Passenger traffic at DXB Airport up by 2.7%

by Sophia Soltani | 27 Nov 2016

Dubai Airports have revealed that Dubai International Airport welcomed 6.4 million passengers in October 2016 – an increase of 2.7% compared to the same period last year.  Passenger traffic at DXB reached 6,420,208 visitors compared to 6,250,810 recorded in the corresponding month last year as year-to-date, passenger numbers at DXB have risen 6.8% to 69,366,094

Snapped up: Mega-mergers

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Nov 2016

As the global hospitality industry enters an unprecedented period of consolidation, Hotel News ME examines the impact of merger trends on the Middle East market. Just two years ago, some of the world’s leading hotel groups professed that big mergers were just too complicated. Speaking at the 36th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry

Wyndham Hotel Group appoints new Regional VP

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Nov 2016

Wyndham Hotel Group has named Ignace Bauwens as the new Regional Vice President for the Middle East and Africa.  Bauwens joins Wyndham Hotel Group with almost 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including senior operations roles at Accor and InterContinental Hotels Group. Based in the Middle East since 2002, Bauwens most recently served

Jumeirah Al Naseem gears up for December opening

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Nov 2016

Jumeirah Al Naseem is gearing up to opens its doors on 1, December 2016, marking the completion of Madinat Jumeirah Resort. The final chapter of the Madinat Jumeirah – ‘the Arabian Resort of Dubai’ – also marks the completion of Jumeirah Group’s transformation of two kilometres of coastline into a major tourist destination. This process

Tourism contributes AED 134bn to UAE’s GDP

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Nov 2016

Four hundred international professionals and tourism experts gathered for The Tourism Innovation and Transformation Forum 2016 under the patronage of H.E Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, the UAE Ministry of Economy in cooperation with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to exchanged views on  the benefits of innovation to accelerate tourism growth and overcome

Cayan Group reveals plans to set up Hotel Apartment Tower

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Nov 2016

Cayan Group has revealed plans to develop and launch a Hotel Apartments Tower at Cayan Cantara. The Hotel Apartments Tower, will be managed and operated by a well known hospitality giant in the Middle East. “The unbridled success of the first Cayan Cantara tower prompted us to carry on with our master plan for the

90% of travellers avoid booking a hotel if labelled “dirty” online says FCS

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Nov 2016

Eric Rogers, Vice President EMEA, FCS Computer Systems told delegates at the 2016 Executive Housekeepers Conference that, “90% of travellers avoided booking a hotel if it was labelled as dirty online.” Rogers also revealed that 70% of hotel guests claim that cleanliness and hygiene are the most important factor for a hotel. He explained: “If

Speak the language of your staff for sustainable housekeeping says EmiratesGBC

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Nov 2016

Marie-Helene Westholm-Knebel, Senior Technical Officer, Emirates Green Building Council revealed that the main sources of water consumption in a standard hotel breaks down as 30% from rooms, 16% laundry and 16% landscaping at this year’s Executive Housekeepers Conference. She insisted that housekeepers must “speak the language of their staff” to continue sustainable housekeeping practices. With

Silentnight to showcase new spring-units at Executive Housekeepers Conference

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Nov 2016

Beds and bedding manufacturer, Silentnight UAE LLC has joined the sponsor lineup for this year’s Executive Housekeepers Conference taking place on November 21, 2016 at the Conrad Hotel Dubai where they will exhibit some of their leading products.  Matthew Go, contract sales manager discusses the company’s involvement in the conference. Why is it important for

Hilton Worldwide to debut Canopy brand in Chicago

by Sophia Soltani | 19 Nov 2016

Hilton Worldwide has inked a deal with RCP Holdings, LLC an affiliate of The Prime Group, Inc to develop a Canopy by Hilton in Chicago. Residing at the southwest corner of South LaSalle Street and West Adams Street in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood, the 223-room Canopy property will target both business and leisure travellers. Slated to

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