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‘Every reason’ to be bullish about Dubai market

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 […]

Experience is the key for guests

by Patrick Ryan | 27 Apr 2017

Experiential travel has never been more popular with visitors to the UAE’s hotels and resorts, says the cluster director of sales and marketing at Fairmont Ajman and Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort. Khaled S Al-Idressi, pictured right, was speaking to Hotel News Middle East at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) when he made his comments about the […]

Experiential travel is ‘here to stay’

by Patrick Ryan | 27 Apr 2017

GCC countries must merge their pursuit of the latest attractions with their long standing culture and heritage. That was the verdict of a panel at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) on Wednesday, 27 April. “We have focused a lot on highlighting the key propositions that already existed in Dubai, that not many people were familiar with, […]

Ras Al Khaimah has rooms to grow

by Patrick Ryan | 26 Apr 2017

Ras Al Khaimah is expected to welcome more than 4,000 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 […]

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 to open Curio Collection Hotel 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 […]

Time Hotels to launch hotel run by women

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Apr 2017

Time Hotels Management has unveiled plans for a new four-star hotel in Dubai’s Al Barsha district, Time Asma Hotel, which will aim for 80% of team members to be female. Led by general manager Ghada Mahgoub, the hotel will have dedicated facilities for female guests. The announcement was made during a press conference at Arabian […]

Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta to outline Middle East growth at AHIC

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Apr 2017

Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta will be heading to the Arabian Hotel International Conference (AHIC) in Dubai this year, underlining the importance of the region to his company’s expansion plans.  Following another year of landmark growth under the leadership of Carlos Khneisser, Hilton has over 21,000 rooms in its pipeline across the Gulf more than 16,000 […]









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