In this article, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili takes a closer look at the tourism landscape and forecasts its future.
Judith Cartwright, founder and managing director of Black Coral Consulting, identifies the tech trends shaping the hospitality industry for guaranteed commercial success.
The hospitality sector has encountered a range of challenges and transformations over the past few years, primarily driven by technological advancements, societal expectations, and the ongoing repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently, the norms governing hospitality asset management have undergone significant shifts, placing heightened importance on digital transformation, sustainability, flexibility, health and safety, revenue management and data-driven decision-making. Bastien Blanc, hotelier and co-founder of TroKadero Management, tells us more.
The hospitality industry is constantly evolving, driven by advancements in technology and changing customer demands. Duncan Fraser-Smith, managing partner of Glee Hospitality, delves into a critical aspect of the industry: property management systems (PMS), which serve as the backbone of hotels, resorts and other accommodation types.
As Dubai solidifies its position as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations, the critical role of vocational training in shaping a skilled workforce has never been clearer. In recent years, a remarkable shift in educational preferences has occurred, with an increasing number of students recognizing the immense value of vocational studies over traditional technical education. This transformative transition not only benefits the students themselves but also plays a pivotal role in ensuring the sustainable growth of the burgeoning tourism industry. In addition, a robust vocational offering aligns with a key priority of the Dubai Economic Agenda, D33, which aims to seamlessly integrate the next generation of Emiratis and young residents into the thriving tourism sector. Essa Bin Hadher, general manager of Dubai College of Tourism, shares his thoughts on investing in local talents.
Arak is rapidly becoming the preferred spirit in bars in Lebanon and abroad. Salim Heleiwa, general manager of The Malt Gallery, explains why this popular drink is facing numerous challenges and what needs to be done to support its growth.
Michelin-starred chef Greg Malouf, recognized as the master of modern Middle Eastern food and co-author of several internationally acclaimed cookbooks, tackles the question of how Levantine cooking has pushed the boundaries to become an iconic cuisine.
As the Ukraine war is dragging on into another year, so are the economic troubles of Egypt, highly dependent on imports of wheat and all types of non-food commodities. The Egyptian treasury market was also badly hit, as investors withdrew billions of dollars. The Central Bank could not prevent inflation from reaching an annual surge of 33.9 percent in March, with the Egyptian pound plunging to unprecedented levels. Nada Alameddine, managing partner at Hodema Consulting Services, explains the country’s current state and forecasts its future.
Jordan has become a popular travel destination in the Middle East. It was ranked the sixth Arab country in the 2022 Travel and Tourism Development Index and listed within the top 10 tourist destinations in 2023 by the US Tour Operator Association. Maria Quintero, HVS’ associate – consulting and valuation, provides insights into Jordan’s success and the factors that make it an appealing choice for travelers worldwide.