Hotel News ME

Designing destinations

by Dina Maaty | 13 Oct 2015

Since the conceptualisation of Al Marjan Island, it has been tipped to become Ras Al Khaimah’s landmark, multi-property resort, with 8,000 operating keys, 23km of beachfront and 12,000 apartments. Melanie Mingas speaks to architect Abdullah Rashed Al Abdooli, managing director of AMI Company to discover more about developing destinations.  Not since Dubai’s The Palm Jumeirah

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide expands global footprint

by Dina Maaty | 12 Oct 2015

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.has announced the opening of Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel,  a 251-room hotel owned by Hoteli Dubrovacka Rivijera d.d.  As part of the Sheraton brand’s goal to open 150 new hotels by 2020, Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel marks the inaugural entry of the brand into southern Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. Dave Marr, global

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts ink deal in Islamabad

by Dina Maaty | 12 Oct 2015

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is expanding its presence in Pakistan after inking a landmark deal with PAK Gulf Construction Company (PVT.) Ltd to manage a new upscale property in Islamabad. The agreement to operate Mövenpick Hotel Centaurus Islamabad marks the Swiss hospitality company’s first property in Pakistan’s dynamic capital, has been facilitated by Middle East

Jumeirah Group to offer Emirates Skywards members 25% discount on hotel rates

by Dina Maaty | 12 Oct 2015

The Jumeirah Group has launched an exclusive offer providing Emirates Skywards members 25% off the Jumeirah Flavours rate at participating Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts in Dubai. In addition, guests can take advantage of daily complimentary breakfast and an invitation to dine at over 50 participating restaurants with complimentary lunch or dinner every day of the

ONYX Hospitality Group announces first hotel in Vietnam

by Dina Maaty | 12 Oct 2015

Thai-based international hotel company ONYX Hospitality Group has announced its entry into Vietnam, with the signing of a partnership agreement with HB Group to manage OZO Hoi An, a 364-room beachfront resort in c area. The hotel is scheduled to open in late 2016. Part of a master development consisting of a retail complex, dining and

Oberoi Group signs two new management contracts for luxury properties in Qatar

by Dina Maaty | 12 Oct 2015

The Oberoi Group has entered into management contracts for two new luxury properties in Qatar with a 250 key luxury hotel being developed in the West Bay area of Doha and a 148 key luxury serviced apartment building located in Lusail, Doha.  The planning of both  projects is well under way and construction will commence early next

Procurement Manager Jumeirah at Etihad Towers to speak on first panel at Hotel News ME Procurement Conference

by Dina Maaty | 12 Oct 2015

Radha K. Valiathan, Procurement Manager Jumeirah at Etihad Towers will be speaking at this year’s Hotel News ME Procurement Conference on 19, October 2015 at Grosvenor House Dubai.  Valiathan will join four other panelists on the first panel session of the day, titled: Business as usual?  There he will be debating the potential impact on supply and demand for hotel

Housekeeping Networking going Global

by Dina Maaty | 12 Oct 2015

Chairperson of the UAE Professional Housekeeper’s Group, Tatjana Ahmed, writes about her recent collaborations with Housekeeping Associations in London and Mumbai and the impact on good housekeeping on good hospitality.  The hospitality and travel industry could not have become what it is today without the extremely high standards and versatility of hotel accommodation it has

Destination Report: Oman

by Dina Maaty | 08 Oct 2015

The Sultanate of Oman is rolling out a number of substantial tourism infrastructure developments worth billions, presenting strong growth opportunities for the destination’s hotel industry.  Muscat International Airport: Phase one of the airport’s expansion will boost capacity to 12 million passengers annually, increasing four-fold to 48 million when phase three is completed. Enhancements include a

Frédéric Savoye outlines FRHI’s expansion plans

by Dina Maaty | 07 Oct 2015

Frédéric Savoye, who recently joined FRHI as vice president sales & marketing, MEA & India, outlines how the group will carve out a niche with its three distinct brands as it rapidly expands its regional presence.   FRHI is just one of many hotel groups significantly increasing its portfolio region wide by the end of

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