93% oc­cu­pancy at Ra­mada Aj­man

Ra­mada Ho­tels and Suites and Ra­mada Beach Aj­man un­der the lead­er­ship of Clus­ter Gen­eral Man­ager Iftikhar Ham­dani have recorded an in­crease in oc­cu­pancy lev­els dur­ing the last quar­ter of 2016, lead­ing up to a very good first quar­ter in 2017 as well.

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Beach prop­er­ties in the UAE have recorded a steady growth trajectory from the lat­ter part of 2016 un­der the vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship of His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hammed Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum who announced ease of en­try visa to Rus­sia and China en­sur­ing a stronger 2017.

Ac­cord­ing to Ham­dani there has been an in­crease in ar­rivals by nearly 20-25 per cent af­ter the visa on ar­rival was announced last year for the Rus­sian mar­ket. He fur­ther stressed that 2017 sum­mer looks very promis­ing as al­ready the book­ings have been pour­ing in good num­bers.

Ham­dani ex­plains that en­sur­ing a 93 per cent oc­cu­pancy with a strong ADR that en­hances the profit share is sim­i­lar to the years they en­joyed in 2014 when the tourism trade was boom­ing with vis­i­tors es­pe­cially from the CIS mar­ket. Good re­la­tion­ships with part­ners and team work within the prop­erty are some of the key el­e­ments which en­sure their prof­itabil­ity at all times.

An­other im­por­tant fac­tor to be stressed upon is an in­crease in vis­i­tors book­ing through on­line chan­nels. The CIS mar­ket is a tra­di­tional mar­ket that would al­ways de­pend on the travel agents to make their ar­range­ments but they have seen a new emerg­ing trend as about 2 to 3 per cent of Rus­sian trav­ellers have booked through on­line travel agents or GDS. This is a sign that there is a new mil­len­nial trav­eller emerg­ing from the CIS mar­ket. Closely work­ing with the Aj­man tourism devel­op­ment depart­ment and other part­ners and stake hold­ers Ra­mada Beach and Ra­mada Ho­tels and Suites Aj­man are on a very strong path to­wards achiev­ing the largest ho­tel chain in Aj­man as well. The re­cent ad­di­tion of the first Wyn­d­ham Gar­den in the emi­rate to­wards the lat­ter part of the year en­sures the num­bers in­crease to above 600 rooms for Ra­mada Ho­tels in Aj­man.

As this year marks the year of giv­ing, un­der the lead­er­ship of Ham­dani, the ho­tels have once again stepped in to a new pro­gramme to pro­vide food for the labour camps in Aj­man. The un­touched food from the ho­tel ban­quet and buf­fet will not be wasted; in­stead, it will be shared among the many de­prived in­di­vid­u­als in labour camps. The char­ity com­mit­tee of the prop­er­ties will pro­vide meals for labour­ers in makeshift buf­fet tents es­pe­cially for the oc­ca­sion.

Pi­o­neer­ing in CSR pro­grammes Ham­dani and his team has been suc­cess­ful at var­i­ous events dur­ing the year. Lat­est among the achieve­ments is Iftikhar Ham­dani’s ac­co­lade – Wyn­d­ham Ho­tel Group EMEA Pres­i­dent’s Award for CSR 2016. Ham­dani was again recog­nised by the group for its in­no­va­tive and sub­stan­tial Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity ini­tia­tives over the past year. The award was pre­sented to Ham­dani by Wyn­d­ham Ho­tel Group’s top of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Ge­off Bal­loti, Pres­i­dent and CEO; Dan Ruff, Pres­i­dent and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of WHG – EMEA, and Ig­nace Bauwens, Re­gional Vice-Pres­i­dent of WHG Mid­dle East and Africa, dur­ing the group’s an­nual EMEA Sum­mit held in Brus­sels, Bel­gium. On re­ceiv­ing the award, Ham­dani said: “I would like to thank Wyn­d­ham Ho­tel Group for laud­ing our con­tin­u­ous con­tri­bu­tion to char­i­ta­ble and sus­tain­able causes. We en­cour­age our col­leagues within the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor to fol­low suit so we can cre­ate a big­ger im­pact for the com­mu­nity. Pas­sion and phi­lan­thropy are all it takes to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence.”

We en­cour­age our col­leagues within the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor to fol­low suit so we can cre­ate a big­ger im­pact for the com­mu­nity. Pas­sion and phi­lan­thropy are all it takes to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence. Iftikhar Ham­dani Clus­ter Gen­eral Man­ager Ra­mada Ho­tels and Suites and Ra­mada Beach Aj­man

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