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Q+A with Henk Meyknecht, COO Middle East & Africa, Kempinski Hotels

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Jul 2017

Established in 1897, Kempinski Hotels has a a portfolio of 76 five-star hotels and residences in 31 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In the Middle East it has 21 properties alone. Henk Meyknecht, chief operating officer Middle East & Africa, Kempinski Hotels tells us more… What […]

New director of sales and marketing at Bab Al Qasr Hotel

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Jul 2017

Tamer Refaat has been announced as the new director of sales and marketing for Abu Dhabi’s Bab Al Qasr Hotel. Refaat’s previous experience included spells as assistant director of sales at Raffles Dubai, director of sales at Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Complex before he joined the Park Rotana Complex as the director of business development in […]

Jumeirah Group to manage Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Jul 2017

Dubai Holding and Jabal Omar Development Company have signed an agreement to develop Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel in Saudi Arabia, which will be managed by Jumeirah Group. The Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel will include 1,033 guest rooms along with 93 villas and will feature a variety of food and beverage offerings, meeting facilities, executive lounge, gymnasium and […]

Swiss-Belhotel International opens first five-star property in Jordan

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Jul 2017

Swiss-Belhotel International has announced the opening of its first five-star property in Jordan – the Grand Swiss-Belresort Tala Bay Aqaba. The 336-room beachfront property is located on the Red Sea with 80 per cent of the rooms facing the marina. Laurent A. Voivenel, Senior Vice President, Operations and Development for the Middle East, Africa and […]

New senior director for InterContinental Hotels Group

by Patrick Ryan | 16 Jul 2017

David Todd has been names as the new senior director, New Hotels-IMEA for the InterContinental Hotels Group. Todd previously worked for IHG both at the corporate office and at the company’s hotels in the Middle East. Prior to rejoining IHG, he served as vice president, operations-MEA at Millennium Hotels & Resorts. Todd said: “I am very […]

Bahrain is new frontier for Dusit International

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Jul 2017

Dusit International has signed an agreement with Al Manzil Hospitality Group to operate the dusitD2 Seef Bahrain, the brand’s first property in the country. A spokesperson said that the opening will help to position Dusit for further expansion within the GCC region, where it already operates five hotels, with another five confirmed in the pipeline. “We […]

GCC hotels hit by drop in performance over Ramadan

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Jul 2017

The majority of the hotel markets in the GCC experienced a drop in performance during Ramadan, according to figures released by STR. Comparing the data from 26 May to 25 June, STR found that Muscat, Oman was the strongest performing region with a RevPar increase of 8.7%. “The market’s 19.4% increase in occupancy outweighed a […]

Millennium announces five-star resort in Ras Al Khaimah

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Jul 2017

Millennium Hotels and Resorts has announced a new five-star property on Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah. The signing ceremony was held in London for the 339 key beach resort which is one of 40 hotels that the company has in the pipeline. Scheduled to open in 2020, the resort will be situated on a […]

Carlson Rezidor makes senior appointment in region

by Patrick Ryan | 08 Jun 2017

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Mark Willis to the position of area senior vice president for the Middle East, Turkey & Africa. In his new role, Willis (pictured right) assumes responsibilities for the African continent, in addition to the Middle East & Turkey. Mark Willis said: “I feel privileged to be given this […]

Six Senses sets sights on Turkish Riviera

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Mar 2017

Six Senses is taking over the running of the Kaplankaya Resort on the Turkish Riviera. The resort includes residential villas, resort accommodation, a 250-berth marina and yacht club, a retail precinct plus additional dining, sport and leisure facilities. Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas president Bernhard Bohnenberger said:“Over the next year, the design, environmental and wellness operations will […]









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