FIFA 2022 World Cup expected to boost Middle East hospitality market

The hospitality industry is expected to heat up in the Middle East as a growing number of budget hotel chains look to build in Qatar ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup games.

Travel News reports more than $100 billion worth of infrastructure will be poured into the country by 2022, including the construction of 77 new hotels and 42 hotel apartments.

Ahmed Abdullah Al Nuaimi, chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority, said the high-end hospitality market is also growing in the country, with revenues up at four star hotels in August and September 2011.

"This reflects a strong local tourism sector during the month of Ramadan, especially in the food and beverage sector where the percentage increase in revenue was around 216%," Al Nuaimi  said. "This reflects an increase in spending on services in hotels during Ramadan."

Meanwhile, looking to cash in on the tourism industry, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities said it will offer 400 new jobs to younger Saudis to work in the travel and hospitality sector in Riyadh.

Saudi tourism officials told Arab News the industry will recruit men 18 years and older who have a minimum secondary school diploma.  All new hires will be taught English and computer skills.