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Four Seasons Dubai welcomes new General Manager

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Nov 2016

Four Seasons Dubai has appointed Leonardo Baiocchi as the new general manager. Baiocchi arrives at the Four Seasons Resort, Dubai from his latest stint in Istanbul where he led both Four Seasons properties as the general manager for five years. “I was one of the pioneers at clustering Four Seasons hotels under the same management,”

GM from ABSHERON Hotel Group Baku joins Grand Millennium Al Wahda

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Nov 2016

Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi has named Clive Smith as its new General Manager. Tasked with enforcing the property’s business vision, Smith brings with him over 20 year’s of experience. In his new tole he will oversee all aspects of the property in accordance with company mission statement. His role will include maximisation of

The Panel: Raising the bar

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Nov 2016

In line with KPMG’s latest Food and Beverage survey, this month Hotel News ME, hears from some of the region’s leading beverage specialists to find out how dining trends are shaping the dynamics of beverage related revenues with new innovations stemming from London to New York. In 2015, the UAE’s food and beverage industry was

INTERVIEW: Stop Clicking Around

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Oct 2016

It’s no secret that relationships between hotels and their OTA partners have always been a little strained to put it delicately. While there is no denying the major influence that these online marketing giants have had on the visibility of hotel groups, OTA regulations can sometimes be stifling and restrictive. Sophia Soltani talks to Geraldine

International: Indian Ocean havens

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Oct 2016

As an all year-round holiday destination and only a short flight away from Dubai, the Maldives has gained traction as an attractive getaway for GCC travellers. As the Middle East remains one of the emerging markets for the island destination with a total market share of 3.4%, Coetzer Deysel, cluster general manager, Anantara Dhigu Maldives

Country Report: The Splendour of the Sultanate

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Oct 2016

For the Sultanate of Oman, 2015 was an outstanding year for tourism. Record visitor numbers and media coverage are reflective of the increasing tourism profile of the Sultanate, which is seeking to outgrown its status as a niche, luxury destination. While there are clear benefits of this, Hotel News ME investigates what key decisions must

Emaar Hospitality Group to launch first resort in Dubai

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Sep 2016

Emaar Hospitality Group has unveiled the first and only beachfront resort property under its flagship Address hotel brand in Dubai, The Address Jumeirah Resort and Spa, The Address Residences Jumeirah Resort and Spa and The Residences Jumeirah Dubai, managed by The Address. The Address Hotels and Resorts will manage the 182 room hotel, serviced residences

Marriott International Completes Acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Sep 2016

Marriott International has completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., creating the world’s largest hotel company. The mega-deal now brings together 30 leading brands including lifestyle brands, luxury and select-service tiers as well as the convention and resort segment. Marriott will match member status across Marriott Rewards – which includes The Ritz-Carlton

BNC Publishing unveils Meet your HOST 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Sep 2016

BNC Publishing has released the 2016 edition of  its annual Meet your HOST, coffee-table book.   Equipped with Industry Insights from Hotel News ME’s 2016 survey, Meet your HOST 2016 is an essential tool for the next generation of hoteliers and a celebration of the hard work of those leading the industry currently. Meet your

Spending on Halal Tourism in UAE to Increase by 4.4%

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Sep 2016

Total spending on family tourism in the UAE is projected to increase by 4.4%, according to a study conducted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Meanwhile, the outbound family travel expenditure of Emirati citizens is set to rise at 3.6% this year.  The study coincides with the third Global Islamic Economy Summit, which,

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