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 about half of t...

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 of the sponsors of the IMEX Policy Forum. Eng. Tariq ...

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...

Reed Exhibitions adopts GES technology package at Airport Show 2018

Event organiser Reed Exhibitions has announced a new contract with Visit and Poken by GES for its Airport Show portfolio of events in Dubai. Airport Show is the latest of a series of technology-enabled events already delivered by Visit and Poken across leading organisers in EMEA. The GES technology package, which combines SaaS registration software, NFC-enabled smart badges, NFC touchpoints, and V...

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 Abu Dhabi’s Midf...

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 112 national and 57 international ...

MCI Middle East claims Superbrand status

MCI Middle East is the only United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based event agency and association management recognised as a ‘Superbrand’. The organisation has won – for the fifth consecutive year – the Superbrands Council universal seal for enduring excellence. “Every effort, every action – big or small – is sometimes what makes a true difference in forging strong business relationships,” said Ajay Bhojw...

PATA brings its adventure travel conference to Al Ain

HE Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, executive director, tourism sector, department of culture and tourism – Abu Dhabi, was lead speaker at the plenary sessions of the Pacific Asia Travel Association Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2018 (PATA ATRTCM) held in Al Ain, in the United Arab Emirates. Key speakers included Dr Mario Hardy, chief executive officer, PATA, Thail...

2017 most successful year to date for Dubai Business Events

Dubai Business Events (DBE) has secured a total of 212 bids throughout 2017, representing its most successful year to date; and, as a result, Dubai is set to welcome an additional 95,000 delegates, delivering an economic impact of approximately AED715m (US$194.6m). The announcement comes as DBE marks its 15th anniversary as Dubai’s official convention bureau. Key bids and proposals secured in 2017...

Inside IBTM Arabia

On stage and behind the scenes, CMW takes you on a visual tour inside IBTM Arabia 2018, which took place at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, 5-7 February. Rohit Talwar, global futurist and CEO of Fast Future, headlined the event as keynote speaker. Talwar provided insight on how the MICE industry can anticipate, respond and benefit from an emerging future in a world of constant chance. With...

OurCrowd draws over 6,000 investors to Jerusalem

The International Convention Center in Jerusalem drew 6,000 investors and entrepreneurs and other corporate delegates, 1 February for the OurCrowd Global Investor Annual Summit. OurCrowd claims to be the world’s largest mass investment fund and has 25,000 investors from 112 countries who have invested US$650m in 8,500 companies. Jonathan Medved, CEO and founder of OurCrowd suggested focusing inves...

MENA uplift in hotel occupancy drives profit growth, despite drop in rates

An uplift in room occupancy levels helped drive growth in revenue and profit for hotels in the Middle East and Africa (MENA) in December 2017, according to the latest worldwide poll of full-service hotels from HotStats. Although hotels in the Middle East & Africa suffered a 2.9% drop in achieved average room rate in December, to US$189.18, a 3.1% increase in room occupancy, to 66.6%, helped dr...