Pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik, Croatia

By Shereen Shabnam Dubrovnik in Croatia is a city for all seasons and one of the world’s most prominent tourist destinations. Surrounded by unique medieval ramparts, Dubrovnik attracts visitors for its rich history, mild climate, traditional hospitality and its many festivals, open-air events and architectural treasures. I explored Dubrovnik, a UNESCO registered protected world heritage site during the evening and in the day taking in the charm of bustling streets, art and different cultural events. Walking along the promenade during the day meant coming across various art and artefacts on sale as well as live music performances. The open air performances … Continue reading Pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Exploring Taiwan – The Land of Breathtaking Beauty

By Shereen Shabnam With rich cultural diversity and traditions as varied as it’s beautiful natural landscape alongside tall towers and a thriving business environment, Taiwan is full of surprises for visitors. My visit began with a tour of the Taipei 101, architecturallycreated guided with Feng Shui principles as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition with traditional design elements, works of art and modern treatments. It comes with Indoor Observation decks plus a premium multi-level shopping mall adjoining the tower with hundreds of stores, restaurants and clubs. The journey continued with visits to Chiayi, Alishan, Sun Moon Lake … Continue reading Exploring Taiwan – The Land of Breathtaking Beauty

Natural Sanctuary – Bled in Slovenia

By Shereen Shabnam One of my most memorable travel destinations recently was to Slovenia with Turkish Airlines. The first stop was at a lake town called Bled,a popular tourist destination in Slovenia known for its emerald green lake, a wonderful restaurant on top of a mountain with picturesque views and a medieval castle. On arrival, we had an enchanting boat ride across the lake, which is the highlight of a visit to Bled. It is best to take some time to take in the ambience, watch the swans and ducks on the lakes and enjoy the lush green mountains in … Continue reading Natural Sanctuary – Bled in Slovenia

Rose Park Hotel – Al Barsha

By Shereen Shabnam Inspired from past success in hospitality and the enviable reputation for delivering excellence in guest service over the last 10 years, the award-winning Rose International Hotels Management recently introduced us to the Rose Park Hotel in Al Barsha. Over a sumptuous lunch, Thameem Razick, Director of Sales & Marketing at Rose Hotels & Hotel Apartments tells us that the 4 Star hotel is the newest addition to the growing portfolio managed by Rose International Hotels Management. Located close to Mall of the Emirates and only a metro ride away from Dubai’s tourist attractions and business centers such … Continue reading Rose Park Hotel – Al Barsha

Classic Elegance – Luxury at every turn at Villa Magna, Madrid

By Shereen Shabnam On the way to my Spanish home recently, a stop in Madrid led me and my family to discover the luxury Villa Magna in Madrid where the ambience celebrates the old and new in a space that only be described as classically elegant. In the last century, where this modern building stands today on the Paseo de la Castellana, was the Palace of Anglada which was demolished in the 1960`s. The hotel on the same site shows the same sophistication and after an extensive renovation, the luxury hotel has become a home to regular visitors who love … Continue reading Classic Elegance – Luxury at every turn at Villa Magna, Madrid

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

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

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

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