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AccorHotels buys French concierge group

AccorHotels said on Wednesday it had entered exclusive talks to buy concierge service provider John Paul, further beefing up its response to the challenges of Airbnb. Under the terms of the deal, AccorHotels - the world's fifth-largest hotel group - will acquire 80 per cent o

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Airlines invest to keep passengers 'connected'

Airlines are striving hard to cater to the 'hyper-connected' Chinese passengers, who are heavy users of technology both in their everyday lives and throughout their travel journeys, with 80 per cent adopting connected aircraft and 100 per cent investing in mobile-based services and the

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Al Tayyar Travel Group Q2 net profit falls 24.2pc

Saudi Arabia's Al Tayyar Travel Group posted a 24.2 per cent fall in second-quarter net profit on Wednesday. The company made a net profit of SR300 million ($80 million) in the three months to June 30, down from SR396 million in the prior-year period, according to a bourse fi

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Radisson Blu Sharjah welcomes new GM

Carlson Rezidor, one of the largest hotel groups worldwide, has appointed Rabih Zein as the new general manager for Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah. Zein joins from the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel & Residence Duqm and Park Inn, where he served as the cluster general manager, mana

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Qatar Summer Festival kicks off on August 1

United Development Company (UDC) a leading Qatari public shareholding Company and master developer of The Pearl-Qatar, is set to host the third edition of Qatar Summer Festival (QSF) which will kick off on August 1. Organised in collaboration with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), t

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UAE 'to represent 90pc of ME leisure tourism market'

The UAE is forecast to make up 90 per cent of the leisure tourism market in the Middle East by 2020, according to research by Team Leisure. The research was conducted ahead of The Leisure Show Dubai 2016, which is taking place this September. Phil Taylor, director at Tea

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InterCityHotel opens first property in Oman

German hotel chain Steigenberger has opened a new InterCityHotel in Salalah, Oman - its first property under the mid-scale brand outside Europe, said a report. The new hotel stands eight stories tall and features 70 rooms as well as a restaurant and a modern gym. It also offers a

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Etihad announces additional A380 service to NY

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has announced plans to increase its Airbus A380 service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport in response to heightened demand from guests traveling between the two destinations.

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Emirates flight makes emergency landing in Mumbai

An Emirates flight bound to Maldives from Dubai was forced to make an emergency landing in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday afternoon after smoke was detected in the cockpit and cabin, said a report. The airline was carrying more than 300 people on board, said a report in NDTV.

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Hyatt Regency Dubai welcomes new sales director

Hyatt Regency Dubai, an iconic five star hotel in Dubai, has appointed Pranav Vohra as director of sales and marketing for the hotel. Vohra will oversee sales planning, strategic marketing, revenue and annual budget for the 421-room property located in the heritage heart of Dubai

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