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IATA and Airlines for America Launch Baggage Tracking Campaign

23 July 2017 (Geneva):  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines for America (A4A), have launched a year-long global campaign related to baggage tracking with the goal of reducing mishandled bags in addition to increasing efficiency in baggage operations.  Annually, more than 4 billion bags are carried by airlines globally. Less than 0.43 percent do not arrive with their owners. The industry is determined to do even better and has agreed to Resolution 753 (R753). By June 2018, airlines have committed to being able to track a bag when it is accepted at the airport, loaded onto the aircraft, transferred to the arrival system or put into the transfer system for carriage by another airline. Airlines should also be able to share this tracking information with interline carriers as needed. “Arriving ......read more

Abu Dhabi Summer Season Stakeholders Set for Emirate-Wide Programme of Entertainment

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 18 July 2017:  Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the organiser of this year’s Abu Dhabi Summer Season running from July 20 to August 20, held a networking meeting with partners and stakeholders at the Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island to help drive the success of the event. Representatives from the Authority met with companies from the public and private sectors to see how all could work together during the month-long programme of entertainment across the emirate. This year’s edition of Abu Dhabi Summer Season is being held at venues and malls across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain Region and Al Dhafra Region and includes ten live shows, hundreds of retail discounts at 12 participating malls, restaurant deals and the chance to win one of five luxury BMW cars.

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Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Reports Double-Digit Year-on-Year Visitor Growth in H1

Robust January-June growth in domestic and international visitors, hotel guest nights and length of stay keeps Emirate on track to welcome 900,000 visitors in 2017 ‘Best-ever’ summer predicted as hotels report 27 per cent year-on-year increase in June guest arrivals Ras Al Khaimah, UAE – 13th July, 2017: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions, has revealed Ras Al Khaimah is on track to surpass its annual visitor target after the emirate’s hotels reported a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in international guest arrivals during the first six months of the year.   In addition to double-digit year-on-year growth in guest arrivals during H1, average hotel occupancy jumped to ......read more

Abu Dhabi Tops Leading UK Travel Firm's “Most Wanted” List for 2017

13 July 2017   Gold Medal, a leading UK travel company, has heralded Abu Dhabi as one of its most popular destinations for this summer following a surge in demand from British holidaymakers visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As a travel consolidator, offering a variety of online travel services and products including airfares, hotel reservations and car rental to travel agents, Gold Medal , has reported a remarkable 294 per cent rise on the previous year in forward 2017 summer holiday bookings from the UK to the UAE capital. Etihad Airways operates five weekly flights from Edinburgh, and flies twice daily from Manchester and three daily Airbus A380 flights from London Heathrow, to Abu Dhabi. James Harrison, Etihad Airways General Manager UK, said: “We are very pleased that Abu Dhabi is proving so ......read more

Dubai expects to welcome record high passenger numbers at airports this summer

  Sheikh Ahmed:  Smart technology enabling passengers to speed through passport control within seconds Angela Gittens: Financial health of airport industry intact Khalid Al Arif: Middle East needs system similar to Eurocontrol for air traffic management Dubai, July 12, 2017:  Dubai is set to witness a record high passenger numbers at airports this summer. Last year, passenger traffic in July was 14 per cent higher compared to previous year and Dubai Airports welcomed over 22.4 million people from July to September.  “This year, we expect passenger numbers to surpass last year numbers,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Chairman of Dubai Airports, in his message in the latest issue of Via Dubai, the official monthly ......read more

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim to start offering jet fuel from its facility at Dubai South

Dubai, UAE, July 11, 2017:  DC Aviation Al-Futtaim is expanding its services to its private and business jet clients to include the sale of Jet A-1 fuel from its facility at Dubai South. Attached is the press release and an image of a business jet being refuelled at the DCAF facility.

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Air Arabia First International Flight to Commence Operations at Sohar Airport

10 July 2017 Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) launched its inaugural flight to Sohar yesterday, making it the first international flight to commence operations at the Sohar Airport. The Air Arabia flight will operate three times a week, on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, departing from Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 08:00 hours, and arriving at Sohar International Airport (OHS) at 08:40 local time. The return flight departs from Sohar at 09:20, landing in Sharjah at 10:00 local time. The new route complements Air Arabia’s existing operations in Muscat and Salalah, boosts travel and trade opportunities between the two Gulf countries, and provides hassle-free travel options to the residents of Sohar. 

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Passenger Demand Moderates from Recent Peak but Stays Strong

9 July 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for May showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 7.7% compared to the same month in 2016. This was slower than the 10.9% growth recorded in April. However, this still was well ahead of the 5- and 10-year average growth rates. Capacity climbed 6.1%, and load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to 80.1%, which was a record high for the month. All regions, excluding the Middle East and North America, posted record-high May load factors.    After adjusting for inflation, airfares at the start of the second quarter were around 6% lower than a year ago. IATA estimates that this contributed to around two-fifths of the annual growth in passenger traffic seen in May. However, ......read more

Global Air Freight Demand Increases 13% in May

Dubai, UAE, July 6, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), grew 12.7% in May 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. This was up from the 8.7% annual growth recorded in April 2017 and is more than three times higher than the five year average growth rate of 3.8%.  Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 5.2% year-on-year in May 2017.  The continued growth of air freight demand is consistent with an improvement in world trade. This, in turn, corresponds with new global export orders remaining close to a six-year high in May. There are, however, some signs that the cyclical growth period may have peaked. The global inventory-to-sales ratio, for ......read more

British Airways Announces Partnership with the White Company

British Airways today announced its plans to give customers a great night’s sleep in the sky through a partnership with the luxury lifestyle brand, The White Company.  The iconic British retailer will supply bedding and amenity kits in Club World as part of the airline’s £400m customer investment plan, with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all. Later this year, customers travelling in Club World between Heathrow and New York JFK will be given a new elegant day cushion which will double up as a fantastic lumbar support when working or relaxing on board.  Exclusively for British Airways, The White Company have also designed a bespoke, luxuriously soft large pillow and white cotton pillowcase to enhance customers’ comfort and to help them sleep well in the ......read more

Air Arabia touches down in Trabzon, Turkey

Trabzon joins Istanbul as Air Arabia’s latest Turkish destination Five weekly flights connecting Sharjah and Trabzon  Sharjah, UAE; 5 July 2017:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) launched its inaugural flight to Trabzon as its latest Turkish destination.    The new seasonal and direct service provides passengers the chance to discover Turkey’s historic port city, in addition to its already existing services to Istanbul.   The flight operates five times weekly on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the flight departs Sharjah International Airport at 21:45, and arrives at Trabzon International Airport at 00:20 local time the next day. The return service will depart ......read more

flydubai to roll out new uniform

Wednesday, July 5, 2017:  Dubai-based flydubai is excited to announce today the roll out of a new uniform as it enters its ninth year of operation. The new design will be worn by more than 2,500 uniformed staff across the flydubai network; including Pilots, Cabin Crew, Training, Engineering and Maintenance staff as well as members of staff at the airport and flydubai Travel Shops. This is the carrier’s first uniform redesign since its first flight took to the sky on 01 June 2009. The roll out of this new look is scheduled to coincide with the introduction of the airline’s first Boeing 737 MAX 8, which will join the flydubai fleet later this year. For an exclusive look at the new uniform before it’s rolled out, check out the video below. Commenting on the launch of the new uniform, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief ......read more

Hamburg – A Perfect Family Destination

Rising GCC tourist numbers to Hamburg reaffirm city’s popularity Dubai, 4 July 2017 – Recent tourist numbers and overnight hotel stay figures in the port city of Hamburg have reaffirmed the city’s popularity among travellers from the GCC region, according to the Hamburg Tourism Board. The latest source market report has also revealed that Arab Gulf states are one of the most dynamic markets for Hamburg.  The inflow of GCC tourists into Hamburg is expected to rise further as new attractions and landmarks have been added to the city, including Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, a modern music concert hall located within the HafenCity Hamburg quarter.  The new and iconic landmark is considered a unique architectural masterpiece comprising three concert halls, a hotel, residential apartments and the publicly ......read more

Technology Boosts Passenger Satisfaction at Bag Collection and Borders

2017 Passenger IT Trends Survey shows tech is making a difference at every step of the journey  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 04 July, 2017– Passenger satisfaction is higher during the airline journey when self-service technologies are used, particularly at bag tag and collection, and passport checkpoints. This is according to the 2017 SITA Passenger IT Trends Survey, a global survey released today by IT provider SITA and co-sponsored by Air Transport World. The survey shows that passengers rate their journey very highly with an overall satisfaction rate of 8.2 of out 10 but this is boosted even further when technologies such as mobile services and biometrics are used. Ilya Gutlin, President, Air Travel Solutions, SITA, said: “Passengers are increasingly comfortable with the use of technology in their everyday ......read more

DAE announces resignation of Joramco Chief Executive Officer

Dubai, U.A.E., 3 July 2017:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. announced today that Mr. Osama Fattaleh, Chief Executive Officer of Joramco has submitted his resignation to pursue his interests outside the industry. His permanent replacement will be announced in due course. Mr. Amjad Korshlow, Chief Financial Officer of Joramco will serve as Acting Chief Executive Officer till a permanent replacement is named. Joramco Chairman and DAE Managing Director Khalifa H. AlDaboos said: “Mr Fattaleh played a key role in stabilizing Joramco’s performance during his tenure at the company. We wish him well in his future endeavors. In the meantime, Joramco is well served by a deep management team that is fully committed to providing world-class products and services to our clients. We look forward to the next chapter of ......read more

Etihad Airways' Luxurious Dreamliner Commences Services into Beijing

2 July 2017 Guests will experience industry-leading, next-generation cabins 27 per cent increase in Business Class capacity on Beijing-Abu Dhabi route Seamless one-stop connections over Abu Dhabi hub to over 40 business and leisure destinations across the Gulf region, Europe, Africa and North America.   An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Beijing today after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Flight EY888 departed Abu Dhabi at 09:30pm local time yesterday and arrived in Beijing at 08:50am today.   To celebrate the milestone event, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Abu Dhabi, attended by senior executives from Etihad Airways, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the UAE, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture ......read more

Vet warns of travel restrictions over the summer months

Dubai, UAE, June 24, 2017:  With the end of the school year upon us, many families will be planning to leave Dubai’s hot summer until the cooler start of the school year in September. Dr Sara Elliott, at British Veterinary Hospital in Dubai, explains the restrictions pet owners will face with the increase in travel plans for pets. She said: “With the inevitable mass exodus over the summer we always have a huge increase of enquiries about pet travel arrangements. While it’s wonderful for your pets to be able to enjoy the great outdoors with mum, dad and the kids, there are some key elements pet owners need to be aware of from both a health and safety perspective for their pet as well as a legal one. Ideally pet owners will have planned in advance and pets will have been sent ahead in April or May, especially ......read more

Etihad Airways and China Southern Airlines Announce Codeshare Partnership

22 June 2017   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest airline, have announced a new codeshare partnership, which comes into effect on 22 June 2017. This increases the number of codeshare agreements operated by the Abu Dhabi-based airline to 53.  Under the agreement, China Southern Airlines will put its 'CZ' code on Etihad Airways’ daily services between Beijing (PEK)/Shanghai (PVG)/Chengdu (CTU) and Abu Dhabi.  The codeshare partnership will give China Southern guests the opportunity to book codeshare flights to and from Abu Dhabi, and connect onto Etihad’s network of over 100 destinations worldwide.   Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “The codeshare ......read more

Etihad Airways Introduces New Changes to Ground and Inflight Services

22 June 2017 New ‘Neighbour-Free Seat’ paid option in Economy Class Premium Lounge access now a paid option for Economy Class  Business Class paid upgrade for First Class Lounge and Spa access Chauffeur services for Business and First Class to become a paid option at all international destinations Economy Class guests now able to pay for Etihad Chauffeur services Continued complimentary chauffeur services in Abu Dhabi for all eligible Business and First Class guests Etihad Airways is introducing a series of changes designed to offer increased value and flexibility based on customer feedback.  The airline is to amend its chauffeur policy following a review of usage by premium guests across all major markets. The complimentary chauffeur service will be retained at Etihad Airways’ Abu ......read more

Munich Airport Launches New Service for Arabic-Speaking Guests

Personal Arabic shopping assistant in the summer months From July 24 up to and including September 10, 2017, Munich Airport will offer Arabic-speaking personal shopping assistants on request in Terminal 2. They will be available to bridge any cultural or language gaps between passengers and the personnel serving them in airport shops. The native Arabic speakers can also guide travelers through the Terminal 2 shopping world and provide detailed information on offers and products. The service will be free of charge for passengers, and is intended to provide them with a pleasant shopping experience. The shopping assistants can also help in case of questions on sales tax refunds or customs formalities. They will be easy to spot by their uniform with the embroidered text "Arabic Shopping Assistant". All shops in Terminal 2 ......read more

Media Advisory Peak Summer Season Travel

21 June 2017  The peak summer travel period is fast approaching with many travellers making plans for trips home or on holiday. The combination of the Eid public holiday, school break and the summer season means that 22 June to 24 August will be a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with up to 3.3 million guests flying with Etihad Airways across the network over the next two months. To make sure that our guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy period, we have a number of travel tips and reminders to save time. With the Etihad Airways mobile app, guests can check in 49 hours before departure and download an electronic boarding pass. The app is free to download on iOS and Android, and has a host of features including preferred seat selection and a live flight tracker. Online ......read more

Skytrax Hat-Trick for Etihad Airways First Class

21 June 2017 Airline wins three major awards for its industry-leading First Class at the annual World Airline Awards  Etihad Airways has once again been presented with three coveted awards for the World’s Best First Class, Best First Class Onboard Catering, and Best First Class Airline Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. The event was held at the Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace, as part of the bi-annual Paris Airshow. The prestigious World Airline Awards are widely considered to be a global benchmark of airline excellence. Winners are chosen based on the votes and findings of a ten month survey of over 19 million air travellers from 105 countries. The survey covers over 325 airlines, from the largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers, measuring quality standards for 41 KPIs ......read more

Etihad Airways Aircraft Operations Rated as One of the Cleanest and Quietest by Heathrow Airport

Dubai, UAE, June 20, 2017:  Etihad Airways has been given a top rating by London’s Heathrow Airport for its emissions and night-time noise performance during the first three months of 2017. The “Fly Quiet and Clean” League Table, the first of its kind to be produced by the airport, placed the UAE’s national airline among the top carriers for operating the cleanest and quietest fleets. The top rating recognition is the result of a programme of disciplined flying by Etihad Airways’ Operations which strictly manages airport approaches and departures, as well as adhering to air traffic control instructions and procedures. Rick Allen, Senior Vice President Operations at Etihad Airways, said: “In addition to safety, our pilots are trained to focus on efficient flying, especially into busy ......read more

Corporate, Government and Defence Strategies to be Marked Out at Global Aerospace Summit 2018

-         Aerospace leaders to return to UAE capital to tackle industry challenges   -         Future of aerospace to be assessed at time of international unpredictability 19 June 2017 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: 1,000 of the world’s aerospace, space and defence industry leaders will define the future of their sectors when they return to Abu Dhabi for the fourth edition of the Global Aerospace Summit 2018.  Corporate, government and military strategies will be marked out at the Summit, which will address some of the key challenges facing the aerospace industry and discuss future trends at a time of international uncertainty.  A range of important issues will be assessed, such as the future of aircraft and new technologies that will revolutionise manufacturing, as ......read more

Thanani sponsors Zayed Humanitarian Day Initiative launched by Ajman Tourism

Ajman – UAE, June 20, 2017:  Thanani, the contemporary restaurant in Ajman’s serene Al Zorah pavilion hosted the official opening event of the ‘Zayed Humanitarian Day’ launched by Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD). The initiative which is aimed at training and integrating people of determination in the government and tourism sectors across Ajman commenced with a hearty and delectable Iftar served on the evening at Thanani who were also the official sponsors of the event. The initiative was launched under the patronage of Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Tourism Development Department and is in line with the ATDD’s initial CSR plans and programs. Through this the department aims to fulfil its responsibility towards the community, contributing to integrate ......read more

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Abu Dhabi Duty Free Spreads the Spirit of Ramadan…

31st May 2017 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Duty Free is celebrating the Ramadan season with various activities and initiatives aimed at spreading the spirit of this holy month throughout the capital’s airport. Abu Dhabi Duty Free is actively engaging passengers with the essence of Ramadan, educating guests on what this month is all about. Screens across the airport ......read more

Etihad Guest Launches Ramadan Campaign in Collaboration with Emirates Red Crescent to Support ...…

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First Finance Company observes Ramadan with special offer on car payments with extended expense ...…

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SriLankan Airlines to establish its presence in Australia…

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Abu Dhabi Airports Integrates 19 of its National Development Program Graduates Into the Midfield ...…

  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 ......read more

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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 ......read more

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

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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 ......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 ......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 ......read more

CEB to Suspend Operations in Kuwait, Doha and Riyadh…

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

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

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Ras Al Khaimah Airport Adds SmartWings' Prague Service to Schedule…

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Alaska Airlines and Finnair Announce Frequent Flyer Partnership…

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

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Etihad Airways is a Winner at Middle East call Centre Awards…

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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 ......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 ......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 ......read more

Etihad Rail Signs MoU with Al Safa Transport…

  Partnership between Etihad Rail and Al Safa Transport to enhance intermodal transportation capabilities   Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9 May 2017: Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s multi-billion dollar national rail network, has today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Al Safa Transport, a trucking and transportation services ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......read more

Etihad Airways and Strategic Partner Jet Airways Sign Landmark Tourism Agreement with the State ...…

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 ......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 ......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 ......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. ......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 ......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 ......read more

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