Doha, Qatar 08 December 2014

Katara Hospitality, the leading global hotel developer, owner and operator based in Qatar, has been recognized at the World Travel Awards 2014 as the World’s Leading Hospitality Company for the second year running.

The award was presented at the Grand Final ceremony in Anguilla last evening, which was attended by top executives from the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors.

Founded in 1993, the World Travel Awards aim to recognise, acknowledge and reward excellence in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector worldwide. Now in their 21st year, the World Travel Awards are globally acknowledged as the hallmark of quality, honouring winners who set the benchmark to which other industry players aspire.

Salem Al Kubaisi, Chief Corporate Services Officer at Katara Hospitality accepted the award on behalf of the company.

Commenting on the organisation’s latest accomplishment, His Excellency Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabour Al-Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality, said: “This accolade underlines the investment and development milestones we have achieved on our journey to becoming one of the top hospitality organisations in the world. Identifying attractive investment opportunities, increasing revenue streams and presenting exceptional service to our guests has propelled Katara Hospitality into the global spotlight.

“We are proud to once again win this award at such an important international platform and be recognised as an organisation that is pushing the boundaries of industry excellence,” added Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Katara Hospitality. “We look forward to investing in and developing many more of the world’s most spectacular hospitality gems as we progress further on our path of global expansion.”

Last year, Katara Hospitality was named the World’s Leading Hospitality Company at the 2013 World Travel Awards. In May 2014, the organization was again honoured at the World Travel Awards as the Middle East’s Leading Hospitality Development Company.

Following this, the organisation has also been recognised at a regional scale for its efforts in developing the hospitality industry in Qatar. Katara Hospitality was recently named the Hospitality Company of the Year at the fifth Arabian Business Qatar Awards and the ‘2014 Hospitality Achiever’ at the Inaugural Qatar Enterprise Agility Awards.

Katara Hospitality has recently reopened the Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, following an extensive renovation that upgraded the property’s facilities. Bringing Doha’s most iconic hotel to its former glory, the refurbishment perfectly reflects the synergy between the striking 1970s architecture of one of Qatar’s most recognised landmarks with all the functionality expected of a leading 21st century luxury hotel.

Earlier this month, the Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan one of Katara Hospitality’s five-star properties in Italy – welcomed its first guests during its soft reopening.. Following the completion of the full renovation by renowned Milanese architect Marco Piva, this iconic project will officially reopen in February 2015, following four years of redevelopment work.

With 30 hotels already in operation or under development, Katara Hospitality has topped its long established goal of 30 properties by 2016 two years ahead of schedule.