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Choice Hotels inks deal for Greece expansion

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Dec 2016

Choice Hotels International Inc. has signed a multi-unit development agreement with GVK Enterprises, a hospitality management and development firm, to introduce and establish a hotel portfolio in Greece.  The first property under the agreement is expected to open by the summer 2017 under the Comfort brand flag in Athens, and four additional properties will be

Middle East reports 3.6% increase in room supply

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Dec 2016

STR’s November 2016 Pipeline Report has revealed that there are 159,922 rooms in 560 projects under contract in the Middle East and 58,878 rooms in 316 projects under contract in Africa. Figures revealed that the under contract total in the Middle East represents a 10.8% increase in rooms under contract compared with November 2015. Specifically

Mövenpick Hotels finalises deal for resort on Al Marjan Island

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Dec 2016

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts has finalised a deal to operate the hospitality firm’s first property in Ras Al Khaimah – the 550-key Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island. The new property is slated to open in 2019 and will boast a prime beachfront location, offering guests unrivalled views of the Arabian Gulf and the picturesque Ras

Marriott International opens second boutique hotel in Dubai

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Dec 2016

Marriott International has opened its second boutique hotel in Dubai – La Ville Hotel and Suites, part of the Autograph Collection, joining Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa. Comprising of 77 rooms, 11 suites and 68 apartments, guest rooms are poised to offer urban luxury through décor led by sophisticated neutral furnishings, combined with contemporary

Harnisch, former COO of Carlson Rezidor joins Emaar Hospitality Group

by Sophia Soltani | 15 Dec 2016

Emaar Properties PJSC has appointed Olivier Harnisch as the new Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, its hospitality & leisure business.  A seasoned hotelier with more than 30 years of hospitality experience, Harnisch joins Emaar from his latest stint as COO in Brussels with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group where he was responsible for a portfolio

COVER STORY: Park Life

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Dec 2016

The UAE has witnessed an epic transformation since it was formed 45 years ago. Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which were once sleepy fishing villages, inhabited by Bedouins, pearl divers and traders, have rapidly evolved into global economic powerhouses, home to some of the world’s busiest airports and attracting a growing number of international tourists.  

Taj Dubai names new GM

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Dec 2016

Taj Dubai has named Ranjit Phillipose as the property’s new general manager following the departure of Jason Harding. An Indian-born British national, Phillipose joins the team with over twenty years of hospitality industry experience in luxury hotels across five countries and three continents. Having started his journey in 1993 with Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces

DXB to welcome 7 million passengers during festive period

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Dec 2016

Dubai International (DXB) is preparing to welcome some 7 million passengers during December 2016. “Nearly a quarter of a million passengers will be passing through the airport daily during the seasonal peak and we want to ensure they start enjoying their vacation as soon as they reach DXB,” said Anita Mehra, Senior Vice President of

Kempinski’s youngest GM moves on from the Middle East

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Dec 2016

Kai Schukowski – Kempinski’s youngest GM is due to leave his role in the Middle East to pursue his career with Kempinski Hotels in Europe. Schukowski will leave Kempinski Hotel, Ajman at the end of December 2016, where he will begin his new tenure as General Manager at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, located in the

AccorHotels reveals Egypt expansion

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Dec 2016

AccorHotels has signed four new hotel management agreements with ARCO for new developments in Egypt’s North Coast – all which are slated to open by 2022. The projects include the Fairmont Fuka Bay, Swissôtel Fuka Bay, Novotel Al Alamein City, and ibis Styles Al Alamein City. The addition of these hotel projects increases AccorHotels’ operational









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