Wednesday 18 October 2017

Kuwait to complete $4.8bn airport projects by 2020

The Kuwaiti government has announced plans to complete three major airport projects, being built at a total investment of KD1.45 billion ($4.79 billion), over the next three years, said a report. The biggest of the three is the KD1.31 billion ($4.33 billion) Kuwait International


WTM London to host China, Asia market-focussed sessions

World Travel Market London, the leading global event for the travel industry, will hold two dedicated conference sessions focused on the Asia and China markets on November 6 and 8.     This year, WTM London will offer two themed conference sessions on “Responsible


Etihad Airways to launch flights to Azerbaijan

Etihad Airways has announced plans to launch scheduled flights between UAE capital Abu Dhabi and Baku, the capital city of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Starting March 2, 2018, the new route is being introduced to capitalise on the strong and growing demand for flights between the


Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre marks first anniversary

The Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) marked a successful first year of business on October 10, having hosted 101 events and welcoming over 750,000 visitors. OCEC inaugurated the opening of the first phase; 22,000-sq-m of exhibition space, last year with their first ev


New marketing head for Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection

Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection has appointed Haitham Assem as the new multi-property director of marketing and communications for The St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai - Al Habtoor City and The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City. A graduate of Law from Ain Shams University Cairo, Assem has o


Oman grants unsponsored visa for 3 countries

Travellers from India, China and Russia, who reside in, or hold an entry visa to the US, Canada, Australia, UK and Schengen states are allowed to obtain a non-sponsored tourist visa, it was announced. The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) issued a circular to all tourism sector facilitie


Emirates to axe some trans-Tasman flights

Emirates will halt some of its flights betwen Australia and New Zealand following network changes under the joint partnership with Qantas Airways. The new partnership will also see the Australian carrier quit flying to Dubai. From March 2018, Emirates will stop fly


Desert Palm Dubai launches autumn staycation offers

Desert Palm Dubai is celebrating its new brand look and booking engine with special staycation offers when booking directly through their new website, Guests can jump start their staycation in any of Desert Palm Dubai’s rooms, suites or villas and


Airbnb revenues up 421pc in Dubai

Revenues for properties listed on Airbnb in Dubai increased by 421 per cent to top $3.3million between August 2015 and 2017,  with listings nearly tripling to 3,249, a report revealed. According to a special market report released by Chestertons Mena, a leading international


Flyadeal to boost flights, offer promotional fare

Saudi Arabia’s new low fare airline Flyadeal has announced plans to increase the number of daily flights between Jeddah and Riyadh to five flights per day from October 25. One-way fares start at SR98 ($26.1) and include one cabin bag that weighs up to 10kg. These are availa

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