Doha: The Ritz- Carlton, Doha and the St Regis Doha won the prestigious Ramadan awards announced by the Qatar Tourism Authority in a ceremony here.
While The Ritz-Carlton, Doha bagged the Best Ramadan Tent and Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) awards, The St Regis Doha was recognised for the Best Ramadan Experience.
The ceremony was held at Doha Exhibition Centre.
In a statement released by the Qatar Tourism Authority, said that the annual contest aims to evaluate the quality of customer experience in hotels during the holy month of Ramadan.
The contest aims to encourage the hospitality industry to boost their Ramadan activities and make the “Ramadan in Qatar” brand an attractive element for citizens, residents and tourists from the region and around the world.
Hassan al-Ibrahim, chief tourism development officer at QTA, told reporters that the criteria for each award included the quality of services provided, decoration, quality of entertainment programmes and the overall adoption of the Ramadan theme.
QTA will share the results of the contest with the hotels in a bid to possibly help them reassess their plans in the future, according to al-Ibrahim.
Asked if more awards will be added next year, he said the contest would have further improvements.
“Definitely, we will have a different shape and it will have a different methodology depending on the feedback we receive from the industry,” he noted. All hotels in Qatar, from one-star to five-star, had joined the contest.
QTA had launched the “Ramadan in Qatar” programme in a bid to make the holy month into a major festive attraction for locals and expatriates through various activities, public events and social media initiatives.
Ali al-Mohannadi, Partnerships Project manager at QTA, said the contest also aims to further improve hotel services and offerings while maintaining the Arabic and Islamic identity and reflecting the special nature of Ramadan through the cuisine and entertainment programmes offered at their Ramadan tents.