Friday 19 September 2014

Best Western set to open new hotel in Myanmar

Best Western International has embarked on the latest stage of its expansion in Myanmar, with the signing of its first ever hotel in Mandalay.   Scheduled to open in the third quarter of next year, the new midscale Best Western WESTERN hotel will feature 108 rooms, all equipp


Emirates denies plans to end A380 India service

Dubai-based Emirates airline has denied media reports that it was planning to withdraw its Airbus A380 plane from Indian routes. The airline is flying the superjumbo between Dubai in the UAE and the Indian financial capital Mumbai. "A380 (aircraft) is here to stay...We ha


Qatar Airways takes delivery of its first A380

Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380 superjumbo, ending a three-month standoff with the planemaker over the quality of its cabin fittings. The Gulf airline took delivery of the first of 10 A380s it has ordered at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, and plans to introdu


Air France cancels 60pc of flights as strike continues

A pilots strike at Air France entered its second day, with the two sides apparently no closer to resolving a dispute over cost cuts that has forced the French carrier to cancel 60 per cent of flights. The airline said it expected to operate "at least 40 per cent of its flights&quo


Abu Dhabi reveals new cruise terminal design

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCAAbu Dhabi) today unveiled the design for the planned new Zayed Port cruise terminal in the UAE capital. The design was unveiled at the Seatrade Med 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, one of Europe’s key


Thomas Cook points to sluggish German market

British holiday operator Thomas Cook on Tuesday highlighted a slowdown in bookings in its German market but also provided guidance on full-year earnings that put the company broadly on course to meet analyst expectations. Thomas Cook said it expected earnings before interest and


Abu Dhabi targets Jordan for tourism growth

The UAE capital Abu Dhabi has the potential to become a leading intra-regional tourism destination for Jordan, according to a delegation of travel industry leaders on a recent visit to the emirate. The delegation visited many of the top attractions including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosq


Algosaibi Travel launches new online portal

A Bahrain-based travel agency has launched what it claims is a first-of-its-kind travel portal for the region, pitting it against the likes of “ only offers quick and easy access to the very best deals and travel solutions for independent travellers,


Air France strike hits European travel

Travellers face continued disruption as Air France pilots began a week-long strike in a dispute over cost cuts, but a pilots union at the last minute called off a strike planned for Tuesday at Germany's Lufthansa. Air France said it had been forced to cancel six out of 10 fli


Gulf Air launches Kuwait-Istanbul services

Gulf Air has launched twice weekly services between Kuwait and Istanbul in response to increased demand. The direct flights will start from October 2, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication. The new service will depart Kuwait In

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