Majid Al Futtaim and Starwood unveil Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre

by Staff writer | 26 Nov 2015

Majid Al Futtaim and Starwood Hotels and Resorts have unveiled the new Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre following an extensive transformation of all its guest rooms and public areas alongside the introduction of new concepts and outlets. The renovation project, which started in July 2014, aims to re-position the hotel as a key hub for

MEA reports decrease in occupancy levels

by Staff writer | 26 Nov 2015

According to the latest data compiled by STR Global, hotels in the Middle East and Africa reported negative results in the three key performance metrics when reported in U.S. dollars. Compared to October 2014, the Middle East subcontinent reported a 4.6% decrease in occupancy to 67.4%, a 12.3% drop in average daily rate to $200.66

5 minutes with… Dinh Thuy Linh, barista, Kempinski Hotel Ajman

by Staff writer | 23 Nov 2015

Please provide a description of your role.  I am in charge of the Lobby Lounge at Kempinski Hotel Ajman, and besides my regular barista tasks, I am also responsible for educating our guests about our premium coffees and teas. We are currently the only hotel in the Northern Emirates that offers guests an authentic, handpicked

Supplier Focus, Coffee: From Bean To Cup

by Staff writer | 23 Nov 2015

Hotel News ME asks coffee suppliers and specialists to elaborate on the latest trends, machines and sourcing beans sustainably.  What are some of the latest trends being seen in the coffee market? Jones: Over the last few years, the food and beverage industry has evolved at a rapid rate and consequently, has enhanced consumer appreciation

Hyatt Regency launches biggest campaign in 50 year history

by Staff writer | 23 Nov 2015

Hyatt Regency has launched a social campaign ‘Make the Most of Being Away’ using the tag #athyattregency, the largest campaign in the brand’s 50 year history. The model behind the new campaign aims to encourage travellers to acknowledge that sometimes it is good to be away from usual, familiar creature comforts.  The creative team behind

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana appoints new GM

by Staff writer | 23 Nov 2015

Eleni Tsolakou has joined Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana as the new general manager, with more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry having worked in Africa, Greece, Indonesia and the Middle East. Tsolakou joined Rotana Hotels and Resorts in March 2011 as the executive assistant manager in Yas Island Rotana and Centro

Katara Hospitality’s Sealine Beach Resort to undergo extensive renovation

by Staff writer | 22 Nov 2015

Sealine Beach Resort has announced refurbishment plans set to see Qatar’s first leisure destination undergo a number of renovations, expansions and service enhancements across the resort’s rooms, chalets, villas, and recreational facilities. The resort, due for completion by the end of 2016, will feature 97 rooms, suites and villas. Owned by Katara Hospitality; Sealine Beach

Middle East set to double bookings from online platforms by 2018

by Staff writer | 22 Nov 2015

Recent research from Phocuswright has reported that the Middle East’s online travel market is forecast to almost double in value within the next two years, rising from $18 billion to $35 billion by 2018. According to research released by Euromonitor International, in 2014, 60% of airline reservations and ticketing was made online by Dubai based

Le Méridien Dubai launches one of the largest ballrooms in Dubai

by Staff writer | 22 Nov 2015

Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre has celebrated the inauguration of the Great Ballroom, a 2467 sq meters pillarless ballroom that can accommodate 1,750 guests, making it one of Dubai’s tallest and most spacious ballroom venues. The new Great Ballroom is located on ground level, providing easy access to guests and set-up companies. The

Recruit for attitude not skill

by Staff writer | 18 Nov 2015

Expecting an employee to stay with you forever is a myth, according to Pamini Hemaprabha, executive housekeeper, Emirates Palace.

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