Spa in the spotlight

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

Hotel News ME asks spa and wellness professionals to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Middle East’s spa management sector Today, spas are much more than the afterthoughts of a decade ago. They are a chance to add value, impress regular guests and attract new clients; and with dedicated destination spas and wellness retreats

Connecting continents

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

Fredrik Reinisch, regional general manager of the UAE and Seychelles, JA Resorts & Hotels tells Sophia Soltani what factors he credits his successful career to, differentiating hospitality markets and the pressures of his role.   “People telling me that it is difficult or impossible only motivates me further.” Your first step into the hospitality industry


by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

Alex Kyriakidis, president, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International, explains how the hotel group is embracing digital marketing and social media strategies to keep pace with guest engagement trends   What marketing and technology trends are defining the hotel industry right now? There is a real shift towards more meaningful engagement with guests – engagement


by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

Providing meaningful relationships and personalised experiences keeps Fairmont top of its game, says passionate hotelierand avid traveller Jennifer Fox, President International and President Fairmont Brand   Q: You started your hospitality career in your teens; what attracted you to the industry and what got you ‘hooked’ on the job? A:My family was in the hotel

Mid-scale Hotels

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

Moussa El Hayek, Chief Operating, Al Bustan Centre & Residence by Rotana talks through using social media to bridge the gap between the luxury segment and the mid-market sector and how CIS travellers are now looking for budget brands   “Travellers from CIS countries are now looking for more affordable deals and are becoming more

King Coda

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

Adam D’Sylva, co-owner and head chef at Coda bar and restaurant in Melbourne, sits down to talk with Sophia Soltani after coming to town to attend an evening with chef Ryan Clift, hosted by Steelite International at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management. “I am no Moët & Chandon and I wholly represent my own

Dining by design

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

The world of restaurant interior design is becoming increasingly competitive, as outlets across the Middle East vie to serve up both style and substance, says Lucy Taylor     The booming Middle East hospitality industry has drawn some exceptional food and beverage talent to the region over the past couple of decades – from head

Culinary creation

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

Middle East F&B professionals have their work cut out planning outlets for the region’s numerous hotels – but what are the key points and pitfalls of devising a property’s culinary portfolio? Lucy Taylor finds out The Middle East’s hotel dining scene is arguably one of the most diverse in the world.   Given the huge investment

Investors check back in

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

As the global economy recovers, investment sentiment is on the up, with strong demand for proven destinations in America, Europe and the Middle East, Sarah McCay reports   Global hotel investment is on the up in terms of short and medium term sentiment, according to the latest Hotel Investor Sentiment Survey, published by JLL in


by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

Industry insights   Ali Manzoor, manager of Knight Frank’s Development Consultancy, provides a potted history of the region’s hotel sector performance in 2014 and whets our appetites with some 2015 tips and trends   While the second half of 2014 witnessed falling oil prices, concerns about the impact of a weakening rouble on regional tourism,

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