Interview: Alan Stocker, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah GM

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Jun 2017

Ras Al Khaimah is an unsung hero of the Middle Eastern hospitality scene but that’s all going to change according to the newly appointed general manager of the emirate’s Waldorf Astoria, Alan Stocker. The general manager of Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah believes that people don’t realise just how much potential there is in the […]

Demand is Sky high for Dukes apartments

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Jun 2017

Seven Tides has completely sold out its Dukes Dubai Sky Collection apartments less than a month after they went on sale. The mix of 60 studio and one bedroom properties is the final phase of hotel apartments at the Palm Jumeirah development, located on the 16th and 17th floors of the building. Abdulla bin Sulayem, […]

Ascott expands presence in Jeddah

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Jun 2017

The Ascott Limited (Ascott) is expanding its presence in Jeddah with the opening of Spectrums Residence. It will be the fourth property managed by Ascott in the city, along with the Ascott Sari, Ascott Tahlia and Citadines Al Salamah Jeddah. “We are honoured to have the opportunity to manage Spectrums Residence, which complements our existing […]

New beach and golf resort for Mövenpick in Egypt

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Jun 2017

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is ramping up its presence in Egypt with the announcement of a new 214-key beach and golf resort. The company has signed a deal with Galalah Co. For Touristic Investments S.A.E. to manage the Mövenpick Hotel El Ein Bay. “As we accelerate our expansion in the Middle East and North Africa, Egypt is one […]

Internet of Things can only get better

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Jun 2017

Florian Kriechbaumer, director of operations and development, Interel, explains why now is the time for the hotel industry to embrace The Internet of Things The Internet of Things (IoT), already a major trend in the consumer space with devices such as the Nest thermostat, Philips Hue smart light bulbs and Fitbit wrist bands that measure […]

Should your hotel use open pricing?

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Jun 2017

Michael McCartan, managing director, EMEA, Duetto Research, talks about open pricing and how it enables hotels to be free to sell all year round. Open pricing is a way of pricing and distributing hotel rooms that enables a property to always be on sale at the best price for the customer and the most profitable […]

Ascott launches co-living concept

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Jun 2017

The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has secured contracts to manage its first three properties under the new lyf brand in China and Singapore, aimed squarely at the co-living market. This marks the launch of Ascott’s new co-living concept in China as the company seeks to capture the millennial market and shape the future of travel. If […]

Five Holdings acquires Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Jun 2017

Viceroy Hotels and Resorts is no longer operating its AED4.3 bn property on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, which opened just three months ago. The hotel has been acquired by the Dubai-based real estate development and hospitality group Five Holdings and will be known as Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai. Aloki Batra, CEO of Five Hospitality LLC said: “We believe now […]

Park Inn by Radisson opens first property in Makkah

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Jun 2017

Park Inn by Radisson has opened its debut property in the Holy City of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. The Makkah Al Naseem represents the group’s 35th hotel in Saudi Arabia and gives it a total of more than 9,000 rooms. Mark Willis, area senior vice president, Middle East, Turkey & Africa for the Carlson Rezidor […]

Greenline Interiors wins contracts for Dubai and Riyadh hotels

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Jun 2017

Greenline Interiors (GLI) has won the AED 140 million contracts for the Wafi Hotel project in Dubai and Shaza Hotel in Riyadh. The Wafi Hotel project (pictured right) will be completed in two phases, with phase one consisting of 475 hotel rooms and 97 apartments, while phase two has 26 suites, two ambassador suites and […]

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