with an increase of 2.83% in its Guest Experience Index since the last report was issued.

The Index measures overall guest satisfaction by analysing different aspects of their tourist accommodation experience, including service, location, cleanliness, room quality, and value for money.

In Qatar, hotel room quality and cleanliness were highly rated (87.6 and 88.9 respectively), placing the country in second place regionally for both categories. According to the ‘guest type’ category, Qatar’s tourist accommodation was particularly popular among friends, business travelers, and couples.

According to Hassan Al Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development Officer at Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), this news reflects the ongoing impact of the Hotel Grading and Classification System, released in January last year with the aim of raising the hospitality sector’s standards.

Al Ibrahim said, “We have been working tirelessly with our partners in the hospitality sector to strengthen and maintain Qatar’s well-deserved reputation for excellence in hospitality through closer grading and inspection.

We are delighted to see the results in this report, which demonstrates that Qatar’s hospitality establishments continue to put guest experience at the heart of their efforts to develop and refine their services.”

Qatar’s Hotel Grading and Classification System was released after extensive collaboration with the local industry, hoteliers and international experts. For the first time, hotel grading now includes evaluation of a hotel’s reflection of the local Qatari culture in its service – strengthening the country’s unique positioning and cultural offering as a tourism destination.

Hotels are also graded on their sustainability measures, accessibility, and overall guest experience. Inspection of all 4- and 5-star hotels was completed last year and hotels are working towards making the changes needed in order to maintain or boost their grading. This year, QTA is focusing on inspecting 3-, 2- and 1-star hotels.

The Olery report was released at the Arabian Travel Market held in Dubai until tomorrow. QTA is leading a delegation of 38 hotels, tour operators and other industry service providers at the top event for the Middle East inbound and outbound travel industry.

Together they are showcasing the country’s unique tourism offerings, including top quality luxury accommodation, cultural attractions, family entertainment, festivals and events, as well as great shopping, dining and other leisure activities.