The Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is on a high with its tourism performance for the first quarter of 2015.
The authority recently reported the results. Regional and international visitor arrivals totalled 841,025, representing a strong 11% year-on-year increase. In comparison to Q1 2014, arrivals from the Americas grew by 17%, from Europe by nine percent, and from Other Asia by seven percent. Arrivals from the GCC, Qatar’s largest source market, grew markedly in Q1 2015, increasing by 16% compared to the same quarter of 2014.
Arrivals from other Arab and other African nations remained roughly same.
The overall growth from GCC countries was primarily dominated by an increase in visitor arrivals from Saudi Arabia which grew by 28% in Q1 2015 compared to the same quarter of 2014. The majority of this growth took place in March when visitor arrivals grew by 82% compared to March 2014, with 241,008 Saudi visitors entering Qatar. At the same time, visitor arrivals from Bahrain, Oman, and UAE also grew, however, by modest rates.