Katara Hospitality cements its place as global hospitality leader
10 Jan 2017 - 11:45
Katara Hospitality, the leading hotel owner, developer and operator based in Qatar, continued to make excellent progress in 2016 across all areas of its operations.
The company’s strong performance builds on the achievements of the previous year and takes it a step closer towards realising its vision to be one of the world’s leading hospitality organisations.
Among its achievements last year were the opening of Hotel Royal Savoy Lausanne, a Murwab Hotel in Switzerland and the renovation and rebranding of Sealine Beach, a Murwab Resort, Qatar. It also witnessed the launch of two hotels in Qatar under the Murwab Hotel Group: Simaisma, a Murwab Resort and The Avenue, a Murwab Hotel as well as the opening of Hotel Park, a new public family-friendly park in Qatar.
Last year also saw the introduction of Katara Specialties, a contemporary food and beverage initiative within all of Katara Hospitality’s local and international hotels in addition to its partnership with Marriott International to support the evolution of hospitality education in Qatar.
“Our Vision is to change the world of hospitality through investment and innovation to leave an out-standing legacy for future generations, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030,” said Katara Hospitality’s Chairman, Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani.
“Our achievements in 2016 demonstrate our commitment to reach that goal. We have strengthened our position as a key player of Qatar’s domestic hospitality industry; and our continuing expansion overseas is establishing Katara Hospitality as an internationally recognised leader in the global luxury hospitality sector. Our ongoing renovation plans and investment programme also leave us well placed for further growth in 2017 and beyond,” he added.
Hamad Abdulla Al-Mulla, Chief Executive Officer of Katara Hospitality said: “We remain committed to the further development and expansion of our portfolio, and 2016 was an important stage in that pro-cess. We now turn our attention to 2017 as we expect to complete a range of initiatives that will take us closer to our target of 60 properties by 2026.”
Katara Hospitality has received numerous prestigious accolades for its continued contribution to the Qatari and global luxury hospitality landscape, including; “Hospitality Company of the Year” within the Arabian Business Qatar Awards, “Middle East’s Leading Hospitality Development Company” for the third consecutive year at the World Travel Awards in May, “Remarkable & Exceptional Achievement in the Luxury Hospitality Industry” award for the second consecutive year by Seven Star Luxury Hospitality & Lifestyle Awards in October.
Rounding out 2016, Katara Hospitality was named the “World’s Leading Hospitality Company” for the fourth consecutive year at the annual World Travel Awards ceremony in December. Katara Hospitality enters 2017 with a high-quality portfolio of luxury assets. It intends to expand this through a considered and highly strategic programme of development and investment in the highest quality hotels in Qatar while growing a collection of iconic hotels in key markets across the globe. Excellent progress is being made in the renovation of existing hotels and the creation of new ones and Katara Hospitality looks forward to announcing the achievement of further milestones throughout the year.