Lo­gis­tics land­mark for GAC

The Westin Dubai launch marks mile­stone

7 Days in Dubai - - BUSINESS -

The open­ing of The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City has marked a ma­jor mile­stone for Dubai: 100,000 ho­tel rooms across the emi­rate.

Westin’s new ho­tel, Dubai’s sec­ond Westin-branded prop­erty, opened in Au­gust and in­cludes 1,004 rooms, in­clud­ing 142 suites, six restau­rants and a spa – all speread across 41 floors.

He­lal Saeed Al­marri, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Dubai’s Depart­ment of Tourism and Com­merce Mar­ket­ing, said: “For the ho­tel sec­tor, high de­mand from in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers, and the con­se­quent growth in tourism vol­umes, has been the cor­ner­stone of fos­ter­ing con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in sup­ply en­hance­ment, which has seen us cross this his­toric 100,000 rooms thresh­old.

“This has been a jour­ney un­der­taken col­lab­o­ra­tively and achieved through the en­dur­ing strength of our pub­lic and pri­vate part­ner­ships that un­der­score Dubai’s ma­tur­ing promi­nence on the world stage.”

Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s Alex Kyr­i­akidis added: “We are proud that the open­ing of The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City has helped Dubai achieve its 100,000 rooms mile­stone. Dubai is now home to 30 of our prop­er­ties across the world’s most-renowned brands, mak­ing Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional the largest ho­tel op­er­a­tor in the city.

“With plans to nearly dou­ble our pres­ence in this mar­ket in the next five years, we are po­si­tioned to be the num­ber one hos­pi­tal­ity part­ner lead­ing to Expo 2020.

“We see great po­ten­tial in the fu­ture of this des­ti­na­tion, and con­tinue to sup­port the ef­forts of Dubai Tourism while re­main­ing fo­cused on cre­at­ing mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences for vis­i­tors across Mar­riott’s brands.”

Look­ing to the fu­ture, Dubai Tourism ex­pects oc­cu­pied room nights in ho­tels and ho­tel apart­ments to reach 35.9 mil­lion, rep­re­sent­ing a 10.8 per cent com­pound an­nual growth rate (CAGR) from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018.

Over­all room sup­ply is ex­pected to re­flect sim­i­lar growth, reach­ing 134,000 rooms by the end of 2018. GAC Dubai’s con­tract lo­gis­tics di­vi­sion han­dled one mil­lion cu­bic me­tres (CBM) of stock in the first eight months of 2016, and is on track to hit an an­nual record through of 1.5 mil­lion CBM by year-end. The mile­stone con­tin­ues the growth of the busi­ness, which han­dled 874,000 CBM of stock in 2014, and one mil­lion last year. Neil McMaster, Gen­eral Man­ager - Con­tract Lo­gis­tics at GAC Dubai, said: “We now have the fa­cil­i­ties and ex­per­tise in place to sup­port sus­tain­able ex­pan­sion. “We are tak­ing a very fo­cused ap­proach to­wards adding new clients in fast mov­ing op­er­a­tions – such as food con­tracts with high pal­let through­put vol­umes and re­tail con­tracts with low pal­let vol­ume but high piece quan­tity. “The re­sult is a balanced port­fo­lio that is de­liv­er­ing rapid re­sults backed by ex­cel­lence in ser­vice de­liv­ery.” GAC opened the re­gion’s first dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre in Dubai in 1993.

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