February 17, 2018: The state-owned Qatar Airways announced that it had acquired the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, further expanding the growing portfolio of its hospitality division, Dhiafatina Hotels.
According to a press release, the Sheraton Melbourne joins a growing list of establishments acquired and managed by Dhiafatina Hotels. This includes the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport, The Novotel Edinburgh Park in Edinburgh Scotland, the Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha, and The Airport Hotel located at Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA).
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said, “The acquisition of the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel complements Qatar Airways’ global strategy for growth, and further strengthens our offering for passengers travelling on board our daily flights to Melbourne. Melbourne is an incredibly important destination on the Qatar Airways network, so much so that last year we began flying our state-of-the-art Airbus A380 aircraft to Melbourne.”
The elegant five-star Sheraton Melbourne Hotel is located in the Paris end of Melbourne’s Little Collins Street. It is also within walking distance of the iconic Parliament House and the Melbourne Museum. With its 174 luxurious rooms and suites, it is ideally situated for guests choosing a city break as well as business travellers.
Qatar Airways introduced its flagship Airbus A380 on the Melbourne route in June 2017, increasing the airline’s daily capacity on the Doha-Melbourne route by 44 percent.
Earlier this week, Qatar Airways launched direct services to the Australian capital of Canberra. The airline also recently started services to Chiang Mai, Thailand; St. Petersburg, Russia and Penang, Malaysia, to name just a few. The airline will launch service to Cardiff, United Kingdom and Thessaloniki, Greece in coming months.
Qatar Airways flies daily to Melbourne from Doha’s Hamad International Terminal.