Your dose of retail therapy


The year-long retail calendar enables a growth of the AED 128.45bn sector projected to grow further at 5.6 per cent to reach AED 160.7bn by 2021. Read on for an overview by industry insiders… TT Bureau His Excellency Sami Al Qamzi, Director General, Department of Economic Development (DED) “The retail …

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‘Konnichiwa’ Ishikawa! greets Cathay


One of the first announcements for 2019 by Cathay Pacific is the expansion of its network to Japan with the introduction of the new route to Ishikawa from April 2019. The new twice weekly service will enable the UAE travellers to access the destination easily via Hong Kong. TT Bureau …

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Turkey’s ambitious targets


Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director—ME, ATM & IBTM Arabia, talks about how Turkey’s figures for the third quarter of 2017 show it’s well on track to achieving its goal of becoming a major global tourism market by 2023. Turkey’s tourism industry is recovering, with a strong focus on the MiCE sector …

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Matka to draw 70k attendees


Anna Suominen, Sales Group Manager, Messukeskus Helsinki, sheds light on Matka Nordic Travel Fair set to be held from Jan 16-20, 2019, at Messukeskus Helsinki, Finland. TT Bureau What will Matka Nordic travel fair offer this time? At MATKA, the initial two days are only for travel industry professionals comprising …

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New vision for new year

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Setting new goals and aspirations every year, the Middle East has become one of the most rapidly growing destinations in the world. Of late, the UAE has forged ahead as a much sought-after country due to the collaboration with public and private sectors. Key strategists share their outlook for 2019. …

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Battling disruption in flight schedules

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Last year, 3.6 million flights around the world were delayed by over 30 minutes or were cancelled, accounting for 16 per cent of all flight departures. However, FlightGlobal’s expert market insights help resolve the problems causing these delays, according to its CEO, Christopher Flook. For frequent business and leisure travellers, …

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Live life African style at Nofa Resort

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The latest addition to the Radisson Collection in its premium lifestyle collection of iconic hotel properties in unique locations, is Nofa Resort Riyadh. TT Bureau Located just outside of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the African-style resort has 57 luxurious bungalows and villas overlooking Nofa Wildlife Park, featuring an equestrian estate as …

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Oman Air lounge at Muscat airport

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With the opening of the new passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport, one of the most important areas to explore is the new premium lounge of Oman Air for discerning travellers. TT Bureau The eagerly-awaited new passenger terminal and the new state-of-the-art Oman Air lounge at Muscat International Airport will …

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Digital travel tools on demand

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According to recent findings by Travelport, 61 per cent of the UAE travellers are using voice search to research travel while 70 per cent of them state that good digital experience is the key when choosing airlines. Kathryn Wallington, Country Manager—UAE, Travelport shares details with TravTalk. TT Bureau Innovative, tech-savvy …

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Sharjah Airport scales new heights

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As the first airport in the UAE, Sharjah enjoys an entire range of destinations and passenger access. With the launch of phase one of the airport, TravTalk interviewed HE Sheikh Faisal bin Saoud Al Qassimi, Director, Sharjah Airport Authority, on further strategies and developments. TT Bureau Can you tell us …

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