Evolving role of the travel agent

TTME SEPT 2017_PG 4-Sindhu Shaji

In this time of growing popularity of OTAs and online booking mediums, a travel agent still holds ground owing to their efficient task management and personal touch to make sure travellers have a hassle-free experience. The travel business, like any other, has witnessed drastic changes over the years, thanks to …

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Abu Dhabi to host OTB ’17

TTME SEPT 2017_PG 3-Mario Anthony

This September, high-end UAE outbound travel agents and buyers will come together at the InterContinental Hotel Abu Dhabi for Outbound Travel Bazaar (OTB). The number of outbound trips from the UAE increased by 5 per cent to 3.5 million last year, with those travellers spending Dh71 billion, up 10 per …

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Wellness tourism thrives in UAE


Wellness tourism is fast becoming a part of the vacation calendar for many travellers around the world. As per reported statistics, the UAE witnessed an incredible growth in wellness trips between 2012 and 2015, from 800,000 to 1.7 million annually. Susie Ellis, Chairman and CEO, Global Wellness Institute Wellness and …

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Wind beneath ibis Styles Jumeira’s wings

TTME AUG 2017-PAGE 14-Muhammad Haider

With a career spanning over 18 years, Muhammad Haider has spent 15 years in the hospitality industry and the rest of it in the telecom sector, enterprise solution, and direct sales and facilities management. Haider has been instrumental in ensuring the overall growth of ibis Styles Jumeira, keeping it under his wings …

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Apps to ease your holiday hassle

It is that time of the year in the Middle East when you’re busy booking trips to exotic destinations and your customers are trying to pack as much in their itinerary as possible. Make sure your clients are ready for their vacation by suggesting these five Apps, designed to help …

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Your hotel room in your palm

TTME AUG 2017-PAGE 13-Derek Sharp

In the first six months of 2017, FlightStats shows that over one in four major airline flights within the Middle East and Africa (130,140 out of 599,150) suffered from some form of disruption. New Travelport technology lets passengers use their mobile to instantly book hotel rooms when flights are cancelled …

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Taking Ramada to greater heights in ME

TTME AUG 2017-PAGE 12-Stefan Thumiger

Newly-appointed Cluster General Manager of Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach and Ramada Hotel & Suites Sharjah, Stefan Thumiger, shares his vision for the two properties in this competitive and dynamic market to ensure a rise in the hotels’ commercial performance and a heightened guest experience. Having been in the hospitality industry …

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Best Western strings Pearls together

TTME AUG 2017-PAGE 11-Ravi K Nair

Just a 10-minute drive from the airport, the four-star Best Western Plus Pearl Creek, managed by Pearl Hotels, is the new hotel on the block with 202 rooms, offering a variety of rooms catering to both leisure and business travellers. Being a part of an international chain of hotels, Best …

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Roda reimagines Arabian hospitality

TTME AUG 2017-PAGE 10-Louay Sarrage

The Roda Hotels and Resorts is poised to become the region’s most prominent home-grown hospitality brand owing to its efforts to promote contemporary Arabian hospitality, reveals Louay Sarrage, Corporate Vice President for Strategy and Development, Roda Hotels and Resorts. In operation since 2014, Roda Hotels and Resorts has espoused the …

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Experience the extraordinary

TTME AUG 2017-PAGE 9-Pulse Hotels and Resorts

Pulse Hotels and Resorts, a new entrant in the hospitality industry, offers a range of innovative and contemporary hotels and resorts for discerning travellers keen on exceptional experiences. Established in 2015 by Deep Blue Private Limited, the Pulse Hotels & Resorts specialises in tourist resorts and related businesses in the …

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