Hospitality Business Middle East launches redesign

CPI Media Group has announced a fresh new look and expanded editorial scope for Hospitality Business Middle East magazine. Renamed HBME, the magazine will diversify its editorial focus from the business of hotels to the business of tourism across the GCC.

HBME will now report on the business of hospitality as both a pillar of Arabic culture and a vital economic driver, whilst including greater analysis on the factors driving hotel performance – from destination development to global political, social and economic trends. Specific attention will be paid to the hotel, F&B, aviation, cruise, leisure and corporate tourism markets, with the same data, commentary and industry interviews readers have enjoyed over the previous 29 editions of the title.

The structure of the magazine will comprise of the following –

  • Data: The latest benchmarking, analysis and performance metrics in collaboration with partners STR Global, Colliers International, EY and UNWTO among others
  • Procurement: Product news from the industry’s top brands and in-depth supplier profiles each month
  • Design and Technology: The latest innovations in IT, architecture and interiors, and how they are being utilised in the hospitality industry
  • Development and Investment: With emphasis on the pre-opening stage of a hospitality asset
  • Analysis: In-depth on market feasibility and the impact of new social and economic trends
  • Operations: Behind the scenes with business leaders and operational and corporate managers
  • Trend Talk: Submitted content from HBME’s editorial contributors and industry analysts

“The hospitality industry contributes 10 percent towards global GDP and in the Middle East the World Travel and Tourism Council predicts an 89 percent increase in annual travel and tourism revenues over the coming decade,” says Melanie Mingas, Editor, HBME. “This exponential growth will benefit both the leisure and business sectors, which are predicted to see a 100 percent increase in activity and revenues over the same period. Infrastructure and accommodation investments will hit $3trillion in the Middle East and the region’s airlines will buy 870 aircraft by 2027. So it’s vital that, as a central reference point for the hospitality industry, HBME is poised to cover these developments and their impact on GCC hotel performance.”

Nominations open for BBC Good Food ME Awards 2014

Nominations are now open for the fifth annual BBC Good Food Middle East Awards. The nomination phase will run until September 30, 2014, with two new categories added to the list – Best Sustainable Restaurant and Best Food Blogger – taking the total number of awards to 35. Nominations can be made at

Categories for the BBC Good Food Middle East Awards 2014 include:

FINE DINING: Restaurant of the Year Dubai, Restaurant of the Year Abu Dhabi,  Best New Restaurant Dubai (opened on or after January 2014),   Best New Restaurant Abu Dhabi (opened on or after January 2014), Restaurant of the Year – Doha, Qatar – NEW Category, Chef of the Year, Best European, Best Asian, Best Contemporary British,Best Latin American, Best Indian, Best Middle Eastern, Best Steakhouse, Best Brunch, Best Italian, Best Seafood and Best Experiential Dining Venue (an outlet that offers a unique entertainment experience along with great food)

CASUAL DINING: Best International, Best Indian, Best Asian, Best Middle Eastern and Best Café

INGREDIENTS: Favourite Supermarket, Favourite Speciality Food Store/Market, Favourite Brand for Store Cupboard Items, Favourite Dairy Brand, Favourite Olive Oil Brand, Favourite Tea Brand, Favourite Coffee Brand and Favourite Juice Brand

ACCESSORIES: Favourite Large Kitchen Appliance Brand, Favourite Small Kitchen Appliance Brand and Favourite Tableware Store

NEW CATEGORIES: Best Sustainable Restaurant and Best Food Blogger

The awards ceremony will take place on January 28, 2015, with a venue yet to be confirmed.