Speaking to Breaking Travel News during the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, Abdullah Rashed Al Abdooli, chief executive of Marjan, tells us what the new destination will add to the hospitality sector in Ras al Khaimah.
As the company prepares to open a host of properties in Saudi Arabia, Kevork Deldelian, chief operating officer in the Middle East and Africa for Millennium Hotels & Resorts, tells Breaking Travel News what it is that attracted the company to the market. Speaking at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, he also tells us how a new loyalty scheme will help the company develop in the region.
As China-based Jin Jiang completes its acquisition of the company, Elie Younes, chief development officer for Radisson Hospitality, tells Breaking Travel News what opportunities the deal will bring to the company. Speaking at Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Ras al Khaimah, he also tells us about his plans for development in the Middle East and north Africa.
Jay Rosen, head of finance and investments for the Red Sea Development Company, tells Breaking Travel News about the huge hospitality opportunities currently on offer in Saudi Arabia. With as many as 50 hotels planned for the site in the coming decade, he tells us the giga-project represents a once-in-a-lifetime prospect for hotel investors.
Amit Arora, general manager of the Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, speaks to Breaking Travel News as the property hosts the official Arabian Hotel Investment Conference welcome drinks. He tells us how important the property’s events offering is to its continued success.
The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference has welcomed what organisers are calling a ‘Day of Disruption’, with expert speakers addressing the potential impact of a variety of external influences on the hospitality industry, in particular, the unparalleled digital landscape.
Hala Matar Choufany, president of HVS in the Middle East, Africa and south Asia, speaks to Breaking Travel News during the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Ras al Khaimah. She tells us what creates the gap between expectations and reality when it comes to valuing hospitality properties and how this can be overcome to the benefit of all.
Breaking Travel News talks to Suma Venkatesh, executive vice president for real estate and development at the Indian Hotels Company, during the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Ras al Khaimah. She tells us about her ambitions to make the company the most profitable hospitality provider on the subcontinent by 2022, which markets are ripe for growth and how a booming Indian economy helps the company.
With Marriott maintaining its position as the largest hospitality provider in the Middle East, Breaking Travel News here chats with Jerome Briet, chief development officer in the region for the company, during the Arabian Hospitality Investment Forum. He tells us which markets Marriott expects to grow, the company’s focus on the luxury sector and how the new Bonvoy loyalty scheme has been received by guests.
Hassan Ahdab, president of hotel operations with Dur Hospitality Company, tells Breaking Travel News how the company is seeking to facilitate religious tourism in Saudi Arabia. With a new tour operator and a rapid expansion of its hotel offering planned, the company is well positioned to benefit from Vision 2030 and the expansion of the tourism sector in the country.
Marloes Knippenberg, chief executive of Kerten Hospitality, tells Breaking Travel News what the company she leads offers to the rapidly developing hospitality market in the Middle East during the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Ras al Khaimah.