With just a week to go before the much-anticipated Future Hospitality Summit debuts in Dubai, the Middle East and Africa’s hotel, travel and tourism industry is gearing up for strong debate, exclusive announcements, unrivalled networking and superb experiences at the region’s most prestigious hospitality investment event.
Aleph Hospitality has revealed plans to grow its portfolio to 35 properties by 2025 as demand for alternative management models gains momentum. A boom in supply coupled with challenging trading conditions is driving hotel owners to look at new ways to streamline overheads and ensure lean, profitable operations.
Among the leading lights from Middle Eastern hospitality gathered in Ras al Khaimah for the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference only one stood out – Fettah Tamince, founder of Rixos Hotels. Here Breaking Travel News finds out more about this innovative thinker and hotelier
Having picked up the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award during the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Ras al Khaimah, Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi, chief executive of Millennium Hotels & Resorts in the Middle East & Africa, can look back at a successful event. Here we find out more about this industry leading figure
With Jannah Dubai Creek opening later this year and plans under development for a new property in Sharjah, Richard Haddad, chief executive with Jannah Hotels & Resorts, here tells Breaking Travel News more about the expansion of the company in the Middle East.
Having just signed for a new tented camp property in the mountains of Ras al Khaimah, Adrian Gardnier, founder of Mantis Collection, tells us more about the deal during the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference. Also on the agenda is a recent deal with Accor and the global ambitions it has given the company.
As the emirate welcomes the return of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, Haitham Mattar, chief executive of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, speaks to Breaking Travel News about its importance to the destination. Following a successful hosting last year, he also tells us about the 6,000 hotel rooms expected to join the hospitality market this year.
As its acquisition-led growth continues, Breaking Travel News speaks to Mark Willis, chief executive in the Middle East for AccorHotels, about what the company’s growing portfolio of brands is able to bring to the hospitality sector in the region. He also tells about his ambitions for development in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
As the company prepares for expansion in Egypt, Mohamad Awadalla, chief executive of Time Hotels, tells Breaking Travel News what the new properties will bring to the brand. Speaking at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Ras al Khaimah, he also tells us what smaller companies like Time can offer to investors that the larger players cannot.
Breaking Travel News speaks to Olivier Harnisch, chief executive of Emaar Hospitality Group, about the changing configuration of the hospitality market in the Middle East during the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Ras al Khaimah. With Expo 2020 on the horizon, he also tells us how important the event is likely to be for tourism in Dubai.
Carlos Khneisser, vice president of development in MENA and Turkey for Hilton, tells Breaking Travel News how important the region is to the growth of the company during the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Ras al Khaimah.