Hotels in Middle East report drop in annual room rate

by Patrick Ryan | 24 Jan 2018

Hotels in the Middle East reported negative 2017 room rate performance results, according to data that was posted by STR.   United Arab Emirates Occupancy: +0.5% to 75.1% Average daily rate (ADR): -3.8% to AED599.58 Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -3.3% to AED450.04 STR analysts note that supply growth continues to affect hotel performance in

VIDEO: Honeywell presents new security solutions

by Crystal Chesters | 20 Sep 2017

Honeywell is presenting a range of new solutions for surveillance cameras at The Hotel Show Dubai to provide more extensive security in hotels without intimidating guests. Fahmi Jabri, strategy and marketing director Middle East, Russia, Turkey and Africa, said: “Security is a necessity for the security of employees and guests and we need to strike

Turkish delight as GCC travellers increase

by Patrick Ryan | 28 Aug 2017

1,226,665 GCC travellers landed in Turkey between January and June 2017, according to data released by the Turkish Consulate General Cultural and Information Office in Dubai. Tourist traffic to Turkey from the GCC rose by 26.29% as compared to 2016. The number of United Arab Emirates citizens and residents travelling to Turkish destinations increased by 9.86%.

First F&B venue opens at Tryp by Wyndham Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Aug 2017

Local has launched at the newly opened 650-key Tryp by Wyndham Dubai hotel in Barsha Heights. The first of three F&B outlets for the hotel, Local is on the ground floor of the hotel and offers a modern, bright space and a 150-seat terrace. Derek Williams, Local’s restaurant and bar manager, said: “Local has something

Chef Focus: Shanghai nights

by Crystal Chesters | 24 Aug 2017

Luo Bing, executive chef of Five Hospitality’s first F&B venture, Maiden Shanghai, explains how the contemporary concept stands apart with a menu representing four regions of China. Tell me about your career as a chef so far? I started out as Sichuan chef at the Sichuan Minshan Hotel and progressed quickly to head chef and

Everything you need to know about the Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards 2017

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Aug 2017

This page answers some frequently asked questions about the Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards 2017. ***NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: 7 September 2017*** How do I nominate? You can either download the categories, nomination guidelines and nomination form using the below links or email to have them sent to you. Send your completed nomination form(s) to by Thursday

CATEGORIES: Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards 2017

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Aug 2017

The Leaders in F&B Awards 2017 will celebrate the leading restaurants and individuals working in the Middle East’s F&B industry. The full list of 18 categories is detailed below. For nomination enquiries and to request a nomination form, please contact  RESTAURANTS *Please note: nominated venues can be within a hotel or stand-alone concepts, owned by

AccorHotels and Al Ghurair team up for first Swissôtel in UAE

by Patrick Ryan | 23 Jul 2017

Al Ghurair Properties has teamed up with AccorHotels to launch the first Swissôtel brand in the UAE. Both properties will be managed as part of the Swissôtel & Swissôtel Living portfolio, representing the brand’s first foray into the United Arab Emirates. Located within Deira, the hotel and residences offer access to the iconic Al Ghurair

Salam standard partners with TCA Abu Dhabi to promote halal tourism

by Crystal Chesters | 23 Jul 2017

Salam Standard has partnered with the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) to educate the emirate’s hotels, attractions and industry stakeholders about halal travel trends and the sector’s growth potential. The Muslim-friendly hotel classification specialist based in Malaysia, and Abu Dhabi’s tourism promotion agency staged a halal tourism workshop, which provided insight

Hotels in danger of “analysis paralysis”

by Crystal Chesters | 07 May 2017

Hoteliers are in danger of relying too heavily on technology to provide a personalised service, according to panellists who spoke at the GM Leaders Conference. The first session of the event, which took place on 3 May at W Dubai Al Habtoor City, explored how hotel operators can best utilise the huge volumes of guest

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