JA Resorts & Hotels break ground in Sri-Lanka

by Staff writer | 15 Jun 2015

JA Resorts & Hotels will be developing a tropical beach resort in Kathiraveli on the East Coast of Sri Lanka in partnership with Gravity Resort Group (GRG), the property will be known as JA Eclipse Beach Resort, marking the hotel chain’s third beach resort in the Indian Ocean further adding to the brand’s extensive portfolio

R Hotels partners with Accor to create ibis Styles becomes official at ATM

by Staff writer | 15 Jun 2015

R Hotels announced the framework for a franchise agreement with Accor Hotel Services Middle East at the end of April to incorporate an upcoming ibis Styles hotel in Jumeirah with the property expected to open during second half of the year. The brand was made official at the signing of the contract at this year’s

Al Habtoor Group partners with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to create its first luxury brand in Budapest

by Staff writer | 14 Jun 2015

UAE based company Al Habtoor Group, signed a deal with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C at this year’s ATM, which will see the opening of the first property from the luxury brand in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Al Habtoor Group, which also has four properties in Dubai, including Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa,

Burj Al Arab named ‘Best Hotel in the World’

by Staff writer | 10 Jun 2015

  On 18th May at the Daily Telegraph’s annual Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards (ULTRAs), Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the World’s Most Luxurious Hotel, was once again voted the Best Hotel in the World and Best Hotel in the Middle East.   Burj Al Arab Jumeirah was awarded the ‘Best Hotel in the World’ title,

Hilton Worldwide expands Dubai portfolio in agreement with wasl to develop hampton by Hilton in Al Mina and Hilton Garden Inn in Bur Dubai

by Staff writer | 08 Jun 2015

Hilton Worldwide is set to double presence in Dubai with eight mid-market additions. Hilton Worldwide  and wasl hospitality and leisure, a subsidiary of wasl Asset Management Group, has announced agreements to open a further two mid-market hotels in Dubai, Hampton by Hilton Dubai Al Mina and Hilton Garden Inn Bur Dubai. A delegation of Hilton

Chain Focus: Starwood

by Staff writer | 08 Jun 2015

  Hotel News ME profiles the hotel chain’s upcoming pipeline plans Group Overview: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, operates more than 1,200 hotels and resorts across nine brands and boasts in more than 100 countries worldwide. The company currently operates 50 properties in the Middle East with plans to open 37 hotels (10,626 rooms)

Interview: Neil George, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc

by Staff writer | 08 Jun 2015

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, outlines the company’s regional expansion strategy and the role he plays in guiding its execution  What does your role as entail? I am responsible setting our strategic growth objectives for the region and achieving them by leading the team that plans and executes the growth of all nine of

Dry hotels on the up

by Staff writer | 08 Jun 2015

As hotel investors make the most of increasingly available Islamic finance Sophia Soltani talks to industry experts to find out more about the upcoming rise in popularity of dry hotels across the region.  With Islamic finance readily flowing into the UAE, there has more recently been a steady increase in the number of dry hotels

Facing up to the challenge

by Staff writer | 02 May 2015

  This month Hotel News ME, in association with Rikan General Trading held a roundtable event at the Radisson Blu, Media City to discuss the main challenges faced by the industry and what the experts wholesomely anticipate to see for the upcoming year in terms of growth.   What according to you, will be the

Industry analysts tell Gemma Greenwood why some of the region’s most beleaguered hotel markets are bouncing back in 2015  

by Staff writer | 02 May 2015

The Middle East is a region accustomed to political turmoil and instability and some of its most popular business and tourism destinations demonstrate a remarkable resilience in the face of adversity. From terrorism attacks to civil war, countries in Northern Africa and the Levant in particular have suffered repeated setbacks, but they have also proved

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