Launch Day

by Staff writer | 22 Jul 2015

John Philipson, area vice president Oman, Six Senses Resorts, Middle East & Indian Ocean discusses with the audience at this year’s GM Leaders Conference his tips on how to successfully launch a new property into the market and the strains of overcoming the highs and the lows. “There is never a perfect launch as no

GM Leaders Conference 2015: Boutique Brands

by Staff writer | 22 Jul 2015

Abdulla Bin Sulaymen, CEO, Seven Tides and Asteco discusses why now is the right time for hoteliers to be looking into new concepts such as a boutique brand alongside his top tips on making headway in the market. “If you fail to plan then you plan to fail. Before we even considered launching DUKES Oceana,

Surviving the summer

by Staff writer | 12 Jul 2015

Bill Keffer, general manager, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai discusses the top ten strategies in order to maintain a hotels strong identity throughout the summer season Hailing from the southern state of Tennessee in the US, Bill Keffer has held managerial positions with Marriott International for 25 years. Beginning his career at the Four Seasons

Oriental charm

by Staff writer | 05 Jul 2015

Aiman Roujouleh, the brand new regional director of sales Middle East at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, outlines his plan to enhance the Hong Kong firm’s Middle East profile.  Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group recently promoted Aiman Roujouleh to regional director of sales for the Middle East as the luxury hospitality firm looks to consolidate its position

Maintaining a hotel is the responsibility of ALL staff

by Staff writer | 15 Jun 2015

Ensuring your hotel remains in top working condition is the responsibility of all team members When evaluating a hotel’s performance, discussions between hotel owners and operators inevitably turn to operating profit and the short-term commercial outlook. Most performance assessments take into account the commercial aspects of the property. However, it is important to consider one

Staff Matters

by Staff writer | 15 Jun 2015

Hotel News ME talks to a group of Human Resource specialists to discuss the changing role of HR, the challenges of retaining staff and how technology is shaping up the ways potential candidates are selected? How has the role of HR changed across hotels in recent years? Barhouche: The role of HR has most definitely

Performance Talk

by Staff writer | 15 Jun 2015

Rupprecht Queitsch, CEO of INHOCO – International Hospitality Consulting Group discusses Dubai’s Q1 performance levels In Q1 2015, Dubai has the highest ADR and RevPAR among the top 12 cities in the world. With an ADR of USD 267.90; RevPAR of USD 230,57 and occupancy of 86.1% Dubai surpasses Paris, Hong Kong and New York.

Affordable luxury for all, YOTEL CEO Hubert Viriot, outlines the company’s plans.

by Staff writer | 15 Jun 2015

YOTEL recently announced plans to open its first property in Dubai – a move that kick-starts its ambitious Middle East expansion campaign. The hospitality firm, an affiliate company of Kuwait-listed IFA Hotels & Resorts KSCC, signed a long-term agreement with Dubai Investment Properties LLC (‘DIP’) to operate YOTEL Business Bay, which is due to open

Sandrine Le Biavant, director consultancy, Farnek compares the energy consumption from 2014 to Q1 of 2015

by Staff writer | 15 Jun 2015

Variable trends: There has been an average drop in occupancy of 5.3 % and a decrease of 3.8% in guest nights and we notice an increase in the average temperature of 11% in Q1 of 2015 compared to 2014 and an increase of 25.6% in cooling degree days, reflecting warmer weather conditions. Energy Use intensity:

Getting the green light

by Staff writer | 15 Jun 2015

With sustainability hot on the agenda for hotels across the region, Guido Bauer, CEO, Green Globe tells Sophia Soltani how sustainable practices in the hospitality sector are even easier to abide by and why hotels are taking fundamental steps towards becoming Green Globe Certified   Can you tell us a little bit about Green Globe?

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