25 April 2017

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The direct contribution of travel and tourism to Saudi Arabia’s GDP was SR78.8 billion ($21.0 billion) in 2016. In its 2017 report on Saudi Arabia, ...

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ATM returns with ILTM debut
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ITB Berlin 2017 confirms what we need to hear in the travel and tourism business, that hiccups are temporary and the industry as a whole is in good health, and ...

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Expenditure on outbound travel from the Middle East is expected to reach $165.3 billion by 2025, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. ...

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With over 30,000 berths and a total investment of nearly $7.5 billion, last year was an exciting year of growth for the cruise industry. Over ten new ocean-goi ...

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April 2017 909

Palace Resorts announces debut of the luxurious Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos in the final quarter of 2017. The property comes after the celebrated Le Blanc Sp ...

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With the news that Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is expected to contribute more than $81 billion to the country’s GDP by 2026 and domest ...

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VisitBritain hosted its largest-ever global tourism trade event to promote destination Britain to the world. Now in its third year, ‘ExploreGB&rsquo ...

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At the 2017 World Airports Award, announced by the London-based Skytrax Institute, Munich Airport's Terminal 2 was honoured as the world's number one terminal. ...

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Drawing inspiration from the picturesque natural landscape of China’s Hawaii, Raffles Hainan is the epitome of contemporary beachside living among top in ...

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IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place from May 16 to 18 at Messe Frankfurt, is set to provide a newly inspiring experience this year, one that’s been fine-tune ...

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  • Etihad Airways has celebrated the graduation of its 2,000th Flying Nanny, continuing its relationship with Norland, the respected UK-based higher education college which specialises in ‘early years’ education. Flying Nannies were introduced by Etihad Airways in September 2013, and are on-board to provide an extra pair of hands and to allow parents more personal time while they entertain the children. In September last year, the airline introduced a new Flying Nanny Kit as part of a new range of ‘Etihad Explorers’ children’s activity packs, to keep its younger guests occupied. 

  • Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives has launched the Discover Laamu package, which provides a range of both off-island and on-island experiences, taking guests on a journey through the traditional flavours and locales of the atoll. The Discover Laamu seven-night package ($1,097++) includes a full-day deserted island escape with picnic lunch, sunset dolphin cruise, sunset cocktails on private sandbank and private cinema under the stars movie screening.

  • Plunch, an exciting poolside lunch, has been launched at The Address Dubai Mall. Every  Saturday, the hotel’s poolside Cabanas transform into themed culinary stations and spa boutiques, with live music from a DJ. Among the culinary delights and afternoon benefits include shawarma stations, assorted children’s food, and a delicious array of desserts. A foot masseuse will be on standby.

  • The iconic Raffles Singapore has embarked on a careful and sensitive restoration programme of its heritage property, owned by Katara Hospitality. Conducted over three phases to ensure every detail of the programme is approached with careful consideration, phase one of the programme began this February. Phase two will begin in the third quarter of 2017 when restoration efforts will commence on the main hotel building and lobby.

  • The first-ever ‘Comic Con Warm Up’ themed brunch was hosted by The Daily in Rove Downtown Dubai to celebrate the Middle East Film and Comic Con, the region’s biggest pop culture convention taking place in the emirate from April 6 to 8.

  • Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), is nearing its launch of the Kalba Kingfisher Lodge. The five-star hospitability project, featuring a tented camp that offers unique experiences within the mangrove nature reserve in the heart of Kalba's natural beauty the project will house 20 luxury tents.

  • The newest addition to Grand Hotel Tremezzo is Villa Sola Cabiati, an elegant 18th-century residence 10 minutes away from the hotel. This unique historic villa on the shores of Lake Como, will be available to host exclusive events and the most special of occasions. The favoured summer home of the Dukes of Serbelloni in the 1700s, Sola Cabiati features refined Baroque architecture and décor throughout its spacious three-storey layout.

  • The Lapita Hotel Polynesian-themed family daycation brunch kicked off earlier this year, featuring an opulent international buffet showcasing dishes of the South Pacific every Friday from 1pm to 5pm. The Polynesian BBQ grill station and Poisson Cru, Tahiti’s national dish made with tuna marinated in lime juice, diced vegetables and fresh coconut milk, are some highlights. Perennial brunch favourites are present such as a live carving station, sushi counter, an Indian selection and a fresh seafood buffet. The younger guests have their own dedicated buffet as well juice station. The Daycation Brunch keeps the younger explorers entertained during their journey at the Luna & Nova Kids and Teens Club.

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