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HotelNews Middle East - - Editor's Letter - PATRICK RYAN Ed­i­tor @That­pad­dyryan Fol­low us on our so­cial me­dia pages @hotel­newsme /hotel­newsme hotel­newsme

It is hard to be­lieve that the Lead­ers in Hos­pi­tal­ity Awards 2018 are al­most upon us. It re­ally does not seem like a year since we cel­e­brated the very best that the hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor has to of­fer in the re­gion. But upon us they are and if I have not flooded your in­box with con­stant re­minders to get your nom­i­na­tions in then please do so!

Af­ter you fin­ish read­ing this is­sue of Ho­tel News Mid­dle East though…

There is a record num­ber of awards up for grabs this year at the event which is tak­ing place at the St. Regis Dubai on 29 April.

The dead­line for nom­i­na­tions is 5 April and, at the risk of sound­ing like a bro­ken record, if you are not in it… you can’t win it.

The awards come at the end of a packed month that will see ev­ery­body who is any­body, in this in­dus­try, tak­ing to the floor of Ara­bian Travel Mar­ket (ATM) which once again is tak­ing place at the Dubai World Trade Cen­tre (DWTC) from 22 – 25 April.

This year’s ATM marks a ma­jor mile­stone for the show’s his­tory as this will be the 25th year it has taken place.

It is some­what apt, given ATM’S longevity, that this year’s edi­tion will fo­cus on the theme of sus­tain­abil­ity.

It is not all about Dubai this month though as there are ma­jor events tak­ing place across the emi­rates as well.

Ara­bian Ho­tel In­vest­ment Con­fer­ence (AHIC) is in Ras Al Khaimah from 17-20 April and, once again, prom­ises to be a fan­tas­tic event with a who’s who of in­dus­try heavy­weights al­ready con­firmed to take part.

Mean­while, in Abu Dhabi, HOTEC Mid­dle East will bring to­gether ho­tel pur­chas­ing man­agers with key do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional sup­pli­ers.

Ho­tel News Mid­dle East, as me­dia part­ners, will be on-site mod­er­at­ing an ed­u­ca­tional panel dis­cus­sion as part of an ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nar.

I barely have space left to tell you about this month’s cover fea­ture. Dar­ren Dar­win, gen­eral man­ager Anantara Al Ja­bal Al Akhdar Re­sort, is no stranger to those who fol­low the in­dus­try.

But now he is also be­ing beamed into liv­ing rooms across the globe cour­tesy of the BBC’S Amaz­ing Ho­tels se­ries which fo­cused an en­tire episode on Dar­win and his team.

Else­where, we also catch up with Nikki Beach Ho­tels & Re­sorts vice pres­i­dent Alexan­der Sch­nei­der who talks about the chang­ing face of the ho­tel in­dus­try.

That is enough from me for an­other month, but you never know, I could be con­grat­u­lat­ing you in per­son on an award at the end of the month.

Re­gards, Patrick Ryan

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