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Air France-KLM has announced the appointment of Sylvain Mathias as the new regional commercial director Middle East (ME), based at the company’s regional headquarters in Dubai Airport Free Zone, UAE.

According to the latest Construction Pipeline Trend Report for the Middle East, research analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) state at the end of the second quarter (Q2) of this year, the hotel construction pipeline in the Middle East declined once again to 531 projects/152,448 rooms.

Shaza Hotels maintains ambitious growth plans in the Middle East with various properties to open in the coming years in Jeddah, Dubai, Salalah and Doha.

With newly appointed CEO Stephen Alden at the helm, Raffles Hotels & Resorts embarks on an exciting new era. A legendary brand known for transforming landmark properties in storied destinations around the world, Raffles is on track to more than double its illustrious portfolio, adding a host of distinguished locations that will continue to set the standard in the luxury hospitality industry.

Air France KLM (Middle East) has announced the appointment of a new general manager for the Middle East region, based at the regional headquarters at Dubai Airport Free Zone.

Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 hotel brands, today announced the expansion of Aloft Hotels and Element Hotels in the UAE with the opening of Aloft Al Mina, Dubai and Element Al Mina, Dubai.

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) will establish an office in Dubai, UAE within this year, as part of its strategic efforts to achieve the Japanese government’s goal of welcoming 60 million international visitors to Japan by 2030.

Despite the challenges, due to the current circumstances, Radisson Hotel Group has started moving towards normality with a host of expansion and opening announcements over the past months.

The latest data analysis produced by YouGov for Reed Exhibitions, the organiser of Arabian Travel Market (ATM,) has revealed that 46 percent of luxury travellers in the Middle East, are planning to travel internationally at some stage during this year.

According to the latest published Construction Pipeline Trend Report for the Middle East, analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) state at the end of the third quarter  (Q3) of this year, the hotel construction pipeline in the Middle East declined again to 579 projects/168,042 rooms. The Middle East’s pipeline is down seven percent by projects and six percent by rooms year-over-year (YOY).  This is the fifth consecutive quarter the pipeline has declined since reaching its cyclical peak by projects in Q2 2019.