16 - 18 September 2018
Dubai World Trade Centre (Halls 1 - 8)
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  Hear what our visitors had to say at the show this year

 

 

Richard Collins, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton

“You don’t get out in this industry enough to meet all your colleagues, be it hotel colleagues or supply colleagues or just people who are involved with the hospitality industry. So it’s great to come here to The Hotel Show and go from stand to stand and look at all the new products. But the best part for me is meeting other General Managers that you should catch up with on a much more regular basis, and talk about what’s going on the industries and their sectors; you certainly learn a lot from the show.”

 

 

 Rafik Kamel, General Manager, Holiday Inn Downtown

“The topics at the Hospitality Leadership Forum were very well chosen and reflected the challenges that are plaguing the industry at the moment, but what really took the cake was the level of audience engagement during the sessions. Quality and quantity were both present, with most hungry to learn more from the distinguished speaker panel.”

 

 Ulrich Hoffmeister, General Manager, Jumeira Rotana

“The Hospitality Leadership Forum programme addressed many of the key concerns for GMs working in the regional environment today. Having such a large number of them there to freely share their insights was tremendously useful.”

 

 

Stephen Meredith, General Manager, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay

“Even though we’re all busy with lots to do to prepare for the forthcoming season after summer, I make sure that my senior team and I make time to attend The Hotel Show. It’s a great way to catch up with our industry colleagues, and it’s the best place to get updated on the latest products and services. There’s no other show like it!”

 

 

Nicola Hochgruber, General Manager, Accor Hotels

“The Hotel Show is a great platform to meet and network with fellow colleagues and for hoteliers to find out more about the market. If you’re opening a new hotel, it’s important to come here and see what the market is offering. If you’re an existing hotelier, it’s equally necessary to attend and see how the market’s been developing over the last year.”

 

 

Sejal Patel, Lead Designer, Gensler

“The Hotel Show is very important for the design industry because it not only allows us to connect with the type of colleagues that we meet during our normal work lives, but also provides a great platform to meet different suppliers from different parts of the world and get to know different trends and basically, what’s going on in the hospitality industry.” 

 

 

Marko Vucinic, SVP, Hotels & Hospitality, JLL

“The Hotel Show has been in in existence for 19 years now and I find it very beneficial for the overall industry. It’s a landmark show and I am very much looking forward to attending next year’s event.” 

 

 Alexander Schneider, General Manager, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai

“It has been a pleasure to come back to the 2017 edition of The Hotel Show and be part of the Middle East Hospitality Leadership Forum. It is always great to witness a greater interaction and response from the audience. I was very happy to provide insights for building genuine brand integrity along with other industry experts.”

 

 Joost Vermeulen, Regional Manager Hotels, MEA, Booking.com

“It’s great to walk around and see so many different companies and industries that are linked to hospitality. Especially technology, since we’re constantly evolving our own application of it. It’s a very good show to bring everyone together, for example after the panel discussion, we had many people connecting with us to see how we can help each other.”

 

 Paul Ulrich, General Manager, Park Inn by Radisson Dubai Motor City

“It was great to have the opportunity to participate in one of the panels at the Hotel Show Dubai this year. The Hospitality Leadership Forum was not only relevant to the industry today but also very relevant to the region, covering a wide range of topics from VAT implementation to New Demographics and Women in Leadership. The Hotel Show is definitely time well spent to see, feel and experience all the latest hospitality trends, technology and products all under the one roof. I look forward to next year’s event.”

 

 Pierre Delfau, General Manager, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi

“I always enjoy these shows and whilst not everything might be of interest to my particular operation, the variety that is always on offer can certainly be useful to our industry. New trends, new equipment and new products all being displayed under one roof makes it so much easier. It’s always better to see or taste a product before making a decision, and the show allows this to happen. Meeting our suppliers and partners is also another benefit as our concerns or issues can also be discussed with the relevant person.”

 

Gary Rhodes OBE, Michelin-starred Chef & Restaurateur

“I think one of the great things about this industry is that you have events including the Middle East Hospitality Awards. They play an important part because they are giving back to the professionals that make it what it is, for all of their hard work. You might be an unknown name, but you are being recognised. They are telling you, yes you know you got the number one restaurant in Dubai or you got whatever it takes to be, but it's the giving back that matters. It's making sure that the time, effort and work you are putting into the hospitality landscape here is being recognised, because it can very much wear off if you are forgotten.

This helps provide us with healthy competition and there is nothing wrong with that. That's something that I remember from early days and that is what it's all about. It's making sure that we can give back and feed the industry with the belief that yes, we can learn something from this. This could be one of those hospitality awards that are so valuable to hold and share great memories from.

This year, there are so many new restaurants, so many other hotels are still being built, but I think 2017 is going to be a big year. There are a lot of talented chefs here in the Middle East and I think one of the wonderful things about the awards is they really showcase just how great hospitality can become here.”

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