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ATM panel advises hoteliers to focus on sanitisation and technology

A panel of industry experts explained during the opening day of ATM Virtual as to how developing a global set of transparent hospitality standards relating to health, safety and hygiene will be key to regain the trust of travellers in a post COVID-19 landscape. The panel which was moderated by industry consultant Gemma Greenwood, also included Tim Cordon, Senior Area Vice President for Middle East & Africa, Radisson Hotel Group, Christopher Lund, Head of Hotels, Colliers International, Middle East & North Africa, Simon Casson, President of Hotel Operations, EMEA, Four Seasons and Raki Phillips, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority. “Building confidence will be key as we look ahead to the post-COVID-19 hospitality recovery. Not only is it important that our workers have confidence that their health and wellbeing is of prime importance, but for consumers too. They will need full reassurance that our properties are safe, secure and following the highest standards when it comes to hygiene and cleanliness,” said Cordon. Phillips said, “It’s important that hotels don’t drop their room rates. Hotels need to adapt to a new normal with increased sanitisation at the forefront, while being creative with their offerings and embracing innovative technologies which can help differentiate them from their competitors.” “One way of achieving this consumer trust, and I believe the hospitality industry in the UAE is leading the way in this respect, is by partnering with accreditation agencies such as the Bureau Veritas to ensure your property is following disinfectant and sanitisation protocols implemented by government bodies and abiding by the highest levels of hygiene,” said Lund. Casson added, “While we are doing everything we can to ensure the wellbeing and safety of …

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Radisson RED brand expands in the Middle East at Dubai Digital Park

Radisson Hotel Group announced the opening of Radisson RED Dubai Silicon Oasis, in the Middle East. Located at Dubai Digital Park, Dubai’s first ever smart city project built with the latest AI and IoT technologies, the hotel brings RED’s forward-thinking style to the desert. The brand presents a playful twist on conventional hotel stays with a culinary hangout with a casual feel and a buzzing social scene. Using integrated technology and bold design personality, Radisson RED Dubai Silicon Oasis comprises of 104 contemporary designed rooms, eight suites and 59 apartments created with millennials in mind. Tim Cordon, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Radisson Hotel Group, said, “Radisson RED is a completely new and different hotel concept. It is bold and alive, and provides an experience like no other, created today for tomorrow’s biggest travellers, in one of the fastest growing sectors of the market: lifestyle select.” Stuart Birkwood, Enigmatic Curator, Radisson RED Dubai Silicon Oasis, commented, “We love our location in Dubai’s first smart city, and we look forward to Silicon Park growing around us into the epicentre of the UAE’s advancing technology. Radisson RED brings innovation, fun and a fresh approach to the city’s social scene – with artwork created by local talents and integrated technology such as our digital social streaming content wall.”

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Radisson Hotel Group opens its seventh hotel in Dubai

Radisson Blu Group announced the opening of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Canal View. The hotel has 206 stylish rooms with spectacular views. Continuing the Group’s expansion in key global cities, the new design-focused hotel is the group’s seventh hotel in Dubai. A hotel steeped in soul and design is located within the largest and most impressive waterfront development in the world, boasting spectacular views over the Marina and Downtown Dubai District. The 206 stylish rooms with bright vistas also offer remarkable comfort, unique amenities and showcase picturesque views of the Dubai Canal and Downtown Dubai. Guests can also enjoy free access to the hotel’s fitness center, pool, spa, and kids club. Tim Cordon, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa, at Radisson Hotel Group said, “We are very proud and excited to open our sixth Radisson Blu hotel in Dubai, one of the world’s most attractive travel destinations and key regional commercial hubs. We are delighted to open another flagship Radisson Blu hotel in this city and contribute to its growth.” David Allan, Cluster General Manager of Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Canal View and Radisson Resort Ras Al Khaimah, Marjan Island commented, “We are thrilled to be launching this hotel in an outstanding location in Dubai, with a unique offering and such a talented and passionate team. We have been very creative in our recruitment. Personality was just as important to us as work experience when selecting our incredible team as we wanted guests to feel the difference at Dubai’s new, distinctive, design-led hotel and experience delightful service.”

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