Cluster GM hired to oversee two Ramada properties in UAE

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Jun 2017

Wyndham Hotel Group has appointed Stefan Thumiger as the cluster general manager for Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach and Ramada Hotel & Suites Sharjah. His most recent role was that of COO hospitality, Treasure Bay Bintan at Landmark Berhad, Singapore. He commented: “I am very grateful to the Wyndham Hotel Group for having given me this […]

Rixos Premium opens on Dubai’s JBR

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Jun 2017

The 35-storey Rixos Premium has debuted on Dubai’s JBR with 414 rooms and suites. Rixos Premium Dubai has a private beach club, Azure Beach, and nine F&B outlets, including Crystal Lounge and Turqouise, the hotel’s all-day dining Turkish restaurant. Solutions Leisure Group is set to launch two outlets at the hotel later this year –US […]

Traders Hotel Abu Dhabi appoints executive sous chef

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Jun 2017

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has appointed Shammi De Costa to the role of executive sous chef at Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. De Costa, from Sri Lanka, brings 18 years of hospitality expertise to the four-star property, including eight years working with Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. He commented: “I am honoured to take […]

Court order prohibits Viceroy Palm Jumeirah takeover

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Jun 2017

DIFC Courts has issued a court order prohibiting the owner of the Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai hotel from taking any further actions to prevent Viceroy Hotels and Resorts from exercising Viceroy’s exclusive authority to manage and operate the hotel.   Viceroy requested the DIFC Courts’ assistance following the actions taken by the hotel’s owner on Monday […]

Millennium Hotels & Resorts appoints new COO

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Jun 2017

Kevork Deldelian has been named chief operating officer of Millennium Hotels & Resorts in the Middle East. Assuming responsibility for the strategic direction of the group, Deldelian will support Millennium Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio of 29 hotels and its 40-strong pipeline. Commenting on the appointment, Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi, president and CEO, Millennium Hotels & […]

Middle East hotels report poor May performance

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Jun 2017

The hotel industry in the Middle East reported negative results in the three key performance metrics during May 2017 compared to the same period in 2016, according to data from STR. The Middle East reported average occupancy of 64.4%, down 5.9% compared to May 2016, while revenue per available room (RevPAR) decreased by 8.2% to […]

IHG reveals plans for new midscale brand

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Jun 2017

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) revealed plans to launch a new, high-quality midscale brand at its 2017 Americas Conference this week in Las Vegas. The brand will champion the traveler who wants a hotel stay that meets their expectations for ‘the basics done exceptionally well’ at a price point of $10 – 15 less than its […]

Swiss-Belhotel signs hotel apartments in Bahrain

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Jun 2017

Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) has signed a management agreement with Hassan Lari Property Development & Management to operate Swiss-Belresidences Juffair in Bahrain, marking the debut of Swiss-Belresidences brand in Bahrain. Expected to open by the end of 2017, Swiss-Belresidences Juffair is an upper midscale hotel apartments complex featuring 129 two- and three-bedroom serviced units each equipped […]

Churros-themed food truck launches in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Jun 2017

Yellow Brick Rd, a food truck that launched on Dubai’s Kite Beach in November 2016, has introduced a sister concept, Churros by YBRD. The new food truck debuted at Festember in Abu Dhabi at the start of June and was manned by chef Marc from Barcelona, who owns a churreria in Spain. Churros by YBRD […]

Michelin-starred chef to debut Bouchon Bakery in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Jun 2017

Michelin-starred chef and cookbook author, Thomas Keller, will launch the first of three Bouchon Bakeries outside the US in Dubai this year, as part of a franchise partnership with international retail franchise operator, M.H. Alshaya Co. The first Bouchon Bakery in the Middle East is scheduled to open its doors in Dubai’s JBR later this […]

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