Sunday 21 September 2014

Egypt tourism 'could fully recover by end-2015'

Egypt's tourism industry, battered by three years of political upheaval and street protests, could fully recover by the end of 2015 if current levels of stability persist, the tourism minister said. Hisham Zaazou also told Reuters in an interview that the number of tourists c


Bahrain’s revised e-visa fees implementation under way

Preparations are in full swing to implement a Bahrain’s Cabinet decision to grant citizens from 66 countries instant and e-visas and enable nationals from 102 countries to apply for e-visas online. The move is part of plans to ease entry visa procedures in a bid to attract


Bahrain leads GCC in luxury spending habits

More than three-fourths (77 per cent) of luxury spenders in Bahrain are choosing to spend more of their money on enriching experiences rather than goods, making the kingdom the leader in GCC, a report said. This compares to a regional average of 42 per cent and a GCC average of 4


Unique rewards crucial for millennial hotel guests

Two-thirds (66 per cent) of millennial high-frequency travellers rate “unique rewards” as an important factor when choosing a hotel loyalty programme, compared with just 43 per cent of their older counterparts, according to a new study. “The Deloitte study, “Win


Yas Island to tap into Russian tourist market

Yas Island, the UAE’s fastest emerging holiday destination, will tap into the Russian tourist market at a major upcoming fair in Moscow for travel and tourism. The 20th International Trade Fair for Travel and Tourism, known as OTDYKH 2014, will be held from September 16 to 19 in


130 Italian travel professionals discover Abu Dhabi

More than 130 top Italian travel agents and tourism professionals have gathered in Abu Dhabi for the convention which is being jointly supported by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), Etihad Airways and The Vision Destination Management. Organised by a leading It


Hop-on hop-off tours to start in Dubai

City Sightseeing, known for its modern double-decker hop-on hop-off buses, and international language options, will bring its popular tours to Dubai, UAE from October 2. City Sightseeing and dnata, a leading travel services provider in the Middle East, have partnered to showcase Dubai&


Mandarin hotel opening in Doha delayed

The opening of a luxury hotel scheduled to be completed in Doha, Qatar, this year, has been pushed back by two years, according to a report. The delay is the latest signal that the massive QR20-billion ($5.5 billion) Msheireb Downtown Doha redevelopment project, in which the hote


Google Street View brings Pyramids to the world

Google has announced the launch of a 360-degree street view imagery of the Pyramids and five other historical landmarks in Egypt for the first time. Street View Special Collects is a feature of Google Maps that lets users explore places around the world like landmarks, natural wonders,


Hamad International Airport deploys 62 eGates

The Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, is now the airport with one of the the largest numbers of automated border control (ABC) eGates in the world, according to the company that implemented the system. Vision-Box, a leader in ABC solutions, has installed 62 vb i-match e

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