France, Italy, Milan, Paris 15 December 2015

Katara Hospitality, the global hotel developer, owner and operator based in Qatar, received three prestigious awards at the World Travel Awards last night; ‘World’s Leading Hospitality Company’ for the third year running, ‘World’s Leading Hotel Suite’ for the Katara Suite at Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan one of Katara Hospitality’s flagship properties in Italy and the coveted ‘World’s Leading Landmark Hotel’ for The Peninsula Paris.

The World Travel Awards, deemed one of the most prestigious accolades in the hospitality industry, was held at an illustrious grand finale gala at the Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in El Jadida, Morocco. Accepting the awards on behalf of Katara Hospitality was Salem Al Kubaisi, Chief Corporate Services Officer of the company.The awards recognised Katara Hospitality’s outstanding contributions to the hospitality industry globally through continued development of iconic luxury hotels in Qatar and key destinations across the world.

“We are privileged to be recognised by the World Travel Awards for our commitment to creating the ultimate guest experience through our growing portfolio of seamless luxury hotels in both Qatar and across the world,” said Chief Executive Officer of Katara Hospitality. “Katara Hospitality has over the years cemented its position as an industry leader and key hospitality stakeholder, partnering with some of the world’s premium brands and we are proud to be recognised for our efforts in maintaining the rich heritage of some of the world’s most iconic hospitality properties,” he added.

Building on recognition for global excellence and luxury guest experiences, Katara Suite at Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan was named World’s Leading Hotel Suite. As one of Italy’s largest suites at an astounding 1000sqm, Katara Suite is a symbol of epicurean excellence renowned for its opulent features that epitomise the essence of Milan’s culture and sophistication.

Nestled in a destination that perfectly blends fashion, design and Italian cuisine, Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan which houses the Katara Suite, opened its doors on 1 December 2014 after undergoing a meticulous renovation and astonishing redesign. The hotel’s architectural design was inspired by the “Belle Époque” era, a historical period that exhibited heightened levels of comfort and a charming existence. The majestic award-winning hospitality jewel is well recognized as an iconic hotel in line with Katara Hospitality’s legacy of developing a portfolio of peerless properties in key destinations of the world.

The ‘World’s Leading Landmark Hotel’ award is a fitting accolade for The Peninsula Paris, Katara Hospitality’s iconic hotel located a mere few steps from the historic French tourism landmarks Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, as well as renowned museums and shopping districts. Introducing new levels of aesthetic appeal and luxury service distinction after a meticulous restoration to its already impressive architecture, since its 2014 reopening, The Peninsula Paris continues to reflect contemporary design through its spectacular rooms and terraces, manicured gardens, skyline views and guest amenities that appeal to both business and leisure travellers.

With 45 years of hospitality expertise, Katara Hospitality continues to expand its worldwide portfolio which has grown to 35 owned and or managed hotels and is focused on achieving its target of 60 hotels in the next 10 years while preserving the iconic heritage of some of the world’s most remarkable hospitality and architectural finds