January 2015, Issue: 1 Volume: 33

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People & Places

  • InterContinental Cairo Citystars’ front office team marked the 10th anniversary of InterContinental Ambassador loyalty programme. To celebrate the 10th birthday, InterContinental Hotels Group offered Ambassadors a guaranteed prize up to 1000 of IHG® Rewards Club points.
  • For the fifth year in a row, a group of adult special needs students from Rashid Pediatric Therapy Centre received training at Villa Rotana, Rihab Rotana and Rimal Rotana hotels in the UAE. Between three and six students receive eight to ten months of supervised training under the guidance of general manager Kinan Al Ghraoui.
  • Nicole Scherzinger, former Pussycat Dolls lead singer and multi-platinum selling solo artist helped British Airways launch the latest innovation, which allows customers to experience destinations in a virtual world before booking. The carrier is using ‘Oculus Rift’ virtual reality headsets to bring three iconic US experiences to life through high grade, 360 degree video – riding a  bucking  bronco  in  Texas,  roller  skating  down  the  boardwalk  on a California beach and ice skating overlooking New York’s famous skyline.
  • Sheraton Bahrain Hotel in conjunction with Bahrain Cancer Society hosted a family fun day for children with cancer as part of its commitment to community volunteerism. This event underscores the hotel’s ongoing efforts to motivate associates to make a positive impact on the community and is part of “Together as One,” Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ two-week global volunteer campaign.
  • Dubai Islamic Bank and Air Arabia signed an aircraft financing deal to facilitate the delivery of six new Airbus A320 aircrafts in 2015. The signing ceremony was held in the DIB head office in the presence of senior executives from both parties. The $230 million Ijara facility will finance the delivery of a new aircraft every two months starting January 2015, the programme culminating with the final unit being handed over by the end of the year.
  • Abu Dhabi-based food and beverage concept development and investment company, The Roller Coaster Restaurant LLC, part of Group JWA, has opened its first UAE outlet with the launch of ROGO’S, a roller coaster inspired casual dining venue located in the capital’s latest retail hotspot, Yas Mall.
  • Danat Al Ain Resort received the Bronze Certificate for Welcome Chinese standard from China Tourism Academy (CTA). Welcome Chinese Certification is the new hospitality Standard specifically dedicated to Chinese travellers. To qualify for a Bronze Certification, a hotel must broadcast Chinese television channels. The resort also provides Union Pay services, allowing Chinese guests to use their Union Pay cards.
  • Rotana’s President and CEO Omer Kaddouri was recognised by Switzerland’s prestigious Les Roches International School of Hotel Management with an Innovation Award for his outstanding contributions to the hospitality industry. The award was presented at a gala dinner and alumni awards ceremony held on the sidelines of “Breaking Boundaries in Education”, a conference hosted by Les Roches to celebrate its 60th anniversary which brought together global leaders in the hospitality industry.
  • Following its international success, classic French restaurant Brasserie Flo made its regional debut as part of the Venetian Village at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.


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