Many would list low dosage, lesser-known grape varieties, organic culture and sustainability when referencing champagne trends. While these matter, however, they are individual, niche points of interests. Champagne consultant Carl Edmund Sherman walks us through the vineyards and uncovers the secrets of what’s fizzing in the champagne bubble.
The fine wine auction market has performed exceptionally well in 2022. Tim Triptree, master of wine and international director of Christie’s wine and spirits department, shares his insights on the wine trends shaping the market and what’s in demand.
Wellness is the fastest-growing tourism segment, so it comes as no surprise that hotels are investing more in their spa facilities. Luxury interior designer Sybille de Margerie tells us what’s hot, and what’s not, in spa design.
Food and beverage represents a large sector of services within the hospitality industry, whether in hotel cafes and restaurants or off-premises takeaway, catering and food delivery services. Christian Salloum, founder and managing director of BrandPortunity Hospitality Consultancy, addresses the numerous benefits of having attractive F&B venues within hotels and what to consider when launching on-site concepts.
Yasmina Yared is the woman behind Cinco, the first Peruvian restaurant in the Middle East, Sapa and Sofita. Here, she talks about her relationship with South American cuisine and why Peruvian food is still in demand.
Over the past decade, the GCC region has transformed from a business destination to an experiential one, evidenced by an increase in international arrivals, private investments and government visions, initiatives and developments. Hala Matar Choufany, president for HVS Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and managing partner of HVS Dubai, outlines the market developments and what’s on the horizon.
According to Sustainable Travel International, tourism-related activities account for approximately 8 percent of worldwide carbon emissions. Danielle Curtis, exhibition director ME of Arabian Travel Market, highlights five sustainable trends that have already gained significant momentum in the Middle East and look set to play a critical role in the industry’s ongoing journey to decarbonize.
With coffee embedded in local cultures across the Middle East, it should come as no surprise that coffee shops are increasing in number throughout the region. Nandini Roy Choudhury, client partner of F&B at Future Market Insights, reveals the latest developments in the industry, including new brands that are emerging on the coffee scene.