Wednesday 17 July 2019

IHG to open world’s largest voco hotel in Saudi Arabia

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is continuing to expand its footprint across Saudi Arabia with the signing of voco Makkah, in partnership with Maad International, one of the kingdom’s largest hospitality real estate development companies. The property will be the larges


Oman hotel revenues up 12.2pc in first four months

Hotels in Oman saw their total revenues shoot up in the first four months of the year, with three- to five-star hotels reporting over RO95.4 million ($247.1 million), up 12.2 per cent compared to RO85.1 million ($220.4 million) registered for the corresponding period in 2018, new data showed.


Turkey sees significant rise in tourist traffic from UAE

Turkey's popularity as a tourist destination for UAE nationals continues to rise, with the country welcoming a total of 13,296 Emiratis within the first four months of the year, figures released by the Turkish Cultural and Tourism Office in Dubai showed. A total of 4,466 UAE


New airport to take shape at Saudi Arabia’s Al-Faisaliah City

A key airport primarily to serve pilgrims to Makkah has received the go-ahead, following the allocation of state-owned land for the project, said a media report. The emir of Makkah Prince Khaled Al Faisal and Minister of Finance Muhammad Al Jadaan signed an agreement to allocate land f


Expedia Partner Solutions, dcs plus announce new partnership

Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS), the B2B brand within Expedia Group, is bringing its competitive rates and availability for more than 500,000 accommodations to technology specialist dcs plus and its travel partners. The new venture, enabled through EPS's newest hotel API, Rap


Etihad to resume flights to Khartoum

UAE's Etihad Airways has announced that it will resume flights between Abu Dhabi and Khartoum, Sudan, on July 16. Etihad Flight EY 632 will depart Abu Dhabi at 9.50am every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, arriving four hours later at 11.50am local time. The return service, flig


Gulf Air picks Emarsys to enhance automated communications

Bahrain national carrier Gulf Air has signed a partnership deal with Emarsys - a leading independent marketing platform company - to enhance its customer automated communication systems. With this deal, Gulf Air will now be able to connect to passengers prior to and post the flig


Emirates to offer US-bound travellers wi-fi over the North Pole

Emirates’ passengers bound for the US will soon be able to enjoy wi-fi, mobile service connectivity and Live TV broadcast, even when flying 40,000 feet over the North Pole and Arctic circle. On flights to the US, which often travel over the polar region, passengers can find thems


Key Bahrain forum to discuss 'future of digital tourism'

Tourism experts from the Middle East and around the world will gather in Bahrain this October to discuss current issues and opportunities in the tourism industry, including “Digital Tourism”, at the Gulf Travel & Tourism Forum (GTTF). The first edition of GTTF wil


Two new executives join Melia Desert Palm Dubai

Melia Desert Palm Dubai, a boutique polo resort, has appointed two new members to its executive team. Assia Rahhaoui has joined the property as the guest experience and front office manager while Mahmoud Abdelnaby has taken on the role of director of sales. A Frenc

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