Laptop ban begins as Dubai expects 1.1m travellers

This weekend is expected to be one of the busiest travel weekends of the year with schools out for Easter break

Millennium launches a new loyalty programme

Millennium launches a new loyalty programme

New loyalty programme will have a three tier system and will soon launch its second phase directed towards corporate guests

Wyndham Rewards surpasses 50 million members

Wyndham Rewards surpasses 50 million members

Revamped loyalty programme now also allows integration across its vacation rental and vacation ownership portfolios

Marriott reveals launch of unified loyalty scheme

Marriott reveals launch of unified loyalty scheme

New programme will do away with Starwood Preferred Guest, Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Marriott Rewards as separate entities

Hilton revamps loyalty programme

Hilton revamps loyalty programme

Hilton has overhauled its guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, with additional benefits for all 60 million members of including Shop with Points at Amazon.com

AccorHotels and Qatar Airways join forces

AccorHotels and Qatar Airways join forces

The companies' respective loyalty programmes will now offer members more benefits

Dusit signs partnership with Cathay Pacific

Dusit signs partnership with Cathay Pacific

The partnership will will provide Asia Miles members with the opportunity to earn up to 2,800 air miles per stay

Taj Hotels launches a new mobile booking app

Taj Hotels launches a new mobile booking app

Phase two of the app will include several updates including mobile check-in/check-out, service chat, restaurant reservations and locale based promotions

Site Visit: Tulip Inn Ras Al Khaimah

Site Visit: Tulip Inn Ras Al Khaimah

Hotelier Express visits the newly opened Ras Al Khaimah Tulip Inn to discover the pressures and responsibilies of being the first branded three-star hotel in the emirate

Shangri-La and Taj integrate loyalty programmes

Shangri-La and Taj integrate loyalty programmes

Taj InnerCircle and Shangri-La's Golden Circle guest loyalty programmes to integrate from March 2017

The Hotelier Express Power 20: 11-20

The Hotelier Express Power 20: 11-20

The second installment revealing the most influential hoteliers in the Middle East's budget and mid-market hospitality sector

Interview: Unbreakable Ambition

Interview: Unbreakable Ambition

AccorHotels Middle East vice president operations economy and midscale Gulf and Levant Puneet Dhawan speaks to Hotelier Express about the big issues facing the region and shares his opinion on why the Middle East is set for big growth

MENA outbound travel to hit US $110bn by 2025

MENA outbound travel to hit US $110bn by 2025

The rise of emerging middle class and growing digital connectivity will be major driving forces for the growth of the travel and tourism industry

Hyatt to introduce new global loyalty programme

Hyatt to introduce new global loyalty programme

Arriving March 2017, World of Hyatt will offer a new loyalty platform for returning guests

Rotana set to further leisure tourism in Abu Dhabi

Rotana set to further leisure tourism in Abu Dhabi

Home-grown hotel operator, Rotana, has partnered with Farah Experiences to run campaigns to boost inbound tourism

GM interview: Nicola Hochgruber

GM interview: Nicola Hochgruber

The general manager of the Hotel ibis Abu Dhabi Gate and Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate talks about female empowerment and more


EDITOR'S CHOICE »
Analysis: For or against hotel loyalty programmes?
Research Analysis: For or against hotel loyalty programmes?

This month we investigate further and understand the perceived benefits and disadvantages created by loyalty programmes - mainly from an owner's perspective

Comment: Changing operators
Opinion Comment: Changing operators

Why are hotels seeing rebrands in this region?

News Analysis: Food Wars
Research News Analysis: Food Wars

Why do hotels often look to open established F&B brands whether international partnerships or franchises, rather than grow their own restaurant concepts?

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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


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