Thomas Cook to open first own-brand hotel in the UAE

The Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort will include a 700-meter private beach and 253 chalets. (Courtesy Thomas Cook)
Updated 07 July 2017

Thomas Cook to open first own-brand hotel in the UAE

DUBAI: Thomas Cook will open its first own-brand hotel in the UAE later this year, the British global travel company said.
The Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort, which will open on November 1, is part of a partnership agreement Thomas Cook signed with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority in 2016 to promote the emirate as a year-round destination particularly for European tourists.
The marketing deal been extended and will focus on key growth markets including UK, Germany, Nordics, Russia and Netherlands.
The opening of Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort marks further progress in Thomas Cook’s strategy to grow its portfolio of own-brand hotels, as part of an increased focus on higher quality holidays, the company said in a statement. The resort will have 253 chalets, a 700-meter private beach, three pools, four bars, a coffee shop, a buffet restaurant and a spa with sauna and jacuzzi.
Thomas Cook also plans to open 22 new own-brand hotels around the world over the next year.
“We are extremely pleased to continue to partner with Thomas Cook to promote Ras Al Khaimah. International visitors represent almost two thirds of the overall tourism to Ras Al Khaimah, with the UK and Germany being among the top 3 source markets. This partnership will continue to attract holidaymakers from Europe who seek great value beach holidays and authentic adventure and culture based experiences,” Haitham Mattar, chief executive of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said.
“We are very excited to continue our successful partnership with Ras Al Khaimah. Through a fully integrated, multi-channel campaign across 8 of our markets, Ras Al Khaimah will reach and inspire the millions of holidaymakers that engage with us driving both awareness and visitation,” Stuart Adamson, the director of Thomas Cook Media & Partnerships Group said.


Hospitality summit to be hosted by Saudi Tourism Ministry and G20 Secretariat

Visitors are seen in front of Qasr al-Farid tomb at the Madain Saleh antiquities site in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, January 31, 2020. (REUTERS)
Updated 12 October 2020

Hospitality summit to be hosted by Saudi Tourism Ministry and G20 Secretariat

  • The event wants to provide an inspirational and important platform to bring the industry together amid the coronavirus pandemic to discuss how the outbreak has affected global and local tourism

RIYADH: A virtual conference for global leaders in the hospitality industry is being held later this month by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism and the G20 Secretariat.
The event is part of the International Conferences Program and has been developed to tackle the big ideas and challenges faced by the hospitality industry in the Kingdom and the rest of the world.
It takes place on Oct. 26 and 27 and involves more than 100 industry speakers and thousands of participants from around the world.
The digital event platform will provide an immersive live experience, including a virtual exhibition, one-to-one video networking and integrated chat features.
High-profile speakers include: Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International; Arnold W. Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation; Gloria Guevara Manzo, CEO and president of the World Travel & Tourism Council, and Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority.
The event wants to provide an inspirational and important platform to bring the industry together amid the coronavirus pandemic to discuss how the outbreak has affected global and local tourism.
The speaker’s lineup will discuss and reimagine the future of hospitality in the Middle East and across the globe.

FASTFACTS

• The event is part of the International Conferences Program and has been developed to tackle the big ideas and challenges faced by the hospitality industry in the Kingdom and the rest of the world.

• It takes place on Oct. 26 and 27 and involves more than 100 industry speakers and thousands of participants from around the world. 

The event also wants to help participants create an industry that is relevant for a post-pandemic world, supportive of entrepreneurs and innovation, sustainable for the global economy and the environment, and attractive to the workforce of the future.
Summit organizers have put together live program sessions for delegates that focus on understanding the new landscape, collaborating and assessing opportunities, and innovating to recreate the industry’s future.
The event will also feature a “networking area” that will match visitors with another decision-maker in the room for a quick video call, and allows people to exchange business cards virtually.
There will be roundtables for more-focused interactions and discussions on specific industry topics where people can join a multi-screen live video conversation to exchange business ideas and industry knowledge.
Interested industry professionals can register to attend at http://www.futurehospitalitysummit.com.