Middle East reports 11.7% increase in hotel supply

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Nov 2016

STR’s October 2016 hotel Pipeline Report has revealed that there is 158,714 rooms in 554 projects under contract in the Middle East and 57,740 rooms in 310 projects under contract in Africa. The under contract total in the Middle East represents an 11.7% increase in rooms under contract compared with October 2015. Specifically in the

5 minutes with… Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Nov 2016

Following the launch of Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc first office and equipment facility in Dubai, Hotel News ME hears from Jean Paul Roudier, vice president, emerging markets, Middle East, Africa, Russia & CIS markets on what the new premises has on offer. Why was the decision taken to launch a Manitowoc Foodservice facility in Dubai? As

Founding chairperson of Doha Housekeepers Association to speak at 2016 Executive Housekeepers Conference

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Nov 2016

The second edition of Hotel News ME’s Executive Housekeepers Conference, which is set to take place on November 21, 2016 at the Conrad Hotel Dubai will welcome Prabhat Shukla, the founding chairperson of Kuwait Housekeepers Group, established in 2009 and now The Doha Housekeepers Association. Shukla brings with him 16 years of extensive experience in housekeeping,

Pipeline Yearbook 2017 to highlight female leaders in hospitality

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Nov 2016

Hotel News ME’s annual publication, The Pipeline Yearbook will return for a 2017 edition with a special focus on female leaders in hospitality. Featuring exclusive hotel pipeline news and a guide to key territories, the Pipeline Yearbook 2017 will place insight from leading female hoteliers in a first of its kind collaboration across the MENA

FACE TO FACE: A matter of preference

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Nov 2016

As Preferred Hotels and Resorts makes steady headway in the Middle East, Hotel News ME hears from Saurabh Rai, executive vice president for South Asia, Middle East, Africa and Australasia on the company’s key growth markets and how the online channel is the missing link between the consumer, key experiences and a hotel.  Charismatic, charming

Jannah Hotels & Resorts to make Ras Al Khaimah debut

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Nov 2016

Jannah Hotels and Resorts will debut in Ras Al Khaimah this December with the Jannah Resort and Villas Mina Al Arab, comprising of 22 luxury beach villas and 100 apartment suites. The luxury hotel will open its doors in December this year, bringing the Jannah brand’s design, atmosphere and Bedouin hospitality to Ras Al Khaimah’s

Dubai Tourism hosts educational sustainability initiative

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Nov 2016

Dubai Tourism (DTCM) in collaboration with Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF, Roya International and Insignia, hosted an initiative aimed at the hospitality industry, emphasising the importance of sustainability across the sector.  Hospitality Sustainability Board Game, the inaugural activity of the Dubai Sustainable Tourism Initiative was held at Media One Hotel, engaged industry professionals from across the city,

SUPPLIER FOCUS: Leading luminaires

by Sophia Soltani | 07 Nov 2016

Lighting is no longer just a necessity, it has become a statement for many hotels as lobbies and dining areas turn into a wild creation of eclectic luminaire fixtures. Hotel News ME hears from leading lighting suppliers in the Middle East to uncover the latest motion sensor technologies and why LED lighting is presenting sustainable

ROUND-UP: Serviced Apartment Summit MEA 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Nov 2016

More than 160 international delegates attended the second annual Serviced Apartment Summit MEA in Dubai this week. Held at the Fairmont The Palm, the event attracted delegates from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, India, Indonesia, US, UK, Singapore, Russia, The Netherlands and Germany. Despite a turbulent year for the region’s economy, with

Top tips: Crisis management for hoteliers

by Sophia Soltani | 03 Nov 2016

It’s every hotelier’s worst nightmare when something goes wrong, so how do you effectively manage a crisis? Sophia Soltani, editor of Hotel News ME reveals some top tips on how hoteliers can effectively manage a crisis and why it is imperative for the staff to control the crisis and not the other way around. Crisis

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