Australian artist donates work to Sheraton AD for UNICEF

by Sophia Soltani | 16 Dec 2015

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort is aiming to increase its donation to UNICEF to AED50,000 by the end of the year by auctioning work from Australian artist Des Spencer. Spencer’s work “through the urban dunes”, which was created in residence in Abu Dhabi measures 120cmx120cm and is valued at AED15,000. “The painting’s theme reflects

Sharjah expecting 80,000 cruise visitors

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Dec 2015

Up to 80,000 cruise ship passengers, arriving via 37 port calls are expected in Sharjah during the 2015 – 6 cruise season, according to data released by Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA). Strategically located on Sharjah’s Indian Ocean coast, Khorfakkan Port has been welcoming luxury cruise-liners since the early 1980s and has become

InterContinental Danang Sun named World’s Leading Luxury Resort

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Dec 2015

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort has won the title of World’s Leading Luxury Resort for the second time at the World Travel Awards. Held at El Jadida, Morocco, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort beat 10 other nominees in the final shortlist. Similar to last year, the Resort received the highest votes from travel professionals and

Hospitality entrepreneurs supported by TCA

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Dec 2015

Emirati entrepreneurs with a business idea for the hospitality industry, are receiving a boost from Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority through the launch of the Rowad Al Seyaha competition. Designed to offer Emirati entrepreneurs, both experienced and aspiring, the chance to develop their ideas for potential business start-ups, Rowad Al Seyaha, focusses on developing

Dubai Festival City to feature “megamedia spectacular”

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Dec 2015

Dubai Festival City Mall is to feature a “unique megamedia spectacular” from Q3, 2016, following a deal signed between operator Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate (AFGRE) and Laservision Mega Media. The new attraction will be part of the mall’s AED1.5bn expansion scheme, and will be based on other experiences around the world, such as Hong Kong’s

TIME Hotels launches CSR project

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Dec 2015

With a remit to strengthen community ties and enhanve workplace wellbeing, TIME Hotels has launched Tomorrow’s World, a CSR focusssed website designed to keep hotel guests up-to-date with TIME Hotel’s contribution towards building “a responsible and sustainable business community in Dubai.” Developed on the bacl of TIME’s recent CSR Label award for 2015 from the

Meraas launches new hospitality division

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Dec 2015

Meraas, the Dubai-based holding company has announced the launch of Meraas Hotels and Resorts, a new entity that will introduce, operate and manage different hotel brands. Meraas Hotels and Resorts falls under the umbrella of Meraas Hospitality, a division within the holding group that was established to oversee the company’s portfolio in the hospitality sector

Arabian Travel Market 2016 to launch Wellness & Spa Lounge

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Dec 2015

According to the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) by the end of 2015, the UAE’s spa industry is forecast to achieve revenues of AED 5.5 billion, rising to AED 8.3 billion by 2017, making it one of the most valuable tourism-related industries in the Middle East, with the MENA region the second fastest-growing market in the

Four Points brand debuts in Algeria

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2015

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc has announced the debut of the Four Points brand in Algeria, with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Oran. A few minutes’ drive from the airport, the hotel is conveniently located within a short distance of the city centre with shops, restaurants, recreation and the famous Mohamed Benahmed

Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards launch new loyalty rewards initiative

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2015

Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards have announced their ‘Fab Four’ benefits. Members are now able to share points among friends and family, book stays with a mix of cash and points plus book travel in advance before having enough points, and earn Elite night credits for stays paid for with points.

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