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Ascott to manage Al Khobar property

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Mar 2017

The Ascott Limited has unveiled plans to manage the Citadines-branded property located in central Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia.  Citadines Al Khobar will comprise 54 one-bedroom apartments with various layouts. Managed and operated by Ascott, facilities will include a breakfast area, residents’ lounge and fully equipped gym. Ascott country general manager of Middle East and Turkey Vincent

St. Regis Abu Dhabi appoints director of marketing

by Patrick Ryan | 14 Mar 2017

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi has appointed Sona Shah to the position of director of marketing. Sona’s previous hospitality marketing experience includes roles with The May Fair Hotel London as well as 13 Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels in the UK, prior to joining Starwood Hotels & Resorts in January 2014. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Anantara opens first property in Europe

by Patrick Ryan | 07 Mar 2017

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas is opening its first property in Europe. The operator and developer of luxury hotels, resorts and spas in Asia, the Indian Ocean, Africa and the Middle East, is preparing to launch the first Anantara in Europe, with Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort scheduled to welcome its first guests on 1 April

Marketplace: In-room accessories

by Patrick Ryan | 23 Feb 2017

Hotel News ME talks to a number of suppliers of in-room accessories and hears about the competitive nature of their industry and how they are meeting the demands driven by the latest trends in the sector. What is your best-selling product? Robert Dupree: ADA Pacific Direct has a niche brand boutique of products of which

Chain Focus: Hilton Worldwide

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Feb 2017

Group overview: Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 brands comprising nearly 4,900 properties with more than 796,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by

Radisson Blu Residence opens in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Feb 2017

The Rezidor Hotel Group has opened its first residence apartments in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The Radisson Blu Residence, Dhahran, will host 92 apartments, a restaurant and a gym. The Rezidor Hotel Group area vice president Middle East & Turkey Mark Willis said:”“We are delighted to open our first residences in Dhahran as we see the perfect opportunity

Oman reaps rewards of tourism investment

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Feb 2017

Oman is set to invest $1.17 billion from travel and tourism by 2026 according to a new report. The figures were released by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as part of the Sultanate’s involvement in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) which takes place in Dubai from 24-27 April. Senior exhibition director, ATM, Simon

The need for premium Wi-Fi

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Feb 2017

du chief commercial officer Fahad AlHassawi on the importance of not cutting back on connectivity In a few short decades, the world has progressed to a point where we are so digitally connected that we have everything at our fingertips; so much so, that we can even access internet on commercial flights. According to a

Iran tourism conference kicks off

by Patrick Ryan | 07 Feb 2017

More than 300 industry leaders are expected to be in attendance at the inaugural Iran Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (IHTIC). The event takes place in the Iranian capital of Tehran at the Parsian Evin Hotel in Tehran from 7-8 February. Jonathan Worsley, chairman of bench events and founder of IHTIC commented: “The conference is looking set

New appointments at Le Méridien Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 01 Feb 2017

Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre has appointed Ileshaa Nijhawan and Ekta Kapoor to the positions of groups and events sales managers. The company said these appointments are a clear indication of its commitment to providing for the emerging MICE market. Nijhawan joined the company in 2012 as an events and sales executive. “Having









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