Hospitality & Tourism articles

Le Gray’s general manager’s four years in Beirut

Le Gray’s general manager’s four years in Beirut

Reading Time: 6 minutes Lebanese born and raised, George Ojeil was the hotel manager at the Intercontinental Hotel in Amman, Jordan, when he was offered the position of general manager (GM) of Le Gray Beirut, which he describes as a “very sexy product which any hotelier would love to run.” What further facilitated the decision to accept Le Gray’s

Five star hoteliers preparing for forecasted boost in tourism from Saudi Arabia

Reading Time: 5 minutes The rising temperatures in Beirut signify a rapidly approaching summer, typically a peak tourism season in Lebanon and one that five star hoteliers in the country are eagerly anticipating. Tourism in Lebanon has been slowly getting back on its feet over the past four years—thanks to a diversification of markets that included European and South

The nightclub business in Lebanon

Reading Time: 6 minutes When The Axis of Evil comedy tour performed in early 2008, Lebanon—for the first time in its history—did not have a president, and was in the midst of a politically unstable and tense period that culminated with the Doha Accord later that year. Despite the situation, Maz Jobrani, one of the group’s stand-up comedians, humorously

Lebanese DJs on the music scene in Lebanon

Reading Time: 10 minutes Beirut’s local DJs have been creating a buzz among the country’s music-loving community. Some are co-owners or resident DJs at some of the biggest clubs in the country, others, such as those profiled below, circulate the scene playing different sets at Beirut’s electronic music clubs. From playing sets and producing music, to sound engineering and

Gemmayze 2.0

Reading Time: 9 minutes Beirut’s traditional Gemmayze quarter is witnessing a hospitality renaissance. A quick walk (or a slow drive) down the newly-paved Rue Gouraud and its less populated cousin, the lower and parallel Rue Pasteur, reveals a changing landscape of restaurants and coffee shops, design and art spaces, modern boutiques, and offices—almost all of them new faces, save

The juniper way

Reading Time: 9 minutes It was only a matter of time before the Lebanese got into gin production; as unexpected as that sounds, it actually makes perfect sense. The world is witnessing a “gin boom” especially in the premium and craft gin category, and, according to a report produced by just-drinks.com and the IWSR (International Wine and Spirits Registry),

(Not) drowning their sorrows

Reading Time: 6 minutes Although it is commonly believed that in hard times people turn to alcohol to ease or forget their problems, this does not seem to have been the case this past year in Lebanon. Despite all the issues the country has faced, 2018 did not translate into greatly increased sales for the country’s spirit distributors. In

Nicholas Chammas talks current Lebanese trade situation and the way out

Reading Time: 5 minutes On a rainy day in mid-November 2018, Executive sat with the head of the Lebanese Traders Association, Nicholas Chammas, to hear his thoughts on the retail and trade sector in Lebanon. Given the amount of text messages Lebanese receive on a daily basis from stores announcing the latest promotion or the ever-increasing number of discount

Zomato’s journey in Lebanon

Reading Time: 4 minutes When Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah were just food-enthusiasts collecting delivery menus in Mumbai to post online, it is safe to say they did not expect their idea to grow into Zomato, the F&B behemoth we know today. Ten years and 24 countries later, Zomato’s decisions remain guided by one simple mission: to provide better

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