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New appointments at Le Méridien Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 01 Feb 2017

Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre has appointed Ileshaa Nijhawan and Ekta Kapoor to the positions of groups and events sales managers. The company said these appointments are a clear indication of its commitment to providing for the emerging MICE market. Nijhawan joined the company in 2012 as an events and sales executive. “Having

People in glass igloos

by Patrick Ryan | 31 Jan 2017

This month’s room with a view goes to the magical Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Lapland which is synonymous with a northern lights holiday Home to the famous Glass Igloos, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is a resort surrounded by unparalleled winter beauty. The hotel is located in Lapland, on the fringes of the wilderness and close by

New general manager for Millennium Plaza Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 31 Jan 2017

Millennium and Copthorne has appointed Nemo Acimovic as the general manager of the Millennium Plaza Dubai. The Serbian national has 27 years of experience in the hospitality sector having worked in the UK, Australia and the Middle East. He has previously worked at companies such as Hilton and Starwood, where he served in the capacity

New director of sales for Somerset Panorama Muscat

by Patrick Ryan | 31 Jan 2017

The Somerset Panorama Muscat has appointed a new director of sales. Meenu Singh takes the role in which she will oversee the  sales of the 277-unit apartment hotel. She brings over 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the role. Before her new appointment, Meenu was the head of sales and marketing for

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

Dusit International teams up with airline for rewards scheme

by Patrick Ryan | 24 Jan 2017

Dusit International, the global hospitality firm, has teamed up with Cathay Pacific Airways to offer special benefits to members of Asia Miles, the airline’s rewards programme for frequent fliers. Asia Mile members will now be able to earn up to 2,800 points per stay. Under the new arrangement, Asia Miles members will earn up to 500

AccorHotels appoints new MD and COO

by Patrick Ryan | 24 Jan 2017

AccorHotels has appointed Olivier Granet to the position of managing director and chief operating officer for the Middle East and Africa. Granet had previously been the MD and COO for just the Midde East region, based out of Dubai. A company spokesperson said: “In his new role, Granet is responsible for AccorHotels’ diverse portfolio of

Royal Continental Deira opens

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Jan 2017

The Royal Continental Hotel group has launched its first property in Deira, Dubai. The four star hotel, which opened on 12 January is billed as combining traditional Arabic design with urban elements of modern architecture. Sultan Al Menhali, CEO, Royal Continental Hotel said, “We are delighted to announce the launch of our first hotel in the

Executive team assembles at Marriott Hotel Al Forsan

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Jan 2017

The executive team behind the launch of the second Marriott Hotel branded property in Abu Dhabi has been announced. The Marriott Hotel Al Forsan is due to open during the first quarter of 2017 in the capital’s Khalifa City and will be a 400-bedroom  five-star facility. Richard Bleakley was appointed general manager of the Marriott

Oberoi Beach Resort signs deal with Staytus

by Patrick Ryan | 16 Jan 2017

Luxury hospitality firm Staytus has announced a partnership with the Oberoi Beach Resort in Al Zorah, Ajman, which opens next month. “Oberoi is synonymous with providing the right blend of service, luxury and quiet efficiency,” said Burkhard Wolter, general manager of the Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah. “Staytus fits perfectly with that proposition, ensuring we

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