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

Comment: Getting down to business

Comment: Getting down to business

Find out more about using Facebook for the hospitality industry

RAK CEO keeps a "close eye" on Brexit effect

RAK CEO keeps a

Following the devaluation of the pound, Brexit could eventually affect the number of UK visitors coming to the Middle East

Marriott gets cracking with Two Bellmen Three

Marriott gets cracking with Two Bellmen Three

Maze Runner's Ki Hong Lee and K-Pop sensation Jessica Jung will join the Two Bellmen from previous installations William Spencer and Caine Sinclaire

Park Inn by Radisson unveils rebranded website

Park Inn by Radisson unveils rebranded website

The mid-market hotel brand has removed all Flash elements from the design, and integrated social media channels

Sustainable tourism in the mid-market hotel sector

Sustainable tourism in the mid-market hotel sector

Sustainable tourism consultant Laura Lesar discusses how economy hotels can appeal to the new 'eco-conscious' traveller

Iraqi Airways opens global contact centre

Iraqi Airways opens global contact centre

SITA helps Iraqi Airways to open a new global reservation contact centre in Amman, Jordan

New hospitality feedback app for the Middle East

New hospitality feedback app for the Middle East

Click&Smiles and allows hotels to obtain customer feedback

InterContinental Dubai Marina fills two exec roles

InterContinental Dubai Marina fills two exec roles

Antje Sahling has been promoted to the acting general manager role, while Georges El Hachem is the new DOSM at InterContinental Dubai Marina

Crowne Plaza Yas Island appoints new area DOSM

Crowne Plaza Yas Island appoints new area DOSM

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island has appointed a new area director of sales and marketing in Abu Dhabi

Hotel reservations in Makkah top 80%

Hotel reservations in Makkah top 80%

The central area in Makkah registered its highest operational capacity this year, with 80% reservations for all rooms and hotel suites

Focus on hotel loyalty programmes increasing

Focus on hotel loyalty programmes increasing

Well-run loyalty programmes can bring in direct business and result in repeat business

IHG pairs with Fortune 500 futurist

IHG pairs with Fortune 500 futurist

Predicting the future of luxury travel leads IHG to partner with futurist Faith Popcorn

Ras Al Khaimah releases new destination video

Ras Al Khaimah releases new destination video

The "Beyond a Journey" destination video, promoting Ras Al Khainmah, aims to highlight tourism and hospitality offerings in the emirate

Abu Dhabi Tourism works on re-positioning itself

Abu Dhabi Tourism works on re-positioning itself

Al Ain and Sir Bani Yas Island to feature in Abu Dhabi's tourism push as the emirate will position itself to increase arrival figures

Tajawal launches online booking for hotels

Tajawal launches online booking for hotels

Following the launch of its travel platform earlier this year, Tajawal has now also launched an online booking service for hotels


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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

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Hotelier Middle East's new product launches: July
Hotelier Middle East's new product launches: July

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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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