Katara Hospitality, the global hotel developer, owner and operator, showcased its worldwide collection of iconic award winning hotels at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in addition to its standalone operating division Murwab Hotel Group for the first time.
Recently crossing its target of 30 hotels by 2016 two years ahead of schedule, Katara Hospitality continues to accomplish milestone achievements in the hospitality industry through investment and development of the world’s most spectacular hotels. Focusing on adding 30 more properties to its portfolio by 2026 the company is progressing rapidly on its journey of global expansion demonstrated by the grandeur of hotels represented to delegates.
Newly opened landmark hotels showcased at ATM included The Peninsula Paris, one of the most luxurious destinations in Europe and Excelsior Hotel Gallia, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan. Further emphasizing Katara Hospitality’s strength in Europe, five recently acquired InterContinental hotels exhibited included; InterContinental Carlton Cannes; InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam; InterContinental Madrid; InterContinental Frankfurt and InterContinental De La Ville Rome.
The recently established Murwab Hotel Group manages an international collection of boutique upscale hotels and brands across three main business areas which were represented at ATM for the first time; Murwab Hotels, The Bürgenstock Selection and a collection of independent non-branded upscale properties.
With an existing portfolio of 11 hotels, showcased at ATM, Murwab Hotel Group is aiming to manage a total of 20 properties over the next five years, owned both by Katara Hospitality and other third-party owners, with expansion planned not only in Qatar but the wider GCC and internationally.
This year, five new Doha Hotels operated by the Murwab Hotel Group will open: Simaisma, a Murwab Resort; the Grand Murwab City Center; The Avenue, a Murwab Hotel; the Saraya Corniche Hotel and City Gate Hotel.
In Switzerland, The Bürgenstock Selection will oversee the operations of four new hotels currently under development. Hotel Royal Savoy of Lausanne, owned by Katara Hospitality will official reopen in summer 2015. The Bürgenstock Hotel, Waldhotel and Palace Hotel – part of the overall Bürgenstock Resort development project are being built. These new openings will further strengthen the group’s existing presence in Switzerland, with the existing operation of Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern.
His Excellency Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality, said: “Katara Hospitality has achieved major milestones in terms of acquisitions, investment and development over the past year. We are proud to represent such an iconic portfolio of internationally treasured hotels and will continue to strive for hospitality excellence as we continue our expansion in both Qatar and the world’s leading international destinations.”
Katara Hospitality also received two accolades at the 2015 World Travel Awards in Dubai announced last week, “Middle East’s Leading Hospitality Development Company” for the second year running and “Middle East Leading Tourism Development Project”for the iconic Katara Towers development in the Marina District of Doha’s Lusail City.