Sunday 29 January 2023

World Tourism Forum announces Earth Summit

The World Tourism Forum Institute has announced the launch of the Global Tourism Forum EARTH Summit (GTF EARTH). The forum aims to enrich the sustainability think tank with all stakeholders who are acting directly and indirectly for sustainable tourism growth. GTF


IATA welcomes reclassification of airspace over Somalia

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the reclassification of airspace over Somalia and the surrounding region to Class A. This will take place at one minute past midnight on 26 January 2023 when air traffic control services will be operationally restore


Mideast shows robust RevPAR recovery in 2022: STR

Middle Eastern hotels recorded revenue per available room (RevPaR) of $110.12 during 2022, reflecting an increase of 18.2 per cent over the figures of 2019, said STR, a provider of analytics and insights for global hospitality sectors. The occupancy rate of the hotel sector reach


Japanese team briefed on UAE’s tourist 100pc tax refund

An official delegation from Japan visiting the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) in Dubai has been briefed on the mechanisms of operating the tourist refund scheme system, which relies on 100% paperless procedure.   The system serves to enhance the UAE’s competi


Gulf Air celebrates graduates of its succession program

Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, celebrated the graduation of the first graduates batch of its Succession Program, which aims at providing the airline’s Bahraini calibre with the essential tools and qualifications. Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed A


Air France deploys WhatsApp for customer service

Air France has embarked on WhatsApp to offer a free communication channel to interact with customers. The service is available seven days a week in 22 countries and in four languages (French, English, Italian, Brazilian/Portuguese). Already present on several messaging and social


W Muscat unveils new promotion for GCC residents

W Muscat, a beachfront luxury hotel in Oman’s capital, is inviting guests to embrace the beauty and culture of the Sultanate with an exceptional new promotion that includes great rates on rooms and other additions. From RO95 ($246) onwards (subject to all applicable taxes)


Kanoo Travel picks dcs to bolster digital operations

Kanoo Travel, a leading travel company in the region, has partnered dcs plus, a global leading travel technology company, to enhance its tech infrastructure, boost operational activity and upgrade customer services. Kanoo Travel will power its operations with TINA, the travel ERP


Fitness on holiday key trend in UAE, Saudi Arabia

Looking after their health and fitness is of huge importance to travellers from the UAE and Saudi Arabia when they go on holiday, with more than 90% proactively working out when they go away, according to new research from Marriott Bonvoy. The new research, from travel loyalty pr


Red Sea Global announces $288m Al Mutlaq JV debt finance deal

Red Sea Global (RSG), the multi-project developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism destinations - The Red Sea and Amaala, has achieved commercial close on a financing agreement to support its joint venture with Almutlaq Real Estate Investment Company (AREIC), a sub

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