The staycation offers announced by several hotels will revitalize Qatar’s hospitality sector. Hotels across the country have launched exciting offers to attract citizens and residents.
Staycation, a term coined by merging ‘stay’ and ‘vacation’, refers to a vacation spent in home country rather than abroad. Along with revitalizing the guests, these staycations will boost domestic tourism and stimulate the economy.
Usually, the advent of summer marks the flight of people from the country. People would either go to Europe and other exotic destinations for vacation or would head to their home countries.
But the COVID-19 outbreak has changed the game for the hospitality sector this year. Due to travel restrictions imposed to limit COVID-19 spread, citizens and residents are left with no options but to spend their vacations in Qatar. The hospitality sector is trying to turn the adversity into opportunity by launching staycation offers. Hotels have announced offers which can be a perfect getaway during summer for citizens and residents looking to take a break to rejuvenate themselves.
Staycation offers vary from hotels to hotels but generally include up to 50 percent discount on rooms and include breakfast, discount on food and beverages, early check-in and late check-out, access to swimming pools, and many other such benefits. Safety of guests has become a prime focus for hotels amid the outbreak of COVID-19. Hotels have applied the highest possible safety standards to make staycations safe for guests.
Hotels are expecting brisk business this season hoping that citizens and residents will spend their vacations with their families.
“This year’s summer is different from previous years and we expect a strong turnout of guests. We all know that people cannot go out of the country for vacations this summer. So we have launched staycation offers for our guests,” a marketing manager of a local hotel told The Peninsula.
“The first week of next month is expected to be busy due to Eid Al Adha as many families like to spend their time in a hotel during Eid,” he said.
Qatar’s hospitality sector has remained buoyant despite challenges. The hotels added a total of 1,050 rooms during the last quarter of 2019, according to the fourth quarter 2019 review issued by consulting firm ValuStrat. Countrywide occupancy of hotels during the first 11 months of 2019 stood at 64 percent, up 5 percent compared to 2018.