Katara Hospitality holds a steady course in a sea of growing success
Katara Hospitality, the leading global hotel developer, owner and operator based in Qatar, has received worldwide acclaim for its combined international growth strategy as it builds upon its global hospitality footprint. We asked Hamad Abdulla Al-Mulla, Chief Executive Officer of the group, to outline his latest milestones.
During 2015, Katara Hospitality witnessed the opening of Excelsior Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan, as well as the legendary Art Nouveau style Royal Savoy, Lausanne, a Murwab Hotel. Both properties had recently undergone a meticulous renovation and interior redesign, unveiling fully renovated luxury hotels. Katara Hospitality also acquired the Westin Excelsior Rome, a feat which was symbolic of our organisation’s continued commitment towards our goal of 60 properties by 2026. In Qatar, we continue to illustrate our pledge in support of the core tenets of Qatar National Vision 2030, through upgrades and renovations of properties that are a part of our locally based portfolio.
The launch of Murwab Hotel Group, Katara Hospitality’s standalone operating arm, is an important move. Could you tell us a little more about this?
The launch of Murwab Hotel Group was a significant milestone in that it is emblematic of the start of a new era for our organisation. Leveraging from over 45 years’ worth of experience, Murwab Hotel Group, which manages a collection of international upscale boutique hotels and brands, is a rapidly growing hotel management company with multiple projects in its pipeline. The formation of Murwab Hotel Group is important to our growth strategy as we have diversified our offering to hotel management services geared towards the independent hotel segment.
What is your message this year to the leading delegates at IHIF Berlin?
At this year’s edition of IHIF Berlin, we aim to highlight our continued commitment to reinvesting in our current portfolio, as we develop properties that appeal to the most discerning of tastes. Widely renowned as an event that attracts the most influential decision makers in the hospitality arena, IHIF Berlin promises to create further opportunities for Katara Hospitality to showcase its strategic direction and business intent in the years to come. We look forward to the opportunity to not only showcase our peerless luxury hotel property portfolio to hospitality industry leaders, but also share industry insights on the future of Katara Hospitality and the luxury hospitality market.
Katara Hospitality received numerous prestigious awards over the past year for its continued contributions to the Qatari and global luxury hospitality landscape.
Some notable awards to mention include being named the “Middle East’s Leading Hospitality
Development Company” for the second consecutive year and “Middle East Leading Tourism Development Project” for the iconic Katara Towers development expected to open in 2018 in Doha’s Lusail City Marina District, at the 2015 regional World Travel Awards.
Katara Hospitality also clinched the prestigious Seven Star Special Award for “Remarkable & Exceptional Achievement in the Luxury Hospitality Industry” award at Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards ceremony in Bali.
To cap the year off, Katara Hospitality scooped three esteemed awards at the global edition of the World Travel Awards, by being named “World’s Leading Hospitality Company” for the third year running, “World’s Leading Hotel Suite” for the Katara Suite at the recently reopened Excelsior Hotel Gallia, Milan and the coveted “World’s Leading Landmark Hotel” for The Peninsula Paris, a Katara Hospitality flagship property in the French capital.