Friday 27 November 2015

Mideast online travel market to reach $35bn

The Middle East’s online travel market is forecast to almost double in value within the next two years, rising from $18 billion to $35 billion by 2018, according to research firm Phocuswright. By the end of 2017, according to a joint study conducted by Travelport and Phocus


HMH CEO addresses the needs of today's hotel industry

Laurent A. Voivenel, CEO of Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH) shared a number of key industry insights during an interactive panel discussion on smart hotels at the 18th Hotel Technology Summit in Dubai today (November 22). Organised in association with Hospitality Financial


Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea in deal with Sohum Wellness

Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa has signed an agreement with the international company Sohum Wellness, which will manage the hotel’s spa and introduce the latest health and therapeutic services available. This step corresponds with Crowne Plaza’s ongoing


Emirates increases capacity on Jeddah route

Dubai-based Emirates has reinforced its commitment to Saudi Arabia by announcing an additional four flights per week to Jeddah, starting from December 14. The increased frequency will now enable Emirates’ customers travelling to and from Jeddah to choose from three flights per da


Hamad International wins top award

Hamad International Airport (HIA) won the Best Airport Award at the first Future Travel Experience (FTE) Asia Awards ceremony in Singapore last week. The awards ceremony took place during the FTE Asia EXPO 2015, with the winners being selected by industry executives from around t


Dubai Tourism opens first office in South Korea

Dubai Tourism marked the opening of its first office in South Korea last week with an Emirati-style ceremony, hosting major partners from the travel industry and media in the country. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the office, located in Seoul, Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai&rsqu


Le Méridien Dubai launches Great Ballroom

Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre celebrated the inauguration of the Great Ballroom, a 2,467-sq-m pillar-less ballroom that can accommodate 1,750 guests, making it one of Dubai’s tallest and most spacious ballroom venues. The new Great Ballroom is located on gr


Etihad opens new crew briefing centre

Etihad Airways has officially opened a new state-of-the-art Crew Briefing Centre (CBC) at its hub in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE. The purpose-built crew terminal, the first built by the airline, is the most advanced of its kind in the region, and is fitted with leading-edge bag


Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate launches new spa concept

Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate, a leading hotel in the UAE capital, has launched a new concept of Moroccan Bath - In Balance by Novotel wellness area. The In Balance by Novotel has four recreational bath concepts the Traditional Moroccan Bath which starts with a deep cleansing of the body and


WTM London again attracts 50,000 participants

World Travel Market London 2015 was a phenomenally successful event surpassing the average attendance of the previous five events with the number of qualified buyers remaining at a record high. Average attendance for WTM London from 2010 to 2014 stand at 48,888. WTM London 2015 saw an

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