Friday 28 July 2017

DXB passenger traffic tops 43m in H1

Passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) surpassed 43 million in the first half of 2017, according to the traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports.   DXB handled a total of 43,054,268 passengers during the first half, up 6.3 per cent compared to the corres


AccorHotels intergrates vacation rental services under onefinestay

AccorHotels announced today the grouping of Travel Keys, Squarebreak and onefinestay with the intention to integrate the three companies under the onefinestay brand before the end of the year. The announcement signifies the finalising of an agreement with the founders of Squarebr


Careem launches service in Bahrain with Arabian Taxi

Careem, a leading ride-hailing service in the Middle East and North Africa, has announced the launch of its service in Bahrain, enhancing its growing presence in the GCC region. Careem’s expansion took place in partnership with Arabian Taxi, the first full taxi service company es


Armani Hotel Dubai awarded first Green Globe certification

Armani Hotel Dubai, the first hotel to be opened under the Armani Hotels and Resorts portfolio, has been awarded its first Green Globe certification. Mark Kirby, general manager, said: “Green Globe certification for Armani Hotel Dubai is a strong testament to our commitment


Tourico Holidays unveils new platform to help clients boost sales

Tourico Holidays, a leading travel brokerage company, has launched Olympus X, a proprietary platform designed to help travel distribution clients improve inventory accuracy, identify hotel deals with the highest profit margins, and increase sales. The first-of-its-kind interactiv


New complex general manager for two Sharjah Sheraton hotels

Marriott International has welcomed Dany Dagher as the complex general manager for the Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa and Four Points by Sheraton Sharjah, which is scheduled to open later this year. In his new role, Dagher will be responsible for the overall management o


Saudia receives 10th Boeing 787 Dreamliner

National carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has received its 10th Boeing 797-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft will join the fleet of Saudia, which is currently implementing an unprecedented programme for modernisation and development, aiming to reach 200 modern aircraft in 2020 within t


Abu Dhabi Tourism promotes emirate on US roadshow

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TA Abu Dhabi) embarked on a whirlwind three-city roadshow to the US recently to help create more awareness about the emirate and encourage more US travellers to visit. The delegation, led by the authority, was in New York, Chicago and Lo


Ajman’s nature reserve gains key wetland ranking

Al Zorah Nature Reserve, a premium waterfront destination in Ajman, has been officially declared as a 'Wetland of International Importance' under the Ramsar Convention, making it the seventh site in the UAE on the Ramsar List, said a report. The Ramsar Convention, also kn


Bab Al Qasr Hotel welcomes new sales head

Bab Al Qasr Hotel, a luxurious five-star property in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has appointed Tamer Refaat as its new director of sales and marketing. Refaat brings a comprehensive sales and marketing experience to Abu Dhabi’s latest hotel address with an extensive background of over

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