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July 2021 2009

Governments introducing mandatory quarantine requirements and sanctioning crippling testing costs are the main challenges the travel/airline industry is f ...


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July 2021 1881

Merlin Entertainments Ltd (Merlin), the second largest attraction operator in the world, has officially announced the opening of the world- ...


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July 2021 1472

All vaccinated travellers – regardless of country of origin – have been welcome in Spain from June 7 provided visitors are fully vaccinated at ...


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July 2021 1218

Abu Dhabi Terminals, in the presence of His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, UAE Ministry of Artificial Intelligence (AI), has announced a partnership ...


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July 2021 2004


Stargazing in the middle of the Indian Ocean on the roof of a wooden dhoni, daytime snorkelling trips surrounded by aquamarine clear waters, calming fish ...


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July 2021 952

Established in 1997, Al Bustan Centre and Residence has decades-long experience in perfecting the long-stay experience for its guests, who range from visi ...


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July 2021 951

Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has appointed Deveekaa Nijhawan to lead the International PR and Communications team, to assist in marketing the destinat ...


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July 2021 1616

While the global aviation sector has been one of the industries most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, one airport in the Middle East has proved that expandin ...


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People & Places


  • Dubai’s favourite ‘Hellicious Brunch’ is making its eagerly awaited comeback at Celebrity Chef helmed, Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, Caesars Palace Dubai. The much-loved, fiery three-hour feast welcomes foodies, families, and friends every Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

  • Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, confirms all eligible Centara staff working in its Phuket hotels and resorts have been fully vaccinated in preparation of the arrival of international travellers in July 2021. Under Thailand’s Tourism Sandbox scheme, the kingdom is gearing up to welcome fully vaccinated travellers from around the world without requiring quarantine on arrival.

  • Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort opens doors to Chilli & Chutney, its latest offering. Chilli & Chutney showcases inventive Indian cuisine by complementing the flavours and traditions of India with global ingredients and techniques. The menu at Chilli & Chutney is an amalgamation of traditional and popular Indian dishes with a modern flare.

  • Leaders from across the regional and international exhibition sector gathered in Dubai for the UFI MEA Conference, on May 26, 2021 at Dubai World Trade Centre. The conference was the first fully in-person event for UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry since the onset of the global pandemic. The one-day event was attended by 150 attendees from 10 countries, with His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai Tourism and Dubai World Trade Centre Authority and Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director and CEO of UFI, delivering welcome addresses.

  • Leaders from across the regional and international exhibition sector gathered in Dubai for the UFI MEA Conference, on May 26, 2021 at Dubai World Trade Centre. The conference was the first fully in-person event for UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry since the onset of the global pandemic. The one-day event was attended by 150 attendees from 10 countries, with His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai Tourism and Dubai World Trade Centre Authority and Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director and CEO of UFI, delivering welcome addresses.

  • TIER, the European micro-mobility leader, has recently secured $60m (Dh220m) of asset-backed financing from Goldman Sachs. The debt facility from the leading investment banking, securities and investment management firm is the first of such scale in micro-mobility and will fuel TIER's e-scooter fleet expansion for 2021. This debt facility comes as part of TIER’s ongoing plans to broaden its footprint across Europe and the Middle East.

  • Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest tower in Japan, celebrated Earth Day with a colourful new W1SH Ribbon Discover & Connect The World campaign. It was developed in conjunction with the W1sh Ribbon project, where visitors to Tokyo Skytree write their hopes or wishes on a ribbon and tie it to the monument, as they "wish for a better post-Covid-19 future." The global campaign is designed to gather – in a Tree of Hope – the hopes and wishes of people all over the world to reaffirm unity, solidarity, and hope during what has been a challenging time for the global community.

  • Saudi Arabia hosted global travel industry leaders across public and private sectors at the Tourism Recovery Summit in Riyadh on May 26, 2021. The Tourism Recovery Summit gathered more than 60 speakers at the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh and attracted a global virtual audience of thousands. The speaker line-up included 16 tourism ministers from around the globe as well as private sector leaders from the aviation, hospitality, and cruise sectors as well as industry bodies. Through panel discussions and bilateral meetings, participants exchanged experiences, ideas, and opportunities to ensure the future of tourism is more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive.

  • The Dubai office of Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) recently hosted its’ first medical familiarization trip to South Korea in recent months. Invitations were extended to some of the key players in medical tourism industry like Omeir Travel, AlRostamani Travel, AlTayer Travel, Orient and SATA to visit the country from May 23 until May 28, 2021. Special visas were issued, and the two-week quarantine was waived.


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