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This Ramadan, let the feeling stay

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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ME game for sports tourism

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The Middle East region has set the ball rolling with its various initiatives to encourage sports tourism in the region. Having invested billions of dollars in this sector, key players such as airlines, hotels and technology professionals have come forward to ensure continued business. SHEHARA RIZLY The Gulf’s tourism industry …

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Europe top market for RAK and Fujairah

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The two Rotana Resorts located in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah witnessed an increased number of foreign visitors from Europe and East Europe apart from the staycations by local residents and expats during the past year. Mrad El Khoury, Cluster General Manager, Rotana Fujairah and Cove Rotana Ras Al Khaimah, …

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Middle East buoyant about European market

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ITB Berlin is undoubtedly the foremost business platform where all stakeholders from around the globe gather to showcase their products and offerings. Leading hospitality and other stakeholders from the United Arab Emirates share with their focus for 2017. SHEHARA RIZLY In line with Ajman’s Vision 2021 and ATDD’s strategic plan, …

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