Friday 22 September 2017

Etihad Airways launches fares promotion

UAE national carrier Etihad Airways has announced it is offering 10 per cent discounts on flights to all destinations from Saudi Arabia, including Australia, the UK and US to mark the kingdom’s National Day on September 23. Discounted fares for UAE-based guests travelling t


Mideast hotels post mixed results in August

Hotels in the Middle East reported mixed performance results during August, while hotels in Africa posted growth across the three key performance indicators, according to data from analytics and marketplace insights provider STR. Hotel room occupancy in the Middle East dropped 3.


Bahrain, Italy committed to strengthening tourism ties

Bahrain has confirmed its commitment to further enhancing areas of cooperation between the kingdom and Italy, especially the tourism sector, with the recent visit of the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to Bahrain. A meeting was held and was attended by the chief executive off


2018 'busy year' for UAE hotel sector - forecast

As The Hotel Show draws to a close for 2017, forecasters have revealed that 2018 is expected to be hugely eventful for the UAE’s hospitality industry – with no less than 83 new hotels set to open.   The latest Middle East and Africa Hotel Construction report by To


Transforming aviation through disruptive innovation

Iata Aviation & Aeropolitical Affairs Day, organised by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) and taking place in Jordan this October, will be focusing on the theme 'Disrupting Through Innovation', it was announced. “Disruptive changes create disrup


Saudi to launch $2.6bn entertainment investment firm

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is in the process of developing a new company with an initial capitalization of SR10 billion ($2.66 billion) to act as its investment arm in the kingdom’s growing entertainment sector. The company will play an active investm


Mövenpick Hotels appoints new VP sales

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed hospitality professional Julien Bonafous as vice president sales, a new role created to support the hospitality firm’s ongoing expansion drive. Bonafous, whose 20-year career in the hotel industry has comprised several senio


Tourism surge to boost Saudi F&B sector earnings to $18.2bn

Saudi Arabia’s food and beverage sector is expected to reach $18.2 billion by 2020, driven by a growing number of tourist arrivals as the kingdom’s strategic Vision 2030 blueprint diversifies the country’s economy. The scale of opportunity across its hospitality


Etihad first ME airline to offer installment payment plan

Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the region to offer fully automated credit card installment payment plans after partnering with PayFort, a leading online payment service provider in the region. The initiative allows Etihad Airways to offer travellers who book direc


DXB Entertainments gets $67m shareholder loan

DXB Entertainments, a major provider of leisure and entertainment experiences and owner of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said it has reached an agreement with its majority shareholder, Meraas,  a leading UAE developer, for a subordinated loan of Dh245 million ($67 million). The a

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