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Food and Hospitality Oman returns for 12th edition

by Crystal Chesters | 26 Feb 2017

The 12th edition of Food and Hospitality Oman 2017 will take place from 16 – 18 October 2017 at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sultanate of Oman. The largest dedicated food and hospitality show in Oman, it will highlight food and drinks, confectionery, dairy products, ingredients, gourmet and healthy foods, tea and coffee products, catering […]

COUNTRY REPORT: The Ottoman Empire

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Nov 2016

 It’s no secret that 2016 has been a trying year for Turkey, with multiple terror attacks and a failed coup attempt under its belt. But despite recent challenges, government incentives and Turkey’s Vision 2023 tourism strategy is set to bolster tourism and drive visitors back to the region. Hotel News ME analyses how new sub-sectors […]

INTERVIEW: The first lady

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Nov 2016

According to a study conducted by Mercer, a quarter of Middle Eastern organisations have no female leadership in their 100 most senior roles. Meanwhile, women leaders hold more than 30% of senior positions in only 4% of organisations. Here, Rania Bawalsa, hotel manager, Mövenpick Resort Petra and Mövenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel discusses women in leadership […]

Founding chairperson of Doha Housekeepers Association to speak at 2016 Executive Housekeepers Conference

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Nov 2016

The second edition of Hotel News ME’s Executive Housekeepers Conference, which is set to take place on November 21, 2016 at the Conrad Hotel Dubai will welcome Prabhat Shukla, the founding chairperson of Kuwait Housekeepers Group, established in 2009 and now The Doha Housekeepers Association. Shukla brings with him 16 years of extensive experience in housekeeping, […]

Pipeline Yearbook 2017 to highlight female leaders in hospitality

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Nov 2016

Hotel News ME’s annual publication, The Pipeline Yearbook will return for a 2017 edition with a special focus on female leaders in hospitality. Featuring exclusive hotel pipeline news and a guide to key territories, the Pipeline Yearbook 2017 will place insight from leading female hoteliers in a first of its kind collaboration across the MENA […]

Four Seasons Dubai welcomes new General Manager

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Nov 2016

Four Seasons Dubai has appointed Leonardo Baiocchi as the new general manager. Baiocchi arrives at the Four Seasons Resort, Dubai from his latest stint in Istanbul where he led both Four Seasons properties as the general manager for five years. “I was one of the pioneers at clustering Four Seasons hotels under the same management,” […]

GM from ABSHERON Hotel Group Baku joins Grand Millennium Al Wahda

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Nov 2016

Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi has named Clive Smith as its new General Manager. Tasked with enforcing the property’s business vision, Smith brings with him over 20 year’s of experience. In his new tole he will oversee all aspects of the property in accordance with company mission statement. His role will include maximisation of […]

The Panel: Raising the bar

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Nov 2016

In line with KPMG’s latest Food and Beverage survey, this month Hotel News ME, hears from some of the region’s leading beverage specialists to find out how dining trends are shaping the dynamics of beverage related revenues with new innovations stemming from London to New York. In 2015, the UAE’s food and beverage industry was […]

INTERVIEW: Stop Clicking Around

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Oct 2016

It’s no secret that relationships between hotels and their OTA partners have always been a little strained to put it delicately. While there is no denying the major influence that these online marketing giants have had on the visibility of hotel groups, OTA regulations can sometimes be stifling and restrictive. Sophia Soltani talks to Geraldine […]

International: Indian Ocean havens

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Oct 2016

As an all year-round holiday destination and only a short flight away from Dubai, the Maldives has gained traction as an attractive getaway for GCC travellers. As the Middle East remains one of the emerging markets for the island destination with a total market share of 3.4%, Coetzer Deysel, cluster general manager, Anantara Dhigu Maldives […]









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