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90% of travellers avoid booking a hotel if labelled “dirty” online says FCS

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Nov 2016

Eric Rogers, Vice President EMEA, FCS Computer Systems told delegates at the 2016 Executive Housekeepers Conference that, “90% of travellers avoided booking a hotel if it was labelled as dirty online.” Rogers also revealed that 70% of hotel guests claim that cleanliness and hygiene are the most important factor for a hotel. He explained: “If

Hilton Worldwide to debut Canopy brand in Chicago

by Sophia Soltani | 19 Nov 2016

Hilton Worldwide has inked a deal with RCP Holdings, LLC an affiliate of The Prime Group, Inc to develop a Canopy by Hilton in Chicago. Residing at the southwest corner of South LaSalle Street and West Adams Street in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood, the 223-room Canopy property will target both business and leisure travellers. Slated to

Ras Al Khaimah gears up for inaugural investment forum

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Nov 2016

Ras Al Khaimah Finance & Investment Forum (RAKFIF), a new platform for uncovering business investment opportunities in Ras Al Khaimah, is preparing for its first edition, taking place 13 – 14 December at Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Ras Al Khaimah. RAKFIF will bring together experts from government and industries with international and regional investors and financiers

Pipeline Yearbook 2017 to highlight female leaders in hospitality

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Nov 2016

Hotel News ME’s annual publication, The Pipeline Yearbook will return for a 2017 edition with a special focus on female leaders in hospitality. Featuring exclusive hotel pipeline news and a guide to key territories, the Pipeline Yearbook 2017 will place insight from leading female hoteliers in a first of its kind collaboration across the MENA

FACE TO FACE: A matter of preference

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Nov 2016

As Preferred Hotels and Resorts makes steady headway in the Middle East, Hotel News ME hears from Saurabh Rai, executive vice president for South Asia, Middle East, Africa and Australasia on the company’s key growth markets and how the online channel is the missing link between the consumer, key experiences and a hotel.  Charismatic, charming

Dubai Tourism hosts educational sustainability initiative

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Nov 2016

Dubai Tourism (DTCM) in collaboration with Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF, Roya International and Insignia, hosted an initiative aimed at the hospitality industry, emphasising the importance of sustainability across the sector.  Hospitality Sustainability Board Game, the inaugural activity of the Dubai Sustainable Tourism Initiative was held at Media One Hotel, engaged industry professionals from across the city,

Abu Dhabi set to welcome 600,000 Chinese visitors by 2021

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Nov 2016

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has revealed that it is preparing to welcome 600,000 Chinese visitors to the emirate by 2021. H.E Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of TCA Abu Dhabi emphasised the importance of Chinese tourists  as hotels in Abu Dhabi welcomed 163,935 Chinese guests during the first three quarters

SUPPLIER FOCUS: Leading luminaires

by Sophia Soltani | 07 Nov 2016

Lighting is no longer just a necessity, it has become a statement for many hotels as lobbies and dining areas turn into a wild creation of eclectic luminaire fixtures. Hotel News ME hears from leading lighting suppliers in the Middle East to uncover the latest motion sensor technologies and why LED lighting is presenting sustainable

ROUND-UP: Serviced Apartment Summit MEA 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Nov 2016

More than 160 international delegates attended the second annual Serviced Apartment Summit MEA in Dubai this week. Held at the Fairmont The Palm, the event attracted delegates from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, India, Indonesia, US, UK, Singapore, Russia, The Netherlands and Germany. Despite a turbulent year for the region’s economy, with

Top tips: Crisis management for hoteliers

by Sophia Soltani | 03 Nov 2016

It’s every hotelier’s worst nightmare when something goes wrong, so how do you effectively manage a crisis? Sophia Soltani, editor of Hotel News ME reveals some top tips on how hoteliers can effectively manage a crisis and why it is imperative for the staff to control the crisis and not the other way around. Crisis

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