Thursday 21 August 2014

Kuoni Group revenues decline by 1pc

Kuoni Group, a leading travel and travel-related service provider, generated a turnover of CHF 2479.5 million ( $ 2.71 billion ) in the first half this year, a decline of 1 per cent compared to the figures during the same period last year. The company achieved a 17.9 per cent gro


Etihad changes S Africa flight schedule

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has announced changes to its schedule between Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg in South Africa. The change in the flight schedule, effective October 26, will provide travellers with improved opportunities to connect onwards to regional network


Rotana hotels initiate ‘peak load campaign’

Three Rotana group hotels have partnered with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) to raise awareness about the high levels of electricity and water consumption. The ‘Peak Load Campaign’ aims to educate guests and colleagues on the importance of avoiding the use o


Elaf records 96pc occupancy during Ramadan

Saudi Arabia-based Elaf Group of Companies said its hotel at the Red Sea Mall in Jeddah recorded 96 per cent occupancy rate during Ramadan. The Elaf Hotel’s high occupancy rate went higher than its original sales target with the company’s offered packages being sold o


Sharjah beach hotels log 80pc occupancy

Guest numbers at Sharjah’s beach hotels swelled to more than 180,000 during the first half of this year registering 80 per cent occupancy rates, said a top official of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA). “The heavy turnout at beach hotels a


Gulf Air launches key reporting tool

Gulf Air has launched "EthicsPoint,” a third party, anonymous, Internet-based reporting tool designed to help ensure greater transparency in the airline's operations. It will also help meet one of the objectives of Bahrain's national carrier's successful 20


First ‘Studio M’ hotel in Mideast to open in Riyadh

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Middle East and Africa (MEA) has unveiled plans to launch its Studio M brand in Riyadh, in partnership with Saudi Arabian owner Waseel Properties and developer Raseel Properties. The 145-key property is the first Studio M brand in the Middle East


DC Aviation buys new business jet

DC Aviation, the parent company of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), has added a new business jet, Cessna Citation XLS+, to support its growing operations. With the addition of the new aircraft, DC Aviation is now the largest operator of this type of aircraft in Europe with eight XLS+ in


Turkish Airlines posts $79.52m H1 net profit

Turkish Airlines’ recorded a net profit of 398 million TRY ($184 million) in the second quarter of the year as compared to a net loss of 226 million TRY ($109 million) in Q1. It completed the first half of the year with a net profit of 172 million ($79.52 million). The a


Target 2020: Dubai aims to become world's top destination

Dubai is confident of achieving its ambitious target of becoming the world's most visited city by the year 2020, a senior tourism official has said. The bold vision also aims to treble the economic contribution tourism makes to the city's balance sheet by the turn of the

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