Interviews & Features

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

Chain Focus: Dusit International

by Dina Maaty | 05 Nov 2015

Hotel News ME profiles the hotel group’s 2015 achievements, future goals and its planned worldwide pipeline.  Group overview For over 65 years, Dusit International has been synonymous with world-class hospitality, delivered with the iconic touches of service and artistry of Thailand. From pioneering hospitality and education to leading development in emerging destinations, Dusit International offers









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