Friday 28 November 2014

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels wins top accolades

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels (SWBH), a collection of luxury hotels, received two awards at the World Boutique Hotel Awards ceremony in London. For its inspirational design, Arumaila Boutique Hotel in Doha, Qatar, won ‘The Middle East’s Best Design Boutique Hotel’ Award


EMEA hotel rates ‘likely to rise in 2015’

Hotel rates are set to rise slightly in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in 2015, with air and ground transportation prices predicted to remain largely static, a new study said. Smaller corporations, with less negotiation leverage than their larger counterparts, are particularly l


Abu Dhabi tourism to hit international roads harder

Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry will hit the international road even harder next year with Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) planning its largest overseas promotion campaign taking in 24 trade exhibitions and 13 road shows across 25 countries. “We are exp


HMH CEO highlights need for more mid-market hotels

There is an urgent need to accelerate the development of mid-market hotels in Dubai if the city is to draw 20 million visitors annually by 2020, an industry expert has warned. Laurent A Voivenel, CEO of Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH), addressed the delegates on the significance


Dubai hotels see 9pc drop in August daily rates

Dubai’s overall hospitality market recorded an average daily rate (ADR) of $195 in August as against $213 in the same month of 2013, marking a drop of 9.23 per cent, a report said. Average occupancy jumped month-on-month from July by 27.5 percentage points (pp), an increase


Europe travel firm launches new service in region, one of Europe’s largest online travel agencies which opened its Dubai office in January, will launch a ‘payment on delivery’ facility in December. The Spain based agency opened a new sales office in Dubai in January, their second in the Middle East


World-class guitar trio to perform at VOR stopover

Renowned guitarists, the Anglo-Argentinian Dominic Miller, English Jason Carter and Jordanian Kamal Musallam will perform together for the first time in an intimate guitar, harp guitar and oud concert on December 16 as part of Abu Dhabi’s Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) stopover. Miller,


Mövenpick Bahrain opens new spa

Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain has opened its new European-style Rimal Spa, offering luxurious treatments to clients. Rimal Spa features 12 treatment rooms, including single treatment suites, one double female suite and two traditional Turkish hammam suites with their own steam rooms and


Swiss-Belhotel signs two new hotels in Riyadh

Swiss-Belhotel International chairman and president Gavin M Faull has signed an agreement with Al Jumaiah Group of Saudi Arabia to manage two hotels in Riyadh. Both hotels, Swiss-Belhotel Riyadh and Swiss-Belboutique Tahlia Riyadh, are expected to start operating later next year under


Dubai Christmas Fest returns with new features

The Dubai Christmas Fest returns for a third year with a host of new features next month as more than 100 brands, retailers, restaurants and participants have been confirmed to take part in the event. Running from December 11 to 13 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, the celebration

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