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Truly a barometer for the Middle East and North Africa tourism sector, Arabian Travel Market (ATM), celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Taking plac ...


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Seabourn is sharpening its focus on mindful living with two new content-rich wellness cruises with Dr Andrew Weil in the year ahead. Bound for Alaska and ...


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April 2018 450

VisitBritain hosted ExploreGB, its annual flagship travel trade event to sell Destination Britain to th ...


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April 2018 799

Almost 60 per cent of Saudi Arabia’s current construction pipeline of 143 hotels is forecast to open in 2018, according to a new report.

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April 2018 1061

Last month, Atlantis, The Palm, launched the world’s first social media suite, to celebrate reaching a landmark one million followers on Facebook. Facebo ...


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April 2018 826

On the back of a record-breaking year for tourist arrivals, the idyllic Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus is expanding its tourism offerings to draw i ...


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April 2018 1022

The unveiling of a brand new Business Class cabin and configuration on Emirates’ Boeing 777-200LR aircraft topped the many achievements for the airl ...


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April 2018 795

Barceló Hotel Group is working consistently towards being a recognised brand in the Middle East, with plans to sign eight properties in the UA ...


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The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2018 began on February 21 this year in Al Ain, UAE with 180 delegates from 33 countr ...


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April 2018 623

Michael P Wale has been named the new chief executive officer of Kerzner International Holdings. Wale’s successful career, to date, was with Starwood Hot ...


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  • As part of Rotana Earth, the Global Corporate Sustainability Platform, Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi, in partnership with Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi, organised a laughter yoga workshop with the objective to raise awareness about health issues. The interactive session was hosted by Lokesh Hegde, a yoga specialist from Burjeel Hospital.

  • Charbel Hanna, executive assistant manager at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa, was recently presented with the inaugural CEO’s Award at the Gulf Hotels Group annual staff party. The CEO’s Award is a new recognition programme launched by the Gulf Hotels Group CEO Garfield Jones. Above, Hanna (left) receives the award from Jones.

  • Louvre Abu Dhabi has unveiled Art Lounge, a modern roof-top lounge bar at the world-renowned art museum in Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi. It will offer guests a space to socialise while enjoying the beautiful view of Abu Dhabi’s skyline. Art Lounge showcases a contemporary design concept and provides sleek outdoor seating for guests to relax.

  • Westin Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of Project Rise: ThreadForward, a sustainability programme that collects, processes and reweaves hotel bed linens transforming them into children’s pajamas. The pajamas will be distributed to children in need. Beginning April 16, Westin will give the gift in cities around the world and will encourage guests to support by purchasing a pair of pajamas on westinstore.com to benefit the programme.

  • Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth (right) and Mohammed Al Shaibani, executive director and CEO of Investment Corporation of Dubai and chairman of Kerzner International, shake hands after unveiling a plaque to celebrate the rebirth of the iconic One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius, during a celebration at the resort.

  • Tourism Authority Thailand (TAT) Dubai and Middle East Office partnered with Emirates Airline for a joint campaign named ‘Open to the New Shades’ last month, which promoted Thailand as a luxury holiday destination to female and family travellers across the Middle East. Pairat Sukngam, deputy director, TAT Dubai & Middle East Office, said the campaign promoted Thailand as a five-star holiday destination for Middle East travellers.

  • Rove Hotels celebrated the official United Nations International Day of Happiness (March 20) with the launch of the “Roving Bus of Happiness”. The big, bright double-decker bus travelled around Dubai’s most iconic locations from March 16-20. The newly appointed chief happiness officer (CHO) Happyness Chipote (yes, that is his real name) joined other staff members in the happiness drive.

  • Lebanese national carrier Middle East Airlines (MEA) awarded its top performing travel agencies in Abu Dhabi at an awards ceremony in Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel. The event, organised by Safar Travel & Tourism, the travel arm of Alfahim group, was attended by Sufyan Al Saleh, president of the Lebanese Business Council; Mohammed Abdulla Al Fahim, group head of business development for Alfahim; Jihad Hazzan, COO of Alfahim Hospitality; Ziad Najjar, MEA Abu Dhabi Area Manager; and Awj Khalil, general manager of Safar Travel & Tourism. The event also celebrated the 51-year-old relationship between the two entities.


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