UAE firm buys Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh for $120million

by Patrick Ryan | 16 Jan 2018

Twenty14 Holdings, the hospitality arm of Abu Dhabi-based conglomerate Lulu Group International, has completed a $120 million acquisition of the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian. The Caledonian joins a portfolio of $650m worth of luxury property across the UK, the Middle East and India that Twenty14 has assembled since 2014. Twenty14 Holdings intends to invest a […]

AccorHotels appoints new VP of food & beverage luxury brands

by Patrick Ryan | 16 Jan 2018

Russell Scott has been appointed as the vice president of food and beverage for AccorHotels’ luxury brands in the Middle East. He brings more than three decades of hospitality experience spanning across Europe and the Middle East within leading global companies including Jumeirah Restaurant Group, Terra Firma, Scottish & Newcastle and M.H Alshaya Co. AccorHotels’ […]

Solo female travellers on the rise

by Patrick Ryan | 16 Jan 2018

Solo female travellers could be the key to growth within the region’s hospitality sector. That’s according to The Ascott Limited, who has drawn together a report into guest demographics, specifically looking at the mix of male and female guests. The gender report shows that 86% of its guests in the Middle East are male. “Currently […]

A whole new world for Omani Anantara staff

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Jan 2018

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara has announced an overseas training programme to allow Omani staff to gain experience at other Anantara branches across the world. With 74 Omani employees working across every department, recruiting and training talent from the local community remains a priority for the five-star resort, said a spokesperson. James Hewitson, general manager […]

Feature: The Connection Game

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Jan 2018

Frederick Sabty, vice president of Hospitality Solutions, Avaya International on how upgrading communications can empower employees and enhance the guest experience… As the popular Maître d’hôtel, Fred Sirieix, quintessentially described the art of service, “If you get the hospitality right, the food tastes better”. This can also be said about the hotel guest experience. Once […]

Feature: The healing power of (ethical) tea

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Jan 2018

Around the world, 70,000 cups of tea are consumed every second, but demand has commoditised the industry. On a mission to help people re-discover tea, Merrill and Dilhan Fernando are putting producers back in the driving seat and educating the hospitality industry on the science behind the perfect brew. Words by Melanie Mingas. Those who […]

Jeddah experiences rise in supply despite negative growth

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Jan 2018

Preliminary December 2017 data for hotels in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, indicates significant supply growth and negative performance.   Based on daily data released by STR, from December, Jeddah reported the following in year-over-year comparisons: Supply: +7.0% Demand: -2.0% Occupancy: -8.4% to 45.1% Average daily rate (ADR): -4.1% to SAR694.85 Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -12.1% […]

Abu Dhabi hotels ‘show significant growth’

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Jan 2018

Hotels in Abu Dhabi showed significant growth in December 2017, according to preliminary data supplied by STR. Based on daily data from December, Abu Dhabi reported the following in year-over-year comparisons: Supply: +1.5% Demand: +9.6% Occupancy: +8.0% to 79.4% Average daily rate (ADR): +2.1% to AED496.70 Revenue per available room (RevPAR): +10.2% to AED394.39 STR […]

Russians to flock to Dubai says ATM boss

by Patrick Ryan | 10 Jan 2018

The number of Russian tourists travelling to the GCC in 2020 is expected to be 38% higher than the arrival figures recorded for 2016. That’s according to figures supplied by Arabian Travel Market 2018, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 22-25. Simon Press, senior exhibition director, ATM, said: “Traditionally, the GCC has […]

Sheraton Dubai Creek appoints new chef de cuisine

by Patrick Ryan | 10 Jan 2018

Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers has appointed Joseph Yohannan as chef de cuisine for its Indian restaurant, Ashiana. Yohannan has been with the property since 2014 and will now redirect his focus to rejuvenate the Ashiana brand. “Chef Joseph has been an integral part for our team for four years and perfectly understands the ethos […]

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