Wednesday 26 November 2014

Abu Dhabi tourism to hit international roads harder

Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry will hit the international road even harder next year with Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) planning its largest overseas promotion campaign taking in 24 trade exhibitions and 13 road shows across 25 countries. “We are exp


HMH CEO highlights need for more mid-market hotels

There is an urgent need to accelerate the development of mid-market hotels in Dubai if the city is to draw 20 million visitors annually by 2020, an industry expert has warned. Laurent A Voivenel, CEO of Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH), addressed the delegates on the significance


Dubai hotels see 9pc drop in August daily rates

Dubai’s overall hospitality market recorded an average daily rate (ADR) of $195 in August as against $213 in the same month of 2013, marking a drop of 9.23 per cent, a report said. Average occupancy jumped month-on-month from July by 27.5 percentage points (pp), an increase


Europe travel firm launches new service in region, one of Europe’s largest online travel agencies which opened its Dubai office in January, will launch a ‘payment on delivery’ facility in December. The Spain based agency opened a new sales office in Dubai in January, their second in the Middle East


World-class guitar trio to perform at VOR stopover

Renowned guitarists, the Anglo-Argentinian Dominic Miller, English Jason Carter and Jordanian Kamal Musallam will perform together for the first time in an intimate guitar, harp guitar and oud concert on December 16 as part of Abu Dhabi’s Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) stopover. Miller,


Mövenpick Bahrain opens new spa

Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain has opened its new European-style Rimal Spa, offering luxurious treatments to clients. Rimal Spa features 12 treatment rooms, including single treatment suites, one double female suite and two traditional Turkish hammam suites with their own steam rooms and


Swiss-Belhotel signs two new hotels in Riyadh

Swiss-Belhotel International chairman and president Gavin M Faull has signed an agreement with Al Jumaiah Group of Saudi Arabia to manage two hotels in Riyadh. Both hotels, Swiss-Belhotel Riyadh and Swiss-Belboutique Tahlia Riyadh, are expected to start operating later next year under


Dubai Christmas Fest returns with new features

The Dubai Christmas Fest returns for a third year with a host of new features next month as more than 100 brands, retailers, restaurants and participants have been confirmed to take part in the event. Running from December 11 to 13 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, the celebration


Jazeera Airways reports 5pc increase in passengers

Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways has reported a 5 per cent increase in the total number of passengers in September compared to the same period last year. The airline witnessed an on-time performance of 96 per cent and also reported a 9 per cent increase in passengers compared to September


Ritz-Carlton Bahrain unveils new spa menu

The Royal Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, is offering a new enhanced menu providing an extensive selection of treatments designed for complete care of the skin, body and soul, this autumn. With natural products from around the world gently applied by The Ritz-Carlton’s team of

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