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Rotana to open three new hotels in Qatar by 2018

The new properties will include Centro Capital Doha, Plaza Rayhaan by Rotana Doha and Downtown Arjaan by Rotana

Rotana's CEO, Guy Hutchinson.
Rotana's CEO, Guy Hutchinson.

Rotana has announced plans to open three new hotels in Qatar by the end of 2018.

The new properties will include Centro Capital Doha, Plaza Rayhaan by Rotana Doha and Downtown Arjaan by Rotana Doha.

The 220-key Centro Capital Doha will open in the first quarter of 2016, while the 400-key Plaza Rayhaan Doha and 225-key Downtown Arjaan Doha are scheduled to open in 2017 and 2018 respectively. 

Combined, the new hotels will take Rotana's total portfolio in Qatar to 1,876 keys. 

The new hotels were announced at a roundtable hosted to mark the Rotana Hotels 2016 GCC Road Show.

Guy Hutchinson, CEO, Rotana, shared his professional insights on expected hospitality developments in 2016 as well as the outlook for Qatar's hospitality industry in the year ahead.

“Qatar currently lacks in affordable business hotels that yet offer world-class service and comfort to guests, creating a gap in the market that brands like ‘Centro by Rotana’ can look forward to filling,” noted Hutchinson.

He added that the outlook for the GCC tourism sector in 2016 remains positive despite market conditions continuing to remain challenging in the shadow of dropping oil prices and the collapse in value of the Ruble and Euro.

Hutchinson commented that the GCC governments are stepping up spending in infrastructure projects in an ongoing drive to diversity their economies, and this is expected to have a positive effect on nourishing investor enthusiasm for the region and its tourism business.

He said, “Although demand from traditional source markets has seen a decline, we have been witnessing a steady rise in intra-regional travel, a trend we expect to continue through 2016.

“This, along with the rising status of cities such as Dubai, Doha and Jeddah as prominent MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) destinations, should enable the region’s hospitality industry to maintain its growth pace in 2016.”

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