Saturday 20 December 2014

Bahrain tourism 'hit by hotels clamp'

The recent measures targeting three and four-star hotels are taking a heavy toll on the tourism industry in Bahrain. A leading Asian hotelier has stopped his expansion plans in Bahrain and started transferring his investments abroad. Sources told our sister paper


Qatar’s tourism-related project investment to hit $45bn

About $45 billion in investments have been projected for tourism-related project in Qatar up to 2030, according to a report. The projected investment in the tourism sector alone is $11.5 billion up to 2030, Issa bin Mohamed Al-Mohannadi, chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA)


Air India Express passengers stranded as flight is cancelled

Passengers have been stranded for more than 24 hours after a flight from Bahrain to Kuwait was cancelled on December 17. Air India Express flight IX 890 was supposed to leave at 10.15am, but a fuel leak detected on landing in Bahrain meant the flight was called off, said a report


Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche wins top award

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, a leading luxury hotel in the UAE emirate, has won the ‘Luxury Hotel and Conference Centre’ award for the second consecutive year at the World Luxury Hotel Award in Camps Bay Cape Town, South Africa. “We are proud that Sofitel Abu Dhabi Cor


Rotana president honoured with innovation award

Luxury hotel Rotana’s president and CEO Omer Kaddouri was recognised by Switzerland’s Les Roches International School of Hotel Management with an innovation award for his outstanding contributions to the hospitality industry. The award was presented at a gala dinner and alu


Etihad receives first Airbus A380

UAE’s national airline Etihad Airways has welcomed the first of its 10 new Airbus A380 aircraft, making it the 13th airline to operate the A380 aircraft. The delivery is set to boost capacity on several of Etihad’s most in-demand routes, taking the airline to new heights as


Abu Dhabi shows off region’s first island stopover

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has hosted a familiarisation tour for international cruise line representatives on Sir Bani Yas Island, showcasing the very first beach stopover destination in the Arabian Gulf. The tour gave the cruise line decision makers the opportunity to spend


JA Resorts wins two awards

JA Resorts & Hotels, a leading hospitality group in Dubai, UAE, celebrated two prestigious wins at the recent World Travel Awards (WTA) held in Anguilla. JA Palm Tree Court, the luxury beach hotel in Dubai, was announced ‘World’s Leading Family Resort’, while JA O


EgyptAir hires US firm for restructuring

Egypt's national carrier has hired Texas-based airline advisory firm Sabre Airline Solutions to prepare a restructuring plan for the state-owned company, which has suffered about a billion dollars in losses since 2010. A company statement did not mention the value of the cont


Hilton’s check-in technology comes to MidEast and Africa

Hilton Worldwide has announced that its pioneering digital check-in and room selection technology is now live across more than 4,100 hotels spanning 11 brands worldwide, including 53 hotels in Middle East and Africa region. Through their Hilton HHonors accounts, guests will be able to

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