Tax “not a solution to the sugar problem”

by Dina Maaty | 20 Mar 2016

Despite the UK’s attempted to curb obesity rates by taxing sugary drinks, the new measure is “not a solution to the sugar problem”, according to chief medical officer of Intelligent Health and Catering News ME columnist Dr Graham Simpson. The tax, implemented in 2018, will see companies assessed on the volume of sugar-sweetened drinks they

Hilton Worldwide introduce world’s first robot concierge

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Mar 2016

Hilton and IBM Pilot “Connie” The World’s First Hotel Concierge Hilton Worldwide and IBM have collaborated to pilot “Connie” – the first Watson-enabled robot concierge in the hospitality industry. Connie draws on domain knowledge from Watson and WayBlazer to inform guests on local tourist attractions, dining recommendations  and hotel features and amenities. Connie, named after

Kempinski announces five new properties to its global pipeline

by Sophia Soltani | 19 Mar 2016

Five new hotels have been added to the Kempinski pipeline.  Hotels include new openings in Italy, China, Lebanon, Ghana,  and Saudi Arabia, which are all set to join Kempinski’s portfolio during 2016. The group currently operates 72 hotels in 31 countries, with a further 33 projects in the pipeline – including the Kempinski Hotel The

First Central Hotel Apartments names Wael El Behi as new general manager

by Sophia Soltani | 18 Mar 2016

First Central Hotel Apartments has welcomed seasoned hotelier,  Wael El Behi as the new general manager at the property. In his new role, El Behi will oversee all operations of the 524-room property, including guest services, sales and marketing efforts and hotel administration. Abdulla Al Shammar, managing director, Central Hotels said: “Based on Wael’s management

Millennium & Copthorne open third hotel in Saudi

by Sophia Soltani | 17 Mar 2016

Millennium and Copthorne, Middle East and Africa (MEA) have officially announced the launch of Millennium Hotel Hail, Saudi Arabia with an opening ceremony attended by His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen Al Saud.  The opening marks the group’s third hotel in Saudi Arabia and is at the start of expansion plans across the

HMH inks deal with Muzn Oman Commercial to manage new 3-star property

by Sophia Soltani | 17 Mar 2016

Muzn Oman Commercial (S.A.O.C.) has signed a management agreement with HMH – Hospitality Management Holdings to operate a 3-star Corp Muscat Al Muzn Hotel which will open in the first quarter in 2018.  Making the announcement, Mohamed Al Kindi, chairman of Muzn Oman Commercial (S.A.O.C.), said: “The steady growth of tourism in Oman, with a

UK government introduces sugar tax

by Dina Maaty | 17 Mar 2016

UK Treasury chief George Osborne has unveiled a new tax on sugary drinks, to be implemented in 2018. Osborne stated that the health implications of sugary drinks costs the UK economy £27 billion ($38 billion) a year, which is more than half the entire National Health Service (NHS) paybill. “One of the biggest contributors to

Gaurav Sinha confirms his participation as a judge for Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 17 Mar 2016

Founder and CEO of INSIGNIA Worldwide, Gaurav Sinha, has confirmed his participation as a judge at this year’s Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2016, taking place on April 19, at the St. Regis Dubai. What are you looking to find in a Leaders in Hospitality Awards winner?  The winning qualities for a Leaders in Hospitality Award

Six Senses Zighy Bay welcomes Michelin-starred Greg Malouf

by Dina Maaty | 17 Mar 2016

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman will welcome Michelin-starred guest chef Greg Malouf to its signature mountaintop fine-dining restaurant, Sense on the Edge. Malouf will work alongside chef de cuisine Ron McKinlay to create a special menu for guests from April 5 – April 9. An Australian native of Lebanese parents, Malouf is known for his contemporary twist

Falcon Kitchen to host gelato masterclass

by Dina Maaty | 16 Mar 2016

Kitchen solutions provider, Falcon Kitchen is hosting the grand opening of its new division and showroom, GELATOTEK by Falcon Kitchen, which will showcase the company’s gelato solutions. The event will take place over two days at Falcon Kitchen’s Umm Ramool office in Dubai, with an open day at 11am on 20 March and a gelato

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