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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Global airline share prices see first fall since March

Global airline share prices fell by 3.2 per cent in July – the first monthly fall since March. Having risen by nearly 15 per cent over the previous three months, and having outperformed the global equity index over the past year, the monthly decline in airline shares is likely to reflect a degree of profit taking by investors.

According to the Airlines Financial Monitor report released by the International Air Transport Association (Iata), the European and Asia Pacific share price indices both registered modest declines in July (<1 per cent), but the biggest fall was seen in the North America index (-7.6 per cent). The latter has now risen by less than 2 per cent since the start of 2017, although given that mid-2016 marked the peak of investor concerns about pressure on unit revenues, the index still stands nearly 36 per cent higher than a year ago.

The initial airline financial results from Q2 2017 have been robust, and provide the clearest sign that the squeeze on airline profit margins – from weak yields and higher costs – peaked in the first quarter.

Indeed, whereas the industry-wide EBIT margin fell in year-on-year terms in Q1 2017, our small sample of 24 airlines indicates that the margin increased to 13.2 per cent in Q2 2017, up from 12.7 per cent in Q2 2016.

Indeed, whereas the industry-wide EBIT margin fell in year-on-year terms in Q1 2017, our small sample of 24 airlines indicates that the margin increased to 13.2 per cent in Q2 2017, up from 12.7 per cent in Q2 2016.

The latest data from our sample of 19 airlines show that industry-wide free cash flow (FCF) fell to 3.6 per cent of revenues in Q2 2017, down from 7.7 per cent in the same period of 2016.

The fall in FCF was driven by a modest decline in net cash flow from operations, to 17.3 per cent of revenues in the quarter from nearly 21 per cent a year ago.

Capital expenditure in our sample actually increased in year-on-year terms in Q2, to a robust 13.6 per cent of revenues, driven by higher capex in Asia Pacific.

Fuel costs

Brent oil prices rose back above $50/bbl during July and ended the month nearly 10 per cent higher than they were at the end of June.

The price of oil has been on a downward trend since the start of 2017, mainly reflecting the resilience of US shale production. However, the increase in July came alongside declines in US oil inventories as well as signs that OPEC and other large oil producers will continue, and possibly
extend, their efforts to constrict oil supply. The recent weakness of the US dollar may also be starting to translate into upward pressure on prices.

The futures market remains consistent with just a modest increase in prices over the medium-term.

Yields and premium revenues

Having shown signs of bottoming out in late-2016, the latest monthly data indicate that passenger yields have started to trend upwards modestly. When measured in constant exchange rate terms, passenger yields in May were broadly unchanged from their year-ago level – the strongest year-on-year growth rate in more than four years.

The turnaround in the long-standing downward yield trend reflects a combination of factors, including a pick-up in global economic activity, as well as upward pressure on some key input costs, including labour, in a number of countries.

All told, signs that passenger yields are improving are helping to underpin investors’ confidence about airline financial performance over the year ahead.

There has been a wide spread in premium performance by market in 2017 so far. Premium demand growth has been stronger than economy in a number of markets, particularly across the Pacific and Within Asia. This ties in with the recent improvement in global trade conditions, which tends to correlate well with premium travel demand. On the other hand, premium demand, has been relatively weaker in other cases, notably between Europe and the Middle East.

There has also been a spread in airfare performance too: premium airfares have held up better than those in the economy cabin in a number of cases – notably the North Atlantic – but have lagged in others (eg, Europe-Asia).

Demand

Global passenger volumes grew by 7.9 per cent year-on-year in H1 2017 – the fastest growth seen in the first half of a year since 2005.

The strong start to the year for passenger demand has been driven by a brighter global economic backdrop and stimulus from lower airfares. That said, the seasonally-adjusted (SA) trend has moderated over recent months, in line with a softening in the exceptionally supportive demand conditions.

Meanwhile, global freight volumes grew by 10.4 per cent year-on-year in H1 2017 – the fastest pace for the period since 2010. However, industry drivers indicate that the best of the cyclical growth upturn may have passed.

Capacity

Industry-wide available seat kilometres (ASKs) increased by 6.1% year-on-year in H1. In SA terms, ASKs and RPKs have trended upwards at broadly similar annualized growth rates over the past three months or so.

Available freight tonne kilometres (AFTKs) grew by 3.6 per cent in H1 2017 compared to the same period a year ago. The SA trend has strengthened: AFTKs have been trending upwards at an annualised rate of around 9 per cent over the past three months. However, this has still lagged behind the strong upward trend in FTKs over the same period.

The number of available seats in the global airline fleet increased by 0.9 per cent month-on-month in June. All told, the number of seats in service in June was 6.0 per cent higher than the same month a year ago.

A total of 154 new aircraft were delivered in June, down from 161 in June 2016. Twenty-five fewer aircraft were delivered in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 (751 versus 776).

Storage activity made the biggest net change to the fleet size for at least three years in June. A total of 142 aircraft re-entered service from storage – broadly unchanged from the case in June 2016. However, just 78 aircraft were taken from service and put into storage, compared to 166 in June 2016.

The seasonally-adjusted passenger load factor remained relatively stable close to an all-time SA record high throughout H1 2017. All regions except the Middle East registered year-on-year increases in passenger loads during the period. Sustained high achieved load factors are continuing to support airline financial performance.

The industry-wide freight load factor continued to recover in SA terms during the first half of the year. Despite falling slightly in June, the load factor is currently around four percentage points higher than its low-point in early-2016. - TradeArabia News Service



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Ultimate family bonding at Four Seasons Bahrain Bay

Make magical memories together with the new Parent-Child Bonding treatments at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, offering three carefully curated sessions tailored toward parents and children.

Capitalising upon the unique tranquility of its central Manama location, the new family–focused treatments, available from August 15, aim to promote the importance of bonding - spending precious time together with one’s pride and joy. The parent-child bonding sessions at The Spa are the latest additions to the hotel’s dedicated programme of family activities.

“Our urban resort in the heart of Manama is the ideal destination to spend time together as a family,” said director of Spa Chandarella Luzon. “Creating beautiful, memorable moments with your children is one of life’s greatest pleasures. We encourage our Hotel guests, Spa members and non-Hotel guests to take a break from the everyday and enjoy the tranquillity and serene atmosphere of The Spa along with the picture-perfect surroundings of our private island.”

Upon arrival, children from 6 to 15 years of age are treated to a customised spa robe to feel home away from home, in addition to a decadent welcome amenity sure to satisfy a sweet craving.

Children and parents then are introduced to the gift of touch, wellness and healing at The Spa:

• Relaxed Us - 45 minutes, BD80 ($210.6) - Parents are welcome to enjoy a soothing side by side massage with their child. Relaxed Us has been created to aid muscle tension, release stress and promote positive wellbeing. Specific massage techniques are applied and a special blended selection of aromatic oils enhance relaxation so parent and child will both leave The Spa feeling pampered and wonderful.

• Beautiful Us - 45 minutes, BD85 ($223.8) - The Spa invites parents to introduce their child to the importance of skin care. This 45-minute express facial has been designed to cleanse, gently exfoliate and hydrate the skin. The products used are all natural and organic from ila and Sodashi - perfect for younger guests. Tailored to suit younger skin, this relaxing facial will restore radiance and leave both parent and child beautiful at the end of the treatment.

• Glowing Us - 45 minutes, BD85 - Guests and their little pride will feel extra special after this indulgent full body treatment. Glowing is guaranteed thanks to the gentle body exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, resulting in the restoration of the skin’s luster and improved moisture levels. A selection of natural skin scrubs followed by the application of an aromatic body lotion will nourish and add radiance.

While at the property surrounded by all the comfort of their spacious suite, families can enjoy the fun-filled Kids for All Seasons Club, an exciting range of non-motorised water sports in Bahrain Bay, in addition to the wide variety of dining options available on the five-hectare (12 acre) private island.

The new Parent-Child Bonding treatments at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay can be booked online or by calling the hotel. - TradeArabia News Service
 



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Four strike it lucky in Dubai airport promotions

Two lucky winners became instant dollar millionaires while two others drove away in a luxury vehicle when their winning ticket numbers were drawn in the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise promotions held at Concourse D of Dubai International Airport.

Bronvin S. Muns, an Indian national living in Dubai, has became the latest $1 million winner in Series 249 with ticket no. 3484 and Tomoyuki Kawana is the second dollar millionaire announced in Series 250 with ticket no. 3963.

While, the second dollar millionaire announced today in Series 250 with ticket no. 3963 was Mr. Tomoyuki Kawana.  

Following the DDF Millennium Millionaire draw, a Finest Surprise draw took place to win a luxury car and a motorbike.

Muzammil N., a 36–year-old Pakistani national from Dubai won the Aston Martin Rapide in Series 1661 with ticket no. 1705. A regular participant of the promotion, Muzammil said: “It was an unexpected call and I was really surprised. This was such a wonderful news for my family.”   

Meanwhile, Zaheer A. Asharikandi, a 35-year-old Indian national from Oman, won the stylish motorbike BMW S 1000 R with ticket no. 952 in Series 312 which he bought while transiting in Dubai International Airport.

The winning ticket numbers were drawn by Dubai Duty Free senior officials Ramesh Cidambi, chief operating officer; Salah Tahlak, executive vice president – corporate services; Nic Bruwer, executive vice president – commercial; Sean Staunton, senior vice president – Retail Sales; and Sharon Beecham, vice president – purchasing. - TradeArabia News Service



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AviaAM Leasing acquires and sells Airbus A321-211

AviaAM Leasing, a global aviation holding company engaged in the business of commercial aircraft acquisition, has delivered a recently acquired Airbus A321 aircraft to one of its customers under a lease to purchase agreement.

The Airbus A321-211 aircraft was acquired from Russian carrier Aeroflot. Produced in 2004, the aircraft recently underwent a 12-year maintenance check with major modifications to interior design and seating configuration (from 170 to 220 economy class seats) implemented prior to delivery.

Tthe aircraft was then delivered to a new operator under the lease to purchase agreement. The aircraft delivery took place at Kaunas International Airport, Lithuania.

“The Airbus A321 is among the most desirable aircraft types demanded by air carriers across Europe and Asia. We’ve conducted a number of the re-sale projects, including various modifications, and this one is supposedly to be not the last one as well,” said Tadas Goberis, chairman of the Board and CEO of AviaAM Leasing. - TradeArabia News Service



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Melbourne crowned 'world’s most liveable city' for seventh year

Melbourne’s reign as the world’s most liveable city has been extended for an unprecedented seventh year by the prestigious Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) annual Liveability Index.

The Index surveys 140 of the world’s cities and Melbourne has come out on top again.

Since the index began in 2006, Melbourne has consistently come in the top three of the index. So what is it that keeps Melbourne at the top of the list? Melbourne ticks all the Liveability Index boxes and many others.
 
The city is the acknowledged cultural and sporting capital of Australia hosting major events including the Australian Open, the Formula One Australian Grand Prix and the Spring Racing Carnival.

It is home to universities that consistently rank among the world’s best, producing the highest number of technical graduates in the country and voted as one of the world's top five student cities.

The State Government of Victoria is continuously investing in Melbourne’s infrastructure, including road tunnels and new roads to improve transport links, new trams and trains to enhance public transport, and its world-class convention centre which is undergoing an expansion to host the ever-growing number of conventions and exhibitions the city hosts.  

Fuelled by its unrivalled lifestyle, Melbourne is growing rapidly with Australia’s highest rates of domestic and international migration. In fact Melbourne is now Australia’s fastest growing city, and is projected to overtake Sydney as Australia's biggest city by 2030.  

This is backed up by the announcement that Melbourne has also been awarded fDi magazine’s Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future winner in the category of Human Capital and Lifestyle. The city also ranked in the top five in mid-sized cities for Economic Potential and in the top ten overall for FDI Strategy in the same report.

And in a week of major announcements, Savills World Research’s Tech Cities 2017 report included Melbourne as one of the cities across the world at the forefront of the global tech industry.

As the top ranked ‘tech city’ in Australia, Melbourne offers the infrastructure, business environment, talent pool and lifestyle to place it at the top of global shopping lists for tech companies looking for space in which to locate.
Commissioner for Victoria to the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, Mr John Butler welcomed the announcements.

“Melbourne and the state of Victoria has strong and well established links with this region through trade, tourism, investment, sport and culture,” said Butler. “We are proud to see Melbourne consistently win this coveted accolade, and can only see the connection between the region and Victoria strengthening further on the back of two-way synergies and a mutually beneficial relationship.” - TradeArabia News Service
 



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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Spend the summer by the bay at Jannah Marina Bay Suites

As the ending of the summer season draws near, Jannah Marina Bay Suites introduces its bespoke room rates for families and friends looking for a short getaway in Dubai Marina.

A unique relaxation venue overlooking the majestic Dubai Marina, the bespoke luxury hotel apartment is offering 20 per cent off on best available rates when booking direct. This exclusive rate brings guests to cutting edge kitchen facilities, premium Jannah spa beds and organic bath amenities featured in every spacious suite and room. Bask in the summer goodness by the rooftop swimming pool and the bubbling Jacuzzi as you are surrounded by picturesque views of tall buildings and lavish yachts. Dining and shopping just got better with Dubai’s leading malls and recreation areas just a few steps away from the hotel, creating a stress-free experiential holiday scene in the city.

Jannah Marina Bay Suites offers guests an unprecedented level of service founded on the noble Bedouin hospitality. The hotel is known for its signature Karim services, tending to all of the guest’s needs 24/7 and its first class limousine services for a truly extravagant staycation.

This offer is valid until September 30. - TradeArabia News Service



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New executive sous chef at Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach

Siddhesh Sukhathankar has been promoted to the position of executive sous chef at the Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach - Dubai, moving up from his previous position as executive pastry chef.

Sukhathankar first joined Amwaj Rotana in December 2014, having previously worked with renowned chefs such as Marike van Beurden of Caprice at Four Seasons Hong Kong, Vikas Bagul of The Oberoi and Trident in Mumbai, and Claire Clarke from French Laundry.

Prior to his working career, Sukhathankar obtained his degree from the Institute of Hotel Management in Mumbai as well as a Post-Graduation Diploma in Kitchen Management from The Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development.

With this promotion, Sukhathankar has joined a team of talented individuals who have progressed within the hotel. This highly creative, quality-oriented chef, who first moved to the UAE in 2010, is the proud recipient of numerous medals, awards, certificates and nominations from various prestigious institutions earing him the title “chef extraordinaire” within his team, the hotel said in a statement.

In his new position, Sukhathankar will bring new ideas for the Amwaj Rotana’s five food and beverage outlets, oversee the procurement of ingredients and ensure that every dish lives up to the strictest standards of quality. The chef will also pay special attention to the hotel’s corporate sustainability plan from a culinary perspective. - TradeArabia News Service



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Ibtm china gears up for exciting 12th edition

Ibtm china is set to welcome a high-profile group of Hosted Buyers and exhibitors for the forthcoming 12th edition of the growing event, taking place in Beijing on August 23 and 24.

As the Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (Mice) market in China continues to develop and international interest in the region continues in the ascendant, ibtm china is one of the region’s foremost events within the Mice industry.
 
International Hosted Buyers will attend from corporations including Siemens China, ABBVIE, Herbalife, Volvo(China) investment Co.,Ltd, and associations such as China International Health & Medical Tourism Association (CIHMTA), International China Investment Forum (ICIF) and China International Health & Medical Tourism Association (CIHMTA).
 
Domestic exhibitors include Beijing Exhibition Centre, JW Marriott Hotel Beijing Central, Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), and Shanghai International Convention Center. Many high-profile new and returning international exhibitors also have been announced, including Accor hotels, Business Events Canada, Melia Hotels International, Floating Island Seoul, Millennium Hotels and Resorts and Ayana Resort and Spa Bali.
 
The itinerary for the event has been specifically designed to ensure the very best environment for doing business and to allow delegates to take away tangible learnings that will have a positive impact on their business. The market-leading knowledge programme will this year include the keynote speakers Roger Simons, Bo Krüger and Jeremy Wong, who will be speaking on topics including technology, sustainability and innovation, games and play, and conducting business across different cultures.
 
Ibtm china event director, Christine Guan said: “Visitors to this year’s event can expect a show geared at creating maximum business opportunities in this dynamic and rapidly growing market for the Mice industry.
 
“We pride ourselves on the quality of our Hosted Buyers, who must meet strict qualifying criteria before attending. Together with our matchmaking technology, we can ensure that buyers and exhibitors at ibtm china have the most positive and productive experience possible.”  
 
Destination presentations will take place regularly in the community hub, and there will be a full programme of networking opportunities and education sessions offering advice on how to do business in China.
 
Exhibitors include domestic and international venues, hotels, destinations, business travel and events services providers and the show attracts buyers, event planners and all those involved in the decision-making process for meetings, events, conferences and incentives.
 
The event is the number one event for the region’s Mice industry, gathering over 5,000 meetings industry professionals from around the world. - TradeArabia News Service



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Over 123,000 hotel rooms under construction in MEA

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) hospitality market is witnessing solid growth with a total of 123,589 rooms under construction in region, said a report.

Of this, about 95,089 rooms are under construction in the Middle East - up 14.3 per cent in year-over-year comparisons, while the rest are in the African region, said STR's July 2017 Pipeline Report.

Dubai topped the the MEA list for the largest number of rooms under construction with the total put at 23,816 rooms in 18 hotels.

Three other markets reported more than 5,000 rooms under construction in the region: Makkah, Saudi Arabia (23,816 rooms in 18 projects), Doha, Qatar (8,714 rooms in 36 projects), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (6,712 rooms in 30 projects).

Africa also reported continued development, with 28,500 rooms in 163 hotels under contruction, a 4.8 per cent decrease in year-over-year comparisons.

The pipline report also highlighted rooms under contract for MEA, showing 166,166 rooms in 590 hotel projects under contract in the Middle East (up 6.6 per cent from July 2016) and 56,925 rooms in 308 hotels under contract in Africa (up 1.2 per cent from July 2016).

Under Contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning stages but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage. -  TradeArabia News Service



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Doha Airport, FC Bayern München enhance sponsorship

Qatar's Hamad International Airport (HIA) has enhanced its current sponsorship of the legendary German football club FC Bayern München as Platinum sponsor.

The latest FC Bayern jersey featuring HIA-Qatar’s distinctive logo on the sleeve of the team’s iconic shirts was also revealed.

The announcement was made at a press conference at the airport terminal beside the iconic Lamp Bear, chaired by Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, FC Bayern München Executive Board Member, Andreas Jung, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Secretary General, Hassan Al Thawadi and Hamad International Airport chief operating officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer.

Al Baker said: “The strengthening of this fantastic sponsorship between Qatar’s award-winning airport and FC Bayern München, truly demonstrates the state of Qatar’s role as a global leader in sports. The HIA-Qatar logo on the sleeve of every FC Bayern München jersey helps display the importance that we as a nation place on sports as a means of bringing people together. The HIA-Qatar enhancement of its sponsorship has also further aligned itself with our nation’s ambitious national vision.”

FC Bayern München executive board member, Andreas Jung, said: “Starting this season, our players will feature the HIA-logo on the jersey’s sleeves. When we signed the contract with Hamad International Airport in January 2016, the sponsors badge on the sleeve was already part of our agreement. So far the HIA-logo has already been placed on the training uniforms.”

Al Meer said: “HIA-Qatar’s growing and successful partnership with FC Bayern München opens up new and exciting avenues for this collaboration. We are rightly delighted to have our five-star airport’s logo on Germany’s most-winning team’s jersey.

“FC Bayern München are Germany’s sporting superstars, so it’s only right that they should be in partnership with the Middle East’s five-star airport, as we are both at the top of our game and both look forward to staying in the premiere league.”

Al Baker led the ribbon cutting to officially open FC Bayern München’s new pop-up shop in the airport’s duty free area, featuring branded gifts and merchandise from the popular German football team, available for passengers travelling through HIA to buy.

During the event, HIA-Qatar and FC Bayern München also launched their latest promotional video, which showcased HIA’s award-winning facilities and services as experienced first-hand by the football stars. The video features global football champions Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski to name but a few, and will be played both in the airport and on board Qatar Airway’s flights. - TradeArabia News Service



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Monday, August 14, 2017

Eid al Adha staycation at Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR

Holidaymakers can reward themselves this Eid al Adha holidays and head to Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Jumeirah Beach Residence for a well-deserved staycation.

Celebrate the holiday with loved-ones by booking the special room package for as low as Dh710 ($193.2) for a one-bedroom suite. Families and group of friends have options of booking a two-bedroom suite starting at Dh1,410 ($383.7). The deals are valid for a minimum stay of three nights, and are inclusive of daily buffet breakfast for two, brunch for two on the first day of Eid, lunch on the 2nd and 3rd day, and free dining for up to two children under 12 years old. The offer is made more enticing with complimentary one-hour massage for two at Dreamworks Spa.

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR is situated within a short walking distance from the beach – perfect for those who are looking to escape the summer heat. Guests are provided with a bag of beach essentials including towels and umbrellas, plus sand bucket and goggles for the little ones. It also has a range of amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, gym, and spa for guests who want to relax within the comforts of the hotel.

For the celebration for the taste buds, Flavours Restaurant offers a festive and family-friendly brunch for only Dh125 ($34), on the first day of Eid. The brunch will feature a spread of international cuisine from mezzeh, salads, sushi, mains, desserts, and a special barbecue corner. The kids are guaranteed to have plenty of room to enjoy at the restaurant’s garden and play area.
 
Rates are inclusive of 10 per cent municipality fee, and 10 per cent service charge, and are subject to tourism dirham fee based on room category. - TradeArabia News Service
 



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More than half the Hilton portfolio to be Digital Key enabled

Hilton has announced that Digital Key will now be available at 362,000 hotel rooms across 2,000 hotels worldwide with the introduction of the exclusive technology at the Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC-Navy Yard.

The milestone demonstrates Hilton’s continual ability to launch technology that improves the guest experience and do it on a global scale. Every new hotel that is opened worldwide, roughly one a day, is equipped with Digital Key technology.

The award-winning Hilton Honors app is designed to make travel easier and put control back in members’ hands so they get more out of their travel experience. From their smartphones, guests can book a room, check-in, choose their desired room from a digital floor plan set against Google Maps and request additional items to be in their room upon arrival. Hilton Honors members have widely adopted the app’s technology features and continue to set new records for usage and engagement, including 30 million digital check-ins, 3 million room key downloads and more than 13.6 million doors opened. In the month of July, a door was unlocked with Digital Key every two seconds.

“We know our customers operate in a digital world and we are obsessive about embracing technology that helps remove the friction points from our guests’ travel experiences. We’ve built a world of experiences at your fingertips with our app – you can check in, choose a room, set personal preferences and unlock your door using Digital Key,” said Geraldine Calpin, chief marketing officer at Hilton. “We’ve more than tripled our rate of Digital Key hotel installs since 2016 and are on pace to exceed our goal of 2,500 hotels by the end of 2017, enabling us to scale across our 14 brands worldwide to deliver exceptional and consistent experience for guests everywhere.”

Digital Key is live worldwide in 185 markets today, and Hilton will continue to expand to new regions throughout the remainder of the year. By the beginning of 2018, Hilton has committed to have well over half of its portfolio of hotels across all 14 brands, equipped with Digital Key, creating a consistent technology experience for guests regardless of where they stay across the globe. - TradeArabia News Service



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W Hotels debuts W Bellevue in North America

W Hotels Worldwide has announced the opening of W Bellevue, marking a new era of design for W Hotels in North America that celebrates the local as never before.

Playing off Bellevue’s tech-forward neighbors and centuries-old traditions, the design of the hotel embraces the region’s juxtaposed affinity for both its natural surroundings and groundbreaking innovation. The hotel pays homage to lakeside culture with cabin-like architecture, thoughtfully reimagined traditional décor, and locally-inspired cocktails and cuisine. Built as a W from the ground up, W Bellevue offers a modern yet invitingly familiar setting to welcome locals and travellers alike to 220 guest rooms and 25 suites in the newest Lincoln Square expansion.

“Throughout the brand’s nearly 20-year history, W has come to be known for reinvention,” said Anthony Ingham, global brand leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “Our design process has evolved to center around each destination’s respective history, environment and culture, and with Bellevue as a tech-capital and center for innovation in its own right we are thrilled to unveil W Bellevue, the first new-build W Hotel in North America in seven years with more on the way."

Neighbor to some of the world’s most well-known technology companies such as Microsoft and Amazon, Bellevue has become best known as the Pacific Northwest’s tech playground. Locally known as the ‘Eastside,’ Bellevue is a magnet for the rugged individualist who is attracted to natural beauty and flourishing professional opportunities. W Bellevue boldly reinterprets the city’s historic lake-centric culture, blending with its newfound reputation for innovation to create a modern and playfully designed space for any adventurer. And, in true W fashion, whether guests crave a cold craft cocktail or need Insider access to the latest happenings in town, the team at W Bellevue will make it happen with the brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever service.

Lake House Luxury

Designed by HKS Inc. lead by Mary Alice Palmer and HKS architect Tom Sprinkle, W Bellevue transports guests to a modern lodge oasis, inspired by the region’s iconic setting beside Lake Washington. Upon entering, guests are immediately greeted by a striking, reclaimed wood staircase surrounded by rich, colorful street art from famed international artist Gaia. Additional original artwork from renowned artists Lady Aiko and Zio Ziegler make unexpected appearances throughout the property.

The hotel’s Living Room (the brand’s take on the hotel lobby) is a clubhouse for the modern traveller, showcasing exposed A-frame beams that line the ceiling – reminiscent of a log cabin home. Mirrors contour the interior edges of the room, creating the illusion of open ceilings that connect seamlessly with the open-air porch area and adding a modern feel so guests can always be on view. Deep sofas and lounge chairs, modeled after ‘70s vintage furniture that one would find in a lake house, are mixed with rustic plaid throws and plush pillows creating texture and warmth in the room.

Just steps off the living room, The porch provides an open-air, pop homage to the lake house where guests can mix and mingle with a house-made cocktail in hand or relax on a porch swing by the roaring fire. The library is a pulp-pleasure paradise for those looking for a bit of wit with their drinks. Living up to its name, guests can cozy up with one of the racy romance novels that fill the shelves or help themselves to vintage board games.

Each of the 220 guest rooms and 25 suites at W Bellevue bring guests closer to the communal history of the city, dating back to the first settllers who gathered around the docks and ferries and served as the center of community and commerce. Rooms feature design elements like side-table lights which mimic traditional dock lamps and inflatable tufted headboards, a nod to historic dockside décor. Beds are adorned with painted pillowcases featuring pulp poetry reminiscent of the summer escapist novel while ‘wine spilt’ carpets reflect the burgeoning wineries of the region. Glass showers, placed in the middle of each room, personify the boundless nature of the hotel’s design.

The 2,300-sq-ft, two-bedroom extreme WOW Suite (the brand’s take on the traditional Presidential suite) is a decked-out party palace with sweeping views of sparkling Lake Washington. Perched high on the 13th floor, the double door entry opens to a vibrant suite featuring two king beds (with one hanging from the ceiling) a state of the art surround sound audio system (vinyl included), an in-room pool and poker table and retractable flat screen TV. Modern hanging porch swings line the border of the suite, offering guests a chance to feel as if they’re floating over Bellevue.

“As a city known for its lake houses, W Bellevue embraces this tradition while reinterpreting the design in a fresh and innovative way,” said Matt Van Der Peet, general manager, W Bellevue. “From being welcomed by bold street art, surprised by a library of pulp fiction, and quenched by craft cocktails at the Living Room bar, W Bellevue is sure to become a destination in its own right for both guests and locals alike.”

Stay In, Eat Out.

Guests at W Bellevue don’t have to wander far to find incredible cuisine at The Lakehouse, showcasing a Northwest farmhouse concept, and Civility & Unrest, a speakeasy-inspired cocktail lounge, both from James Beard Award-winning chef, Jason Wilson. Inspired by Bellevue’s sense of place and evolution, chef Wilson showcases vibrant, farm-inspired craft cooking, spotlighting his ever-evolving grower and farmer relationships. The space is designed as a modern, multifaceted interpretation of an entertainer’s lake home. Familiar, yet elegant and sophisticated in design, the welcoming space features layers of interest and a thoughtful division of rooms, including the garden room, butler’s pantry, “wild modern” private dining room, “wild primitive” dining room and chef’s counter seating. A counter height bar, porcelain antler sconces, a column of living greenery, trestles and interspersed charred wood, inspired by Bellevue’s past Japanese farmers who preserved wood in the authentic shou sugi ban method, are seen throughout. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily. chef Wilson also oversees in-room dining throughout the hotel.

Hidden within Gaia’s showpiece is a discreet entrance to Civility & Unrest, a modern speakeasy-inspired lounge offering a craft cocktail insider experience by chef Wilson. Steeped in discovery, the whiskey bar and cocktail lounge offers a daring exploration into cocktail culture with rare scotch, vintage whiskey, flowing champagne and craft cocktails, surrounded by beautiful curves and plush seating.

Come Together

The 4,400-sq-ft Great Room shows off vibrant décor and stylish finishes underneath deconstructed docks that float just below the ceiling. The carpet contains layers of tribal tattoos with archetypal house shapes referencing the native cultures of the Pacific Northwest overlaid on a stylised lake background, making the Great Room the perfect location for any unforgettable event. Both strategy rooms and six studios continue the theme of lakeside living with window-like mirrors and dock light sconces which provide an ideal space to gather for work or play. - TradeArabia News Service



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BTEA launches 'Art of Content Management' course

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) launched today ‘The Art of Content Management and Digital Content Marketing for Tourism and All Sectors’ course, which will run over a period of four days at the Bahrain Exhibition Center.

The course targets employees in the tourism sector and other sectors such as digital marketing and design, as well as entrepreneurs.

Participants will be trained to create compelling and effective marketing content, concentrating on the vital strategies, tactics, and best practices required. This course will also help participants learn various aspects of planning and executing content marketing strategies with greater effectiveness and impact, while guiding them to harness the power of words to disseminate information over the internet.

“We are pleased to host the ‘Art of Content Management’ course, which aims to attract a large audience from the public and private sectors as well as participants from abroad. The main aim of this course is to provide guidelines on content management, identify methods of creating effective marketing content, as well as studying the main principles and implementing them in Public Relations. The course will be conducted in Arabic and real-time translation will also be available in English,” said the director of facilities and tourism services at BTEA, Hesham Al Saken.

The first part of the course will mainly focus on uploading, editing and publishing content on the Content Management System (CMS). Moreover, the course will also showcase the different functions of CMS that allow users to share and format information, as well as showcasing the different settings that help in the modification and search for content. The second part of the course covers Content Marketing which focuses on the importance of key messaging and ensuring that it is of the highest standards, hence building and maintaining a strong customer base and excellent brand reputation.

Digital marketing is considered to be an evolving concept, and it is important for all sectors in order to keep up with the rapid pace of customers’ changing behaviors. Upon completing the course, participants will be able to understand the importance of key messaging when implementing different marketing strategies and evaluate their effectiveness in reaching the target market, as well as maintaining a strong customer base. - TradeArabia News Service



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Coral Beach Resort Sharjah unveils August dining offers

Coral Beach Resort Sharjah, managed by HMH, has got some cool dining offers lined up all through these sweltering summer weeks that are bound to refresh and entice you.

Starting from an awesome Eid Al Adha brunch for families at its brand new international restaurant Cote Jardin to an indulgent Business lunch at the Al Dente restaurant there is something to suit every taste, mood and occasion. Here’s what is on offer:

Eid Al Adha Family Brunch
Get together with family and friends for a sumptuous brunch at the newly-opened Cote Jardin restaurant in Coral Beach Resort Sharjah. Feast on a wide selection of traditional and international specialties as well as an assortment of gourmet sweets.

Venue: Cote Jardin Restaurant
Price: Dh125 ($34) per person inclusive of drinks
Child Policy: Complimentary for children under 6 years, max two kids per family. 50 per cent discount for children from 6 to 12 years
Date & Time: On first and second day of Eid Al Adha from 12:00 pm to 16:00 PM

Terms & Conditions apply
• All prices are inclusive of 10 per cent municipality fee & 10 per cent service charge
• The above rates are not subject to discounts and not valid in conjunction with any other offers.

Business Lunch
Al Dente, Sharjah’s most popular Italian restaurant located at Coral Beach Resort Sharjah, invites guests to break away from the usual routine and enjoy a delicious Business Lunch. Guests have a choice of both two course and three course menus.

Venue: Al Dente Restaurant
Offer: choice of two course and three course menu
Price: Dh75 ($20.4) for two course and Dh85 ($23) for three courses
Date & Time: Weekdays from 12pm to 3pm except weekends and public holidays

Terms & Conditions apply
• All prices are inclusive of 10 per cent municipality fee & 10 per cent service charge
• The above rates are not subject to discounts and not valid in conjunction with any other offers.

Happy Hours
Beat the heat with our refreshing beverages at amazing prices during the Happy Hours at the pool-side snack bar ‘Waves’ in Coral Beach Resort Sharjah.

Venue: Waves Restaurant
Offer: Selected beverage at Dh15
Date & Time: Weekdays from 12pm to 6pm except weekends and public holidays

Terms & Conditions apply
• All prices are inclusive of 10 per cent municipality fee & 10 per cetnt service charge
• The above rates are not subject to discounts and not valid in conjunction with any other offers. - TradeArabia News Service



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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Marriott appoints new cluster GM for new Dubai hotels

Marriott International has announced the appointment of Stuart Birkwood as cluster general manager for its upcoming properties in Dubai - Aloft Me'aisem, Element Me'aisem, and Aloft Dubai South.   

Birkwood will oversee the openings and operations of over 500 rooms, eight food and beverage outlets and facilities across the three hotels. 

Scheduled to open by the end of the year, Aloft Me’aisem will offer comfortable loft-inspired rooms and a vibrant social scene while Element Me'aisem will cater to today’s savvy and environmentally conscious travelers. Element Me'aisem will mark the debut of the Element brand in the Middle East. 

The 145-room Aloft Dubai South, located at the entrance of Al Maktoum International Airport, is scheduled to open in the first half of 2018. 

Birkwood brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience from across the UAE, Poland, Finland, UK and Saudi Arabia.  He started his career with Hilton in the UK in 1991 before joining Marriott International in 1994 and has since worked in some of the company’s most prolific properties including the Sheraton Skyline Hotel & Conference Centre, Sheraton Warsaw Hotel & Towers and Hotel Kamp.

Birkwood accepted his first general manager role at the Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers in 2008 and achieved the position of the #1 hotel on TripAdvisor for Riyadh in 2012. He briefly left the company as CEO for Riyadh-based FAS Hotels Company and then relocated to the UAE in 2015 as general manager at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi.

Commenting on the appointment, Birkwood said: “We are excited to introduce the Aloft and Element experiences to Dubai which are evolving the hospitality industry by delivering a modern, urban-style experience at an affordable price. I very much look forward to working alongside a wonderful team to successfully open and operate the three properties.” - TradeArabia News Service



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Phase one of Salalah Water Park to open this December

Phase one of Salalah's Water Park project is scheduled for completion in December, said a report citing senior officials.

The project, which will include a five-star hotel, a mall and five wedding and conference halls,  will be locared close to Itin Recreation area - the official venue of the Salalah Tourism Festival, said a report in Oman Daily Observer.

Spread over a total area of 35,000 square metres, theme park will have six types of water rides, a restaurant, a coffee shop, an administration building, parking lot and green areas.

The contract also consists of a 50,000-sq-m project which will also open next to the park. This will have a five-star hotel with 148 rooms, meeting rooms, restaurants and coffee shops, a shopping mall with 218 retail stores, five halls for weddings and conferences, among other amenities

The second stage of the project includes the construction of the administration building, service facilities and parking, as well as the management, operation and maintenance of the two stages of the project for a period of 25 years. 

The project is as part of the government efforts to promote economic and tourism activity in the Dhofar Governorate.



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'Technology plays a critical role in hospitality'

Laurent A. Voivenel, senior vice president, operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India, Swiss-Belhotel International, participated in the kick-off meeting of the advisory council for 2017 Hitec Dubai.

The objective behind the high level meeting was to define and outline an agenda for Hitec Dubai based on the rapid innovations in technology and the specific needs of the Middle East region, especially Dubai, in order to keep up with the expectations of international travellers. The advisory council for the mega event also includes representatives from leading hospitality brands in the region including Jumeirah Group, Al Habtoor Group, Marriot International, Hilton Worldwide, Rotana Hotels & Resorts and Four Seasons Hotels among others.
 
Hitec is the largest hospitality technology show for hotels worldwide and it is going to take place for the first time in the region organised by Naseba in Dubai on November 14 and 15. The advisory council members discussed in detail many pressing topics such as emergence of Airbnb as a distribution platform, advancements in property management system, robotics, cloud technology, data analytics, etc.
 
During the discussion Laurent highlighted a number of key issues that need to be addressed. He stressed: “First and foremost it is important for technology providers to understand that while, as hotel operators, we all wish to move in the direction of smart hotels adopting the latest advancements in technology, it is not always easy to convince owners to make the necessary investments in that direction nor are the guests willing to pay any extras. So how can we make technology affordable both for the investor and consumer?”
 
Laurent believes Hitec could also be a great platform to directly ask the customers ‘what is it that they need in a hotel?’ He said: “We are not here to train the customers. As hoteliers we are here to deliver on their expectations and give our customers what they want. Speed is perhaps the single most important thing that is necessary at every step of a guest’s journey. Right from the moment he makes the booking to when he steps into a hotel. And this is where technology plays a critical role in enabling seamless connectivity and mobile integration. Technology makes it possible to check-in with apps, have keyless room entry, control lighting, room temperature, TV, curtains and wake-up call with a single smart device.”
 
He added: “We operate in smart cities such as Dubai, hence our hotels need to be smart too. Intuitive technology is certainly moving fast. For example it allows us to anticipate the needs and desires of our guests to the extent of monitoring blood pressure, sleep patterns and stress levels and accordingly adjust music and lighting.”
 
Speaking about cyber security, Laurent stressed: “When it comes to technology, 100 per cent security does not exist anywhere. IT loopholes are everywhere. However, there is a basic that needs to be ensured in terms of security when it comes to data protection, payment gateways and sharing of information and platforms with third party solution / application providers.”
 
Laurent concluded: “Ultimately, technology should be for well-being of people. It should be simple. It should not be complicated like we hoteliers make it.” - TradeArabia News Service



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Celebrate Eid Al Adha at First Central Hotel Suites

Planning an Eid Al Adha holiday and wondering where to take the family? First Central Hotel Suites has just unveiled a package to make the Eid celebration memorable with loved ones.

Book a Classic Studio from Dh299++ ($81.3++) with breakfast or Dh399++ ($108.6++) half board and enjoy a free upgrade to Executive Studio as well as late check-out (subject to availability). In addition, guests may add a ticket for Dubai Dolphinarium for only Dh60 ($16.3) per person.

Wael El Behi, general manager of First Central Hotel Suites, said: “Eid Al Adha is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a short break with the family. We have, therefore, created a fabulous value-added package that is absolutely irresistible. Equally, convenient is the central location of our hotel in Barsha Heights (Tecom) near Sheikh Zayed Road. So, no matter what your plans – be it shopping, sight-seeing, entertainment, theme parks or beaches, we are ideally located to explore and experience Dubai’s biggest attractions.”

Eid Al Adha Offer

• Classic Studio from Dh299++ with Breakfast or Dh399++ Half Board
• Special bundle packages in the Dubai Dolphinarium also available
• Free upgrade to Executive Studio
• Late check-out (subject to availability)
• Terms & Conditions apply
• Valid until September 10, 2017

Rates are excluding 10 per cent Municipality Fees, 10 per cent service charge, and Dh10 ($2.7) tourism fee per room per night.

Guests can book Now using promo code: ADHA17. - TradeArabia News Service
 



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Best Western Hotels makes summer stays twice as rewarding

Staying at Best Western’s collection of hotels and resorts in Asia will be even more rewarding this summer, following the launch of the new Double Points promotion.

Running till September 30, 2017, Best Western Rewards (BWR) members will earn twice as many reward points when they book a stay at any participating Best Western hotel in Asia. Bookings must be made either directly with the hotel or via the website, www.bestwesternhotelasia.com.

This exciting promotion covers some of Asia’s most desirable destinations, from mega-cities such as Tokyo, Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta to world-class beach resorts including Bali, Boracay, Phuket and Okinawa. Alternatively, guests seeking a true taste of Asian culture can choose to explore destinations like Mandalay, Vientiane, Buriram or Malang.

All guests booking stays at Best Western’s hotels and resorts in Asia this summer will also be guaranteed complimentary in-room wi-fi.

to sign up for BWR, simply visit the hotel website to register, and could earn double points on the next Best Western booking. - TradeArabia News Service



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