Affordable luxury for all, YOTEL CEO Hubert Viriot, outlines the company’s plans.

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

YOTEL recently announced plans to open its first property in Dubai – a move that kick-starts its ambitious Middle East expansion campaign. The hospitality firm, an affiliate company of Kuwait-listed IFA Hotels & Resorts KSCC, signed a long-term agreement with Dubai Investment Properties LLC (‘DIP’) to operate YOTEL Business Bay, which is due to open

Sandrine Le Biavant, director consultancy, Farnek compares the energy consumption from 2014 to Q1 of 2015

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Variable trends: There has been an average drop in occupancy of 5.3 % and a decrease of 3.8% in guest nights and we notice an increase in the average temperature of 11% in Q1 of 2015 compared to 2014 and an increase of 25.6% in cooling degree days, reflecting warmer weather conditions. Energy Use intensity:

Event Review: HOTEC Middle East 2015

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

This year’s edition of HOTEC Middle East 2015, brought together technical directors, hotel purchasing managers and directors under one roof to meet and network with international and regional hospitality suppliers. The event included a series of one-to-one panel sessions, business and social activities designed to enable delegates to spend quality time with leading suppliers and

Citymax Hotels confirm new Dubai properties

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Citymax Hotels have announced three new projects set to pop up across the region further adding to the mid-scale hotel brand’s extensive portfolio of affordable, family friendly hotels, with a new Citymax hotel in Al Barsha which will be within walking distance of Mall of the Emirates and the Dubai Metro, featuring 120 rooms with

DAMAC Properties opens its first NAIA Hotel Apartment

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

The first NAIA Hotel and Hotel Apartments project opened its doors for the first time to the public with the news of the launch announced at this year’s ATM. The announcement included details of the newly opened property which is situated in the heart of the Burj area in Dubai, features include the NAIA Breeze,

Millennium & Copthorne makes headway in the region with plans to have over 1,200 keys in Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Millennium & Copthorne has announced the signing of four new hotels set to open in Dubai with the properties to include three Studio M hotels, representing its contemporary budget concept as well as a Millennium hotel and are due to open in Dubai World Central, Dubai Investments Park and Al Barsha with the announcement following

Second Dubai property on the horizon for the Four Seasons

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

With the recent success of the of the newly opened Four Seasons, Dubai on Jumeirah Beach Road, the hotel chain has announced its plans for the development of a second property to appear in the region in the complementary location at the heart of the city’s International Finance Centre.   The DIFC hotel is expected to

JA Resorts & Hotels break ground in Sri-Lanka

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

JA Resorts & Hotels will be developing a tropical beach resort in Kathiraveli on the East Coast of Sri Lanka in partnership with Gravity Resort Group (GRG), the property will be known as JA Eclipse Beach Resort, marking the hotel chain’s third beach resort in the Indian Ocean further adding to the brand’s extensive portfolio

R Hotels partners with Accor to create ibis Styles becomes official at ATM

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

R Hotels announced the framework for a franchise agreement with Accor Hotel Services Middle East at the end of April to incorporate an upcoming ibis Styles hotel in Jumeirah with the property expected to open during second half of the year. The brand was made official at the signing of the contract at this year’s

Al Habtoor Group partners with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to create its first luxury brand in Budapest

by Dina Maaty | 14 Jun 2015

UAE based company Al Habtoor Group, signed a deal with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C at this year’s ATM, which will see the opening of the first property from the luxury brand in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Al Habtoor Group, which also has four properties in Dubai, including Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa,

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