Regionally, studies have shown that there are 500+ hotels under construction, totalling 153,000 rooms in the MEA. The hospitality industry is predicted to reach $550 billion dollars globally, an increase of almost $100 billion dollars in the past 5 years.
That is why, we at Hotel & Catering News ME believe that it’s only fair that we celebrate the very best that the region has to offer in hospitality. From luxury brands to mid-market hotels, we pay tribute to those who make the region’s hospitality world so unique
Over the last number of years, the Leaders in Hospitality Awards event has quickly established itself as a key happening on the sector’s calendar, and the 2020 edition – a very special one – is guaranteed to be bigger and better.
Nominations are open for BNC Publishing and Hotel & Catering News Middle East’s Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2020,
Categories include both People and Restaurants, with some exciting new additions that reflect the dynamic nature of the industry. Restaurant Categories recognise the best venues in the region, offering exceptional service and world-class dining experiences, as well as the biggest market disruptors, while People Awards celebrate visionaries, leaders and pioneers.
A property which has brought something brand new to the market, the Leading New Hotel will combine all aspects of exceptional service and operations with a flair. The winner ofthis award must be a newcomer, a property which has opened on January 1, 2019 or later
A hotel group that thrived amid fierce competition, the leader in this category has taken over the market with flair, innovation and all the right ingredients to make it all the way through – over and over again.
The top serviced apartments in the region, the winner of this category will have demonstrated a new approach to customer service, introduced new amenities and more.
The winner of the Leading Beach Club award will have abided to its commitment to offering an entertaining environment for the young and young at heart, with a dedication to what makes a beach club ambience unique.
Whether it’s a contribution to societal goals of a philanthropic, activist, or charitable nature, this award category covers the different ways through which a property can “give back” – whether in or out of season – all year long.
Attention to detail and outstanding customer service are the pillars of this category, and must be high up on the winner’s agenda. The property must consistently provide guests with an experience that caters to the needs of luxury travellers.
The best property at offering high standards at an accessible rate, this award will go to a hotel that caters to all ages, with a focus on the millennial market, which is seeking high-end options without sacrificing on quality of service.
The Middle East’s leading resort, this trophy will go to an outlet which has a proven track record of offering a relaxing, fun experience for guests. The winner will have shown creativity and the ability to think laterally when it comes to providing an all-inclusive package.
Offering a high-quality food and beverage offering, this award will go to an outlet that enhances guest experience, and has demonstrated a strong ability to compete with both standalone restaurants, and other in-hotel venues.
Designed to evoke what any hotel offers, this is a category where first impressions matter. Showcasing the true essence of a property, the Lobby of The Year award will be handed out to a setting that is truly deserving of the accolade.
A haven of relaxation, the winner will provide an extensive menu of treatments, coupled with an exceptional guest experience. The leading hotel spa will demonstrate a dedication to the health and wellbeing of both men and women
From saying no to plastic, to turning off the taps, this award will go to a hotel that demonstrates excellence in sustainable practices in terms of energy efficiency, waste management and social responsibility
A region known for luxury, elegance and cutting-edge interior design when it comes to hotels, this award is the talk of the town. The winner will be a property that has shown a clear focus on delivering an interior like no other.
The region’s top hotels are always in a race to offer the latest. In this category, judges are looking for innovation through a concept that has garnered attention, while leading the way for the industry
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Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) since June 2019, brings a wealth of industry experience to aid the continued growth of Ras Al Khaimah as one of the fastest-growing destinations in the world.
Phillips joins RAKTDA from the Dubai based International Hospitality Consulting Group INHOCO, where he was senior partner and senior vice president of development, responsible for hotel project pipelines exceeding $5 billion in assets. He is also the co-founder and CEO of SugarMoo Desserts, Dubai’s first online dessert delivery bakery and co-founder of Earth Hotels, a sustainable, tech-forward and design-centric hotel concept.
Dawn Gribble has over 20 years of experience working with hospitality, and food and beverage brands, and has partnered with award-winning boutique hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants, international food brands, celebrity chefs and influencers.
Gribble has appeared on numerous top TV shows, including MasterChef and is an Expert Judge on The Restaurant Talent Show. She is the founder and chief strategist of Virtual Solutions Global, a boutique marketing agency specialising in the hospitality industry, with offices in Dubai and the UK.
Gustavo is the managing partner of H-Hospitality for the MENA region. He has spent the last seven years establishing and heading up the main office in Dubai, with a weekly presence in the KSA to oversee high-end hotel and restaurant projects for the upscale segment.
Gustavo’s expertise ranges from the business and operations divisions of hospitality and F&B, all the way to Front of House (FOH) and Back of House (BOH) design and execution components. The managing partner and his team have spent the past few years focusing on growth, being the first in the industry to offer full in-house strategic and operational planning, concept development and design solutions (FOH and BOH) for upscale hospitality and F&B projects in the MENA region.
Martin Kubler is a hotel GM and hospitality and service industries consultant with 20+ years of executive-level management experience in hotels, in Europe and the Middle East, and interim-and board-level consulting experience in Africa and Asia.
Kubler is the founder of Iconsulthotels, a boutique hospitality, leisure, and tourism consulting firm, and the CEO of sps:affinity, a Dubai-headquartered business advisory and consulting company. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, a frequent speaker at hotel, marketing and customer service conferences and events, and a regular contributor to industry websites and publications.
Manzoor has been in the Middle East since 2011, primarily working on hospitality development projects throughout the MENA region. In this time, he has worked with developers, investors and governmental institutions on feasibility studies, concept definition, pricing strategies and optimum site use for both large-scale multi-use projects and stand-alone assets.
Manzoor has worked with major hotel operators to develop market-entry strategies for new markets, and also helped developers successfully select operators for hospitality assets across the region.
A Kuwaiti hospitality consultant and social media influencer who has been based in Dubai for the past six years, Al Rashed has shifted from his career in accounting, investment banking and real estate, to hospitality by studying in one of the world’s top hotel schools: Glion, and worked at different hotels and restaurants in Switzerland, Turkey, Saudi and the UAE.
Now, he travels to experience hotels and airlines, as well as luxury and dining scenes around the world and works with different lifestyle brands. Al Rashed is a public figure who leveraged social media to reach out to an elite following from the GCC region, Middle East and entire world. A global influencer, he has collaborated with many hospitality and lifestyle brands around the region.