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DUKES Dubai appoints management team

by Dina Maaty | 01 Oct 2015

   Property developer and holding company Seven Tides has appointed the general manager and four senior executive committee members for its latest five-star hospitality venture, DUKES Dubai hotel and hotel apartment project that is set to open in Q1 2016. Experienced hotelier, Mete Atakuman brings with him more than 20 years of experience and has been

Saudi Arabia to build more hotels to support Hajj pilgrims

by Dina Maaty | 30 Sep 2015

After oil, tourism for religious purposes is currently one of the biggest sources of revenue for the  Saudi Arabia. The country has undertaken several initiatives to build more hotels and provide better services to pilgrims who visit Makkah each year, in order to facilitate expanding number of religious tourists. Alongside government entities, the private sector

Wyndham Hotel Group expands into Russia

by Dina Maaty | 28 Sep 2015

The Wyndham Hotel Group has announced plans to continue its Russian expansion with its first hotel in the city of Voronezh set to open in October this year. The Ramada Plaza marks the first property for the hotel group in the historic city of  Voronezh, further adding to Wyndham Hotel Group’s existing portfolio in the country which includes

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels signs four new hotels in KSA

by Dina Maaty | 28 Sep 2015

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Middle East and Africa has announced its expansion into Saudi Arabia with the signing of four hotels in Madinah. The properties include two Millennium hotels as well as a Studio M and Millennium Executive Apartments, the Group’s budget and serviced apartment brands. The properties are part of the masterplan of Knowledge Economic

Dubai Chamber reveals 11% growth for halal tourism by 2020

by Dina Maaty | 28 Sep 2015

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and industry analysts have revealed  forecasts of an 11% growth in the global Islamic tourism market share by 2020 in the wake of a high demand for halal tourism. According to MasterCard data, the global Islamic travel market was estimated to be worth $145 billion in 2014, as the number of Muslim

Hilton Worldwide and Uber join forces

by Dina Maaty | 22 Sep 2015

Hilton Worldwide has formed a partnership with Uber, whereby Hilton guests from around the world can set Uber ‘Ride Reminders,’ which are automated notifications to request Uber rides to and from the hotel. Commenting on the partnership, Rich DiStefano, senior director of Mobile Products at Hilton Worldwide said: “Additionally, the partnership is offering further benefits for

An eco-transformation with a difference

by Dina Maaty | 21 Sep 2015

How can a traditional, family-run Austrian hotel, reinvent itself as a unique organic resort village?  Nestled in a secluded lush green valley of Bad Gastein in Austria’s Salzburg Alps, surrounded by endless mountains and forests, sits a traditional family-run hotel village with a difference.Hoteldorf Grüner Baum is the Gastein valley’s first entirely organic hotel and

World Travel Market: Update

by Dina Maaty | 21 Sep 2015

The World Travel Market London 2016 will take place between the 7th to 9th November with the opening hours having been extended from 10am to 7pm for all three days of the exhibition due to unprecedented growth in the industry. Over the past five years WTM London visitor numbers have grown by 20% to 32,528,

Katara Hospitality buys Westin Excelsior Rome for $251m

by Dina Maaty | 18 Sep 2015

Qatari hospitality firm Katara Hospitality has bought The Westin Excelsior Rome from Starwood Hotels and Resorts for $251m. The property is Starwood’s third sale in recent months, following the handover of The Phoenician and The Gritti Palace to new owners, while the US-based management company retains operating rights. Starwood stated intentions to sell assets to the

AccorHotels makes headway in Iran

by Dina Maaty | 18 Sep 2015

  AccorHotels has made a momentous move by becoming the first hotel since 1979 to operate in Iran by signing a management agreement with Aria Ziggurat for its two inaugural properties in Tehran. The new hotels which will be Novotel IKIA with 296 rooms, an economy hotel and ibis IKIA with 196 rooms. Both hotels are strategically

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