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March 2020 4003

The Sultanate of Oman is the official partner country of ITB Berlin 2020, the first Middle East Asian nation ever to partner with the World’s Leadin ...


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March 2020 2549

In the next five years, Sharjah will open 34 hotel establishments or 5,700 new rooms, effectively doubling its portfolio, Khalid Jasim Al M ...


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March 2020 2434

TIME Hotels, the UAE– headquartered hospitality company and hotel operator, has debuted the TIME Express Hotels brand with the opening of a new prop ...


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March 2020 4566

Abu Dhabi Ports has announced a long-term agreement with MSC Cruises, giving the world’s largest privately owned cruise line berthing rights at ...


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March 2020 3891

Germany’s incoming tourism figures have reached a record high for the tenth time in a row in 2019. According to latest – though prelimina ...


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March 2020 3905

Hala Travel Management, a leading Abu Dhabi based travel management company and part of the Etihad Aviation Group, has extended its partnership agreement ...


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March 2020 5722

Turkish Airlines, which has recently announced the passenger and cargo traffic results for January, recorded an 80.6 per cent load factor for the month, w ...


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March 2020 5461

The VisitBritain destination training roadshow travelled to the UAE, Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Kuwait from January 27 to February 5 this year, inviting its k ...


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From Avani Hotels & Resorts’ debut in Oman and Emirates Palace’s takeover by Mandarin Oriental Hotel ...


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People & Places


  • As part of Marriott Business Council Bahrain’s commitment to give back to the community, members - including The Westin & Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, Marriott Executive Apartments and Residence Inn by Marriott – gifted a cheque worth $6,500 to Al Sanabel Orphanage. The event was attended by Thomas Flindt, chairman of Business Council Bahrain and general manager of Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, Sammy Gani, complex general manager of The Westin and Le Meridien City Centre and Hossein Garan, multi-property general manager of Marriott Executive Apartments and Residence Inn and other members of management team of Marriott Hotels in Bahrain. Earlier last month, Al Sanabel Orphanage also received bed linens, towels and other Housekeeping linens from Sheraton Bahrain Hotel.

  • Arabian Adventures Meetings, Incentives & Events (MICE) has won the prestigious SITE Crystal Award for Excellence in Incentive Travel, Africa and the Middle East for the second time in three years. The UAE-based destination management company (DMC) has been recognised for designing and delivering exceptional experiences for the top-performing advisors of a US finance company during its multiple-day event in Dubai.

  • Marriott International announced that it has signed a landmark agreement with Nahdet Al Mashaer to open a 2,600-room Fairfield by Marriott property in Makkah. The agreement is expected to deliver the first Fairfield by Marriott property to the Middle East and Africa region, create the largest Fairfield hotel in the world and bring one of the largest hotels to the growing religious destination of Makkah. Construction for the Fairfield by Marriott Makkah Al Naseem has already commenced and the hotel is slated to open in 2023.

  • Amadeus and Seera Group have strengthened their partnership to drive technology innovation in the region’s tourism sector. With the renewed partnership, Seera Group works closely with Amadeus to strengthen its online business further, integrating digital touch-points across all its operations, including its flagship corporate and government travel business, elaa. As the travel tech provider across Seera’s diverse portfolio of services, Amadeus brings cutting edge innovation and state-of-the-art tech tools that enhance customer service standards and bring higher operational efficiency across the group.

  • Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is giving guests the opportunity to become a Super Hero for a day with a brand-new event series; DC Super Hero Saturday. Taking place every Saturday starting from until April 4, fans will be able to stand alongside some of their favourite iconic characters such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Budding vigilantes can expect an adventure-packed day revolving around the park’s DC Super Heroes featuring an exciting array of themed activities.

  • Earlier this year, Centara Grand Hua Hin granted $4,820 worth of scholarships and gifts to underprivileged children in remote areas. Many dignitaries joined the Annual Scholarship Ceremony to congratulate the students, personally presenting each child with scholarships and gifts they wished for, such as bikes, radio, mobile phones, sport equipment as well as school uniforms. This marked the eighth consecutive year of the Annual Scholarship Ceremony.

  • The iconic W Dubai – The Palm is bringing two new delicious and fabulous dining options at Akira Back. The ultra-stylish Batafurai Ladies Night takes place every Sunday from 7 pm till 11 pm. Ladies enjoy unlimited select beverages and sharing plates. Shumatsu takes place every Thursday and Friday, from 9 pm till 2 am. Guests are offered exceptional food and beverages and live sets by DJ Eden at A la carte pricing, setting up a perfect weekend dining experience.

  • Is it possible to capture the majesty and splendour of the Serengeti’s endless plains and renowned wildlife reserves in a single image? Through original photography, Canadian artist Nicolas Ruel does just that, telling the story of his transformational Envoy by Four Seasons journey to Savannah’s sanctuary, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. Using a unique in-camera double-exposure method, the Montreal-based photographer merges distinct subjects to create unique perspectives.
    Ruel is the latest artist, among others, to collaborate with the world’s leading luxury hospitality company as part of Envoy by Four Seasons, the brand’s unique, follower-blind approach to influencer marketing.


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