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UAE theme parks to welcome over 19m visitors by 2020

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Nov 2016

The UAE’s existing and new generation theme parks will attract more than 19 million admissions a year by 2020 according to data released by Colliers International in their Theme Park Tourism Report ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2017. The prediction is made using existing admissions and arrivals data for Yas Island’s Ferrari World and Waterworld

Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi launches ’emARTi 45′

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Nov 2016

In celebration of the UAE’s 45th National Day, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Art Hub Gallery have launched emARTi 45 –Spirit of the Union Art Exhibition.  emARTi 45 –Spirit of the Union brings together 45 emirati artists from all seven emirates, aimed at promoting emirati traditions, heritage and spirit. Paintings from Mohammed

COUNTRY REPORT: The Ottoman Empire

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Nov 2016

 It’s no secret that 2016 has been a trying year for Turkey, with multiple terror attacks and a failed coup attempt under its belt. But despite recent challenges, government incentives and Turkey’s Vision 2023 tourism strategy is set to bolster tourism and drive visitors back to the region. Hotel News ME analyses how new sub-sectors

Saudi Arabia to become regional MICE leader by 2020

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Nov 2016

Backed by a growing number of modern facilities and government support, Makkah is set to become a new destination for the MICE tourism industry in Saudi Arabia, according to industry experts. Traditionally seen as a site for religious travel, Makkah is attracting a growing number of local companies and government authorities looking to combine their

Cayan Group appoints Rotana as operator for new project

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Nov 2016

Cayan Group has appointed Rotana Hotel Management as the operator for its new project – the Cayan Arjaan Hotel Apartments. The company revealed the news at a press conference attended by Ahmed Alhatti, Chairman of Cayan Group; Nasser Nowais, Chairman of Rotana; Omer Kaddouri, President and CEO of Rotana; Mohan Saini, MD and CEO of

The Hotel Show set to debut in the Philippines in 2017

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Nov 2016

dmg events – Middle East, Asia & Africa has revealed plans to launch The Hotel Show Philippines in August 2017.  The Hotel Show Philippines will take place from 2 to 5 August, 2017 in Metro Manila, while the flagship show will follow in September at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the UAE. The Hotel

Snapped up: Mega-mergers

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Nov 2016

As the global hospitality industry enters an unprecedented period of consolidation, Hotel News ME examines the impact of merger trends on the Middle East market. Just two years ago, some of the world’s leading hotel groups professed that big mergers were just too complicated. Speaking at the 36th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry

Tourism contributes AED 134bn to UAE’s GDP

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Nov 2016

Four hundred international professionals and tourism experts gathered for The Tourism Innovation and Transformation Forum 2016 under the patronage of H.E Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, the UAE Ministry of Economy in cooperation with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to exchanged views on  the benefits of innovation to accelerate tourism growth and overcome

Suppliers should consult with housekeepers before new product launches

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Nov 2016

In a panel session first, delegates at the 2016 edition of Hotel News ME’s Executive Housekeepers Conference, which took place on November 21, 2016 at The Conrad Hotel Dubai, heard a set of housekeepers battle it out with suppliers to see how new products and services can better cater their departments and what new innovations

Cayan Group reveals plans to set up Hotel Apartment Tower

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Nov 2016

Cayan Group has revealed plans to develop and launch a Hotel Apartments Tower at Cayan Cantara. The Hotel Apartments Tower, will be managed and operated by a well known hospitality giant in the Middle East. “The unbridled success of the first Cayan Cantara tower prompted us to carry on with our master plan for the









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