Sunday 29 November 2015

No bomb found on Turkish Airlines plane diverted to Canada

No explosives were found on a Turkish Airlines flight diverted to Halifax, Canada, after a bomb threat and the plane was cleared to continue its journey, Canadian police and the airline said on Sunday. The flight, originally bound for Istanbul from New York, has now safely depart


Travelstart launches Arabic travel booking site

Travelstart, the leading travel booking site in Africa, has officially launched a fully localised and complete Arabic version of its website in Bahrain this week. This makes Travelstart one of the top websites to offer an end-to-end experience in Arabic, without needing to switch langu


Singapore Airlines' flight lands safely amid bomb threat

Singapore Airlines said on Sunday there was a bomb threat to one of its flights which originated from San Francisco and landed safely at Singapore's Changi Airport on Sunday. The airline, in a statement, did not provide any details of how the threat came to light or what action was


Huth named GM for two Radisson hotels in Egypt

Thomas Huth joins the Rezidor Hotel Group as general manager overseeing both the Park Inn by Radisson and Radisson Blu Resort, Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt. Huth, a German national, began his career with Starwood Hotels and Resorts at the München Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Germany


Two Arabic speaking men kept from boarding US plane

Two men were kept from boarding a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Philadelphia because they were speaking Arabic, said a report. Maher Khalil and Anas Ayyad, of Palestinian origin, were told by a gate agent at Midway Airport on Thursday that they wouldn’t be allow


Mideast online travel market to reach $35bn

The Middle East’s online travel market is forecast to almost double in value within the next two years, rising from $18 billion to $35 billion by 2018, according to research firm Phocuswright. By the end of 2017, according to a joint study conducted by Travelport and Phocus


HMH CEO addresses the needs of today's hotel industry

Laurent A. Voivenel, CEO of Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH) shared a number of key industry insights during an interactive panel discussion on smart hotels at the 18th Hotel Technology Summit in Dubai today (November 22). Organised in association with Hospitality Financial


Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea in deal with Sohum Wellness

Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa has signed an agreement with the international company Sohum Wellness, which will manage the hotel’s spa and introduce the latest health and therapeutic services available. This step corresponds with Crowne Plaza’s ongoing


Emirates increases capacity on Jeddah route

Dubai-based Emirates has reinforced its commitment to Saudi Arabia by announcing an additional four flights per week to Jeddah, starting from December 14. The increased frequency will now enable Emirates’ customers travelling to and from Jeddah to choose from three flights per da


Hamad International wins top award

Hamad International Airport (HIA) won the Best Airport Award at the first Future Travel Experience (FTE) Asia Awards ceremony in Singapore last week. The awards ceremony took place during the FTE Asia EXPO 2015, with the winners being selected by industry executives from around t

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