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FRHI Hotels set to capitalise on Hajj pilgrims

by Dina Maaty | 17 Sep 2015

Since opening five years ago, the Fairmont and Raffles hotels in Makkah have welcomed more than 2.5 million pilgrims and this year’s 10-day Hajj pilgrimage, which will take place from the 13th to 23rd of September will be no different with many choosing to stay at one of FRHI’s three hotels in the region. FRHI’s

The Ritz-Carlton introduces new logo

by Dina Maaty | 16 Sep 2015

For the first time in 32 years The Ritz-Carlton has unveiled its newly designed brand logo  that will be implemented across all guest touch points over the next year. The move to clarify, simplify and amplify the luxury brand’s identity comes after a decade of brand evolution and has been created to purposefully maintain the

Cairo to require 10,000 keys by 2025

by Dina Maaty | 16 Sep 2015

Cairo to require 10,000 keys by 2025  Over the next five to 10 years, Cairo can be expected to witness an average increase in demand of 7.5% for hospitality projects, resulting in a need to add 10,540 new keys to its hotel inventory by 2025. The data, released by Colliers in its Greater Cairo Real Estate

Turkey hotel construction high of 12,968 pipeline

by Dina Maaty | 15 Sep 2015

Hotel construction in Turkey is at an all-time high with 75 projects totalling 12,968 new rooms in the pipeline. The Hotel Show 2015 commissioned the report from TOPHOTELPROJECTS on the back of a 70% increase in interest from Turkish manufacturers looking to exhibit at the 16th annual event this year, taking place at Dubai World Trade

Frédéric Savoye discusses FRHI’s plans to expand

by Dina Maaty | 07 Aug 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 the

The New Social

by Dina Maaty | 03 Aug 2015

Despite emerging 20 years ago, many brands still struggle to harness the capabilities of social media. Melanie Mingas seeks the expert opinion on user generated content, buying fans and how online connections became a well-oiled selling machine.  It used to be the case that what happened online, stayed online. But as the online and offline lives

New Wave Hotels

by Dina Maaty | 03 Aug 2015

We take a look at why hoteliers should run their family resort more like a cruise ship.  The value of the global family travel sector and its growth potential have been well documented, valued at $140bn in 2013, accounting for more than 12.5% of the US$1.07tn total tourism market, according to Thomson Reuters. The market

Chain Focus: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

by Dina Maaty | 03 Aug 2015

Hotel News ME takes a look at the Swiss hospitality firm’s current and upcoming Middle East footprint.  GROUP OVERVIEW Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with more than 16,000 staff members, is present in 24 countries with 82 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers, representing 19,996 rooms. The company’s focus is to

Downtown Design 2015 to return

by Dina Maaty | 02 Aug 2015

This October, Downtown Design, the region’s only quality- driven design trade fair, moves to the new Dubai Design District as the commercial centrepiece of the inaugural Dubai Design Week. Now in its third year, Downtown Design has doubled in size to present a roster of 85 established and emerging brands from all parts of the

The digital revolution

by Dina Maaty | 02 Aug 2015

This month Hotel News ME talks to tech-savvy e-commerce gurus to find out how hotels are riding the wave of success from online bookings, to OTAs and social media platforms. The role of ecommerce in hospitality can often be underplayed in the industry, what responsibilities fall under your job role? Abbas: The role mainly involves driving

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