Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and founding patron, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group.
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The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (TDA) was established in May 2011 under the government of Ras Al Khaimah. In order to achieve target growth of one million visitors by the end of 2018, the authority aims to develop the Emirate’s tourism infrastructure and establish Ras Al Khaimah as a world-class destination for leisure and business travel, creating sustainable investment opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for its residents. In order to achieve its goals, the Ras Al Khaimah TDA has a government mandate to license, regulate and monitor the Emirate’s tourism and hospitality industry.Visit website
We are CHME - an independent licensee of CHOICE Hotels International in the Arabian Peninsula. Choice Hotels is one of the largest and most successful lodging companies in the world, with more than 6,500 hotels in over 35 countries. From the Comfort economy brands, through the midmarket Quality brands, to the upscale Clarion Hotel brands, we have the right brand to suit all guests.
You’re not in the hotel business for less. You’re in it for more. So when looking for an investment opportunity that gives more of everything it takes to help you succeed – reservations, property support, marketing, technology, you name it – you’ll find more of what you’re looking for with CHME.
Bigger is better, too. Whether you’re planning a new build or changing brands, you’ll benefit from the scale and distribution of one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Choice Hotels. With more than 75 years of experience, an unflagging focus on innovation and a commitment to your ROI, we provide every hotel with the expertise, support and resources it takes to succeed.
Dur Hospitality is Saudi a publicly-listed company that specialises in developing, operating and managing hospitality and residential projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Established in 1976, with a vision to develop the country’s hospitality sector to world-class standards, the company is considered an industry pioneer and leader, and today, manages a 2.5 billion SAR portfolio of 20 completed projects, with 20 more under development worth another 2.4 billion Saudi Riyals. Upcoming projects span hospitality and residential projects in major and emerging cities Kingdom wide.
Dur Hospitality encompasses 3 specialised local brands which include Makarem, Dur Communities and Darraq, all of which deliver specialised hospitality services catering to diverse needs. The company has also maintained a long-standing and successful partnership with international pioneers in the industry such as Marriott International and Intercontinental Hotels Group.
Marjan is the master-developer of freehold property in Ras Al Khaimah, responsible for path-breaking developments aimed at positioning Ras Al Khaimah as one of the region’s preferred lifestyle and investment hubs.
Mandated with developing waterfront, urban and mountain destinations that will add to the competitiveness of the emirate, Marjan’s strategic master-planning approach is to leverage Ras Al Khaimah’s natural assets and lay the foundations of the emirate’s future expansions.
Al Marjan Island, the flagship development of Marjan, has over 1,600 operational five-star hotel keys, including Rixos Hotels, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Accor Hotels brands, and more than 2,000 residential units including Bab Al Bahar residential and Pacific by Select Group. It also has more than 3,500 hotel keys under construction.Visit website
Emaar Hospitality Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, one of the world’s most valuable real estate development companies with proven competencies in property, shopping malls and retail as well as hospitality and leisure.
The group owns and manages a portfolio of hospitality assets and brands including Address Hotels + Resorts, a premium luxury hotel and residences brand; Vida Hotels and Resorts, an upscale lifestyle hotel and residences brand; and Rove Hotels, a contemporary midscale hotel brand.
Emaar Hospitality Group is expanding its portfolio to international markets with projects already announced in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, The Maldives and Togo. The group plans to introduce its brands in key gateway cities and tourist destinations in Europe, Middle East, India and China.
Emaar Hospitality Group was created in 2007 and owns and manages a diversified portfolio of hospitality assets in addition to its hotel brands including serviced residences, golf retreats, a yacht club and a polo and equestrian club, and a comprehensive portfolio of restaurants.
IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Resort®, avid™ hotels, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,600 hotels and approximately 837,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with almost 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.
In February 2019, IHG acquired Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, adding 16 hotels (1,347 rooms) to its system and 18 hotels to its development pipeline.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 400,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.
Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit: www.ihgplc.com/media and follow us on social media at: https://twitter.com/ihgcorporate, www.facebook.com/ihgcorporate and www.linkedin.com/company/intercontinental-hotels-group
Headquartered in Medina, Saudi Arabia, Taiba Holding (Taiba) is one of the largest real estate developers in Saudi Arabia that is renowned for its iconic commercial and hotel projects located on prime real estate in Central Medina.
Established in 1988 and listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange in 1993, Taiba has successfully managed a diverse portfolio of investments spanning a number of sectors including real estate, hospitality, agriculture and industry for three decades. The Company has a long and rich history of investing in and developing large commercial projects in Medina and throughout Saudi Arabia, and is a key supporter of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030; driving economic diversification by supporting the growth and development of the private sector and in particular the tourism industry. Leveraging a substantial land bank across the Kingdom, Taiba has a number of major real estate development projects in the pipeline.
AlKamal International is one of the most prominent design-build contractors in Saudi Arabia. Some of our most notable projects include the Sheraton Makkah Jabal AlKaaba, Hilton Makkah Hotel & Towers, Al Marwa Rayhaan Makkah by Rotana, the Jabal Omar Hilton Suites, and Marriott hotels.
The company was founded in 2006 with a special focus on hospitality construction. Our activities include interior design and fit-out, FF&E, MEP, information technology, civil and structural works.
AlKamal International is well-known as an innovator in the field, as we continuously provide outstandingly customized solutions to fulfill our clients’ needs. Our vision is to continue executing perfect turnkey design-build work in record time and on budget, to successfully meet our client’s objectives and ROI from the executed projects.
Archipelago International is Indonesia's largest operator of hotels, condotels, resorts, serviced suites and branded residences, spanning more than 19,000 rooms and apartments under management for real estate owners, investors and developers in Southeast Asia. It has 10 core brands that cover the full accommodation spectrum. Its 140 hotels are supported by more than 15,000 people who also serve developers on more than 110 ongoing development projects.
Archipelago International is one of the largest privately owned and independent hotel groups in Southeast Asia, which is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing regions for both domestic and outbound tourism globally. Having proven its capabilities in its home markets over the last two decades, Archipelago is now expanding internationally with particular focus on the Middle East, Africa, India and the Caribbean. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Archipelago has a particularly compelling business case, with Indonesia being the largest source market for pilgrims to the Holy Cities. In addition, given the rapid increase in its outbound leisure numbers, the Indonesian market will play a significant role in tourism throughout the Kingdom and the GCC in the years ahead.Visit website
The portfolio of the four brands comprising the Barceló Hotel Group is made up of more than 247 hotels with 4 and 5 stars in 22 countries, thus becoming one of the leading tourism companies in the Spanish market.
The genesis of the Barceló Hotel Group was Barceló Hotels & Resorts, created in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) 85 years ago. Thanks to its hotel division, with more than 54,000 rooms, and to its travel division, with more than 685 travel agencies in 22 countries, the group is the 3rd biggest hotel chain in Spain and the 29th in the world.
The new design of the Barceló Hotel Group is made up of 4 brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels. This is an exciting project aiming to make the group one of the principal hotel management companies in the world.
Companies under the trading name of Colliers International are global leaders in commercial real estate services, with over 15,400 professionals in 69 countries. Colliers International delivers a full range of services worldwide that includes: valuations, consulting, appraisals, asset management, project management and research, within the residential, commercial, retail, hospitality, healthcare, education, infrastructure sector, public private partnership and economic and industrial free zones. In MENA, Colliers International has provided leading advisory services through its regional offices located in Riyadh, Jeddah, Cairo, Doha, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi since 1996. The latest annual real estate survey by Euromoney named Colliers International ‘Best Advisor’ in the MENA region, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt.
With a multi-lingual team of real estate professionals, Colliers International prides itself on its ability to offer a truly in-depth professional service. The company offers a range of real estate services across the entire MENA region, including:
- Brokerage Sales & Leasing
- Corporate Solutions | Commercial Agency
- Development Solutions
- Education Services
- Healthcare Services
- Hotel Services
- Project Management
- Real Estate Management Services
- Retail Advisory Services
- Valuation Real Estate | Plant & Machinery
As an international player, Drees & Sommer has been supporting public and private sector owners and investors in all aspects of real estate for almost 50 years. The company’s 3,200 employees, in 40 locations around the world, work in inter-disciplinary teams to provide support for clients from a wide variety of sectors. All the services provided by the partner-run company take into consideration both economic and ecological elements.
The Drees & Sommer Hospitality Division consists of an international network of experienced professionals in the fields of hospitality design, consultancy, construction, technology, engineering, project and asset performance management. Combining local market knowledge with a fully integrated global platform, an entrepreneurial attitude and extensive industry experience, Drees & Sommer’s Hospitality team supports clients’ objectives at every stage of the project and property life cycle.
Louvre Hotels Group is a major player in the global hospitality industry, with a portfolio that now includes 2,500 hotels in 54 countries.
It has a full hotel offering, spanning 1 star to 5 stars, with the Louvre Hotels Group’s historic brands (Première Classe, Kyriad, Campanile, Tulip Inn, Golden Tulip, Royal Tulip), the 5 brands of the Sarovar network in India, the French Group Hôtels and Préférence and Chinese brand Metropolo. Louvre Hotels Group is a subsidiary of Jin Jiang International Holdings Co., Ltd., the 5th hospitality group in the world. www.louvre-hotels.com
Meliá Hotels International was founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca, and is one of the world’s largest resort hotel chains, as well as Spain’s leading hotel chain. It currently provides more than 370 hotels in 43 countries on 4 continents under its brands: Gran Meliá, Paradisus, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Innside by Meliá and Sol by Meliá
Throughout its history, the Company has been involved in a number of merger and acquisition operations with other hotel companies, allowing the company to grow at a startling rate. This evolution and the strategic focus on international growth has allowed Meliá Hotels International to be the first Spanish hotel company with presence in key markets
In 1996, it was the first Spanish hotel company to be floated on the stock exchange, with the resulting requirement of transparency, regulatory control, and corporate social responsibility.
STR is the source for premium data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights. We provide data that is reliable, confidential, accurate and actionable, and our comprehensive solutions empower our clients to strategize and compete within their markets. Our range of products includes data-driven solutions, thorough analytics and unrivalled marketplace insights, all built to fuel business growth and help our clients make better operational and financial decisions. STR is continuously working to enhance our product offerings while shaping the future of industries. We maintain a presence in 15 countries, and collect data for over 62,000 hotels across 180 countries.Visit website
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries, bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the hallmark of iconic hospitality, Vivanta with its collection of sophisticated upscale hotels, and Ginger which is revolutionizing the lean luxury segment.
Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel - The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL operates 170 hotels including 25 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries and in over 80 locations.
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is amongst South Asia’s largest Indian hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.
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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) is the largest hotel franchising Company in the world, with nearly 9,000 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents. Through its network of approximately 790,000 rooms appealing to the everyday traveller, Wyndham commands a leading presence in both the economy and midscale segments of the lodging industry. The Company operates a portfolio of 20 hotel brands, including Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, La Quinta®, Hawthorn Suites®, The Trademark Collection® and Wyndham®. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is also a leading provider of hotel management services, with more than 400 properties under management. The Company’s award-winning Wyndham Rewards® loyalty programme offers more than 56 million enrolled members the opportunity to redeem points at thousands of hotels, condominiums and holiday homes globally. For more information, visit www.wyndhamhotels.com.Visit website
Dream Hotel Group is a hotel brand and management company with a rich, 30-year history of managing properties in some of the world's most highly competitive hotel environments. Home to its Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted Hotels brands, Dream Hotel Group, encompasses three business lines: Proprietary Brands, Hotel Management, and Dining & Nightlife. The company is committed to the philosophy that forward-thinking design, service and guest experiences should be available across all market segments. Dream Hotel Group is dedicated to offering travelers an authentic connection to their chosen destination through a truly original approach. For more information, visit www.dreamhotelgroup.com and follow @dreamhotelgroup on Twitter.Visit website
Kerten Hospitality is a division of Ireland-based Kerten, focusing on operating mixed use projects: branded residences, serviced apartments, hotels, serviced offices, burgers and F&B. Kerten Hospitality has a lean and dynamic team who are essentially corporate disruptors, rebel hoteliers and food enthusiasts with hospitality pedigrees from well-known brands based in Dubai, Istanbul, Dublin and Vienna. Hospitality brands created by Kerten Hospitality include The House Hotel, The House Residence, Cloud7 Hotel & Residence, Ouspace, which offers supportive, 24/7, full-service work spaces that encourage solo working and collaboration, and its tech-driven gourmet burger concept, Frikadell - with more brands in the pipeline.Visit website
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Visit Hospitality Net for up-to-the-minute hotel industry news, opinion articles, breaking news, hotel openings, appointments, industry events and conferences and feature stories. Hospitality Net provides trusted world news as well as local and regional perspectives.Visit website
With an exclusive focus on global hospitality and tourism, Hsyndicate.org (the Hospitality Syndicate) serves the industry as a leading electronic media-hub, providing electronic news syndication and online advertising services for hundreds of organizations within the global hospitality vertical.Visit website
The Business Year (TBY) is a global media group specializing in economic news, research on national economies, and business intelligence across emerging markets. With operations in over 35 countries, we bring first-hand insights to investors, businesses, and governments worldwide.Visit website
Breaking Travel News is the leading online resource for travel industry executives from around the world. From market intelligence, trend analysis and breaking news, to exclusive interviews, insightful features and perceptive videos, the site provides all the information insiders need to keep their fingers on the travel pulse.
The site ranks as one of the leading European business-to-business travel portals, attracting over 10,000 industry executives daily.
Readership includes senior thought leaders from across the travel industry, including tour operators, travel agents, airline reservation agencies, incentive houses, and events & meetings organisers, as well as the very consumers that keep the wheels of our industry in constant motion.
There are over 210,000 registered members who receive a daily Breaking Travel News Newsletter.
Unlike many travel industry newsletters and websites, our audience is truly global, reaching readers from Asia-Pacific and Australasia to Europe and South America.
The Breaking Travel News readership is robust, international and growing.Visit website