Sunday 31 May 2015

MEA hotel occupancy, RevPAR plunges in April

The Middle East and African (MEA) region has reported negative year-over-year results in the three major performance metrics of hotel occupancy, revenue per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rate (ADR) in April, said a report. When looking at the three Middle East/Africa


India's Jet Airways trims 2014 net loss

Jet Airways said it made a net loss of 21 billion rupees ($329 million) in the year ending in March, about half the size of the loss it made last year, after earning more in passenger revenues. For the final quarter of the year, Jet said it lost 17.29 billion rupees, down from la


Abu Dhabi airport gears up for busiest summer season

With the holiday season fast approaching, Abu Dhabi International Airport is getting ready for its busiest ever summer schedule this year. A total of 1,504 flights will depart from the UAE capital each week, up 22 per cent compaared to 1,233 the previous year, said a statement from the


US mulls airport preclearance in Turkey

Turkey is among the nine countries where the US is considering expanding airline preclearance operations, said the Department of Homeland Security on Friday. Other countries where the department said it was entering negotiations to add preclearance programmes include Belgium, the


No radiation found after scare at Delhi airport

A scare at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport over a suspected radioactive leak turned out to be a false alarm on Friday as atomic inspectors gave the all clear. Airport authorities reported earlier that there had been a leak in a consignment of sodium iodide 131 - a


Airline passengers happiest when using technology

Airline passengers are happiest and most excited when using technology for travel tasks, Global IT provider Sita revealed in a study. The 10th annual Sita/ATW Passenger IT Trends Survey was conducted in the first months of 2015 across 17 countries, representing 76 per cent of the


VisaPort app enables instant visa applications

VisaPort, the world's first dedicated cloud for foreign ministries and embassies, has launched a new app to transform the visa process, enabling applications with the click of a button. The free app, which is available for iOS and Android, is proven to dramatically reduce the


ABCR hosts seventh Fazza Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

Al Bustan Centre and Residence (ABCR), a popular hotel-apartment in the heart of Dubai, UAE, hosted athletes of seventh Fazza Wheelchair Basketball Tournament last week. In cooperation with the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare, Dubai Sports Council and the UAE Paral


Etihad reports 52pc jump in annual profit

Etihad Airways, UAE’s national airline, has reported a 52 per cent rise in its annual profit, reaching $73 million from $48 million a year earlier, the carrier said in an emailed statement on Thursday. With higher passenger numbers and increased revenue from cargo and partner air


TCA Abu Dhabi targets US travellers

Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry is embarking on a four-day, three-city roadshow in North America next week as it looks to build on increasing inbound tourism from the continent. Led by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), a five-strong delegation of the e

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