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Riyadh Travel Fair opens amid high expectations among industry players

Riyadh Travel Fair opens amid high expectations among industry players

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF), a significant annual event where the leading travel and tourism companies from around the world gathers with exhibitors representing tourist ...

American Airlines jet makes emergency landing

American Airlines jet makes emergency landing

DALLAS, TX - An American Airlines passenger jet made an emergency landing in Abilene, TX on Tuesday.

Tourism attraction and UNESCO heritage site - Egypt wants it demolished

Tourism attraction and UNESCO heritage site - Egypt wants it demolished

It's a major travel and tourism attraction in Egypt, and a UNESCO heritage site - and Egypt wants it demolished.

Etihad Airways: Strong first quarter with positive growth over previous year

Etihad Airways: Strong first quarter with positive growth over previous year

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced its strongest ever passenger and cargo volumes for a first quarter, together with US$1.4 billion in total revenues ...

Officials: Yemen's tourism revenues up 11 percent

Officials: Yemen's tourism revenues up 11 percent

Yemen's tourism revenues rose 11% over the previous year in 2013 to $940 million, according to the Ministry of Tourism's annual report, with officials expressing cautious optimism about 2014.

Emirates Airline lands at The Dubai Mall

Airline brings A380 flight simulator and store to world’s most-visited mall destination Emirates Airline lands at The Dubai Mall

Visitors to The Dubai Mall can now connect with aviation like never before, thanks to Emirates airline.

Convoy of 40 limos transports hundreds of Chinese tourists in Dubai

Convoy of 40 limos transports hundreds of Chinese tourists in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Exotic limousines are always a head-turner in Dubai.

Three large tourism projects underway in Kurdistan

Three large tourism projects underway in Kurdistan

KURDISTAN - The foundation stones for three huge tourism projects will be laid in Kalar, Kifri and Khanaqin towns.

Coal a direct threat to tourism

Red Sea Tourism Investment Association Coal a direct threat to tourism

As the Egyptian government announced plans to use coal as an important source of energy, the Red Sea Tourism Investment Association rejected the plans to import coal, especially from South Africa, ...

Gulf Air staff denied benefits

Gulf Air staff denied benefits

As many as 400 people have been affected, including an ex-senior manager who served Gulf Air for more than 25 years.

Looking for an airline crew job?

Looking for an airline crew job?

By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent

If you are at least 21 years old, are fluent in English, have completed your secondary school education, and have an arm’s reach of at least 212 centimeters, you qualify to apply for an airline ...

Six Flags-branded theme park to open in Dubai

Six Flags-branded theme park to open in Dubai

GRAND PRAIRIE, TX - Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world's largest regional theme park company, and Meraas Leisure and Entertainment LLC, announced today a new strategic partnership to ...

Etihad: Partnesrhip vital to airline's expansion strategy

GLOBAL AEROSPACE SUMMIT and Etihad Airlines Etihad: Partnesrhip vital to airline's expansion strategy

Etihad Airways and its Abu Dhabi home-base continue to benefit from the airline’s strategy of working closely with network partners which, in turn, is supporting economic growth in markets ...

IATA: Support Gulf Success with Regional Cooperation and Global Standards

IATA: Support Gulf Success with Regional Cooperation and Global Standards

Support Gulf Success with Regional Cooperation and Global Standards

Private airline to start flights from Tunis to New York

Private airline to start flights from Tunis to New York

Negotiations are underway between Tunisian private airline Syphax and the U.S.

Oman tourism focus: Travelers from GCC countries

Oman tourism focus: Travelers from GCC countries

The Oman Ministry of Tourism recently conducted a road show in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where the leading travel agents and corporate clients met top industry partners from Oman.

Centara makes second move into Middle East with hotel in Oman

Centara makes second move into Middle East with hotel in Oman

BANGKOK, Thailand - Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s largest operator of hotels, is continuing its expansion into the Middle East with the opening of a hotel in Muscat, Oman.

Qatar Airways may be investing in Balkan-based airline

Qatar Airways may be investing in Balkan-based airline

As reported in the Balkan Business media, the CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker clarified speculation that the Qatari carrier could look into purchasing a minority stake in an airline in the ...

New web portal to promote tourism in Jeddah

New web portal to promote tourism in Jeddah

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) is planning to promote Jeddah, the gateway to the Two Holy Mosques, as one of the most sought after tourist ...

Saudia Arabias flynas expect to be profitable this year

Saudia Arabias flynas expect to be profitable this year

More than 64 million passengers passed through Saudi Arabia's 28 airports in 2012, up nearly 19 percent from 2011, according to the latest data available from the General Authority of Civil ...

US taxes pay for Jordan Tourism Board's outreach to North America

USAID Grants to the Jordan Tourism Board US taxes pay for Jordan Tourism Board's outreach to North America

By Motaz Othman, eTN

The USAID Economic Growth Through Sustainable Tourism Project today marked a series of grants to the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) to strengthen the promotion of Jordan as a tourist destination in ...

Etihad Airways loyalty program becomes separate entity

Etihad Airways loyalty program becomes separate entity

Etihad Guest, Etihad Airways’ award-winning loyalty program, is entering its next phase of growth and has become a separate legal entity, Etihad Guest LLC.

BRICS economies looking to enhance aviation relations with UAE

BRICS economies looking to enhance aviation relations with UAE

Abu Dhabi, UAE: The UAE is looking to further develop its already strong trade relations with the emerging BRICS economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, especially in the ...

Emirates extends its commitment in Europe

Emirates’ New Contact Centre Set to Create 300 Jobs in Budapest Emirates extends its commitment in Europe

Emirates has announced it will open its second customer contact centre in Europe with a 300 seat facility in Budapest this year.

Chinese visitors drive Abu Dhabi tourist numbers to record heights

Chinese visitors drive Abu Dhabi tourist numbers to record heights

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi’s hotels saw a 33 percent jump in guests last February with occupancy growing four percent to 81 percent year-on-year.

Oman goes after Gulf tourists

Oman goes after Gulf tourists

MUSCAT, Oman - The Oman Ministry of Tourism is organizing a series of roadshows across the GCC as part of the Sultanate’s strategy to promote Oman as a short break tourist destination for ...

Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a Kuwait observes Earth Hour

Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a Kuwait observes Earth Hour

LOS ANGELES, California - “We were one of the first business organizations in Kuwait to support the Earth Hour movement,” said Maged Gubr, General Manager at the Movenpick Hotel & Resort ...

Fly Zurich to Leipzig Halle now on Etihad Regional

Fly Zurich to Leipzig Halle now on Etihad Regional

Etihad Regional today marked the start of direct daily services between Zurich, Switzerland and Leipzig/Halle, Germany.

Etihad is looking for you - if you are in Morocco

Etihad is looking for you - if you are in Morocco

Talented hospitality professionals based in Morocco now have the opportunity to take their career high into the sky, by joining Etihad Airways’ World’s Leading Airline Cabin Crew.

Lebanon tourist arrivals down 13 percent

Lebanon tourist arrivals down 13 percent

BEIRUT, Lebanon - The number of incoming tourists to Lebanon totaled 145,891 in the first two months of 2014, constituting a decrease of 13.4% from 168,471 tourists in the same period last year, a ...

Syria launches new commercial airline

Syria launches new commercial airline

DAMASCUS, Syria - A new Syrian carrier - Kinda Airlines - is set to fly out of Damascus to destinations across the Middle East.

Dubai "tourism dirham" fee takes effect on Monday

Dubai "tourism dirham" fee takes effect on Monday

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The tourism dirham, a new fee announced by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in January, takes effect on Monday.

Cosmetic surgery and tourism: No longer a luxury for the wealthy

Cosmetic surgery and tourism: No longer a luxury for the wealthy

Thousands of tourists arrive in Dubai arriving in on one of the more than hundred A380 super Jumbos by Emirates in the United Arab Emirates every day.

Oman tourism to Malaysia is business as always

Oman tourism to Malaysia is business as always

Tourists continue flying from Oman to Malaysia, despite the tragedy of flight MH370, said the Malaysian ambassador here in the Sultanate.

Domestic tourism investment expo launches in Riyadh on Sunday

Domestic tourism investment expo launches in Riyadh on Sunday

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A domestic tourism investment promotion expo will be unveiled at the Riyadh International Conferences and Exhibitions Center on Sunday.

Egypt's tourism sector opposes coal use

Egypt's tourism sector opposes coal use

CAIRO, Egypt - The Egyptian Tourism Federation chambers came out against the industry ministry's plan to use coal as a source of energy on Tuesday, citing potential damage to the vital sector. ...

Boeing, Iraqi Airways bring smiles to children in Iraq

Boeing, Iraqi Airways bring smiles to children in Iraq

SEATTLE, WA - Boeing partnered with the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation (Iraqi Airways) and U.S.-based non-profit organization Another Joy Foundation to transport a consignment of toys on board ...

Middle East: fastest growing international (MICE) meetings market

Middle East: fastest growing international (MICE) meetings market

Association meetings in the region tripled over 10 years – ICCA report acknowledges importance of Middle East MICE market dominating Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (GIBTM) opening ...

Dubai cop busted for demanding bribe from tourist

Dubai cop busted for demanding bribe from tourist

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A Dubai traffic policeman demanded a motorist pay him Dhs5,000 in exchange for wiping out a Dhs10,000 ‘parking fine’ he was ready to slap on the tourist’s car, ...

British visitor sexually assaulted in Sharm El-Sheikh

British visitor sexually assaulted in Sharm El-Sheikh

CAIRO, Egypt - Egypt's tourism ministry announced on Monday that it was investigating the alleged rape of a British holidaymaker in the Sinai resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh.

Tourism official: Dubai has bright future in business tourism sector

Tourism official: Dubai has bright future in business tourism sector

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - While the business tourism sector currently accounts for 20 percent of tourism in Dubai, experts project it will grow at the same pace as tourism in the ...

Luxor tourism gets boost from two new statues

Luxor tourism gets boost from two new statues

Archaeologists have unveiled two colossal statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in Egypt's famed temple city of Luxor, adding to an existing pair of world-renowned tourist attractions.

More cruise ships heading for Dubai

More cruise ships heading for Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dubai could attract at least two additional cruise companies within the next five years, according to Hamad Bin Mejren, executive director of business tourism at ...

32,000 cruise tourists coming to Oman

32,000 cruise tourists coming to Oman

MUSCAT, Oman - Oman ports are to host the world's largest cruise line, plus 32,000 tourists, in a new partnership with Abu Dhabi and Dubai branded the Cruise Arabia alliance.

Can the tourism industry bounce back in Tunisia?

Can the tourism industry bounce back in Tunisia?

The North African country hopes to welcome seven million tourists this year, a slight increase on the 6.9 million who visited in 2010 before the revolution that ousted a decades-old dictatorship ...

Egyptian Archaeological expert: Qaitbay citadel in danger of collapse in Alexandria

Egyptian Archaeological expert: Qaitbay citadel in danger of collapse in Alexandria

Archaeological Expert Abdel Raheem Rihan has warned against catastrophe at Qaitbay citadel in Alexandria, Egypt as caves under the citadel have been filled with the sea water, especially under the ...

Abu Dhabi emerges as important business travel hub

Abu Dhabi emerges as important business travel hub

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The business travel segment is getting busier in Abu Dhabi as UAE capital emerges as an important hub for connecting flights.

Prince Sultan bin Salman: Saudi tourism sector set to create 1.7 million jobs

Prince Sultan bin Salman: Saudi tourism sector set to create 1.7 million jobs

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector is set to create 1.7 million jobs over the coming six years, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) Prince ...

IATA to hold 70th Annual General Meeting in Doha, Qatar

IATA to hold 70th Annual General Meeting in Doha, Qatar

The 70th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit will be held in Doha, Qatar from 1 to 3 June 2014.

Exciting news for travel and tourism Morocco

Exciting news for travel and tourism Morocco

After several years of flat growth, Morocco on Tuesday reported a 7.2 percent increase in arrivals since 2012.

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