Steigenberger Hotel Group debuts Dubai property

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Dec 2015

German hospitality company, Steigenberger Hotel Group has opened its first property in the UAE, the 5-star waterfront Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay in Dubai. The property is owned by Twenty14 Holdings, the hospitality investment arm of LuLu Group International, the Abu Dhabi-based retail giant with the newly opened hotel boasting 367 rooms, including 28 suites designed

Kempinski Hotel Ajman takes part in grand beach clean up initiative

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Nov 2015

Kempinski Hotel Ajman took part in an extensive clean-up event organised by the Ajman Tourism Development Department to help clean up the beaches before UAE National Day and to outline the importance of taking care of the surrounding environment. Throughout the week of National Day celebrations, more than 20 representatives from the hotel’s different departments

Rixos Hotels become first in UAE to launch virtual tours with Google

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Nov 2015

Rixos The Palm, Dubai, and Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Ras Al Khaimah, have become the first hotels in the UAE to launch virtual tours in partnership with Google. Otherwise known as ‘Google Street View’ guests can take an in depth look across the entire resort, as if they were standing there in real time. Committed

Citymax Hotels opens first international property in Egypt

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Nov 2015

Citymax Hotels has opened its first international property in Alexandria, Egypt. The new location is the seventh property from the brand, following four in Dubai, one in Sharjah and one in Ras Al Khaimah. The new property is located in Hayat Alex Park and operates in partnership with Marseilia, the Egyptian property development group. The

Rotana unveils 14 new properties to be launched by the end of 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Nov 2015

Rotana Hotels is set to continue its ambitious expansion plans with the opening of 14 properties before the end of 2016. Rotana is set to further strength its presence in Turkey and Bahrain, whilst 2016 will also see the opening of the group’s first property in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, marking

Vienna sees 48.2% visitor increase from GCC travellers

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Nov 2015

Tourists from the Middle East are flocking to Vienna and from January to October overnight stays from the UAE have soared 48.2% compared to 2014, recording 110,663 visitors so far. Arrivals have also seen a similar explosive growth, with 50,891 from the UAE, up by 44.8% when compared with the previous year. Saudi Arabia also

Nakheel and Starwood ink deal to open St. Regis Dubai on the Palm Jumeirah

by Dina Maaty | 26 Nov 2015

Nakheel and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. have signed a management agreement to operate a new St. Regis in Dubai. Set to open in 2018, The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm will be a part of Palm Tower, Nakheel’s 52-storey luxury mixed-use development offering 289 guest rooms, including 23 suites, occupying the first 18

Data breach hits Hilton Worldwide

by Dina Maaty | 26 Nov 2015

Hilton Worldwide has become the latest victim of a cyber attack with hackers obtaining sensitive credit card information of former guests. The data breach comes just days after Starwood Hotels, which operates the Sheraton and Westin chains, said hackers had infected payment systems in some of its establishments, potentially leaking customer credit card data. The

Majid Al Futtaim and Starwood unveil Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre

by Dina Maaty | 26 Nov 2015

Majid Al Futtaim and Starwood Hotels and Resorts have unveiled the new Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre following an extensive transformation of all its guest rooms and public areas alongside the introduction of new concepts and outlets. The renovation project, which started in July 2014, aims to re-position the hotel as a key hub for

MEA reports decrease in occupancy levels

by Dina Maaty | 26 Nov 2015

According to the latest data compiled by STR Global, hotels in the Middle East and Africa reported negative results in the three key performance metrics when reported in U.S. dollars. Compared to October 2014, the Middle East subcontinent reported a 4.6% decrease in occupancy to 67.4%, a 12.3% drop in average daily rate to $200.66

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