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Alison Grinnell, PwC Middle East Hotels Leader confirmed as keynote speaker for Hotel News ME’s Procurement Conference

by Dina Maaty | 07 Oct 2015

Alison Grinnell, PwC Middle East Hotels Leader has been announced as the keynote speaker for Hotel News ME’s Procurement Conference on 19 October at Grosvenor House, Dubai.  Grinnell will be addressing an audience of over 100 procurement professionals including hospitality procurement and purchasing directors and managers at the half day event. Grinnell is the  Middle

Sun & Shades set to exhibit at this year’s Hotel News ME Procurement Conference

by Dina Maaty | 06 Oct 2015

Premium outdoor furniture supplier Sun and Shades has revealed plans to support, and exhibit at Hotel News ME’s upcoming Procurement Conference on 19 October at Grosvenor House, Dubai.  Five minutes with: Roland Corko, sales director, Sun and Shades Why is it important for you to be a sponsor of this event? We want to build

Take 10: Saudi on the Rise

by Dina Maaty | 06 Oct 2015

Rolf Lippuner, general manager, Four Seasons Hotel, Riyadh lists why Saudi Arabia’s hospitality inventory is on the rise and it’s not just down to religious tourism.  Having worked his way up the career ladder to become the newly appointed general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel, Riyadh Rolf Lippuner has been with the hotel chain

The future of hospitality

by Dina Maaty | 06 Oct 2015

Gerald Lawless, president and group CEO, Jumeirah Group weighs up the impending shortage of talent for the industry, life post Expo 2020 and Jumeirah’s ambitious plans to have 46 hotels in operation by 2020.  You have spent 18 years with Jumeirah and have extensive experience within the hospitality industry, what first attracted you to the

Chain Focus: FRHI Hotels & Resorts

by Dina Maaty | 05 Oct 2015

Hotel News ME looks at the luxury hotel group’s plans to double its MEA & India portfolio across all three of its brands over the next five years  GROUP OVERVIEW Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI) is one of the world’s leading luxury hotel management companies and operates properties globally under

Iran: The Final Frontier

by Dina Maaty | 05 Oct 2015

Taking a look at the challenges and opportunities emerging in the region’s most promising hotel market.  September 15, 2015 heralded a new era for Iran’s dormant hotel industry.  International hospitality giant AccorHotels officially signed its two inaugural properties in Tehran with owning firm Aria Ziggurat Tourism Development Company. When Novotel IKIA and ibis IKIA open their

Dubai Parks and Resorts Launches Emiratisation Programme

by Dina Maaty | 05 Oct 2015

Dubai Parks and Resorts has launched a major Emiratisation programme to target more than 1,000 UAE nationals by dedicating more than one third of its jobs to Emiratis. In line with Dubai’s 2020 vision and seven year national agenda, the programme will seek to empower and grow a new generation of talent for the theme

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Confirms 12 Openings for 2016

by Dina Maaty | 05 Oct 2015

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to expand its global footprint with 12 new hotel openings over the course of 2016. Three of the scheduled 12 hotels will open in the GCC including the hospitality brand’s first hotel in Kuwait. The First Four Seasons Hotel will open in Abu Dhabi, boasting 200 rooms at

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Announces African Expansion Plans

by Dina Maaty | 05 Oct 2015

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is taking its Africa expansion plans to the next level by debuting in three new African markets over the course of the next four years. The hospitality company plans to establish a presence in key cities across the continent’s thriving Sub-Saharan region.The Swiss hospitality brand will open three upscale hotels across

Four Seasons Riyadh appoints new hotel manager

by Dina Maaty | 01 Oct 2015

Tony Coveney has been appointed as the new hotel manager at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre. A Four Seasons veteran with two decades of hospitality experience, Coveney arrives in the Kingdom from Four Seasons Hotel Sydney where he spent two years as director of Rooms. After earning a hotel management degree in Ireland,

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