Hotels

Game plan for Dubai hospitality industry

As Dubai marked 100,000 rooms a few months ago, the industry is on a rapid adaptive game plan tapping different market segments. Industry experts share their views with TravTalk. TT Bureau   “Despite the many challenges of the last few years, the MEA region has proven its resilience. The region …

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Centara’s rapid expansion to the Gulf

The Gulf region is an important part of Centara’s growth plan. Hence, two new properties are scheduled to come up this year in Muscat and Doha respectively with one recently announced in partnership with Nakheel in Dubai, set to open in 2020. Paul Wilson, Vice President of Sales, Centara Hotels …

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La Ville gets a new address in Dubai

Part of Marriott International’s Autograph collection, La Ville Hotel and Suites has officially opened its doors in Dubai recently. TT Bureau The new boutique hotel developed by Meraas, La Ville Hotel and Suites is located at the heart of City Walk, Dubai’s new urban living destination. With 77 rooms, 11 …

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Talent acquisition to boost future

Investment in robust recruitment processes will be critical for the future success of the hospitality industry. As Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, was recently quoted as saying, “Talent, not capital, will be the key factor linking innovation, competitiveness and growth.” Nowhere is this truer …

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Global hotel industry CEOs at AHIC 2017

Global leaders from some of the world’s largest hotel chains will take to the stage at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2017 (AHIC) at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai from April 25-27, in a series of CEO keynote sessions to offer an international perspective on the dynamic Middle East hospitality industry. …

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Hamdani: the Green Champion

PERSONALITY OF THE MONTH Iftikhar Hamdani has revolutionised the hospitality industry over the past seven years with his commitment to carry out projects on environment, community and charity work. Known as the initiator of green programmes in the emirate of Ajman, he has definitely made his mark to engage hoteliers …

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Rapid expansion plans in 2017

Central Hotel has announced aggressive expansion plans with three new hotels lined up for opening in Dubai in 2017. TT Bureau Ahmad Ali Al Abdulla Alansaari, Chairman, Central Hotels, stated, “2017 is a very exciting year for us with three exceptional properties opening in quick succession. This massive expansion will …

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DoubleTree RAK focuses on bleisure

Newly appointed Hotel Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton, Ras Al Khaimah, Nayla Chowdhury, shares the way forward in 2017 driving a mix of business and leisure guests. Shehara Rizly Nayla Chowdhury, Hotel Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton, Ras Al Khaimah, shared that last year the hotel’s performance was very strong as …

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Smartotels launches FORM Hotel

FORM Hotel, the upscale hotel brand in Smartotels Hospitality International’s portfolio, was launched at Gulf & Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit in the UAE. TT Bureau FORM Hotel’s 143-key flagship property is being developed by Dubai Contracting Company (DCC), a UAE-based contracting and development company, and designed by Paris-based global …

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Evolution and efficiency

For major tourism destinations in the Middle East, 2016 has been a year of adaptation to new market dynamics. Traditional business from the governments and oil & gas sectors dramatically declined and as a result, tourism boards and hotels had to work together to activate other segments. Khalid Anib In …

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