The deal will see Europe’s largest hotel group run apartments, villas that host fans during the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar has reached an agreement with hotel group Accor to manage apartments and villas that will host fans visiting Qatar during next year’s World Cup, the Cup organizing committee said.
Qatar’s Supreme Delivery and Inheritance Committee said in a statement Thursday that it had signed an agreement with Europe’s largest hotel group Accor to run operations and services across its entire host country real estate portfolio through the end of 2022. .
The decision to make full use of existing homes, apartments and villas in the Arab Gulf state will ensure that the country has “a sustainable hotel market that will not leave Qatar with a glut of permanent hotel rooms after 2022.” said Hassan al-Thawadi, who heads the Qatar organizing body. was quoted as saying.
Accor will provide the staff to manage and operate more than 60,000 rooms in apartments and villas spread across the Arab Gulf state, a Qatari official told Reuters news agency.
Organizers of the World Cup hope to attract 1.2 million visitors to Qatar during the 28-day event, which begins next November. But Qatar has fewer than 30,000 hotel rooms in operation, according to data released in August by the Qatar National Tourism Authority.
Qatar is home to 2.9 million people, 85 percent of whom are foreigners.
As the world’s largest producer of liquefied natural gas, Qatar has one of the highest per capita income in the world.