Sunday 25 September 2022

Emirates, United expand market presence in new deal

Emirates and United have announced a historic commercial agreement that will enhance each airline’s network and give their customers easier access to hundreds of new destinations* within the US and around the world. From November, Emirates customers flying into Chicago, San


Carnival Celebration completes sea trials ahead of debut

Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Celebration, is one more milestone closer to her debut in her homeport of PortMiami after successfully completing sea trials in the Baltic Sea.   Carnival Celebration set sail on her first round of sea trials Se


Kerten Hospitality targets 40 projects across Europe, Mena

Kerten Hospitality, a mixed-use ESG-focused lifestyle operator, is ramping up development, with more than 40 purpose-driven projects across 12 brand concepts in Europe, Mena and the CIS region. Between now and the end of 2022, Kerten Hospitality will open one new concept a month,


Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay, Egypt appoints new GM

Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay, a luxury holiday resort on the shores of the Red Sea in Egypt, has appointed Silvia Rajniak as the new general manager. The Slovakian native started with Kempinski Hotels in 2009 and since then has continuously grown in her hospitality industry career, r


ACI hosts global event on airport experience

Airports Council International (ACI) World yesterday (September 14) kicked off the annual ACI Customer Experience Global Summit in Krakow, Poland, under the theme “Re/humanizing the airport experience.” The ACI Customer Experience Global Summit is the premier global e


Saudi Arabia to deploy AI security screening system at airports

Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has announced that it is set to deploy the Artificial Intelligence security screening technology (ICMOR) for operational use in airports across the kingdom.   This comes following a partnership contra


Work nearing completion on SeaWorld Abu Dhabi theme park

Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences, in partnership with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, announced that 90% work has been completed on the next-generation marine-life theme park, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, at Yas Island.  


UAE launches 100% digital VAT refund system for tourists

The UAE Federal Tax Authority (FTA), in partnership with Planet Tax Free, today launched the “world’s most innovative, 100% digital VAT-refund scheme” for tourists.    The paperless procedure is considered the most advanced solution of its


ILTM Asia Pacific concludes with 800 participants

ILTM Asia Pacific took place in Singapore last week with some 800 attendees including business, networking and education leaders returning to participate in the APAC luxury travel event that has not taken place since the pandemic. Launching dedicated research about the region ent


Luxury hotels in UAE ‘can save 10% on utility costs’

Four- and five-star hotels in the UAE could potentially be saving up to 10% annually on their utility bills, according to leading UAE-based smart and green FM company Farnek. Put into perspective that is the equivalent of more than 835 room nights, according to STR figures for th

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