Kempinski Ajman appoints youngest ever GM

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Jan 2016

Kai Schukowski has been promoted from hotel manager at the Kempinski Hotel, Ajman to become the youngest ever general manager at a Kempinski property. In his new role, Schukowski will continue overseeing the entire hotel operations in line with the owner’s expectations at Kempinski Hotel Ajman while upholding and delivering a high level of European luxury

AccorHotels appoints new COO as Landais moves onto new role

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Jan 2016

AccorHotels has appointed Olivier Granet, the group’s previous Senior Vice President of Development  as the new Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer for the Middle East. With 16-years experience within the hospitality industry, Granet joined AccorHotels in 1999 as Chief Financial Officer for Central Europe, and was later successively appointed to the roles of Vice

Swissôtel to launch first hotel in Al Khobar

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Jan 2016

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts has inked a deal with Mohammed Ibrahim Al Subeaei & Sons Investment Company (MASIC) to manage the 180-room Swissôtel Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia. With a planned opening in 2019, Swissôtel Al Khobar will be situated within the MASIC Business Park development, encompassing around 55,000 square metres of retail and prime

Gerald Lawless moves on from Jumeirah Group

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Jan 2016

President and CEO of the Jumeirah Group, Gerald Lawless is set to move on from his leadership role after 18 years in which he helped build the company into Dubai’s flagship leisure group and one of world’s fastest-growing hotel chains. Dubai Holding, Jumeirah’s parent, announced that Lawless would head up tourism and hospitality strategy at

Hotel News ME launches Pipeline Yearbook 2016

by Dina Maaty | 07 Jan 2016

Featuring exclusive hotel pipeline news, a guide to key territories and insight from industry leaders, this month Hotel News ME, has launched its landmark annual publication, The Pipeline Yearbook 2016. The 102 page Yearbook features commentary from prominent industry leaders including STR Global, Knight Frank, Colliers and Viability Management Consultants, as well insight on key

Wyndham Hotel Group announces four new properties in the Middle East

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Jan 2016

Wyndham Hotel Group has announced plans to expand its footprint in the Middle East with the opening of four new hotels across Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Bahrain under the Ramada brand. Hotels include the 161-room Ramada Resort Dead Sea in Jordan; 165-room Ramada Jeddah Corniche in Saudi Arabia; 162-room Ramada Hotel & Suites Amwaj Island

ACICO Hospitality launch Nassima Royal, Dubai

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Jan 2016

Nabil Al-Khalid, Director of Operations, ACICO Hospitality and Cornelia Erhardt, General Manager have announced the launch of its new luxury brand Nassima Royal, situated in the heart of Dubai. The announcement came during a press conference held at Nassima Royal Hotel hosted by ACICO Hospitality and headed by Al-Khalid who defined the project as “the

AccorHotels to open its third hotel at Dubai World Trade Centre

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Jan 2016

AccorHotels gears up to add to its existing portfolio of properties with the economy hotel, ibis One Central to its strategic cluster of hotels located in the heart of Dubai’s financial and commercial districts. Set to open its doors in mid-January 2016 and comprising of 558 rooms, ibis One Central will be situated within Dubai

Emaar Properties set to reopen The Address Hotel in “record time”

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Jan 2016

Following the crippling blaze on New Year’s Eve at The Address Hotel, Downtown Dubai which reportedly left 14 people injured, Emaar Properties has appointed DUTCO Group to reopen the hotel in what the company state to be in “record time.” In a statement, the Dubai-based property developer said it is coordinating with the concerned government

Colliers International teams with Olery to create Guest Experience Index

by Sophia Soltani | 03 Jan 2016

First of its kind index to rank according to online reviews.  Colliers International has entered into a collaboration with Dutch start-up Olery to publish a guest satisfaction report which analyses data trawled from more than 100 review sites and Online Travel Agencies including TripAdvisor, Agoda and The Guest Experience Index cross references star ratings

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