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Middle East hotels must “act now” to manage water scarcity

by Crystal Chesters | 04 May 2017

A new report from PwC Middle East shows that climate change and resource scarcity will have a significant impact on the Middle East’s hospitality industry. Dr. Martin Berlin, deals partner at PwC Middle East presented the report, Global megatrends… and their impact on the Middle East’s travel and tourism industry’ at GM Leaders Conference on

Rezidor to more than double Saudi operating portfolio in 2017

by Patrick Ryan | 02 May 2017

The Rezidor Group will more than double its operating portfolio in 2017 with the opening of 11 new properties in the kingdom. These include two hotels in Makkah, a Park Inn by Radisson and Radisson Blu in Jeddah, its first Rezidor hotel – a Radisson Blu – to open in the Diplomatic Quarter of Riyadh

Unprecedented demand for the GM Leaders Conference

by Patrick Ryan | 02 May 2017

There are less than 24 hours to go until the third edition of the GM Leaders Conference presented by Rikan, which has received unprecedented interest from the region’s hotel general managers this year. The event, being held at The W Dubai Al Habtoor City will see over 200 general managers and senior hotel figures from

Laurent A. Voivenel appointed SVP at Swiss-Belhotel

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Apr 2017

Swiss-Belhotel International has named Laurent A. Voivenel as senior vice president, operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India. Swiss-Belhotel International currently manages a portfolio of more than 145 hotels, resorts and projects worldwide and is targeting the Middle East, Africa and India region as a key growth market. Making the announcement, Gavin

Countdown to HOTEC Middle East 2017

by Patrick Ryan | 16 Mar 2017

Key decision makers from the hotel industry in the Middle East are coming together in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 14th edition of HOTEC Middle East. HOTEC is one of the key dates on the hospitality calendar and is taking place at Fairmont Baku Flame Towers from 25-28 April. The appointment-based event which includes two full days

Country focus: Qatar

by Patrick Ryan | 07 Mar 2017

Qatar is increasingly becoming a highly desirable location, says Al Rayaan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton general manager Luca Crocco. As evidence he points to the fact that, thanks to recent expansions, Qatar Airways now flies to 120 destinations. Meliá Hotels International, development director of Middle East and North Africa Benjamin Oppl said: “A prolonged scenario with

Rotana promotes Sam El Asmar to Corporate Vice President – Revenue & Distribution

by Patrick Ryan | 06 Mar 2017

Rotana has promoted Sam El Asmar to the position of corporate vice president – revenue and distribution. El Asmar was previously corporate director of revenue,  he joined Rotana in 2012 bringing with him 14 years of experience in hotel revenue management and distribution. COO of Rotana Guy Hutchinson said:“Sam has been instrumental in putting together a

Getting to grips with revenue strategy

by Patrick Ryan | 27 Feb 2017

Michael McCartan, Managing Director, EMEA, Duetto, takes us through the principles of revenue strategy, including segmentation, forecasting, open pricing and distribution, and explains why Middle East hotels need to get strategic with pricing. The way people shop for hotel rooms has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. Hotel revenue management teams need to adapt

ADNH posts profits of AED 244 million

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Feb 2017

Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) PJSC has posted net profits of AED244 million for 2016, an increase of 3% on the previous year. As a result of these figures the company will now pay out a dividend for the sum of AED100 million, which is the equivalent of 10% of the nominal value of the

The need for premium Wi-Fi

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Feb 2017

du chief commercial officer Fahad AlHassawi on the importance of not cutting back on connectivity In a few short decades, the world has progressed to a point where we are so digitally connected that we have everything at our fingertips; so much so, that we can even access internet on commercial flights. According to a









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