The first half of 2009 saw a five percent increase in the number of guests in Dubai hotels, with the guest numbers reaching 3.85 million, compared to the same period a year earlier. This increase is noteworthy given the fact that the travel sector is suffering because of global slowdown, said the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) yesterday.
It has appeared that four hotels will be opened by Mövenpick Hotels & Resort, under the UAE-based holding company Seven Tides, in Dubai within the next 12 months, as a part of the company's ongoing expansion plans in the region. The opening will lead to the employment of nearly 2000 workers.
It won't be wrong to say that since whole of the market is well aware about redundancies, and companies managing 'more with less' amidst recession, the recruitment of employees is a challenging task in spite of the availability of talent.
This year, travelers who have planned a lavish break in Dubai, will get a chance to stay in a new property recently opened by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).
By inaugurating the InterContinental Residence Suites at Dubai Festival City, IHG - which claims to be the largest hotel operator in the Middle East - has expanded its offering in the United Arab Emirates.
Tuesday witnessed MGM Mirage and Pearl Dubai announcing new plans to develop Bellagio, MGM Grand, and Skylofts hotels, and also branded residences at Dubai Pearl, the $4 billion (Dh15 billion) world-class, fully integrated luxury development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
As per media reports, the 250-room Bellagio hotel, 350-room MGM Grand hotel, and 30-suite Skylofts hotel would be owned and financed by Pearl Dubai, while MGM Mirage Hospitality will manage and provide technical services for the three new ventures.
As a part of cost cutting measure, Dubai-based Jumeirah Group will reduce its staff working days enormously by offering voluntary unpaid leave to cut costs during the current financial year.
The hotel management company's executive chairman Gerald Lawless, speaking at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai, said, "We have saved something like 20,000 man days in terms of colleagues taking unpaid leave on a voluntary basis."
The Address Hotels + Resorts, Emaar Hospitality Group's home-grown 5 star premium hotel brand today, has signed its first management contract with Azmi Abdelhadi (AAH) Group, a leading Saudi Arabia based business conglomerate, to operate a luxury property within Jnan Amar Retreat, a premium mixed-use development in Marrakech.
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