Tuesday 1 December 2015

City Sightseeing Dubai offers free tours on National Day

City Sightseeing Dubai is giving all UAE residents complimentary tours on its hop-on hop-off tour buses on December 2 to celebrate the 44th National Day of the UAE. This is the first time the company is doing this since it started operating the unique hop-on hop-off bus tours in


WA nominated for Africa's 'Best Hotel Interior' award

WA International, a leader in the hospitality sector in the Middle East, has been nominated for 'Best Hotel Interior for Africa' for The African and Arabian Property Awards, a part of the International Property Awards.   Entries have been received from 2


Starwood opens Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the debut of the Westin brand in Egypt, with the opening of The Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort & Spa. Owned by Cascades Hotel Company Soma Bay, the year-round resort is situated at the highest point of the Soma Bay peninsula


Turkish foreign visitor arrivals fall 4pc in Oct

The number of foreign visitors to Turkey fell 4.02 per cent year-on-year in October to 3.301 million people, data from the Tourism Ministry showed. In the first 10 months of 2015, the number of foreign visitors dropped 1.4 percent year-on-year to 33.059 million, the data s


Emirates wins accolades at industry awards

Dubai-based Emirates airline recently won the award for ‘Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Airline Lounge’, at the inaugural Middle East Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards (ULTRAs). Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ executive vice president and chief operatio


Oman Air honours staff achievements

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate, recently honoured the 65-strong core team of its Business Continuity personnel during an event in Muscat. Oman Air’s CEO, Paul Gregorowitsch, said:  “Oman Air is focused on ensuring reliability of our service and s


India's SpiceJet to order 150 planes this fiscal

Indian budget airline SpiceJet plans to order more than 150 planes in the current financial year, the airline's chairman said on Sunday. "We are in the process of placing a large aircraft order. The airline will order in excess of 150 planes - we hope to do that in this


New online Umrah hotel booking saves 15pc

Around 250,000 Umrah pilgrims, who booked hotel rooms in Makkah and Madinah via a new online system have saved up to 15 per cent in reservations, a report said. The “Sijjil” electronic system also helps in solving the problems of hotels in Makkah, Abdullah Qadi, deput


Rotana to open 14 properties by 2016-end

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation, a leading hospitality management group, is set to continue its ambitious expansion with the opening of 14 properties before the end of 2016. With flourishing development being made in its growth strategy, Rotana is further strengthening its pr


Lufthansa signs pay deal with services union

Deutsche Lufthansa, Germany’s national carrier, on Saturday signed an agreement with services union Verdi on pay for about 33,000 ground personnel, the union and the airline said. Germany's largest airline agreed a pay increase for its ground personnel and for staff at

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