middle east

Emaar begins search for ‘World’s Greatest Hospitality Talent’

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Mar 2018

Emaar has announced the launch of a scheme to find the world’s best young talent in the hospitality industry

Tourism to Oman to grow 13% by 2021

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Mar 2018

Tourism arrivals to Oman will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13% between 2018 and 2021. That is according to data that has been compiled ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 22-25 April.

Abu Dhabi experiences occupancy growth but lower rates in February

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Mar 2018

Abu Dhabi experienced occupancy growth in February but lower rates due to difficult-to-match comparisons from 2017. Based on daily data compiled by industry analysts STR, from February, Abu Dhabi reported the following in year-over-year comparisons: Supply: flat Demand: +5.1% Occupancy: +5.1% to 81.0% Average daily rate (ADR): -23.3% to AED431.34 Revenue per available room (RevPAR):

UAE capital hotel guests in January rises by 7.4%

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Mar 2018

The number of hotel guests in Abu Dhabi in January rose by 7.4% from the previous year – which had been the most successful year in the UAE capital’s history. In total 437,228 hotel guests stayed in the emirate’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments during January, up  more than 30,000 over the previous year, figures

School holiday sees demand for rooms rise in Saudi Arabia

by Patrick Ryan | 26 Feb 2018

Demand for hotel rooms in Saudi Arabia rose by 16.4% in January – this was partly down to the January school holiday in the Kingdom, which had fallen in February of 2017, according to figures released by industry analysts STR. “The January school holiday, which fell primarily in February last year, pushed a 16.4% rise

Shangri-La Hotels makes major appointment in Oman

by Patrick Ryan | 26 Feb 2018

Sandra Simone Leibrock has joined Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts as director of sales & marketing and will be overseeing two properties in Muscat – Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa and Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa.  She will also lead the repositioning efforts of Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa as a private standalone

Saudi Arabia’s hotel pipeline represents 76% of existing room inventory

by Patrick Ryan | 25 Feb 2018

Saudi Arabia has more than 64,000 rooms across the three phases of the hotel development pipeline, according to data from industry analysts STR. There are 187 hotel projects total in Saudi Arabia between the Planning, Final Planning and In Construction stages. The construction phase represents the largest portion of the pipeline with almost 40,000 rooms

Elle and Vire launch new French pattisiers at Gulfood 2018

by Dina Maaty | 20 Feb 2018

The French brand is highlighting dairy dessert products at the exhibition. “Elle and Vire is a premium brand for butter and cream and we also have dairy desserts that we are strongly promoting in modern trade across the region,” Alexis Jacquand, managing director, Africa and Middle East for Savencia said. “We have a few new

VIDEO: CNIEL set to expand business at Gulfood 2018

by Dina Maaty | 18 Feb 2018

French dairy products are becoming increasingly popular in the Middle East among both consumers and businesses according to the French Dairy Interbranch Organisation (CNIEL). “French cream in particular is becoming popular because in the UAE, people like cakes and you need fresh cream make French cakes and the French pastry batter is very delicate too.

Dubai experiences first January growth in RevPAR since 2014

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Feb 2018

Dubai has experienced its first January growth in RevPAR since 2014 according to figures released by industry analysts STR. “High demand was enough to outpace somewhat slowing supply growth and push a positive occupancy comparison,” said a spokesperson. “As a result, Dubai saw its first January increase in RevPAR since 2014. STR analysts note the

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