Accor recruiting 12,000 short-term employees to assist accommodate Qatar’s World Cup followers

DOHA, June 28 (Reuters) – Lodge operator Accor is recruiting 12,000 short-term abroad staff to function 65,000 empty rooms in residences and houses in Qatar as short-term fan housing for the 2022 soccer World Cup, its chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin advised Reuters.

Qatar is working to keep away from an lodging scarcity through the event and has employed Accor, Europe’s largest lodge operator, to handle the short-term operation.

“65,000 rooms is like opening 600 motels, so we dedicated to rent sufficient folks to serve it,” Bazin mentioned, including {that a} drive is underway in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and South America to recruit housekeepers, front-desk employees, logistics consultants and others.

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“All that’s going to be dismantled on the finish of December,” he mentioned.

Qatar’s official World Cup lodging web site has obtained round 25,000 bookings to this point, and can provide greater than 100,000 rooms, Omar Al Jaber, government director of lodging for event organisers the Supreme Committee for Supply and Legacy advised reporters on Tuesday.

“We will likely be beneath stress till the primary match has began. That is regular and we’re prepared,” Al Jaber mentioned.

Soccer Soccer – Flag elevating ceremony for the final three groups to qualify for the 2022 World Cup – Doha, Qatar – June 16, 2022 Common view of the 2022 World Cup countdown clock and flags REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous

Qatar hopes to draw 1.2 million guests, almost half of its inhabitants, through the 28-day event in November and December.

However the tiny Gulf Arab state has fewer than 30,000 lodge rooms, in accordance estimates by Qatar Tourism, and 80% of these rooms have been block booked by world soccer’s governing physique FIFA, for official friends, World Cup organisers mentioned.

Qatar can be providing 4,000 rooms on two cruise ships moored at Doha Port, 1,000 Bedouin-style desert tents and rooms in pre-fabricated fan village cabins.

Pre-booked lodging is necessary for ticketed followers who plan to remain in a single day in Qatar through the World Cup, Al Jaber mentioned. With out lodging, most followers received’t be issued a compulsory fan ID, which doubles as a visa to Qatar.

To function hotel-style rooms in properties and residences will likely be a large logistical problem for Accor, Bazin mentioned.

The lodge operator is delivery 500 containers from China, crammed with furnishings, from sofas to silverware. Accor will re-deploy its fleet of vehicles, busses and vehicles from Mecca in neighbouring Saudi Arabia to beat an anticipated scarcity of obtainable automobiles in Qatar through the event, he mentioned. It has additionally sourced an area firm to launder the 150 tonnes of soiled linen the operation will generate every day.

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Reporting by Andrew Mills
Modifying by Toby Davis

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