Sunday 29 January 2023

Fitur 2023 sees 50% surge in international participation

The recently concluded 43rd edition of the International Tourism Fair, Fitur 2023 in IFEMA Madrid saw a 50% rise in international participation on last year with the strongest growth in Asia-Pacific at 163%. Inaugurated by King Felipe and Queen Leticia, the event recovere


Accor to expand in South Caucasus and Central Asia

Accor, a world leading hospitality group, plans to grow its presence in the South Caucasus and Central Asia in 2023 by more than 60% following a series of strategic signings. In 2022 the Group signed 15 new projects under six hotel brands adding more than 2,100 rooms to its exist


Yotel signs its first hotel in Saudi Arabia in Neom

Yotel, a global hospitality brand, has announced its first hotel signing in Saudi Arabia. Scheduled to open in 2025, the property will also be the first hotel to open in Oxagon, the home of advanced and clean industries in Neom. “Oxagon’s ambition to house hospitality


Sharjah Shopping Promotions to wrap up on Jan 29

The Sharjah Shopping Promotions (SSP), organized by Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), that is  continuing its activities and special offers, will culminate in an Infinity car raffle draw on January 29 at Mega Mall. The participating shopping centres provide ma


Marriott signs 726 hotel deals in 2022; up 21%

Marriott International signed an average of two deals a day in 2022, for a total of 726 management and franchise agreements, an increase of 21 percent over 2021 signings, representing nearly 108,000 rooms. In addition, Marriott’s City Express transaction, announced in Octob


AD Ports launches new cruise terminal in Jordan port city

Abu Dhabi-based AD Ports Group has announced the opening of the first cruise terminal in the Jordanian city of Aqaba, thus marking the first of its five strategic mega-projects being planned in the kingdom. AD Ports Group will manage and operate the new cruise terminal.  


RSG awards $266m contracts for Saudi ultra-luxury tourism hub

Saudi-based Red Sea Global (RSG) has awarded a primary infrastructure and utility contract worth nearly SR1 billion ($266 million) to Al Ayuni Investment and Contracting Company to deliver the first phase of development at Amaala, an ultra-luxury tourism destination located along the Kingdom&


Singapore visitor numbers increasing; targets Gulf

Singapore is now very much open and continues to welcome visitors from the Middle East, said a senior official of Singapore Tourism Board (STB).    Singapore remains a family destination with so many experiences and it is a safe city, said G B Srithar, Regi


Mauritius records over 1m bookings in 12 months

Mauritius has recorded more than a million bookings from January 1, 2022 to January 1, 2023, marking the joint marketing initiative spearheaded by the Deputy Prime Minister Louis Steven Obeegadoo, MTPA and the private sector. Tourism typically accounts for nearly 24 per cent of t


Ozen Reserve Bolifushi offers wellness experiences

Ozen Reserve Bolifushi  has unveiled its healing ‘Wellness Your Way’ journeys that are designed to blend healthy practices with a quintessential Maldivian holiday experience. The program offers three brackets—Wellness Seeker, Wellness Rendezvous, and Wellne

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