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The Experiential Factor

The New Year brings with its new forecast of travel patterns, trends and popular destinations that may emerge winners. Peter Kerkar, Group CEO, Cox & Kings Ltd in this trend reports talks about po...
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Keeping up with the Times

We would like to wish all our readers a very ‘Happy New Year’ and look forward to the year ahead with spirited optimism as quoted by Oprah Winfrey – “Cheers to a new year and another chance fo...
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Get Ship Shape for 2018

The global cruise industry continues to grow at pace with a record 27.2 million passengers projected to sail in 2018, the latest statistics from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) reveal. T...
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SalamAir charts out a definitive path for growth

Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir talks to Charmaine Fernz about the growth strategy, product enhancements and outlined plans …....
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It’s All About Perceptions

Charmaine Fernz, Managing Editor, Travel Bulletin Middle East  The last month of the year has so many emotions attached to it – festive spirit, expectations of a New Year, holiday mood, family time...
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Les Mariannes Wellness Sanctuary puts rejuvenation at the core

Dr Siddick Maudarbocus, Clinical Director and Founder of Les Mariannes Wellness Sanctuary Mauritius talks to Charmaine Fernz about what sets the resort apart, organic initiatives and being Muslim-frie...
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La Mer showcases an inflatable playground ‘Hawa Hawa’

Residents of UAE can now explore an new unique concept – Hawa Hawa – an inflatable playground for children, teenagers and adults at La Mer. The dune-shaped concept originates from Japan, where...
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Adrenaline-fuelled water sports at Al Zorah

Al Zorah located in the setting of natural mangroves and lagoons of Ajman, expanded its portfolio of sporting activities to offer thrilling water-sport experiences. Catering to adventure enthusiasts a...
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Jordan Tourism keen to boost regional presence

Dubai played host to the first workshop held under the patronage of Jordan’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. The event led by the Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association (JITOA) in partnershi...
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Slovenia selected among Top 100 Green Destinations

Slovenia has once again made to the list of the world’s top green destinations awarded by Global Green Events in Rimini, Italy and Cascais, Portugal. Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, and the thermal...
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An evolving product is the key to growth

The year so far…                                    The Middle East is an important market for us as guests from this region (year-to-date) represent 14.5% of total...
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A new dimension of travel

The ever-evolving technology industry is having its impact on practically every industry and travel is no different. In this last month, I have attended so many technology-focused events that it has c...
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Understanding Millennial Travelers

Millennial travellers, loosely defined as those born between 1981 and 1999, will soon surpass Baby Boomers as the largest travel spenders. As a result, the travel and tourism sector has been working t...
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The Ultimate Driving Experience

Travellers looking for that adrenaline rush with superfast cars now have the opportunity in Dubai with Ultimate Drives. The company is the brainchild of Snehal Hadani, who is also the director. It is ...
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Rise of Activacations

Hotels.com released new data revealing a new wave of young travellers who are swapping beaches for action-packed, celebrity-inspired fitness getaways. As per an activacations survey conducted by Hote...
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More than just Airport Services

Dubai International authorities are constantly looking for ways to keep passengers engaged. In the latest development, passengers at Dubai International can stream free movies and TV shows prior to th...
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Our focus is to grow the Middle East guest numbers

Overview of the year? Our property is running at about 80 percent year to date, with arrivals approaching the 20,000 mark and rest of the year is looking positive. We expect the Middle East market to ...
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Would you like Travel Insurance with that?

Ancillary revenue has never been more important to the travel trade. The need to maximise the ‘$’ value of every customer touch point is critical as margins on flights/hotels continue to be squeez...
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Remember the time…?

Not too long ago, distribution of travel was simple, with transportation companies, hoteliers, and other service providers relying almost solely on the sale of their products via GSA’s and travel ag...
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For the Love of Travel

Travel – the word has so many emotions, sentiments, experiences and memories attached that the list can be endless. The summer months in the Middle East are a time for travel – be it back to one...
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Japan: A new landscape of exploration for Arab travellers

The Muslim traveller is becoming a new target for Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO). ...
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ACTVENTURE: The Largest Active Lifestyle Destination in Australia

Dubai-based Najibi Investments Australian development arm, SANAD Capital, revealed the brand of its AED 1 billion active lifestyle destination – ACTVE. ACTVENTURE, will become the first and larg...
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CheckMyBus: Ground transportation made easy

CheckMyBus is a leading intercity bus search engine with the widest range of ground transportation offers, now also displays flights for direct comparison. The company recently tied up with Skyscanner...
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Hotel Café Royal London’s in-room wardrobe service

Hotel Café Royal in London has introduced ‘Fashion Now’, an in-room wardrobe service and personal shopping experience in partnership with Matchesfashion.com. This service will be exclusive to res...
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It’s all about the ‘Experience’

I would like to start with a quote so true to every passionate traveller… “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St Augustine. Travel in every form is so e...
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FORM Hotel integrates advanced middleware HotOIL

In a smart move, FORM Hotel has announced integration of an advanced proprietary enterprise application system – HotOIL (Hotel Operational Intelligence Layer). The system is designed and developed b...
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India gets its first ‘Pod Hotel’ – Urbanpod

Mumbai played host to its first ‘Pod Hotel’ with the launch of UrbanPod in the Andheri East area. The new property caters to today’s new traveller traversing both business and leisure. Guests ca...
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Cox & Kings makes travel accessible for People with Disabilities

In a move to make tourism more accessible, a new initiative – Enable Travel – India’s first Accessible Holiday was launched to cater for travel aspirations of people with disabilities. ...
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The Emergence of Experiential Travel

Alain St Ange, Candidate for Secretary General of the UNWTO & the Former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Republic of Seychelles The travel industry has been gaining importanc...