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New international association launches for key hotel executives

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Aug 2016

The International Association of Hotel Executives (IAHE) – the umbrella organisation of the International Association of Hotel General Managers has launched to recognise the contribution of key hotel executives to the hospitality industry and provide support and assistance to members throughout their careers paths. Membership is open to all those who have served as Head

2,400 new hotel rooms set to open in Abu Dhabi by end of 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 03 Aug 2016

According to a new report released by JLL, Abu Dhabi is set to open 2,400 new hotel rooms by the end of 2016. The Abu Dhabi Hotel Market Summary report also revealed that 200 rooms opened in Q2 2016 with an additional 2,200 rooms forecast to be added to the market by the end of

First Biltmore Hotel opens outside of the U.S in Georgia

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Aug 2016

The grand opening of The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi took place on 31 July 2016 and was hosted by the hotel’s owners, the UAE-based Dhabi Group and sponsored by Tera Bank.  The celebrations saw over 5,000 people gather on Rustaveli Avenue to witness a fireworks display and star-studded concert set against the backdrop of the hotel.

Address Hotels occupancy “86% above industry average”

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Aug 2016

Emaar Hospitality has reported that occupancy at The Address Hotels + Resorts is 86% higher than the industry average. The announcement was made as Emaar Properties recorded a robust increase of 12% in net profit to $674 million in the first six months of 2016, compared to the net profit of $ 600 million during

Win 800 coffee capsules with Boncafe and Hotel News

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Aug 2016

Boncafé Middle East has partnered with Hotel News ME to promote its new line of compatible capsules, giving away 800 capsules to one lucky respondent of the Boncafé Middle East survey. The new line includes four new flavours, and 200 capsules of each of these will be sent to one survey respondent. The capsules are

Four Seasons announces new senior leadership promotions

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Aug 2016

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has made a handful of new, senior appointments and promorions as it continues to strengthen its operational leadership team Christian Clerc has been appointed president, hotel operations, Americas, Simon Casson has been promoted to president, hotel operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Rainer Stampfer has been promoted to president,

Dubai Marriott Harbour names new Executive Housekeeper

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Aug 2016

The Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites located in Dubai Marina has names Laura Zanfirescu as the property’s new Executive Housekeeper. Zanfirescu began her career in Spain where she quickly moved through the ranks of housekeeping and into an executive housekeeper role at the Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort in Murcia. She then moved to

Supplier Focus: The Great Outdoors

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Aug 2016

With outdoor areas a key revenue generator for a hotel, it’s imperative that establishments get their furniture right. This month, Hotel News ME hears from the suppliers at the forefront of the great outdoors to find out how hoteliers can preserve their furniture from the extreme heat, the latest fabrics on the market and why

Azizi Developments announces Expo 2020 serviced apartment project

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Aug 2016

UAE based developer, Azizi Developments has announced the pre-launch of its 222-unit Montrell serviced apartments project. When complete, the furnished serviced apartment building will offer a total of 168 fully furnished luxury studios and 54 one-bedroom units. The total cost of the development is said to be in the region of $80 million. Farhad Azizi,

Saudis in $1.3bn bid for Grosvenor House London & Plaza hotels

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Jul 2016

A consortium of Saudi and UK family wealth funds have launched a $1.3bn bid for London’s Grosvenor House Hotel plus majority stakes in New York’s Plaza and Dream Downtown hotels from India’s Sahara India Pariwar group. The offer could potentially spark a bidding war after Sahara revealed that it was also in talks with Qatari









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