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February 12, 2018

Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Brands Have Record-Setting 2017 With 48 Hotel Openings Worldwide

The Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands continue their growth trajectory in key markets with the opening of 48 new hotels between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

The Hyatt Place brand crossed the 300th hotel threshold with four openings during the last week of December 2017 – Hyatt Place Zhuhai Jinshi in China, Hyatt Place Keystone in Colo., Hyatt Place Hyderabad Banjara Hills in India, and Hyatt Place Knoxville/Downtown in Tenn. Additional brand landmarks included the first Hyatt Place hotels in Australia with Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields and Bangkok with Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit.

In addition, the Hyatt Place brand continues to meet a strong demand [...]

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December 10, 2017

Hotel Loyalty Program Partnerships Critical to Customer Satisfaction, J.D. Power Finds

Having a diverse portfolio of reward options with hotel loyalty rewards programs is a key driver of member satisfaction. According to the J.D. Power 2017 Hotel Loyalty Program Satisfaction Study,SM overall satisfaction is higher among program members who redeem rewards for dining, product purchases and special events than among those redeeming rewards for hotel stays alone.

The study measures customer satisfaction by examining four factors (in order of importance): ease of earning and redeeming rewards (35%); program benefits (27%); account management (22%); and member communication (16%). Satisfaction is measured on a 1,000-point scale.

“As loyalty and rewards programs [...]

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December 6, 2017

Nakheel and AccorHotels to debut Raffles on world-famous Palm Jumeirah

AccorHotels, the world-leading travel and lifestyle group, today signed a management agreement with leading Dubai-based master developer Nakheel for the expansion of AccorHotels’ globally-renowned luxury brand, Raffles Hotels & Resorts.

The agreement, recognised by Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah and Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels at a signing ceremony at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes (France) will lead to the opening of PALM360, a spectacular two tower development on the world famous Palm Jumeirah comprising of the Raffles The Palm Dubai Hotel and Raffles Residences PALM360.

Set to open in 2021, PALM 360 will be the [...]

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November 9, 2017

Dubai on track for another record year, with tourist arrivals Up 7.5% at the end of Q3 2017

Dubai has maintained its strong performance through 2017 and is on track for another record year in terms of tourist volumes, according to the latest data released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism). A total of 11.58 million international overnight visitors arrived in Dubai during the first nine months of 2017, reflecting a 7.5 per cent increase over the same period last year, underlining the strength of the emirate’s tourism industry as well as the growing appeal of Dubai as a global tourism destination of choice.

India retained top spot on Dubai’s list of source markets for inbound tourism, with 1,478,000 Indian tourists arriving in the [...]

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September 16, 2017

UAE tourism and travel spending forecast to exceed $56 billion by 2022: analysis

Spending within the UAE’s travel and tourism sector is expected to rise steadily over the next five years and reach over $56 billion in 2022 as new mega projects come to market, a recent analysis conducted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry showed.

The analysis, based on new data from Business Monitor International (BMI) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) revealed that total spending in the sector is predicted to increase 4.5% year on year in 2017 to reach over $42 billion.

Growth within the UAE’s travel market growth will likely be supported by several recently announced projects, including Marsa Al Arab, a $1.7 billion mega tourist resort near [...]

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April 24, 2017

Nakheel continues AED5 billion hospitality expansion with ground-breaking AED240 million hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall

Dubai master developer Nakheel today broke ground on a new, 375-room hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall, with a total project value of AED240 million.

The ground-breaking ceremony – Nakheel’s second in a week – was led by Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah and comes a month after the company handed a construction contract worth AED184.5 million to Dubai-based Parkway International Contracting LLC to build the hotel, which will be operated by Thailand’s Minor Hotel Group under the AVANI brand.

Set for delivery in 2019, the AVANI is the second Nakheel hotel at Ibn Battuta Mall and one of 18 in the company’s growing hospitality project portfolio. Nakheel is investing AED5 billion in the [...]

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March 20, 2017

Dunes Launches Happiness Initiative

On the occasion of International Day of Happiness, award-winning Dunes Hotel Apartments today officially announced the launch of ‘Hi’ the chain’s brand new Happiness Initiative.

“Inspired by Dubai’s National Happiness and Positivity Programme we wanted to launch a corporate initiative focused on spreading joyfulness and creating a positive environment for guests and employees alike. At its heart, Hi is about celebrating everyday happiness and delighting our guests by going over and beyond the line of duty. It is also about continuing to make our employees feel valuable and making Dunes a happier place to work. Our focus as an organization will be about creating little moments [...]

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March 15, 2017

Emaar Unveils Miami-Style Residences in Dubai Marina by Vida Hotels and Resorts

Defining a new lifestyle choice in Dubai Marina, one of the largest waterfront developments, global developer Emaar Properties is unveiling an exceptional collection of branded residences that overlook the shimmering waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Vida Residences Dubai Marina brings a unique value proposition for customers with its exotic location in Dubai Marina and elegant Miami-style. As part of the Vida Dubai Marina Hotel, residences and Yacht Club, they will have within reach an assortment of lifestyle amenities and marine pursuits.

The residences share a range of amenities with the Vida Hotel, an upscale, contemporary hotel brand that brings a trendy and chic [...]

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