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Changing face of Saudi Arabia's tourism sector
May 2019 444

Expected to generate more than $25 billion this year – approximately 3.3 per cent of Saudi Arabia’s GDP – the kingdom’s tourism sector ...

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JA Resorts & Hotels ups its game
May 2019 898

JA Resorts & Hotels, one of Dubai’s longest-serving homegrown hospitality brands, announced 10 new restaurants will open in its properties, ...

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May 2019 904

More than 40,000 travel and tourism professionals thronged the halls of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, even as experts discussed the challenges facing t ...


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May 2019 958

The Sri Lanka tourism sector presented a united front at this year’s Arabian Travel Market as it aimed to regain the confidence of global travellers and ...


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May 2019 932

TTN, the region’s oldest and most established travel trade publication, sponsored and organised the Pecha Kucha Travel Agents Competition again ...


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May 2019 653

The Bicester Village Shopping Collection comprises 11 destinations across Western Europe and China: London, Paris, Shanghai, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Brussels ...


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May 2019 694

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) continues to remain on track to drive the emirate’s tourism sector after its major 2018 ac ...


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May 2019 861

Being placed at the centre of many of the world’s fastest growing markets, the development of large-scale tourism projects, the constant struggle for opt ...


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May 2019 815

Following the completion of its relocation to its new hub, the new Istanbul Airport, Turkish Airlines revealed details of its luxuriously revamped airport loun ...


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May 2019 846

Emirates Holidays has revealed the highlights of its new travel programme for 2019 to 2021. Now available online and in print, ‘Be There: The Worldwide H ...


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May 2019 786

Although there are several island destinations in the world, four key ones come to mind from their extensive presence in the recently concluded ATM - Cyprus, M ...


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  • Turkish Airlines recently added Marrakech, the crimson city of Morocco, to its ever-expanding flight network. Istanbul – Marrakech – Istanbul direct flights commenced from April 15, five days a week. The inaugural flight from Istanbul Airport, landed in Marrakech Menara Airport, and was welcomed by the customary water cannon salute in a formal ceremony, which was attended by the executives both from the global carrier and Marrakech Menara Airport, and press members as well.

  • Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre helped over 235 students at Rashid Centre for the Determined Ones (formerly Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre). They sponsored the gym, which would help students with special needs in their treatment, training and rehabilitation. The event was graced by the attendance of Her Highness Sheikha Roudha Bint Maktoum Bin Rashed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, along with other dignitaries.

  • Travel Trade Maldives (TTM), the largest travel trade show held in the Maldives, is scheduled to host its third edition this year from June 11 to 13. Over 100 resorts and 200+ local and international travel producers are expected to participate. The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Travel Tech & Analytics”, which will help the travel industry to unleash analytics, dynamic pricing, digital and AI potential to deliver unstoppable customer loyalty and profit.

  • The St. Regis Abu Dhabi offers UAE’s most exclusive Ramadan experience, an unforgettable iftar in the world’s highest suspended suite – situated 220 metres up in the sky, adjoining the iconic Nation Towers on the Abu Dhabi Corniche.

    Iftar in the Sky is priced at Dh320 ($87.12) per person and available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from sunset to 9.30pm, throughout Ramadan.

  • Employees and senior management of Grand Millennium Al Wahda, the luxury five-star hotel located in the centre of Abu Dhabi, participated in this year’s Terry Fox run, held in memory of the late Canadian philanthropist Terry Fox to raise funds for local cancer research. As part of their corporate social responsibility, the team at the property had enrolled in the non-competitive 5 km run on Friday April 19, starting and ending at the East Plaza on the Abu Dhabi Corniche at Al Sahil Beach.

  • The German National Tourist Board has launched a new and comprehensive online database for BarrierFree (accessible) travel, the first of its kind to include a national labelling and "Accessibility Checked" identification seal. Entitled "Travel for All", the database enables the user to search for a wide range of accessible holiday facilities throughout Germany including accommodation, restaurants, activities, shopping centres and essential services such as accessible transport and local tourism offices.

  • The Middle East’s largest hospitality technology exhibition and conference, ‘HITEC Dubai 2019’ will be held at The Festival Arena by InterContinental Dubai Festival City, this year from November 12 to 13. Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) will once again be the destination partner. The annual business-to-business (B2B) exhibition is expected to welcome more than 2,500 trade visitors and industry stakeholders over the two days giving Middle East buyers, currently worth over $75 billion, access to the world’s leading hospitality technology solution providers and experts.

  • Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort has just been ranked ‘The Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World’, in a poll conducted by Luxury Travel Advisor, the top travel website covering all the latest news and trends in luxury travel. More than 35,000 readers voted for the incredible, five-star desert property, which sits on the edge of Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter, with the Anantara establishment defeating second-placed Viceroy Los Cabos in Mexico by taking 61 per cent of the online head-to-head vote.


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