Middle East

Accor Finds Middle East Poses Unique Challenges After Acquisitions

Accor Finds Middle East Poses Unique Challenges After Acquisitions

Devina Divecha, Skift

If more than a month goes by without an acquisition or partnership announcement from Accor, does it even count? There are high expectations from the Middle East and Africa division in the wake of recent deals, especially from owners that may be anxious about potential disruptions.

2 weeks ago

2019 Innovators in Hospitality and Travel: Summer Edition

2019 Innovators in Hospitality and Travel: Summer Edition

Colin Nagy, Skift

Here are some of the most inspiring innovations in design, service, and guest experience in hospitality and travel so far this year. The more the industry can cross-pollinate, learn from others, and experiment, the better it will be.

2 weeks ago

Middle East Corporate Travel Will Get Boost From UAE’s Long-Term Visa Decision

Middle East Corporate Travel Will Get Boost From UAE’s Long-Term Visa Decision

Zainab Fattah, Bloomberg

The move is driven by economic interests, and the eligibility rules are still strict and the cap on permits is low. But it's good news for corporate leaders who do a lot of business in the region.

4 weeks ago

Could Saudi Arabia’s Social Transformation Include an Ease on Alcohol Ban?

Could Saudi Arabia’s Social Transformation Include an Ease on Alcohol Ban?

Vivian Nereim and Donna Abu-Nasr, Bloomberg

The loosening of social restrictions in Saudi Arabia has residents wondering if breaking the taboo on alcohol consumption could be next. That would surely go down well with the tourism industry and the grand Red Sea resorts the Crown Prince plans to build. Lots of international tourists and talent would drink to that.

1 month ago

Saudi Arabia Aims to Make Red Sea Beaches a Tourism Hotspot

Saudi Arabia Aims to Make Red Sea Beaches a Tourism Hotspot

Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

The long-discussed first phase of the Red Sea project, with 14 hotels and an airport, is due in 2022. We'll believe it's not a mirage when we see it.

2 months ago

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

Richard Whiddington, Jing Travel

As Chinese outbound travel continues to rise, this high-spending segment is increasingly appealing to destinations worldwide. Deploying WeChat, China's No. 1 superapp, may be key for travel brands and destinations looking to unlock this market.

2 months ago

Saudi Arabia Lifts Its Travel Warning for Lebanon

Saudi Arabia Lifts Its Travel Warning for Lebanon

Dana Khraiche, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia has lifted a travel warning on Lebanon for its citizens. Gulf tourists used to be the biggest spenders in Lebanon, so it's hopeful news for the beautiful but geopolitically unlucky country.

5 months ago

Six Flags’ Global Growth Plans Are Running Into Economic Roadblocks

Six Flags’ Global Growth Plans Are Running Into Economic Roadblocks

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Six Flags' big ambitions for international expansion are meeting economic reality. The theme park operator still finds potential in partnerships outside the United States, but expectations have to be adjusted.

5 months ago

Six Flags Dubai Project Halted on Funding Concerns

Six Flags Dubai Project Halted on Funding Concerns

Filipe Pacheco, Bloomberg

The economic slowdown and rise in the number of theme parks in the Gulf are among the factors keeping Six Flags from going full throttle in Dubai.

6 months ago

Dubai Holding to Develop Burj Jumeira to Host Large Scale Events

Dubai Holding to Develop Burj Jumeira to Host Large Scale Events

Archana Narayanan, Bloomberg

Dubai does not lack high towers. Here's another, and one that will provide events planners with more exciting venues. Roll it on.

6 months ago

Will Saudi Arabia’s Planned Futuristic City Have a Future?

Will Saudi Arabia’s Planned Futuristic City Have a Future?

Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

Neom Bay would be seen by some as a feather in the cap of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who's accused of ordering the grisly murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Not to worry: Saudi Arabia's track record in completing mega developments like this is spotty, at best.

6 months ago

Emirates Is Ending Its Sponsorship of France’s Best Football Team

Emirates Is Ending Its Sponsorship of France’s Best Football Team

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

Emirates doesn't always sponsor the best team – hello Arsenal – but it does focus on the ones with the fan base in the right demographic. The PSG split is more about politics than marketing smarts.

8 months ago