Agents

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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The ‘Partner Central’ brand

Paula de Keijzer, Senior Director-Market Management, Africa, Indian Ocean, Middle East and Turkey, Expedia Group, talks about growth in the Middle East market and how Expedia creates a level-playing field for small players by bridging the tech gap. Peden Doma Bhutia from Las Vegas Expedia in Saudi Arabia has witnessed …

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Fruitful year continues…

As the year 2019 comes to an end, achievements in every sector related to the travel, tourism, hospitality and other supported fields enjoyed a year of growth. TTME spoke to some of the leaders who share insights on their journey in 2019 and talk about what they intend to do …

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