Friday 27 November 2015

Online, mobile 'key drivers of ME travel industry growth'

Online and mobile are key drivers of the growth of the Middle East's travel industry, with travel companies seeking sustainable growth needing to invest for their future.    It was one of many insights and tips shared by executives from Sabre Corporatio


Etihad wins Ultratravel award for 'Best First Class'

Etihad Airways has won the award for 'Best First Class' at the annual Ultratravel Middle East Awards (ULTRAs) ceremony, which was held recently at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai, UAE.   The award is another major accolade for the UAE national a


Emirates ops contribute $848m to India GDP

Emirates contribution to the Indian economy is estimated to be over $848 million annually, supporting over 86,000 Indian jobs and generating almost US$1.7 billion in Foreign Exchange Earnings, said a study. According to the results of an economic impact study by Dubai-based Emirates an


Etihad Airways wins Ultratravel award

UAE’s Etihad Airways has received the coveted award for Best First Class at the annual Ultratravel Middle East Awards (Ultras) ceremony, which was held last night (November 25) at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai. The award is another major accolade for the UAE nati


Protesters cause traffic chaos at Heathrow airport

Activists opposed to the expansion of London's Heathrow Airport blocked an approach tunnel on Thursday by chaining themselves to a parked vehicle, bringing traffic chaos to Europe's busiest airport. Police said they had arrested five people and removed three vehicles from


BA marks 787-9 Abu Dhabi launch with celebrity photoshoot

Abu Dhabi becomes British Airways' second 787-9 Dreamliner destination after the airline debuted the futuristic new aircraft on its Delhi route in October. To mark the launch of British Airways’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily London-Abu Dhabi-Muscat service on Nov


Nakheel, Starwood ink deal for new St. Regis in Dubai

Dubai master developer Nakheel today signed a management agreement with the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide to operate a new St. Regis in Dubai. Set to open in 2018, The St. Regis Dubai - The Palm will be a part of Palm Tower, Nakheel’s 52-storey luxury mixed-use de


Iata cuts long-term passenger growth forecast

Global passenger numbers are expected to drop to 7 billion by 2034, said a report by The International Air Transport Association (Iata) citing negative developments in the global economy that are expected to dampen demand for air transport. Iata had previously forecast 7.4 billion pass


Emirates' 'worst ever passenger' gets jail sentence

An airline passenger who drunkenly abused cabin crew on board an Emirates flight from Dubai to Birmingham has been jailed for 11 months by a British court, said a report. Branded the 'worst passenger ever’, 46-year-old Jasbir Singh Bharaj, was found guilty of criminal damage,


Strong air passenger volumes boost SSP Group's profit

Food and beverage concessions operator SSP Group reported a 15 per cent rise in full-year pretax profit, boosted by a strong growth in air passenger numbers in the UK and Europe, particularly over the summer months. SSP, which operates food and drink outlets in airports and railway sta

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