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Feature: An A-List service

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Jan 2018

Hotel News Middle East talks to some of the industry leaders about how they cater for A-List celebrity guests… It is not uncommon to turn on social-media and read that celebrities such as Will Smith, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian and Tom Cruise are currently spending some much-needed vacation time in the Middle East. […]

A whole new world for Omani Anantara staff

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Jan 2018

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara has announced an overseas training programme to allow Omani staff to gain experience at other Anantara branches across the world. With 74 Omani employees working across every department, recruiting and training talent from the local community remains a priority for the five-star resort, said a spokesperson. James Hewitson, general manager […]

FEATURE: An A-List service

by Patrick Ryan | 08 Jan 2018

Hotel News Middle East talks to some of the industry leaders about how they cater for A-List celebrity guests… It is not uncommon to turn on social-media and read that celebrities such as Will Smith, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian and Tom Cruise are currently spending some much-needed vacation time in the Middle East. […]

OPINION: The rise of social influencers

by Patrick Ryan | 02 Jan 2018

In the first of a series of monthly columns from the team at Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar Resort, Firas Rashid, director of sales and marketing looks at the rise of social influencers… With social media now dominating our media consumption, influencer marketing has become one of the most effective ways for hotels to attract guests, […]

Avani Muscat Hotel scheduled for mid-2020

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Dec 2017

Minor Hotels has signed a management agreement with Safari International Group for a new Avani hotel to be developed in Muscat, Oman. The 250-key Avani Muscat Hotel is scheduled to open in mid-2020. Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotels, said: “Bringing Avani to Oman is a key component of our strategic expansion plans and we are delighted to […]

IHG opens second Crowne Plaza property in Muscat

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Dec 2017

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of its second Crowne Plaza property in Muscat, Oman. The 296-room Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in Muscat will be the brand’s fifth property in Oman. Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG said: “We are delighted to celebrate the opening of our second Crowne […]

Talabat’s managing director delivers answers

by Patrick Ryan | 22 Nov 2017

Kutlu Kaan Haliloglu, managing director, UAE and Oman for Talabat speaks to Catering News Middle East… You joined Talabat in 2013 – what experience did you bring to the role?  Coming from Yemeksepeti – the leading online food delivery platform in Turkey which is one of the oldest and biggest online delivery platforms in the […]

New executive assistant manager at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Nov 2017

Rajaa Obeid has been appointed as the executive assistant manager of the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman. Obeid’s career has taken him around the Middle East, with significant experience working in the food and beverage departments at hotels in the Dubai. He cut his teeth as a food and beverage manager across a […]

Feature: Indigenous offerings. Do hotels get it right?

by Patrick Ryan | 24 Oct 2017

Darren Darwin, general manager, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman, talks about the importance of indigenous offerings. When I joined Anantara, I was to understand from an early stage that one of our brand pillars was offering indigenous experiences and this intrigued me. Yes, I knew the dictionary definition in that it means produced, […]

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts announces third property in Muscat

by Patrick Ryan | 22 Oct 2017

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ Oman has revealed plans to open its third hotel in Muscat. The global hospitality company has inked an agreement with Oman’s Golden Group of Companies to manage the 370-key Mövenpick Hotel Muscat Airport, part of a new upscale mixed-use project under development near Muscat International Airport, which will also feature retail […]









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