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Ministry of Tourism Saudi Arabia Unveils Line-Up for Future Hospitality Summit

• Future Hospitality Summit will welcome a comprehensive line-up of hospitality and government leaders, industry captains, founders, change-makers, insight experts, and media, on 26-27 October.   • The jam-packed line-up includes Arne Sorenson (Marriott International), Arnold W. Donald (Carnival Corporation), Gloria Guevara (WTTC), Alexandre de Juniac (IATA), Geoffrey JW Kent (Abercrombie & Kent), and more.     Riyadh, KSA  - October 11, 2020:  uture Hospitality Summit (FHS)– the hybrid virtual conference developed to explore big ideas and tackle the challenges facing the hospitality industry – has revealed its exciting line-up of special-guest speakers, as it gets ready to bring the hospitality world together, live from Riyadh and around the world, on 26 and 27 of ......read more

The Philippine ePassport Renewal Centres Launched in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

• Managed and operated by VFS Global, the newly launched centres have started to accept passport renewal requests from Sunday to Saturday between 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM   Saudi - October 08, 2020: In a bid to ease the passport renewal process for Philippine nationals living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), The Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs and VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, have signed a contract to provide Passport Renewal services in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar.   H.E. Adnan Villaluna Alonto, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Mr. Sumanth Kapoor, Head of VFS Global - KSA & Bahrain, ......read more

Etihad Airways Celebrates Its Pledge To the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Their 90th National Day

• Etihad to resume flights to three destinations in Saudi Arabia in October 2020 • The ‘Choose Saudi Arabia’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flew to 46 destinations since 23 September 2019   September 23, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is honoured to celebrate the leadership and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the 90th National Day of the Kingdom.   To mark the occasion, the airline created an infographic to showcase the flight path of the special liveried “Choose Saudi Arabia” Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner since its first flight to Riyadh on 23 September 2019.    Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Senior Vice President Government, International and Communications, Etihad Aviation Group said: “The Saudi Arabian-inspired livery ......read more

Wego Embraces Saudi Arabia's Decision to Resume Exceptional International Flights

141,000 searches were conducted on our platform following the announcement     Dubai, 16 September 2020:  Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), supports Saudi Arabia’s decision on the resumption of exceptional flights and explains the regulations and categories of travelers allowed to enter and exit the country.   According to the Saudi Press Agency, citizens are allowed to re-enter the kingdom through all land, sea, and airports after January 1, 2021, provided that all coronavirus-related precautionary measures are taken.    In addition, it allows certain categories to travel to and from the Kingdom with stringent health precautions which will take effect from September 15, 2020.   Mamoun Hmedan, Managing Director, MENA and India, ......read more

Flexibility in Visa Rules, Enhanced Health Precautions for Students Travelling to the UK for New Academic Year

• Health precautions introduced throughout the visa application system, including the doorstep ‘On Demand Mobile Visa’ service available for student visa customers.  • UK Visas and Immigration has introduced greater flexibility in visa rules, allowing students to apply for visas when they are able to travel to the UK, rather than at the start of their studies. • Students completing courses online will still be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route, provided they are in the UK by 06 April 2021.    September 02, 2020:  As part of its commitment to enhance the visa system experience for students, United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has introduced flexibility in visa rules, with health precautions throughout the visa system along with visa services partner VFS Global, to ......read more

The Helicopter Company Purchases 10 Airbus H125 helicopters

THC to expand its services to include scenic tourism and aerial work @AirbusHeli @thc_sa #MakingMissionsPossible   Riyadh, 20 August 2020 –  The Helicopter Company (THC), which is fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, today announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters to purchase 10 H125 helicopters. The deal comes as part of THC’s commitment to further expand its fleet and introduce new services that fulfill market demand and support the development of the Kingdom’s wider aviation sector. Considered a multi-task aircraft, the Airbus H125 can carry up to six passengers and be easily reconfigured to suit varying requirements. THC will utilize the new additions to its fleet to roll out new services related to scenic tourism and aerial work such as ......read more

With Four Exclusive Properties, The Ascott Limited Personifies Global Living in Jeddah

Saudi - August 09, 2020:  Focusing keenly on their growth in the Kingdom, The Ascott Limited continues its niche brand offerings as an exclusive ‘hotel apartment’ destination for business and leisure travellers in Jeddah. Catering to a wide sector of both long and short stay guests, the properties, namely Ascott Sari Jeddah, Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Citadines Al Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah offer exquisite living spaces with comprehensive facilities for business and leisure travellers who enjoy a global lifestyle. Early birds planning a trip to Jeddah in the second half of the year, can avail up to 25% off on bookings at the-ascott.com/offers

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Travellers Should ‘Wear to Care' in the New Normal says WTTC

Mandatory mask wearing will protect travellers and workers People need to learn to live with COVID-19 until a vaccine is widely available July 11, 2020:  The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has called upon all travellers to don protective face masks to show they ‘wear to care’ in the new normal of travelling. As countries transition from lockdowns to reopening their borders, the wearing of face masks helps signal the return of safer travels, while also providing personal protection for users as well as those around them. The advice from WTTC in favour of mandatory mask wearing comes from evidence that countries which are recovering faster and avoid second COVID-19 spikes are those where the use of face masks have been widely enforced and encouraged.   Following medical guidance from ......read more

Majority of G.C.C. Travel Agents Envisage a Return to International Travel by August/September

Intra-Middle East travel demand as a region expected to perform best, with The Maldives ranked as number 1 standalone destination for expected demand   09, June 2020 – In a survey conducted by AVIAREPS of 94 of the Gulf Countries (G.C.C.) leading outbound travel agencies, demand for outbound travel from the G.C.C. is expected to return from August/September 2020, with a majority of travel agencies to commence promoting their travel offerings from July through to September 2020. Most promotional offerings will take the form of full travel packages that include air, accommodation and tour components, with intra-Middle East packages to be most popular, followed by packages for travel to South East Asia, Indian Ocean destinations and Europe.  The survey, first conducted in early May 2020, is being conducted on ......read more

After April Passenger Demand Trough, First Signals of Uptick

June 04, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that demand for air services is beginning to recover after hitting bottom in April. Passenger demand in April (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs), plunged 94.3% compared to April 2019, as the COVID-19-related travel restrictions virtually shut down domestic and international air travel. This is a rate of decline never seen in the history of IATA’s traffic series, which dates back to 1990.  More recently, figures show that daily flight totals rose 30% between the low point on 21 April and 27 May. This is primarily in domestic operations and off of a very low base (5.7% of 2019 demand). While this uptick is not significant to the global dimension of the air transport industry, it does suggest that the industry has seen the bottom ......read more

Urgent Implementation of ICAO COVID-19 Guidelines Needed

2 June 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to quickly implement the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) global guidelines for restoring air connectivity.    Today, the ICAO Council approved Takeoff: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis (Takeoff). This is an authoritative and comprehensive framework of risk-based temporary measures for air transport operations during the COVID-19 crisis.  “The universal implementation of global standards has made aviation safe. A similar approach is critical in this crisis so that we can safely restore air connectivity as borders and economies re-open. The Takeoff guidance document was built with the best expertise of government and industry. Airlines strongly support it. ......read more

IATA Calls on the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Support Aviation in the Face of COVID-19 Crisis

13 May 2020, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling for aviation-specific financial relief measures from the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to address the severe impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the air transport sector. IATA estimates that revenues generated by airlines in the Saudi market will fall by $7.2 billion in 2020, 35% below 2019 levels. That puts at risk nearly 287,500 Saudi jobs and $17.9 billion of Saudi’s GDP, which is generated by aviation directly and aviation-related tourism. In response to the impact of COVID-19, the Saudi government has introduced broad economic relief measures in excess of $32 billion in financial support for the private sector. It has also provided support for air transport by suspending the airport slot use rules for the summer ......read more

Promising Results for the Saudi Arrivals to Mauritius at the Beginnings of 2020

Saudi Tourist arrivals jumped in January 2020 with a 137% increase compared to January 2019, making Saudi Arabia ranked top 9th market to Mauritius. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 27 February 2020: According to the latest statistics released from the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA), visitors to Mauritius from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia increased 137% in January 2020 compared to the same month in 2019, making Saudi Arabia ranked top 9th market to Mauritius, and number one ranked Arab country for tourists arrivals to the Indian Ocean Island.   This increase follows the successful results of visitors from the Kingdom to Mauritius in 2019, as the Saudi tourist arrivals increased by 38%, the visitors' number was 22,788 in 2019 compared to 16,507 in 2018, making the Saudi Market number 10 in rank, jumping from the 12th rank ......read more

Saudi Arabian Military Industries to Showcase Opportunities Within KSA Defence Sector at Global Aerospace Summit 2020

24 February 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will showcase opportunities for growth and development within the Kingdom’s defence sector at the Global Aerospace Summit 2020. The event, taking place in Abu Dhabi on 17-19 March, is one of the world’s leading thought leadership forums for the aviation, aerospace, space and defence industries.   SAMI is a national holding company owned 100% by the Public Investment Fund (PIF); a sovereign wealth fund owned by Saudi Arabia. SAMI develops and supports military industries in Saudi Arabia and plays a major role in supporting efforts to localise more than 50% of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030. The Kingdom is ranked in the top five countries in terms of military expenditures worldwide. This position ......read more

Etihad Airways to Operate Special Flights From Al Ain to Jeddah During Ramadan

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – February 18, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will again operate a daily scheduled flight between the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s second largest city, Al Ain, and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the last ten days of Ramadan. The airline will operate the flights from 14 May to 23 May to meet increased demand during the busy religious travel period. The flights, which will be operated by a two-class Airbus A320, have been timed to offer customers in Al Ain with convenient departures in both directions. The unique service, first launched last year, demonstrates Etihad’s commitment to the culturally and strategically important ‘Oasis City’, which is home to a large proportion of the airline’s national customer base, and its ......read more

Dubai, Riyadh and Nairobi among top 20 ‘most dynamic cities', says JLL

JLL’s City Momentum Index combines socio-economic and commercial property metrics of 130 markets to identify the world’s most dynamic urban centers   January 25, 2020 –   Cities in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are gaining momentum, with Dubai, Riyadh and Nairobi all ranked within the top 20, according to JLL’s City Momentum Index 2020 which identifies the world’s most dynamic cities from a real estate perspective.  Now in its seventh year, the annual Index combines socio-economic and commercial property metrics to provide new insights into 130 major established and emerging business hubs across the globe. With Dubai (14th) ranking in the top 20 for the first time in three years, the Emirate continues to be the major business hub in the Middle East, with more than half of ......read more

Etihad Airways Becomes the First Foreign Airline to Operate Its Flights to Jeddah's New Terminal

November 24, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has received a special reception - welcomed by a traditional water cannon salute – at Jeddah’s new Terminal 1. The inaugural flight was operated on Etihad’s Dreamliner with the distinctive Kingdom of Saudi Arabia livery. The reception was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and was attended by H.E. Nasir Al Ketbi General Consular of UAE, Essam Fouad, Director General of King Abdulaziz Airport, Captain Fahd Cynndy, CEO of Saudi Ground Services, Yousef Attiah, Director General of Terminal 1, and management from Etihad Airways. Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “The introduction of the new terminal in Jeddah and the warm welcome we’ve received is a demonstration of our commitment to ......read more

Saudi Arabia's real estate market set to benefit from major tourism projects and reforms, says JLL

KSA, 30 October 2019:   The recent launch of international tourist e-visas in Saudi Arabia, as part of Vision 2030 initiatives to boost tourism and increase global competitiveness, is set to have a positive long term impact on the Kingdom’s real estate market, outlines JLL’s latest Q3 market reports.  In efforts to diversify the economy away from oil the government launched tourism giga-projects across the Kingdom and most recently new E-Visas for 49 countries to boost international visitor arrivals. These major initiatives and ongoing reforms are set to shape a more diverse hospitality landscape, stimulating real estate development and new investor opportunities.  “With the Kingdom opening up to more international tourism there is a positive long-term outlook for the hotel sector in ......read more

Etihad Airways and Saudia Announce Major Expansion of Their Commercial Partnership

October 22, 2019:    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Saudia, the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have marked the first anniversary of their commercial partnership by announcing 12 new codeshare routes to key destinations in Asia and Europe.  Since signing their agreement in October, 2018, the two airlines have placed their flight codes on each other’s services between Abu Dhabi and the Saudi Arabian cities of Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina. Saudia has also added its ‘SV’ code to Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and 12 more destinations – Ahmedabad, Belgrade, Brisbane, Chengdu, Chicago, Dusseldorf, Lagos, Melbourne, Moscow-Domodedovo, Rabat, Seychelles and Sydney – while Etihad has placed its ‘EY’ code on Saudia ......read more

Turkish Airlines and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations created a joint platform.

The “Sport for Peace Awards” project is expected to have extensive global impact. October 02, 2019:    Reaching to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in line with its goal to fly every corner of the world, Turkish Airlines carries its active stance in the development of its flight network to collaborating with prominent global brands, organizations and NGOs to reach different societies and communities around the world. On Wednesday, September 25th, the national flag carrier took another step in this direction as it put its signature to an important collaboration with United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the leading United Nations platform for intercultural dialogue and cooperation. The signing ceremony of this significant step, “Sport for Peace Awards” ......read more

Turkish Airlines added Mexico City and Cancún, important cities of Americas to its flight network.

27, August 2019:   Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries that any other airline, continues to enhance its flight network. Flag carrier has launched scheduled flights to Mexico City, the second biggest city of Latin America and capital of Mexico along with Cancún, one of the favorite holiday centers of Central America.   The flights to Mexico City and Cancún, the 18th and 19th destinations of Turkish Airlines in Americas, will be operated three days a week on Istanbul-Mexico City-Cancún route starting from August 21, 2019. With these flights, Turkish Airlines adds Mexico, the biggest country of Central America, to its flight network, thus offering a connectivity opportunity to a greater area from Istanbul Airport.   During the press conference held in Mexico City International Airport ......read more

Star Alliance members, Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines expanded their codeshare network.

05, August 2019:   Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines, the largest airlines and flag carriers of their countries, Turkey and Poland, announced today the enhancement of their current codeshare agreement with additional destinations both from Turkish Airlines’ and LOT’s flight network. Through this enhanced partnership, Turkish Airlines and LOT will reciprocally add their flight codes on below flights in addition to Istanbul-Warsaw:   From Warsaw                              From   Istanbul Krakow                                      Ankara       Bahrain Gdansk          ......read more

dnata's DUBZ checks in passengers for flights in The Dubai Mall

23 July  2019:    DUBZ, a leading baggage technology and logistics company and part of dnata, has opened a new ‘check-in station’ in The Dubai Mall, the world’s most visited retail and lifestyle destination, to offer airline passengers another convenient option to take advantage of its innovative services.  The station is located in the dnata Travel store on the lower ground level of the mall, where the DUBZ team checks in customers for their flights, prints their boarding passes, weighs and secures their baggage and ensures they are delivered to the airport and loaded onto the aircraft. After collecting their boarding passes and baggage tags, customers can enjoy the various shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities The Dubai Mall offers to its visitors, and then take the Dubai metro to ......read more

Saudi Arabian Airlines to boost A320neo Family fleet up to 100

Saudi, 18 June 2019:   Saudi Arabian Airlines, the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, has decided to expand its existing A320neo Family order from 35 to as many as 100 NEO aircraft including 35 options. The additional firm order takes SAUDIA’s order of A320neo Family aircraft to 65 of which 15 are A321XLRs.  The agreement was announced at the Paris Air Show by His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation and Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. Passenger demand in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is experiencing strong growth on domestic, regional and international routes. The additional aircraft will be deployed to support the national carrier’s plan to boost capacity. Airbus and SAUDIA have also agreed to further expand their ......read more

M Hotel Makkah by Millennium inaugurates a new cars' parking facility

Responding to the increasing demand on car parking slots during the Hajj and Umrah season, this facility will serve both the property guests and visitors of Makkah Makkah, KSA - 29 May 2019:  M Hotel Makkah by Millennium, a 5-star hotel located at the heart of the holy city of Makkah, is pleased to announce that a new cars’ parking facility is now available and ready to serve in-house guests of the hotel and visitors to the holy city of Makkah. As the demand on cars’ parking is growing rapidly, the hotel inaugurates this parking facility aiming to meet the needs of pilgrims and Umrah performers during the high seasons of Hajj and Umrah. The hotel, conveniently situated at the heart of Makkah just a few minutes’ drive to the Great Mosque of Makkah, is successfully attracting more guests with its leading ......read more

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Saudi Arabia Requires 8800 Pilots by 2024…

MEBAA Conference Jeddah Highlights Industry Opportunities Saudi Arabia, 05 September, 2018:   The MEBAA Conference Jeddah took place yesterday at the Jeddah Hilton, and brought together the business aviation industry from the region. Speaking at the event, Captain Bander Khaldi, Managing Director, National Aviation Academy, said that Saudi Arabia will require 8800 pilots and 11700 ......read more

Airbus and STC Specialized team up to make the Hajj 2018 safer…

Reliable secure communication infrastructure has contributed to a fearless stay of more than two million pilgrims at the holy sites in Makkah, Saudi Arabia    Dubai, UAE – 2 September 2018:   Together with the telecom companies STC Specialized and House of Invention International (HOI) in Saudi Arabia, Airbus has supplied secure communication infrastructure to the ......read more

Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies Hosts Royal Saudi Air Force…

5 August 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports is hosting delegates candidates from the Royal Saudi Air Force at the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) for a series of selected aviation training sessions. The trainee will benefit from knowledge-sharing exercises covering areas related to safety and security, forming part of the close cooperation between the aviation sectors ......read more

Elaf Jeddah's Al Danah Ballroom proves synonymous with luxury and excellence in hosting weddings ...…

July 30, 2018 - The Elaf Jeddah - Red Sea Mall, a part of the Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services in the region, revealed that its Al Danah Ballroom is one of the highly preferred venue for events and weddings--epitomizing the hotel's new standards of excellence and luxury. The Ballroom stands out as one of the most ......read more

Airbus unveils winners of its ‘Entaliq in KSA' initiative…

Under the patronage and in attendance of His Highness Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology The initiative identifies and incubates top entrepreneurial talent and ventures from the aerospace and aviation sector  Dubai, UAE, July 09, 2018:  The winners of the ‘Entaliq in KSA’ initiative have been announced today at a ......read more

Airbus to reveal winners of the second edition of ‘Entaliq in KSA'…

Under the patronage and in attendance of His Highness Prince Dr.Turki Bin Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology The initiative identifies and incubates top entrepreneurial talents and ventures from the aerospace sector in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh, KSA – 04 July, 2018:   Airbus has announced that the closing ceremony of ‘Entaliq in KSA’ ......read more

Millennium Hotels and Resorts Expands Further in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with Millennium ...…

Saudi Arabia, June 25, 2018:   Millennium Hotels and Resorts have furthered their expansion into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the opening of Millennium Madinah Airport. Designed to provide pilgrims and visitors a luxurious accommodation in the city, the 5-star property features 227 magnificent rooms and is located at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport.  Situated 30 ......read more

Facilities Management in Aviation…

Initial Saudi Group wins Riyadh Airport FM Contract Saudi Arabia, June 5, 2018:  This month, leading KSA Facilities Management heavyweight, Initial Saudi Group announced that they have won the FM Cleaning contract for Riyadh Airport, despite stiff competition from at least five other FM companies. Initial Saudi Group have been appointed to take on the responsibility of all cleaning and ......read more

Dammam Airports Company and Serco Middle East sign contract to provide Fire and Rescue Services at ...…

Saudi Arabia, May 23, 2018:  Dammam Airports Company (DACO) has awarded a 10-year contract to Serco for the provision of fire and rescue services at Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport (KFIA), the first Saudi airport to leverage an international service provider’s expertise in firefighting systems.   DACO CEO, Mr.Turki Al Jawini, said, “We are delighted to ......read more

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) Expands Network Infrastructure Worldwide…

Airline selects SITA for cloud support for its 200 offices worldwide across 60 countries JEDDAH – 30 April 2018 – Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national airline of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has selected SITA to support its strategic expansion plans by introducing modern, world-class IT infrastructure across 200 of the airline’s offices located in 100 cities and ......read more

Oman's prominence at Riyadh Travel Fair seen to boost 1.59 million tourists achieved in 2017…

The Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism announced that its pavilion featuring landmark cultural heritage and natural tourism spots are attracting huge interests from thousands of visitors at the Riyadh Travel Fair 2018, taking place at Al Faisalah Tower Hotel until April 13, 2018. The Ministry noted the positive response from visitors reflect the country’s strategic edge as an ......read more

10th Riyadh Travel Fair Opens Today…

- Saudi Arabia’s largest domestic and outbound tourism promotion event opens with 300 exhibitors from 55 countries – (Riyadh, 11 April 2018) – Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2018, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel industry showcase, opened its doors for the tenth consecutive year in Riyadh yesterday evening, April 10, 2018, with more than 300 exhibitors from 55 countries. The ......read more

Sultanate of Oman to put spotlight on market competitiveness at Riyadh Travel Fair 2018…

The Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism announced that it will participate at the Riyadh Travel Fair 2018 along with leading players in regional and international travel and tourism to showcase the Sultanate’s latest and most competitive tourism projects set as major attractions for Saudi and regional tourists. The travel trade show, which will take place from April 10 to 13, ......read more

Elaf inaugurates new call center in Jeddah…

March 29, 2018 – Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism, and hospitality services, has inaugurated a qualified female workers supported call center as part of a community communication efforts to provide exceptional hospitalities travel and Sharia-compliant hospitality services as well, to all of its customers, empowering expectation access to, ......read more

Elaf inaugurates new all-female staffed call center in Jeddah…

March 28, 2018 - The Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, recently opened a new all-female staffed call center in Jeddah as part of the group's continuing efforts to provide exceptional Shari'a compliant travel, tourism and hospitality services to all its customers. The new facility has been inaugurated to allow ......read more

Lufthansa Group achieves best result in its history…

Results for 2017 Adjusted EBIT increased around 70 percent to some EUR 3 billion Adjusted EBIT margin raised 2.9 percentage points to 8.4 percent Earnings growth primarily driven by the Group’s airlines (including cargo) Revenues up 12.4 percent to EUR 35.6 billion Unit costs further reduced 60 percent higher dividend proposed at EUR 0.80 per share Outlook for ......read more

Riyadh Travel Fair 2018 Edition Set To Be Saudi Arabia's Largest Travel and Tourism Event on Record…

Saudi Arabia’s largest domestic and outbound tourism promotion event expected to receive over 30,000 visitors  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 11 March 2018:   Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s largest travel trade event showcasing more than 270 exhibitors, national pavilions and seminars set to welcome an anticipated 30,000 visitors. Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2018, Saudi ......read more

Airbus inspires young Saudi innovators during ‘Entaliq in KSA' workshop…

Aerospace experts shared their insights with aspiring entrepreneurs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Riyadh, KSA, 1 March, 2018:  Airbus announced the successful conclusion of its insightful aviation workshop in Riyadh, part of its ‘Entaliq in KSA’ programme that aims to present aspiring Saudi entrepreneurs with a brief yet rich perspective on innovations in the global aerospace ......read more

Lockheed Martin Highlights Expanding Saudi footprint at AFED…

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 18, 2018 –   Global technology leader Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will be showcasing its advanced portfolio of defense, energy and technology capabilities at The Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversity of Requirements & Capabilities (AFED), taking place in Riyadh from 25 February-3 March. A security partner to the Kingdom for over fifty years, ......read more

Jazeera Airways announces FY2017 financial results…

Board recommends dividend of 35 fils per share   Kuwait - Feb 8, 2017:  Jazeera Airways KSC (Jazeera) today announced its 2017 full-year financial results. The company reported an operating result of KD7.7 million, and a net profit of KD8.2 million.    FY2017 Financial Highlights:  Operating revenue: KD56.6 million, up 7.3% from FY2016 Operating ......read more

Qabala joins Air Arabia's Azerbaijan network…

Qabala is the 2nd destination in Azerbaijan for Air Arabiaa Three flights per week serving Qabala from 27 June 2018 Sharjah, UAE; 08 January 2018:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that it will launch a new route in Azerbaijan, flying to the popular touristic city of Qabala from 27 June 2018. Air Arabia ......read more

Emirates to operate special A380 flight to Kuwait for UAE supporters to attend Arabian Gulf Cup ...…

Dubai, UAE, January 3, 2018:  As instructed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive today announced that Emirates airline will operate a special A380 flight to Kuwait for UAE supporters to attend the finals of the Arabian Gulf Cup.  The UAE team ......read more

Dubai Wins Red Diamond Award for World's Greatest New Year's Celebration!…

Dubai, December, 29 2017 - Dubai has been named the World's Greatest New Year's Eve Destination for 2018 by The World Travel Guild. The string of city-wide celebrations occuring across the Emirate this year to ring in 2018 will be unmatched by any other city in the world, says the organization.  The festivities will be led by a light show at the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest ......read more

India Passport and Visa Application Centre launched in Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia…

Indians in Saudi Arabia and travellers to India can now avail of seamless passport application/renewal and visa application services at new centre    A new India Passport and Visa Application Centre was launched in Jubail in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) by the Embassy of India in Riyadh and the Consulate General of India in Jeddah to provide residents of Jubail and Indian ......read more

Abu Dhabi Cruise Sector embarks upon a Regional Trade Roadshow…

Abu Dhabi’s cruise tourism sector, led by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi , is continuing its series of international promotions and conventions ahead of the start of the 2017/18 cruise season with a four-city regional travel trade roadshow in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from 8 – 12 October 2017.   Showcasing the Emirate’s distinct cruise ......read more

International SOS and Control Risks Advise Pilgrims Worldwide Ahead of Hajj 2017…

Health and safety tips for those travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage  Dubai, UAE, August 16, 2017:  International SOS and Control Risks has issued the latest guidance to Muslims travelling from all over the world to attend Hajj in Saudi Arabia this month. Close to 2 million foreign and domestic pilgrims are expected to perform their religious duties in ......read more

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski has employed 25 Saudis…

In recognition of the adoption of the Saudisation in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Riyadh, 26 July 2017:  In recognition of the importance of Saudisation, and seeking to provide opportunities for Saudi citizens, and according to Saudi Vision 2030 to reduce unemployment rates among the Saudi youth, Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski has employed 25 Saudis in the hospitality, food, beverage and ......read more

Tajawal launches Visa Checkout in KSA…

Special offer on all flight and hotel bookings can be redeemed by registered users, who choose to pay with Visa Checkout on tajawal.sa until August 18th, 2017 Dubai, UAE - 20 July 2017:  After successful implementation across its tajawal.ae domain in January 2017, tajawal, the Dubai-based online travel-booking site, has further collaborated with Visa to provide Visa Checkout to its ......read more

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski conducting various charitable activities…

In the context of his belief concerning the importance of his roles in social responsibility Riyadh, June 19, 2017:  As part of Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski initiatives during the holy month of Ramadan in supporting charitable activities in the community, the hotel has made an integrated volunteering campaign, including signing number of agreements, building partnerships and distributing ......read more

Elaf Group expands presence in the KSA with coming opening of new 5-star hotel in Jeddah…

May 31, 2017- The Elaf Group of Companies, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has announced the coming opening of its latest five-star hotel in Jeddah. The latest addition to Elaf Group’s growing portfolio of hotels is part of its recent implementation of a strategic expansion initiative aimed at further reinforcing its leading ......read more

CEB to Suspend Operations in Kuwait, Doha and Riyadh…

May 24, 2017 – Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) will suspend its service to and from the following destinations: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Kuwait Doha, Qatar CEB will fly the last of its four-times-a-week service from Manila to Kuwait on June 13, 2017, and its Kuwait-Manila flight on June 14, 2017. The thrice-weekly Manila-Doha-Manila route will have its last flight on July 1, 2017; ......read more

The Chef Mesut Ozkan Presents Sultan Dinner Buffet at Tuğra Restaurant, Burj Rafal Kempinski ...…

Turkish Vibes in the Heart of Saudi Arabia Riyadh - 18 May 2017:  In its eagerness to make everything new and distinctive, and its quest for continuous improvement and development, Burj Rafal Kempinski has recently added chef Mesut Ozkan to its list of employees - the master of chefs to luxurious hotels and restaurants, and the one who launched a new menu at Tuğra restaurant, adding ......read more

Amadeus Saudi Arabia and AL TAYYAR Travel Group showcases their strong commitments during ATM…

The strong network platform in Middle East Dubai, UAE, May 9, 2017:  Following their meeting on the margin of the Arab Travel Market Event (ATM) in Dubai to enhance their mutual relationship as partners, Al Tayyar Travel Group, one of the largest travel and tourism companies in the region, and Amadeus, one of the leading providers of advanced technology solutions for global travel ......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 ......read more

NEWS FLASH!!! Day 3 at Riyadh Travel Fair 2017…

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 11 April 2017 The Kingdom of Bahrain promotes its new tourism identity under the slogan of ‘Ours. Yours’  The Kingdom of Bahrain launched its new tourism identity under the slogan of ‘Ours. Yours’ in a step to further develop the tourism sector as a main contributor to the national economy. The new brand embraces the country’s ......read more

Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar's Maharaja by Vineet scoops ‘Best Indian Restaurant' accolade at ...…

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 ......read more

Riyadh Travel Fair 2017 Opens Today with 270 Exhibitors from 55 countries…

RTF 2017 is the largest domestic and outbound tourism promotion event in KSA to date Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – April 8, 2017:  Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2017, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel industry showcase, opens its doors for the ninth consecutive year, at Prince Sultan Grand Hall, Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh which will run from 7th – 10th April 2017.  The fair was ......read more

Mohammad A. Al-Amri, GM of the SCTH in Makkah Province, Jeddah opens The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia ...…

MOHAMMAD A. AL-AMRI, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE SAUDI COMMISSION FOR TOURISM & NATIONAL HERITAGE (SCTH) IN MAKKAH PROVINCE, JEDDAH OPENS THE HOTEL SHOW SAUDI ARABIA AND STONE & SURFACE SAUDI ARABIA 2017 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 5th April 2017: The fifth edition of The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia and the inaugural Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia opened Tuesday (4th April 2017) Under the Patronage ......read more

With the aim of upgrading the Saudi tourism…

Saudi Travel & Tourism Investment Market have witnessed the signing of a media agreement between the Tourist Routes and Eye of Riyadh Riyadh, March 30, 2017 In a remarkable strategic step, Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage represented by the Tourism Routes Program, signed a media cooperation agreement with Eye of Riyadh by the aim of marketing the program, raising the ......read more

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Expands Saudi Arabian Presence With New Riyadh Office…

The region’s fastest growing tourism destination registered 71 per cent growth in Saudi visitor numbers year-to-date  Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 29 March 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions, has expanded its presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ......read more

Riyadh Travel Fair 2017 eyeing to target the millennial market…

Exhibitors to showcase their latest offers and packages to cater to young travellers Riyadh, 28 March 2017:  Why not explore the world instead of lying on the couch? This year, Riyadh Travel Fair the largest travel and tourism exhibition & congress in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will provide platform to trade visitors and the general public on youth travel options. Tour ......read more

Sabre Technology Days in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia…

Saudi travel agencies receive unique view on latest innovations and technologies in the travel sector  Riyadh, Jeddah and Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia- March 21, 2017 – Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) the leading technology provider to the travel and tourism industry, launched its 2017 Technology Day series in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, offering a unique view into the top ......read more

Elaf to showcase expanding hotel brands at Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market 2017…

March 23, 2017 - Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, announced its participation to the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM) 2017 which will be held from March 26 to 30, 2017 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC). The Kingdom’s leading travel and tourism provider looks to ......read more

Riyadh leads hotel development in Saudi Arabia with almost 50 projects…

13th March 2017: Riyadh is Saudi Arabia’s busiest city for hotel construction with almost 50 hotel projects underway, a new report has revealed. The 2017 Saudi Arabia Hotel Construction Overview report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS prepared exclusively for The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia, found that the Kingdom’s capital city is preparing to add 48 new properties to its already vast hotel ......read more

Riyadh Travel Fair 2017 to Showcase Medical Tourism Offerings…

Riyadh, 19 March 2017 Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2017, the largest travel and tourism exhibition & congress in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will for the first time, this year, shine a spotlight on medical tourism. Medical service providers, hotels, destinations, spas and wellness resorts from around the world will present their latest products, services and special offerings at the four day ......read more

Riyadh Travel Fair 2017 Edition Set To Be Saudi Arabia's Largest Travel and Tourism Event on Record…

Saudi Arabia’s largest domestic and outbound tourism promotion event expected to receive over 30,000 visitors Riyadh, 21 February 2017:  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s largest travel trade event showcasing more than 250 exhibitors, national pavilions and seminars set to welcome an anticipated 30,000 visitors. Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2017, Saudi Arabia’s leading ......read more

Elaf Group's hotels in Holy cities offer new attractive Umrah packages…

February 19, 2017 - The Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has launched attractive Umrah packages for all its properties in Holy City of Makkah to enable a growing number of religious travelers to take advantage of the pleasant weather to perform the pilgrimage. In addition, it has also announced affordable travel packages ......read more

Saudi tourism to reach $81 billion by 2026…

New leisure facilities forecast to fuel domestic tourism at over 7.5% per year until 2020 61,224 hotel rooms currently in the pipeline to meet projected demand from domestic and religious tourism Arabian Travel Market to showcase the best of the Kingdom’s tourist attractions   Dubai, UAE, February 15, 2017:  Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is expected to ......read more

Etihad Airways Introduces Third Daily Flight to Riyadh…

Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, January 10, 2017:  Etihad Airways is introducing a third daily flight on the Abu Dhabi – Riyadh route, effective 1 February 2017. The extra services underscore the airline’s commitment to offer guests greater choice and more travel options between the capital cities of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new daily ......read more

Saudi Arabia witnesses boost in tourism during 2016…

January 05, 2017 - Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has recently seen growth spikes in the tourism sector of Saudi Arabia during the Umrah season and the recent celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) birthday.  This was evident in the increase of occupancy rate in hotel rooms across the country, signifying marked ......read more

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