The changing face of luxury
You do not have to be a genius to work out that these are challenging times for the hospitality industry, not just in the Middle East, but all over the world. That is why it is so vital that the industry keeps evolving to make sure it can cater for the ever-changing market. An example of how these demands are being met can be found in our cover story.
Hotel News Middle East took a hard-hat tour of the Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City where we were shown how the soon-to-beopened property will cater for those who are seeking a merger between value and luxury.
The 520-room hotel will be the brand’s biggest property in the UAE and it is a sign of an evolving market that the Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City has been capturing so much attention ahead of its opening.
Elsewhere in the issue, we sit down with a selection of the leading general managers from hotels across the region ahead of our annual GM Leaders Conference which is taking place on 7 May at The St. Regis Dubai.
The purpose of the roundtable debate with the panel of general managers was to help shape the agenda for this year’s event.
Everything from the new generations following hot on the heels of the millennials to the rise of the boutique brands was up for discussion and I think you’ll agree that it makes for more than interesting reading.
If the debate that took place at Fairmont Dubai last month was anything to go by then the conference itself is going to be something truly special.
That is not all we have got going on in this issue though as we also catch up with the James Hewitson, general manager, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anatara who explains why we should be paying close attention to the Omani market.
Speaking of which, our columnist, and awardwinning general manager of the Anantara Al Jabar Al Akhdar Resort, Darren Darwin asks why can’t hotels “Bend it like Beckham?”
It is an eye-catching headline but there is a method to the madness as he looks at hoteliers constantly learning and perfecting their expertise in their chosen fields.
David Beckham famously became one of the leading free-kick specialists in the soccer world by spending extra hours on the training ground – Darwin asks can hoteliers do the same?
There is just enough space to tell you that we have launched our Leaders in Hospitality Awards – the big night is taking place on 29 April at The St. Regis Dubai.
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