Rotana Marks Growth In Occupancy, ADR And RevPAR

by Mahak Mannan | 14 Mar 2019

Rotana reported positive results across the three key performance metrics in the first two months of 2019 in spite of the economic outlook for the region. “Most of our markets in the region posted firm growth in occupancy, ADR, and RevPAR and this is mainly due to our relentless focus on improving product offering, expanding

Gulfood Report Predicts Increased F&B Spending

by Mahak Mannan | 17 Feb 2019

The Middle East and Africa have been identified as areas of high potential in international food trade, leading global demand for health and wellness packaged products. Worldwide consumption of food and beverages will account for 8.9% of GDP by 2030, up from today’s 8.5%, according to the Gulfood Global Industry Outlook Report 2019 released today

Saudi Arabia’s Hotel Sector Set For Accelerated Growth

by Mahak Mannan | 22 Jan 2019

Savills, the real estate services provider, predicts continued growth in the hotel sector across Saudi Arabia, fuelled by increasing demand from tourists. The newly released ‘Saudi Arabia Hotel Sector Report’ indicates that with a 13% increase in number of hotel rooms during 2017 and an extra 48,000 being constructed, Saudi Arabia is dramatically increasing its

GCC forecasts Growth In Demand For Seafood

by Mahak Mannan | 23 Oct 2018

UAE and Saudi Arabia register largest online search increase for seafood. Online search volumes during the last three years have revealed a strong demand for seafood across the Gulf region, according to recent data by SEMrush an online digital marketing suite. Results show that the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia both witnessed an increase

First Central Hotel Suites Records Strong Occupancy

by Mahak Mannan | 31 Jul 2018

With a year-to-date average occupancy of 81%, First Central Hotel Suites has enjoyed a robust first half of 2018. The hotel achieved 3% higher occupancy as compared to the average percentage of its competitive set. Wael El Behi, general manager of First Central Hotel Suites, said, “Our property has been one of the best performing

Swiss-Belhotel International makes pre-opening appointment in Kuwait

by Mahak Mannan | 03 Jul 2018

The group has has appointed Hakan Gencer as the hotel manager of its upcoming properties in Kuwait. Swiss-Belhotel Bneid Al Gar is scheduled to open in Q4 2018 and Swiss-Belresidences Al Sharq is scheduled to open in Q3 2019 and Gencer will be responsible to establish the pre-opening office for Swiss-Belboutique Bneid Al Gar. Making

Opinion: Why F&B is taking over the retail sector

by Mahak Mannan | 24 May 2018

Joao Garcia, head chef of Butcha Steakhouse and Grill believes that the food and beverage industry is set to take over the shopping industry in retail space, not just within the UAE but globally too and here he explains what factors could lead to the shift. Over the past few years, the retail sector in

Richard Sandoval on Sustaining Growth In The Region

by Mahak Mannan | 26 Mar 2018

After expanding the successful Toro Toro brand to Abu Dhabi last year, Mexican Chef and the face behind some of the world’s leading Latin American restaurants Chef Richard Sandoval tells Catering News Middle East that the plan for 2018 is sustainability not growth, in an exclusive interview. Overseeing the operations of over 52 Latin American

VIDEO: Northern Ireland targets hospitality sector for 2018

by Dina Maaty | 26 Feb 2018

Speaking on the side-lines of Gulfood last week, Invest Northern Ireland said trade to the UAE is growing year on year. “At the moment we are up by over 10% from last year in our food and beverage export and 90% in the dairy sector alone,” Karl Devlin, business development manager- Middle East and Hong

Italian food export to the UAE reaches over $350 million

by Dina Maaty | 25 Feb 2018

More than 190 Italian companies took part in the Italian Food Lab at Gulfood this year. Displaying products from cheese, coffee and pasta to agricultural produce, Italian exhibitors at Gulfood are looking to benefit from the growing trade in the region. “According to recent reports, the food and beverage sector in the Gulf Cooperation Council

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