Closing 2017 on a high note


It was a fruitful and eventful year for the travel and tourism industry in the UAE. On a steady growth plan towards Expo 2020, all the sectors have been busy expanding markets in terms of inbound and outbound reach. Industry specialists and stakeholders share their highlights for the year with …

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Shaping the future of the travel industry


The Middle East has one of the most active technology users of today in terms of travel. The region introduced various new technologies to drive towards the growth of future in travel. TT BUREAU Travel Technology Exchange or TTX Middle East was an important forum where Sabre delivered some key …

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Remarkable Rao from Incredible India

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I.R.V Rao, Assistant Director of India Tourism for West Asia and Africa, has provided dedicated 29 years of service to the Indian Government, bringing him great responsibilities with power and position. He has been a pillar of strength for his government in the region ensuring strong bilateral ties between the …

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This Ramadan, let the feeling stay


To sustain a regular flow of tourists during the holy month of Ramadan, the tourism industry in the Middle East is promoting staycations. Initially, staycations were promoted by five-star and beach properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi but today other emirates and some short-haul destinations have taken up this niche …

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Midscale outperforms upscale


The economy and mid-market hotel segment has been identified as a significant opportunity for hotel owners and operators alike at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference held in Dubai from April 25-27, 2017. TT BUREAU 1. Jonathan Worsley Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR and Co-Founder of AHIC The mid-market has …

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Travel industry gearing up for Expo 2020

Expo 2020

ATM Global Stage Dubai opens with the most-awaited Expo 2020 legacy debate with some key personalities. Expo 2020, between October 2020 and April 2021, will bring together more than 180 nations and is expected to host an international audience of 25 million visitors. Experts from the trade share their views …

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Emerging travel trends in ME


Attendees at Arabian Travel Market put forth the trends that are affecting the dynamics of the tourism and hospitality industry in the Middle East region. Digitalisation is here to stay as accommodation inventories and attractions are steadily increasing showing impressive numbers. SHEHARA RIZLY “Tourism is a constantly changing industry and …

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2500+ exhibitors @ATM 2017


With a focus on strengthening inbound and outbound markets, the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017 is back at the Dubai World Trade Centre from April 24-27. With more than 2,500 exhibiting companies participating, the event promises to improve connections, ensuring a steady growth in business opportunities. Shehara Rizly “At the …

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RTF 2017 puts spotlight on medical tourism


Saudi Arabia’s largest domestic and outbound tourism promotion event, Riyadh Travel Fair will commence its ninth edition at the Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh from April 7-10, 2017. It is expected to receive over 250 exhibitors; national pavillions and seminars set to welcome an anticipated 30,000 visitors. SHEHARA RIZLY The theme …

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Hahn Air revs up on ME runway


Hahn Air is focusing on the Middle East region in 2017 in order to attract more partners and enable them to maximise their revenues, says its VP Sales and Agency Distribution, Kimberley Long. SHEHARA RIZLY Q How does Hahn Air connect with travel trade? Hahn Air facilitates global business between …

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