Qatar 2022 organisers launch lodging portal, warning that ‘followers with tickets might be a precedence’.
The Qatar 2022 World Cup organisers have launched an official lodging portal with a warning that guests with out match tickets might not have the ability to discover lodging in the course of the match.
Qatar is hoping to draw a couple of million guests in the course of the World Cup that takes place from November 21 to December 18 this 12 months.
Within the first spherical of ticket gross sales earlier this 12 months, FIFA, soccer’s world governing physique, mentioned it had acquired 17 million purposes, the outcomes of which have been introduced by a fortunate draw.
“Followers can e book lodging by way of the devoted portal which can provide varied choices equivalent to residences, villas and cruise ships,” Omar al-Jaber, Government Director of Lodging on the Supreme Committee for Supply and Legacy (SC), the match host organisers, mentioned on the launch of the portal on Wednesday, confirming that costs would begin from $80.
“The 2 cruise ships can have greater than 4,000 rooms. There might be fan villages at 4 completely different places. Lodging choices can even be out there by trip houses and guests have the choice of staying with family and friends.”
An SC official confirmed to Al Jazeera that organisers had block-booked 80 % of the lodges and lodging choices throughout the nation which might be out there to ticket holders.
Given the anticipated inflow of followers and vacationers, there are considerations that Qatar might not have the ability to provide sufficient lodging to guests, particularly these with out tickets and eager to expertise the World Cup and the nation’s tradition at varied areas away from the stadiums, together with public areas and fan zones.
The organisers, in an announcement despatched to Al Jazeera earlier this 12 months, mentioned that “with as much as 130,000 rooms for the one million-plus followers anticipated over the course of the 28-day match, there are not any considerations over a shortfall of lodging”.
Nonetheless, al-Jaber was unable to reply Al Jazeera’s query on whether or not the SC was assured there can be sufficient lodging for all these arriving in Qatar, as a substitute pointing followers with legitimate tickets to go to the portal on the earliest to get the perfect costs and availability.
An SC official later confirmed to Al Jazeera that “the precedence proper now [for accommodation requests] are the ticket holders”.
“We anticipate numerous visiting followers will stick with mates or household in the course of the match. Qatar’s compact match footprint can even imply groups and followers want just one lodging during the match,” in response to the SC assertion.