Cover story: Massimo Bottura

by Crystal Chesters | 07 Aug 2016

The man behind The World’s Best Restaurant reveals why culture and quality of ideas and ingredients are his secrets to success and essential to the chef of the future.  Crystal Chesters reports. Osteria Francescana, a 21-year-old restaurant with just 12 tables, located in the humble Italian town of Modena was earlier this year named The

Take 10: Independently Minded

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Aug 2016

With a new “anti-brand” advertising campaign underway and a desire to put the destination focus back into travel, Filip Boyen, CEO of Small Luxury Hotels of The World shares 10 defining trends of the affiliation market. Focus Affiliation is about putting hotels at the focus of everything you do. That means communicating in a way

Four Seasons announces new senior leadership promotions

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Aug 2016

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has made a handful of new, senior appointments and promorions as it continues to strengthen its operational leadership team Christian Clerc has been appointed president, hotel operations, Americas, Simon Casson has been promoted to president, hotel operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Rainer Stampfer has been promoted to president,

Dubai Marriott Harbour names new Executive Housekeeper

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Aug 2016

The Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites located in Dubai Marina has names Laura Zanfirescu as the property’s new Executive Housekeeper. Zanfirescu began her career in Spain where she quickly moved through the ranks of housekeeping and into an executive housekeeper role at the Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort in Murcia. She then moved to

St. Regis Abu Dhabi appoints Les Clefs d’Or member as Chief Concierge

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Jul 2016

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi has appointed Erwin Rachim as Chief Concierge. Rachim, an Indonesian national, brings to the hotel over 16 years’ hospitality experience including 10 years specialising in concierge in the Middle East. Rachim is one of just 39 Les Clefs d’Or members in the UAE. Les Clefs d’Or is an association of the

Anantara Hotels names new DOSM to oversee revenue of two new resorts

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Jul 2016

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spa has appointed Firas Rashid as area director of sales and marketing of Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar and Al Baleed Resort Salalah where he will oversee sales and marketing strategies for the two new Anantara resorts, both due to open mid-2016.  With over 15 years’ of industry experience working in

COVER STORY: How chefs are using video to drive brand engagement

by Dina Maaty | 24 Jul 2016

As food overtakes cats as the most watched content online, chefs are waking up to the power of video for driving brand engagement. Crystal Chesters investigates. There is no doubt the creation and consumption of online video is increasing, with growth in watch time on YouTube up at least 50% year over year for the

Food trends: Smoking

by Dina Maaty | 21 Jul 2016

Not only have dedicated smokehouses opened, but chefs across the region are putting more smoked items on menus, while experimenting with unusual preparations. Catering News explores the preparations and techniques associated with the trend Food smoking is big in 2016, with chefs experimenting using everything from fish and beef to vegetables, dairy and even desserts.

5 Minutes with… Guido de Wilde, SVP, Starwood Hotels

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Jul 2016

5 Minutes with… Guido de Wilde, senior vice president, regional director, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Middle East on the group’s challenges, key achievements and future goals. What were the hotel group’s key achievements and milestones in 2015? We introduced The Luxury Collection in Lebanon with the opening of the Grand Hills, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Kempinski Hotels names Dutch national as new SVP operations

by Dina Maaty | 20 Jul 2016

Kempinski hotels has appointed Henk Meyknecht as the new senior vice president, regional operations for the Middle East and Africa.   A seasoned hotelier, Dutch national, Meyknecht brings with him than 30 years’ experience and a skillset of three languages, including fluent Dutch, German and English. Meyknechat, a graduate of Maastricht Hotel School in the Netherlands

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