Rikan confirmed as presenting sponsor of GM Leaders Conference for the third year in a row

by Patrick Ryan | 23 Mar 2017

Rikan has been confirmed as the presenting sponsor for BNC Publishing’s GM Leaders Conference for the third time in a row. Rikan Managing Director Riaz Khimani said: “We are an established brand in the hotel industry, but we strongly believe in staying in touch with the industry at every level. Right from the grass roots […]

Rise of the robots

by Patrick Ryan | 23 Mar 2017

Patrick Ryan reports on how the hospitality industry is incorporating robotics and artificial intelligence into hotel operations. When you imagine how the hotel industry is going to embrace robotics, it is easy to conjure up images of a hotel lobby whirring with the sounds of machines, from the robotic receptionist behind the counter to the […]

Sharp rise in hotel bookings via phones and tablets

by Patrick Ryan | 22 Mar 2017

There has been a sharp increase in the number of travellers from the GCC who have made hotel bookings with their mobile phones and tablets. That is according to figures that were released by accommodation comparison platform HotelsCombined. According to HotelsCombined, over 70% of actual bookings in January this year were made using mobile devices, […]

It’s a grand opening for Marriott Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi

by Patrick Ryan | 22 Mar 2017

The Marriott Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi celebrated its grand opening on Tuesday. The five-star hotel’s six restaurants and the 400 guest rooms were all under the spotlight at the grand opening. Marriott International president and managing director, Middle East and Africa Alex Kyriakidis said: “As the newest addition to the Marriott Hotels portfolio in the […]

Nakheel awards contract for second hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Mar 2017

Developer Nakheel has awarded a construction contract worth AED184.5 million for a second hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall to Parkway International Contracting. The 375-room hotel has a total project value of AED240 million and forms part of Nakheel’s AED3 billion hospitality expansion under which the developer is bringing 16 new hotels and serviced apartment complexes – with […]

Marketplace: Bathroom suppliers

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Mar 2017

We speak to suppliers of bathrooms about how they are meeting the demands from the latest trends in the sector. Meet the panel: Mark Twitchell, director of international specific sales, Vado Rachael Towl, regional sales manager, ME Guest Supply Sophay Young, senior project designs consultant, Sanipex What is your best selling product? Mark: Currently our […]

Wyndham Hotel Group in focus

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Mar 2017

Wyndham Hotel Group Regional Vice President, Middle East and Africa Ignace Bauwens talks about the group’s performance in 2016 and the challenges ahead. What were the hotel group’s key achievements and milestones in 2016? We introduced our Wyndham brand to the UAE in 2016 with the opening of the luxurious Wyndham Dubai Marina. Situated in […]

MGM announces first properties in the Middle East

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Mar 2017

US-based MGM Resorts International has announced plans to open two hotels in Dubai. The company has agreed a deal with wasl Asset Management Group to manage and advise on an MGM and a Bellagio at a 26-acre “premier destination resort” in Dubai, which it will operate on completion. President of MGM Resorts Bill Hornbuckle said:”We are excited […]

Expo 2020’s legacy up for discussion at ATM 2017

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Mar 2017

The legacy of Dubai Expo 2020 will be high on the agenda at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM). It’s expected that Expo 2020, between October 2020 and April 2021, will bring together more than 180 nations and will host an international audience of 25 million visitors. ATM senior exhibition director Simon Press said: “Expo 2020, […]

Ascott to manage Al Khobar property

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Mar 2017

The Ascott Limited has unveiled plans to manage the Citadines-branded property located in central Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia.  Citadines Al Khobar will comprise 54 one-bedroom apartments with various layouts. Managed and operated by Ascott, facilities will include a breakfast area, residents’ lounge and fully equipped gym. Ascott country general manager of Middle East and Turkey Vincent […]

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