Marriott International

Marriott strengthens Middle East & Africa brand portfolio

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Apr 2017

Following the completion of the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 2016, Marriott International projects growth across 38 countries and 150,000 rooms in the Middle East & Africa, operational and pipeline, by 2022.  The new additions will bolster Marriott International’s existing collection of 247 hotels and 54,000 rooms in 30 countries across the region.

Strength in numbers for Marriott International

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Apr 2017

The merger between Starwood and Marriott International sent shockwaves through the industry last September. But now that the dust has settled, what exactly has been the impact? Patrick Ryan finds out in an exclusive interview with Marriott International president Middle East and Africa Alex Kyriakidis Marriott International has been the talk of the industry since

Marriott chief ‘cautiously optimistic’ despite US travel bans

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Apr 2017

The president and chief executive officer of Marriott International has said the travel bans imposed by US president Donald Trump on a number of Muslim countries are “not good”. Arne Sorenson (pictured right) was speaking at a press briefing in Dubai when he was quizzed on the impact of Trump’s controversial policies in the Middle

Merger pays off for Marriott with OTA deal

by Patrick Ryan | 28 Mar 2017

Marriott International has already reaped the rewards of its merger with Starwood, by negotiating a deal that will see a reduction of 10% in the fees it pays to online travel agencies (OTAs) over the next two years. Marriott International president Middle East and Africa Alex Kyriakidis told Hotel News Middle East: “We sat down with the

Call for young people to get into hotel industry

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Feb 2017

Marriott International is among the key companies that is calling for young people to get on board the Expand Your Horizon initiative which was launched on 15 February. The scheme is aimed at getting young people to take up careers across the private sector and is offering programmes and internships for youths across the Middle

Chival opens at La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 12 Feb 2017

La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk Dubai has opened Chival, one of its five restaurants. Chival’s menus, available throughout the day, reflect global artisanal cuisine and celebrate sustainability wherever possible, focusing on healthy and thoughtfully sourced products. The décor is light and airy, complete with an in-house bakery, herbal bar and outdoor seating area

New director of sales for Sheraton, Mall of the Emirates

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Jan 2017

Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates Hotel has appointed Adrian Hearn as director of sales. Hearn has more than 13 years of experience of working in the region including six years with Ritz-Carlton in Dubai, Bahrain and Qatar, not to mention a stint with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in charge of  regional sales. His most recent

Rosalind Parsk takes up new executive chef role

by Crystal Chesters | 10 Jan 2017

Rosalind Parsk has been appointed executive chef at the Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community following four years with Jumeirah Group. Chef Parsk commented: “I am delighted to begin 2017 with the Marriott family in my new role as executive chef at the Courtyard Green Community. I look forward to serving the community and food

Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center appoints new GM

by Crystal Chesters | 09 Jan 2017

Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi, has appointed Matthias Widor as its new general manager. “I believe that this is going to be a very exciting and fun journey, with an amazingly talented team made up of diverse nationalities all of who are focused on the goal, we have for the Courtyard by

Lapita Hotel Dubai begins welcoming guests

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Jan 2017

Lapita Hotel has begun welcoming guests at Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest integrated theme park destination. Part of Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s portfolio of independent hotels, the Polynesian-themed property has 504 rooms including 60 suites and three private villas. Lapita – the only hotel in Dubai Parks and Resorts – features five

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