‘Every reason’ to be bullish says Dubai GM

by Patrick Ryan | 27 Apr 2017

There is every reason to be bullish about the market in Dubai according to one of the city’s leading general managers. David Wilson, general manager of the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah was speaking to Hotel News Middle East, at Arabian Travel Market (ATM), when he said that a number of positive factors have led

Ras Al Khaimah has rooms to grow

by Patrick Ryan | 26 Apr 2017

Ras Al Khaimah is expected to welcome 4,445 new rooms over the next three years. Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) revealed the plan at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) on Wednesday, 26 April. Haitham Mattar, CEO of RAKTDA, said: “As Ras Al Khaimah draws closer to reaching the one million visitors target by the end of

Emaar launches new hotel management agreement model

by Patrick Ryan | 26 Apr 2017

Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business of Emaar Properties PJSC, has launched a new model for hotel management agreements. The new model offered by Emaar Hospitality Group is based only on an incentive fee, which is driven by the operator’s ability to generate profits rather than revenues. Olivier Harnisch, chief executive officer of

Hilton signs Curio brand in Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 26 Apr 2017

Hilton has signed a deal to open a hotel under the Curio Collection banner in Dubai. The agreement between Hilton and the Khamas Group of Investments and Bethahab Group will see the new property opening in Business Bay in 2019. “Curio Collection allows owners to develop unique concepts for upper upscale hotels and plug them

Relaunch for the Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa in Oman

by Patrick Ryan | 26 Apr 2017

Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa in Oman will relaunch as a private standalone resort in October 2017.   The announcement was made at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. Newly appointed General Manager Milan Drager said:”For over 10 years, Shangri-La Al Husn has delighted international guests with its refined luxury offering.

Experiential travel driving tourism in Oman

by Patrick Ryan | 26 Apr 2017

Diversification and experiential travel are the biggest tourism trends in Oman right now. That is according to Khalid Al Zadjali, director of Oman Convention Bureau, pictured right, who was speaking to Hotel News Middle East at ATM. “The emphasis on diversification means we have a mix of products in one destination,” he said. “There are

Shortlist unveiled for Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2017

by Patrick Ryan | 25 Apr 2017

Hotel News Middle East has unveiled the highly anticipated shortlist for the Leaders in Hospitality Awards presented by Rikan, to take place at The St. Regis Dubai on 17 May. Hotel News’ panel of seven independent judges took on the difficult task of whittling the nominations down to a maximum of five shortlisted candidates per category, with

Shortlist: Leaders In Hospitality Awards 2017

by Patrick Ryan | 25 Apr 2017

Hotel News Middle East reveals the much-anticipated shortlist for the Leaders in Hospitality Awards, to take place at The St. Regis Dubai on 17 May. Our panel of seven independent judges whittled the nominations down to the very best in class, and here we present the shortlisted candidates for each category. The winners will be announced

HOTEC Middle East hots up in Azerbaijan

by Patrick Ryan | 25 Apr 2017

The 14th edition of HOTEC Middle East kicks off tonight with a celebratory dinner in Baku, Azerbaijan. Suppliers of products and services to the hotel industry from across the globe are coming together in Baku to meet with some of the key hotel owners, operators, designers and procurement specialists in the Middle East, for three

Minibars in the spotlight

by Patrick Ryan | 25 Apr 2017

For this month’s Marketplace section we take a look at some of the leading products available in the minibar market. MINIBAR DM50NTE  The Minibar DM50NTE is the latest product from Dometic and the company is banking on the noiseless 50 litre class mini bar being a huge hit. What makes it unique, says Mohammed Muwafi,









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