Saturday 30 May 2015

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


Oryx Rotana a 'favourite' in Doha

Oryx Rotana Doha, a leading hotel in the Qatari capital, has received three ‘favourite’ awards at the FACT Dining Awards Doha 2015. The hotel has captured the hearts of the city’s bloggers and residents and bagged three awards: Favourite International Restaurant (Choi


Emirates to launch new service to Bologna

Dubai-based Emirates plans to start a daily service to Bologna, Italy, from November 3. The capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna will be Emirates’ fourth Italian destination bringing Emirates’ weekly flights to Italy to 56. Set to be operated b


Private India hospitals go luxe, targets affluent consumers

Cinemas, Rolls-Royces and rooms so plush they could belong in a five-star hotel: private hospital operators in India are all but rolling out a red carpet to lure affluent locals and tourists to seek medical treatment at their luxe facilities. Local hospital firms including Fortis Healt

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