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INTERVIEW: Stop Clicking Around

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Oct 2016

It’s no secret that relationships between hotels and their OTA partners have always been a little strained to put it delicately. While there is no denying the major influence that these online marketing giants have had on the visibility of hotel groups, OTA regulations can sometimes be stifling and restrictive. Sophia Soltani talks to Geraldine

Second edition of Hospitality Qatar underway

by Sophia Soltani | 19 Oct 2016

The second edition of Hospitality Qatar is underway, taking place until October 20, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC). The trade event was inaugurated by His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Al Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce.  Hospitality Qatar provides a platform for suppliers, hoteliers, HORECA suppliers, buyers, and investors to showcase

IN FOCUS: A new era of Omani hospitality

by Sophia Soltani | 11 Oct 2016

As the Sultanate of Oman seeks to outgrow its status as a niche luxury destination, the initial steps towards an ambitious and prosperous future for Oman’s hospitality sector is well underway, explains Zoltan Kali, chief strategy officer, Omran Hospitality. Oman is known for its hospitality and its warm welcome to visitors, and nowhere is this

Dubai welcomes first Austrian University dedicated to hospitality industry

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Oct 2016

Dubai has welcomed the Middle East’s first Austrian University, dedicated to the development of the next generation of hospitality professionals. MODUL University Dubai, a subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC, a leading university specialising in tourism and hospitality courses in the Middle East and Austria’s top international private university has officially opened for business. The opening

DWTC turns to solar energy in line with Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy 2050

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Oct 2016

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is turning to fully integrated, renewable energy solutions across its developments in a bid to spearhead its sustainability efforts across its convention centres.  DWTC complex, the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) is set to incorporate next-generation technologies for the optimisation of solar power as well as the latest

Hilton Worldwide inks deal for 50th hotel in Africa

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Oct 2016

Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Jabavu Village Ltd to open a 255 guest-room and suite hotel in Kenya’s capital. The hotel is set to open in 2020 and joins 50 Hilton Hotels and Resorts properties trading or under development in 17 countries across Africa. Co-developed by Jabavu Village and White Lotus Projects,

Doha hotels report double digit declines

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Sep 2016

For the month of August, hotels across the UAE reported an increase in occupancy rates to 73.4%, representing  an 2.1% Y-o-Y increase, but despite the peaks, average room rates fell by 8.8% to Dh463 according to STR’s latest report.   STR also reported  that demand for hotels in the UAE increased by 5.1% in the

Executive Housekeepers Conference to return for second edition

by Sophia Soltani | 27 Sep 2016

Hotel News ME is set to host the second edition of its annual, Executive Housekeepers Conference on November 21, 2016 at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai.  The full agenda has now been revealed and will focus on new technologies shaping the housekeeping department and an all new panel set up, whereby the housekeepers hash it out

Meet the supplier: Technogym

by Sophia Soltani | 27 Sep 2016

Technogym is a premier world leader in the design of fitness and wellness equipment and was first established in 1983 by founder and president Nerio Alessandri in Cesena, Northern Italy.  Since then, the company has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of state-of-the-art fitness equipment, renowned globally for its innovative design and technology. Technogym

Fine Chocolate Producer, Valrhona hosts two-day training event

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Sep 2016

Fine chocolate producer Valrhona hosted a two-day training event for some of the region’s leading chefs from the hospitality industry and standalone restaurants at Top Chef Cooking Studio, Dubai.  The two-day workshop was led by Chef Guillaume Roesz, from L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat under the theme of afternoon tea and chocolate drinks. Throughout the training









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