In Brief


TBO wholly acquires BookABed

TBO Tek Limited (TBO), a global travel distribution platform which runs the portal, has announced that it has fully acquired BookaBed, a leading B2B travel platform based in Ireland. With this move, TBO has further deepened its footprint into Ireland & UK. The BookABed now will be branded TBO Ireland & UK.

TBO Holidays President Neeraj Gera said: “It has been less than a year since Bookabed joined the TBO family. The last few months have been remarkable together and we are thrilled to have reached this milestone.”

Under the new arrangement, BookABed will remain under the leadership of Karl Tyrrell. Over the course of the year, the breadth and depth of BookaBed will be fully integrated into the TBO platform which today already lists over 1 million properties worldwide.


Arabian Adventures relaunches jeep safari

Arabian Adventures, one of the UAE’s leading destination management companies, tour and safari operators, is re-launching an enhanced edition of its Jeep Adventure Safari, due to popular demand.

The new itinerary includes additional stops to take in the best of the country’s surrounding desert landscape and its attractions, in a single day.

Tailor-made to highlight ‘hidden gems’ of the UAE, Arabian Adventures’ itinerary covers six key locations to experience from the comfort of a Jeep, with optional hiking to see more. An expert Safari Guide provides transportation and local knowledge throughout the tour, which takes in the wonders of Buhais Geology Park, Camel Rock, ‘Valley of the Caves’ at Al Faya Mountain, Mleiha Archaeological Centre, Shawka Pools, and Wadi Al Helo.

Ravi Dhakan, Safari Guide at Arabian Adventures, commented: “Our Jeep Adventure Safari is re-launching for the first-time post-pandemic, back by popular demand. Our team is excited to showcase new sides of the UAE, essential to understand its history and take in the best of its iconic desert.”


UAE’s leisure sector to grow 10pc annually

The UAE’s leisure and entertainment sector is set to expand by a 9.73 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2027, said Fever, a leading global live-entertainment discovery platform, citing market research firm MarkNtel Advisors.

This forecast is attributed to increased collaboration between digital service-providing companies and attraction sites in recent years including Expo 2020. Fever’s proprietary technology is contributing to bolstering the entertainment sector, both globally and regionally, and the emerging company explains that the country’s innovative leadership in this space will continue spurring significant economic benefits in forms such as travel and tourism.

The negative impacts of Covid-19 only reinforced the importance of diversification efforts. Governments in the Mena region have accordingly demonstrated strong support for entertainment in their broader economic transformation strategies to build non-oil sectors and nurture industries with high job creation potential.


Yalago records 92pc surge in hotel bookings

Yalago, part of the Emirates Group and one of the world’s fastest-growing leisure bed banks, has recorded a 92 per cent increase in hotel bookings in 2022 compared to the previous year.

Reporting on latest trends from across all global markets, the wholesale specialist reveals record-high figures for the number of travellers, spend per booking, and length of stay throughout the year.

Travellers are spending 30 per cent more per booking, taking on more extensive meal plans such as all-inclusive, and booking five-star hotels as a majority (45 per cent). They are also staying for longer, with the average number of nights per stay increasing to five, compared to four nights in previous years.

Astrid Kastberg, General Manager of Yalago, said: “With more destinations now open for international travellers, we are seeing incredibly strong demand for all our key destinations. Looking ahead, we are expecting this trend to last as flight capacity continues to expand to reach pre-pandemic levels. This is especially true for some of our key source markets in the Asia-Pacific region, which are yet to return to pre-pandemic flight capacity.”