AGENTS

Getting ready for the new normal

The outbreak of the pandemic has seen the emergence of a new normal for the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Three industry leaders discuss the strategies, outcomes, regulations and standards which need to be implemented. Nia Niscaya, Deputy Minister for Marketing, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia …

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Domestic travel will be a top choice

Almosafer has conducted a study amongst over 3,000 Saudi nationals to gauge people’s travelling behaviour post COVID-19 and found that domestic travel will be a top choice once lockdown restrictions ease. The domestic travel leisure market is expected to see a boost with 35% Saudis keen on discovering the growing …

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Seamless services during lockdown

TRAVTALK had a tête-à-tête with Sumit Acharya, Managing Director – BCD Travel LLC, Dubai about the current status of the industry and their many efforts to ensure the industry stays afloat at a time with challenges. BCD Travel focuses on corporate TMC although they have M!CE and leisure divisions in …

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Reviving the industry with govt support

At a time when the industry needs a team of experts to get the ball rolling after a stringent lockdown for almost three months, it is quite a positive vibe to note that all the stalwarts in the industry have initiated a group that can revive the industry with the …

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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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Stellar’s unique kaleidoscope

Winners of the title of the fastest growing Destination Management Company at the Arabian Travel Awards, Stellar Destination Tourism caters to all types of clientele. Atica Rehman Shamsi, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Stellar Destination Tourism shares insights with TTME. Shehara Rizly What was the reason to start a DMC? …

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Expedia’s human touch in AI

Expedia Group has invested in technology to make things seamless. From AI-powered Partner Central Chatbot, to an algorithm in place to inform partners of revenue opportunities, Scott Crawford, VP-Product and Technology, Brand Expedia, says while AI and ML help in reducing friction, they need humans to understand the problem. Peden …

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Outlook for the year of Expo 2020

UAE will be focusing on new markets in 2020, starting off with the Nordic travel fair—MATKA—to be held from January 17-20 in Helsinki, Finland. The two other important exhibitions to kick off in the upcoming year are Vakantiebeurs in Netherlands and FESPO in Switzerland. HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, …

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