Wednesday 24 July 2019

Etihad flies 5m passengers to and from China

Etihad Airways has transported 5 million passengers to and from China since the launch of its first flights to Beijing 11 years ago, a report said. The growing number of Chinese tourists visiting the UAE exceeds one million visitors per year, and 3.5 million passengers transit th


Global airline shares rebound strongly in June

Global airline share prices recovered in June, increasing by 6 per cent following the sharp fall (down 10.0 per cent) in May. Since the beginning of the year, the global airline share prices have risen by 2.3 per cent, lagging the wider global equity markets by some margin (up 14


Lion Air becomes first A330 operator in APAC

Indonesian carrier Lion Air has received its first A330-900, becoming the first airline from the Asia-Pacific region to fly the A330neo. The aircraft is on lease from BOC Aviation and is the first of 10 A330neos set to join the airline’s fleet. The A330neo will be used by L


GoAir launches new Mumbai, Delhi flights to Abu Dhabi

Low-cost Indian carrier GoAir has launched daily flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport from New Delhi and Mumbai, further connecting the UAE capital to the two major Indian cities.   Abu Dhabi Airports yesterday (July 19) welcomed the new flights, the first


Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai names new GM

Avani Hotels & Resorts has appointed Amer Ammar as the general manager of Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai Hotel. Scheduled to welcome its first guests in November this year, Ammar will oversee the upcoming launch and daily operations of the new 360-key Avani hotel.  


Sharjah Summer Festival returns this summer

Following the success of the first Sharjah Summer Festival last year, the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced that it is launching a new version of the festival this year, which will take place from July 17 to August 17. The move falls in line


Riyadh hospitality sector continues to grow, says report

Saudi Arabian capital city Riyadh continues to see growth in the hospitality sector, fueled by increasing demand from visitors, according to a new report. According to the new H1 2019 Riyadh Market Snapshot by global real estate consultancy firm CBRE, King Khalid International Airport


Radisson Hotel Group launches new multi-brand platform

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the launch of its new multi-brand and mobile-first global website,, which also serves as the unique platform for Radisson Rewards members. Complementing the revamped site will be the Radisson Hotels App, available by the end o


Revealed: GCC summer travel trends

A survey conducted by leading travel search site and app Skyscanner has revealed top trends for summer travel by GCC residents this year. The survey, which ran for a period of two months on the site’s homepage, questioned over 1,000 respondents on matters including chosen d


Canadian University Dubai 'keen to boost tourism sector skills'

Canadian University Dubai has recently joined forces with two more leading names in the hospitality industry to help boost the skills supply to the UAE tourism sector as Dubai prepares to attract 25 million visitors by 2025. Under the two new agreements, the university will colla

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