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Starwood Hotels expands footprint in Saudi Arabia

by Sophia Soltani | 16 Aug 2016

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide have revealed further expansion plans in Saudi Arabia with the signing of a new Sheraton in the holy city of Makkah. Owned by Altayyar Travel Group Holding Company (TDWL: ALTAYYAR AB), Sheraton Makkah Jabal Al Kaaba is scheduled to open by the end of the year.  The hotel is located

The panel: Sorting out the staff

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Aug 2016

There are more hotels opening their doors now than ever before – but that doesn’t mean the challenges of people management have diminished. Hotel News ME talks to the backbone of human capital – the HR department – to find out how their roles are evolving and whether recruitment agencies ultimately help or hinder the

Work commences on AED 900m Deira Islands resort & waterpark

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Aug 2016

Nakheel and Spanish hospitality giant, RIU Hotels and Resorts (RIU) have commenced the development of their AED 900 million, 800-room joint venture resort and waterpark on Dubai’s Deira Islands. The partners have appointed international consultants Dar Al Handasah to oversee design, engineering and construction supervision of resort – the first all-inclusive 4-star concept in Dubai

GCC hotels report declining profitability in first half of 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Aug 2016

According to a new report from STR, hotels across the GCC have been experiencing a downturn in performance and overall profitability that correlates with a decline in oil prices. Through the first half of 2016, the GCC hotel industry reported a 10.3% Y-o-Y decrease in the key hotel performance indicator RevPAR. According to Statista, the

Four Seasons inks deal with Japanese firm for mixed use development in Tokyo

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Aug 2016

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has inked a deal with Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., Japan’s preeminent real estate development company for an all-new luxury hotel in the heart of Tokyo’s business district, Otemachi.  Part of a mixed-use development, the hotel is set to open in spring 2020 with approximately 190 guest rooms. The hotel will

Meliá Hotels announces expansion in Asia Pacific region

by Sophia Soltani | 07 Aug 2016

Meliá Hotels International has announced the opening of the Meliá Makassar in Indonesia and the Meliá Yangon Hotel in Myanmar, spearheading its expansion strategy in the Asia Pacific region. Meliá Makassar in Indonesia is the sixth hotel operated by the company in the country, with another 10 hotels in the pipeline.   Located in Makassar –

Indian visitors to RAK increase by 26% in first six months of 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 07 Aug 2016

Ras Al Khaimah has reported a 23% increase in visitors from India during the first six months of 2016 compared to the same period last year, according to the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA). The growth trend during 2016 ranks India as the third largest international source market for the UAE’s most northern

Al Habtoor City names Emaar executive as new Commercial Director

by Sophia Soltani | 07 Aug 2016

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has appointed Seema Pande as Al Habtoor City Hotels Commercial Director, Complex. In her role, Pande will oversee The St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai – Al Habtoor City and The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City. Pande brings with her over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry across the UAE,

Address Hotels occupancy “86% above industry average”

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Aug 2016

Emaar Hospitality has reported that occupancy at The Address Hotels + Resorts is 86% higher than the industry average. The announcement was made as Emaar Properties recorded a robust increase of 12% in net profit to $674 million in the first six months of 2016, compared to the net profit of $ 600 million during

Four Seasons announces new senior leadership promotions

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Aug 2016

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has made a handful of new, senior appointments and promorions as it continues to strengthen its operational leadership team Christian Clerc has been appointed president, hotel operations, Americas, Simon Casson has been promoted to president, hotel operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Rainer Stampfer has been promoted to president,

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