Worldhotels eyes Middle East region


WORLDHOTELS, the Europe-based group for independent hotels and regional hotel brands worldwide, has introduced four toll-free numbers in the region, to make it easier to book their hotels in 300 destinations and 70 countries around the world.

The numbers have been introduced due to the fact that customers in the Middle East prefer to book hotel rooms by telephone. With the toll-free numbers they will benefit from the added advantages of having no time-zone issues, being able to speak with an operator in their own language and not incurring a cost for the phone call. The service, in both Arabic and English, is operational from 9am to 8pm Saturdays through Wednesdays and 9am to 1pm Thursdays local Mid-East time. In the UAE, dial 800 0650 573, Bahrain 80004162, Saudi Arabia 8008656004, and in Egypt 3656065 in Cairo and 02-3656065 outside Cairo.
The company is eyeing the region to increase its geographical spread as well as the number of properties represented under its umbrella. It currently represents nine properties in the GCC, Levant and North Africa. Specific markets Worldhotels is looking at are Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Cairo and Doha, said Worldhotels’ Ingo Guerges.
A number of new member hotels have recently been added to the Worldhotels global portfolio that particularly appeal to the Middle-Eastern travel connoisseur, including the Steigenberger spa & resorts in Germany and Switzerland, the Hotel des Sers in Paris, and the world-famous Forte Village resort in Sardinia, Italy.