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Travel and tourism to boost Saudi GDP by $81 billion

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Feb 2017

Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is projected to contribute more than $81 billion to the GDP of the country  by 2026. That is according to figures that have been released by the World Travel and Tourism Council as they gear up for this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) which revealed there are an additional 61,224

The critical role of facilities management

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Feb 2017

How more and more global brands are turning to FM teams The integration of facilities management (FM) in the hospitality industry has been at the forefront of a global transformation. As a flagbearer for the services industry, the hospitality business’ barometer has been gauged and closely tied to the level of its guest experience on

Face to face with Simon Allison, Hoftel CEO

by Patrick Ryan | 05 Feb 2017

Simon Allison is uniquely placed to offer insight into the hotel industry. He is the CEO of Hoftel, the organisation that brings together hotel property investors and provides them with a voice. That’s a voice that he is hoping will be heard loud and clear this month when Hoftel hosts the Gulf and Indian Ocean

New general manager for the Bab Al Qasr Hotel

by Patrick Ryan | 03 Feb 2017

Bab Al Qasr Hotel and Residences has appointed York Brandes as general manager. He brings with him over 34 years of experience in the industry having previously worked in Oman as general manager of the  Chedi Muscat hotel, wherein he also was a Board Member of the National Hospitality Institute since 2008. He was then promoted

New group director for Avani Hotels and Resorts

by Patrick Ryan | 31 Jan 2017

Minor Hotels has announced the appointment of Alejandro Bernabé as group director of Avani Hotels and Resorts. Bernabé has said his mandate is to drive the performance of Avani properties in terms of sales, distribution, marketing, PR, brand standards and guest experiences. He said: “I am delighted to join the team and to have the

Face to face with Simon P Casson

by Patrick Ryan | 31 Jan 2017

Simon P. Casson, president, hotel operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts tells Sophia Soltani about his remarkable rise through the ranks of the hospitality industry – earning his stripes as a 13-year-old dishwasher to the dutiful president of an enormous portfolio of world class hotels. You’ve had a remarkable journey

First Hyatt opens in Riyadh

by Patrick Ryan | 30 Jan 2017

Hyatt has opened its first branded hotel in the Riyadh region. The Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya is only the company’s third hotel in Saudi Arabia and the first in the capital. “We are delighted to announce the opening of the first Hyatt-branded hotel in the capital of Riyadh. We are confident that the globally recognized

Anantara to launch in Saudi Arabia

by Patrick Ryan | 30 Jan 2017

Minor Hotels has announced that it will be opening its luxury Anantara brand in Saudi Arabia. The Anantara Jeddah Resort will be situated on the waterfront in Obhur in the northern district of the city, it is expected that the property will have 226 guest rooms and 102 villas. William E Heinecke, chairman and CEO

New boutique brand to be launched at GIOHIS, Abu Dhabi

by Patrick Ryan | 29 Jan 2017

A bespoke hospitality brand is to be launched in the UAE at the Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit (GIOHIS) next week. Smartotels will be launching the hotel at a media roundtable which will be part of the GIOHIS event taking place at the Yas Viceroy in Abu Dhabi. RELATED: Investors check in at GIOHIS

New 372 room hotel to open at Ibn Battuta Mall

by Patrick Ryan | 23 Jan 2017

A new 372 room Avani hotel is to be constructed at Ibn Battuta Mall following an agreement between Nakheel and Thailand’s Minor Hotels. The 18-storey hotel, which will be managed under the Avani Hotels and Resorts brand, will be the second Nakheel hotel at Ibn Battuta. Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said: “Today marks yet

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