Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

St Regis Doha Set to Open Next Month

January 26, 2012 - Scheduled to debut on February 28, The St. Regis Doha is now accepting reservations – be it for a relaxing weekend, a business meeting or a stylish wedding. The St. Regis Doha, marks the debut of the St. Regis brand in Qatar, and is set to become the premier business and leisure hotel in the country.

“We have been building up to this moment for three years and it is with a lot of excitement that we received our first booking this morning,” says Tareq Derbas, General Manager, The St. Regis Doha. “We look forward to welcoming our first guests and to start building the reputation of the hotel as the finest address in Doha.”

The St. Regis Doha will offer 336 luxurious guest rooms including 70 suites – all offering sea views. The hotel is geared to set new standards in service and luxury in Qatar with the legendary St. Regis butler service provided to all guests. The hotel features 10 restaurants and lounges – from international fine dining venues to Jazz at Lincoln Centre Doha, the first jazz club in Doha to offer daily live jazz music. The hotel also offers 4,000 square meters of meeting space, a Remède Spa, an Olympic swimming pool and seafront cabanas with private Jacuzzis.

People in Qatar and luxury enthusiasts from across the region can now reserve the first taste of The St. Regis Doha lifestyle.

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Hotel Group Meetings for 2015
As the economy continues to improve, hotels are finally luring back business travelers, including those who are participating in group meetings and conventions. According to The Global Business Travel Association, group travel spending has grown 5.3% to $117.1 billion in 2014, a figure that well exceeds previous expectations. Given that group business accounts for as much as 30-40% of total revenues for a hotel operation, this is welcome news indeed. Still, this is no time for complacency. Savvy hoteliers are incorporating new creative ideas into their operations in order to satisfy their clientele and to differentiate themselves for their competition, with the ultimate goal of making meetings easier, more comfortable and even more fun. The emphasis seems to be on making group meetings “less institutional” and “more residential”. One hotel chain has created meeting spaces that are more like lounges than standard conference rooms. Another offers its guests unusual food options like make-your-own trail mix stations and smoothie bars. Still another provides its guests with mobile apps that will let them make requests — from ordering coffee and food to changing the room temperature — without ever leaving the meeting room. Technological innovations are also of paramount concern as meeting planners are demanding that the latest innovations be available to attendees including universal wireless Internet access, videoconferencing capabilities, charging stations, and a secure protected environment in which to conduct proprietary business. Finally, some hotels are offering more breakout rooms in order to encourage smaller and more intimate interchanges among attendees after long group sessions throughout the day. The September Hotel Business Review will examine what some hotels are doing to facilitate this segment of their business and to meet the expectations of their guests.