Hospitality & Tourism articles

Waiting for (President) Godot

Waiting for (President) Godot

Executive met with Pierre Ashkar, head of the Hotel Owners Association in Lebanon, to discuss the hotels’ performance this year as well as the main issues and concerns affecting hotel owners. E   According to tourist numbers and hotel occupancy rates, it appears that the year 2015 started off well for hotels in Lebanon, correct?

Blowing in the wind

The prosperity of Beirut’s hotel industry continues to ebb and flow. Room occupancies increase at the earliest signs of stabilization in Beirut’s security situation, only to drop as soon as a bombing or other attacks disturb the peace. Yet hoteliers in Lebanon refuse to give up, and are targeting different segments of the tourist market

A tale of two countries

Addmind is primarily known for creating successful entertainment concepts and venues such as Iris, Indie and White, which was the winner of the 2015 World’s Finest Clubs Award. The year 2015 saw the company re-enter the food and beverage (F&B) domain, following a few unsuccessful ventures 10 years ago. The company took over the La

Dancing to a different beat

Among the first things you hear about the Lebanese people is how much they love to party and go out. This reputation still prevails, and although those in the food and beverage (F&B) industry are facing more challenging circumstances by the year, they still say their business is performing a lot better than other sectors

Regulating Lebanon’s grapes

Winemaking is a rapidly growing industry in Lebanon. Fifteen years ago we only had a handful of wineries to speak of; today the country boasts 42 wineries, according to oenologue and Les Caves De Taillevent General Manager Paul Choueiry. The industry as a whole produces approximately 8 million bottles (an estimate of the Union Vinicole

A tale of family and tradition

Chateau Musar celebrated its 85th anniversary in October 2015 in style with a grand party. Despite the festivities, however, the winery has suffered a solemn year, with the death of winemaker and co-owner Serge Hochar, one of the sons of Chateau Musar’s founder Gaston Hochar, on the last day of 2014. Ronald Hochar, Serge’s brother

Spreading Lebanon’s wineries across the globe

The Union Vinicole du Liban (UVL), Lebanon’s association of wine producers, was founded in 1997 to defend and promote Lebanese wineries’ interests and image abroad. It was established at a time when Lebanon was just beginning to export its wine in significant quantities, according to the association’s website. Today, the UVL represents 23 out of

New wines on the block

Although 2015 did not see the launch of any new wineries in Lebanon, two existing wineries have nonetheless expanded their product offerings to introduce new labels to both local and export markets. Executive provides further insight into these new vintages in the profiles below, including their positioning within the wineries’ product lines, their target clientele

Downtown blues

Beirut Central District (BCD) is home to flagship stores of international high end retail brands such as Armani and Hermes; it is also where five star hotels such as The Four Seasons, Le Gray and Phoenicia are located, and where many restaurants and cafés, whether in Minet el-Hosn, Zaitunay Bay or Uruguay Street, can be

The cluster men

It all began in 2005, when Rabih Saba and Marwan Ayoub, who were at the time employed by multinational companies, decided to make some extra money on the side through freelance consulting work for hospitality companies in Lebanon. They have since come a long way. Today, they are the managing partners of Venture Group, a