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Marriott inks deal for Four Points by Sheraton Riyadh

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Dec 2016

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Al Maryia Real Estate Establishment to open a Four Points by Sheraton in the capital city of Riyadh.  Scheduled to open in 2019, Four Points by Sheraton King Abdul Aziz Road will offer 130 keys in the Sulaimaniyah district of the city.  The Four Points brand is on

UAE theme parks to welcome over 19m visitors by 2020

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Nov 2016

The UAE’s existing and new generation theme parks will attract more than 19 million admissions a year by 2020 according to data released by Colliers International in their Theme Park Tourism Report ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2017. The prediction is made using existing admissions and arrivals data for Yas Island’s Ferrari World and Waterworld

COUNTRY REPORT: The Ottoman Empire

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Nov 2016

 It’s no secret that 2016 has been a trying year for Turkey, with multiple terror attacks and a failed coup attempt under its belt. But despite recent challenges, government incentives and Turkey’s Vision 2023 tourism strategy is set to bolster tourism and drive visitors back to the region. Hotel News ME analyses how new sub-sectors

Saudi Arabia to become regional MICE leader by 2020

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Nov 2016

Backed by a growing number of modern facilities and government support, Makkah is set to become a new destination for the MICE tourism industry in Saudi Arabia, according to industry experts. Traditionally seen as a site for religious travel, Makkah is attracting a growing number of local companies and government authorities looking to combine their

Cayan Group appoints Rotana as operator for new project

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Nov 2016

Cayan Group has appointed Rotana Hotel Management as the operator for its new project – the Cayan Arjaan Hotel Apartments. The company revealed the news at a press conference attended by Ahmed Alhatti, Chairman of Cayan Group; Nasser Nowais, Chairman of Rotana; Omer Kaddouri, President and CEO of Rotana; Mohan Saini, MD and CEO of

The Hotel Show set to debut in the Philippines in 2017

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Nov 2016

dmg events – Middle East, Asia & Africa has revealed plans to launch The Hotel Show Philippines in August 2017.  The Hotel Show Philippines will take place from 2 to 5 August, 2017 in Metro Manila, while the flagship show will follow in September at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the UAE. The Hotel

Passenger traffic at DXB Airport up by 2.7%

by Sophia Soltani | 27 Nov 2016

Dubai Airports have revealed that Dubai International Airport welcomed 6.4 million passengers in October 2016 – an increase of 2.7% compared to the same period last year.  Passenger traffic at DXB reached 6,420,208 visitors compared to 6,250,810 recorded in the corresponding month last year as year-to-date, passenger numbers at DXB have risen 6.8% to 69,366,094

Snapped up: Mega-mergers

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Nov 2016

As the global hospitality industry enters an unprecedented period of consolidation, Hotel News ME examines the impact of merger trends on the Middle East market. Just two years ago, some of the world’s leading hotel groups professed that big mergers were just too complicated. Speaking at the 36th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry

Wyndham Hotel Group appoints new Regional VP

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Nov 2016

Wyndham Hotel Group has named Ignace Bauwens as the new Regional Vice President for the Middle East and Africa.  Bauwens joins Wyndham Hotel Group with almost 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including senior operations roles at Accor and InterContinental Hotels Group. Based in the Middle East since 2002, Bauwens most recently served

Tourism contributes AED 134bn to UAE’s GDP

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Nov 2016

Four hundred international professionals and tourism experts gathered for The Tourism Innovation and Transformation Forum 2016 under the patronage of H.E Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, the UAE Ministry of Economy in cooperation with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to exchanged views on  the benefits of innovation to accelerate tourism growth and overcome









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