The ceremony, held today at Doha Exhibitions Centre, recognised Sealine Beach Resort, Wyndham Grand Regency Doha and Best Western Plus, in first, second and third places respectively, in the best Qatar National Day 2014 Contest.
QTA’s Director of Tourism Licensing, Mohammed Al Ansari presented the awards to the winning hotels and tour operators in the three categories during the ceremony, which was attended by a select audience of representatives from hotels and travel agencies in Qatar. Al Ansari said:
We warmly congratulate all those honored today. These awards serve to express QTA’s appreciation for all the efforts made by our partners and service providers in the tourism sector, as they work to offer world class standards of service. They also reflect the developments and improvements that we have witnessed in the tourism sector to date, which is witnessing significant growth thanks to the productive relationships between QTA and our partners in the public and private sectors.’
The ten highest-scoring hotels in the results of the services and classification mystery audits carried out on QTA’s behalf by an independent third party in all hotels in Qatar were honoured at the ceremony. The winning hotels in this category are: Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, Ramada Encore Doha, The Torch Doha, Amari Doha, Crown Plaza Doha – The Business Park, Sharq Village and Spa, Hilton Doha, Four Seasons Doha, Grand Hyatt Doha, and Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha.
This year’s awards also included a category to recognise hotels for their efforts to implement international standards of services for people with special needs. The selection process was based on hotels’ compliance with a code drafted in a collaboration between QTA and the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs.
The hotels with the highest standards of services for people with special needs were: Amari Doha, Radisson Blu Hotel, The Torch Doha and W Doha Hotel and Residence.
QTA also presented awards to the hotels, travel agencies and tour operators that supported its efforts to promote Qatar through The Bloggers Program, which brought some of the region’s most popular social media personalities to Qatar. These establishments include Marsa Malaz Kempinski – The Pearl, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, Qatar International Adventure, Regency Travel and Tours and Amlak.