Interviews & Features

Chain Focus: Hilton Worldwide

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Feb 2016

Hotel News ME profiles the hotel group’s 2015 achievements future goals and its planned 2016 MEA pipeline.  Group overview Hilton Worldwide is a global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. The company’s portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more

Heading up Hyatt

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Feb 2016

Recently appointed Christian Pertl, regional vice president sales operations, Hyatt International Southwest Asia, unveils Hyatt’s ambitious pipeline plans plus key factors driving revenue, demand and occupancies to the prestigious properties. You spent 13 years with the Intercontinental Hotel Group and six years with Jumeirah, what factors from these two roles place you in good stead

Under Attack: Cyber Crime

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Feb 2016

Cyber crime is on the increase and no industry or institution is immune. High-profile cases have involved victims from a wide range of industries, from financial institutions to the telecommunications firms. The hotel sector has had its fair share of security breaches of late with some of the world’s biggest operators including Hilton and Starwood

Sheraton AD supports Sri Lankan orphanage

by Sophia Soltani | 19 Jan 2016

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort is set to visit the Kalamusu Kadella Children’s Home in Sri Lanka from January 25  for a week. The hotel has been working with the orphanage for several months to build a community hall for the children. Since the construction is now close to completion, three members of the

5 minutes with… Carlos Khenisser

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Jan 2016

Carlos Khenisser, VP development, Hilton Worldwide Middle East gives his overview on the next 12 months on the landscape of the industry and also Hilton’s ambitious pipeline plans. Expects a continued increase in the number of guests seeking mid-market hotel options and by 2016 the UAE will boast three Hilton Garden Inn properties; Hilton’s expanding

Reinventing family tourism

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Jan 2016

Having unified JA Hotels and Resorts from a collection of hotels into a high performing leisure brand, JA Resorts and Hotels COO David Thomson is now on a mission to reinvent the family holiday and take a greater share of the $140bn family holiday industry. JA Resorts and Hotels has recently opened a number of

Mövenpick Hotels: Predicting growth

by Sophia Soltani | 11 Jan 2016

Andreas Mattmüller, COO, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, Middle East and Asia gives his 2016 predictions Predicts 4% growth in occupancy and 6% growth in ADRs for its ME properties in 2016, compared to 2015; Mega-developments and infrastructure projects in KSA will drive growth in business, leisure and religious tourism; Occupancy growth of 15% expected at

Hilton Garden Inn – what to expect

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Jan 2016

2015 saw a flurry of hotel operators rush to secure deals within the mid-market segment in Dubai, with Hilton Worldwide securing its spot as a firm mid-range ambassador for the region having successfully opened three Hilton Garden Inn hotels across the emirate in 2015. Hotel News ME sat down with the brand’s industry leaders to

2016: The Year of ‘Yes, I Can!’

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Jan 2016

Mark Willis, area vice president for the Middle East and Turkey at the Rezidor Hotel Group gives credence to the factors set to drive demand in 2016 and how personalised experiences will make waves in the year ahead. January is an interesting time. We look forward to what has yet to come, and we look

Sustaining Sir Bani Yas

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Jan 2016

Newly appointed Christian Gerart, cluster general manager, Anantara Sir Bani Yas properties talks through the island’s sustainability efforts and the importance of involving guests in the process. The big picture Before you decide to go green, take a look at the main reasons you are doing it. Is it because everyone else is doing it?

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