Jumeirah Group makes string of female leadership appointments

by Sophia Soltani | 27 Oct 2016

Jumeirah Group strengthens its regional presence with a number of senior management appointments. Doris Greif has been appointed as the new Senior Vice President of Operations for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), with Katie Benson replacing her as Regional Vice President for Europe, in addition to her role as General Manager of

DTCM reports growing number of operational holiday homes

by Sophia Soltani | 27 Oct 2016

A new report from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has revealed that Dubai’s holiday home sector is growing with a total of 1,805 approved units to date.  This growth is being driven by effective government regulations designed to increase competitiveness, transparency, safety and standardisation driven by Dubai Tourism’s decision earlier this year to

Pipeline Yearbook to return for second edition

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Oct 2016

Hotel News ME’s landmark annual publication, The Pipeline Yearbook will return for a 2017 edition. Featuring exclusive hotel pipeline news, a guide to key territories, insight from industry leaders and 30 leading hospitality suppliers you should know, The Pipeline Yearbook 2017 will be distributed with the January issue of Hotel News ME. Over 100 pages,

Analyst corner: Investment Flows

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Oct 2016

With an increase in cross-regional acquisitions and investment in the hotel sector, Simon Townsend, director strategic consultancy valuation, CBRE Research reveals why Middle Eastern investors are not solely concentrating their hotel investments in the domestic market, but diversifying their reach through luxury assets globally. While the Middle East remains a comparatively small investment market, investors are

ATM 2017 to focus on experiential travel & tourism

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Oct 2016

The 2017 edition of The Arabian Travel Market will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 24-27 April 2017 with key themes centered around tourists seeking adventure, culture, heritage, wellness & spa and cruising experiences. ATM 2017 will integrate the experiential theme across all of the show verticals and activities, including focused seminars

Saudi Arabia to welcome 20 million visitors by 2020

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Oct 2016

Inbound arrivals to Saudi Arabia will reach over 20 million by 2020, as the religious tourism sector flourishes in line with increasing demand to join the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the most important religious event of the year in the Muslim world, according to consumer insight firm Canadean. The company’s latest report finds that the Hajj

Qatar Airways reveals daily service to Luxor Egypt

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Oct 2016

Qatar Airways has announced a new daily service to the city of Luxor in Egypt. The now daily service is an increase on Qatar Airways’ current five-times weekly service to the Egyptian city, and will deliver an additional 30,000 seats per year to the tourist destination. Filled with deep Egyptian history and a rich cultural

Jumeirah reveals executive team behind new Al Naseem property

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Oct 2016

Jumeirah has revealed the executive team tasked with managing the December opening of Madinat Jumeirah’s newest hotel Jumeirah Al Naseem. Announcing the team, Margaret Paul, Resort General Manager of Madinat Jumeirah, said: “The team we’ve assembled for the opening of Jumeirah Al Naseem comprises of hospitality experts with years of experience operating and managing hotels

Middle East reports 14.8% increase in hotels under construction

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Oct 2016

STR’s September 2016 Pipeline Report has revealed  that there are 159,127 rooms in 555 projects under contract in the Middle East and 56,858 rooms in 303 projects under contract in Africa.  The under contract total in the Middle East represents a 14.8% increase in rooms under contract compared with September 2015. Specifically in the in

IN FOCUS: A new era of Omani hospitality

by Sophia Soltani | 11 Oct 2016

As the Sultanate of Oman seeks to outgrow its status as a niche luxury destination, the initial steps towards an ambitious and prosperous future for Oman’s hospitality sector is well underway, explains Zoltan Kali, chief strategy officer, Omran Hospitality. Oman is known for its hospitality and its warm welcome to visitors, and nowhere is this

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