BNC Publishing launches new awards

Hotel News ME, part of BNC Publishing, is set to host its inaugural Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2016, on April 19 at The St. Regis Dubai in order to celebrate the best of the industry’s talent, properties and concepts. The awards are designed to capture the outstanding elements of properties, campaigns and people across a number of categories including Leading New Hotel, Best Spa and Best Room Refurb. Judges will be announced on later this month.

“The Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2016 will celebrate and bring together professionals at all levels,” says Melanie Mingas, Group Editor, Business Portfolio, BNC Publishing. “The categories have been meticulously constructed to represent all sectors and levels of the industry, as opposed to the traditional people-only awards. We have categories that will distinguish exceptional concepts, properties and personalities across the industry.”

Anya Kotova wins Young Communicator of the Year

Anya Kotova, Senior Account Director at Ketchum and based in Doha, has been awarded Young Communicator of the Year at the PR Week Awards 2014. Open to PR professionals in consultancies and in-house teams under the age of 30, the Young Communicator of the Year award honours outstanding achievement in handling PR campaigns, showing creativity, relevance to brief and results. The judges of the category also look for evidence of the nominees’ ability and willingness to extend their range of PR skills. Originally from Belarus, Anya joined Ketchum in 2007 and has previously worked with Ketchum New York and on clients which have included the Russian Federation, Gazprom, Troika Dialog, VTB Capital and FedEx.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be recognised by your peers for having your dream job,” says Anya. “The win is definitely a global team effort and I could not have done it without the support of a team that comes from the US, Canada, UK and the UAE.”

Jason MacKenzie, Managing Director of Liquid and one of the judges at PR Week Awards says, “Anya is a champion of the school of thought that PR is a force for good in society – and makes the case compellignly. She’s razor-sharp, talented and highly personable.”


Getty Images signs deal with QOC

Getty Images has signed a deal with the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) to create a bespoke digital archive system for the QOC’s heritage assets. Getty Images will partner with digital video systems designer EVS to build the archive management system, which will host videos, tapes, DVDs, photos and documents dating from 1979.

Getty Images’ web-based asset management service, Media Manager, will host the QOC’s photo and documental assets, while EVS will construct a Media Archive Director video system to ingest, manage and deliver all video content.

As part of the deal, Getty Images will also share best practice with the QOC photo team on capturing imagery at sports events and official appointments.

“Creating and managing content is the DNA of Getty Images,” says Lee Martin, Senior Vice President EMEA, Getty Images. “So we are delighted to provide this content solution for Qatar Olympic Committee, helping them ensure the preservation and longevity of their assets.”

H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Qatar Olympic Committee Secretary General adds, “We know Getty Images to be a world leader in the content space, and see this collaboration as a way to help transfer knowledge to all QOC staff and secure the legacy and heritage of QOC’s assets for future generations.”

Benoit Février, Senior Vice President Media of EVS concludes, “Our integrated media archive management solutions are designed to offer full mastering over media workflows from ingest to delivery, guaranteeing the highest level of security, flexibility and video content accessibility. We are proud to partner with Getty Images to provide our technology and expertise to meet the Qatar Olympic Committee’s requirements.”

Daisy Omissi joins Qatar Airways

Daisy Omissi has been appointed as Manager of Onboard Reading Materials for Qatar Airways. Daisy joins the team in Doha from Spain, where she was most recently Marketing Director at Landcorp International and acted as the European marketing agent for large developmental projects in Canada, Argentina and Brazil. Daisy also spent many years in the UAE both in an editorial capacity and in PR. In her new position, Daisy will oversee the publication of Oryx and Oryx Premium, in addition to overseeing other communications and press releases distributed by the company.

“I am very happy to be back working in the Middle East after a four-year hiatus in Europe,” says Daisy. “It is especially exciting to be working for one of the world’s fastest growing airlines and I feel very privileged to have been chosen to join their dynamic team.”

Hills Advertising negotiates World Cup deal

Hills Advertising is currently in negotiations with the Qatari Royal Family to secure a deal for interactive outdoor advertising at the 2022 World Cup.

Hills Advertising was established in 2003, and offers its outdoor advertising services in the UAE and throughout the Middle East region. Their clients include Pepsi, Emirates, Sony Ericsson, Bentley, Etisalat and Breitling.