2018 will see record high for hotel investment in MENA region

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Dec 2017

The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2018 (AHIC) is forecasting significant opportunities for hotel investors targeting the Middle East in light of new data from MEED Projects, which predicts that more than US$14bn worth of hotel construction contracts will be awarded in 2018. According to MEED Projects, the online projects tracking service, the value of new hotel […]

ME Dubai is announced for late 2018

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Dec 2017

Luxury lifestyle hotel brand, ME by Meliá, has announced its debut property in the Middle East with the launch of ME Dubai – which is expected to open at the end of 2018. ME Dubai will consist of 93 rooms and suites, across 19 floors, the Suite ME, as well as 98 serviced apartments. Gabriel Escarrer, […]

SIAL Middle East goes from strength to strength

by Patrick Ryan | 14 Dec 2017

The eighth edition of SIAL Middle East has seen a growth of 28% year-on-year for visitor numbers, with the event organisers revealing that exhibitors have netted deals worth AED3.3 billion. Joanne Cook, managing director for SIAL Middle East said: “With 20,000 registered visitors through our doors in the first two days of the exhibition, we take […]

Mövenpick Hotel JLT appoints new executive head chef

by Patrick Ryan | 14 Dec 2017

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers has appointed Balveer Balkissoo as its new executive head chef. Balkissoo has worked for the Mövenpick Resorts & Spa Mauritius for over five years. “Chef Balveer’s skill and talent has already lead to significant changes during his first weeks with us. He wakes up with new ideas everyday and his enthusiasm […]

Feature: Improving guest automation

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Dec 2017

Edmund Sum, product manager FCS Engineering at FCS Systems looks at how engineering automation can improve the guest experience Increasingly, we are seeing hospitality technology solutions improve efficiency in hotel front-of-house operations such as concierge services and back-of-house operations such as housekeeping. However, in hotel engineering and maintenance management, we are also seeing some great […]

Feature: Pitching a restaurant concept to investors

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Dec 2017

If you had the chance to present your restaurant concept to a panel of investors, what would they most want to know? Jennifer Pettinger-Haines, founder of the Global Restaurant Investment Forum, finds out. One of the highlights of the upcoming Global Restaurant Investment Forum, being held at Palazzo Versace Dubai from 12-14 March, 2018, is […]

IHG opens second Crowne Plaza property in Muscat

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Dec 2017

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of its second Crowne Plaza property in Muscat, Oman. The 296-room Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in Muscat will be the brand’s fifth property in Oman. Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG said: “We are delighted to celebrate the opening of our second Crowne […]

GCC hotels to target Indian market

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Dec 2017

GCC hotels are making a concerted effort to target the Indian market. That’s according to Simon Press, senior exhibition director, Arabian Travel Market. He said that Indian millennial tourists are opting for a little and often approach when it comes to traveling, according to a recent survey. He urged GCC hoteliers and travel professionals to use […]

Anantara Residences Sky Collection is launched

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Dec 2017

Property developer Seven Tides has saved the best for last and launched its Anantara Residences Sky Collection. The fully furnished luxury studio partments form part of the five-star Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort on the eastern crescent of Palm Jumeirah. Abdulla Bin Sulayem, CEO of Seven Tides International, said: “This is a great opportunity to […]

Dubai shows growth in supply and demand

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Dec 2017

STR’s preliminary November 2017 data for Dubai, United Arab Emirates, indicates significant growth in supply and demand. Based on daily data from November, Dubai reported the following in year-over-year comparisons: Supply: +5.6% Demand: +2.7% Occupancy: -2.7% to 87.0% Average daily rate (ADR): -1.1% to AED754.11 Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -3.8% to AED655.84 Demand (room […]

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