BNC Publishing to host GM Leaders Conference

Hotel News Middle East, part of BNC Publishing, is set to host the second edition of the GM Leaders Conference on May 16, 2016 at the St. Regis Dubai. The half day conference will be presented by Broadcaster, Presenter and Journalist Stephen Marney and will cover topics as well as developments specific to the hotel industry. Rikan General Trading will be the presenting sponsor for the event, with other sponsors including; Unique Precise International, TSSC, Assa Abloy and Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management.

“In today’s business environment, where we face challenges posed by de-valued currencies, low oil prices and huge levels of supply, it is even more important for the industry to gather and discuss business strategies and best practice,” says Melanie Mingas, Group Editor, BNC Publishing. “We have a line-up of fantastic speakers from across the industry and we are incredibly excited for them to share their insight with our delegates.”


Jason O’Connell joins BNC Publishing

Jason O’Connell has joined BNC Publishing as Editor of Construction Business News Middle East. Previously Editor of Utilities Middle East, in his new role Jason will be responsible for building a strong editorial identity for the magazine as well as its website,

“I’m thrilled to be joining BNC Publishing – a young, up and coming publisher with a growing portfolio of magazines and events – and to build up on the solid start Construction Business News has made since its launch last year,” says Jason. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of covering the most dynamic business sector in the Middle East. With ambitious new projects being launched on a regular basis, these are exciting times for construction in this region.”

Melanie Mingas, Group Editor, BNC Publishing, adds “Jason brings a wealth of experience to Construction Business News and after an exciting first year, during which we also launched a website and awards series, beginning with the Construction Innovation Awards: Qatar, as well as the Power 60, we are incredibly excited about year two.”

Melanie Mingas joins BNC Publishing

BNC Publishing has welcomed Melanie Mingas to the role of Group Editor of its business portfolio. Melanie previously worked with CPI Media Group as Group Managing Editor, and has over five years of experience in journalism.

In her new role, she will lead the continued growth of Catering News Middle EastConstruction Business News Middle EastHotel News Middle East and Logistics News Middle East in print, online and through a series of industry events. Melanie will also lead the group’s B2B digital communications and manage the direction of a series of events due to take place over the coming months.

“BNC Publishing is a forward-thinking and driven organisation, with fantastic ambition for the coming months and years,” says Melanie. “I’m delighted to be working for a publisher with an eye on innovating B2B titles and reaching diverse markets in new ways.”

Diarmuid O’Malley, Group Publishing Director, BNC Publishing, adds “We were actively seeking a candidate for the group editor role who would invigorate our B2B segment, and push it forward. Melanie’s enthusiasm and drive, paired with her significant industry experience, promises to give BNC Publishing in-market advantage to our now four-title strong business portfolio.”

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.”