Interviews & Features

The Cheval Residence guide to growth

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Jan 2016

With a total of over 29,000 keys within the serviced apartment sector in Dubai alone, George Westwell, director of Cheval Residences reveals to Hotel News ME the potential for growth in this market across the Middle East. How well would you say the serviced apartment market performs in the UK compared to the Middle East

2016… What to expect

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Jan 2016

Industry heavyweights give their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities that 2016 will bring to the ever-eventful Middle East hotel market. The news headlines of 2015 more than often spelled doom and gloom for the Middle East’s hotel and hospitality industry. Dubai, as usual, bore the brunt of the negative press, dominated by scaremongering over

Chain focus: The Rezidor Hotel Group

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Dec 2015

Hotel News ME profiles the hotel group’s 2015 achievements future goals and its planned worldwide pipeline. Group overview The Rezidor Hotel Group is a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The group features a portfolio of 457 hotels in operation and under development with 100,500+ rooms in 80 countries. In November 2006, Rezidor was

Destination Report: Abu Dhabi

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2015

This year has seen a robust performance for Abu Dhabi hotel performance, with an average city-wide occupancy of 70% at the time of press, driven by MICE tourism and a booming business market.

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

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