Tuesday 3 May 2016

Qatar Airways to launch Atlanta service with A380 flight

Qatar Airways will mark a new chapter in its history of operations to the US by flying the superjumbo Airbus A380 on the maiden Doha – Atlanta flight on June 1 only, with regular daily service using Boeing 777 aircraft. Operated in a tri-class configuration, the upper deck


Shanghai Hongqiao airport fire kills two

A fire in a basement at the Shanghai Hongqiao airport in China has killed two people and injured four, the People's Daily said on Friday. The fire broke out in a pile of insulation material in the basement of the airport's terminal one at around 7 a.m. local time (2300 GM


Mideast generated $195bn from tourism in 2015

David Scowsill, president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC),  has called for continued investment in Travel & Tourism in the Middle East - which generated $194.5 billion or 8.0 per cent of GDP in 2015 - as a means of diversifying economies as oil revenues fall.


Etihad, AccorHotels ink strategic partnership

Etihad Holidays, the leisure holiday division of Etihad Airways, has announced a new partnership with hotel operator AccorHotels to provide an even greater choice of hotels for its guests whilst ensuring a more efficient and cost effective booking experience. The new collaboratio


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

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