Middle East


AccorHotels purchases Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts for US$567m

French company AccorHotels has signed an agreement to purchase Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts from Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding Company for CHF560m (US$5.7m), 30 April. Mövenpick operates in 27 countries with 84 hotels and is set to open an additional 42 hotels by 2021. Kingdom Holding has been an investor in Mövenpick for nearly two decades – its domestic interests make up…

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Saudi Arabia joins ICCA

The Saudi Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB) has joined International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) as it boosts its international marketing efforts. The SECB is also going to IMEX in Frankfurt in May where 23 venues, event organisers and services companies from the Kingdom will be partnering on a stand. The SECB is also one…


CultureSummit 2018 showcases connection between heritage and innovation 

A global gathering of over 400 delegates from more than 80 countries recently attended the CultureSummit 2018 at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi to discuss the role that culture plays in addressing global challenges including poverty, extremism, climate change and heritage preservation. Under the theme of Unexpected Collaborations: Forging New Connections Between Heritage and Innovation, Near and Far,…


Etihad Airways trials VR technology in ‘future’ airport lounge

Etihad Airways has started trialing SkyLights Aero Virtual Reality (VR) entertainment technology at its flagship First Class Lounge and Spa and Business Class Premium Lounge, at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3. The month-long trial by the United Arab Emirates’ flag carrier will gather customer feedback to determine the airline’s future lounge entertainment offering at…


Celebrating AME in Istanbul

Over 15,000 event professionals, hailing from 40 countries, gathered in Istanbul, Turkey to celebrate the 5th ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition (AME) at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), from 21-23 February 2018. President of Tourism Media Group and TETKID, Volkan Ataman, commented: “A total of 617 international hosted buyers came to ACE of M.I.C.E.” The event brought…

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