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Qatar Airways Forms Strategic Partnership With Global Hotel Alliance


Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has entered into a new partnership with the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel groups, Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), giving Privilege Club Members the chance to earn Qmiles when staying at any of the groups’ 180 hotels across the world.



Privilege Club members will be entitled to 500 Qmiles when staying at any of the 180 GHA hotels across 136 cities in 43 countries.



As a special promotion to celebrate the new partnership, Qatar Airways is offering its members the chance to earn double Qmiles, totaling 1,000 per stay, when they stay at any GHA-affiliated hotel between 1 April and 30 June 2009.



In order to claim the Qmiles, members will need to provide their Privilege Card number at the time of booking or check-in at their chosen hotel. Qmiles will subsequently be credited to their account following check-out.



GHA represents eleven prestigious hotel chains within its portfolio including Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels, The Leela Palaces Hotels & Resorts, Marco Polo Hotels and Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts.



The addition of these new high-end hotels will offer Qatar Airways Privilege Club members a more extensive choice of luxury accommodation across a worldwide network of reputable brands whilst at the same time rewarding them for their continued loyalty to the Five Star Airline.



Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the addition of Global Hotel Alliance’s 180 strong hotel portfolio added significant depth to the airline’s growing number of Privilege Club partners.



“This agreement between Global Hotel Alliance and Privilege Club demonstrates our ongoing focus on marketing initiatives that provide added value for our loyal customers.



“The hotels in the GHA collection are synonymous for reflecting the local traditions, lifestyle and culture of the city they are located in through their products and services. The allegiance with GHA is a way of giving our Privilege Club members even more choice and more added value as they continue to fly with us.



“Qatar Airways Privilege Club is one of the leading frequent flyer programmes in the Middle East and the addition of this strategic partnership only serves to underline that position and reputation,” Al Baker said.



With a fleet of 68 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, Qatar Airways operates to 83 destinations worldwide from its operational hub of Doha, capital of the State of Qatar. Soon the Five Star carrier will add Houston to its ever growing network, which is the airline’s first foray into America’s southern states. On March 30th Qatar Airways launches non-stop flights between Doha and Houston and will create a new link between the global energy centres of Texas and the Gulf States.


About Qatar Airways: Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012. At the Farnborough Air Show in July 2008, the airline also ordered six Airbus A321s. Qatar Airways is due to move to the New Doha International Airport in 2012 when the first phase of the new facility is scheduled to open. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com


The award winning Five Star airline was recently recognised as the world’s Leading Business Class airline at the World Travel Awards. Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the sixth year running in 2008 and the airline was voted Best in the Middle East for the third year in a row following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com


About Privilege Club: Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club is one of the most generous loyalty programmes in the world and its members enjoy a range of exclusive privileges and benefits from the moment they book their flight until they reach the final destination. Since its launch in 2000 and its re-launch in 2007, Qatar Airways Privilege Club frequent flyer programme has developed in a few years to one of the largest airline loyalty schemes in the Middle East and has in fact received various accolades. The Qatar Airways Privilege Club website gives members great benefits and the possibility to easily manage their accounts. Through the Privilege Club website, www.qmiles.com members are able to log on to and check their account balance online, as well as request reward tickets for travel on Qatar Airways and partner airlines. Qatar Airways serves a wide range of more than 80 destinations and Privilege Club members have the opportunity to earn and redeem Qmiles on this global network spanning America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and Far East. For further information and details on Qatar Airways Privilege Club, web users can log onto www.qmiles.com


About Global Hotel Alliance: GHAwas created in 2004 and is the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel groups. GHAis about offering greater choice and enhanced recognition to customers in a growing collection of hotels, managed by individual, regional brands, which are respected in their home markets for reflecting and respecting local traditions and culture through their hotels’ products and services.


There are eleven prominent hotel brands in the GHA portfolio: Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Cham Palaces & Hotels, Dusit International, Kempinski Hotels, Landis Hotels & Resorts, Marco Polo Hotels, Omni Hotels, Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts, Parkroyal Hotels, The Doyle Collection and The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts have created an Alliance with the promise to deliver great value and a memorable experience across the world. For further information, log onto www.globalhotelalliance.com



Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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