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H.H. Mubarak AM Al Sabah, chairman, Action Hotels, hosted a round of meetings at Kuwait’s White Palace recently with Sebastien Bazin, CEO, Accor International.

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of its first property in Jordan, the highly anticipated Al Manara, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Saraya Aqaba.


Marking a new era in its legacy, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel reopens following a period of extensive enhancements that includes redesigned rooms and suites, refreshed Ritz Kids experiences, and new culinary options. An iconic symbol of Omani culture and hospitality, the palace hotel has been re-imagined to embrace the needs of families and the modern global traveller, offering new and inspiring experiences that bridge heritage with state of the art technology and modern design.

Marriott International announced rapid expansion plans across Africa. Strong demand for select-service brands and conversion opportunities are driving the momentum of growth for the company, amplified by five new hotel signings.

Choice Hotels International announced the signing of a master development agreement with Equinox Ventures, a joint venture between Equinox Group and Al Tayyar Travel Group, to introduce and develop three of Choice’s most prominent brands: Clarion, Comfort and Quality across the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This announcement, its fifth EMEA market portfolio expansion in the past six months, is part of Choice’s strategy to continue to expand its brand internationally.

Golden Sands Hotel Apartments, Dubai, looks forward to an increased share of travellers from Russian after a successful roadshow in the cities of St Petersburg and Moscow.