General manager, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media City, David Allan

Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media City

General manager, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media City, David Allan brings TTG up to speed with the property’s very latest updates, and provides insight on regional travel trends.

TTG: Please share with our readers your latest news.

We’ve recently ‘suited up’ our flagship Italian restaurant, Certo. It’s looking great and we’re really pleased with the feedback form our regular guests as well as the praise from newer ones.

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The food has been given a bit of TLC as well, and really complements the new look of the space. We have high hopes for Certo for the rest of this year.

The market will continue to be tough but we’ve ridden the decline pretty well thus far and our expectation is for that to continue.

TTG: What current travel trends are you noticing?

We’re noticing more and more millennials choosing and indeed seeing luxury as a viable option. The original assumption on millennials was that they would broadly go for designer, tech savvy hotels but what we’ve seen certainly contradicts that particular assertion.

TTG: How have you seen the tourism industry evolve over the recent year?

Millennials have been impacting how the tourism industry sells itself over the past 12 months or so. Rather than marketing designed to accentuate every facet of the hotels, many hotels are now using bespoke marketing campaigns targeted at specific areas of what they can offer to guests, rather than lazily sell the whole experience, as has been the norm in the past.