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

Marriott International Completes Acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Sep 2016

Marriott International has completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., creating the world’s largest hotel company. The mega-deal now brings together 30 leading brands including lifestyle brands, luxury and select-service tiers as well as the convention and resort segment. Marriott will match member status across Marriott Rewards – which includes The Ritz-Carlton

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

Ritz-Carlton inks deal for $600m investment in Sharm el-Sheikh

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Sep 2016

Latif Group of Companies has signed a management agreement to bring The Ritz-Carlton, Sharm el-Sheikh Resort to the Sinai Peninsula. Leading the ceremony was Nasser Abel Latif, Founder and Chairman, Latif Group of Companies and Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Marriott International, Middle East and Africa. The all-new Ritz-Carlton, Sharm el-Sheikh with a total

The world’s most Instagrammed Airports

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Sep 2016

Dean Wicks, Chief Flights Officer of 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

Marriott International strengthens MEA position with 14 new properties

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Sep 2016

Marriott International is on  track with its ambitious expansion plans as it continues to pursue new properties across the Middle East, with  14 new property signings in 2016. The signings will add to Marriott International’s current operating portfolio of 147 hotels in 20 countries across the Middle East and Africa, with the company also confirmed

Dur Hospitality inks deal with Dar Al Hijrah for selection of turnkey projects

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Aug 2016

Saudi based hotel developer and operator, Dur Hospitality has inked a deal with realtor, Dar Al Hijrah for a selection of turnkey hospitality projects. The Public investment fund (PIF) represented by the Saudi Real Estate Development Company Dar Al-Hijrah and Dur Hospitality, the Saudi Company specialising in hotel development and operations through local and international

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