Marriott MEA Appoints New Chief Development Officer

by Mahak Mannan | 28 Jan 2019

Marriott International has appointed Jerome Briet as its chief development officer for the Middle East and Africa.   In his new role, Briet will oversee and drive the company’s growth through new-build, conversion, and franchise opportunities across new and established markets in the region. Briet was previously the regional vice president, Mixed-use Development for the Middle

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

The travel-tech trends shaping the industry

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Aug 2016

As the Middle East’s travel industry grows in tandem  with ever advancing technology, a shift towards internet-based technology and the growing importance of social media for information searches are gaining momentum. An infographic, prepared ahead of the e-Travel Middle East conference highlights some of the top travel trends being seen in the Middle East, including

Minor Hotels reports profit increase of 73% in first half of 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Aug 2016

Hotel owner, operator and investor, Minor Hotels has reported a net profit increase of 73% in H1, 2016. The hotel group, currently boasts a portfolio of 151 hotels and resorts in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean. Excluding the non-recurring revaluation contributions of the acquisition

Barilla pasta expands to Africa from Dubai MEA headquarters

by Crystal Chesters | 07 Aug 2016

Italian pasta brand, Barilla has announced regional expansion to the African continent following the opening of its Middle East and Africa (MEA) headquarters in Dubai in 2014. The company works with more than 2,000 retail stores, 5,000 restaurants and five airlines, across the GCC, excluding Saudi Arabia. The majority of the brand’s regional distribution is

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