Dubai takes MICE world by storm


As per the latest International Meetings Statistics Report by Union of International Associations, Dubai has moved up to the 10th spot from its previous rank 14 in the 2015 edition, with a total of 180 meetings taking place in 2016. TravTalk finds out from industry experts what it takes to …

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Maya’s grandeur triumphs in the ME


In a bid to recognise the hard work of tourism stalwarts and encourage new talents in the industry in the Middle East, Durga Das Publications organised the first Arabian Travel Awards on July 4, 2017. The dazzling night of glitz and glamour took place at the JW Marriott Deira in …

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Singapore weaves Silk Route to ME

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To establish a strong relationship with the Middle East through tourism, Singapore Tourism Board (STB) concluded yet another roadshow in five prominent cities of the region. Singapore’s travel industry professionals met and discussed how to make the country a compelling leisure and MICE destination. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) recently …

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Unstable oil prices: Boon or bane?

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Aviation industry leaders highlight key challenges and opportunities for aviation industry during the 5th Global Airport Leaders Forum at the Airport Show in Dubai WTC. Organised by CAPA—Centre for Aviation and hosted by Reed Exhibitions, the 5th Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) was recently held at Dubai World Trade Centre …

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Costa cruises on Middle Eastern waters

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Costa Cruises has gained immense popularity in the Middle East and it returns the love by dedicating its most exquisite ship, Costa Mediterranean, to the region every year during the winters. Alessandro Bottaro, Head of Sales & Marketing for Mediterranean New Markets, UK, East Europe, Africa and Middle East at …

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Breaking the glass ceiling

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Mentor to a strong workforce of 300, Roxana Jaffar takes on the role of a strategiser, a thought leader, a motivator, a change agent and a pragmatist at Dubai-based Holiday Inn Al Barsha. As the CEO, she works by the Triple P bottom line — defining their Profit by looking …

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BA gifts new First Wing to ME flyers

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British Airways recently announced a number of investment plans to enhance Middle Eastern customers’ experience, the most important being the launch of its new First Wing at the Heathrow Airport. Robert Williams, Head of Sales for ME and Asia Pacific, talks about the efforts taken to drive the airline’s regional …

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Wake up and smell the ‘green’ coffee

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In line with the UAE Government’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, Nespresso continues working on coffee capsule recycling with local partner Bee’ah. They celebrated International Recycling Day with hospitality partners. The partners share their thoughts on this effort and the importance of recycling. H.E. Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO, Bee’ah This …

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BBTF: Blurs boundaries, expands trade


The fourth annual Bali and Beyond Travel Fair (BBTF) recently hosted 174 sellers from Indonesia, including tour operators, hotel chains and resorts as well as provincial tourism offices, representing the country’s tourism and hospitality industry along with 264 buyers from 54 other countries. Bali and Beyond Travel Fair (BBTF) was …

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Virtual payments ease reality

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Supplier payments have proved to be a complex, time-taking and costly process. However, now there is a breather in the form of virtual payments (VCNs). Nissrin Damdam, Business Development Manager at NEC Payments, throws some light on the same for TravTalk. Managing supplier payments in the travel industry is a …

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