IFA Hotels inks deal with Bespoke Hotels to roll out new properties in the region

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Mar 2016

IFA Hotel Investments have inked a deal with Bespoke Hotels International to bring a new management and holiday homes venture to the region. The new business will roll out Bespoke Hotels’ leading brands within the GCC with further plans for the wider region. Bespoke Hotels’ MEA operation will provide independent hotel owners, developers and seasoned

Asia de Cuba, Abu Dhabi opens rooftop quarters for private dining

by Dina Maaty | 26 Mar 2016

Internationally renowned chino-latino restaurant, lounge and beach deck, Asia de Cuba Abu Dhabi has  opened  its rooftop deck for private events, affording guests the opportunity to host receptions, weddings, birthdays and other exclusive gatherings at the rooftop venue. The private event venue can hold 100 people seated and 300 for standing cocktails and boasts a

Alison Nelson Chocolate Bar opens eleventh outlet

by Dina Maaty | 26 Mar 2016

Alison Nelson Chocolate Bar (ANCB) has opened up its 11th outlet on Palm Jumeirah’s Golden Mile. The new restaurant can accommodate up to 72 people over a space of 180 square meters. Crème De La Crème intends to grow its existing franchises in the Middle East to further target the full-service restaurants positioned in the mid-end

Sir Rocco Fort to attend inaugural Leaders Breakfast at ATM

by Dina Maaty | 26 Mar 2016

Leading regional travel industry professionals will come together at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016, as organiser, Reed Travel Exhibitions, hosts its first ever Leaders Breakfast. The invitation-only event, will take place on April 27 2016. As well as providing a unique platform for peer to peer networking, the highlight of the session will be an

Marriott International and Starwood Sign Amended Merger Agreement

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Mar 2016

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide have accepted a revised offer to merge with Marriott International after Chinese giant, Anbang threatened to shake-up the existing merger deal.    Marriott raised its bid for Starwood from $65.33 a share to $79.53 a share, greater than Anbang’s offer of $78 a share. Starwood shareholders will receive $21 cash

Hotels in the Middle East report negative results for February 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Mar 2016

According to the latest report from STR Global on the Middle East and Africa, hotels in the Middle East reported negative results for the month of February, while hotels in Africa reported mostly positive results for the three key performance metrics when reported in U.S. dollars.  Compared with February 2015, the Middle East subcontinent reported

Fatafeat set to welcome four chefs to Qatar International Food Festival

by Dina Maaty | 24 Mar 2016

Four chefs from the popular Arabic food channel Fatafeat will return to Qatar Airways’ Cooking Theatre to entertain visitors and showcase some of the world’s best Arabic cuisine at the seventh edition of the Qatar International Food Festival 2016.  This year’s QIFF, co-organised by Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority, Fatafeat will expand its event

TIME Hotels launches new loyalty programme

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Mar 2016

TIME Hotels has launched the TIME Hotels Rewards Extra, a new brand loyalty programme designed to recognise its growing community of globe-trotting guests with a raft of benefits including room upgrades, luxury amenities, priority reservations amongst others. Developed in partnership with VOILÀ Hotel Rewards, a world-leading provider of loyalty programmes for independent hotels, the free-to-join

Asha’s launches new “Live like a Maharaja” menu

by Dina Maaty | 23 Mar 2016

International chain of restaurants, Asha’s is set to launch an all new ‘Live Like a Maharaja’ menu at Asha’s, Pyramids, Wafi. The menu will showcase 14 new dishes that take inspiration from the royal kitchens of India. The new menu will include items such as the Murg Mussalam, a slow-roasted chicken stuffed with egg, dry fruits

Meet the judges: Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Mar 2016

As Hotel News ME gears up to host its first Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2016 at the newly opened St. Regis Dubai on 19 April, a stellar line-up of judges have confirmed their support for the event. The judges: Rupprecht Queitsch, CEO and founder, INHOCO Group Hospitality veteran, Rupprecht Queitsch boasts more than 40 years

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