By Lawrence Oshodi –
Qatar has chosen Accor, Europe’s largest hotel group, to manage apartments and villas for fans visiting Qatar during the 2022 World Cup, according to the organising committee on Thursday.
In a statement, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said it has signed an agreement with Accor to manage operations and services across the country’s real estate portfolio until the end of 2022.
A separate Qatari official told Reuters that Accor will offer workers to manage and administer more than 60,000 rooms in homes and villas around the Gulf Arab state.
During the 28-day World Cup, which begins in November, Qatar is expected to draw 1.2 million people.
According to figures issued in August by the Qatar National Tourism Authority, Qatar has fewer than 30,000 hotel rooms in operation.
Qatar has a population of 2.9 million people, with 85 percent of them being foreigners. As the world’s largest liquified natural gas generator.
Qatar has one of the world’s highest per capita earnings.