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    Mӧvenpick Hotels & Resorts signs agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives

    Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives will offer contemporary elegance in Noonu Atoll. BANGKOK, Thailand, 27 April 2017 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives. The planned 105-unit resort, Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives, will be situated on the remote Kuredhivaru Island in Noonu Atoll, providing a desirable sanctuary surrounded by pristine natural beauty in the exclusive northern part of the Maldives. It is scheduled to open during the second quarter of 2018. The contemporary tropical resort will combine comfort and style, with 33 Beach Villas and 72 Over Water Villas. While designed as a destination for relaxing and rejuvenating escapes offering a high degree of privacy, the resort will also feature an array of onsite ......read more

    Travellers Return to Booking with Traditional Agents in Digital Twist

      After years of tough competition with Online Travel Agents (OTAs), traditional agencies are re-gaining popularity as travellers seek out bespoke service and specialist advice over discounted deals 27 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Traditional travel agencies have an opportunity to re-capture the market share previously lost to OTAs by converging operations to digital and social media platforms, delegates at the Arabian Travel Market 2017 Digital Transformation Summit have learned.  Addressing the summit on 25 April, 2017, Benjo Van Laar Hoven, Chief Executive Officer, Prizm, advised traditional agents to meet their clients online and on social media in order to safeguard business, as regional Internet connectivity and social media use continues to soar.  Addressing delegates, Hoven said: “This part of ......read more

    Middle East Experiential Travel is Now ‘The Real Deal'

    DCTCM outlines plans to combine Dubai’s rich cultural and latest attractions to build on Q1 2017 visitor numbers of 4.57 million 27 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: GCC countries must marry the very latest attractions with their rich cultural offerings to maximise their tourism potential, according to panellists at the latest seminar session at Arabian Travel Market, entitled ‘The Real Deal: Why selling local experiences matters’. Moderated by Karen Osman, Managing Director of Travel Ink, the discussion involved Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing; Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority; Andy Levey, Head of Marketing, La Perle by Dragone (experiential partner at ATM 2017); and Simon Mead, Manager-Operations, Arabian Adventures-Destination ......read more

    Tourism key for economic growth and diversification in the MENA region

    Dubai, April 26, 2017:  Tourism can be a key driver of the growth and economic diversification for the Middle East and North Africa region concluded the 2017 Ministerial Forum organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates. Yet, maximizing the power of the sector requires increased regional cooperation, prioritization of tourism in the national agendas and building resilience and sustainability (Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 April, 2017). Moderated by CNN Becky Anderson, the UNWTO/ATM Ministerial Forum concluded that the main priorities for the region include human resources development, public/private sector cooperation, connectivity, technology and ......read more

    Amadeus Shares its Innovation Journey, 30 Years in the Making

      From the 1980s into the future – Amadeus discussed the past, present and future of travel at Arabian Travel Market Dubai, UAE, 26 April: Amadeus celebrated its 30 year anniversary and showcased innovative solutions, at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM). As one of the leading providers of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry, Amadeus has been a driving force in the sector’s innovation for 30 years and has a strong vision for the future.  Founded in 1987, Amadeus has been committed to delivering the most innovative solutions for the travel market. As the leading investor in Research and Development (R&D) in 2014 and 2015 in the global travel and technology industry, it invested more than €4 billion in R&D since 2004 in areas such as cloud-based architecture, security, ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Strategic Partner Jet Airways Sign Landmark Tourism Agreement with the State Government of Maharashtra

    26 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and strategic partner Jet Airways, India’s full-service premium international carrier, have signed a ground breaking agreement with the Government of Maharashtra to promote tourism to the western Indian state. The partnership will enable both airlines to capitalise on their strong links with Maharashtra and further propel domestic and international arrivals into the state capital Mumbai and beyond. It is the first time an Indian state has signed a tourism collaboration agreement with the airline sector.   The Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis presided over the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in Mumbai today. The agreement was signed by Smt. Valsa Nair Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary, ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines' Boosts Services to Middle East & Asia Pacific

    Airline targets 25% growth from GCC countries this year  26 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: With comprehensive and structured expansion plans in place, SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is set for a takeoff to fresh growth across some of its most valued global markets. SriLankan Airlines' has reinforced its existing services to the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and China, while targeting fresh destinations in Australasia, according to plans revealed at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. With increasing demand being experienced from the countries of the GCC, SriLankan Airlines will boost capacity on the Dubai-Colombo route by making it an all-widebody service served by the airline's Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The airline will also look to add further ......read more

    Statement on Alitalia

    26 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: James Hogan, President and Chief Executive of the Etihad Aviation Group, and Vice Chairman of Alitalia, said:  “We deeply regret the Alitalia staff vote outcome, which means that all parties will lose:  Alitalia’s employees, its customers and its shareholders, and ultimately also Italy, for which Alitalia is an ambassador all over the world.   “Alitalia’s shareholders, including Etihad Airways, have provided vast amounts of financial and commercial support during the past three years. Jointly with the Italian shareholders, Etihad had reaffirmed its strong commitment and principal willingness to support the airline with a package worth nearly €2 billion in aggregate to help fund Alitalia’s new five-year business plan. A key condition to this commitment ......read more

    Sheraa and Air Arabia collaborate to launch ‘Travel and Tourism' track

    The region’s largest low-cost carrier will support Sheraa’s initiatives through mentorship and funding new businesses that cater to the industry Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2017:  Coming on the heels of its successful inaugural accelerator showcase day, Sheraa - a launch pad for aspiring entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates - is making swift progress to expand the portfolio of industries tapped by its growing community of budding entrepreneurs. The latest addition comes in the form of a collaboration with Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), to launch the ‘Travel and Tourism’ track at Sheraa’s co-working space.  Najla Al-Midfa, General Manager of Sheraa: “We are proud to be associated with Air Arabia and launch ......read more

    Sustainability and Inclusion Remains Key Driver for Ras Al Khaimah's Tourism Industry

    RAKTDA CEO Haitham Mattar highlights commitment to continue emirate’s drive towards sustainable tourism during the UNWTO and ATM Ministerial Forum 2017 Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 25 April 2017: Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has reaffirmed the emirate’s commitment in promoting a sustainable tourism industry during this year’s United Nations World Tourism Organization and Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum. Held under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, the forum focused on tourism’s contribution to sustainable and inclusive economic growth and diversification in the MENA region. Speaking among industry peers, Mattar, noted: “It is vital that we work hand-in-hand with our travel and ......read more

    Arabian Travel Market 2017 opens

    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tours ATM, the Middle East’s leading travel and tourism event as it celebrates 24 years of industry milestones His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was joined by dignitaries including HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO of the Emirates Group; and His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The 24th edition of the show welcomes over 2,600 confirmed exhibitors – with 100 exhibiting for the first time – representing more than 150 countries, across 65 national pavilions. The show also ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines' Announces Growth Plans at ATM 2017

    Boost in services to Middle East & Asia Pacific  25 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: With comprehensive and structured expansion plans in place, SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is set for a takeoff to fresh growth across some of its most valued global markets. SriLankan Airlines' has reinforced its existing services to the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and China, while targeting fresh destinations in Australasia, according to plans revealed at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. With increasing demand being experienced from the countries of the GCC, SriLankan Airlines will boost capacity on the Dubai-Colombo route by making it an all-widebody service served by the airline's Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The airline will also look to add further ......read more

    Unforgettable family memories are at the heart of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts' new global programme

    New programme offers baby essentials on-demand, healthy children’s menus, family-friendly services, locally-inspired activities and special room discounts     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 April 2017 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has launched “Mövenpick Family” a new global programme designed to take all the stress - and sometimes distress - out of holidays, leaving parents to focus on what really matters — creating family memories that will last a lifetime. The new Family Programme available in all Mövenpick properties worldwide focuses on what is really important for parents — providing baby essentials on demand; ensuring there are fun healthy menus for children; offering family services such as kids’ TV channels or babysitters; providing opportunities to ......read more

    GCC Turns to China and India to Boost Growth in Tourism Receipts

    •    Chinese outbound tourism market currently growing 6.7% year-on-year; India experiencing average growth of 7% •    Indian visitors to Abu Dhabi up 15% in 2016 •    Oman has seen an increase of 60% in Indian visitors over the last five years •    Over half-a-million Chinese tourists visited Dubai in 2016 24 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Major tourism destinations in the GCC will increase efforts to target Indian and Chinese inbound tourists, as regional and international guests from Europe continue to feel the acute financial pressures of the challenging global economy.  The findings were published today (Monday, 24th April) by Colliers International at Arabian Travel Market, at Dubai World Trade Centre, during a seminar session entitled ......read more

    Impressive Q1 2017 Tourism Results as Dubai Reports Stellar 11 Per Cent Year-on-Year Increase in International Overnight Visitors Over First Three Months

    Dubai maintains the strong growth in visitation since the start of 2017 from key feeder markets across the world, with standout performance from China, Russia and India Dubai, UAE; 24 April 2017: Dubai’s tourism sector sustained the momentum of its strong 2017 start, with the emirate’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) reporting a stellar 11 per cent increase in overnight visitation in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2016. January to March 2017 saw 4.57 million travellers visit the city, reflecting more than double the growth achieved in the first quarter of last year. Among Dubai’s top 20 source markets for inbound tourism, China and Russia continued to top the growth trajectory charts with unparalleled 64 per cent and 106 per cent increases over Q1 ......read more

    RAKTDA Announces Plans to Enhance and Expand Jebel Jais Via Ferrata as Part of Experiential Tourism Push at ATM

    RAS AL KHAIMAH TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO ENHANCE AND EXPAND JEBEL JAIS VIA FERRATA AS PART OF EXPERIENTIAL TOURISM PUSH AT ATM  Due to popular demand for experiential tourism products in the Middle East, the UAE’s only commercial Via Ferrata’s inaugural season will extend until the end of May, re-opening in October with a renovated product and increased capacity Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 24 April 2017: Due to popular demand, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) is investing in the expansion of the its highly-successful Jebel Jais Via Ferrata (Iron Path) adventure challenge in the Hajar Mountains, the only commercial product of its kind in the UAE. Since its launch in December 2016, strong demand for the experiential tourism product, which has seen 1,500 enthusiasts climb, ......read more

    Global Standards, Cooperation and Data Key to Keeping Aviation Safe

    24 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged aviation safety stakeholders to reinforce their commitment to a safety framework based on global standards, cooperation and dialogue, and effective use of data. “Safety is the top priority for all involved in aviation—and aviation is the safest form of long-distance travel. Last year there were over 40 million safe flights. That’s an achievement that we can all be proud of. And it was made possible by a framework that incorporates respect for global standards, cooperation and the value of data,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.  Speaking at the IATA Safety and Flight Operations Conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea, de Juniac identified air accident investigations as a key area ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines looks to further boost Middle East presence

    Dubai, April 23, 2017:  SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is looking to gain further impetus from the Middle East, even as the Indian Ocean island nation increasingly reaps the positive dividends of rapidly growing tourist numbers. The airline will be making fresh forays into the region, which is one of its significant source markets, through its presence at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai (April 24 to 27). The airline is uniquely positioned to serve as a seamless connector between the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Far East and Southeast Asia, as a result of its strategic location and strong route network. The Airline has traditionally done well in carrying tourists and expatriates between the Middle East, Sri Lanka and the sub-continent and has also ......read more

    Global travel & tourism sector eyes Dubai as ATM opens its doors

    Over 40,000 industry professionals expected from more than 152 countries throughout four-day event Dubai, April 23, 2017:  Travel trade professionals from across the world’s hospitality industry will descend upon Dubai today (Monday 24th) for the opening of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “We have visitors registered from all corners of the globe and all facets of the hospitality industry for what promises to be the biggest show yet in the event’s 24-year history. “The growth and scale of ATM 2017 is testament to the buoyant travel and tourism industry here in the MENA region. It is no secret the growth we observe in the regional industry is spurred by visionary national agendas and a favourable ......read more

    ArabianTravel Market: New partnerships and tailored services for Middle Eastern guests

    FROM TAILORED SERVICES TO EXPANDED VILLAGES, THE COLLECTION OF VILLAGES BY CHIC OUTLET SHOPPING® OFFER  GUESTS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY EVERY DAY™   New partnerships, tailored services for Middle Eastern guests and an expanding Bicester Village are unveiled at this year’s ATM Dubai, April 22, 2017:  Chic Outlet Shopping® extends a warm summer welcome to Middle Eastern guests as it showcases its continued commitment towards expanding hospitality and services. Over the summer, new boutiques will open across the Collection of Villages, together with exclusive pop-up boutiques and late night opening hours with live entertainment. In autumn 2017 around 30 additional boutiques and two restaurants/cafés will open in Bicester Village near London, alongside new parking facilities for cars and ......read more

    World's First and Only Airline Mobile Exhibition Unit to be debuted at Arabian Travel Market

    Mobile exhibition unit provides delegates with unique experience of cabin product and services Middle East showcasing follows highly successful 18 month, 60,000km, tour of Europe Mobile exhibition unit is part of Etihad’s strategic objective on innovation Etihad will also host fashion model, Halima Aden, and UAE ice hockey player, Fatima Al Ali Dubai, April 22, 2017:  Etihad Airways will debut its innovative mobile exhibition unit at next week’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, providing delegates with a first-hand experience of its award-winning cabin products and inflight service.   The 16m long mobile exhibition unit, weighing approximately 22 tonnes and measuring 50m², travelled to the UAE from Europe where it has clocked 60,000km in 18 months, having visited trade events and ......read more

    TCA Abu Dhabi leads its largest ever delegation to Arabian Travel Market to boost inbound tourism

    Abu Dhabi on target to reach record 4.9 million guest arrivals during 2017 Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Department for Economic Development, Tourism Police and Department for Residence and Foreign Affairs attend ATM for first time Abu Dhabi, April 22, 2017:   Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is leading the largest delegation it has ever taken to the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) later this month in a bid to capitalise and increase on record numbers of guest arrivals into the emirate. The Authority will be joined by 67 stakeholders representing 115 products at the region’s biggest travel and tourism fair, which is being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, between 24th and 27th April.   The emirate’s leading hotels, destination management companies, tour operators and attractions will ......read more

    TDIC Sells 60% of Its Residential Units During the First Two Days of Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 April 2017: Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, announced today that 60% of the units has been sold  after unveiling a compelling selection of residential units on Saadiyat Island at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017, taking place from April 18 - 20 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).  TDIC released 109 residential units for sale at Cityscape Abu Dhabi through its 3 major projects in Al Saadiyat Island, including 50 distinctive apartments in Mamsha Al Saadiyat, 29 contemporary villas on sale in the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club-facing Jawaher Saadiyat, as well as more than 30 units across the fully inclusive nature-based community of Saadiyat Lagoons.  The new sales achievements ......read more

    Dubai to welcome largest Arabian Travel Market yet

    Middle East’s largest travel trade event will feature 2,600 exhibitors, 65 national pavilions, over 35 seminar and technology theatre sessions and anticipates 30,000 trade visitors  Dubai, UAE, April 18, 2017:  Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase, opens its doors on Monday 24th April for four days of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions and top level ministerial discussions. Now in its 24th year, the 2017 edition, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 24-27 April, will welcome over 2,600 exhibitors and an expected 30,000 visitors to the largest travel trade event in the Middle East. For the second successive year, organisers have added an extra hall, to accommodate extra demand, with over 150 countries represented, 65 ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Adds Voronezh, Russia as its 298th Destination in 120 Countries Served by the Airline

    Dubai, UAE; 18 April 2017: By launching flights to Voronezh, the global carrier reaffirms its ongoing expansion strategy to provide travelers with the greatest number of travel destination options. With existing services to Moscow, St.Petersburg, Sochi, Rostov, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Ufa, and Stavropol, Turkish Airlines has now added Voronezh to its expanding Russian network. Due to the carrier’ capacity increase strategy on its Russia flights, roundtrip services between Istanbul and Voronezh will be operated as 3 times per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, beginning from today. Introductory round trip fares are available between Istanbul and Voronezh starting at 189 USD (including taxes and fees).  Additionally, for the first 6 months of operation to the new destination, there is a special offer for ......read more

    Other Top Stories from Travel, Tourism and Hotels
     
    Turkey, World's 10th Biggest Country in ISBN Rankings

    The number of books per capital in Turkey was 8.5 in 2016; most acclaimed Turkish literary works displayed in Abu Dhabi Book Fair With 2,312 literary works being sold in 66 countries and translated into 59 languages, Turkey’s literary industry has become the world’s 11th largest publishing market. Some of these literary works will be displayed at Abu Dhabi’s upcoming International Book Fair, along with many other international counterparts. “Turkey has always been a center for culture and the arts,” said Mr. Hamdi Tursucu, Turkish Ministry of Culture and ......read more

    First Investor Group Hospitality Division Carlton Hotel Management Targets 2000 Rooms by 2020

    Dubai-based The First Investor group, a subsidiary of Al Fardan Group, aims to increase its hospitality inventory of rooms by 51% in 2020. Carlton Hotel Management is targeting to add 683 new rooms over the next three years that will take its total count to 2000 rooms from the current 1317. Out of the existing keys in operation, 1142 rooms are in Dubai, 85 in Jordan and 90 in the Czech Republic. With an aggressive expansion strategy, Carlton Hotel Management has quickly emerged as a major player in the hospitality sector with a total investment of over AED 2.2 billion in various hotel ......read more

    HMH - Hospitality Management Holding Launches ‘Bahi Hotels & Resorts' – A New Luxury Hotel Brand

    HMH – Hospitality Management Holding unveiled today at the Arabian Travel Market ‘Bahi Hotels & Resorts’ – a new 5-star hotel brand designed for luxury seekers. Making the announcement, Mr. Brett Schafer, Chief Executive Officer of Faisal Holding, stated, “We are proud to launch ‘Bahi Hotels & Resorts’ that is a fantastic addition to our impressive portfolio of existing brands serving varied market segments. Reflecting the highest level of service, attention to detail and refinement, Bahi has been conceptualised to provide both business and ......read more

    Turkish Culture and Tourism Office Committed to UAE-Turkish Cooperation

    Focus on growing ‘Halal Tourism’ trade with new standards for hotels to better serve Muslim travelers, at Dubai’s ATM exhibition Dubai – The Turkish Culture and Tourism Office in the UAE has confirmed its participation at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai this month with a 750 meter-square stand. The announcement comes as Turkey sets its focus on ‘Halal Tourism’ as the country introduces new Halal standards for hotels to better server Muslim travelers. “According to recent studies[i], by 2020, more than 160 million Muslim tourists are ......read more

    HMH – Hospitality Management Holding Gears Up for a Strong Presence at Arabian Travel Market 2017

    HMH - Hospitality Management Holding is all set for a strong presence at Arabian Travel Market 2017 (ATM). Mr Ferghal Purcell, COO of HMH, said, “We have a number of strategic announcements lined up for ATM this year that is the MENA region's largest B2B travel and tourism show. It gives us the perfect opportunity to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with the global travel trade. Twenty-three years in the running, ATM 2017 promises to be bigger and better bringing together travel professionals from 86 countries and regions to Dubai, and we are proud to be part of it ......read more

    Malaysia Showcases It's Variety Of Different Tourism Products During The Arabian Travel Market In Dubai, UAE.

    The Malaysian Minister of Tourism and Culture Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz will be leading a delegation of 142 Malaysian sellers from 71organizations to participate in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), scheduled from April 24 to 27, 2017 in Dubai. The Malaysian delegation will comprise a concoction of different hotels, resorts, travel agents, tourism product owners, and Malaysian states tourism offices representatives. During the 4-day event, they will be highlighting their respective tourism products and services that are tailored carefully to cater for the Middle Eastern ......read more

    With Over 3500 Rooms Under Development Across Middle East Swiss-Belhotel International Has Mega Plans for ATM 2017

    Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI), a global hotel management company with over three decades of strong track record, has a number of strategic announcements lined up for Arabian Travel Market (ATM) taking place in Dubai from 24 to 27 April, 2017. With over 3500 rooms under development in key markets such as Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain, the group has emerged as a major player in the region’s hospitality sector. Mr. Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International, said, “We have more than 17 hotels under development in the Middle East, in addition to our ......read more

    Finnair Reassumes Control of Flight Meal Services to Improve Nordic Customer Experience

      13 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: Finnair will reassume the control and responsibility of preparing and developing the meals for their flights as part of Finnair’s operations. Finnair and its meal service provider LSG Sky Chefs have signed an agreement with which the catering company LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy operating at Helsinki Airport will be transferred under the control of Finnair. Since November 2016 Finnair and LSG have been negotiating about new forms of cooperation as the LSG Group does not exercise its purchase option of LSG Sky Chefs Finland Oy. The closing date is ......read more

    Clear, Safe and Consistent Operating Environments are Needed to Improve Airfield Safety

      -    World Aviation Safety Summit tackles runway incursion issues on day two 12 April 2017 -  Dubai, UAE: In order to keep airfields safe, flight crews needs a clear, safe and consistent operating environment that avoids confusion, according to a leading aviation expert speaking on day two of the World Aviation Safety Summit, held in Dubai. Andrew Green, Manager Aerodrome Safety & Standards, Aviation & Airports Safety Department at Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) explained that a more consistent approach is needed in terms of signs and ......read more

    Sheikh Ahmed: Security and safety are a top priority for aviation

    Mohammed Ahli: We have a commendable record of maintaining the highest security standards DCAA to implement online system for employee requests Dubai, April 12, 2017: "No economy can progress without providing security and safety to all stakeholders, whether it’s life, investments, industrial activities or services. It’s more pronounced in the case of aviation. We take pride in the fact that the UAE has been recognised as the top country worldwide by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), for compliance with international security and safety ......read more

    DAE Reports Full Year 2016 Financial Results Revenue and Net Income from Continuing Operations at record levels

    Dubai, U.A.E., 12 April 2017 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. reported financial results for full year 2016. Total Revenue: US$417.8 million (AED 1,534 million) for full year 2016, an increase of 22% from US$341.7 million (AED 1,255 million) for full year 2015. Net Income from Continuing Operations: US$124.9 million (AED 459 million) for full year 2016, an increase of 323% from US$29.5 million (AED 108 million) for full year 2015. Total Net Income: US$199.0 million (AED 731 million) for full year 2016, a decrease of 67% from US$610.4 million (AED 2,241 million) for full ......read more

    Aviation Safety Should not be Influenced by Commercial Agendas, says World Aviation Safety Summit Chairman

      12 April 2017 -  Dubai, UAE: Delegates and attendees of the fifth annual World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS) discussed today that aviation safety should not be threatened by commercial or political interference, such as the recent US and UK electronics bans that have caused controversy throughout the sector. Speaking during the opening ceremony, WASS Chairman and prominent aviation analyst Alan Peaford spoke of the need to maintain safety above other interests, calling for consistency in analysis and applications of intelligence material. The US and UK electronics bans ......read more

    Historic SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Returns to Gulftainer's GT USA Base in Port Canaveral

    Twice-launched rocket successfully delivers communications satellite  Sharjah-UAE:  11 April, 2017 – Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator, welcomed the first stage of the relaunched Falcon 9 rocket at the Canaveral Cargo Terminal, operated by the company’s US arm, GT USA, on 4 April 2017.  Marking the first time that SpaceX has launched and landed a reused booster, the event is being hailed as a breakthrough for the space industry, as it could reduce the cost of space travel in the long run.  The SpaceX Falcon 9 ......read more

    Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar's Maharaja by Vineet scoops ‘Best Indian Restaurant' accolade at Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards

    Hotel’s signature outlet by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia spices up glittering awards ceremony after voters declare it’s the region’s top Indian dining experience Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia), 11 April 2017 -  Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar’s signature restaurant, Maharaja by Vineet, has spiced up the 2017 Food & Travel Arabia GCC Awards where it was honoured as the ‘Best Indian Restaurant’ in the region. The restaurant, which is headed up by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia, received the accolade at a glittering awards ceremony staged ......read more

    Next Generation Air Traffic Management to be Examined by Aviation Safety Experts

    -    World Aviation Safety Summit to analyse airspace designs and ATC security’s impact on safety  -    How to handle complex geopolitical environments to also be a key focus at the Summit 11 April 2017 — Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Improvements to air traffic management (ATM) and airspace design will be critical points of debate at the fifth edition of the World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS), to be held in Dubai this April. Next generation ATM technology will be analysed, as well as airspace design planning and how to minimise ......read more

    Turkish Airlines offers free Wi-Fi in U.S. flights

    Free inflight Wi-Fi to U.S. bound passengers from Istanbul who hand in their tablets or laptops at the boarding gate  Dubai, UAE; 9 April 2017: Turkish Airlines, Europe’s Best Airline for six consecutive years according to recent Skytrax results, presents adjustments in order to further ensure a pleasant travel to the United States. Turkish Airlines now extends Business Class free on-board internet services to economy passengers in exchange for their tablets or laptops while boarding their flights to the United States.  For passengers that prefer not to stow their ......read more

    Sanad Academy, DCAA and MOD, Host First Ever Drones' Awareness Campaign

    More than 470 RPAS operators registered by Sanad Academy DCAA registers more than 800 RPAS operators  Including Hobbyists, Commercial, Professionals and Government operators.    DUBAI, April 9, 2017: Sanad Academy, UAE’s first RPAS training academy, along with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), and representation from Ministry of Defense, hosted the first ever of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), “All About Drones” awareness initiative for the general public. The event was attended by more than 100 hobbyists, professional and commercial ......read more

    Strong Passenger Demand, Record Load Factor in February

    9 April 2017 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for February showing a second month of strong demand growth to begin 2017.  Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 4.8%, compared to the same month last year. Although this was below growth achieved in January, year-to-year comparisons are distorted because February 2016 was a leap month. Adjusting for the one fewer day this year, the underlying growth rate was estimated at 8.6%, just under January’s increase of 8.9%. Monthly capacity (available seat ......read more

    MBRSC holds workshop at Future Cities Show 2017, entitled "New Engineering and Smart Technologies Shaping Future Cities"

    Abdullah Ahli: The Sustainable Autonomous House introduces a new concept for sustainable houses for future cities MBRSC’s Sustainable Autonomous House is certified by the Passive House Institute in Germany as the first of its kind Passive House for a hot and humid climate April 05, 2017. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Sustainable Energy Program Section team at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre held a workshop entitled "New Engineering and Smart Technologies Shaping Future Cities" at the first edition of The Future Cities Show 2017, held from 2nd to 4th April. During the ......read more

    Industry leaders to advise on new drone air safety measures

    -    World Aviation Safety Summit in Dubai to address challenges drones present to aviation safety  3 April 2017 – Dubai, UAE: As drones continue to increase in number and popularity around the world, the aviation industry is working to address the challenges they bring and ensure safety is maintained. This will be one of a number of topics that will be under examination at the World Aviation Safety Summit, which will take place in Dubai on 11 and 12 April this year.  Each month, pilots and air traffic controllers report more than 100 drone sightings to ......read more

    UAE airports forecast 6.3% passenger growth in 2017 despite headwinds

    Middle East carriers reported the strongest annual traffic growth of any region globally for the fifth year running in 2016 Saudi Arabian Airlines Director General His Excellency Engineer Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser to head aviation seminar programme at Arabian Travel Market US ban on electronic devices could affect over 15,000 passengers daily Despite sluggish global economic growth, low oil prices, ‘Trumponomics’ and Brexit, the UAE will lead Middle East passenger growth in 2017 with an annual increase of more than 6.3%, according to estimates from the International ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Boeing Check on Biofuel Progress at Masdar

    Dubai - UAE, 02 April 2017: Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, and Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial, joined Scott Fancher, Boeing Senior Vice President, at the integrated seawater and agriculture system facility within Masdar City to check on the project’s progress this week. The facility is a world first, demonstrating the use of seawater and natural fertiliser from aquaculture to grow plant biomass which can be converted into aviation fuel. It is the flagship project of the ‘Sustainable Bioenergy Research ......read more

    UAE Visa for Indians with US Visa, Green Card is a Great News

    Dubai, UAE, March 30, 2017:  The UAE decision of granting Indian passport holders with either a valid US visa or a green card a visa on arrival is a welcoming step as this will boost the tourism and trade between the two countries, informed Mr Kamal Vachani, Group Director, Al Maya Group, Regional Director, Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) for the Middle East and President – Dubai Chamber of Global Organizations of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO). UAE is one of the greatest tourist destinations for Indians and this will further enhance the visit ......read more

    30,000 Aircraft Needed in the Next 20 Years, say Experts at Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit

    No downturn in sight for the aerospace industry amidst increasing demand Biofuels are being explored, but are not commercially feasible in a time of low oil prices Automation can help aircraft manufacturers to cut corners in order to keep pace with demand Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 30 2017:  As a major contributor to global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – international air transport alone contributes US$2.7 trillion – the aerospace industry has enjoyed a sustained peak, driven by continued market demand. In a panel at the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation ......read more

    Cathay Pacific achieves top travel accolade in the Middle East

    The Hong Kong-based carrier has been named the best Long Haul Airline of the Year at the prestigious GCC Food and Travel Awards 2017 Dubai, UAE, March 29, 2017:  Cathay Pacific, which celebrates 40 years of flying to Dubai this year, has gained one of the region’s most prestigious accolades after being named the Long Haul Airline of the Year during the GCC Food and Travel Awards 2017. Flying above other leading international shortlisted carriers, Cathay Pacific received the popular public vote and recognition from the Food and Travel Arabia Magazine’s panel of expert ......read more

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