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

5 minutes with… Dinh Thuy Linh, barista, Kempinski Hotel Ajman

by Dina Maaty | 23 Nov 2015

Please provide a description of your role.  I am in charge of the Lobby Lounge at Kempinski Hotel Ajman, and besides my regular barista tasks, I am also responsible for educating our guests about our premium coffees and teas. We are currently the only hotel in the Northern Emirates that offers guests an authentic, handpicked

Supplier Focus, Coffee: From Bean To Cup

by Dina Maaty | 23 Nov 2015

Hotel News ME asks coffee suppliers and specialists to elaborate on the latest trends, machines and sourcing beans sustainably.  What are some of the latest trends being seen in the coffee market? Jones: Over the last few years, the food and beverage industry has evolved at a rapid rate and consequently, has enhanced consumer appreciation

Hyatt Regency launches biggest campaign in 50 year history

by Dina Maaty | 23 Nov 2015

Hyatt Regency has launched a social campaign ‘Make the Most of Being Away’ using the tag #athyattregency, the largest campaign in the brand’s 50 year history. The model behind the new campaign aims to encourage travellers to acknowledge that sometimes it is good to be away from usual, familiar creature comforts.  The creative team behind

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana appoints new GM

by Dina Maaty | 23 Nov 2015

Eleni Tsolakou has joined Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana as the new general manager, with more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry having worked in Africa, Greece, Indonesia and the Middle East. Tsolakou joined Rotana Hotels and Resorts in March 2011 as the executive assistant manager in Yas Island Rotana and Centro

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