Colliers International teams with Olery to create Guest Experience Index

by Sophia Soltani | 03 Jan 2016

First of its kind index to rank according to online reviews.  Colliers International has entered into a collaboration with Dutch start-up Olery to publish a guest satisfaction report which analyses data trawled from more than 100 review sites and Online Travel Agencies including TripAdvisor, Agoda and Booking.com. The Guest Experience Index cross references star ratings

St. Regis unveils brand’s first ever scent in Middle East

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Dec 2015

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has unveiled the brand’s first-ever bespoke scent in the Middle East: Caroline’s Four Hundred. In light of the launch, The St. Regis Dubai hosted an exclusive Scent Dinner – marking the launch of Caroline’s Four Hundred across all four St. Regis properties in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. The St.

Now hiring: World class chefs for GCC hotels

by Dina Maaty | 10 Nov 2015

Securing and retaining experienced kitchen professionals is a long-standing challenge for the Middle East, Hotel News ME finds out how regional F&B professionals are working to overcome this culinary hurdle. Over the past decade, the Middle East, particularly the GCC, has gained significant prominence under the global travel spotlight. The region has become a byword

Turkey hotel construction high of 12,968 pipeline

by Dina Maaty | 15 Sep 2015

Hotel construction in Turkey is at an all-time high with 75 projects totalling 12,968 new rooms in the pipeline. The Hotel Show 2015 commissioned the report from TOPHOTELPROJECTS on the back of a 70% increase in interest from Turkish manufacturers looking to exhibit at the 16th annual event this year, taking place at Dubai World Trade

Jumeirah Group appoints Ton van Vilsteren as Group CFO

by Dina Maaty | 10 Aug 2015

Jumeirah Group, a member of Dubai Holding, will appoint Ton van Vilsteren as its new group chief financial officer (CFO) on 16 August 2015.

DAMAC Properties opens its first NAIA Hotel Apartment

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jun 2015

The first NAIA Hotel and Hotel Apartments project opened its doors for the first time to the public with the news of the launch announced at this year’s ATM. The announcement included details of the newly opened property which is situated in the heart of the Burj area in Dubai, features include the NAIA Breeze,


by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

The African continent is a hotbed for hotel investment, with operators looking to make their mark in a number of high-growth markets, says Gemma Greenwood   Africa is hot property right now, with many of the world’s leading hotel operators already forging ahead with ambitious expansion strategies across this vast continent. The attraction is clear;

The First Group gives Torch blaze victims homes for free

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

The First Group has stepped in to help those left homeless by the fire that ripped through the 86-storey Torch residential tower in February. The Dubai-based property development and asset manage- ment firm has accommodated some of the blaze victims free of charge, handing over the keys to 20 studio and one-bedroom apartments situated within

Dubai hotel guest figures up despite Russia slump

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

The number of guests checking into Dubai hotel establishments increased 5.6% to more than 11.6 million in 2014, despite declining tourism receipts from Russia, according to the latest figures released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM). In fact Dubai’s top 10 hotel guest source markets remained virtually the same compared to 2013,

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