Dr Mohamed Bin Johar Al Mohamed, vice-chairman and managing director of Retaj Group and Luqman Nani, managing director of Taj Hana Group, signed the strategic partnership at Al Meroz Hotel in Bangkok.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Wan Muhamad Noor Matha, former deputy prime minister and former president of parliament of Thailand, as well as many officials from the two leading groups and more than 200 academics and investors in hotel tourism sector, in addition to landowners and medical tourism experts.
This move came as a part of Retaj's overseas expansion plan and global strategy as one of the leading hotels and hospitality companies in the Middle East and GCC region.
Retaj will manage 27 halal hotels in Asia, of which 2,000 keys will be in Thailand and 3,000 in Japan, China and Indonesia
Under the agreement, Taj Hana will provide more than 27 hotels for Retaj Hotels & Hospitality to operate over the next five years in key locations in the Far East region, such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and China. The two groups also signed a partnership agreement whereby Retaj Hotels and Hospitality will offer Taj Hana Spa brand in all Retaj new hotels.
Retaj aims to provide halal and authentic Arabian hospitality to the Arabian and Gulf tourists and investors as well as from various nationalities visiting the Far East countries.
Dr Al Mohamed, said: "Retaj has established itself as a key brand, being the first and only Qatari hotel brand operating inside and outside the state and which has succeeded in spreading to many countries in Asia, Africa and Europe."
"The Far East countries of Asia are among the most important tourist destinations in the world and the most popular among Southeast Asian countries as there is great potential for tourism in these countries," he said.
Luqman Nani, director general of Taj Hana Group, said that the tourism industry is a top priority of the Thai government. He pointed out that medical tourism is the most important sector in Thailand as it has gained a global reputation to become a major pillar of the tourism sector in Thailand.
Luqman explained that the partnership includes a provision of 2,000 hotel rooms to be managed by Retaj Hotels & Hospitality in Thailand, in addition to 3,000 hotel rooms in East Asia including China, Japan and South Korea, allowing the hotel brand to provide halal tourism in those regions.
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