Thursday 30 October 2014

Abu Dhabi set for big cruise tourism season

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) kicked off the new cruise season welcoming the MS Rotterdam,  a medium-sized cruise ship which can accommodate 1,400 passengers and 600 crew members. Gary Lemke, the executive vice president at Abu Dhabi Ports Company


Etihad launches daily flights to Phuket

UAE national carrier Etihad Airways said it has begun daily non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi and Phuket, the airline’s second destination in Thailand. The inaugural flight – EY430 – took off from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 8.40am today (October 26) and


Etihad Airways gets new GM for Thailand

UAE's national airline Etihad Airways said it has appointed Dimitrios Karagkioules, an industry veteran, as the new general manager for Thailand. Karagkioules, who has more than 20 years of airline experience, takes up the Bangkok-based role after five years in Athens as Etih


RAK guest nights hit 1.47 million this year

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), a UAE emirate and a leading tourist destination, reported more than 1,470,000 guest nights by the end of the third quarter of 2014. Last year the destination, which has 65 km of prime beach coastline. hit the one-million mark only in November.


Accor reaches milestone of 100 hotels in Mideast

Accor HotelServices Middle East, one of the world’s leading hospitality groups, has reached a major milestone of 100 hotels in the Middle East, with 66 operational hotels and 34 hotels under development across 10 countries. Accor’s regional network covers all segments


Kuwait's Alafco plans to buy planes worth $600m

Kuwait's Aviation Lease & Finance Company (Alafco), a unit of Kuwait Finance House (KFH) , plans to spend about $600 million buying 15 new aircraft over the next two years to cover a gap before it receives already-ordered planes in 2017, the company's chief executive said.


Saudi Al Tayyar Q3 net profit up 13.5pc

Al Tayyar Travel Group, a leading travel and tourism company in Saudi Arabia, has posted a 13.5 per cent rise in its third-quarter net profit, slightly below analysts' forecasts, as sales increased. The company made a net profit of SR244 million ($65.04 million) in the three


Oman posts record tourism growth in H1

Oman registered solid tourism growth in the first half with more than one million international tourists visiting the country, said a report. Of this, 387,103 were from the GCC region, the highest number of tourists from the region to date, registering a growth of 10.8 per cent w


Royal Jordanian appoints acting CEO

Royal Jordanian Airlines’ board of directors has appointed Captain Haitham Misto as its acting president and chief executive officer with effect from October 26.   Captain Misto had been head of Flight Operations at RJ since December last year, said a statement.


Emirates wins top award for in-flight dining

Dubai-based Emirates has been awarded Best In-Flight Dining: First Class and Business Class by Saveur Magazine’s Culinary Travel Award for the second consecutive year. Saveur, an American-based culinary-travel magazine, surveyed world travellers and readers aski

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