In-the-Issue

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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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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Showcasing Turkey’s modern art

A selection from the Istanbul Modern Collection can be seen at the Turkish Airlines lounge in the airline’s brand new hub, Istanbul Airport. Turkish Airlines and Istanbul Modern have entered into a partnership to introduce Turkey’s modern art to the world. TT Bureau Flying to over 311 destinations in 124 …

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Pegasus’ flight from Istanbul to RAK

A new commercial route operated by Pegasus was launched recently between Istanbul and Ras Al Khaimah. Turkey is one of the leading outbound destinations for the UAE and this new route option will further enhance the traffic between the two cities and beyond. TT Bureau Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development …

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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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Ras Al Khaimah to host FESPO & Vakantiebeurs

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority kicks off the new year by becoming the host destination for two main exhibitions, Vakantiebeurs in Netherlands and FESPO in Switzerland. Another exhibition, MATKA, is also on the cards. Raki Phillips, CEO of RAKTDA, speaks to TTME. TT Bureau Could you share about your …

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Emirates’ global growth plan

Emirates is adapting quickly to ensure it is ahead of the curve via digital and mobile channel design and functionality. Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations for Gulf, Middle East and Central Asia, Emirates, shares with TTME plans and strategies for the year 2020. TT Bureau Could you …

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Stalwart in the travel industry

Arijit Munshi, General Manager of Tune Protect, EMEIA, is no stranger to the travel and hospitality industry within and out of the region. The winner of Arabian Travel Awards for two consecutive years, Munshi ensures that the Tune Protect brand presence is felt throughout the region. Shehara Rizly Taking reins …

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22% more UK visitors to GCC in 2024

The UK has been a consistent and key top source market for the GCC. According to research carried out by Colliers International, on behalf of ATM, as many as 2.8 million UK residents will travel to the GCC in 2024, an additional 500,000 travellers when compared to 2018 arrival figures. …

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