Hilton Doha The Pearl Hotel and Residences offer business and leisure travellers from across the globe a stay suited for their vacation. From a hotel room to a home away stay in the residence, it provides facilities for both, short and long-term guests, and has a diverse F&B offering to suit all tastes and ages.
Hassan El Wahidi, General Manager of Hilton Doha The Pearl Hotel and Residences shares, “Our main USP is multi-faceted appeal. We are a hotel, and a residence, so we can appeal to short and long-term guests and have a diverse F&B offering to suit all tastes and ages. Our hotel offers 359 contemporary studios and suites featuring kitchens or kitchenettes, but guests also have access to inviting restaurants, including our cosy and award-winning Mulberry Tavern gastro pub, the casual but chic The Kitchen restaurant and the signature Levantine restaurant serving contemporary Lebanese cuisine. The Lobby Café offering coffee and pastry selection, and La Pergola Pool Bar featuring refreshing summer beverages and all-time favourite snacks. We have a temperature-controlled outdoor pool, a fully equipped unisex and ladies only gym, and a cosy Kids’ Club. Those seeking total relaxation and wellbeing can head to our signature and reinvigorating eforea spa, which is inspired by traditions from around the world. Guests needing to work from the hotel are aided by our 24–hour business centre and can choose to host business meetings in any of our six, hi-tech meeting rooms.”
Over the past few months there has been a rise in tourists to the region, especially to Qatar, and this has many underlying reasons, El Wahidi explained, “The progress in curbing the spread of the pandemic and the easing of local COVID safety precautions as well as the lifting of international travel air corridor bans, all had an impact on the rise of tourists to Qatar. We are optimistic that we will continue to see a recovery in travel.”
Source markets bring in the bulk of business but in the Middle East region, inter regional travel is also one of the key contributors. Speaking on the traditional source markets El Wahidi reiterated, “Our hotel guests are divided between leisure and business travellers. Our leisure travellers have been usually firstly from our local market and neighbouring countries such as Kuwait and Oman. While markets such as Europe, Turkey, India, US and again Kuwait do visit for business.”
The past two years has seen new entrants to the market and it is not just by air or land transportation but also the many cruise ships, which also contributes towards bringing in travellers from across the world. El Wahidi shared, “With Qatar borders now open we are seeing many leisure travelers from KSA and business travellers from UAE. In 2022 as well, Doha has also welcomed a total of 18 cruise ships and we are expecting 12 additional cruise calls by the end of the season which is June 2022.”
Travel agents have been the backbone of the industry, especially in the Middle Eastern region. Every experience can be enjoyed if it is tailor made to suit the traveller and the travel agent ensure that this is a possibility.