Dubai welcomes first Austrian University dedicated to hospitality industry

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Oct 2016

Dubai has welcomed the Middle East’s first Austrian University, dedicated to the development of the next generation of hospitality professionals. MODUL University Dubai, a subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC, a leading university specialising in tourism and hospitality courses in the Middle East and Austria’s top international private university has officially opened for business. The opening

Serviced Apartment Summit MEA returns for second edition

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Oct 2016

The Serviced Apartment Summit MEA will return for a second year and is set to take place at The Fairmont Hotel, Palm, Dubai on October 30 and 31. The two-day conference will cover a variety of industry topics and sectors including: serviced apartments, branded residences, aparthotels, extended stay hotels, corporate housing  and short-term rentals. The inaugural

DWTC turns to solar energy in line with Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy 2050

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Oct 2016

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is turning to fully integrated, renewable energy solutions across its developments in a bid to spearhead its sustainability efforts across its convention centres.  DWTC complex, the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) is set to incorporate next-generation technologies for the optimisation of solar power as well as the latest

Saudi Prince, Alwaleed bin Talal sells Four Seasons hotel Toronto in $170m mega-deal

by Sophia Soltani | 03 Oct 2016

Saudi billionaire, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s company has sold the luxury Four Seasons hotel in Toronto for $170 million. The Kingdom Holding Company said that it sold the hotel for 225 million Canadian dollars to Shahid Khan, the Pakistani-American businessman who founded auto parts maker Flex-N-Gate and owns English Premier League club Fulham. KHC said

DXB reports record visitor numbers for August 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 03 Oct 2016

Dubai International Airport (DXB) welcomed a record 7.7 million passengers in August, eclipsing its previous record achieved in July, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports. Passenger traffic at DXB reached 7,727,105 compared to 7,282,256 recorded in the corresponding month last year, an increase of 6.1%. The year to date traffic

Executive Housekeepers Conference to return for second edition

by Sophia Soltani | 27 Sep 2016

Hotel News ME is set to host the second edition of its annual, Executive Housekeepers Conference on November 21, 2016 at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai.  The full agenda has now been revealed and will focus on new technologies shaping the housekeeping department and an all new panel set up, whereby the housekeepers hash it out

Fine Chocolate Producer, Valrhona hosts two-day training event

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Sep 2016

Fine chocolate producer Valrhona hosted a two-day training event for some of the region’s leading chefs from the hospitality industry and standalone restaurants at Top Chef Cooking Studio, Dubai.  The two-day workshop was led by Chef Guillaume Roesz, from L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat under the theme of afternoon tea and chocolate drinks. Throughout the training

BNC Publishing unveils Meet your HOST 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Sep 2016

BNC Publishing has released the 2016 edition of  its annual Meet your HOST, coffee-table book.   Equipped with Industry Insights from Hotel News ME’s 2016 survey, Meet your HOST 2016 is an essential tool for the next generation of hoteliers and a celebration of the hard work of those leading the industry currently. Meet your

Analyst Corner: Holiday homes: Threat or opportunity?

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Sep 2016

In an exclusive snippet from Knight Frank’s Autumn Research Report for Hotel News ME, Ali Manzoor, associate partner, Knight Frank weighs in on the impact of holiday homes opening up in the region on hotels as the lure of paying less becomes an attractive prospect for tourists. While peer-to-peer markets have been operational in more

The world’s most Instagrammed Airports

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Sep 2016

Dean Wicks, Chief Flights Officer of Wego.com reveals the airports around the world that are being tagged most frequently by travellers on Instagram and how they are encouraging such extensive interactions. We’ve seen an evolution in airports over recent years in terms of design, infrastructure and services, but combine that with more people travelling today

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