Sharjah sees boom in retail tourism


City Centre Sharjah, developed by Majid Al Futtaim, is the latest family lifestyle and entertainment tourism destination to be refurbished and expanded with a cost of over AED 260 million. TT Bureau City Centre Sharjah has been redesigned with a skylight roof to allow for more natural light and spacious …

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Sharjah’s booming tourism sector

TTME AUGUST 2018 - PG - 13

Tourism is the major contributor towards the economy of Sharjah. In 2017, hotel revenues and guest numbers increased significantly, according to the latest annual report of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA). TT Bureau With the ease of visa for Chinese and Russian tourists announced last year, there …

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Maximise revenue performance

TTME AUGUST 2018 - PG - 5

Dubai Tourism has developed a training programme on revenue management led by prominent industry experts from ‘Insights Out’ to help ensure that Dubai’s resilient hospitality sector continues to maintain global price competitiveness. TT Bureau The Revenue Management Workshop will bring together hotel revenue managers, reservation managers, sales and marketing managers …

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Where are travellers going?


Whilst London and Europe remain popular, there is a need for the Middle Eastern traveller to explore emerging destinations. Trav Talk gathered information about new vacation spots for this year and key points on requirements by locals and expats to drive to these sites. Shehara Rizly  Zeljka Radak Kukavičić, Managing …

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Meraas launches ‘Hala China’

TTME JUNE 2018-PG-21

The new initiative aims to attract Chinese visitors to the UAE in line with Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 strategy. Launched in collaboration with Dubai Holding and DXB Entertainments, Hala China aims to organise events and create tourism packages. TT Bureau ‘Hala China’ is set to complement Dubai’s rich calendar of …

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SCTDA lauded as visitors throng to Sharjah hotels

TTME JUNE 2018-PG-18

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) revealed at ATM 2018, that Sharjah hotels recorded an occupancy growth rate of 70% in 2017 following the government’s tourism campaigns and initiatives. TT Bureau The occupancy rate of Sharjah hotels attained 70 per cent last year, indicating an exponentially rising number of …

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Sri Lanka tourism focuses on ME

TTME JUNE 2018-PG-17

In 2017, Sri Lanka received a total of 107,635 tourists from the Middle East region with 6.5 per cent growth with UAE as one of the fastest growing tourism market from the region. Currently, there are 70 direct flight services a week connecting UAE to Sri Lanka. TT Bureau A …

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Sharjah trains local tour guides


The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has launched a set of new training programmes to improve the skill and knowledge of local tour guides. TT Bureau According to the SCTDA, the training programmes are expected to keep tour guides updated about the latest developments covering Sharjah’s tourism sector. …

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Horse racing enthusiasts, rejoice!


For the first time, VisitBritain launched a series of luxury horse racing itineraries especially curated for the discerning GCC horse racing aficionado. Partnering them in this venture is American Express Middle East who will provide access to premium travel concierge services to its exclusive members. TT Bureau VisitBritain aims to …

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New high-end destinations for GCC


A special round-table discussion was held recently with Saleh Said, Managing Director, Pennyroyal Gibraltar, which is a master developers of five-star property Blue Amber Zanzibar, Tanzania, offering premium hospitality with leisure facilities along with private residences. Q Please share more details about the project. Blue Amber Zanzibar is the largest …

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