Thursday 26 November 2015

Mideast hotel occupancy rates drop to 67.4pc

Hotels in the Middle East reported negative results in key performance metrics this October, posting a 4.6 per cent decrease in occupancy to 67.4 per cent compared to October 2014, said a report. Average daily rate (ADR) dropped 12.3 per cent to $200.66 and revenue per available


Flight bookings fall as terror alerts rise

Heightened travel risks stemming from the recent militant attacks in Paris have depressed flight bookings to the French capital and other destinations, sending travel stocks lower as fears grow of a lengthy slump. Adding to the concern, the US State Department issued a global tra


Etihad emphasises commitment to sustainability

Etihad Airways presented its efforts in supporting the development of alternative sustainable aviation fuels during the airline’s UAE Innovation Week activities. As part of a tour of the Innovation Centre, Linden Coppell, Etihad Airways’ head of sustainability, emphas


Villa Rotana Dubai joins 'Clean Up the World' campaign

The staff of Villa Rotana, a luxury hotel in Dubai, joined forces with Dubai Municipality to take part in Clean Up the World Campaign, which took place yesterday (November 23). The campaign, held along the Jumeirah Beach under the theme of “Our Place…Our Pla


Air Arabia wins World Travel Leaders Award in London

Air Arabia was awarded the “World Travel Leaders Award” at London’s World Travel Market 2015 in recognition of its leadership of the low-cost aviation sector in the Middle East. In bestowing the award, the organisers noted Air Arabia’s significant expansio


Oman Air welcomes 21 new Omani pilot candidates

Oman Air’s drive to recruit Omani pilots is bearing fruit, as 21 Omanis join the Cadet Training Programme of the national carrier of the sultanate of Oman. The programme involves initial flight training at ENAC Toulouse, France, for 18 months. Upon successful completion of


Google Street View brings Jordan’s wonders to the world

Google has announced the launch of 360-degree street view imagery of Petra and 30 other landmarks in Jordan for the first time. Street View Special Collects is a feature of Google Maps that lets users explore places around the world like landmarks, natural wonders, as well as cul


KLM’s first Dreamliner touches down in Abu Dhabi

KLM’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arrived in Abu Dhabi, UAE, yesterday (November 23rd) after its inaugural flight from Amsterdam. The new, state-of-the-art airliner will operate between Abu Dhabi International Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport with seven direct flights per w


French Embassy addresses travel safety concerns

Following the recent attacks in Paris, tourist numbers to the French capital have dipped slightly due to safety concerns. In response, the French Embassy has released an FAQ to address these concerns. According to the FAQ, The public authorities and tourism professionals have made safe


US welcomes Etihad's A380 inaugural flight

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, celebrated the arrival of its award-winning Airbus A380 service at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on November 23. The flight marks the US debut of the airline’s exclusive A380 service, including

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