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KSA, Elaf targets budget hotel expansion in India

One of the largest local hospitality and tourism companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is exploring the potential India has as a budget hospitality partner.

Minor International acquires Tivoli Hotels & Resorts

Minor International (MINT) announced completion of the final stage of its acquisition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, an iconic Portugal-based brand with 14 hotel properties across Portugal and Brazil.

The acquisition not only marks MINT’s strategic entry into Europe and Latin America but also provides MINT with a strong operating platform to drive further growth in those markets.

AccorHotels negotiates sale of 85 hotels in Europe to a new franchisee hotel operator

A portfolio of 85 hotels in Europe in the Economy and Midscale segments, for an asset value of €504 million, including: 28 hotels assets and the business interest of all 85 hotels, sold by AccorHotels for €146 million and 57 hotel assets covered by the purchase agreements containing a substitution clause for the buyer signed with Foncière des Régions, Axa IM – Real Assets and Invesco, for a total amount of €358 million.

ONYX opens Amari Havodda Maldives

Introducing Amari Havodda Maldives, a 120-villa private island hideaway located in the pristine Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll approximately 400km south of the capital Male, Private island hideaway features one of the largest infinity pools in the Maldives and a spectacular house reef.

Nine Amazing Meetings Technology Trends to Watch in 2016

1. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) will see major growth at exhibitions and events.
2. Mobile event apps will mature into full-featured event intelligence and data analytic platforms.

3. Second-screen technology and other mobile participant engagements tools will flourish.

4. Images and videos will dominate social channels at events.

5. The Internet of Things (IOT) will connect people and objects in unprecedented ways for events.

6. BLE and beacon technology will continue to evolve and be deployed at events.

7. Wearables (including smart watches, smart bracelets, smart name badges, and wearable beacons) will see increasing use at exhibitions and events.

8. Event Intelligence will be the next BIG thing!

9. A repeat from previous years’ predictions: Despite the increased use of virtual meetings technology, face-to-face meetings and tradeshows will remain viable.

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