Friday 11 July 2014

Hilton opens DoubleTree in Tanzania

Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton have opened the DoubleTree by Hilton Zanzibar - Stone Town, located 64 km off the coast of mainland Tanzania.     The 58-room hotel, nestled in the heart of the Unesco World Heritage Site of Stone Town, offers a per


Ascott inks Saudi serviced residences management deal

Ascott, one of the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator, has inked two major hotel deals - 51-unit Citadines Sari Jeddah and the 135-unit Somerset Corniche Jeddah, to boost its presence in Saudi Arabia. The Singapore-based company said it has secu


UK probes Airbus staff over Saudi graft charges

British regulators have arrested and questioned four former and current employees of an Airbus unit that operates in Saudi Arabia, as part of a probe into allegations of corruption in the country, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing sources. The daily quoted people fa


Filipinos in Bahrain urged to apply for e-passports

Filipinos in Bahrain are being urged to renew their passports as their existing travel documents will be phased out next year.   The new maroon-coloured e-passport will have a tamper-proof electronic microchip embedded in it and will replace the Non-Machine Read


Coral Hotels eyes major GCC expansion

With the recent brand revamp and digital overhaul, Coral Hotels & Resorts is looking to expand its footprint in the GCC and by 2020 aims is to have a hotel in every GCC country while doubling its portfolio in the UAE, said a top official. “We are fully loaded for expans


Etihad flies high with $3.2bn H1 revenue

Abu Dhabi's state-owned Etihad Airways, which plans to buy a 49 per cent stake in Alitalia, reported on Tuesday a 28 per cent jump in first-half revenues, helped by growth in passenger and cargo volumes. The carrier earned revenues of $3.2 billion in the six months ended June


Al Habtoor chief plans to buy prime London hotels

Khalaf Al Habtoor, the chairman of UAE conglomerate Al Habtoor Group, is leading a consortium of Middle Eastern businessmen to buy landmark hotels such as Grosvenor House, Claridges and the Berkeley,  in London, said a report. The top Dubai-based businessman has earmarked mo


Wings of Oman edition features Khareef season

Oman Air’s latest ‘Wings of Oman’ magazine is showcasing the Sultanate's Dhofar region in the south as it experiences the annual monsoon.   During the Khareef season, Dhofar and Salalah’s mountains, valleys, coastlines and interior se


Etihad in codeshare deal with Brazil’s Gol

UAE’s national airline Etihad Airways has signed a codeshare deal with Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes to offer travelers greater access to South America.    Subject to regulatory approval, the codeshare agreement will allow Etiha


Fuel subsidy proposal may bolster Gulf Air

Gulf Air wants the government to subsidise 30 per cent of its fuel costs, to enable it to achieve an operating profit for the first time in years.   The proposal has already been tabled with the Cabinet, Gulf Air acting chief executive Maher Salman Al Musallam t

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