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September 2019 1742

According to the latest International Air Transport Association (Iata) World Air Transport Statistics (2019 WATS) released last month, the development of the ...

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September 2019 1397

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), the world’s leading business partner for managed travel, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquir ...

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September 2019 1585

International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), the leading business to business event for the golf travel community, has relaunched in its 22nd year with a refreshed ...

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September 2019 1893

The International Alba White Truffle Fair, an autumn event much awaited throughout the year, attracts a growing number of Italian and foreign enthusiasts to ce ...

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September 2019 2206

40 years ago, Al Hilal Publishing launched the very first travel trade magazine for the region, Gulf Travel. At the time, the region& ...

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September 2019 2918

This year opened on a positive note for the global tourism industry. There was a 4 per cent growth in the number of international tourism arrivals in the first ...

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September 2019 2855

Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, achieved an improved financial performance during the first half of 2019. Whilst revenue was marginally down, the c ...

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September 2019 2899

Raffles Hotel Singapore is delighted to officially announce its highly anticipated reopening, heralding an exciting new chapter in the iconic property's rich h ...

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September 2019 3865

The GCC is gaining a stronger position to become a world-class global tourism hub backed by competitive advantages that attract international travellers lookin ...

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September 2019 2986

Disney Destinations conducted a survey with UAE residents, revealing the emotional mindscape of modern UAE families holidaying together. ...

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  • The Cathay Pacific Group is adding two extra seasonal routes to Japan, including a new service to Niigata and the return of flights to Tokushima (pictured here) starting October 30. This opens up an exciting new region of Japan famed for its snowy winters. The route will be operated by Cathay Dragon on Wednesdays and Saturdays, using a two-class Airbus A330 aircraft, connecting Niigata with Dubai and Bahrain via Hong Kong.


  • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo’s newly unveiled Shark Trainer Encounter is a family-friendly experience that will educate guests about shark species as well as how these amazing creatures are taken care of at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Besides the learning experience, visitors get to go behind the scenes in assisting the aquarium staff in training Bamboo Sharks and Leopard Sharks.


  • The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi posted its second quarter figures revealing total hotel revenues up 3.7 per cent, with room revenues up 8.2 per cent. The remarkable year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2019 shows hotel guest numbers reaching a record 1.2 million for the April to June period, a 6.8 per cent increase from the same period in 2018.


  • The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain has unveiled the Royal Beach Club’s new state-of-the-art Fitness Studio. The new studio, measuring 150 sq m, features a fitted Bose sound system with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the croquet lawn and onto to the private beachfront and lagoon. Open to Royal Beach Club Members and hotel guests, the new fitness studio offers daily classes including popular favourites like Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, TRX, Body Pump, Latin Dance and more.


  • The World Heritage Committee of Unesco recognised ‘Augsburg Water Management System’ with the exclusive Unesco World Heritage title at the its 43rd session held recently in Baku, Azerbaijan. The system of the Augsburg water management is located like a connecting bracket around the German city, which is rich in cultural monuments, from the oldest water towers in Europe to outstanding monuments of industrial era to the canoe route in the former Olympic site.


  • Commemorating 85 years of flying, Turkish Airlines has launched new crew uniforms. The new uniforms in flag-red and anthracite grey colours have been tailored to 25,000 employees and tested in all weather conditions in order for cabin crews to serve passengers comfortably. The design is inspired from the currents of the Bosphorus with impressions of artisanal glassware, ceramics and calligraphy patterns and will be worn by the cabin, cockpit, ground handling personnel and flying chefs.


  • Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences in the heart of central London has recently launched a safari-styled Shisha Lounge, nestled in the idyllic setting of its Shakespearean courtyard, paired with a selection of comforting mezze favourites and desserts.

  • Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) in collaboration with WeChat, has enhanced its City-Experience Mini Program with 10 new digital audio tours available for visitors to use while exploring the city. The newly rebranded ‘Dubai Mini Assistant’ elevates the existing program to a more advanced digital maturity, now offering sophisticated chatbot capabilities, powered by Tencent’s AI technology, to provide seamless experiences and services to Chinese travellers.


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