Abu Dhabi hospitality college in global “top 3”

by Dina Maaty | 18 Aug 2015

The Abu Dhabi-based European International College (EIC) has been named among the top three hospitality management schools in educational innovation in the world at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards, Paris. EIC is home to students from the UAE and 50 other nationalities. Its college campus in Abu Dhabi consists of modern classrooms equipped with audio –

Record water and energy savings for eco-conscious Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

by Dina Maaty | 18 Aug 2015

Innovative ‘green’ hotel initiatives reduce energy and water consumption across operator’s Middle East portfolio.

Dubai hotel occupancy up 26%

by Dina Maaty | 17 Aug 2015

Preliminary data for Dubai hotel performance has shown an occupancy rise of 26.1% following a slump during the early summer and Ramadan. Now standing at 57.6% across the emirate, the boost has also translated into a 22.4% increase in RevPAR to AED353.43. The results also demonstrate a significant YoY increase in performance, with only ADR

Project Canvas

by Dina Maaty | 16 Aug 2015

Marriott International’s Project Canvas campaign has given rise to another new concept in Dubai, with the launch of Darren Velvick’s The Croft within the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina.

IHG inks second property in Krabi, Thailand

by Dina Maaty | 13 Aug 2015

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a management deal with U&N Hospitality Company Limited to operate a 222-room Holiday Inn Express in Krabi, Thailand along the popular tourist destination of Ao Nang Beach. The hotel will be situated 30 minutes away from Krabi International Airport and a three minute walk away from the beach. The new

Starwood expands in Spain

by Dina Maaty | 13 Aug 2015

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has signed a property agreement with the Phoenix Enterprises for The Westin La Quinta Golf & Spa Resort, a hotel conversion in the Andalusian resort in Benahavis Due to open Q1, 2016 the deal is for a 172 key property, including five suites and one Presidential Suite, extensive leisure

Jumeirah signs agreement with Oxley Malaysia to operate luxury hotel

by Dina Maaty | 12 Aug 2015

Jumeirah Group, a member of Dubai Holding, has signed management agreements to operate a 190-room luxury Jumeirah hotel and to brand 273 premium residences in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Frédéric Savoye discusses FRHI’s plans to expand

by Dina Maaty | 07 Aug 2015

Frédéric Savoye, who recently joined FRHI as vice president sales & marketing, MEA & India, outlines how the group will carve out a niche with its three distinct brands as it rapidly expands its regional presence.  FRHI is just one of many hotel groups significantly increasing its portfolio region wide by the end of the

New Wave Hotels

by Dina Maaty | 03 Aug 2015

We take a look at why hoteliers should run their family resort more like a cruise ship.  The value of the global family travel sector and its growth potential have been well documented, valued at $140bn in 2013, accounting for more than 12.5% of the US$1.07tn total tourism market, according to Thomson Reuters. The market

Mid-market milestones

by Dina Maaty | 03 Aug 2015

Andrew Clough, SVP development, Asia Pacific and Middle East, Hilton Worldwide and Carlos Khneisser, vice president of development, Middle East, Hilton Worldwide tell Sophia Soltani why mid-market hotels make more sense than ever and how Hampton by Hilton and Garden Inn are set to make waves in the mid-market segment. In recent months it has

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