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Hotels step up their online game to encourage direct bookings

Getting guests to book directly on a hotel's website rather than through an online travel agent (OTA) is a key challenge that hoteliers are gearing up to tackle in 2018.When OTAs first rose to popularity in 2008 during the economic downturn, hotels viewed them as saviors for their ability to fill hotel rooms that otherwise would have remained empty.

Movenpick Hotels & Resorts says a fond farewell to long-term executive team member, Andreas Mattmuller

Dubai, UAE -- Movenpick Hotels & Resorts is to say a fond farewell to one of its longest standing executive team members, Andreas Mattmuller.The company's Chief Operating Officer Middle East & Africa (MEA) will retire on 31st January 2018 following a highly successful international hospitality career of 43 years, more than 16 of which have been spent working in senior positions with the Switzerland-headquartered hospitality firm.