Winter road show success for Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Updated 09 December 2013

Winter road show success for Movenpick Hotels & Resorts

Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, the Swiss-based hospitality company specializing in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, recently showcased its Winter Road Show 2013 Meetings and Incentives Exhibition, for Saudi Arabia. The exhibition was launched on Nov. 24 in Alkhobar, moved to Riyadh on Nov. 25 and concluded at Movenpick Hotel Jeddah on Nov. 26.
The Jeddah exhibition included a banquet at the Views restaurant, with a large gathering of decision-makers of corporate segments, as well as members of the press. The exhibition showcased the opportunities made available by Movenpick Hotels & Resorts in the GCC for companies to host conferences and meetings, as well as other events, in locations that can accommodate tailored event concepts, or be personalized for individual requirements.
Movenpick Hotels & Resorts is represented worldwide in 24 countries, with 78 hotels, resorts and Nile River cruisers currently in operation. More than 30 new properties are planned or under construction, including Soma Bay (Egypt), Chiang Mai and Koh Samui (Thailand), Palawan (Philippines), Dubai (UAE), Sanya (Hainan Island, China) and Djerba (Tunisia).
All Movenpick properties reflect a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Movenpick is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment — all with a personal touch. Committed to sustainable environments, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts says it has become the most Green Globe certified hotel company in the world.


Future Hospitality Summit eyes tourism recovery

Updated 28 September 2020

Future Hospitality Summit eyes tourism recovery

Future Hospitality Summit, a hybrid virtual conference to explore big ideas and tackle the challenges facing the hospitality industry, is set to take place live from Riyadh and around the world, on Oct. 26 and 27. It is organized by the Saudi Ministry of Tourism and the G20 Saudi Secretariat, as part of the International Conferences’ Programme, honoring the G20 Saudi presidency year 2020.

The event, which promises to be one of the most impactful gatherings of the world’s hospitality community, will be delivered on Bench Digital’s tried-and-tested digital event platform, providing an immersive live experience, including a virtual exhibition, one-to-one video networking, and integrated chat features for all participants.

A comprehensive three-pillar program has been developed in collaboration with industry creators, innovators and mentors, with particular focus on understanding the new landscape, collaborating and assessing opportunities, and innovating to recreate the industry’s future. Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International; Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation; Gloria Guevara, CEO and president, WTTC; Jerry Inzerillo, CEO, Diriyah Gate Development Authority; and Anita Mendiratta, special advisory to the secretary general, UNWTO; are lined up as featured speakers, along with over 100 other speakers and thousands of attendees.

“As a country that is at the forefront of the tourism sector’s response and recovery plans through the G20 presidency, Saudi Arabia is leading the conversation on the future of tourism and will provide an international platform to bring the industry together at the Future Hospitality Summit. Together, we will map out the rebuilding of the tourism and travel sector and strategically plan a sustainable future for stakeholders at every level,” said Mahmoud Abdulhadi, deputy minister for investment at the Saudi Ministry of Tourism.

Jonathan Worsley, chairman and founder of Bench Digital, added: “During this difficult time, it is vital that hospitality professionals across the globe come together as a community to work toward the recovery of our industry. Future Hospitality Summit will not only provide a powerful platform to network virtually, showcase best practice and demonstrate thought leadership, but it will also prove invaluable in ensuring that the industry emerges stronger as a whole from these unprecedented challenges.”

Empowering tomorrow’s workforce and attracting talent into the hospitality sector — imperative factors in sustaining the industry — will be two of the key focus points of the hybrid summit. Developing a skilled workforce is paramount in order to quickly evolve and keep pace with the demand being created from the hospitality sector. In Saudi Arabia, for example, 253 new hotels are coming online by 2030. Consequently, Future Hospitality Summit is a forum to engage with the hospitality workforce of the future and promote the sector as an attractive career path.