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The spirit of giving

by Dina Maaty | 12 Jul 2015

This month Hotel News ME talks to a group of hoteliers on the importance of giving back to the local community and sustainable practices throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. Can you tell us about any CSR activities that you are running in light of the Holy month of Ramadan? Al Deik: Jumeirah Group will

Meliá to cash in on Morocco’s 2020 tourism growth strategy

by Dina Maaty | 05 Jul 2015

Meliá Hotels International is cashing in on Morocco’s flour- ishing tourism industry, opening three properties (more than 700 rooms) in Saidia before 2017. The Spanish hotel firm has joined forces with SDS, a part- nership between the major Mo- roccan group CDG and the Mo- roccan Tourism Development Fund, to open a Meliá ‘Beach Hotel’

IHG inks mega Makkah deal

by Dina Maaty | 05 Jul 2015

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has inked a deal to oper- ate the world’s largest Holiday Inn in The Holy City of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. The hospitality firm has signed a management agreement with Al Majd Al Arabiah Company for Holiday Inn Makkah Abraaj Al Tayseer, which will offer a staggering 5,154 rooms across five

Dubai to add more than 28,000 hotel rooms by 2018

by Dina Maaty | 05 Jul 2015

An influx of more than 28,000 hotel rooms will flood Dubai’s hotel mar- ket by 2018, a new report by Jones Lang LaSalle has revealed. They will help accommodate the 20 million visitors Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is anticipating by 2020, as well as the additional 25 million visitors expected when

Jannah unveils ambitious plan for 30 hotels by 2020

by Dina Maaty | 05 Jul 2015

Jannah Hotels & Resorts has re- vealed ambitious plans to open 30 properties in the GCC and Mediterranean markets by 2020. The UAE hospitality firm, which is based in Liwa in Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter, has already signed five memorandums of understand- ing to build five more hotels in the UAE in 2016, with a

First Bayti homes nearing completion

by Dina Maaty | 16 Jun 2015

Al Hamra Real Estate Development has announced that it is nearing completion of the first of its luxury Bayti Homes at Al Hamra Village, Ras Al Khaimah. Finishing works are scheduled to begin once structural and block work is completed, with 80 homes set to be ready for owners to move in a month ahead

Lights back on in Lebanon

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Lebanon’s hotel industry is showing strong signs of recovery as tourism arrivals pick up and infrastructure enhancements get underway  PROJECTS & DEVELOPMENTS Rural Tourism Strategy for Lebanon: Launched by the Ministry of Tourism last year, this 50-page plan aims to promote Lebanon’s rural and eco tourism credentials. It’s project funded by the United States Agency

Chain Focus: HMH Hospitality Management Holdings

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

Hotel News ME profiles the hotel group’s 2014-2015 achievements, its future goals, plus it planned Middle East pipeline GROUP OVERVIEW Founded in 2003 in Dubai, HMH – Hospitality Management Holdings is a fully integrated hotel management company that prides itself on being the first hotel chain in the Middle East to offer a halal-friendly, alcohol-free

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:









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