Saturday, November 17, 2018

People & Places

Marriott International continues to reinforce its position as a leading hospitality company in the UAE with the expected addition of 11 new properties by year-end and a robust development outlook over the next five years. Year-to-date, the company has added six new properties and is scheduled to add five more in the country - bringing its portfolio in the UAE to 59 properties and over 17,000 rooms across six Emirates by the end of the year. Marriott recently took over the operations of the Yas Island Hotel, pictured here.

Taj's iconic and progressive Southern coastal Indian cuisine restaurant has retained its Michelin star for the 12th successive year in the just revealed Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2019. 

Saudi Arabia-based Designs Group has announced an alliance with Warwick Hotels & Resorts for the management of new properties featuring 1,000 rooms in the Kingdom. The agreement will come into effect from 2019. Jamal Serhan, senior vice-president WHR/chief executive officer Mena, stated, “Saudi Arabia is an extremely significant market for us with a growing demand for hotels. We are delighted to expand our footprint in the Kingdom...”

Deyaar Development PJSC, and Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Africa (MEA), announced the launch of Millennium Atria Business Bay by the end of 2018. The 30-storey tower will include studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms, and duplex apartments. The hotel’s facilities include an all-day dining restaurant, a sports bar, infinity pool on the 25th floor, a five-star spa, gymnasium, kids’ club, and a cinema terrace. 

Dollar, one of the fastest growing car rental companies in Oman, has transferred its head office and operations to a new 5,000-sq-m facility. Marwan Al Mulla, general manager of Dollar UAE and Oman, commented: “The new office provides capacity for the head office and operations who will be working to enhance operational efficiencies to help us continue to grow and keep pace with our client’s needs.”

Marriott International announced an agreement with Lahore Regency Private Limited to open a 160-room Marriott Hotel in Multan, Pakisthan. Scheduled to open in 2023, Multan Marriott Hotel will be built on a three acres site, featuring 160 well-appointed guestrooms, including 15 suites. The property will offer a diverse range of food and beverage outlets, a rooftop swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a relaxing and sensual spa.

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Medical Tourism Association (MTA), to coordinate efforts to position Abu Dhabi as a world-leading medical tourism destination. As a result, the MTA’s annual World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress event is being hosted in Abu Dhabi. This global event brings together experts and organisations from more than 100 countries worldwide and regularly attracts more than 10,000 visitors.

International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) is a portfolio of the world’s leading invitation-only events created for the business of luxury travel. ILTM North America (which took place September 24-27 in Riviera Maya, Mexico) welcomed 328 agents from 152 cities across Mexico, Canada and the US and 328 exhibitors from 60 countries from all four corners of the world. This event facilitated over 18,000 meetings and conversations.

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