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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, 2017). Moderated by CNN Becky Anderson, the UNWTO/ATM Ministerial Forum concluded that the main priorities for the region include human resources development, public/private sector cooperation, connectivity, technology and ......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 travel market. As the leading investor in Research and Development (R&D) in 2014 and 2015 in the global travel and technology industry, it invested more than €4 billion in R&D since 2004 in areas such as cloud-based architecture, security, ......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 the airline sector.   The Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis presided over the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in Mumbai today. The agreement was signed by Smt. Valsa Nair Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary, ......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 demand being experienced from the countries of the GCC, SriLankan Airlines will boost capacity on the Dubai-Colombo route by making it an all-widebody service served by the airline's Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The airline will also look to add further ......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 shareholders, Etihad had reaffirmed its strong commitment and principal willingness to support the airline with a package worth nearly €2 billion in aggregate to help fund Alitalia’s new five-year business plan. A key condition to this commitment ......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 Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), to launch the ‘Travel and Tourism’ track at Sheraa’s co-working space.  Najla Al-Midfa, General Manager of Sheraa: “We are proud to be associated with Air Arabia and launch ......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 forum focused on tourism’s contribution to sustainable and inclusive economic growth and diversification in the MENA region. Speaking among industry peers, Mattar, noted: “It is vital that we work hand-in-hand with our travel and ......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 Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The 24th edition of the show welcomes over 2,600 confirmed exhibitors – with 100 exhibiting for the first time – representing more than 150 countries, across 65 national pavilions. The show also ......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 being experienced from the countries of the GCC, SriLankan Airlines will boost capacity on the Dubai-Colombo route by making it an all-widebody service served by the airline's Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The airline will also look to add further ......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 worldwide focuses on what is really important for parents — providing baby essentials on demand; ensuring there are fun healthy menus for children; offering family services such as kids’ TV channels or babysitters; providing opportunities to ......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 feel the acute financial pressures of the challenging global economy.  The findings were published today (Monday, 24th April) by Colliers International at Arabian Travel Market, at Dubai World Trade Centre, during a seminar session entitled ......read more

Impressive Q1 2017 Tourism Results as Dubai Reports Stellar 11 Per Cent Year-on-Year Increase in International Overnight Visitors Over First Three Months

Dubai maintains the strong growth in visitation since the start of 2017 from key feeder markets across the world, with standout performance from China, Russia and India Dubai, UAE; 24 April 2017: Dubai’s tourism sector sustained the momentum of its strong 2017 start, with the emirate’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) reporting a stellar 11 per cent increase in overnight visitation in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2016. January to March 2017 saw 4.57 million travellers visit the city, reflecting more than double the growth achieved in the first quarter of last year. Among Dubai’s top 20 source markets for inbound tourism, China and Russia continued to top the growth trajectory charts with unparalleled 64 per cent and 106 per cent increases over Q1 ......read more

RAKTDA Announces Plans to Enhance and Expand Jebel Jais Via Ferrata as Part of Experiential Tourism Push at ATM

RAS AL KHAIMAH TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO ENHANCE AND EXPAND JEBEL JAIS VIA FERRATA AS PART OF EXPERIENTIAL TOURISM PUSH AT ATM  Due to popular demand for experiential tourism products in the Middle East, the UAE’s only commercial Via Ferrata’s inaugural season will extend until the end of May, re-opening in October with a renovated product and increased capacity Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 24 April 2017: Due to popular demand, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) is investing in the expansion of the its highly-successful Jebel Jais Via Ferrata (Iron Path) adventure challenge in the Hajar Mountains, the only commercial product of its kind in the UAE. Since its launch in December 2016, strong demand for the experiential tourism product, which has seen 1,500 enthusiasts climb, ......read more

Global Standards, Cooperation and Data Key to Keeping Aviation Safe

24 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged aviation safety stakeholders to reinforce their commitment to a safety framework based on global standards, cooperation and dialogue, and effective use of data. “Safety is the top priority for all involved in aviation—and aviation is the safest form of long-distance travel. Last year there were over 40 million safe flights. That’s an achievement that we can all be proud of. And it was made possible by a framework that incorporates respect for global standards, cooperation and the value of data,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.  Speaking at the IATA Safety and Flight Operations Conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea, de Juniac identified air accident investigations as a key area ......read more

SriLankan Airlines looks to further boost Middle East presence

Dubai, April 23, 2017:  SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is looking to gain further impetus from the Middle East, even as the Indian Ocean island nation increasingly reaps the positive dividends of rapidly growing tourist numbers. The airline will be making fresh forays into the region, which is one of its significant source markets, through its presence at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai (April 24 to 27). The airline is uniquely positioned to serve as a seamless connector between the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Far East and Southeast Asia, as a result of its strategic location and strong route network. The Airline has traditionally done well in carrying tourists and expatriates between the Middle East, Sri Lanka and the sub-continent and has also ......read more

Global travel & tourism sector eyes Dubai as ATM opens its doors

Over 40,000 industry professionals expected from more than 152 countries throughout four-day event Dubai, April 23, 2017:  Travel trade professionals from across the world’s hospitality industry will descend upon Dubai today (Monday 24th) for the opening of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “We have visitors registered from all corners of the globe and all facets of the hospitality industry for what promises to be the biggest show yet in the event’s 24-year history. “The growth and scale of ATM 2017 is testament to the buoyant travel and tourism industry here in the MENA region. It is no secret the growth we observe in the regional industry is spurred by visionary national agendas and a favourable ......read more

ArabianTravel Market: New partnerships and tailored services for Middle Eastern guests

FROM TAILORED SERVICES TO EXPANDED VILLAGES, THE COLLECTION OF VILLAGES BY CHIC OUTLET SHOPPING® OFFER  GUESTS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY EVERY DAY™   New partnerships, tailored services for Middle Eastern guests and an expanding Bicester Village are unveiled at this year’s ATM Dubai, April 22, 2017:  Chic Outlet Shopping® extends a warm summer welcome to Middle Eastern guests as it showcases its continued commitment towards expanding hospitality and services. Over the summer, new boutiques will open across the Collection of Villages, together with exclusive pop-up boutiques and late night opening hours with live entertainment. In autumn 2017 around 30 additional boutiques and two restaurants/cafés will open in Bicester Village near London, alongside new parking facilities for cars and ......read more

World's First and Only Airline Mobile Exhibition Unit to be debuted at Arabian Travel Market

Mobile exhibition unit provides delegates with unique experience of cabin product and services Middle East showcasing follows highly successful 18 month, 60,000km, tour of Europe Mobile exhibition unit is part of Etihad’s strategic objective on innovation Etihad will also host fashion model, Halima Aden, and UAE ice hockey player, Fatima Al Ali Dubai, April 22, 2017:  Etihad Airways will debut its innovative mobile exhibition unit at next week’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, providing delegates with a first-hand experience of its award-winning cabin products and inflight service.   The 16m long mobile exhibition unit, weighing approximately 22 tonnes and measuring 50m², travelled to the UAE from Europe where it has clocked 60,000km in 18 months, having visited trade events and ......read more

TCA Abu Dhabi leads its largest ever delegation to Arabian Travel Market to boost inbound tourism

Abu Dhabi on target to reach record 4.9 million guest arrivals during 2017 Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Department for Economic Development, Tourism Police and Department for Residence and Foreign Affairs attend ATM for first time Abu Dhabi, April 22, 2017:   Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is leading the largest delegation it has ever taken to the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) later this month in a bid to capitalise and increase on record numbers of guest arrivals into the emirate. The Authority will be joined by 67 stakeholders representing 115 products at the region’s biggest travel and tourism fair, which is being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, between 24th and 27th April.   The emirate’s leading hotels, destination management companies, tour operators and attractions will ......read more

TDIC Sells 60% of Its Residential Units During the First Two Days of Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 April 2017: Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, announced today that 60% of the units has been sold  after unveiling a compelling selection of residential units on Saadiyat Island at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017, taking place from April 18 - 20 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).  TDIC released 109 residential units for sale at Cityscape Abu Dhabi through its 3 major projects in Al Saadiyat Island, including 50 distinctive apartments in Mamsha Al Saadiyat, 29 contemporary villas on sale in the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club-facing Jawaher Saadiyat, as well as more than 30 units across the fully inclusive nature-based community of Saadiyat Lagoons.  The new sales achievements ......read more

Dubai to welcome largest Arabian Travel Market yet

Middle East’s largest travel trade event will feature 2,600 exhibitors, 65 national pavilions, over 35 seminar and technology theatre sessions and anticipates 30,000 trade visitors  Dubai, UAE, April 18, 2017:  Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase, opens its doors on Monday 24th April for four days of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions and top level ministerial discussions. Now in its 24th year, the 2017 edition, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 24-27 April, will welcome over 2,600 exhibitors and an expected 30,000 visitors to the largest travel trade event in the Middle East. For the second successive year, organisers have added an extra hall, to accommodate extra demand, with over 150 countries represented, 65 ......read more

Turkish Airlines Adds Voronezh, Russia as its 298th Destination in 120 Countries Served by the Airline

Dubai, UAE; 18 April 2017: By launching flights to Voronezh, the global carrier reaffirms its ongoing expansion strategy to provide travelers with the greatest number of travel destination options. With existing services to Moscow, St.Petersburg, Sochi, Rostov, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Ufa, and Stavropol, Turkish Airlines has now added Voronezh to its expanding Russian network. Due to the carrier’ capacity increase strategy on its Russia flights, roundtrip services between Istanbul and Voronezh will be operated as 3 times per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, beginning from today. Introductory round trip fares are available between Istanbul and Voronezh starting at 189 USD (including taxes and fees).  Additionally, for the first 6 months of operation to the new destination, there is a special offer for ......read more

Finnair Reassumes Control of Flight Meal Services to Improve Nordic Customer Experience

  13 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Finnair will reassume the control and responsibility of preparing and developing the meals for their flights as part of Finnair’s operations. Finnair and its meal service provider LSG Sky Chefs have signed an agreement with which the catering company LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy operating at Helsinki Airport will be transferred under the control of Finnair. Since November 2016 Finnair and LSG have been negotiating about new forms of cooperation as the LSG Group does not exercise its purchase option of LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy. The closing date is still subject to final approval of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority. In the future, LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy’s name will be Finnair Kitchen Oy and it will become a part of Finnair’s Customer Experience unit. Mikko Tainio ......read more

Clear, Safe and Consistent Operating Environments are Needed to Improve Airfield Safety

  -    World Aviation Safety Summit tackles runway incursion issues on day two 12 April 2017 -  Dubai, UAE: In order to keep airfields safe, flight crews needs a clear, safe and consistent operating environment that avoids confusion, according to a leading aviation expert speaking on day two of the World Aviation Safety Summit, held in Dubai. Andrew Green, Manager Aerodrome Safety & Standards, Aviation & Airports Safety Department at Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) explained that a more consistent approach is needed in terms of signs and instructions at airport runways to ensure airfield safety is kept to the highest standards.  Andrew added that Dubai International Airport is consistent in its runway environment. He also highlighted some specific reasons why other airports are ......read more

Sheikh Ahmed: Security and safety are a top priority for aviation

Mohammed Ahli: We have a commendable record of maintaining the highest security standards DCAA to implement online system for employee requests Dubai, April 12, 2017: "No economy can progress without providing security and safety to all stakeholders, whether it’s life, investments, industrial activities or services. It’s more pronounced in the case of aviation. We take pride in the fact that the UAE has been recognised as the top country worldwide by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), for compliance with international security and safety standards," His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline Group, has said in his message in the latest issue of Via Dubai, the bilingual monthly publication of ......read more

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Abu Dhabi Airports welcomes back Hajj pilgrims from their trip to Saudi Arabia…

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Emirati Space Professionals Observe NASA's OSIRIS-REx Launch…

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Growing Number of UAE Travelers Prefer Self-service at the Airport…

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Historic Aviation Carbon Agreement Moves a Step Closer…

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Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomes Hajj season…

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British Airways resumes flights to Iran…

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September listings – Armani Hotel Dubai…

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Deloitte: Declining oil prices threaten expansion of Middle East airports…

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Turkey Looks to Gulf Nations to Support Tourism…

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July passenger traffic rises at AUH by 7.9%…

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British Airways offers students and teachers added benefits ahead of new school year…

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Cebu Pacific celebrates first baby born inflight…

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The Peninsula Paris receives the acclaimed ‘Palace' distinction…

Doha, Qatar, August 14, 2016:  Katara Hospitality, the leading global hotel owner, developer and operator based in Qatar, has welcomed the announcement of The Peninsula Paris being awarded the highly prestigious ‘Palace’ distinction by ATOUT France, the French Tourism Development Agency.  ATOUT France carries the mandate to promote and enhance France’s tourism ......read more

Jet Airways Records Fifth Consequtive Profitable Quarter; Posts Us$ 19m Net Profit in Q1 of FY17…

Dubai, UAE, August 14, 2016: Improves operating results by 124% Registers growth in capacity, aircraft utilisation and passengers carried Cash generated from operations used to reduce debt by US$ 53m Jet Airways Group Q1 (FY17) highlights: Operating Profit increased by 124% to US$ 33m  EBITDAR of US$ 187m in Q1 FY17 as against US$ 170m in Q1 FY16 Total Revenue of US$ ......read more

Growth in tourism for religious purposes segment plays key role in bolstering Saudi Arabia's ‘post ...…

August 14, 2016- Saudi Arabia’s new ‘post-oil’ economy plan as outlined in ‘Vision 2030,’ which was announced recently, is receiving a huge boost from the tourism sector with the influx of tourists visiting the Kingdom for their Hajj pilgrimage, starting this week. According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, more than 600,000 pilgrims are expected to arrive in ......read more

Enjoy fantastic summer and Skywards membership deals with Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club…

Rewarding Leisure Membership Packages for Emirates Skywards Members  Dubai, UAE, August 10, 2016:  Members of Emirates Skywards, a frequent flyer programmme, can now take advantage of Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club’s rewarding leisure membership packages. Combine relaxing leisure time and sporting endeavours, against the backdrop of the iconic Arabian Ranches.  This ......read more

The World's Best Airport Hotel Just Got Bigger and Even Better…

Crowne Plaza® Changi Airport launches 243 new business rooms, providing quality accommodation and seamless connectivity to all airport terminals Dubai, UAE, August 10, 2016:  Crowne Plaza® Changi Airport, named the World’s Best Airport Hotel by Skytrax World Airport Awards in 2015 and 2016, has announced the opening of a new architecturally exceptional 10-storey extension, ......read more

Turkish Airlines inaugurates its direct Erbil, Iraq flights which will be operated from and to ...…

Dubai, UAE, August 8, 2016:  Already having the world's 4th largest flight network and flying to 290 destinations in 116 countries, Turkish Airlines continues to expand its extensive network.  The flag carrier, ranked as the “Best Airline in Europe”* for the sixth consecutive time had now added flights to Erbil, Iraq which are directly operated from and to Gaziantep ......read more

International Travel Week Abu Dhabi to Address Tourism Safety and Security Issues at the Inaugural ...…

- Panelist include UAE-based diplomats, tourism ambassadors, hoteliers, safety and security professionals and UAE government officials – Dubai, UAE, August 6, 2016:  International Travel Week-Abu Dhabi (ITWAbu Dhabi) has officially announce to host the inaugural World Halal Tourism Summit Ministerial Forum World Dialogue highlighting safety and security in ......read more

Passenger Demand Losing Momentum…

-Terrorism, Economic Uncertainty, Weigh on Traffic-- Dubai, UAE, August 4, 2016:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic data for June showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 5.2% compared to the year-ago period. This was up slightly from the 4.8% increase recorded in May (revised). However, the upward ......read more

CEB breaks 10M mark in passenger volume for first half of 2016…

Flies 1.6M passengers for June 2016 alone Dubai, UAE, August 3, 2016:  The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), flew over 10 million passengers from January to June this year, an increase of 9% over the same period in 2015. On average, flights were 87% full during these months. For June 2016 alone, the Cebu Pacific Air group flew 1.6 million passengers, up by 8% ......read more

Gulf carriers see exponential growth of first and business class passenger volumes in 2015…

The figures come on the heels of Emirates and Etihad Airways both renewing their distribution agreements to sell their full range of fares to travellers worldwide through travel agents using Amadeus. Qatar Airways has had such an agreement in place since 2014. Dubai, UAE, August 3, 2016:  Between 2014 and 2015, first class passenger volumes for Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad ......read more

Etihad Airways' Luxurious Dreamliner Commences Services Into Shanghai…

Guests will experience industry-leading, next-generation cabins 27 per cent increase in Business Class capacity on Shanghai-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 South America.   Dubai, UAE, August 2, 2016:  A state-of-the-art Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 ......read more

Italy Visa Application Centre moves to more central location in Amman for added convenience to ...…

Travellers to Italy from Jordan can now experience enhanced services while applying for Italy visas at new centre  Dubai, UAE, August 2, 2016:  Residents of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan can now apply for Italy visas and enrol for biometrics at a new visa application centre opened in the capital city of Amman. The new centre has been set up in the high-end Al Barakeh Mall on Said ......read more

Typhoon Nida – Updates on Flights…

Dubai, UAE, August 1, 2016:  Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair announced that as Typhoon Nida moves closer to Hong Kong, flight departures and arrivals at Hong Kong International Airport today 1 August (Monday) will be suspended from 22.00 until 14.00 tomorrow (2 August).  Passengers are reminded that the situation can change rapidly and are advised to check the latest flight ......read more

U By Emaar's ‘The Summer of You' campaign adds value to staycations in Dubai…

63% respondents said Dubai is their favourite ‘staycation’ destination in survey commissioned by Emaar Hospitality Group 80% of Western expats take a staycation at least once a year  Dubai, UAE, July 28, 2016:  As staycation season kicks in, Dubai is the favourite leisure destination in the UAE according to a new online survey of over 1,000 UAE residents ......read more

How to make the most of your Club InterContinental Experience…

Dubai, UAE, July 27, 2016:  ‘The Golden Age of Travel’ describes an era when every travel moment was a glamourous and stylish experience. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts® believes that the allure and romance of this era still lives on today through Club InterContinental, the end-to-end bespoke premium travel experience tailored exclusively to each individual ......read more

DAE announces SLB agreement for 2 Boeing 737-800 with Oman Air…

Dubai, UAE, July 27, 2016:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. announces a sale & leaseback agreement with Oman Air for two Boeing 737-800. The aircrafts will be delivered to Oman Air in July and August 2016 as part of their fleet expansion. Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd is a globally recognized aerospace company headquartered in Dubai. More information can be ......read more

Passengers in China Are Hyper-Connected and Happy…

Airlines invest to keep passengers connected on the ground and in the air Dubai, UAE, July 27, 2016:  Airline passengers in China are heavy users of technology both in their everyday lives and throughout their travel journeys. Nearly one quarter perceive themselves as ‘hyper-connected’ – they value efficiency and use self-service technology more frequently. Airlines are ......read more

Etihad Airways Opens Dedicated World-class Premium Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport…

   Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge Los Angeles demonstrates the airline’s on-going commitment to the US and its premium guests on the West Coast Fine dining and superlative service offering - comparable only to five star hotels, restaurants and private members’ clubs across the world Bespoke signature cocktails and mocktails are created and served ......read more

New Aveda, Jo Malone London and MAC Cosmetics Stores Give DFW Airport Customers Luxury Beauty ...…

International Terminal D delivers a high-end, convenient shopping experience Dubai, UAE, July 26, 2016:  Aveda, Jo Malone London and MAC Cosmetics are bringing new luxury beauty options to customers traveling through International Terminal D at Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport. The three stores—all of which are part of the Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. brand ......read more

All Turkish Airlines operations and flights continue uninterrupted…

Dubai, UAE, July 24, 2016:  In the wake of the 3-month state emergency, Turkish Airlines has announced that all its operations and flights function uninterrupted and will continue to do so.  As Turkey’s flag carrier that flies to more countries than any other airline, serving 290 destinations in 116 nations across the globe, Turkish Airlines will continue to make the world ......read more

MBRSC captures HD images of the Moon with DubaiSat-2 marking the 47th anniversary of Apollo 11…

Dubai, UAE, July 20, 2016:  DubaiSat-2, the second Earth observation satellite owned and operated by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), has captured clear, high-resolution image of the Moon in its crescent phase to mark the 47th anniversary of the first manned mission to land on the lunar surface. About MBRSC: MBRSC is a Dubai Government entity which aims to promote ......read more

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