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Marriott rolls out Request App

by Dina Maaty | 08 Nov 2015

Marriott International is personalising the guest experience with its Mobile Requests app and two-way chat feature – now available across all Marriott International properties across the Middle East and North Africa.

AccorHotels announce 15 new Adagio aparthotels in Saudi

by Dina Maaty | 08 Nov 2015

AccorHotels strengthened its partnership with the Alesayi Group a Saudi Arabian conglomerate, with a signature to develop at least 15 new Adagio aparthotels over the next five years in Saudi Arabia. Five of the Adagio aparthotel projects have already been agreed upon and will be developed in Jeddah, Riyadh, Madinah and Jizan, with construction of

RAK Tourism Authority to attract one million visitors by 2018

by Dina Maaty | 07 Nov 2015

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Launched Vision for 2018 at this year’s World Travel Market and announced its ambitious plans to attract one million visitors by the end of 2018. The 2018 Vision provides a strategic roadmap for Ras Al Khaimah’s tourism sector, encouraging growth and diversification across the accommodation portfolio, its tourism offering

FRHI appoints new Vice President of F&B

by Dina Maaty | 07 Nov 2015

Stuart Nielsen has been appointed as vice president for F&B at FRHI Hotels & Resorts, Middle East, Africa and India. Dubai based Nielsen brings a wealth of experience to his new position with over 20 years’ experience in the F&B and hospitality industry across dynamic gateway cities, including Dubai and Hong Kong. Having held director

Millennium & Copthorne expands footprint in Saudi

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

Millennium & Copthorne, Middle East and Africa continues with its major expansion in Saudi Arabia by announcing the signing of two new hotels in the Holy City of Makkah with one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent companies, Al Rajhi Investments. Due to open in 2017, the 822 key Millennium Hotel and 502 key Copthorne Hotel

Scouring the globe

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

Michelle Sephton, managing director, Elegant Resorts tells Hotel News ME about breaking stereotypes as a female MD in the industry and why the operator decided to make its Middle Eastern debut.  You began your career with Elegant Resorts in 1992, what first attracted you to the role and what has kept you with them for

Dubai to become family focused destination by 2016 says DTCM

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

Dubai’s presence at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM) highlights the continual appeal of Dubai to visitors from the UK and Europe, with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) joined by 62 top Dubai tourism brands to deliver the message that families should put Dubai top of their list as their 2016 must-visit

DXB passenger traffic soars

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

Passenger traffic at Dubai International rose 8.2% in September 2015, according to a traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports. Passenger traffic in September totalled 6,432,654, compared to 5,942,628 recorded during September 2014. Year to date traffic rose 12% to 58,696,877 compared to 52,422,547 recorded during the first nine months of 2014. Aircraft movements totalled

AccorHotels to launch mega projects in Makkah

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

AccorHotels have announced the signing of three management agreements with Al Rajhi Investment Group for a trio-cluster of hotel properties in Al Naseem, a mega complex by Al Rajhi in the Holy City of Makkah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The trio-cluster of properties adds over 2,350 rooms to Al Naseem development near the

Starwood expands presence in Saudi Arabia

by Dina Maaty | 03 Nov 2015

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE has announced an agreement with Sulaiman Abdulaziz Al Rajhi Real Estate Investments Company LLC, to launch Four Points by Sheraton Makkah Al Naseem. Scheduled to open in Q2 2016, the hotel will be the brand’s largest property globally with over 1,000 rooms and will be located in the









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