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5 Minutes with… Guido de Wilde, SVP, Starwood Hotels

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Jul 2016

5 Minutes with… Guido de Wilde, senior vice president, regional director, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Middle East on the group’s challenges, key achievements and future goals. What were the hotel group’s key achievements and milestones in 2015? We introduced The Luxury Collection in Lebanon with the opening of the Grand Hills, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Kempinski Hotels names Dutch national as new SVP operations

by Staff Writer | 20 Jul 2016

Kempinski hotels has appointed Henk Meyknecht as the new senior vice president, regional operations for the Middle East and Africa.   A seasoned hotelier, Dutch national, Meyknecht brings with him than 30 years’ experience and a skillset of three languages, including fluent Dutch, German and English. Meyknechat, a graduate of Maastricht Hotel School in the Netherlands

Middle East & Africa spa industry tops $3bn with the UAE boasting 14% market share

by Sophia Soltani | 19 Jul 2016

A new report released by Euromonitor International ahead of the Leisure Show 2016 has detailed that the spa market in the Middle East and Africa is now valued at AED 11 billion  ($3 bn). The 2016 report has revealed that the UAE shares over 14% of this market with a value of AED 1.59 billion

Chain Focus: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

by Sophia Soltani | 19 Jul 2016

Hotel News ME profiles the group’s 2016 achievements, future goals and its planned Middle East pipeline.  Group overview Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is a leading hotel and leisure company worldwide boasting nearly 1,300 properties in 100 countries the group employs over 188,000 people at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully

Ascott inks deal with Qatar Investment Authority for first serviced apartments in Melbourne

by Sophia Soltani | 18 Jul 2016

The Ascott Limited (Ascott), is acquiring its first serviced residence in Docklands, Melbourne as part of its A$500 million strategic partnership with Quest Apartment Hotels (Quest), one of the largest serviced apartment operators in Australia. The 221-unit property will be acquired for A$71 million through a 50:50 joint venture between Ascott and Qatar Investment Authority

Wyndham Hotel Group appoints new Cluster GM

by Sophia Soltani | 17 Jul 2016

Wyndham Hotel Group has named Rogier M. Hurkmans as cluster general manager for two of the group’s hotels in the UAE. Hurkmans will oversee TRYP by Wyndham located in Barsha Heights and the recently opened hotel, Wyndham Dubai Marina. Hurkmans joined the Wyndham Hotel Group in the Middle East a year ago as opening general

Country Report: Bountiful Bahrain

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Jul 2016

With investments in hotels and the infrastructure driving growth in Bahrain’s tourism sector, Hotel News ME evaluates how plans for the $1.1 billion expansion of Bahrain International Airport and a drive towards eco-tourism will help bolster the Kingdom’s cash flow. The kingdom of Bahrain rose to prominence as the region’s financial hub in the 1970s

Oberoi Al Zorah names GM for Q4 opening

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Jul 2016

The Oberoi, Al Zorah, has appointed Burkhard Wolter as the new general manager at the property. A joint venture between the Government of Ajman and Solidere International, Al Zorah is the flagship project of Solidere International in the UAE. Wolter has been in the hospitality industry for over two decades and has worked in the

AccorHotels acquires FRHI Hotels & Resorts in mega-merger deal

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Jul 2016

AccorHotels has officially sealed the deal and acquired FRHI Hotels and Resorts in a mega-merger that will see luxury brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel join Accor’s existing portfolio. The acquisition now means that AccorHotels will have 150 hotels – in operation and under management – in the Middle East region, presenting more than 45,000 rooms

Marriott’s Acquisition of Starwood Receives Antitrust Authorisation From Saudi Arabia & Mexico

by Sophia Soltani | 09 Jul 2016

Marriott International, Inc has revealed that it has received authorisation from competition authorities in Saudi Arabia and Mexico to proceed with its acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in a merger transaction. With these authorisations, the only remaining country in which Marriott and Starwood require pre-merger authorisation from is China. Marriott and Starwood said they









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