Tuesday 25 April 2017

The First Group to open four new upscale hotels

UAE-based The First Group will open four new upscale hotels in Dubai by 2020 as the city’s visitor profile diversifies, driving demand for affordable luxury accommodation. As new family attractions open their doors, appealing to a broader market, and in preparation for Expo


Hilton powers GCC hotel expansion with 21,000 rooms

Hospitality group Hilton has the largest active pipeline in the GCC, according to data from market research firm STR, with over 21,000 rooms in its pipeline across the Gulf of which more than 16,000 are already under construction and set to open before 2020. The six markets of th


70pc of hotel, flight searches in ME 'done on a mobile device'

Wego.ae, the largest travel marketplace in the Middle East, has observed a radical evolution of the region’s mobile first travel market with over 70 per cent of searches in the Middle East taking place on a mobile device. “Our analysis and expectations of what was to


Omnico POS system for Dubai Parks and Resorts

Omnico, an innovative and agile software and services company, and Dubai Parks and Resorts have installed a single integrated point-of-sale (POS) system across all the parks' retail and hospitality sites. This included 359 POS lanes across the retail, restaurant and entertain


Biggest ATM opens; spotlight on experiential travel

The region's biggest travel and tourism event, Arabian Travel Market, opened today (April 24) in Dubai, UAE, welcoming visitors and trade professions from all across the world. The region’s leading industry showcase welcomes over 2,600 confirmed exhibitors – with


Cristal Group to open two new hotels in June

Cristal Group is preparing for the soft opening of two new hotels in the region – the Bayat Hotel by Cristal in Abha (Saudi Arabia) and Masaya Hotel & Residences by Emerald in Erbil (Iraq) -- in June 2017. Making the announcement at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) which


HMH appoints new CEO

Hospitality Management Holding (HMH) has appointed Aboudi Asali as its new chief executive officer (CEO).   Asali joins HMH with over 20 years of hospitality experience, starting at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston. After several years in operations, Asali joined Arthur Andersen


Oman to sign $688m tourism project deal

Oman's Ministry of Tourism is set to sign an agreement with Palm’s Beach Company to develop the RO265-million ($688.22 million) Al Nakheel Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC) in the Governorate of South Al Batinah. The project, overlooking Sea of Oman, in Barka will stretc


ME hotel occupancy, rates down in Q1, Africa results positive

The hotel industry in the Middle East reported negative performance results during the first quarter of 2017, while hotels in Africa posted growth across the three key performance metrics, according to data from STR - a leading market research firm. Occupancy in the Middle East d


Hyperlocal travel experience in demand, says expert

Oman is witnessing the emergence of a more discerning tourist, travellers who are looking for offbeat locations to get the local, unique real-life experience - hyperlocal experience - a market estimated at $140 billion globally, said an industry expert. According to Taleb Al Makh

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