Tourists flow slows down in Qatar for the diplomatic deterioration
Date: October 05,2017
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Tourists flow slows down in Qatar for the diplomatic deterioration

Qatari tourists last year! Qatar, officially known as the State of Qatar located in the western part of Asia is diplomatically set back due the crisis and for this the other neighbouring countries like UAE boycotts Qatar and now the tourists are avoiding to stay there.

Qatar started to report negative results following the diplomatic crisis and for this the visits of the international tourists fell drastically.

The tourism of Qatar fell by 44.6 per cent in June compared to the same time last year.

The previous month, tourism of Qatar had only been down 6.8 per cent.

At the end of August, the full extent of Qatar’s falling tourism after the boycott by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt is still to be determined.

The four countries of Arab cut all the diplomatic, trade and travel connections to Qatar on June 5 over the quartet’s concerns that Qatar is funding international terrorism.

These four countries also blocked international aviation giant, Qatar Airways,headquartered in Qatar, in  from operating in their airspace, cutting off key routes for national and international visitors.

The UNWTO figures show tourism in Qatar fell by 7 per cent in the first seven months of 2017, compared to the same period last year.

The number of tourists had grown by 4.9 per cent in the first quarter of the year and its international tourism earnings were up 27 per cent, but the report suggests the boycott in the second quarter is responsible for Qatar’s falling international tourism rate.

In August, Qatar has made a drastic change to its border control rules to counter its economic isolation.

The government of Qatar abolished the requirements for visitors from more than 80 countries to secure a visa to enter the country.

Instead, a multi-entry waiver is now issued free-of-charge at the port of entry and is valid for a minimum of six months.

The diplomatic relations between the four countries and Qatar have been frozen since June this year over the quartet’s concerns that Qatar is funding terrorism.

The country is falling in tourism trend throughout the Middle East, with the region as a whole seeing a boost of 9 per cent in the first of the half year.

The tourism in the Middle East had been predicted to rise by only 2 – 5 per cent after years of decline due to the instability during the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

The tourism of Egypt levels rose by 52 percent after levels fell dramatically in 2016 and previous years. Another Middle East country Palestine reported a 58 per cent increase in the first quarter in travel and tourism business.

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