Kempinski MOE Welcomes Alexander Doberstau to Head up Revenue Management

by Dina Maaty | 16 Jun 2015

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates has welcomed back former manager Alexander Doberstau to lead the revenue division as Director of Revenue Management. Having started his career as an apprentice in Germany, Doberstau first joined Kempinski Hotels in 2010, and worked his way up through various roles, including Reservations Agent, Reservations Supervisor, and Assistant Revenue Manager. Prior

Shaun Parsons appointed Complex General Manager of Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

by Dina Maaty | 16 Jun 2015

Starwood Hotels & Resorts have appointmed seasoned hotelier Shaun Parsons as Complex General Manager, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre as well as Le Meridien Fairway. Bringing with him twenty years of knowledge & experience in the hospitality industry, Shaun makes the transition from Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi where he served as a

Maintaining a hotel is the responsibility of ALL staff

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Ensuring your hotel remains in top working condition is the responsibility of all team members When evaluating a hotel’s performance, discussions between hotel owners and operators inevitably turn to operating profit and the short-term commercial outlook. Most performance assessments take into account the commercial aspects of the property. However, it is important to consider one

Lights back on in Lebanon

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Lebanon’s hotel industry is showing strong signs of recovery as tourism arrivals pick up and infrastructure enhancements get underway  PROJECTS & DEVELOPMENTS Rural Tourism Strategy for Lebanon: Launched by the Ministry of Tourism last year, this 50-page plan aims to promote Lebanon’s rural and eco tourism credentials. It’s project funded by the United States Agency

Flavours of Arabia

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

The Middle East may have imported cuisines from around the globe – but today, many are turning closer to home for outlet inspiration, as Arabic cuisine takes centre stage Arabia is a word historically associated with exotic scents and flavours – from fragrant spices and juicy dates, to perfumed rosewater and creamy pistachios. Today, as

Iftar offerings

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

With Ramadan about to embrace the Middle East, Hotel News ME takes a look at some of the flavoursome Iftars hotels are presenting their guestsWith Ramadan about to embrace the Middle East, Hotel News ME takes a look at some of the flavoursome Iftars hotels are presenting their guests Sofitel Downtown Dubai Sofitel Dubai Downtown

Staff Matters

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Hotel News ME talks to a group of Human Resource specialists to discuss the changing role of HR, the challenges of retaining staff and how technology is shaping up the ways potential candidates are selected? How has the role of HR changed across hotels in recent years? Barhouche: The role of HR has most definitely

Chain Focus: HMH Hospitality Management Holdings

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Hotel News ME profiles the hotel group’s 2014-2015 achievements, its future goals, plus it planned Middle East pipeline GROUP OVERVIEW Founded in 2003 in Dubai, HMH – Hospitality Management Holdings is a fully integrated hotel management company that prides itself on being the first hotel chain in the Middle East to offer a halal-friendly, alcohol-free

Performance Talk

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Rupprecht Queitsch, CEO of INHOCO – International Hospitality Consulting Group discusses Dubai’s Q1 performance levels In Q1 2015, Dubai has the highest ADR and RevPAR among the top 12 cities in the world. With an ADR of USD 267.90; RevPAR of USD 230,57 and occupancy of 86.1% Dubai surpasses Paris, Hong Kong and New York.

Affordable luxury for all, YOTEL CEO Hubert Viriot, outlines the company’s plans.

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

YOTEL recently announced plans to open its first property in Dubai – a move that kick-starts its ambitious Middle East expansion campaign. The hospitality firm, an affiliate company of Kuwait-listed IFA Hotels & Resorts KSCC, signed a long-term agreement with Dubai Investment Properties LLC (‘DIP’) to operate YOTEL Business Bay, which is due to open

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