Insights from the Torch hotel Doha

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Gerhard Foltin - The Torch Doha
Gerhard Foltin, General Manager of The Torch, Doha

The Torch hotel in Doha is one of the most iconic landmarks in Qatar’s capital. General Manager Gerhard Foltin explained to Inside Investor what makes a stay in the hotel special, and what plans The Torch has to expand its reach.

Q: Can you give us a brief history of The Torch Doha?

A: The Torch is a building which is 300 meters high, built before 2006 and opened before the Asian Games in the same year. The building was initially used for the Asian Games and held the flame that burned during the event and has been designed to represent a colossal torch. It is part of the 250-hectares Aspire Zone, a city created to attract local and international sport enthusiasts. After the games, the building was turned into a hotel. It now has 180 rooms and suites on 51 floors, three restaurants including a revolving restaurant on the 47th floor, four levels of health club facilities, an impressive lobby and 360° panoramic views across the whole of Doha. Actually, The Torch is a five-star deluxe boutique hotel which is heavily used by people who do their business in this part of Doha, which is the Aspire area with all its sports facilities. We also have many sports and leisure tourists and a high number of Saudi Arabian guests as the hotel is directly located along the road from Saudi Arabia. The close proximity of the Villaggio Shopping Mall is also an advantage for us.

Q: Which would be your most important source market for visitors to The Torch?

A: We have, apart from Saudi Arabian guests, business people from Dubai, the Gulf and Middle East, and many sports people from Europe and the US. These are our main source markets.

Q: How established is Aspire in terms of sports?

A: The area is very busy, people are constantly coming for exercise and training. The complex also has renowned hospitals for medical tourists. 30 to 40 per cent of our guests are definitely sports people, others are business people and those seeking wellness or medical treatment here.

Q: How is your hotel going to take advantage of the upcoming project boom in Doha ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022?

A: This boom will definitely be coming, and every hotel will take advantage depending on the area where it is located. Much will be happening in this part of Doha, when they start building the stadiums and the metro.

Q: How is the current occupancy of the Torch?

A: We are connected to the Leading Hotels of the World, and many reservations are coming through this network. Our occupancy was not bad last year and will be better this year and the coming year due to our healthy growth. Even in the summertime, when many hotels are suffering, we have some conferences and sports groups here which helps us a lot. We also have a large expatriate and Qatari community here, who are using the hotel on a day-to-day basis for business or personal meetings, and also a lot of football teams are coming to The Torch.

Q: Where would you like to see The Torch in five years?

A: In five years, The Torch will be a beautiful five-star boutique hotel with a healthy occupancy and good business.

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Gerhard Foltin, General Manager of The Torch, Doha

The Torch hotel in Doha is one of the most iconic landmarks in Qatar’s capital. General Manager Gerhard Foltin explained to Inside Investor what makes a stay in the hotel special, and what plans The Torch has to expand its reach.

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Gerhard Foltin - The Torch Doha
Gerhard Foltin, General Manager of The Torch, Doha

The Torch hotel in Doha is one of the most iconic landmarks in Qatar’s capital. General Manager Gerhard Foltin explained to Inside Investor what makes a stay in the hotel special, and what plans The Torch has to expand its reach.

Q: Can you give us a brief history of The Torch Doha?

A: The Torch is a building which is 300 meters high, built before 2006 and opened before the Asian Games in the same year. The building was initially used for the Asian Games and held the flame that burned during the event and has been designed to represent a colossal torch. It is part of the 250-hectares Aspire Zone, a city created to attract local and international sport enthusiasts. After the games, the building was turned into a hotel. It now has 180 rooms and suites on 51 floors, three restaurants including a revolving restaurant on the 47th floor, four levels of health club facilities, an impressive lobby and 360° panoramic views across the whole of Doha. Actually, The Torch is a five-star deluxe boutique hotel which is heavily used by people who do their business in this part of Doha, which is the Aspire area with all its sports facilities. We also have many sports and leisure tourists and a high number of Saudi Arabian guests as the hotel is directly located along the road from Saudi Arabia. The close proximity of the Villaggio Shopping Mall is also an advantage for us.

Q: Which would be your most important source market for visitors to The Torch?

A: We have, apart from Saudi Arabian guests, business people from Dubai, the Gulf and Middle East, and many sports people from Europe and the US. These are our main source markets.

Q: How established is Aspire in terms of sports?

A: The area is very busy, people are constantly coming for exercise and training. The complex also has renowned hospitals for medical tourists. 30 to 40 per cent of our guests are definitely sports people, others are business people and those seeking wellness or medical treatment here.

Q: How is your hotel going to take advantage of the upcoming project boom in Doha ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022?

A: This boom will definitely be coming, and every hotel will take advantage depending on the area where it is located. Much will be happening in this part of Doha, when they start building the stadiums and the metro.

Q: How is the current occupancy of the Torch?

A: We are connected to the Leading Hotels of the World, and many reservations are coming through this network. Our occupancy was not bad last year and will be better this year and the coming year due to our healthy growth. Even in the summertime, when many hotels are suffering, we have some conferences and sports groups here which helps us a lot. We also have a large expatriate and Qatari community here, who are using the hotel on a day-to-day basis for business or personal meetings, and also a lot of football teams are coming to The Torch.

Q: Where would you like to see The Torch in five years?

A: In five years, The Torch will be a beautiful five-star boutique hotel with a healthy occupancy and good business.

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