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Vistara introduces male cabin crew

Vistara introduced its first male cabin crew. The crew take to the skies following completion of a rigorous three-month safety and service training program to exacting standards of Tata and Singapore ...
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RAK TDA boosts destination awareness

In an effort to promote tourism and create awareness of the destination amongst UAE students, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) organized a familiarisation trip for students of Ajm...
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Etihad Airways celebrates a decade of China service

Etihad Airways is celebrating its 10th anniversary of the airlines’ operations in the China market after it launched an Abu Dhabi to Beijing service in 2008, followed by Chengdu* in 2011, Shanghai i...
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Travelport inks an agreement with Air France KLM

Travelport and Air France KLM have signed an agreement for distribution of content through Travelport’s platform. Air France, KLM and HOP! content on Travelport’s platform will include rich conten...
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Hahn Air Lines to connect Palma de Mallorca

Effective May 2018, Hahn Air Lines will operate a weekly flight from Düsseldorf to Palma de Mallorca with one of its business jets, a Cessna Citation Sovereign. Flights to the new destination will be...
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Niyama Maldives gets accessible

In a recent development, the Maldives’ Dhaalu Airport is now welcoming private jets. In light of the current development, Niyama Private Islands Maldives is closer than ever and accessible 24 hours ...
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A glimpse of Venetian cuisine at Bocca

Italian food aficionados can join chef de cuisine Leonardo Passone and his kitchen brigade at Bocca from 2 – 12 March 2018 on a culinary journey through Venice. The venue will also host a masquerade...
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Nowruz celebrations at Enigma at Palazzo Versace Dubai

Enigma, the Persian restaurant at Palazzo Versace Dubai will celebrate the Persian New Year – Nowruz – from 14 – 21 March 2018. Guests can enjoy a unique set menu priced at AED 350 per perso...
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Emaar Hospitality launches Toko in Vida Downtown

Emaar Hospitality Group has further strengthened its lifestyle dining division with the addition of Toko in Vida Downtown, a contemporary Japanese dine-in that presents Izakaya dining. The new outlet ...
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Travelport partners with ACI Worldwide

Travelport announced it has partnered with ACI Worldwide to offer an intelligent fraud control and settlement solution for its airline customers called Travelport Authorize Plus. The airline industry ...
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Turkish Airlines commences flights from Freetown

Turkish Airlines has expanded its Africa operations with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. With existing services to Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, Cotono...
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Grand Hotel Tremezzo reopens

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is reopening for the 2018 season in early March. With the reopening, Grand Hotel Tremezzo has appointed Silvio Vettorello as General Manager. Silvio brings with him over 14 ye...
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Emirates boosts capacity to Lisbon

Emirates will resume a second daily service to Lisbon from 1 June 2018. The flight will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in F...
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Turkish Airlines to connect Freetown (Sierra Leone)

Turkish Airlines has boosted its international expansion with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. With existing services to Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, C...
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Lanterns released for Taiwan Lantern Festival 2018

To celebrate the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac, a beagle-inspired handheld lantern for the 2018 Lantern Festival was unveiled, with long ears that ‘flap’ when the lantern moves and a speci...
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Travelport extends its merchandising lead to more airlines

Travelport confirmed that over 250 airlines now benefit from Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding merchandising tool. Launched in 2014, Rich Content and Branding allows network airlines and low-co...
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Copthorne Hotel Dubai witnesses robust MICE growth

Copthorne Hotel Dubai is witnessing robust growth in its meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) sector, with a 12% increase in bookings in 2017. To accelerate further growth and rece...
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Four Seasons continues global expansion

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is kick-starting the New Year with a list of openings planned, including the company’s first stand-alone residential project. “Our singular focus is on luxury lifes...
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Banyan Tree debuts in Malaysia

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Malaysia’s first Banyan Tree resort – Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur. The new property is scheduled to open in June 2018. Occupying the ...
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Airbnb launches a flexible payment option

Airbnb in a bid to make group travel seamless is offering guests a flexible payment option – pay less up front. Guests can now easily split payments with friends or family. Prior to this initiative,...
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Conrad Hotels open in Bengaluru

Conrad Hotels & Resorts announced a further expansion in India with the opening of Conrad Bengaluru. The new property is owned by Prestige Group and managed by Hilton. ...
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Emaar bags Ctrip certification

Four premium luxury properties under Emaar Hospitality Group have been certified for the ‘Chinese Preferred Hotel’ certification from Ctrip in recognition of their extensive and full offering to C...
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Constance Hotels expands presence in Zanzibar

Constance Hotels & Resorts has expanded its presence in the island of Pemba, Zanzibar. The hotel group now operates its eighth hotel, the Constance Aiyana. The five-star property boasts 30 villas ...
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GCC visitors on an increase to UK in 2016

Visitors to the UK from KSA, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain totaled 659,466 in 2016, an increase of 6.6%, amounting to almost 5,000 more visitors than the previous year. This data was released by Arabian Tra...
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Turkish Airlines on board with UFW

The ‘United for Wildlife Buckingham Palace Declaration (UFW)’ which was on the agenda of the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting held in Cancun, Mexico last June, has been signed by 41 airline compan...
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One&Only Le Saint Géran opens post renovation

The One&Only Le Saint Géran welcomed guests following a nine-month renovation and multi-million-dollar investment. The property is setting new standards of ultra-luxury in the Indian Ocean and be...
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Slovenia’s gastronomy journey

The Slovenian Tourist Board has declared the full month of November as a month to celebrate the country’s food scene in the capital Ljubljana. The country is one of Europe’s gastronomic hotbed, of...
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Turkish Airlines announces winter festival

Turkish Airlines announced its winter festival fares promotions for the month of November. Passengers from the UAE can book a ticket to cities such as London, Rome, Stockholm, Madrid, Prague, Budapest...
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Citymax Hotels unveils new brand identity

Citymax Hotels announced the launch of its new brand identity that is being rolled out in phases across the group’s portfolio of hotels. As part of the project, in addition to a new brand image, all...
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Four Seasons hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya opens for business

His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah was the guest of honour on at the grand official opening ceremony of Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya in Kuwait. The ...
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Coral Al Ahsa hotel expands facilities

HMH – Hospitality Management Holding announced the completion of renovation at the Coral Al Ahsa Hotel in Saudi Arabia. Ferghal Purcell, COO of HMH, said: “The renovation was necessary in view of...
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Lufthansa recognised by IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has recognised Lufthansa’s efforts in pioneering in the field of digital services and especially for the mobile self-service solutions. With the ...
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AVANI to introduce first villa concept in 2018

AVANI Hotels & Resorts catering to the millennial-minded travellers will be introducing its first villa concept with the opening of the AVANI Sunset Coast Samui Resort & Villas in September 20...
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Outbound Travel Trends revealed by Travel Counsellors

Travel Counsellors UAE has revealed its top outbound travel trends for 2017, providing insight into the key booking patterns and destination preferences of its customers. ...
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Radisson Blu to add its third hotel to Ethiopia

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group adds another Radisson Blu hotel in Ethiopia in Bishoftu. The newly announced property will open in 2020. Carlson Rezidor is operating a Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Abab...
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Carlson Rezidor Group accelerates Africa growth

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has accelerated its growth in Africa with six hotel openings and the addition of three hotels to its portfolio this year. The new 530 rooms bring the group’s African ...
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Airbnb gains traction in Dubai

A recent market report conducted by Chestertons MENA outlined the growth of Airbnb in Dubai between August 2015 and August 2017. Revenues for properties listed on the online marketplace and hospitalit...
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Symphony Style hotel charts out sustainable initiatives

In a bid to focus on responsible business strategies, Symphony Style Hotel Kuwait has adopted environmentally-friendly and sustainable methods of operation. As part of the commitment to responsible bu...
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GCAA inks agreement with Bahrain

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) inked a MoU with the Kingdom of Bahrain. The agreement was signed in light of the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Communications' objective to upgrad...
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Oman Tourism launches global advertising campaign

Oman Tourism has launched a global advertising campaign on television and other digital platforms. The campaign captures the essence of Oman at different levels and highlights diverse aspects of the d...
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Rotana inks partnership with ConnecME Education

Rotana signed a strategic partnership with ConnecME Education to become the company’s regional hotel partner. The agreement was signed in the presence of Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana, and Mo...
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Virtual tour of Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

The Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort launched a 360° Virtual Tour aiming to change the way travellers decide their next destination. The tour is complete with motion pictures, action shots, and 360...
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The new-look Huddle Sports Bar & Grill

Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai announced the re-opening of the renovated Huddle Sports Bar & Grill. The venue got a new look and feel with latest entertainment equipment. Some of the new additions includ...
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SmartHOTEL gets SmartCONNECT for PMS

SmartHOTEL, a gold partner level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of the SmartCONNECT for PMS with Oracle Hospitality OPERA 5.5. The SmartCO...
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Regional outbound spend to touch US$110 billion by 2025

The MICE Arabia and Luxury Travel Congress which is scheduled to take place from 27-28 February 2018 have put the spotlight on the tremendous potential of the Middle East outbound travel market. The s...
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VFS Global acquires TT Services

VFS Global has completed the acquisition of TT Services, a provider of integrated visa processing solutions. The latter is headquartered in the United Kingdom and operates 51 application centers in mo...
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KSA witnesses rise in pilgrims

The number of pilgrims arriving via air, land and sea entry points reached 1.07 million, an increase of 204,302, or a 24% increase compared to the same period last year. The numbers of pilgrims arrivi...
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EAG puts the spotlight on Emirati women

In an effort to support and celebrate the third annual Emirati Women’s day, Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) held a series of events. The theme ‘Women are partners in giving’ was highlighted, in line...
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Thailand looks to tap into Gastronomy tourism

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) organised the ‘Thailand Live Gastronomy’ festival as part of strategies to put greater emphasis on Gastronomy Tourism. This is considered as an important pa...
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Slovenia attains two more heritage sites by UNESCO

In a recent development at the 41st session of World Heritage Committee in Krakow (Poland), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has inscribed 63 new areas of ...
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Coral Beach Resort introduces ‘Côté Jardin’

Coral Beach Resort Sharjah unveiled a brand new international all-day-dining restaurant ‘Côté Jardin’. The concept has been defined around French Savoir vivre. The artworks created for the terra...
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Alibaba Group, Marriott International enter into JV

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Marriott International Inc have entered into a joint venture to redefine travel experience for Chinese consumers traveling abroad and domestically every year. Drawing on ...
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Ajwa Hotel Sultanamet opens for business

The first hotel in the Ajwa brand - the five-star boutique Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet opened its doors for guests in the heart of the Old City. ...
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Open day at Emirates Aviation University

Emirates Aviation University will be hosting two open days. This new opportunity will provide prospective students and respective parents insight into the variety of courses on offer along with the op...
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Emaar Hospitality partners with GHS

Emaar Hospitality Group has partnered with Global Hospitality Services (GHS) to expand its brand reach and customer base in key segments of the market. Global Hospitality Services will showcase Emaar ...
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Hampton by Hilton London Stansted airport opens

Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand announced the opening of its largest property in the world, Hampton by Hilton London Stansted Airport. The property is owned by Urban Civic Plc and managed by Inters...
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Buddha-Bar Beach forays into Abu Dhabi

Buddha-Bar Beach will open later this year at The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi. The day-to-night destination will be the fourth globally and the first one to be as a permanent destinat...
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Green Globe certification for Armani Hotel Dubai

The Armani Hotel Dubai has been awarded its first Green Globe certification. General manager, Mark Kirby said: “The certification for Armani Hotel Dubai is a strong testament to our commitment to be...
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flydubai expands its Russia network

flydubai has added three destinations to its Russian network, bringing total connectivity to 10 points in the country. This autumn, the airline will launch flights to Makhachkala and Voronezh and resu...
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Deutsche Hospitality inks partnership with GBI AG

Deutsche Hospitality and GBI AG are launching a comprehensive programme of cooperation for the development of new hotel locations. The main emphasis is on IntercityHotel and Jaz in the City brands. Th...
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Bürgenstock Resort to re-open for business in August

The Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne is scheduled to re-open on 28 August 2017, following a nine-year, US$ 569 million construction project.  This historic hideaway has been restored as an exclusive ...
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Healing Hotels of the World get a new member

The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel has announced its decision to become a member of Healing Hotels of the World. The invite-only ‘club’ is the world’s authority in luxury-end ‘Healing...
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Swiss-Belhotel expands in Jordan

Swiss-Belhotel International announced opening of the Grand Swiss-Belresort Tala Bay Aqaba. This is the Group’s first five-star in Jordan following completion of the hotel’s rebranding. ...
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Sabre creates an AI-powered chatbot

Sabre Corporation announced development of an AI-powered chatbot that leverages Microsoft Bot Framework and Microsoft Cognitive Services. These are a set of tools that organizations can use to add int...
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Leslie Thng takes over as new Vistara CEO

Leslie Thng has been appointed chief executive officer for Vistara by the Board of Vistara (TATA SIA Airlines Ltd) and two promoters of the company – Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines. He will su...
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Cathay Pacific – Al Noor get creative

Cathay Pacific in partnership with Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities initiated an interactive painting project with students of the non-profit organisation. During the activity led...
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Turkish Airlines ends electronic ban

The electronic ban concerning electronic devices that was implemented on US arrival flights has ended for Turkish Airlines passengers. Travelling to New York John F Kennedy International Airport from ...
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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay opens

The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay opened for business post a two-year renovation. The Imperial and Royal Villas have a complete transformation while preserving the authentic ambience of its...
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TAT showcases Women’s Journey Thailand campaign

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is bringing back the Women’s Journey Thailand campaign. The campaign will highlight and offer women travellers a huge range of activities, special deals, disc...
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Jumeirah celebrates World Sea Turtle day

The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) has collaborated with the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in Dubai Mall. The collaboration has witnessed the release of 40 endangered sea turtles into ...
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IHG expands Africa presence

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the opening of its Holiday Inn in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The franchised property, owned by African Sun Limited, features 96 rooms, an outdoor pool and a meetin...
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Ramada Hotels launch Gest Happiness Committee

In an effort to improve overall guest experience and ratings on review websites, Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman and Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman launched the Guest Happiness Committee. ...
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RARE re-opens at Desert Palm

RARE re-opened with its grilled specialties and South American flair, with chef’s hand selected ingredients combined with artisanal precision to create cuts of chargrilled meats and fresh seafood co...
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TVS Travels renews partnership with Sabre

TVS Travels in Kuwait has reaffirmed its business relationship with Sabre Corporation to support its global growth, drive operational efficiencies and achieve a higher level of customer satisfaction. ...
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Emirates touches down in Phnom Penh

Emirates expanded its presence in Southeast Asia with launch of a new daily linked service from Dubai to Phnom Penh in Cambodia, via Yangon in Myanmar. This new service is operated with a Boeing 777 a...
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Royal Caribbean’s showcases its royal suite class

As Royal Caribbean’s latest liner, the Symphony of the Seas departs her dry dock to commence fit-out ready for her 2018 maiden voyage, the company showcases its Royal Suite Class. This is a personal...
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Celebrity Cruises showcases Eden

Celebrity Cruises has revealed a unique feature on its newest ship - Celebrity Edge - which debuts next year. Eden, is a unique venue where design is fused into every element, including cuisine served...
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Sharjah rolls out its 1st summer campaign

The first Sharjah Summer campaign was launched to coincide with the Eid holidays. The campaign displays a huge package of diverse activities and entertainment targeted at children and families. There ...
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Nice welcomes Emirates A380

The Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport welcomed the inaugural Emirates A380 service. The double-decker has replaced existing Boeing 777-300ER used on this route. This new service will bring the ...
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Mövenpick Hotels adds a new property in Basel

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will open its sixth hotel in Switzerland. The five-star 264-room hotel is designed by Matteo Thun and is scheduled to open in 2019. The total room capacity will also in...
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Ascott expands Lyf brand in Asia

The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has secured contracts to manage its first three properties under its brand- lyf - in its two key markets – China and Singapore. The new brand lyf signifies a new way of ...
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Steigenberger Alcazar-Sharm El Sheikh opens for business

The Steigenberger Alcazar-Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt opened its doors for business. The new property features 610 rooms with 99 of them swim up rooms with direct access to the pool. There are also 12 ju...
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Travelport inks multi-year agreement with Mezoon International

Travelport announced a new multi-year agreement with Mezoon International Travel & Tours (MITT), via Travelport’s distributor in Oman. ...
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Emirates partners with BMW Group

Emirates has partnered with BMW Group to provide luxury automobiles for its complimentary chauffeur-drive service for business class passengers in the UAE. ...
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Paris Air Show 2017 to have bigger Airbus presence

The forthcoming Paris Air Show scheduled to take place from 19 – 25 June 2017 will witness Airbus showcase range of innovative technologies, products and services. ...
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Deutsche Hospitality opens third property in Tunisia

Deutsche Hospitality signed an agreement for a new property in Tunisia. From November 2017, guests will be welcomed at the Steigenberger Hotel Palace Marhaba on the Gulf of Hammamet. The hotel chain f...
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Qatar Airways’ Iftar meal on selected flights

Qatar Airways during the Holy Month will offer passengers an Iftar meal box with a traditional Middle Eastern twist to break the fast. This will be on selective routes. ...
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6th UNWTO conference in the Philippines

The Philippines to host the 6th United Nations World Tourism Organization International (UNWTO) conference on tourism statistics. The conference will be held from 21 – 24 June 2017 at the Marriot Ho...
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A bigger and better QSF 2017

The Qatar Summer Festival (QSF) 2017 will run from Eid Al Fitr through to Eid Al Adha...
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Premium concierge service launched by Emirates World Club

Emirates World Club was launched to offer customized solutions for travellers and UAE elite residents. ...
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TCA Abu Dhabi showcase Emirati culture at inaugural Ramadan evening

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) launched the inaugural edition of the Manarat Al Saadiyat Ramadan evenings....