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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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GCC Countries Urged to Relax Sea Travel Restrictions to Boost Tourism and Yachting Industries…

Dubai Cruise Market Crosses 500,000 Visitor Mark Due to Enhanced Services at Seaports, according to GDRFA DUBAI, 6 July 2015:  Middle East governments should consider easing restrictions on travelling between states to boost the region’s tourism industry and support the fast-developing yachting and cruise market, says Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, Chairman of the UAE-based yacht and ......read more

Elaf Group President cites key role of professional travel & tourism organizations in further ...…

July 5, 2015 - Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, President of the Elaf Group of Companies, cited the significant role played by local travel and tourism organizations and associations in the move to further develop the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) travel and tourism industry. Mahfouz pointed out that the presence of these organizations can largely contribute to many of the planned programs and ......read more

Netherlands joins VFS Global Schengen Visa Application Centre in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia…

Saudi Arabia, June 23, 2015: The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, along with VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions, formally launched their visa application service in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new service at the Schengen Visa Application Centre is aimed at ......read more

St. Moritz: jewel amongst alpine destinations…

Summer in St. Moritz St. Moritz is one of the most tradition-steeped holiday resorts around. Even its name is protected as a quality brand and all over the world it is equated with style, elegance and class. Beautifully located in the inspiring Engadin valley, St. Moritz celebrates the picture-book beauty of summer and winter in high style – with its inimitable cosmopolitan ......read more

Special offers and activities from Elaf Group during the holy month of Ramadan…

June 14, 2015 - Elaf Group of Companies for Travel, Tourism and Hotels poised to receive the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr by offering many special deals and activities that will add joy to guests from residents and foreign people coming to perform Ummrah during the holy month. In this regard, Ziad Bin Mahfouz, President of Elaf Group of Companies for Travel and Tourism, said: "As ......read more

Etihad Airways and Tourism Malaysia sign partnership agreement to boost tourism…

4 June 2015: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Tourism Malaysia today signed a global partnership agreement to boost inbound tourism to Malaysia by leveraging the airline’s global passenger network.   Under the agreement, Etihad Airways and Tourism Malaysia will put into effect a range of joint marketing activities targeting Malaysia’s ......read more

Flynas sets new inflight safety standard…

Flynas, an award winning leading low cost airline of Saudi Arabia has set new standards to in-flight safety, by adding Virus Guard disinfectant wet wipes and sprays to its in-flight hygiene, to protect passengers from any known threats from dangerous viruses, including Ebola, Avian Influenza, and MERS. In a region where MERS cases are on the rapid rise, and with over 1,000 cases reported to ......read more

Glee Hospitality Solutions Exhibits at The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2015…

May, 2015: Glee Hospitality Solutions, a brand specialising in creating, developing and operating innovative restaurant concepts in the UAE and the GCC region today announced their proud participation in the 3rd annual The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia. The show was organized in Jeddah from 3rd to 5th May 2015. Glee Hospitality Solutions participated in The Hotel Show with a view to make its presence ......read more

His Highness Faisal S.A. Al Faisal visits Global Innovations on ATM's opening day…

UAE – Dubai, 5 May 2015: His Highness Faisal S.A. Al Faisal, Prince of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of Alternative Tech Commercial Ltd, visited Global Innovations' stand at the Arabian Travel Market Exhibition (ATM) and met with Mr. Kabir Ali Baig, CEO and Founder of Global Innovations. Mr. Baig leads the Global Innovations team in introducing its Enterprise Software Solution, ......read more

Air Seychelles and Jet Airways Unveil Codeshare Partnership…

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, and Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, today unveiled a codeshare agreement that offers travellers enhanced connections on their respective networks. The agreement heralds an era of closer cooperation between the two airlines which, in subsequent months, will include reciprocal frequent flyer programmes, ......read more

Hyatt expands on plans for gcc growth at atm dubai…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (May 4, 2015) – Hyatt announced today at the annual Arabian Travel Market (ATM) exhibition in Dubai that it continues to spotlight the burgeoning Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) market with new hotels across several of its brands -- from the bold and dramatic Grand Hyatt to the upscaleHyatt Place and Hyatt House brands. At least ninenew Hyatt-branded hotelsare ......read more

Elaf highlights its hotels in the holy cities and Jeddah at ATM 2015…

May 04, 2015 - The Elaf Group of Companies for Travel, Tourism and Hotels is participating at this year’s edition of the Arabian Travel Market, the Middle East region’s leading annual travel trade exhibition, which is being held from May 4 to May 7, 2015 in Dubai. During the show, Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, President of the Elaf Group, is expected to throw the spotlight on its hotels located ......read more

An action-packed event sends its winners packing.…

An action-packed event sends its winners packing. Geneva Tourism takes VIP women from the GCC to Geneva. Geneva Tourism, one of Switzerland’s official tourist boards, held an exclusive event called ‘Geneva, more than you can imagine’. The event was an occasion for the elite women from the GCC to connect with each other, while exploring the beauty of Geneva. Geneva has ......read more

Arabian Travel Market 2015 opens tomorrow…

Middle East’s largest travel trade event showcasing 2,700 exhibitors, 64 national pavilions, over 35 seminar and technology theatre sessions, and the return of the UNWTO Ministerial Forum set to welcome an anticipated 23,000 visitors  Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2015, the region’s leading travel industry showcase, opens its doors tomorrow (Monday 4th May) for four days of ......read more

Global Innovations secures deal with Vertical Booking as an exclusive distributor in the GCC region…

Dubai, UAE – 3 May 2015: Global Innovations, a Dubai-based Travel and Tourism Technology company is now an exclusive distributor of Vertical Booking products designed for all types of hotel and hotel chains. This agreement is a step that will further strengthen Global Innovations’ unprecedented growth in the GCC market following the successful launch of its own ERP software solution, ......read more

Action Hotels Announces Three-Star Hotel In Riyadh…

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Aviation fuel challenges conference 2015…

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Oman Ministry of Tourism showcases Sultanate's diverse tourist attractions at Riyadh Travel Fair ...…

April 13, 2015 : Oman Ministry of Tourism is participating at the Riyadh Travel Fair 2015, that is taking place from April 14 to 17, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, the KSA to strengthen the Sultanate’s status as one of the region’s top tourist destinations for Saudi Nationals. During their presence at the event, the Ministry is throwing the spotlight on the diverse appeal of ......read more

HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings At Riyadh Travel Fair 2015…

HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings will be present in the Saudi capital to take part in Riyadh Travel Fair from 14th to 17th April, 2015. Seventh year in running, the exhibition is considered to be one of the largest tourism events in Saudi Arabia attracting leading international and regional travel and tourism companies. According to industry reports Saudi Arabia is expected to be the ......read more

HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings Sponsors Saudi Aramco's 2015 Oilman's Golf Tournament in KSA…

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Elaf Group sponsors STTIM, Riyadh 2015…

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Portugal joins VFS Global Schengen Visa Application Centres in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia…

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines now offers daily flights to and from Jeddah…

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Thair Abud makes Dubai stopover en route to walking pilgrimage to Makkah…

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Saudi travel and tourism companies rolls out attractive summer packages to Europe, US, Africa and ...…

February 26, 2015 - In preparation for the coming summer vacation season, tourism and travel companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) have already started to roll out their latest line of attractive travel packages to favorite tourism destinations like the United States (US), Europe, Africa and even across nearby GCC countries. Looking to address the demand for travel requests from its ......read more

Record growth in production of commercial aircrafts fuelled by growing passenger travel demand in ...…

2015 global aerospace and defense industry to grow around 3 percent Deloitte report signals continued strength of commercial aerospace from rising passenger travel demand and production of next generation fuel-efficient aircrafts 18 February, 2015 - Revenue and earnings growth in the commercial aerospace sector is expected to be a bright spot and driving force behind the global ......read more

Oman's Ministry of Tourism targets more Saudi tourists via participation at 2015 JTTX…

February 4, 2015: Oman’s Ministry of Tourism will highlight the Sultanate’s natural beauty and rich cultural heritage at the 5th Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX) in Saudi Arabia as part of its efforts to attract more visitors from and strengthen its industry foothold in the Kingdom, one of the world’s fastest-growing tourism markets. The exhibition, one ......read more

Egypt, Indonesia and Pakistan tops list of countries issued with Umrah visas for 1436 H…

January 21, 2015 - Egypt, Indonesia and Pakistan were ranked as the top countries that received the largest number of Umrah visas during Rabi-ul-Awal 1436 AH—showing a total of 1.63 million visas issued. Aside from the three, other countries included in the list were GCC and Arab countries like Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey among others. In line with this, ......read more

Elaf's successful marketing tour finishes in Malaysia and Indonesia…

December 16, 2014: The Elaf Group of Companies recently capped off its successful marketing tour which aimed at recognizing the significant contributions made by its agents in Malaysia and Indonesia. The marketing tour, which started in November this year, was directed to increasing more awareness on the diverse tour package offerings of the Elaf Group of Companies. According to the ......read more

Bahrain to invest over USD2bn in international airport expansion and logistics infrastructure ...…

14th of December, 2014 - Bahrain International Airport (BIA) is set for a major overhaul during the next five years as it moves to upgrade its facilities and expand passenger capacity through an airport modernisation program. The work will involve a "comprehensive" redevelopment of Bahrain's International Airport to boost passenger and cargo capacity. The cost of the upgrade has ......read more

HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings Sponsors Saudi Aramco Invitational Golf Tournament…

HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings was among one of the key sponsors of the prestigious Saudi Aramco Invitational Golf Tournament (SAIT). Hosted by Rolling Hills Golf Course in Dhahran, KSA, recently the tournament featured the region's finest golfers. It turned out to be a keenly contested competition with Othman Al-Mulla winning the top prize. HMH CEO Laurent A. Voivenel, said, ......read more

Anjum Hotel Makkah recognizes contributions of strategic partners in Egypt…

Jeddah - 21 November 2014 -Anjum Hotel Makkah, one of the renowned Anjum Hotels owned and developed by Abdul Latif Jameel Real Estate Investment Co. (ALJREIC), recently held an honorary ceremony for its strategic partners in hospitality and tourism industries in Egypt as part of its strong commitment to reinforce its existing cooperation with the local sectors. Held on November 19, 2014, the ......read more

Etihad Airways carries UAE football fans to Riyadh for crucial Gulf Cup of Nations Tie…

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has provided a special charter flight to carry UAE fans to Riyadh to watch the national football team in action against Iraq tonight in the Gulf Cup of Nations. More than 200 fans boarded the A330 aircraft in Dubai this afternoon, bound for the Saudi capital, to watch the team play in their crucial match at the King Fahd ......read more

HMH Signs 5-Star ‘Coral Al Madina Hotel' in KSA with Mobarak Hotels Group…

With the Understanding to Manage Four Other Properties in Madina Expanding its presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, HMH – Hospitality Management Holdings has entered into a management agreement with Mobarak Hotels Group for operating Coral Al Madina Hotel. The announcement was made by Al Sheikh Mohamed Ebrahim Abdulrahim, Chairman of Mobarak Hotels Group and Laurent A. Voivenel, CEO ......read more

Elaf Group set to participate in Egyptian and Algerian editions of the Arab International Forum for ...…

Novembe 12,2014: The Elaf Group of Companies has revealed its participation at the coming Egyptian and Algerian editions of the Arab International Forum for Exhibitions. The move, which follows after their successful participation in the forum’s recent edition in Morocco, demonstrates the group’s continued commitment in bolstering tourism exchange between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ......read more

Anjum Hotel Makkah contributes to tourism for religious goals…

Jeddah - 11 Nov 2014- Anjum Hotel Makkah, the largest hotel in the Middle East exhibited its services at the Hajj and Ummrah exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey.  “Anjum” aims to offer its prestigious and sophisticated services to pilgrims coming to Makkah from Turkey as well as other countries in the world. The overall “Anjum” project after the next few years will provide ......read more

Elaf Group pursues Saudi Tourism awareness through Turkey and Jordan exhibitions…

Nov 5, 2014 Elaf Group, led by President Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, will head a team of Hajj and Ummrah, Hotels and Travel and tourism executives at the Hilton Istanbul from November 7 to 8, 2014 and at the Grand Hyatt Amman from November 11 to 12, 2014. During the participation at the two very important events, the Elaf delegation will be focusing on increasing the level of awareness on the strategic ......read more

Over 50,000 pilgrims checked-in at Anjum Hotel Makkah during 1435 hajj season…

Jeddah, 4 November 2014 – The 2014 Hajj season was expected to achieve positive results across the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madina. The latest statistics from the Saudi Arabia’s hospitality industry reveal a successful season across all hotels where a record number of pilgrims were hosted by key industry players in both cities.  During this year’s Hajj season, Anjum ......read more

13.23 billion Riyal of new business generated for the global travel industry at the preceding WTM…

October 27, 2014: The 2013 edition of the World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry, successfully resulted in the generation of over SAR 13.23 billion worth of new businesses for the global travel industry. The positive response affirms the event’s role as a strategic platform for travel and tourism based-businesses, organizations and government agencies to ......read more

HMH Appoints New GM At Coral Al Khobar Hotel in KSA…

HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings has appointed Michel Mandrea as the New General Manager of Coral Al Khobar Hotel located in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Making the announcement, HMH CEO Laurent A. Voivenel, said, "With over four decades of extensive all-round global experience in hospitality, Michel was the perfect candidate for this post. Having worked in the Middle East ......read more

Gulf Air wins Middle East Football Tournament for…

Air Traffic Controllers and Pilots UAE hosted by GCAA Dubai, UAE: The Middle East Football Tournament for Air Traffic Controllers and Pilots (MECAP), organized by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in cooperation with Al Ahli Football Club (Al Ahli FC), ended on Monday, 20 October. Ten teams from various airports and aviation companies in the Middle East took part in the competition ......read more

Millennium targets GCC families with winter weekend package…

Targeted seasonal offering to capitalise on regional preferences as 68% of GCC leisure travellers opt for family-centric vacations; launch of new Millennium Executive Apartments concept timely as industry experts predict rise in intra-regional travel to visit family members  Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Middle East and Africa (MEA) has launched its 2014 winter campaign with a special ......read more

Cebu Pacific launches first destination in KSA…

October 19, 2014 -- The Philippines’ largest airline, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) now flies thrice weekly, non-stop flights between Riyadh and Manila, Philippines. CEB is the only low-cost carrier flying between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the Philippines. CEB’s flights from Riyadh to Manila depart at 12:45am (Riyadh time) and arrive in Manila at 3:40pm (Manila time) every ......read more

Arab International Forum in Morocco to open up new opportunities for Saudi tourism industry…

October 16, 2014: The Elaf Group of Companies is widely recognized for its significant contributions towards the efforts to promote tourism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company is particularly cited for its continuing move to participate across well-known and leading tourism-based exhibitions and conferences—presenting its wide range of travel packages and offers while also throwing ......read more

Sharjah Container Terminal receives ‘UASC Ajman' on maiden call…

New Service connects Sharjah to Oman, India and Pakistan Sharjah, UAE; September 17, 2014: Gulftainer, the largest independent, privately owned, terminal operating and logistics company in the world, welcomed at the Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) the UASC Ajman on its maiden call on UASC’s Gulf India Service. The new service will connect Sharjah with Sohar in Oman, Mundra in India and ......read more

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