HE Mohamed Yehia Rashed, Minister Tourism, Arab Republic of Egypt speaks to Breaking Travel News at AHIC 2016.
Ahmed Ramdan, Chief Executive, Roya International speaks to Breaking Travel News at AHIC 2016.
Gerald Lawless, Chief Executive, World Travel & Tourism Council speaks to Breaking Travel News at AHIC 2016.
Marriott International is preparing for significant growth within the Middle East and Africa announcing the signing of a 300-suite Marriott Executive Apartments and unveiling plans to open 17 new properties across the region this year. At present, the hotel company operates nearly 150 properties in the MEA region across nine brands in 19 countries.
During the second day of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference more than 700 delegates, sponsors, speakers and media have heard from industry leaders across 11 sessions. Topics have included risk perception versus reality, travel patterns of the future, an interview with the Tourism Minister of Sri Lanka, future global demographic and societal changes which will shape the tourism industry.
The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference will mark 12 years of offering an unrivalled platform for the hotel investment industry in the Middle East to discuss the future of the industry when it opens in Dubai today. Organisers have just announced a range of facts to explain more about this year’s event which is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports, president of Dubai Department for Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates.
ESPA International has a heritage stretching over 45 years and a strong global presence. The founder Susan Harmsworth, chief executive, ESPA International, provides an overview of what is one of the original spa companies and how spas have evolved in that time. Talking to Phil Blizzard she expresses her concerns on the use of the term ‘wellness’.
In conversation with Phil Blizzard at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2015 the second part of a double interview begins with Susan Harmsworth giving her take on the evolution of spas for tomorrow’s travellers. She also talks about receiving, in London, the MBE from the Queen.
Al Tareq Al Ameri, cheif executive officer, Yas Marinia Circuit explains to Breaking Travel News why an F1 racing car is on display at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference. Talking to Phil Blizzard he looks at the business and leisure aspects of the Yas Marina Circuit from a MICE perspective, and also talks about their ‘jewel in their crown’ - The Formula 1 Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Russel Sharpe, chief operating officer, Citymax Hotels Landmark Group provides an insightful view to the current ‘state of health’ of the hospitality sector in Dubai, including the mid-market ‘‘feeding frenzy”. He also provides an overview of their developments leading up to Expo 2020, along with his views on the shortage of investors.
With 30 hotels in operation and more than 30 in development the group is to double their presence in the region, with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia being a key focus Elie Younes, chief development officer, The Rezidor Group provides an informative overview of their expansion and the brands which will see significant development.
Rupprecht Quitesch, chief executive, International Hospitality Consulting Group, reveals the key demands from investors and hotel developers in this conversation with Phil Blizzard. He also discusses the perceived key demands of the ‘Travellers of Tomorrow’.