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Rotana’s 7th hotel soon in Riyadh

Strengthening its portfolio in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Rotana adds another property set – DAMAC Towers Arjaan to be open soon in Riyadh. The twin tower featuring 448 luxury rooms is company’s seventh property in the Kingdom and is one of the finest architectural landmarks of the region, offering …

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5G transforming air travel

SITA predicts how ultra-fast 5G networks will bring major change for airports, airlines, and passengers. As per CSS Insight data, 5G will be a game-changer for the aviation industry with projected growth to reach around USD 4.2 bn by 2026. The potential for innovation is huge and airports, airlines, and …

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Al Naboodah to enhance global footprint

The Al Naboodah Group with over 60 years’ experience in business and more than 45 years in the travel industry, will take steps to expand its business opportunities across KSA, UAE, UK, Canada, Turkey and Azerbaijan over the next few years. Nasir Jamal Khan, CEO of Al Naboodah Travel shares …

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IATA on COVID-19’s financial impact

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) updated its analysis of the financial impact of the novel COVID-19, a public health emergency on the global air transport industry. IATA now sees 2020 global revenue losses for the passenger business between $63 billion and $113 billion (in a scenario where COVID-19 is …

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RAKTDA records 4% growth in arrivals

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) announced stellar visitor figures for 2019 with arrivals up almost 4 per cent to 1.12 million and RevPAR recorded at an impressive $114.90, amongst the highest in the region. This was reflected by the strong yearly occupancy rates, averaging at 74 per cent. …

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VFS Global eases visa process

Still heading away on an amazing adventure this spring? Although preparing for a holiday is not without its challenges, VFS Global wants to make sure you get to your destination smoothly without much stress. Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO – South Asia, MENA, Americas at VFS Global, explains how to …

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Sharjah tourism records 1.8 mn guests

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) revealed that the emirate recorded a 3% growth in the number of hotel guests in 2019 as compared to 2018. The sector welcomed approximately 1.8 mn guests last year with a hotel occupancy rate of 66 per cent. In terms of nationalities, guests …

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1st lady GM in KSA at Radisson

As Saudi Arabia explores the opportunities of obtaining more inbound tourism by relaxation of its visa regulations in keeping with its Vision 2030; Radisson becomes the first group in the hospitality trade to announce the appointment of Maram Kokandi as the first lady General Manager at Park Inn by Radisson, …

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Dubai welcomes six cruise liners

Mina Rashid dealt with over 60,000 cruise passengers, as it handled processes for the arrival of TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 5, Pullmantur Cruises’ Horizon, MSC Cruises’ MSC Lirica, Jalesh Cruises’ Karnika as well as the maiden calls from Costa Cruises’ Costa Diadema and Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas on …

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Tourism volumes surge over 12 mn

In recent reports India, KSA and the UK maintain their status as Dubai’s dominant traffic generators with Oman and China continuing their impressive double-digit trajectory, propelling GCC and Asian region visitation. Dubai welcomed 12.08 million international overnight visitors in the first nine months of 2019. The latest visitation figures released …

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