In Brief

Kuwait’s firm reveals new strategy

THE Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait’s Touristic Enterprises Company, Abdulwahab Ahmed Al Marzouq and members of the leadership team revealed the company’s new strategy to become a world-class provider of leisure and entertainment experiences in Kuwait.

Addressing the media, Al Marzouq said: “We are setting the course for a new era for the recreational and leisure sector in Kuwait. As part of the new strategy, we will pursue calculated growth and expansion, modernize, redevelop and reposition existing facilities and diversify our assets to offer new world-class experiences to everyone in Kuwait.”

He further elaborated: “The new strategy is both ambitious and achievable, backed by concrete plans and an approved capital increase of 250 Million KWD by the Kuwait Investment Authority. Through the provision of immersive experiences, fit for the new age, TEC aims to play a leading role in enabling the tourism ecosystem in Kuwait and serve as a role model for the country’s public sector transformation...”

TEC revealed redevelopment plans for 11 key facilities, across 5 verticals, including park and family entertainment, hospitality, recreational clubs, highways rest areas and waterfront marinas.


PATA partners with Switch Asia project

THE Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has partnered with a European Union (EU)-funded TourLink project that recently kicked-off, under the EU SWITCH-ASIA programme.

TourLink is a Thai tourism supply chain initiative, linking EU buyers with Thai tour operators and suppliers, aiming to increase competitive advantage by raising sustainability performance.

Faced with the realities of climate change, systematic sustainability management will be a required mark of quality, safety and professionalism, and a key to doing business with EU outbound tour operators. In the post-COVID-19 tourism landscape, tourism professionals with the skills to deliver positive results for profit, planet and people will be more employable.

TourLink unites the experience, expertise, and energy of Thai-EU sustainable tourism pioneers:  the European Centre for Ecological and Agricultural Tourism (ECEAT), Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), PATA, Thai Eco and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA), and Thai Hotel Association (THA).


Germany lifts curbs for GCC travellers

THE German Federal Government has included Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to the German safe list, reducing Covid-19 implemented restrictions for travellers. The news follows the previous inclusions of Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia to the list. 

The reduction in restrictions applies to all travellers twelve years and above regardless of individual vaccination status, with visitors now able to provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel, a valid vaccination certificate, or proof of recovery.

“The new travel regulations for GCC visitors makes travel to Germany easier and more appealing for travellers,” commented Yamina Sofo, Director of Sales and Marketing of the German National Tourist Office. “The winter season remains an important travel period for Germany, and this news will support regional travellers’ interest in exploring the array of festive seasonal markets, spa and wellness retreats, and outdoor sporting activities across Germany.”

The EU issues and updates its recommendations to member states regularly. The safe list is reviewed and revised every two weeks by the EU authorities and members states.


Ithra Dubai to launch Gold Souk Extension

ITHRA Dubai, a leading real estate developer and manager, wholly owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai and responsible for overhauling Dubai’s historic commercial hub, announced that the Gold Souk Extension is on track to open in the last quarter of 2021, with new traders and retailers setting up shops in the new landmark destination at the Deira Enrichment Project (DEP). The development aims to breathe new life and opportunity into the emirate’s original community centre and trading hub, while preserving its unique charm and enduring entrepreneurial spirit.