Hilton Worldwide

The panel: Sorting out the staff

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Aug 2016

There are more hotels opening their doors now than ever before – but that doesn’t mean the challenges of people management have diminished. Hotel News ME talks to the backbone of human capital – the HR department – to find out how their roles are evolving and whether recruitment agencies ultimately help or hinder the

Dusit International appoints group director of F&B

by Crystal Chesters | 14 Aug 2016

Bangkok founded hotel operator, Dusit International, has appointed Thomas Pfordte as group director of food and beverage. Pfordte, a German national, will be responsible for the Dusit International’s entire food and beverage operation. He has spent more than 18 years working in senior positions throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Prior to joining Dusit,

Jazz Bar & Dining Abu Dhabi reopens following revamp

by Crystal Chesters | 08 Aug 2016

Following a two-month closure, the Jazz Bar & Dining at Hilton Abu Dhabi reopens today with refreshed interiors, a new live music experience, an overhauled menu and extended opening hours. The new Jazz Bar & Dining menu features foie gras crème brulée and seabass ceviche, surf and turf dishes such as Canadian lobster, Atlantic cod fillet,

Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards 2016: Nominations Now Open

by Crystal Chesters | 31 Jul 2016

Catering News Middle East has opened nominations for the inaugural Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards, celebrating excellence and innovation in the region’s food and beverage industry. To request a nomination form, email Catering@bncpublishing.net Set to take place at Westin Mina Seyahi Dubai on Wednesday 9 November, the Leaders in F&B Awards will celebrate 18 categories, divided

Conrad Makkah taps into religious hospitality & tourism capital of the world

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Jul 2016

Makkah is poised to become one of the world’s leading religious hospitality and tourism destinations as Saudi Arabia boosts tourism efforts and aims to enhance the Umrah and Hajj experience for pilgrims, according to industry experts. The Holy City is expected to witness a growing hotel supply through 2018, according to Colliers International’s Q1 2016

Hilton Worldwide inks deal for fourth property in Morocco

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Jul 2016

Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Société d’Aménagement et de Promotion de la Station de Taghazout (SAPST) to open a 170 guestroom hotel within the Taghazout Bay Resort located 10 miles north of the Moroccan coastal town of Agadir. Hilton Taghazout Bay Beach Resort and Spa is set to open in 2018 and

Face to Face: Building European allies

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Jul 2016

Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, area vice president operations, Hilton Worldwide, Northern, Central and Eastern Europe headed to the UAE with a delegation of Hilton general managers from Austria and Germany last month to eye the UAE tourist market. In an exclusive interview, Jan Sleiffer tells Hotel News ME about building allies with operators in the Middle East

Dubai’s Gulfood and The Hotel Show form food & hospitality mega-event

by Dina Maaty | 27 Jun 2016

Dubai World Trade Centre’s Gulfood and DMG’s Hotel Show have entered into an alliance to jointly create the Middle East and Africa’s largest hospitality and food service event, Catering News has learned. Taking place from 18 – 20 September 2017 in Dubai, with the working title ‘Dubai International Hospitality Week’, the event is expected to

The Full Measure: Vesna

by Dina Maaty | 12 Jun 2016

Open just over six months, Vesna is tapping into a gap in the Dubai market for high-end Slavic cuisine Despite a strong tourist and expat population from eastern European countries, Slavic cuisine still hasn’t made its mark on the Dubai restaurant scene. Until recently, the only outlets serving Slavic fare were relatively low-end, unlicensed venues.

Conrad Hotels officially opens first property in Saudi Arabia

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Jun 2016

Conrad Hotels and Resorts has officially opened its first hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – the 438-room Conrad Makkah. Set in the heart of the Holy City and overlooking the Sacred Mosque, Al Masjid al Haram, and the Holy Kaabah, the hotel is designed for today’s smart luxury traveller, combining intuitive service with

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