LULU LAUNCHES FOOD CARNIVAL WITH GLOBAL CUISINES AND AMAZING OFFERS

LuLu, the largest hypermarket chain in the region, unveiled its annual Food Carnival, a two-week food festival that highlights a wide variety of special offers and culinary delights inspired from flavours around the world. The food fest features great discounts on food products and an exciting series of cooking competitions across the UAE until 7thApril 2019.

More than a great shopping experience, customers can participate in cooking competitions in different categories, such as vegetarian and non-vegetarian dish cooking, dessert making, decoration for cakes, icing, fruit platter, salads, pizza, muffins, and burgers, carving, and mother and child tandem. The contests will be held in LuLu Hypermarkets located in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, and Sharjah.

LuLu Group Executive Director Ashraf Ali M.A shared: “We have always believed in giving more than a great shopping ambience, but innovative events as well. Food Carnival is one such event that brings food and culinary delights from around the world in one place. In the next 14 days, shoppers can enjoy a wide variety of food products at the fairest prices and also shop for their favourite brands at great discounts. Our international range of food products has been consistent in both quality and supply, which satisfies the lifestyle requirements of our customers, and we will continue to do so in the future.”

Get ready for a culinary feast of flavours at the food festival with LuLu’s great range of products in special price offers. From cooking essentials to packaged beverages, spices, and sauces, the food variety offers your favourites in one place. Hot food and fresh fruits, vegetables and meat are on the spotlight with affordable rates to complete your grocery shopping, along with deli items, dairies, cereals, biscuits, and spreads on offer. Moreover, discounted kitchenware, appliances and dining accessories are all set to bring ease and comfort in your kitchen.

With 164 stores operating worldwide, LuLu has continuously been exerting its greatest efforts to provide and sustain the supply of global products at the best rates. With the excellent combination of high-quality offerings and organised logistics system, LuLu remains to be the favourite shopping destination in the KSA when it comes to a broader selection of international products.

Bar Baar Launches New Street Food Menu in Town ‘Gully Boy’

Capturing on the recent Bollywood’s backstreet rapper movie – ‘Gully Boy’, it would be hard not to imagine strolling through the crowded streets of Mumbai without grabbing a ‘Vada pav’ or indulging in some lip-smacking ‘Chicken Chilly’ and relishing the Indian (Gully) Street Food.

India is one proud nation well renowned for giving hunger pangs through its wide varieties of scrumptious, quick and heap street food. And to ensure that you don’t just reminisce the mouth-watering delights, Bar Baar, recently nominated for the ‘Best Bar Food’ at the Time out 2019 awards introduces the new street food menu ‘Gully Boy’.

Promising to offer a vegetarian and non-vegetarian street-food paradise, the tantalizing delights in the ‘Gully Boy menu’ is certain to leave you drooling from its ‘Bawa Chicken Puffs’, ‘Full Too Samosas’, ‘Bhai Ka Mutton Biryani’ and ‘Ek Dum Mast Momos’. It will be available every day of the week for lunch and dinner from 1:00 p.m onwards till 3:00 am starting from the range of AED 15 to AED 55 only.

“Garnering on the Gully Boy Fever, where Bollywood has made its first movie about rap music, we intend to take you on a delicious journey and give you the authenticity of Real India with the opportunity to taste the Indian (Gully) Street Food and introduce the spirit of Indian Hip Hop and Rap culture through the soul of our food”. said Mr. Parvez Mhd – Managing Director of Bar Baar.

He further added, “Bringing in new Indian Hip Hop and RAP culture with Live performances from India’s most talented, prominent and elite will be a new genre to Dubai – the city that never sleeps. Through the Indian (Gully) Street food which has originated from the streets, we want to introduce the raw feel of hip hop, evoke talent and inspire the millennials. We will also start a new venture of outdoor delivery ‘Gully boy’ by BarBaar to cater to our customers and ensure that Indian (Gully) Street food reaches every doorstep.”

The new ‘Gully Boy” menu offers all food-lovers an experience that will evoke memories, ignite the passion for Indian Rap culture, perfect to excite a smile on their faces and that certainly makes Bar Baar the best place to hang out and enjoy the company of good friends, food and drinks.

We love shake shack

Round up your ‘cue crew! Shake Shack®is thrilled to announce a limited-edition lineup of BBQ items, available from February 10 for a limited time at all UAE Shacks:

The BBQ ShackMeister®Burgeris a 100% all-natural Angus beef cheeseburgertopped with crispy ShackMeister®seasoned shallots and Shack BBQ sauce.

The BBQ Chick’n Shack™ is a crispy 100% all-natural and antibiotic-free chicken breast with Shack BBQ sauce and pickles.

The BBQ Veal Bacon & Cheese Friesare crinkle-cut fries topped with veal bacon, Shack BBQ Sauce and cheese sauce.

“After working on our Shack BBQ sauce for quite some time, we were so humbled by its popularity with fans across the Middle East. We’re pumped to bring back a favorite!”, said Mark Rosati, Culinary Director of Shake Shack. “Our Shack BBQ sauce takes inspiration from a few of our favorite regional BBQ styles from the US, from the thick and rich tomato-based Kansas City style to the tangy South Carolina mustard style, and adds wonderful flavor to our limited-time burger, chicken, and fries.”

Hotels and OTAs need to work together to maximise revenues, say experts

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  • Dynamic commissioning and nano pricing will maximise revenue for hotels and OTAs
  • Alternative accommodation such as Airbnb should not be viewed as a threat or disruptor to the market

Hotels and Online Travel Agents (OTAs) need to work together to find a collaborative approach that maximises revenues, builds brand confidence and rewards consumer loyalty, according to a panel of experts speaking at Arabian Travel Market (ATM).

According to a report published on Monday 23rdApril, by Colliers International on ATM’s Global Stage, rate parity agreements have led to a turbulent relationship between hotels and OTAs in recent years.

The findings of the report entitled ‘Alternative Accommodation – Driving Growth for Destinations or Disruption’ were discussed by a panel of experts from Wego, AccorHotels, Expedia Group and Colliers International.

The essence of rate parity is to have the same rate for the same product across all distribution channels. However, rate undercutting has created issues between hotels and OTAs and as a result, significantly reduced consumer confidence in brands.

Filippo Sona, Director, Head of Hotels MENA, Colliers International, said: “Consumers are comparative shoppers, so when they see that the rate on a hotel website is higher than an OTA for the same product, this creates a negative sentiment about the brand in their minds. As the undercut rate percentage by OTAs increases, there is a drop in the booking conversion on the hotel’s website.

“Today’s consumers have a more sophisticated mindset and level of needs, and as a result, rate parity is hindering the ability of OTAs to make more money and hotel companies to offer higher average room rates. If we removed the rate parity mechanism, we would be able to more effectively fulfil the needs of OTAs and hotels, while providing a more personalised product to consumers.”

With continuous technological advancements in the online travel market such as metasearch engines, blockchain and augmented analytics, new strategies need to be devised to win back consumer confidence and increase their brand loyalty.

Paula De Keijer, Senior Director of Market Management Middle East, Africa, Greece & Turkey, Expedia Group, said: “With the consumer in mind, blockchain technology provides services such as secured payment, identification and security, simplified loyalty programmes and baggage tracking.

“As we look to the future, augmented analytics will provide consumers with the power to make more informed choices. Considering the vast amount of data that hotels and OTAs accumulate, this technology is the perfect tool to understand consumer behaviour, preferences and booking patterns. Combining algorithms, artificial intelligence and machine learning will lead to providing better recommendations to customers and matching them to the properties best suited to their needs.”

Hotels and OTAs have their own competitive advantages and limitations. While hotels have the micro information, OTAs have the purchasing and booking habits of consumers.

In the evolving landscape, it is crucial that hotels understand direct bookings do not matter like they did in the past. Instead, establishing a collaborative approach, with the help of technological advances, that maximises revenues should be the focus.

Sona, said: “The first emerging tool will be dynamic commissioning. This will enable hotels to set a hurdle rate for OTAs, in turn incentivising OTAs to sell above that rate to earn a higher commission. Based on our research, we suggest for every $10 above the hurdle rate OTAs earn an extra 5%, with the maximum amount of possible commission capped at 35%.

“The second approach is nano pricing which provides consumers with the power of choice and added confidence in brands. Today, hotel room prices are based on three factors: room view, room type and number of occupants. However, nano pricing is calculated by combining base price (room inclusive of limited amenities) with the cost of any requested extras (for example upgraded toiletries).”

In recent years, competition in the market has further increased with the rise of alternative accommodation such as Airbnb. The success of this type of accommodation stems from their ability to create a more local and personal experience for consumers.

Flavio Leoni, Vice President of Sales, Distribution, Loyalty & Marketing, AccorHotels Middle East & Egypt, said: “Alternative accommodation should not be viewed by hotels and OTAs as a threat or disruptor.

“It is just another tool that provides additional choice to the consumer and also presents hotels and OTAs with the option to explore new ideas and expand their brands.

“If we break down the needs of both business and leisure travellers, as well as individual and family travel, it is possible for alternative accommodation to exist peacefully in the market alongside more traditional forms of accommodation.”

For more information on Arabian Travel Market 2018, please visit the website at www.arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com

A British food experience

Eric Richard – Guest Blogger

A few days ago I went down memory Lane at the The Beautiful Britain Festival at the LuLu Hypermarket, in Barsha. The Beautiful Britain – Truly British Truly Delicious showcased an impressive range of high-quality food items from Britain. It also creates an engaging shopping experience for the customers, while continuing to provide shoppers with the most competitive prices in the store and online. Among the brands are: Biona, Heath & Heather , James White, Kallo, Ambrosia, Of The Earth, Better Than, Bfree, Whole Earth ,Bio Planete, Doves Farm, Biofair, Koko, Marigold, Clarks, Eat Water, Epicure, Freedom, Heavenly, Meridian, Mister Freed, Moma, Mr Organic, Organix, Raw Health, Rowse , Cadburys, Walkers Crisps & Biscuits, Baxters are some of the brands being sold directly from Britain

 

#BestOfBritain #BeautifulBritain #TrulyBritish #Britishproductsuae #LuLuBarsha #LuluDubai #HappyAtLuLu #Luluhypermarket #luluhypr #luluwebstore #worldcuisine #freshcuisine

The LuLu Food Expo 2018 begins in UAE

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Eric Richard

Yesterday we sampled cuisine from different parts of the world as Lulu Hypermarket started the Food Expo 2018 – Taste the best of the World for the next 2 weeks.

The Expo is a groupwide event dedicated to promoting the impressive range of high-quality food items from around the world. It also creates an engaging shopping experience for the customers, while continuing to provide shoppers with the most competitive prices in the store and online.

We tried different types of food from Indian and Chinese to Arabic and Thai and many more countries of the world cooked in different types of spices from all over the world. The menus at Lulu change daily from breakfast to lunch and evening dinner, offering over 30 varieties of dishes per setting

There are over 20 different types of biryanis and this goes up with promotion’s or festivals. Did you know that Lulu sells over 700,000 Shawarmas’ a year in Dubai? And they sell over 100 types of salads, and over 500,000 kilos of fruits.

I am a fish lover and liked the variety the hypermarket had from Norway, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Oman, Kuwait and the UAE. The fish mongers cut and clean the fresh fish and give suggestions on which fish is best for their meal solution.

The Lulu Bakery has almost 100 different product ranges from various countries across the world, USA, UK, Spain, Italy, India, Canada France and the Philippine’s to sell in our bakeries in Dubai. They source and use ingredients from Germany, Holland, Belgium, Australia, Austria, Indonesia.

As part of the Food Expo 2018, several food-related competitions including Cookery Contests, Junior Chef Contests, Family Cooking, Salads & Sandwich, Cake Icing, Fruit & Veg Carvings & Potato Peeling, as well as live-cooking demonstrations, are being held in the stores.

During the Food Expo 2018 shoppers can win Gold, Range Rover, FJ cruisers, Quadbikes, Gift Vouchers and more. For our fans on social media, there is a game, which can be played, by adults and children alike to win prizes.

 

Record-breaking year: Well over 6 million overnight stays 2017

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  • 3.59 million arrivals (+7.3 per cent), 6.24 million overnight stays (+8.1 per cent) 
  • Value creation in tourism sector is increasing 
  • Convention and congress market passes 4 million participant threshold 
  • New publication points out development potential of Cologne’s hotel market 
  • Culinary Cologne is new focus topic of 2018/19 

The tourism year 2017 was the best in Cologne’s history, posting a total of 3.59 million arriving guests and 6.24 million overnight stays. There were 7.3 per cent more arrivals and 8.1 per cent more overnight stays in hotels compared to the previous year, according to official registration records. The increases for visitors from abroad were even greater, with an 8.9 per cent increase of arrivals and a 9.2 per cent increase of overnight stays.

A new study published by the tourism consulting company dwif confirms the increased value creation that tourism brings to Cologne.

“In Cologne, tourism is a strong cross-sectoral industry” explains Elisabeth Thelen, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of KölnTourismus GmbH. “It benefits not only related sectors such as hotels, restaurants and the retail trade but also numerous service providers and suppliers from a great variety of business areas.” Thelen emphasizes the relevance of the tourism industry for Cologne: “High-quality tourism in Cologne is good for the guests as well as for local companies and the local population.”

In the past five years, the number of overnight stays by tourists in Cologne has increased by 23.2 per cent — far more than the corresponding increase for tourists in Germany as a whole (11.2 per cent) and the average increase in overnight stays in the ten biggest German cities (17.9 per cent).*

“The visitor figures, which have once again increased significantly, demonstrate that Cologne continues to be an attractive destination for business and leisure travellers from Germany and abroad,” says Josef Sommer, CEO of the Cologne Tourist Board. “The remarkable increase in visitors from abroad testifies to Cologne’s huge appeal as a travel destination. As trendsetters and networkers, we will work together with the relevant players to further enhance the quality of Cologne as a travel destination, thus helping to shape the positive image of our city.”

Cologne’s congress and convention market in 2017 

The event market in Cologne continues to develop in a positive direction. According to the current TagungsBarometer (Conference Barometer), a total of 49,521 events (+1.8 per cent) with 4.003 million participants (+4.7 per cent) were held last year. In addition, the number of event locations increased to 174 (+5) in 2017. At the beginning of this series of market research surveys of the convention industry, which have been conducted since 2009 by the Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB) in cooperation with the Europäisches Institut für TagungWirtschaft (EITW), 41,500 events with 3.13 million participants were counted. By 2017, the number of participants had increased by almost 30 per cent.

Organizers of corporate events continue to top the list of conventions and congresses. Banks and insurance companies are still the most important sector in this category, followed by medicine and pharmaceuticals. The EDP sector occupies third place, having surpassed the communications sector for the first time. The USA is rapidly gaining ground among the international source markets. Together with the UK, it now occupies first place among event organizers from abroad. The Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria follow after a considerable gap. Most of the events have their organizers in Germany.

Cologne Convention Bureau celebrates its tenth anniversary 

The Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB) is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The CCB is the city of Cologne’s official convention office. Integrated within KölnTourismus GmbH, it was founded in 2008 in order to market Cologne as a venue for conventions and congresses. In addition to promoting the city’s existing facilities such as event locations, hotels and infrastructure, it also publicizes Cologne’s special expertise in the areas of science and business. The CCB is supported by a strong network of approximately 150 partners. In the past ten years it has cooperated with service providers from the tourism sector and the science community to attract a large number of congresses to Cologne.

Cologne’s hotel market: Further expansion of capacity is wanted 

The further expansion of Cologne’s hotel market has been a topic of discussion for quite some time. In this connection, there has been a call for more bed capacity to be offered in the luxury segment. In order to provide this discussion with a foundation and support decisions about further development, a cooperative project was launched by the relevant players, including Cologne’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK), the Cologne Tourist Board, Koelnmesse, Dehoga Nordrhein and the KölnKongress. The group has now published a brochure that addresses this issue. The publication reviews the development of Cologne’s hotel market in recent decades, analyses the current situation and sketches out future challenges.

“Cologne’s hotel market has brilliant prospects, but it also needs a hotel development plan,” says Alexander Hoeckle, the Director International and Business Support Section of the IHK. “A hotel development plan makes sense. It would enable us to actively tackle future challenges, strengthen Cologne as a location for hotels, trade fairs, conventions and congresses, and attract more major events and conventions to Cologne in the future. Smaller, privately owned guesthouses and the surrounding communities would also benefit from Cologne’s enhanced competitiveness and growing convention business.” A central conclusion reached by the group was that Cologne as a tourist destination needs, above all, to coordinate the convention facilities that will be built in the near future as part of the Koelnmesse 3.0 investment program with the resulting need for hotel beds, especially in the range of internationally known hotel chains with four or five stars.

New focus theme for 2018/19: Culinary Cologne 

Culinary establishments help to define the profile of a tourist destination and are highly relevant to travellers. That’s why the Cologne Tourist Board will focus on the culinary facets of our city in 2018 and 2019. “Culinary Cologne” is the new focus topic in Cologne’s tourism sector. Starting now, it will be marketed through various channels that are tailored to specific target groups, such as the completely restructured website, the visit.koeln blog and social media channels. The hashtag #CulinaryCologne will be the binding element.

The measures to publicize Cologne’s broad range of culinary establishments will be reinforced by the worldwide activities of the German National Tourist Board (DZT) that are part of its “Culinary Germany” campaign. Köln Tourismus GmbH Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1 T +49. 221. 346 43 230 presse@koelntourismus.de Unternehmenskommunikation 50667 Köln ∙ Deutschland F +49. 221. 346 43 239 http://www.koelntourismus.de

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*2013–2017 (Jan.–Nov.)

Sources: Information und Technik Nordrhein-Westfalen (IT.NRW), Wirtschaftsfaktor Tourismus für die Stadt Köln 2016 (dwif e.V. & dwif-Consulting GmbH), TagungsBarometer Köln 2017, Europäisches Institut für TagungsWirtschaft GmbH (EITW)

Photo 1 (from left to right): Alexander Hoeckle (Director International and Business Support Section of the IHK), Stephanie Kleine Klausing (Director Conventions & Marketing of the Cologne Tourist Board), Josef Sommer (CEO of the Cologne Tourist Board), Elisabeth Thelen (Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the Cologne Tourist Board)

Photo 2 (from left to right): Stephanie Kleine Klausing (Director Conventions & Marketing of the Cologne Tourist Board), Alexander Hoeckle (Director International and Business Support Section of the IHK), Elisabeth Thelen (Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the Cologne Tourist Board), Josef Sommer (CEO of the Cologne Tourist Board)

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