Interviews & Features

Saudi showdown

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2015

With Saudi Arabia boasting the most active pipeline in the Middle East and religious tourism worth $145 billion in 2014, Hotel News ME hears from the experts on the ground as to how the market is evolving to meet supply and demand of domestic and foreign travellers plus how the Saudi Commission for Tourism and

2015: The Year In Review

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Dec 2015

Hotel News ME reviews the comings and goings of 2015 It’s been an eventful year for the Middle East’s hospitality industry with 2015 characterised by challenging market conditions, a rush of new hotel supply and changing guest dynamics. On the plus side, the number of tourists and air passengers travelling to the region continues to

The new hotel standard you should know about

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Dec 2015

Faeez Fadhlillah, the founder of the world’s first hotel reference tool for Muslim travellers, Salam Standard, explains why more properties in the Middle East should get on board. Muslim travellers spent more than $142 billion on tourism in 2014, according to Thomson Reuters research. “With this figure set to rise to more than $233 billion

Getting to know Jason Atherton

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Nov 2015

Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, tells Sophia Soltani about the defining moments in his career, choosing cookery classes over physical education in school and how he withstands buckling under the pressure of running 16 restaurants. Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton can be hailed as somewhat of a gastronomic superstar in the culinary world. Having trained with Ferran

Behind the scenes: The secret to pre-opening sanity

by Dina Maaty | 12 Nov 2015

Yasemin Akaydin Miller, managing director, Pass International breaks down how to successfully procure OS&E items. I like the way Albert Einstein defined insanity; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. In the world of business repetition is unavoidable and, hand in hand with that, many tasks can make you feel

Being better: how corporate social responsibility is essential to hospitality

by Dina Maaty | 11 Nov 2015

Mark Willis, area vice president, Middle East and Turkey at the Rezidor Hotel Group outlines why CSR and a commitment to the environment is more crucial than ever. In business circles and beyond, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a one of those buzzwords that gets bandied about on a regular basis. What started out as

Now hiring: World class chefs for GCC hotels

by Dina Maaty | 10 Nov 2015

Securing and retaining experienced kitchen professionals is a long-standing challenge for the Middle East, Hotel News ME finds out how regional F&B professionals are working to overcome this culinary hurdle. Over the past decade, the Middle East, particularly the GCC, has gained significant prominence under the global travel spotlight. The region has become a byword

Spotlight on Saudi Arabia

by Dina Maaty | 09 Nov 2015

With the most active hotel pipeline in the region and a captive audience of religious and business travellers, Saudi Arabia continues to see strong growth and performance. Hotel News ME investigates the country’s tourism ambition and its diversified hotel pipeline Official figures indicate that religious tourism in Saudi Arabia will rise from 17.5 million visitors

5 minutes with… Rustom Vickers,Dusit International

by Dina Maaty | 08 Nov 2015

What were the hotel group’s key achievements and milestones in 2015? Opening our first hotel in sub-Saharan Africa, the beautiful dusitD2 Nairobi, which has opened up Dusit to several new opportunities in southern and eastern Africa which we are currently working on. Reaching 15 hotels signed for China within 15 months of opening our office

FRHI appoints new Vice President of F&B

by Dina Maaty | 07 Nov 2015

Stuart Nielsen has been appointed as vice president for F&B at FRHI Hotels & Resorts, Middle East, Africa and India. Dubai based Nielsen brings a wealth of experience to his new position with over 20 years’ experience in the F&B and hospitality industry across dynamic gateway cities, including Dubai and Hong Kong. Having held director









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