News Analysis: The rise in de-flagging of hotels

After a string of de-flaggings and re-flaggings in the UAE, we investigate the reason behind owners opting to appoint a new operator or, in some cases, managing the property themselves

Saudi tourism signs Saudisation deal

Saudi tourism signs Saudisation deal

Saudi Arabian tourism facilities have signed agreements with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) to support the Saudisation of jobs for women and men

Retaj Hotels signs new property deal in Doha

Retaj Hotels signs new property deal in Doha

Expansion plans at Rataj Hotels are on course, with the recent signing of a new property in Doha, Qatar

28% growth number of hotel rooms booked globally

28% growth number of hotel rooms booked globally

Tourico has released 2017 Global Hotel Trends Report forecasting a boom for hotel bookings in 2017

Dubai and Makkah lead ME new hotel room supply

Dubai and Makkah lead ME new hotel room supply

Value-for-money hotels in the mid-market sector are witnessing increasing demand in Dubai

AccorHotels to 'pick up the pace' in GCC

AccorHotels to 'pick up the pace' in GCC

A few months after buying FRHI Hotels & Resorts from investors, AccorHotels denies the hotel management firm is growing too fast

Abu Dhabi ranked in fastest growing destinations

Abu Dhabi ranked in fastest growing destinations

Abu Dhabi placed third in a global ranking, above established destination such as Tokyo, Riyadh and Taipei

Colliers: Doha Q3 2016 review

Colliers: Doha Q3 2016 review

Quarterly report from Colliers International on the Doha hotel's market

Comment: TRI's market data on Qatar - Q4 2016

Comment: TRI's market data on Qatar - Q4 2016

Key performance data from the HotStats Survey from TRI Consulting

Musafir set to increase regional activity

Musafir set to increase regional activity

Sharjah-based online travel agent Musafir is to increase its regional operations and raise funds for expansion in 2017

UAE spa market to be worth $104 billion globally

UAE spa market to be worth $104 billion globally

MENA research reveals the UAE spa market is the region's top performer

Bahrain Gov plan needed to help hotels financially

Bahrain Gov plan needed to help hotels financially

A government action plan is needed to assist hotels in Bahrain overcome financial challenges, according to experts

MidEast plane ticket prices fall to three-year low

MidEast plane ticket prices fall to three-year low

This is reportedly a result of increased competition between carriers and low fuel prices

Georgia witnesses 7.6% tourist growth in 2016

Georgia witnesses 7.6% tourist growth in 2016

Guests travelling from Iran to Georgia increased +485% last year, while significant increases were also recorded from countries around the world

Comment: Outlook for Qatar in 2017

Comment: Outlook for Qatar in 2017

Qatar will hope the the New Year will bring some much-needed luck as it grapples to recover from a challenging 2016

Strong investment opportunities forecast for 2017

Strong investment opportunities forecast for 2017

Middle East hotel industry experts forecast strong investment opportunities ahead of AHIC 2017


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Special Report: GM Survey 2016
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Hotel sector sentiment positive despite staff cuts
Back of House Hotel sector sentiment positive despite staff cuts

However, the results of the second Hotelier Middle East Human Capital Report revealed that 43% respondents said their organisation has had to reduce headcount

Dubai's Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire closes down
FOOD & BEVERAGE Dubai's Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire closes down

The restaurant will reopen in May 2017 with a new concept

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