The Syndicate of Restaurants, Cafes, Night Clubs and Pastries in Lebanon gather together to kick-start the summer season

The Syndicate of Restaurants, Cafes, Night Clubs and Pastries in Lebanon gather together to kick-start the summer season

The Restaurant Owners Association gathered together tourism stakeholders on May 15 to celebrate “Together, Strengthening Our Union and Renewing Resilience.”

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Regional casinos: a safe bet or a long shot?

Regional casinos: a safe bet or a long shot?

While the legalization of gambling in the Middle East has long been a topic of fierce debate, news of industry developments in the UAE have now put this contentious issue firmly back in the spotlight. Against that backdrop, Ralph Nader, CEO of Amber Consulting, assesses the odds of the region positioning itself as a global gaming hub and go-to destination for casino giants.

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Midscale and economy: the new kids on the block

Midscale and economy: the new kids on the block

Firmly established as a hospitality investment hotspot, the GCC is now witnessing new industry trends, including growth beyond the luxury segment. These efforts to boost visitor numbers by broadening the tourism offering are already paying dividends in key regional destinations, as Kostas Nikolaidis, Middle East and Africa executive for STR, explains.

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Insight into Kuwait’s market

Insight into Kuwait’s market

Nada Alameddine, managing partner at Hodema Consulting Services, offers insight into Kuwait’s market status, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses.

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Holiday Inn & Suites Taif and Staybridge Suites Taif set to open in Q4 2025 

Holiday Inn & Suites Taif and Staybridge Suites Taif set to open in Q4 2025 

IHG Hotels & Resorts has signed Holiday Inn & Suites Taif and Staybridge Suites Taif in partnership with Al Jumaiah Group. Both properties are set to open in Q4 2025 in the Al Shafa, Taif. The destination is located 2,500 meters above sea level and is known for its historical sites, and panoramic scenic views. The new resorts will play a vital role in supporting Taif’s growing hospitality scene, further cementing IHG’s commitment to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.  

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Saudi Arabia’s vision for sustainable luxury tourism unveiled in Soudah Peaks

Saudi Arabia’s vision for sustainable luxury tourism unveiled in Soudah Peaks

In a remarkable step toward diversifying its economy and enhancing its global tourism standing, Saudi Arabia is set to unveil an extraordinary luxury mountain tourism destination, Soudah Peaks. Located at an elevation of 3,015 meters above sea level on the kingdom’s highest peak, this ambitious project is a pivotal part of the Public Investment Fund’s (PIF) visionary efforts.

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Middle East hospitality leaders honored at FHS Awards

Middle East hospitality leaders honored at FHS Awards

Two of the Middle East and Africa’s most respected, influential leaders in the hospitality sector were honored at the Future Hospitality Summit (FHS) on September 27.

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Medical tourism in the Middle East: the prognosis is good

Medical tourism in the Middle East: the prognosis is good

The region is well placed to tap into the booming medical and wellness tourism segments, according to Ralph Nader, CEO of Amber Consulting, although a formalized strategic approach is needed to support sustainable sectoral growth.

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Bright outlook for GCC hotel industry

Bright outlook for GCC hotel industry

Having cemented its status as a global tourist destination, the region is well placed to attract new investment for the industry, following a swift post-pandemic rebound marked by impressive visitor numbers, huge project pipelines and the introduction of business-friendly initiatives, as Kostas Nikolaidis, Middle East and Africa executive for STR, explains.

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Why budget lifestyle hotels are breaking the mold

Why budget lifestyle hotels are breaking the mold

With travelers seeking out better lodging experiences and affordable deals, cheap, chic offerings are proving to be the new industry disruptors, as Nada Alameddine, managing partner at Hodema Consulting Services, explains.

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