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  • Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) concluded its participation in a promotional tour to the Gulf capitals, organised by the National Council of Tourism and Antiquities under the slogan, “#VisitUAE”. The SCTDA’s participation in the tour was aimed at promoting Sharjah’s ambitious tourism plans under the Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021. GCC constitutes top market for Sharjah tourism with emirate’s hotels receiving nearly half a million guests last year.
  • Ramada Downtown Dubai recently paid a visit to Emirates Red Crescent to present a cheque for Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP) and to discuss further cooperation on various CSR activities. Led by general manager Samir Arora, the team donated Dh10,000 ($2,725) towards the good cause.
  • Avani Bangkok Riverside celebrated its official ‘topping off’ ceremony on the roof of the 26-storey hotel for the ceremonial completion of the building, with an impressive backdrop of Bangkok’s skyline and the Chao Phraya River. When it opens later this year, the property will be the first new build hotel in Avani’s upscale portfolio, and the second hotel to proudly fly the Avani flag in Bangkok.
  • The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre presented a 40-kg handcrafted cake to Malaysian supreme head of state, Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, on his official birthday. Made of four compartments of black forest mini cakes, black forest crinkle cookies, black forest cupcakes and black forest pralines, all sprinkled with edible gold dust, it was two months in the making and took two weeks to assemble.
  • In line with its ongoing partnership with Dubai Centre for Special Needs (DCSN), Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham presented a special box of monetary contribution collected from the hotel management and guests. Received by Maya Choueri, public relations manager for DCSN, the donation aims to assist the rehabilitation and development of the children supported by the organisation. Wael El Behi, general manager, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, comments, “We are fortunate to be given a chance to partner with Dubai Centre for Special Needs, and we pledge to extend our assistance to the organisation. We hope that our actions can create valuable contributions to DCSN, and to children with special needs and their families whom they nurture and support.”
  • Children’s favourite cartoon characters Masha and the Bear will be available at the Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah until April 2016. A partnership with the SpaceToon television channel allows Kempinski to share with young guests their favourite playmates.

  • Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) hosted a meeting between the top hotels in Abu Dhabi and the biggest destination management companies (DMCs) in Dubai and the Northern Emirates last month, to showcase Abu Dhabi’s best deals and offers in summer. The briefing session, which attracted more than 50 DMCs and Abu Dhabi hotels, was held at the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Abu Dhabi Summer Season runs from until September 5.
  • Doha Marriott Hotel recently brought home some of the brand’s highest honours: Global Property Sales Team of the Year (pictured above), Global Revenue Strategy Leader of the Year (for Moira Azzopardi) and Global eCommerce Leader of the Year (for Cristobal Galit Jr).

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