INTERVIEW: General manager, Millennium Atria Business Bay, Christian Palacin

Millennium Atria Business Bay

General manager, Millennium Atria Business Bay, Christian Palacin speaks to TTG about the freshly opened property and its unique offering, as well as his goals at this year’s Arabian Travel Market 2019.

TTG: Please tell our readers about Millennium Atria Business Bay.
The recently opened Millennium Atria Business Bay is the 40th property of Millennium Hotels & Resorts in the Middle East and Africa region and the first hotel of Deyaar Development, one of the UAE’s leading property development and real estate companies. The 30-storey Millennium Atria Business Bay features 347 well-designed studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and duplex apartments. The property’s unique design was created by YOO studios, a company founded by John Hitchcox and Philippe Starck. Facilities within the hotel include an all-day dining restaurant, grab and go, a podium terrace with cinema projection, an infinity pool on the 25th floor, a gymnasium and a kids’ club.

TTG: What is your message at ATM and what are you promoting this year?Millennium Atria Business Bay is a very interesting product, well positioned in Dubai’s Business Bay. The apartments are some of the largest in the area, the design is unique and features luxury furnishings, and our apartments provide all international amenities and the latest technology. As such, we have been rated by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing as a deluxe hotel apartment.
In addition, the property enjoys an ideal location in the heart of Business Bay, with easy access to both international airports and all the key business and leisure areas.

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TTG: What is your plan of action for 2019 and how do you predict the rest of the year will go for your business?
Millennium Atria Business Bay is the perfect addition to the Millennium brands in the UAE, and due to the property configuration and flexibility, as well as the excellent location, it will target different markets and segments. To promote the new property as well as the brand, we will be present in various travel exhibitions, such as the Arabian Travel Market and the World Travel Market London, and will participate in GCC roadshows organised by DTCM to gain extra exposure.

TTG: What were last year’s most prominent travel trends and how are you facilitating them?
Business Bay is gradually becoming a very popular place for people to live and work, and our property enjoys the ideal location for business as well as for leisure clients. It is only minutes away from Downtown Dubai, as well as the World Trade Center and other business and entertainment areas.
Besides this, its opening could not have come at a more appropriate time – ready to serve the increased number of tourists ahead of the Expo 2020.
Millennium Atria Business Bay complements Dubai’s tourism industry and is well positioned to serve visitors to the Expo 2020, which will attract 25 million visitors in just six months.