Sunday 1 May 2016

Lufthansa CEO eyes airline mergers in Europe

German airline Lufthansa wants to take part in much-needed industry consolidation in Europe so carriers can compete better with US and Asian rivals, chief executive Carsten Spohr said on Thursday. Spohr told an annual shareholders meeting in Hamburg on Thursday that the five larg


Airlines get a royal reception at Dubai’s Concourse D

The 60 major international airlines operating out of the new Concourse D at Dubai International Airport were given a royal reception yesterday by HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, who welcomed representatives at an official opening ceremony organised by Dubai Air


Wyndham announces new hotels in the Middle East

Wyndham Hotel Group signed two new development deals at this week's Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), which will bring globally recognised brands to Oman and Iraq. In 2015 Wyndham opened nearly 40 new hotels open across EMEA, and the expansion shows no sign of slowi


Al Tayyar Travel Group, Travelport extend agreement

Al Tayyar Travel Group, the largest  travel and tourism company in Saudi Arabia, has extended its agreement with Travelport, a leading travel commerce platform.   The extended deal enhances the strategic co-operation between both companies and reaffirms Al Tayyar Travel


New appointments at Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers

Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers, a leading five-star hotel in Dubai, UAE, has welcomed two new members to its executive team. Ala’a Mustafa joins the hotel as executive chef and Bassel El Kontar is the property's new director of food and beverage. &qu


Dubai to offer 20,000 to 30,000 budget rooms by 2020

The influence of millennials and their preference for quality over luxury, as well as the rise of a new breed of trendy and tech-friendly mid-market hotel brands, was the focus of a dedicated PwC-hosted panel session yesterday (April 27). Held at the new ATM 2016 Global Stage and


Jannah Burj Al Sarab wins top award

Jannah Burj Al Sarab won the 'Best for Technology' award at the first Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2016 by Hotel News Middle East Magazine held in St. Regis Dubai last week. The Leaders in Hospitality Awards recognizes exceptional elements of properties, campaigns and pe


Copthorne Hotel Dubai targets halal tourism sector

Copthorne Hotel Dubai is keen to grow its share of the rapidly growing Halal tourism sector, which was reported to be worth $140 billion in 2014 representing around 13 per cent of global travel expenditure. This figure is expected to reach $233 billion by 2020, presenting huge op


RAK Hospitality Asset Management Q1 RevPAR up 16.4pc

RAK Hospitality Asset Management has announced that its hotels under management posted a record growth of 16.4 per cent in revenue per available room (RevPAR) in Q1 2016. Rashad Saab, head of asset management at RAK Hospitality Asset Management, attributes the growth to three mai


Oman Air plane tyres burst in Abu Dhabi

An Oman Air flight from Muscat to Abu Dhabi experienced two burst tyres when it arrived at the UAE capital yesterday (April 27). The incident occurred when the aircraft, a Boeing 737–800 , landed at the airport, said an airline statement. The Oman Air flight

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