Tivoli Hotels and Resorts Takes Over Operations of Doha's Historic Souq Waqif, A Collection of Nine Properties in Qatar

BANGKOK, TH. October 5, 2017 - With the goal of developing outstanding hotels in Qatar, Tivoli Hotels and Resorts – part of Minor Hotels – announces it is now operating the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels in Doha, a collection of nine unique and historical buildings featuring intricate décor and architecture, nestled in the heart of the historic Souq Waqif.

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, which is one of the many assets managed by Katara Hospitality, Qatar’s leading hospitality organisation, will now be known as Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli. The synergies of these two brands will enhance the development of the local hospitality sector and contribute towards the economic diversification, as envisioned in the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Located within the renowned Souq Waqif and close to Doha’s Hamad International Airport, as well as major business hubs such as the New Msheireb Business and the Bank Street, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli offers an immersion in Arabian tradition and culture, combined with the luxury service and personal attention for which Tivoli hotels are renowned.

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli specialise in bespoke services and facilities, tailored to the needs of today’s business and leisure travellers. From personal butler service and fine quality dining, to a fully equipped business centre and recreational facilities. The hotels provide a range of experiences to suit the most discerning guests. Traditional architecture fuses with contemporary spa facilities, along with a Moroccan hammam.

Backed by its impeccable 80 plus years of heritage and experience, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts differentiate through the range of unique experiences offered, allowing guests to enjoy the most authentic features of every destination, along with innovative and outstanding service. As part of Minor Hotels portfolio of brands, Tivoli now adds Qatar to the collection of distinctive high end luxury properties it operates in Portugal and Brazil.

Guests staying at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli are able to experience both traditional culture and the modern vibes of the city, discovering Souq Waqif through guided tours offered by their Personal Butler. Exploring narrow winding alleyways reveals merchants trading fine silks, carpets, spices, textiles, antiques, musical instruments and Arabian Oud perfume.

Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotels, commented, “The addition of Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli to the portfolio is extremely exciting for Tivoli and represents the brand’s debut in the Middle East region and also the first of Minor Hotels’ planned expansion of the brand outside of its home markets of Portugal and Brazil. It will undoubtedly enhance Doha’s appeal to affluent travellers from around the world, including the discerning millennial market.”

In addition to Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli in Qatar, the brand, which will celebrate its 85th birthday in 2018, has a portfolio of 12 hotels – ten in Portugal and two in Brazil. This year has seen significant investment in a number of the brand’s properties, including multi-million Euro refurbishments at both the flagship Lisbon property – Tivoli Avenida Liberdade – and Tivoli Carvoeiro in the Algarve. In addition Tivoli Oriente in Lisbon and Tivoli Marina Vilamoura in the Algarve, along with the two properties in Brazil, have all been refurbished. Minor Hotels also operates Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, the luxury brand’s first resort in Qatar.

About Tivoli Hotels & Resorts

Tivoli Hotels & Resorts is part of the Minor Hotels and currently operates 13 properties in Portugal, Brazil and Qatar. With over 80 years of experience, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts differentiates through a range of unique and authentic experiences offered to guests along with innovative and outstanding service. In Portugal, Tivoli has properties in main tourism destinations from the cosmopolitan city of Lisbon, to the romantic medieval town Sintra and the golf courses of the Algarve. In Brazil, Tivoli hotels has properties in the vibrant city of São Paulo and coastal Bahia. In Qatar, the brand has added Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli in the historic centre of Doha.

About Minor Hotels

Minor Hotels is an international hotel owner, operator and investor currently with 156 hotels in operation. Minor Hotels passionately explores new possibilities in hospitality with a diverse portfolio of properties designed intelligently to appeal to different kinds of travellers, serving new passions as well as personal needs. Through our Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Elewana, Tivoli, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Marriott and Minor International properties, Minor Hotels operates in 24 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America. With dynamic plans to expand existing brands and explore strategic acquisitions throughout opportunistic markets, Minor Hotels pursues a vision of a more passionate and interconnected world. For more information, please visit www.minorhotels.com.

About Katara Hospitality

Katara Hospitality is the leading hotel owner, developer and operator, based in Qatar. With more than 45 years’ experience in the industry, Katara Hospitality actively pursues its strategic expansion plans by investing in peerless hotels in Qatar while growing its collection of iconic properties in key international markets. Katara Hospitality’s portfolio has grown to include 42 owned and / or managed hotels and the company is now focused on achieving its target of 60 hotels in its portfolio by 2026. As the country’s flagship hospitality organisation, Katara Hospitality supports Qatar’s long term economic vision. Katara Hospitality currently owns properties spread across three continents in Qatar, Egypt, Morocco, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Singapore and Thailand. While it partners with some of the finest hotel management companies, Katara Hospitality operates owned and non-owned hotels through its standalone operating arm, Murwab Hotel Group. Katara Hospitality has gained global recognition for its contributions to the Qatari and international hospitality landscape, through numerous prestigious accolades from the industry.

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