Central Hotels confirms participation at Arabian Travel Market

TTN Worldwide | April 17, 2019

Central Hotels is all set for a strong presence at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019 with several announcements lined up during the show.Confirming the group’s presence at ATM, Abdulla Al Abdulla, chief operating officer for Central Hotels, stated: “ATM 2019 will be the perfect platform for us to showcase and promote our existing and upcoming portfolio of hotels as well as expand the network of Central Hotels by securing new business partners. In 2018, we successfully launched two outstanding five-star properties in Dubai - Royal Central Hotel The Palm and Canal Central Hotel Business Bay. Continuing our expansion, we are going to unveil this year another luxurious hotel in Dubai ‘C Central The Palm’. In addition, we have three other fabulous properties under development in the emirates including the Diamond Central Business Bay, Island Central and Central House Citywalk focused on millennials.”

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