New executive chef at Kempinski Hotel Ajman

by Dina Maaty | 09 Aug 2015

The Kempinski Hotel Ajman has appointed Michael Kreiling as its new executive chef.

MENA hotel update

by Dina Maaty | 09 Aug 2015

Taking a look at some of the MENA region’s rolling highlights and YoY RevPAR variance percentages from Colliers International with a commentary from Filippo Sona. Hot topic: Shariah Compliant Hotels- A spiritual Investment We often hear about Sharia complaint hotels, however the term is not often fully defined. In order for the hotel investment industry to

Frédéric Savoye discusses FRHI’s plans to expand

by Dina Maaty | 07 Aug 2015

Frédéric Savoye, who recently joined FRHI as vice president sales & marketing, MEA & India, outlines how the group will carve out a niche with its three distinct brands as it rapidly expands its regional presence.  FRHI is just one of many hotel groups significantly increasing its portfolio region wide by the end of the


by Dina Maaty | 06 Aug 2015

For decades we have been told of the virtues of milk in human growth and development, but with increasing allergies and health awareness, a pint of the white stuff comes in a myriad of different forms, as Catering News ME discovered in a recent study of the dairy marketplace

The Sky is No Limit

by Dina Maaty | 06 Aug 2015

If you’ve ever flown with Emirates, Qatar Airways or even fly dubai then your inflight meal was most likely prepared by Food Point. So, if you ever questioned the quality of your mile high meal, rest assured that all Food Point meals are produced using high quality ingredients, and the omelettes are made by hand

The Big F&B Forum 2015

by Dina Maaty | 05 Aug 2015

The Catering News ME team met last month with its Advisory Board to set the agenda for the region-wide Food & Beverage Forum on 15 September 2015 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai. Before we set the schedule in stone, here is a taste of what we discussed

Reinventing the Classics

by Dina Maaty | 05 Aug 2015

As DineEquity’s Regional vice president and general manager Middle East and Asia, Gary Moore, talks exclusively to Catering News ME about a 360 degree rebrand of the iconic IHOP and Applebee’s brands

The New Social

by Dina Maaty | 03 Aug 2015

Despite emerging 20 years ago, many brands still struggle to harness the capabilities of social media. Melanie Mingas seeks the expert opinion on user generated content, buying fans and how online connections became a well-oiled selling machine.  It used to be the case that what happened online, stayed online. But as the online and offline lives

New Wave Hotels

by Dina Maaty | 03 Aug 2015

We take a look at why hoteliers should run their family resort more like a cruise ship.  The value of the global family travel sector and its growth potential have been well documented, valued at $140bn in 2013, accounting for more than 12.5% of the US$1.07tn total tourism market, according to Thomson Reuters. The market

Mid-market milestones

by Dina Maaty | 03 Aug 2015

Andrew Clough, SVP development, Asia Pacific and Middle East, Hilton Worldwide and Carlos Khneisser, vice president of development, Middle East, Hilton Worldwide tell Sophia Soltani why mid-market hotels make more sense than ever and how Hampton by Hilton and Garden Inn are set to make waves in the mid-market segment. In recent months it has

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