By Kevork Deldelian – Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Hotels & Resorts Middle East and Africa
As we enter 2020, the hospitality market in the Middle East is poised for great change. Performance shifts over the past couple of years have established a new reality, with a normalising of room rate amid continued supply.
View by Heather McCrory – CEO of North & Central America at Accor
"There is no doubt that hospitality companies are facing pressure from new players and tech companies from a distribution perspective. Furthermore, social media and online reviews ushered in a level of transparency that levels the playing field and holds brands accountable to their mission."
By Abdullah Al-Abdooli (B.Arch.) – Chief Executive Officer - Marjan
The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2020 is being held at a time when significant changes are sweeping the hospitality landscape of the world - and the region. The state of flux that hotel operators face is driven by several variables and there are no easy solutions to address them.
By Sacha Poncet – Bachelor Student at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
Over the last few years, Saudi Arabia has put a lot of efforts to diversify its economy from oil. The kingdom's recent decision to release e-visas is surely set to have a positive long-term impact on its tourism market.
By Henri Roelings – Founder & CEO at Hospitality Net
It's no secret that Jerusalem is one of the most politically charged cities in the world. Throughout the year, Israel's capital serves as a hub for countless weighty political talks, meetings, conventions and memorials.
By Russell Kett and Lionel Schauder
Hotels in Israel saw another record performance in 2018 as the country experienced a lull in geo-political turmoil and a rise in incoming tourist numbers, according to our new report. Over the past few years, Israel has seen significant growth in its tourism sector.
By Stanley Turkel – CMHS, Hotel consultant
Hotel History: Shepheard's Hotel, Cairo, Egypt (1841). Shepheard's Hotel history goes back 178 years when it was originally built by Englishman Samuel Shepheard in Cairo. It was originally named the "Hotel des Anglais" (English Hotel).
By Binu Mathews – CEO at IDS Next
The 2nd annual HITEC Dubai, now the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand, recently came to a close on December 6th. This year's showcase garnered a great deal of anticipation from hospitality leaders, as the Middle East is fast becoming a favorite tourist destination to MICE and shopping travelers given its investment in airports and infrastructure and interest in hosting large-scale events.
View by Osvaldo Mauro – Entrepreneur & Business Developer
"All-in-one is not the choice because the tech needed is very fragmented and specialised. Online distribution is a matter of high-level tech where hotels should compete with OTAs; These have the geek pedigree required to survive in this space."
By Peter Varga – Assistant Professor at EHL
Consider this: Iran, the cradle of the ancient Persian Empire, has great potential for tourism and hospitality but the development of these sectors in the country has been far from linear and that remains the case today, mainly due to geopolitics.