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Read the latest news from the Middle East and Africa regions.
A recent investigation by Norwegian media NRK showed that several hotels in Doha, Qatar, were refusing to sell rooms to gay tourists ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and Bloomberg reports that officials at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts are investigating one of their properties following this news.
The Wyndham Grand Regency in Doha was one of three hotels that refused to book a room when NRK reporters called claiming to be a gay couple seeking to book their World Cup-related honeymoon. with The Torch Doha and Magnum Hotel & Suites Westbay.
In a statement, Wyndham officials said they would “review this immediately as the actions taken do not reflect our core values, including inclusion.”
The company added “being welcoming and inclusive to all is simply part of who we are and how we do business.”
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is particularly high in South Africawhich on Monday received Level 3 risk distinction along with Antigua and Barbuda, Lesotho and Taiwan, CNN reports.
About 110 destinations carry the Tier 3 designation, including several European countries.
CNBC reports that vacation rentals are becoming increasingly popular in the Middle East as more platforms seek to establish a presence in the region to capitalize on revenge tourism.
Hotel brands are among vacation rental competitors, with the outlet noting that Marriott is looking to expand its Homes & Villas platform there.
The latest report from the World Travel & Tourism Council predicts that the travel and tourism sector in Africa will add 1.4 million new jobs every year over the next decade, travel-related GDP is expected to grow twice as fast as the continent’s broader economies, reports BizCommunity.
“Africa is clearly rebounding and is expected to experience a significant recovery over the next two years and over the next 10 years the sector could create nearly 14 million jobs,” said the CEO. General of the WTTC, Julia Simpson.
- The JW Marriott Hotel Istanbul Marmara Sea has opened in the Atakoy district of the Turkish capital.
- Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced the signing of Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Muscat, Oman. The property – with 200 rooms and 100 private residences – is being developed by the Oman Tourism Development Company.
- Marriott International has announced the opening of the 318-room W Dubai – Mina Seyahi.
- Radisson Hotel Group has announced the opening of the 49-room Royan Hotel Hagia Sophia Istanbul, part of the company’s Radisson Individuals collection.
Radisson also announced changes to the company’s management team in Africa, appointing Sandra Kneubuhler as Country Sales Manager and District Manager for South Africa and Bert Fol as Regional Manager for Africa. . Joseph Chalfoun has been appointed regional director of restaurants and bars for the Middle East and Africa.
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