News Analysis: Will direct booking overtake OTAs?

Online travel agencies (OTAs) have been a staple resource for guests who are shopping around for the right hotel. However, hotels are now looking for new ways in which to drive direct booking traffic to their own websites

Hotelier Express supplier of the month: Hotelity

Hotelier Express supplier of the month: Hotelity

Having opened in 2009, Hotelity has been a fast growing hospitality supplier to the hotels and restaurants in Dubai, the UAE, and GCC

UAE student work permits to benefit hospitality

UAE student work permits to benefit hospitality

Students in the UAE aged under 18 will now be entitled to apply for temporary training premits, and temporary work permits at private companies

Centara reveals recruitment plans for Doha hotel

Centara reveals recruitment plans for Doha hotel

The Doha hotel plans to use various online channels along with open days to ramp up recruitment for the property

Senior appointment at Millennium Airport Hotel

Senior appointment at Millennium Airport Hotel

Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai has appointed Ramesh Kumar Singh as assistant director of sales

4000 rooms for Millennium & Copthorne in next year

4000 rooms for Millennium & Copthorne in next year

Millennium & Copthorne, Middle East and Africa is to expand its operating portfolio with 12 hotels to open in the next 12 months in UAE, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and its first property in Georgia

Movenpick Doha appoints new general manager

Movenpick Doha appoints new general manager

Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed Beat Peter as general manager of Movenpick Al Aziziyah Doha

Intercontinental Jordan opens development centre

Intercontinental Jordan opens development centre

The inauguration of the advanced Learning & Development Centre at InterContinental Jordan took place during the IHG IMEA annual workshop at InterContinental Jordan

Hotelier Express Supplier of the month: InstaShop

Hotelier Express Supplier of the month: InstaShop

InstaShop is bringing a new service experience to Dubai hospitality by offering grocery shopping and delivery within 30 minutes, changing the conventional perspective of daily operations for hotel apartments

Dubai theme park in Emirati recruitment drive

Dubai theme park in Emirati recruitment drive

The 400 UAE nationals will be employed in a variety of roles, including running ticket booths, operating rides, interacting with visitors, in addition to management positions

News Analysis: Saudi women take on hospitality

News Analysis: Saudi women take on hospitality

Female Saudi nationals suddenly seem to be climbing the managerial ranks of the Kingdom's hotels. Hotelier Middle East asks what has prompted this relatively recent change of recruitment focus in KSA's hotels

Saudis in high demand for KSA hospitality industry

Saudis in high demand for KSA hospitality industry

Diversification of Saudi Arabia's economy see's growing demand for Saudi employees in the tourism sector

Makkah to Saudise 80% of hotel jobs

Makkah to Saudise 80% of hotel jobs

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development in Makkah is set to Saudise 80% of jobs in the region's hotels and tourist resorts by the end of 2016

Iranian Universities want to partner with Accor

Iranian Universities want to partner with Accor

Staff employed at Ibis and Novotel in Tehran have been given special training to cope with guest requirements

Whom should housekeepers report to in a hotel?

Whom should housekeepers report to in a hotel?

Housekeepers discussed why not all of them report directly to a hotel's general manager, as well as leaner hierarchies at the Exec Housekeeper Forum

Kerzner International appoints Stuart Thomson

Kerzner International appoints Stuart Thomson

Stuart Thomson is now the new executive vice president of global human resources at Kerzner International


EDITOR'S CHOICE »
Emaar to revive 10km Dubailand hotel project
Business Emaar to revive 10km Dubailand hotel project

Initial plans for creating the world's longest chain of hotels in the Dubailand area were put on hold due to the global financial crisis

Starwood hotels offer shelter to fire victims
Back of House Starwood hotels offer shelter to fire victims

At approximately 3pm on July 20, a fire broke out at the Sulafa Tower in Dubai Marina

Restaurant run by Saudi women opens in KSA
FOOD & BEVERAGE Restaurant run by Saudi women opens in KSA

The outlet was launched to help tackle the issue of unemployment among women in the Kingdom

HOT PRODUCTS OF THE WEEK»
Hotelier Middle East's new product launches: July
Hotelier Middle East's new product launches: July

Debuting in the Middle East, these stylish new products offer something different for hotels and restaurants

Most stylish: Row & Sons from A.Ronai
Most stylish: Row & Sons from A.Ronai

A. Ronai recently launched the wooden range of chef's tools

Caterer Middle East's hot new products: June
Caterer Middle East's hot new products: June

Caterer Middle East's pick of the new F&B products now available on the market in the Middle East


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