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Carlson Rezidor opening 17 new hotels in Middle East

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Feb 2017

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced plans to open 17 new hotels across the Middle East this year. The global hotel operator’s new venture will add over 3,000 rooms to its current portfolio of 8,500 rooms in the Middle East region. Rezidor Hotel Group Area vice president, Middle East & Turkey Mark Willis said:”2017 is

Travel and tourism to boost Saudi GDP by $81 billion

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Feb 2017

Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is projected to contribute more than $81 billion to the GDP of the country  by 2026. That is according to figures that have been released by the World Travel and Tourism Council as they gear up for this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) which revealed there are an additional 61,224

Increase in under contract rooms across Middle East

by Patrick Ryan | 14 Feb 2017

There is a 5.1% increase in rooms that are under contract in the Middle East compared to January 2016 with  159,581 rooms in 556 hotel projects. Under contract refers to projects that are in the construction, final planning and planning stages. The figures were released by STR and refer to January, 2017. Saudi Arabia has

TAKE 10: On a budget

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Jan 2017

Despite its reputation for luxury and as home to the world’s only “7-star” hotel, the UAE has seen a significant shift towards mid-market hotels, according to JLL. The consultancy found that about half the 3,600 new hotel rooms entering the Dubai market late last year had a 3-star or lower rating. Here, Shibu Baby, general

5 Minutes With… SAGMA CORP

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Dec 2016

5 minutes with… Myriam Redouane, hospitality regional director, SAGMA CORP. Can you provide some details about the company history? Sagma Corp is a master distribution company based in Dubai. We’ve been operating since 2009 and specialise in the distribution of French niche perfumes and luxury guest amenities. We currently cover most of the GCC and

Shangri-La: A sense of place

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Dec 2016

Shangri-La Dubai has embarked on a complete overhaul of its 302 guest rooms and public areas to create a new “sense of place” in the city. Gerhard Hecker, general manager, Shangri-La Dubai tells Hotel News ME why the no-expenses spared AED 70 million refurb is set to invigorate Dubai’s city explorers.   Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai has

Interview: Exclusively boutique

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Dec 2016

Newly appointed general manager of The Manzil Downtown Dubai Hotel, Riad Abu Haidar tells Hotel News ME why being “uniquely boutique” is key to waging the war against rate and occupancy dips, alongside his plans to reinforce real Arabian hospitality across the property. Artistic in spirit and contemporary in presentation, the 197-room Manzil Downtown Dubai

Rixos the Palm reports 12% increase in occupancy throughout 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Dec 2016

Rixos The Palm Dubai has revealed that it experienced a 12% increase in occupancy rates over 2016 with aveage occupancy across the hotel sitting at 90%. The influx of tourists in the UAE has led to the expansion of Rixos Hotels with additional hotels set to open across the region over then next 2 months.

Langham Hospitality Group secures deal for Jeddah hotel

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Dec 2016

Langham Hospitality Group has inked a deal with the Advanced Hotels Company to manage The Langham, Jeddah – a luxury urban hotel in Saudi Arabia. The new hotel is located within the downtown core directly across a new shopping complex and is slated to open in the summer of 2018. The agreement was signed in

Meliá Hotels International reveals 2017 MEA pipeline

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Dec 2016

Meliá Hotels International (MHI) has revealed its upcoming pipeline for the next 12 months, including  18 scheduled openings plus MHI’s first state-of-the-art sustainable hotel, Meliá Serengeti Lodge. Founded in 1956, MHI has grown from one hotel in Mallorca to an international company boasting more than 375 properties in 42 countries worldwide. Meliá Cartagena de Indias,









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