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Analyst Corner: Holiday homes: Threat or opportunity?

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Sep 2016

In an exclusive snippet from Knight Frank’s Autumn Research Report for Hotel News ME, Ali Manzoor, associate partner, Knight Frank weighs in on the impact of holiday homes opening up in the region on hotels as the lure of paying less becomes an attractive prospect for tourists. While peer-to-peer markets have been operational in more

Ritz-Carlton inks deal for $600m investment in Sharm el-Sheikh

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Sep 2016

Latif Group of Companies has signed a management agreement to bring The Ritz-Carlton, Sharm el-Sheikh Resort to the Sinai Peninsula. Leading the ceremony was Nasser Abel Latif, Founder and Chairman, Latif Group of Companies and Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Marriott International, Middle East and Africa. The all-new Ritz-Carlton, Sharm el-Sheikh with a total

Omniyat set to open more than 1,000 hotel rooms by 2020

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Sep 2016

Dubai-based property developer Omniyat is set to open 505, 5-star hotel rooms and 495 deluxe serviced apartments in Dubai by 2020. Mark Phoenix, Managing Director of Omniyat revealed the developer’s impressive plans to make its debut on Dubai’s hospitality scene with The Opus along with a number of other high profile developments across the city.

Wyndham Hotel Group hires new Chief Development Officer

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Sep 2016

Wyndham Hotel Group has appointed Philippe Bijaoui as the new Chief Development Officer for Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa (EMEA). In his new  role, Bijaoui will oversee the company’s rapid expansion across the region, introducing additional brands to established markets and building on the 73 countries where Wyndham hotels can already be found. Bijaoui

Roundup: The Hotel Show 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Sep 2016

As The Hotel Show heads into its 17th year, Gary Williams, event director, dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa hospitality and leisure portfolio tells Hotel News ME about the growing demand for advanced hospitality technology solutions, The Vision Conference and why more than 30,000 global hospitality professionals will attend the show. How does the

The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City officially opens for business

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Sep 2016

Westin Hotels and Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Inc., has offically opened the 1000+ room hotel, The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City. The hotel is the second Westin hotel to open in Dubai and the largest Westin hotel across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Rising to 41 storeys and located on Sheikh

The world’s most Instagrammed Airports

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Sep 2016

Dean Wicks, Chief Flights Officer of Wego.com reveals the airports around the world that are being tagged most frequently by travellers on Instagram and how they are encouraging such extensive interactions. We’ve seen an evolution in airports over recent years in terms of design, infrastructure and services, but combine that with more people travelling today

Qatar Airways increases flights by 40% in Saudi Arabia

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Sep 2016

Qatar Airways will now operate 20 flights per week to and from Riyadh, increasing its services by more than 40%. Passengers travelling into and out of Saudi Arabia will benefit from greater connectivity to the airline’s extensive network of more than 150 destinations via its state-of-the-art hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha. This news

Al Sharq Investment reveals serviced apartments by W Dubai on the Palm

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Sep 2016

Al Sharq Investment has revealed the Alef Residences, a project of firsts, serviced by W Dubai,  The Palm. On 31 August 2016 the property reached structural completion as the next phase of development on the west crescent of Palm Jumeirah is underway. The Alef Residences have been built as a response to a distinct gap

Competing with holiday homes: Getting your ‘A’ game on

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Sep 2016

As Airbnb is set to make its presence felt, Editor of Hotel News ME, Sophia Soltani weighs up if  holiday homes really do pose a threat to establishments and how your hotel can compete against the giant.   According to Airbnb, users spent $2.4bn on lodgings from October 2014 to September 2015. This figure may

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