The diplomatic rift has struck at Qatar’s tourism sector – and the country’s attempt to diversify away from oil and gas.
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Eid al-Fitr as Arab sanctions take tollA boycott imposed by four Arab nations that accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism is squeezing the tourism sector and Doha's hotels, which would normally be full in the Eid al-Fitr holiday, have seen steep falls in their occupancy rates. In March, it had 119 hotels with 23,347 rooms, according to the tourism authority.Doha aims to raise the tourism sector's contribution to GDP to 5.2 percent by 2030 from around 4.1 percent now, while raising the number of people employed by nearly 70 percent to 127,900 .
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