Josh Corder

Skift's Middle East Reporter: Josh Corder is the company's reporter out of Dubai, covering on the region's hospitality, travel and tourism sectors. He has been in the region for close to five years, previously running Hotelier Middle East's website and magazine. He is known for his investigative approach in covering the region.

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Tourism

Saudi’s Mohammed Bin Salman on Tourism Investment and ‘Sports Washing’ Claims

Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 is already promising $500 billion cities, winter sports events atop mountains in the desert and a complete transformation of the national economy. Not ambitious enough, says the crown prince, let's work on Vision 2040.

Saudi’s Mohammed Bin Salman on Tourism Investment and ‘Sports Washing’ Claims

Hotels

Morocco Hotel Managers Say Business Is Returning and World Bank Meeting Will Help

It's been little over a week since the earthquake in Morocco. The hospitality and tourism industries are staying strong, both in terms of business and in mind-set.

Morocco Hotel Managers Say Business Is Returning and World Bank Meeting Will Help

Hotels

Dubai to Surpass Las Vegas in Number of Hotel Rooms

Dubai shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to building new hotels. Even if the emirate runs out of prime plots along the beach, it can simply resurrect man-made projects previously brought down in the '08 financial crash.

Dubai to Surpass Las Vegas in Number of Hotel Rooms

Tourism

Dubai’s Summer of Tourism Was Red-Hot as Russians Fill the City

Dubai's tourism bull run continues. Rates are at some of their highest levels, the city has more than 800 hotels, and close to 10 million travelers have flown in to bear witness. Neighbor Qatar, sitting on its supply of lush World Cup hotels, is probably feeling jealous.

Dubai’s Summer of Tourism Was Red-Hot as Russians Fill the City

Hotels

Dubai’s Five Hotels Publishes Financial Results for First Time

One of Dubai's top hotel holding companies suddenly posts two and a half years of financial data on its website. Either FIVE is feeling very proud of itself, or it's planning to go public soon.

Dubai’s Five Hotels Publishes Financial Results for First Time

Tourism

LeBron James Tours Saudi Arabia as Kingdom Focuses on Sports Tourism

With Ronaldo, Messi and LeBron James, Saudi Arabia is proving it can sway anyone to come visit. In its latest display in sports tourism power, the kingdom shows James around one of its cherished tourism projects.

LeBron James Tours Saudi Arabia as Kingdom Focuses on Sports Tourism

News Blog

Four Seasons Names New EMEA President, Succeeding Simon Casson

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has named a new regional president: Adrian Messerli is now president of hotel operations for the EMEA region. He succeeds Simon Casson, who held the role since 2016 and announced his departure from the group earlier in the year for a to-be-confirmed new opportunity. Unlike Casson, who was regional VP…

Hotels

Caesars Palace Dubai to Close After 5 Years, to Become Banyan Tree Dubai

Caesars Palace Dubai, having never secured a gaming license, is leaving Dubai. The Las Vegas major departs in November, with Dubai Holding bringing in Accor to transform the resort into a Banyan Tree.

Caesars Palace Dubai to Close After 5 Years, to Become Banyan Tree Dubai

Hotels

Marriott Continues Saudi Arabia Development with New AlUla Hotel

Having already signed deals for hotels in Diriyah, NEOM, and The Red Sea, Marriott turns its attention to AlUla. The upcoming Autograph Collection bucks the trend of the operator only signing super-luxury hotels at these sites, instead offering something likely to be more affordable.

Marriott Continues Saudi Arabia Development with New AlUla Hotel

Cruises

Saudi Arabia’s $300 Million Plan to Become a Cruise Industry Major

Having snatched headlines with its glamorous hotel projects, Saudi Arabia wants to do the same with its new cruise ship.

Saudi Arabia’s $300 Million Plan to Become a Cruise Industry Major