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Qatar Airways buys Scottish hotel to bolster overseas portfolio

Doha carrier announces acquisition of Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel; says will buy more hotels in future

Qatar Airways buys Scottish hotel to bolster overseas portfolio

Qatar Airways said on Monday it has acquired the Novotel Edinburgh Park Hotel in Scotland, its second overseas hotel acquisition.

The hotel will continue to be managed and operated under the Novotel brand by Accor which operates more than 3,700 hotels worldwide. No value was disclosed for the purchase.

The Novotel Edinburgh Park marks the second hotel acquisition by Qatar Airways outside of Qatar, where it owns the five-star Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha and runs the new airside Hamad International Airport Hotel.

The first acquisition, earlier this year, was the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at Heathrow Airport in London.

The Novotel Edinburgh Park, a four-star property located on Lochside Avenue, close to Edinburgh International Airport, has a direct tram link to both the airport as well as Edinburgh city centre.

The hotel offers 170 rooms and suites; five purpose-designed, fully equipped and flexible meeting rooms for up to 170 people theatre style; an indoor pool, gym, and sauna; and food and beverage offerings. It also offers 95 parking spaces, for Park & Fly passengers.

Qatar Airways said in a statement that it is expected to include further hotels in key destinations.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “The Novotel Edinburgh Park is an excellent addition to our travel portfolio, complementing our five-star hotel the Oryx Rotana in Doha and Sheraton Skyline Hotel Heathrow, making it easy for passengers who wish to spend some time in Edinburgh before travelling further afield in Scotland.”

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