VIDEO: Tink Labs rolls out in-room smartphone for GCC hotels

by Crystal Chesters | 29 Jun 2017

Hong-Kong-based hospitality technology firm, Tink Labs Limited has appointed a GCC management team to drive the roll-out of its mobile travel solution, Handy, across the region. Handy is a smartphone provided as a complimentary amenity in partner hotel rooms, integrating with hotel services and offering travellers unlimited connectivity on the go, free of charge international

Chef Focus: Luke Thomas

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Jun 2017

Luke Thomas first made a name for himself as the world’s youngest head chef in 2012. Five years on, the 23-year-old is all grown up and is turning his back on Chester and setting his sights firmly on London and beyond. By Crystal Chesters Luke Thomas was best known as the world’s youngest head chef

Video: Meliá to launch mid-market resorts in Middle East

by Patrick Ryan | 30 May 2017

A senior Meliá Hotels International figure has said the company has identified a niche in the Middle East for a resort aimed at the mid-market. Maria Zarraluqui, global development managing director Meliá Hotels International was making her comments during an interview at AHIC with Hotel News Middle East. Zarraluqui was making specific reference to her

REVEALED: Leaders in Hospitality 2017 winners

by Patrick Ryan | 18 May 2017

The winners of the  Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2017, presented by Rikan, were announced on Wednesday 17 May at a gala ceremony at The St. Regis Dubai. Sixteen winners took home awards including Leading New Hotel, Leading General Manager and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Praising the high standards set by this year’s winners, as well

Highlights: Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2017

by Patrick Ryan | 18 May 2017

All the action from the glamorous Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2017, which took place on Wednesday 17 May at The St. Regis Dubai  

Life after Expo 2020: How the industry is planning for the next decade

by Patrick Ryan | 11 May 2017

When Dubai was confirmed, in 2015, as the host destination for Expo 2020 it was largely met with delight at securing the biggest event in the Middle East to date. However, there were one or two dissenting voices who questioned if this would burst the bubble for the emirate when some commentators expressing concern that

VIDEO: Accor to launch luxury brands in Iran

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Apr 2017

Speaking on the sidelines of Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) on Wednesday 26 April, Francois Baudin, senior vice president development luxury hotels EMEA at AccorHotels revealed ambitious expansion plans for Iran. The French operator is the first international hotel group to open properties in the country since economic sanctions were lifted in 2015. It currently

VIDEO Highlights: Global Restaurant Investment Forum

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Apr 2017

The Global Restaurant Investment Forum 2017 (GRIF), the annual networking and intelligence event for the international restaurant and hospitality community, powered by Michelin, took place at Fairmont, The Palm in Dubai on 10 – 12 April, with over 300 industry professionals in attendance.  GRIF 2017’s conference programme provided a macroeconomic overview of the F&B industry

VIDEO: Galvin brothers launch restaurant in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Mar 2017

Galvin Restaurants will open Demoiselle by Galvin on Dubai’s City Walk in March, marking the group’s first international venture. The Demoiselle brand was launched at Harrods in London in 2012, with the Dubai venture the 11th project from Michelin-starred chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. Galvin Restaurants co-founder, Jeff Galvin, commented: “We are tremendously excited

VIDEO: Rikan’s Riaz Khimani on the Leaders in Hospitality Awards

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Apr 2016

Rikan General Trading will be supporting this year’s Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2016 by coming on board at the event as a sponsor.  Riaz Khimani, Managing Director, Rikan General Trading explains why the company will be supporting the event. What are your core products and services? Leather accessories for rooms such as guest folders, blotters,

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