MEA region boasts increase in occupancy levels for month of September

by Dina Maaty | 27 Oct 2015

According to the latest report from STR Global, Hotels in the Middle East & Africa region reported  positive results in the three key performance metrics when reported in U.S. dollar constant currency, according to September 2015 data compiled by STR Global.  Compared to September 2014, the Middle East. Africa region reported a 0.1% increase in

Banyan Tree launches new brand: Dhawa

by Dina Maaty | 27 Oct 2015

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, has announced the launch of its new hotel brand: Dhawa. Dhawa builds upon the group’s reputation for redefining luxury hospitality through innovative thinking, design excellence and sustainable business practices.  This exciting new brand will cater to an emerging group of design-savvy travellers who seek distinctive experiences in stylish, unique destinations. Dhawa

Saadiyat set to become major tourist hub

by Dina Maaty | 27 Oct 2015

In recent years  Saadiyat has undergone a tremendous transformation and is now a destination in its own right. Government initiatives have been instrumental in helping the city spread its reach to new shores. They have built a significant network of relationships with regional and international industry stakeholders to motivate and support product development, and enhance

flydubai now operating from Dubai World Central

by Dina Maaty | 27 Oct 2015

Al Maktoum International – Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai’s second airport, welcomed the launch of flydubai’s operations with the arrival of their first flight. The airline will operate services to a number of destinations from DWC as it continues its operations from Dubai International. Welcoming flydubai’s arrival to DWC, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports

Meliá Hotels International targets growth in Indonesia

by Dina Maaty | 27 Oct 2015

Meliá Hotels International continues to see Indonesia as one of its most important targets for growth in Asia-Pacific and has announced the addition of its thirteenth hotel, under the INNSIDE by Meliá brand, in the city of Bandung. The hotel will form part of The MAJ Collections Hotel & Residences developed by The MAJ, a property

Starwood Hotels & Resorts reveal new management team for Al Habtoor City properties

by Dina Maaty | 27 Oct 2015

  Starwood Hotels & Resorts has introduce the management team of its three luxury hotels: St. Regis which will boast 234 rooms, the UAE’s first W hotel with 356 rooms and the largest Westin comprising of 1004 rooms with all  hotels operating in the Middle East in Al Habtoor City.   The three hotels, collectively

Gulfood Manufacturing 2015 to welcome more than 30,000 visitors

by Dina Maaty | 27 Oct 2015

  His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and UAE Minister of Finance,  opened the 2015 edition of Gulfood Manufacturing, the Speciality Food Festival, Sweets & Snacks Middle East and SEAFEX – running at Dubai World Trade Centre until Thursday 29 October. Joining His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company inks deal in Geneva

by Dina Maaty | 26 Oct 2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. has signed an agreement with the Manz family in Switzerland which will add the Hotel de la Paix in Geneva as a partner hotel as of December 16, 2015.  Following an extensive renovation planned by the Manz family, the hotel is scheduled for re-launch at the end of 2016 as The

Infoscape Technologies to support Executive Housekeepers Summit

by Dina Maaty | 26 Oct 2015

Akhil Biju, sales manager,  Middle East & Africa, Infoscape Technologies explains why the company will be present at this year’s Executive Housekeeprs Summit Why is it important for you to be a sponsor of this event? It is an honor to represent Infoscape as a sponsor at Executive Housekeepers Summit. We believe that the event will

AccorHotels inks deal with Al Jassim Group to operate first Majlis Grand Mercure hotel in Doha, Qatar

by Dina Maaty | 22 Oct 2015

AccorHotels has announced the signing of a management agreement with Al Jassim Group, one of the leading diversified business groups in Qatar, to operate the first Majlis Grand Mercure hotel in Doha, Qatar. The new upscale property will be AccorHotels’ seventh hotel in Qatar, and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. Christophe Landais, chief operating

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