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    SriLankan Airlines to establish its presence in Australia

    Melbourne joins the Airline’s global route network from October 2017 Dubai, UAE, May 29, 2017:  SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, will be establishing its presence in Australia with daily non-stop services to Melbourne commencing October 29th this year.  Australia is home to one of the largest Sri Lankan expatriate communities, many of whom reside in and around Melbourne, the capital of Australia’s ‘Garden State’, Victoria. This factor, together with the tremendous potential for business travel and Victoria’s growing student population convinced the Airline to plan for the launch of non-stop daily services to Melbourne. The non-stop services will also facilitate passengers from the Middle East and South Asia seeking ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Integrates 19 of its National Development Program Graduates Into the Midfield Terminal Building's Readiness Program

      28th May 2017, Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that it has selected 19 candidates from its National Development Program (NDP) to join the Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) team, which was launched earlier this year to prepare the Midfield Terminal Building for operations.  The candidates were selected based on their educational qualifications and performance in the NDP at Abu Dhabi Airports. The move to the ORAT team will give them the opportunity to engage in on-site training and experience to enable them play their role in operating the new terminal once it comes on line.  To celebrate this group Abu Dhabi Airports Board of Directors invited the candidates to the most recent board meeting, which was held at the MTB site, in one of the piers. Their attendance was testament to the ......read more

    PHILIPPINES to Host 6th UNWTO Conference

     Dubai, May 28, 2017:  The Philippines is all set to host top tourism officials from 156 countries for the 6th United Nations World Tourism Organization International (UNWTO) Conference on Tourism Statistics next month. Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said the gathering of tourism ministers, along with their respective entourage, will tackle sustainable tourism, defined by UNWTO as: "Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, environment, and host communities." “The big challenge that we Tourism Ministers must confront is to ensure that future generations enjoy what we are fortunate to enjoy today, particularly our depleting natural resources,” Teo explained. The DOT ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announced as Official Airline Partner of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

    25 May 2017 Thousands of athletes, coaches and supporters to fly with Etihad from around the globe Airline set to deliver world-class hospitality and ground programme for Summer Games Partnership promotes core values of tolerance, diversity and youth engagement Etihad Airways has been unveiled as the official airline partner of the 2019 Special Olympic World Summer Games, an event that will bring more than 7,000 athletes from 170 nations to Abu Dhabi in March of that year.   Special Olympic athletes from the UAE and Etihad Airways Emirati cadet pilots attended a special signing event today, Thursday 25 May, at the headquarters of ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company), another 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games sponsor.   The announcement was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by His ......read more

    Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana Pre-Ramadan Event

    Dubai, May 25, 2017:  Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana, the 5 star hotel and deluxe hotel apartments, hosted a Pre-Ramadan event to showcase the true essence of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The two stunning Rotana properties in Deira invited valued media partners, bloggers, instagrammers, corporate clients, tour operators, travel agencies, bookers and long staying guests in the hotel. During the event, an overview of its enticing offers was announced.  Discover the true spirit of Ramadan at Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Arjaan by Rotana. Make it special with a sumptuous international and Ramadan specialty buffet at Liwan Restaurant, with live Arabic entertainment for just AED 139 per person. Savour the moment with a special Persian & Lebanese Iftar buffet at Shayan Restaurant for just AED 149 per person. ......read more

    SITA Solves the Multi-merchant Challenge for Payment Acceptance at Airports

    First payment solution to support secure payments on common-use platforms now available BRUSSELS – 2017 Air Transport IT Summit – 25 May 2017:  SITA has launched the first payment solution which addresses the need for airlines to be able to accept payments securely at airports when using a shared IT infrastructure. SITA AirportConnect Common Use Payment Service enables payment transactions by multiple airlines on a single payment terminal. Importantly, this is possible with any, and all, of the departure control systems the airlines choose to use.   Airlines use common-use or shared IT infrastructure at airports around the world and this ground-breaking solution has been developed by SITA to support airlines that wish to accept payments at common-use check-in desks, kiosks and bagdrop areas for baggage ......read more

    SITA Explores Emerging World of Mixed Reality for Air Transport Industry

      Early research with Microsoft HoloLens shows potential of mixed reality Dubai, UAE – 2017 Air Transport IT Summit – 24 May 2017 – A new world of mixed reality is emerging and SITA Lab, the research arm of air transport IT provider SITA, is exploring its potential for airlines and airports. Today it released early results of research carried out with Helsinki Airport using Microsoft HoloLens to analyze and manage airport operations in a mixed reality environment.  HoloLens is the world's first self-contained holographic computer, enabling users to engage with digital content and interact with holograms in the world around them. It runs Windows 10, and enables the blending of the physical and digital worlds in ways that were previously impossible. SITA worked with Helsinki Airport to use HoloLens ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Celebrates UAE Youth Innovation at Inaugural Fikra Awards

    24 May 2017 Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has recognised 11 university students from across the UAE at the inaugural Fikra awards ceremony, held at the company’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.  Fikra, which means “idea” in Arabic, was launched in 2016, supporting the UAE government’s drive to encourage innovation among younger generations.  The students were encouraged to think innovatively and harness their entrepreneurial spirit to create ideas that could be implemented in businesses and entities across EAG. More than 2,600 competition ideas were submitted by students, with 502 reaching the final stages. The final awards were presented for eight proposed ideas from the 11 winning students. Ray Gammell, Etihad Aviation Group Interim Group CEO, said: “It is critical that we engage and ......read more

    CEB to Suspend Operations in Kuwait, Doha and Riyadh

    May 24, 2017 – Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) will suspend its service to and from the following destinations: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Kuwait Doha, Qatar CEB will fly the last of its four-times-a-week service from Manila to Kuwait on June 13, 2017, and its Kuwait-Manila flight on June 14, 2017. The thrice-weekly Manila-Doha-Manila route will have its last flight on July 1, 2017; while CEB’s last flight from Manila to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will depart on July 2, 2017, while the Riyadh-Manila flight will leave on July 3, 2017. “The entry of Cebu Pacific into these markets benefitted passengers with lower fares and more choices. Of late, other carriers have aggressively added more flights, which has resulted in substantial oversupply of seats and fares that are so low, hence making the routes ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Launches New Direct Flights From the Middle East to Key Destinations in Turkey

                                   Destinations include various cities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan Dubai, UAE; May 24, 2017: Turkish Airlines, the airline that travels to more destinations than other airline globally has launched new flights from various cities from the Middle East to key touristic destinations in Turkey. The new direct flights will be launched from the cities of Saudi Arabia including Jeddah now with connecting flights to Ankara and Trabzon; Riyadh with flights to Antalya and Trabzon; and from Medina to Ankara. Additional connecting flights include the cities of Dammam, Yanbu, and Al Qassim all travelling to Trabzon.    Kuwait City is another city benefitting from the new flights and now connecting ......read more

    Finland 100 years: Finnair Showcases Finnish Food Culture with New Collaborations

      May 24, 2017 - Dubai - UAE In conjunction with Finland’s upcoming centennial anniversary, Finnair is launching three new food collaborations for its onboard meals. The collaborations, which intend to promote Finland’s healthy and hearty food culture, are done in cooperation with the ELO Foundation, an association dedicated to the promotion of Finnish food culture. Business class for long-haul flights leaving Helsinki For business class customers flying out of Helsinki on long-haul flights between October 4 and January 9, Finnair’s Signature Menu chef, Eero Vottonen, has put together an exclusive 100 years-themed menu to celebrate the culinary nuances of Finnish food. The menu features delicacies such as Baltic herring, a Karelian stew and a cep mushroom soup flavored with cured elk. Vottonen, ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Airport Adds SmartWings' Prague Service to Schedule

    RAK Airport’s 2017 First Quarter improves on record 2016: Double digit growth for aircraft movements Passenger numbers up 9% y-o-y Cargo grows 15% y-o-y with new operators Charter flights to run through the summer Ras Al Khaimah - 23 May, 2017: Following an exceptional first quarter, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has celebrated with the arrival of a new scheduled operation between the emirate and Prague, the Czech capital. The operator is SmartWings, the Czech Republic’s most prominent low-cost carrier. The service will start with a weekly flight to a destination that is becoming increasing popular with UAE and regional residents. With its historic centre and varied architecture, “The City of a Hundred Spires” is one of Europe’s most attractive tourist destinations. Engr. ......read more

    Alaska Airlines and Finnair Announce Frequent Flyer Partnership

      Alaska Airlines and Finnair are teaming up to give members of their frequent flyer programs the opportunity to earn miles/points on both airlines as Finnair expands its wings with new flights from San Francisco. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with European-favorite Finnair, as they launch their first West Coast service from our San Francisco hub to Helsinki on June 1,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Our Mileage Plan members will be able to fly Finnair to over 60 destinations in Europe from San Francisco, Chicago and New York’s JFK.” Alaska Airlines recently announced a major expansion of its San Francisco service. Alaska, along with Virgin America, now has 83 daily departures from San Francisco to 35 ......read more

    April Registers 5.6% Increase in Passenger Traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport

    22th May 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) handled in excess of 2 million passengers in the month of April this year, representing a 5.6% increase in airport traffic compared with April of 2016, which reached 1.9 million.  Key highlights: •    Total arrivals: 1,050,520 up by 6.6%, total departures: 1,019,835 up by 5.8%, and total transfer passengers: 1,311,262 up by 6.1%. •    Traffic to India, one of the airport’s main traffic drivers representing 18% of the total passengers this month, has shown an increase of 1.9% in April this year compared to April 2016.  •    Saudi Arabia has become the number 2 destination, growing sharply by 17.4%, affected by the significant increase in traffic to Riyadh and Jeddah ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim's second hangar on track for year-end completion

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 22, 2017:  As part of its expansion plan, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, a joint venture between DC Aviation Group based in Germany and Al-Futtaim, has announced that its second hangar located at Dubai South is on course for completion before the end of the year.  The 6,800sqm hangar will more than double the hangar capacity bringing its total land-side plot area to 24,000sqm and apron area to 13,000sqm. The new hangar will enable DCAF to add two single-aisle aircraft maintenance bays and provide enough space for an additional workshop and equipment storage. It will also significantly increase the number and size of aircraft that can be accommodated at the facility. Commenting on the progress of the new hangar, Holger Ostheimer, Managing Director of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, said: “The ......read more

    VFS Global's top tips to beat the summer visa rush

    Dubai, UAE, May 21 2017:  With summer just around the corner, it’s time to put those vacation plans into motion. Sometimes though, the logistics of planning a trip can make the process stressful for travellers - but not anymore! Whether you’re flying alone or with family, VFS Global has come up with a selection of innovative, intuitively designed services to make the visa application process for Middle Eastern travellers a smooth one. Please find below a selection of topical tips on how you can make your visa application process a breeze this summer. My schedule is too busy. Is it possible to submit a visa application without leaving my home or office? Of course! VFS Global’s first-of-its-kind ‘doorstep’ visa service offers the ultimate in convenience for UK, Switzerland, South Africa and Czech ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Promotes Heat Safety in Working Environment

    21 May 2017, Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Airports has begun its heat stress campaign advising staff and contractors on how to cope with extreme weather conditions over the summer. The annual campaign will continue over the months between May and September, in line with the Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety & Health Centre (OSHAD)’ Code of Practice 11.0, on guarding against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments during the hot summer months. The company is holding lectures in Arabic, English, Urdu and Hindi at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain International Airport and Al Bateen Executive Airport, and displaying multi lingual posters and dehydration awareness charts, to equip workers with all the information they need to be able to understand and recognize heat related issues and safeguard against ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Launch A380 Flights to Paris

    World’s Largest Passenger Jet Features Airline’s Award-Winning Three-Room Suite, ‘The Residence’ Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 21 2017:  Etihad Airways today announced the year-round deployment of its award-winning Airbus A380 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to Paris route. The superjumbo, which features ‘The Residence’ - the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner - will operate from 1 July on one of its twice-daily services from the UAE’s capital city to the capital of France. Paris becomes the airline’s latest A380 long-haul destination following London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne. With the 496-seat aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777, Etihad Airways will offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and Sydney via the airline’s Abu ......read more

    Etihad Airways is a Winner at Middle East call Centre Awards

    20 May 2017 Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE, has tasted success at the INSIGHTS Middle East Call Centre Awards. The annual competition is now in its 12th year and sets the regional benchmark for remote customer interaction success. The airline collected two prestigious awards at the ceremony held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai on 16th May 2017. They were awarded with Best Large Call Centre for their three UAE Contact Centres and Call Centre Manager of the Year awarded to Ahmed Murshed, the Al Ain Contact Centre Manager.  Ruth Birkin, Head of Global Contact Centres for Etihad Airways, said: “I am delighted that the team has again been recognised for their service quality and their commitment to constantly developing the services we offer further. As well as providing tailored solutions to guests, ......read more

    New Partnership to Enhance Quality Assurance and Safety in Global Aviation Fueling

                     17 May 2017 (Dubai, UAE) -The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Joint Inspection Group (JIG), and Airlines for America (A4A) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen and promote Safety and Quality Assurance in global aviation fueling activities.  “Maintaining the quality of the aviation fuel supply and the supporting infrastructure and operations is vital to the safe and efficient functioning of the air transport industry. This MoU, covering all airport fuel storage and handling, puts forward an industry-level program for application of standards and a single global reference for airline inspections. This is a great step forward in further promoting global safety and efficiency,” said Hemant Mistry, ......read more

    Experts Highlight Aviation Industry Challenges and Opportunities at Global Airport Leaders' Forum (GALF)

    2-day forum discussed key aviation challenges and opportunities Dubai, May 17, 2017: Aviation leaders and experts highlighted key aviation industry issues, challenges and opportunities for the industry worldwide during the 5th Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF), which concluded today.  Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the two-day forum, co-located with the Airport Show, was hosted by Reed Exhibitions Middle East and organised by CAPA- Centre for Aviation. Uncertain oil price is one of the major concerns for the aviation industry and advanced technology will play an important role to increase the customer experience, which is most important, said ......read more

    Latest Innovative Smart Technology and Solutions on Display at Airport Show 2017

      World’s first virtual reality application for airports launched Exhibitors display devices that enhance passenger safety and comfort DUBAI, May 16, 2017:  The 17th edition of the Airport Show, currently underway at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) with over 300 exhibitors from 50 countries, witnessed a wide line-up of latest smart and innovative technologies and solutions set to transform the rapidly growing aviation industry.  Oman Airport Management Company (OAMC) introduced the world’s first virtual reality applications, while Nuctech displayed the world’s first 3D scanner for airports. Among the other prominent latest technology solutions being showcased are  a contactless energy and data distribution, termed as the smart future of airfield ......read more

    ADNEC Highlights Abu Dhabi as Ideal MICE Destination at IMEX Frankfurt 2017

    Abu Dhabi-UAE: 15 May, 2017 – Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) is marking an emphatic participation at the 2017 edition of Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events (IMEX), the largest European trade show for the international congress, conference and events sector, currently underway at Messe Frankfurt in Germany. The delegation from ADNEC is attending various co-located events including the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) Sales & Marketing Summit, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) General Assembly, ICCA Venue Sector Meeting, ICCA Middle East Chapter Meeting and IMEX Association Evening. As part of the agenda, ADNEC will host a breakfast meet-and-greet for key clients on 17 May at the Abu Dhabi pavilion at IMEX. Held in partnership with ......read more

    HH Sheikh Ahmed Opens Airport Show 2017 on Robust Growth in Aviation

      Sheikh Ahmed: Aviation industry expansion in the Middle East continues to surpass average global growth rates World’s largest annual dedicated airport event has over 300 exhibitors from 50 countries  Germany celebrates 17 years of participation at Airport Show Women in Aviation Middle East hold 2nd General Assembly with over 300 delegates Dubai, May 15, 2017: His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, inaugurated the 17th Airport Show at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) with over 300 companies from 50 countries participating in the three-day show, expected to be attended by over 7,500 aviation industry ......read more

    His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al-Qasimi Inaugurates New Ras Al Khaimah Sailing Club

    15th May 2017 His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi gives royal approval to new Sailing Club of Ras Al Khaimah during official opening at Al Hamra Marina; The venue has already hosted a number of leading events, including the Asian Youth Sailing Cup Final The latest addition to Ras Al Khaimah’s burgeoning leisure scene, the Sailing Club of Ras Al Khaimah, has been officially launched by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, a member of the ruling family of Ras Al Khaimah, during the recent grand opening at Al Hamra Marina. The venue, located within Al Hamra Real Estate’s Al Hamra Village, is the latest addition to the facilities offered by Al Hamra Marina. It is set to further boost the emirate’s credentials as a leading destination for sailing and watersports by welcoming a host of ......read more

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    Honeywell's Airport Innovations Take Flight at the Airport Show 2017

    Industry leader showcases smart airport technologies for landside, airside and in the terminal                  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 15, 2017 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON), a trusted provider of intelligent airport solutions worldwide, will demonstrate that the sky is not the limit at The Airport Show 2017, being held from May 15-17 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). Honeywell will be exhibiting in Hall 5 at Stand #5150.     At The Airport Show 2017, Honeywell will ......read more

    Gulf aviation project value reaches Dh210 Billion as travel demand grows

    UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman’s aviation infrastructure to help fuel travel and tourism sectors and accelerate the economic growth of the region The total estimated value of 152 aviation-related projects in the GCC exceeded US$57 billion (Dh210 billion) in the first quarter of 2017, according to BNC Intelligence Around 46 per cent of the region’s aviation projects are located in Saudi Arabia More than two-thirds of all aviation-related projects in the Middle East are being executed in the GCC countries Nearly a fifth of the aviation projects with a combined ......read more

    Meliá Improves Its Revenues and Business Figures in the First Quarter of 2017

    May 2017, Dubai - After announcing the addition of eight hotels in Cuba to enhance the quality of inland tourism in the country, the company has now signed 15 hotels worldwide The company aims to improve returns to shareholders by increasing the pay-out ratio on 2016 results to 30% The "Easter effect" penalises results in the first quarter compared to the previous year, and will benefit results in the second quarter Business performance:   Total revenues increased by 5.4% Global RevPAR grew by 8.3%, of which 83% can be ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group is a Triple Winner at CIPS Middle East Awards

    11 May 2017 The Procurement and Supply Management team at Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) were the overall winners at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing Supply (CIPS) Middle East Awards, winning three awards including the prestigious accolade of the ‘MENA Procurement and Supply Team of the Year’. The winners were announced following the conclusion of the CIPS Middle East Conference on 9 May. In addition to the ‘Team of the Year’ award, the company also won awards for ‘Best Contribution to the Reputation of the Profession’ and ‘Best ......read more

    Increased GCC visitor numbers swell ATM 2017

    International visitors up 7% ATM records 71% growth since 2012 Over 100 new exhibitors debut at ATM 2017 Responsible tourism to be key theme of 2018 event  Dubai, UAE, May 9, 2017:  This year’s Arabian Travel Market witnessed a 10% increase in visitors from the GCC and a 7% increase in international visitors to the event, which was held in Dubai World Trade Centre from April 24-27. For the second year in succession, visitor numbers smashed through the 28,000 mark – the show saw a 71% increase in visitors over the last five years.  Simon Press, ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Leadership Transition Update: Interim Group CEO Confirmed

    8 May 2017 Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – The Etihad Aviation Group Board of Directors today appointed Ray Gammell as interim Group CEO, and confirmed that James Hogan, current President and Group CEO, will leave the company on 1 July 2017.   Consistent with the company’s leadership transition plan, Gammell will assume full management responsibilities from today. Gammell is Etihad Aviation Group’s current Chief People & Performance Officer and has been a member of the Executive Leadership since joining the business in 2009, where he has led the creation of ......read more

    Large-Scale projects attract French experts to Airport Show Dubai 2017

    13 Airport Specialists Exhibiting on the French Pavilion United Arab Emirates, 7th May 2017:  Business France, the national agency in charge of the international development of the French economy will gather 13 companies on the French pavilion at Airport Show Dubai. The tradeshow is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and CEO of Emirates. With an airport infrastructures and equipment market expected to reach $100 billion by 2020, 250 million passengers planned for ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Maintains Position as Favourite Destination in United Arab Emirates

    Guest Experience in the Middle East report reaffirms Abu Dhabi’s place in top spot for UAE Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 6 May 2017: Abu Dhabi has maintained its position as the number one destination in the UAE for guest satisfaction in a report by travel and hotel data specialist organisation, Olery.    The report’s findings highlight Abu Dhabi’s leading position among cities in the Arabian Gulf, with the overall Guest Experience Index™ registering an 82.8 score, up from 82.2 from the 2016 report.  As such, Abu Dhabi provides one of ......read more

    NAIA Terminal Fee Exemption for Filipino Expats Goes Online at CEB

    May 2, 2017—The Philippines’ largest airline, Cebu Pacific (CEB), works hand-in-hand with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to exempt Filipino expats from paying the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC), or the Terminal Fee, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Filipino expats flying with Cebu Pacific to their job site do not need to pay NAIA Terminal Fee, which is worth around AED 40.  Passengers who booked through CEB’s ticketing offices or travel agencies have to present valid documents at the time of purchase. For bookings ......read more

    Mӧvenpick Hotels & Resorts signs agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives

    Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives will offer contemporary elegance in Noonu Atoll. BANGKOK, Thailand, 27 April 2017 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives. The planned 105-unit resort, Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives, will be situated on the remote Kuredhivaru Island in Noonu Atoll, providing a desirable sanctuary surrounded by pristine natural beauty in the exclusive northern part of the Maldives. It is scheduled to open during the second quarter of 2018. The contemporary ......read more

    Turkey, World's 10th Biggest Country in ISBN Rankings

    The number of books per capital in Turkey was 8.5 in 2016; most acclaimed Turkish literary works displayed in Abu Dhabi Book Fair With 2,312 literary works being sold in 66 countries and translated into 59 languages, Turkey’s literary industry has become the world’s 11th largest publishing market. Some of these literary works will be displayed at Abu Dhabi’s upcoming International Book Fair, along with many other international counterparts. “Turkey has always been a center for culture and the arts,” said Mr. Hamdi Tursucu, Turkish Ministry of Culture and ......read more

    Travellers Return to Booking with Traditional Agents in Digital Twist

      After years of tough competition with Online Travel Agents (OTAs), traditional agencies are re-gaining popularity as travellers seek out bespoke service and specialist advice over discounted deals 27 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Traditional travel agencies have an opportunity to re-capture the market share previously lost to OTAs by converging operations to digital and social media platforms, delegates at the Arabian Travel Market 2017 Digital Transformation Summit have learned.  Addressing the summit on 25 April, 2017, Benjo Van Laar Hoven, Chief Executive Officer, ......read more

    Middle East Experiential Travel is Now ‘The Real Deal'

    DCTCM outlines plans to combine Dubai’s rich cultural and latest attractions to build on Q1 2017 visitor numbers of 4.57 million 27 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: GCC countries must marry the very latest attractions with their rich cultural offerings to maximise their tourism potential, according to panellists at the latest seminar session at Arabian Travel Market, entitled ‘The Real Deal: Why selling local experiences matters’. Moderated by Karen Osman, Managing Director of Travel Ink, the discussion involved Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce ......read more

    Tourism key for economic growth and diversification in the MENA region

    Dubai, April 26, 2017:  Tourism can be a key driver of the growth and economic diversification for the Middle East and North Africa region concluded the 2017 Ministerial Forum organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates. Yet, maximizing the power of the sector requires increased regional cooperation, prioritization of tourism in the national agendas and building resilience and sustainability (Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 April, ......read more

    Amadeus Shares its Innovation Journey, 30 Years in the Making

      From the 1980s into the future – Amadeus discussed the past, present and future of travel at Arabian Travel Market Dubai, UAE, 26 April: Amadeus celebrated its 30 year anniversary and showcased innovative solutions, at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM). As one of the leading providers of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry, Amadeus has been a driving force in the sector’s innovation for 30 years and has a strong vision for the future.  Founded in 1987, Amadeus has been committed to delivering the most innovative solutions for the ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Strategic Partner Jet Airways Sign Landmark Tourism Agreement with the State Government of Maharashtra

    26 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and strategic partner Jet Airways, India’s full-service premium international carrier, have signed a ground breaking agreement with the Government of Maharashtra to promote tourism to the western Indian state. The partnership will enable both airlines to capitalise on their strong links with Maharashtra and further propel domestic and international arrivals into the state capital Mumbai and beyond. It is the first time an Indian state has signed a tourism collaboration agreement with ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines' Boosts Services to Middle East & Asia Pacific

    Airline targets 25% growth from GCC countries this year  26 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: With comprehensive and structured expansion plans in place, SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is set for a takeoff to fresh growth across some of its most valued global markets. SriLankan Airlines' has reinforced its existing services to the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and China, while targeting fresh destinations in Australasia, according to plans revealed at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. With increasing ......read more

    First Investor Group Hospitality Division Carlton Hotel Management Targets 2000 Rooms by 2020

    Dubai-based The First Investor group, a subsidiary of Al Fardan Group, aims to increase its hospitality inventory of rooms by 51% in 2020. Carlton Hotel Management is targeting to add 683 new rooms over the next three years that will take its total count to 2000 rooms from the current 1317. Out of the existing keys in operation, 1142 rooms are in Dubai, 85 in Jordan and 90 in the Czech Republic. With an aggressive expansion strategy, Carlton Hotel Management has quickly emerged as a major player in the hospitality sector with a total investment of over AED 2.2 billion in various hotel ......read more

    Statement on Alitalia

    26 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: James Hogan, President and Chief Executive of the Etihad Aviation Group, and Vice Chairman of Alitalia, said:  “We deeply regret the Alitalia staff vote outcome, which means that all parties will lose:  Alitalia’s employees, its customers and its shareholders, and ultimately also Italy, for which Alitalia is an ambassador all over the world.   “Alitalia’s shareholders, including Etihad Airways, have provided vast amounts of financial and commercial support during the past three years. Jointly with the Italian ......read more

    HMH - Hospitality Management Holding Launches ‘Bahi Hotels & Resorts' – A New Luxury Hotel Brand

    HMH – Hospitality Management Holding unveiled today at the Arabian Travel Market ‘Bahi Hotels & Resorts’ – a new 5-star hotel brand designed for luxury seekers. Making the announcement, Mr. Brett Schafer, Chief Executive Officer of Faisal Holding, stated, “We are proud to launch ‘Bahi Hotels & Resorts’ that is a fantastic addition to our impressive portfolio of existing brands serving varied market segments. Reflecting the highest level of service, attention to detail and refinement, Bahi has been conceptualised to provide both business and ......read more

    Sheraa and Air Arabia collaborate to launch ‘Travel and Tourism' track

    The region’s largest low-cost carrier will support Sheraa’s initiatives through mentorship and funding new businesses that cater to the industry Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2017:  Coming on the heels of its successful inaugural accelerator showcase day, Sheraa - a launch pad for aspiring entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates - is making swift progress to expand the portfolio of industries tapped by its growing community of budding entrepreneurs. The latest addition comes in the form of a collaboration with Air Arabia, the Middle East and North ......read more

    Sustainability and Inclusion Remains Key Driver for Ras Al Khaimah's Tourism Industry

    RAKTDA CEO Haitham Mattar highlights commitment to continue emirate’s drive towards sustainable tourism during the UNWTO and ATM Ministerial Forum 2017 Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 25 April 2017: Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has reaffirmed the emirate’s commitment in promoting a sustainable tourism industry during this year’s United Nations World Tourism Organization and Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum. Held under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, the ......read more

    Arabian Travel Market 2017 opens

    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tours ATM, the Middle East’s leading travel and tourism event as it celebrates 24 years of industry milestones His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was joined by dignitaries including HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO of the Emirates Group; and His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai's Department of ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines' Announces Growth Plans at ATM 2017

    Boost in services to Middle East & Asia Pacific  25 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: With comprehensive and structured expansion plans in place, SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is set for a takeoff to fresh growth across some of its most valued global markets. SriLankan Airlines' has reinforced its existing services to the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and China, while targeting fresh destinations in Australasia, according to plans revealed at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. With increasing demand ......read more

    Unforgettable family memories are at the heart of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts' new global programme

    New programme offers baby essentials on-demand, healthy children’s menus, family-friendly services, locally-inspired activities and special room discounts     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 April 2017 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has launched “Mövenpick Family” a new global programme designed to take all the stress - and sometimes distress - out of holidays, leaving parents to focus on what really matters — creating family memories that will last a lifetime. The new Family Programme available in all Mövenpick properties ......read more

    GCC Turns to China and India to Boost Growth in Tourism Receipts

    •    Chinese outbound tourism market currently growing 6.7% year-on-year; India experiencing average growth of 7% •    Indian visitors to Abu Dhabi up 15% in 2016 •    Oman has seen an increase of 60% in Indian visitors over the last five years •    Over half-a-million Chinese tourists visited Dubai in 2016 24 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Major tourism destinations in the GCC will increase efforts to target Indian and Chinese inbound tourists, as regional and international guests from Europe continue to ......read more

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