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Swiss-Belhotel International unveiled the group’s expansion plans for the Middle East and Africa region at Global General Managers’ Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Marriott International announced the debut of Element Hotels in the Middle East and Africa with the opening of Element Me’aisam, Dubai.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a master development agreement (MDA) with Saudi Arabian business conglomerate, Al Hokair Group, which is anticipated to see the debut of Holiday Inn Express in Saudi Arabia.

AccorHotels announced that it secured the highest total number of new room signings for the Middle East and Africa.

Qatar Airways has announced that it now services the Atlanta market with its Airbus A350-900, claiming to bring a new level of aerodynamics, design and advanced technology for international travellers from Atlanta.

flydubai’s inaugural flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport touched down on December 15, increasing capacity to Tanzania and further expanding its network in Africa to twelve destinations.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, on November 19, AccorHotels honoured everyday heroes including firefighters, nurses, teachers, small businesses and residents who serve their communities, by inviting them to attend celebratory events, at 2,000 establishments around the world, including over 140 hotels in the Middle East and Africa.

 

2020 will see the opening of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ upscale property in Africa, namely the Mövenpick Hotel Abidjan.

STR’s May 2017 Pipeline Report revealed that 159,711 keys in 581 hotel projects were under contract in the Middle East, a 3.8 percent year-on-year increase in the number of rooms in the construction or planning stages.

Laurent Voivenel has been appointed as senior vice president of operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India at Swiss-Belhotel International, where he will be responsible for the group’s strategic expansion in this key growth market.