Qatar hotels

Major appointment at InterContinental Doha

by Patrick Ryan | 24 May 2017

James Young as been named as the new general manager of InterContinental Doha The City. Young joins the hotel from IHG South East Asia, where he previously held the post of Area General Manager Indochina and General Manager of InterContinental Saigon Hotel and Residences in Vietnam. Young said: “I am delighted to be taking over the reins for

Time Hotels opens first property in Qatar

by Patrick Ryan | 09 Apr 2017

Time Hotel Management has confirmed it is opening its first hotel in Qatar, Time Rako which is a four-star, 102 key property located in the Al Wakra district of Doha. Due to open its doors in Q2 2017, Time Rako features over 102 rooms and suites. Mohamed Awadalla, CEO, Time Hotels, said: “With TIME Rako

Curio makes an entrance

by Patrick Ryan | 04 Apr 2017

Positioned adjacent to the Mall of Qatar there’s little doubt that Hilton is banking on the Al Rayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection By Hilton being a success. It marks the first entry into the Middle East of the Curio brand. Patrick Ryan spoke to the global head of Curio Mark Nogal and Al Rayyan Hotel

Meliá Hotels CEO maps out the year ahead for industry

by Patrick Ryan | 24 Jan 2017

The vice chairman and CEO of the Meliá Hotel group, which has properties in Dubai and Doha, has highlighted a number of challenges facing the hotel industry in the year ahead. Gabriel Escarrer was speaking at the FITUR international tourism conference in Madrid, addressing a wide ranging number of issues from Brexit to geopolitical changes

First look: The Avenue Doha

by Patrick Ryan | 22 Jan 2017

Hotel News ME takes a look at Katara Hospitality’s latest opening, The Avenue Doha. Sofia Soltani caught up with Shadi Kassem, general manager… Since opening how well has the hotel been performing? As we are still in the soft opening stage, we are building on our sales and marketing strategies whilst considering the competition of the

AlRayyan Hotel Doha reveals new executive team

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2016

AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio – A Collection by Hilton has revealed the executive members behind the new city hotel set to open late December 2016. General Manager, Luca Crocco, who was appointed during the hotel’s pre-opening phase in June 2015, leads a multicultural team across the 201 rooms and suites, five restaurants, three outdoor swimming

InterContinental Doha Residences opens its doors

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Nov 2016

InterContinental Hotels Group has opened InterContinental Doha Residences under a management agreement with Gulf Hotels Company WLL. Located on Doha’s longest natural private beach, the new property brings 82 luxury residences to Doha, comprising 17 three-bedroom villas, eight three-bedroom apartments, 15 two-bedroom apartments and 42 one-bedroom apartments. Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East

Hospitality Qatar highlights importance of tourism to 2030 plan

by Crystal Chesters | 23 Oct 2016

Horeca trade show, Hospitality Qatar 2016, took place at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC) from 18-20 October. Organised by IFP Qatar and licensed by the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), the event provided a platform for local, regional and international horeca suppliers to meet with hospitality professionals from the region. Commenting on the success of

Qatar to offer free visas to transit passengers in a bid to boost tourism

by Sophia Soltani | 11 Oct 2016

A revised, free-of-charge tourism visa scheme for passengers transiting through Doha has been revealed by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), Qatar Airways (QA) and Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a move to promote the country as a world-class stopover destination. The new transit visa structure allows passengers with a minimum transit time of five hours

Doha hotels report double digit declines

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Sep 2016

For the month of August, hotels across the UAE reported an increase in occupancy rates to 73.4%, representing  an 2.1% Y-o-Y increase, but despite the peaks, average room rates fell by 8.8% to Dh463 according to STR’s latest report.   STR also reported  that demand for hotels in the UAE increased by 5.1% in the

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