Saturday 1 November 2014

Space tourism set back by Virgin test flight crash

The wait for paying passengers to see Earth from the vantage point of space looked a lot longer on Friday, following the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic's first spaceship, but aspiring space tourists did not appear to be lining up for refunds. About 800 people already have pai


British Airways owner IAG posts 30pc rise in profit

International Airlines Group reported a 30 per cent jump in third-quarter profit and raised its forecast for the year, in contrast to the British Airways-owner's strike-hit rivals. IAG's operating profit before exceptional items for the three months ended September 30 was


700 take part in Dubai hospitality competition

Dubai World Hospitality Championship (DWHC), the latest event positioning Dubai as a leading international destination for hospitality and tourism, kicked off today at the Dubai World Trade Centre with 700 of DWHC’s total 2,588 participants competing in various areas. Four teams


$2 trillion aviation infrastructure 'needed'

An investment of $2 trillion will be needed to support the expected growth in global air passenger numbers by 2030, a top official said. The total passenger numbers are projected to reach 7.3 billion by 2034, which is more than double the 3.3 billion passengers expected to take to the


Scotland’s tourism sector targets Middle Eastern investors

Scotland is witnessing an increase in the number of Gulf investors in its hospitality sector, it has been revealed. One of the key investors is the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Other global investors in Scotland include KSL, Sandman, Starwood Capital from North America and


Millennium & Copthorne's profit surge 6.6pc

London-based Millennium & Copthorne (M&C) Hotels’ third-quarter profit rose 6.6 per cent as an increase in global business travel drove occupancy and room rates. Pre-tax profit rose to £50.2 million ($80.16 million) in the quarter ended September 30 from £47.1


Ramada Downtown Dubai restaurant gets makeover

Ramada Downtown Dubai, a luxury hotel in the UAE emirate, has officially opened its revamped all-day dining venue, Kenza Restaurant.  Formerly known as Orchid, the newly-opened Kenza Restaurant now features modern interiors in shades of red and white, complemented by stylish wood


Emirates Pilots Club gets new identity

The Emirates Pilots Club, a non-profit social aviation club in Dubai, UAE, has rebranded itself as the Aviation Professionals Club (APC), which will be supported by a new identity. The re-branding of this exclusive membership club comes 15 years after its original formation and reflect


Etihad to fly thrice daily to Mumbai, Delhi

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has announced that Mumbai and New Delhi will become its first destinations in India to be served with three-daily flights. Both cities will be upgraded from their current double-daily frequencies, with the third daily flight to Mumbai st


Hilton helps refurbish school lab

Hilton Hotels Dubai, a luxurious five-star resort in the UAE emirate, has refurbished two computer labs at the National Charity School in Garhoud as part of its local community service. The hotel formed an action team of employees and department heads to improve the school’s faci

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