February 2016, Issue: 2 Volume: 34

Featured Airlines

News & Feature Channel for Aviation

Featured Hotels

News & Feature Channel for Hotels

Featured Destinations

News & Feature Channel for Travel Destinations

Travel & Hospitality Window


$1bn jewel rises in Dubai

Work on a billion-dollar destination on ...

Kuoni undergoing a paradigm shift

Kuoni Group, a leading global travel an ...

ibtm arabia celebrates ten years

ibtm arabia 2016 this year celebrates i ...

Bespoke cruises offer thrills galore

Sea Bird Cruise and Adventure’s tailor- ...

Abu Dhabi tourism geared for all-round

The UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi has surpass ...

From wellness to winter sports, a world

The Middle East is the world’s fastest- ...

Floating lounge makes a splash

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara h ...

Abu Dhabi airport installs new Sita sys

Global IT provider Sita has partnered w ...

Knightsbridge hotel finds favour with A

With some 60 per cent of its guests hai ...

Solid performance by Etihad

Etihad Airways, the national airline of ...

Langham makes foray into Middle East

The Langham brand has an impeccable ped ...

Kempinski bridges generation gap

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, w ...

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People & Places

  • Travelport, a leading travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry, has signed an upgraded multi-year agreement with Bahrain’s Al Fanar Travel. This new win builds on the momentum of recent months where Travelport has successfully won over a string of new agency partners, growing its network in the Middle East. The agreement also means Travelport will process the vast majority of Al Fanar Travel’s bookings. Deepak Janardanan, general manager, Al Fanar Travel; Ghulam Al Balooshi, UAE country manager, Travelport; and members of the Al Fanar and Travelport team were present at the signing.
  • Amwaj Rotana, located along the iconic Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) stretch of Dubai, has attained the ISO 14001 certification, an integral part of its corporate social responsibility plan. The hotel embarked on the certification in order to reduce the impact of its operation on the environment, says  Raja Mumtaz, environmental health and safety manager.
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB) recently welcomed Air India’s inaugural flight from the Indian port city of Kochi. The flight was given a traditional water salute upon arrival at the airport’s Terminal 1. The airline will use a new A320 aircraft, with a cap of 180 seats, on the daily non-stop flight.
  • Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), Amman, Jordan, recently welcomed Fly Jordan’s first flight from Sharm El Sheikh?. The reception took place in the presence of Airport International Group CEO  Kjeld Binger; Fly Jordan chairman Amjad Maslamani, and the airline’s director general Captain Basil Obeidat.
  • The Elaf Group, a leading provider of tourism and hospitality services, recently hosted a special meeting with Hisham Zazou, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Elaf team, headed by chief operating officer Asim Abdullah Danish, included Mohammad Bin Mahfouz, VP travel and tourism; Abdullah Bakri, VP hotels; and Jawaid Abdul Hameed, VP marketing and other senior officials. The discussions focused on how to increase two-way tourism between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The Egyptian delegation encouraged the Elaf Group to promote Sharm El Sheikh to its customers visiting the country.
  • Mŏvenpick Hotel West Bay Doha was recently awarded the Best CSR Initiative for the Tourism Sector in Qatar, for the efforts that the hotel put forth in helping the local community. The award ceremony took place under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al Thani, the Governor of Qatar Central Bank and chairman of the Sport and Social Contribution Fund (Da’am), who also presented the award to the hotel’s general manager, Ghada Sadek.
  • Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) recently organised the third edition of the Hospitality Industry Forum, which was attended by experts and industry professionals from the tourism, hospitality and economy sectors. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, chairman of SCTDA, said Sharjah has succeeded in strengthening its position on the regional and global tourism map. Above, Al Midfa with other speakers.
  • The best travel agents from India, GCC, South East Asia, China, Brazil and Australia/New Zealand participating in the Swiss Travel Pass Super Star program were invited to Switzerland by Swiss Travel System, Switzerland Tourism and Rail Europe recently. Nine delegations took part in a tour covering various routes through Switzerland to discover the magnificent beauty of the country while travelling by train, bus and boat. The highlight of the trip was a gala event in which a record 92 agents were given awards.
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB) is now connected to Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei province, with the recent launch of China Southern’s flight between the two destinations. The inaugural flight was welcomed with a water salute at Dubai International’s Terminal 1. The carrier will fly three times a week between Wuhan and Dubai.


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