HMH plans to double Dubai portfolio of hotels
Dubai, May 5, 2014
Dubai-based Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH) will continue to expand its footprint in the GCC, aiming to have a hotel in every GCC country by 2020, while doubling our portfolio in the emirate, said the company’s CEO.
“Dubai's successful bid for World Expo 2020 is a massive stimulant for the entire GCC region's hospitality and meetings industry accelerating economic growth and development,” explained Laurent A Voivenel at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) that opened in Dubai today (May 5).
“The GCC's hospitality market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 8.1 per cent to $28.3 billion by 2016 compared to $19.2 billion in 2011. The Expo will deliver global exposure for the UAE and its tourism sector, including its world-class infrastructure. Therefore, being based in Dubai, it presents an unprecedented opportunity for our group and our various brands that we are eager to capitalize on."
HMH has a strong presence in the region, with 20 hotels in operation and five new properties opening later this year in quick succession.
Coral Muscat Hotel & Apartments, Coral Dubai Sports City Hotel & Apartments, Coral Beirut Concorde Hotel, EWA Khartoum Hotel & Apartments and EWA Port Sudan Hotel & Apartments are all in advanced stages of development and are expected to welcome their first guests by the last quarter of 2014 / beginning of 2015.
The new hotels will boost the existing HMH portfolio by 25 per cent. In addition, HMH has a solid development pipeline with the group scouting opportunities to roll out its budget brand to cater to the growing segment of low-cost travellers.
"Besides the above five hotels, we plan to add another two properties to our portfolio in 2015 and two in 2016. With a value-oriented and disciplined approach our objective is to unlock HMH's full potential while maximizing operating performance of each asset we put our name to. When developers consider our hotel management company for their asset, they know HMH will deliver for ‘We say, we do’,” Voivenel said.
"We provide hotel owners and developers a broad spectrum of comprehensive management solutions with five distinct, yet complementary, hotel brands catering to varied market segments from luxury to budget.
“These include The Ajman Palace, Coral Hotels & Resorts, Corp Executive Hotels, ECOS Hotels and EWA Hotel Apartments. Over the years, we have established an excellent reputation with our brands offering a safe, alcohol-free environment that has given us a unique niche both regionally and globally. Building on our strong record, we are stepping into a new era and are ready to take up new challenges and opportunities be it in 4-5 star category or mid-market / budget segment,” he added.
According to industry sources, the Middle East/Africa hotel development pipeline comprises of 498 hotels totalling 120,119 rooms.
Dubai has the largest number of rooms under construction (10,970 rooms). Five other markets reported more than 2,000 rooms under construction: Makkah (6,927 rooms); Riyadh (5,804 rooms); Doha (4,944 rooms); Abu Dhabi (3,036 rooms); and Jeddah (2,569 rooms).
ATM 2014, the leading international travel and tourism event in the Middle East, will run until May 8 at the Dubai International Exhibition and Conference Centre. – TradeArabia News Service