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Succeeding as a female leader

The travel and leisure industry is rich with female talent, yet research shows that when it comes to leadership positions, they are still the minority; but this is set to change. According to a Middle East report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism of the …

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Poised for recovery in 2021

While the pandemic has been a major disruptor, the travel industry is resilient and going all out to overcome challenges. Industry leaders have a very positive outlook for the upcoming year and share with TRAVTALK their views, expectations and insights for a more fruitful 2021. HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, …

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BCD Travel opens their new location

Adhering to all precautions during the COVID period BCD Travel moved to their new premises  at M Square, right next to Spinneys (Bur Dubai) on Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, Al Mankhool. The move was planned much before the pandemic hit the world. Despite all difficulties, with their proactive and …

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Rebuilding confidence in travel

In a session moderated by Kathryn Wallington, Head of Middle East and Africa, Travelport at the maiden Gulf Travel Show, eminent panellists shared insights on how vital it is to rebuild consumer confidence in travel, amid one of the biggest crises in the travel industry. Kathryn Wallington, Head of Middle …

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Careem rides high on safety

In light of the pandemic the Dubai-based ride-hailing group, Careem, quickly took precautionary measures, ensuring the highest levels of safety in its rides. These measures have been taken in all the 13 countries in which Careem operates, and the focus is on wearing masks, using hand sanitisers and disinfecting cars …

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Health, wellbeing & travel

Every destination, project or business can have its very own contribution to guests’ wellbeing. To define this unique contribution, however, is not a straightforward task. Hotels and resorts, wellness centres, hospitals, retreats, etc. would need to find their very own understanding of wellbeing, says Laszlo Puczko, CEO & Co-founder, Health …

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RAK promotes domestic tourism

RAKTDA hosted a two-day re-familiarisation experience for its valued partners in the UAE. Participants included Managing Directors and CEOs from leading travel agencies including BCD Travel Dubai, Al Naboodah Travel & Tourism Agencies, Sharaf Travel & Tourism Group, Trans Arabian, Cozmo Travel, Al Tayer Travel, Deira Travel and IBYTA. The …

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Domestic travel picking up

Domestic market has become more important today, as people are compelled not to travel as most borders are yet to open. Rajitha Rajapakse, Head of Sales & Marketing at Explore the Wonders, shares with us some insights on the real deal behind the scene. Shehara Rizly Q What type of …

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Israel, a new source market

With the recent signing of the agreement between the UAE and Israel, the travel and tourism industry has its eyes set on a brand new source market, hitherto known yet to be explored. Salih Gozcu, Chairman, BTB Tours, shared his view on this important source market. BTB Tours is a …

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Domestic tourism to the fore

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been working towards ensuring a safer destination for all its residents.  Earlier a stimulus package of 50 billion riyals for the private sector came into effect and lately the promotion of domestic tourism shows signs of progress. Waeil Alharthi, General Manager, Sama Al Mosafer …

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