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Saudis in $1.3bn bid for Grosvenor House London & Plaza hotels

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Jul 2016

A consortium of Saudi and UK family wealth funds have launched a $1.3bn bid for London’s Grosvenor House Hotel plus majority stakes in New York’s Plaza and Dream Downtown hotels from India’s Sahara India Pariwar group. The offer could potentially spark a bidding war after Sahara revealed that it was also in talks with Qatari

UAE set to represent 90% of the leisure tourism market

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Jul 2016

The UAE is forecast to make up 90% of the leisure tourism market in the Middle East by 2020, according to research by Team Leisure LLC ahead of The Leisure Show Dubai 2016.  Phil Taylor, director at Team Leisure LLC, said: “The UAE is just about to take a huge step on to the world

St. Regis Abu Dhabi appoints Les Clefs d’Or member as Chief Concierge

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Jul 2016

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi has appointed Erwin Rachim as Chief Concierge. Rachim, an Indonesian national, brings to the hotel over 16 years’ hospitality experience including 10 years specialising in concierge in the Middle East. Rachim is one of just 39 Les Clefs d’Or members in the UAE. Les Clefs d’Or is an association of the

MEET THE EXPERT: Oversupply Issues

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Jul 2016

Aditya Rajaram, managing director, Radar DWC LLC, reveals how hoteliers can keep up with the competition and secure their share of business, leisure, corporate and Gen Y travellers.  Today’s hospitality industry is bustling with new brands, upcoming properties and new concepts, so it is no surprise that the market is a highlight competitive breeding ground

The Panel: Foodies Fight Back

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Jul 2016

With fast emerging foodie-hubs unraveling across Dubai, Hotel News ME talks to the experts to hear how hotel restaurants are biting back with new cutting-edge concepts and building brands inside a hotel to fend off the competition from standalone enterprises. Today’s F&B marketplace plays host to cut-throat competition with new foodie hubs and concepts popping

Dubai Municipality waives 10% fee on hotel weddings for Emiratis

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Jul 2016

Dubai Municipality has decided to waive the municipal fee for wedding banquets in hotels for Emirati weddings.  The civic body announced that it will exempt Emiratis hosting their wedding parties at hotels from paying the 10% municipal fee from August 1 2016. The exemption will be capped at Dh15,000.   The municipality’s move is part

Starwood Hotels & Resorts to debut W brand in Edinburgh

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Jul 2016

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide is set to debut its W Hotels brand in Scotland with W Edinburgh, Scotland set to open in 2021. The hotel will be part of TH Real Estate’s Edinburgh St James scheme, which is set to complete in 2020. Designed by architecture and interior design practice Jestico + Whiles, in

Anantara Hotels names new DOSM to oversee revenue of two new resorts

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Jul 2016

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spa has appointed Firas Rashid as area director of sales and marketing of Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar and Al Baleed Resort Salalah where he will oversee sales and marketing strategies for the two new Anantara resorts, both due to open mid-2016.  With over 15 years’ of industry experience working in

First 4-star hotel on Palm Jumeirah to solely focus on holistic health & wellness

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Jul 2016

R Hotels latest development, the 253-key property on Palm Jumeirah will focus on holistic health and wellness with the group expected to sign a partnership with a renowned global brand in developing the concept.  The property, which is the first 4-star rated hotel on The Palm, will offer various wellbeing and lifestyle packages – from

Saudi Arabia leads the way for hotels under construction

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Jul 2016

According to the latest report issued by STR, the June Pipeline Report highlighted that 154,576 rooms in 550 hotels are under contract in the Middle East and 55,736 rooms in 289 hotels under contract in Africa.  The under contract total in the Middle East for June represented a 23.5% increase in rooms compared to June

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