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Gulf Air orders 16 Boeing 787s for $4B

Gulf Air Gulf Air orders 16 Boeing 787s for $4B

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Bahrain-based airline Gulf Air has ordered 16 of Boeing Co.'s new 787 Dreamliners valued at around $4 billion dollars, with an option for eight more, an airline ...

Yemeni Government efforts to restore a number of tourism attractions

Yemeni Government efforts to restore a number of tourism attractions

Khaled Alduais, eTN Ambassador Yemen

Turkish archeological experts will pay a visit to Yemen during the coming few weeks to discuss with Yemeni officials issues of restoring a number of castles and forts built in the Ottoman age. ...

Meet Jordan’s Aqaba

Jordan Tourism Meet Jordan’s Aqaba

Hazel Heyer

(eTN) - Jordan is continuing to cultivate its new tourism oasis Aqaba to full bloom. It has indeed become, in recent years, a buzzword for business meetings in the Hashemite kingdom. The Gulf can ...

Establishment of the first private Airline Company In Yemen

Yemen Establishment of the first private Airline Company In Yemen

Khaled Alduais, eTN Ambassador Yeman

The national airlines company Yemenia and Islamic Corporation for Developing Private sector, affiliate of the Islamic Bank for Development, announced on Tuesday establishment of a company for ...

Low-cost airline set for Kuwait listing

Jazeera Airlines Low-cost airline set for Kuwait listing

KUWAIT: Low-budget airline Jazeera Airlines said yesterday it would debut on the Kuwaiti stock market on January 14, more than six months later than initially planned.

The company won ...

Intercontinental Hotels Group appoints first global account manager for KSA travel industry

Intercontinental Hotels Group Intercontinental Hotels Group appoints first global account manager for KSA travel industry

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the world’s most global hotel operator, has appointed Sherif A.Omar as its first Global Account Manager, Travel Industry, Saudi Arabia as part of an ...

Most areas 'safe for tourists and investors'

Safe Iraq? Most areas 'safe for tourists and investors'

Iraqi officials are encouraging people to visit the country - saying potential travellers should not believe everything they see on the news.

The embassy claims most of the country is ...

Lisbon-Dakar Rally Cancelled at Last Minute due to Al Qaeda Threat  (NE)

Crisis Management Lisbon-Dakar Rally Cancelled at Last Minute due to Al Qaeda Threat (NE)

Mark Harding, eTN Ambassador Portugal

The 2008 edition of the most famous rally in the world was today cancelled due to Al-Qaeda´s threats to the safety of the participants.

For the first time since it has been created in ...

Hyatt Hotels to open three properties in 2008

Hyatt Hotels to open three properties in 2008

Unal Basusta, eTN Ambassador India

DUBAI — Hyatt Hotels is opening of three properties: Grand Hyatt Doha, Park Hyatt Istanbul, and Park Hyatt Jeddah in the Middle East region for 2008.

With nine Hyatt properties in ...

Travel agents redesign packages as gambling tourism goes mainstream

Israel Travel agents redesign packages as gambling tourism goes mainstream

(eTN) - Gambling is illegal in Israel, leaving locals with no choice but to travel abroad, or at least row the gaming boat into international waters to pursue their interest. Over the years it had ...

Middle East air travel is all set to take off

Middle East trends Middle East air travel is all set to take off

(TVLW) - As Bahrain Air, the baby of the Middle East's aviation industry prepares for take-off, one of its main rivals reckons the sector is poised for significant, sustained growth.

Oman to build three airports in tourism drive

Oman Oman to build three airports in tourism drive

(TVLW) - Oman is planning to build three new domestic airports to boost the tourism industry in the Gulf Arab state, government officials said on Tuesday.

The new airports will be built in ...

Tourism law to be amended

Yemen Tourism law to be amended

SANA'A (TVLW) - Minister of Tourism Nabil al-Faqih has revealed that its ministry would refer to the Cabinet in the coming period an amendment draft to the tourism law to meet with the

Emirates Airlines places orders for $60b of planes

Industry World Record? Emirates Airlines places orders for $60b of planes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (TVLW) - Emirates Airline has ordered a jaw-dropping 245 new widebody planes, but the company's president shuns suggestions that he wants to create the world's biggest ...

Airfares likely to rise from January 1

Qatar Airfares likely to rise from January 1

(TVLW) - If you are hoping that the new year would herald happy tidings, be cautioned: the airfares are likely to spurt on January 1.

Travel industry sources in Qatar are moving into a ...

High-speed ferries to give boost to tourism

Oman High-speed ferries to give boost to tourism

(TVLW) - Two high-speed passenger ferries that Oman ordered in the middle of last year with Australian shipbuilding firm Austal are getting ready for their launch. The identical vessels, named ...

Israel-Palestine Tourism Sound Off: Letter from Palestine

eTN Staff writer

Rami Kassis typically does what most Palestinians do when being blind to the PA's internal problems - blame Israel.

Is it Israel's fault that the Palestinians voted for Hamas which began a ...

Trillions ploughed into Middle East tourism

Middle East Trillions ploughed into Middle East tourism

(TVLW) - The success of the tourism market in the Middle East has been illustrated by a new study, which reveals that 13.33 trillion dirhams (£1.8 trillion) has been invested in the industry to ...

Filipina tourist held for three weeks at airport on charges of 'romance'

Romance? In Israel? Forget About It Says Interior Ministry. Filipina tourist held for three weeks at airport on charges of 'romance'

(eTN) - A tourist from the Philippines was held in custody at Ben-Gurion International Airport for more than three weeks because the Interior Ministry feared she would conduct a romantic ...

Emirates Airline, Big Oil now fly nonstop to Dubai

Nothing exceeds like excess Emirates Airline, Big Oil now fly nonstop to Dubai

(TVLW) - Nothing exceeds like excess.

That’s why Big Oil and Big Freight have a shiny new flyride to Dubai, the most glittering destination in the United Arab Emirates and the ...

Annual PATA event welcomes leaders of Travel, Tourism and Hotel operators.

The Middle East Meets The Middle Kingdom Annual PATA event welcomes leaders of Travel, Tourism and Hotel operators.

(TVLW) - PATA shares the latest trends within Asia & Pacific which have an impact on UAE Tourism.

The Annual Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) event was held at the Jumeirah ...

Hajj gets under way in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Hajj gets under way in Saudi Arabia

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (eTN) - Millions of Muslims from around the world gathered in Mecca Sunday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage, as the Saudi Interior Ministry announced tough ...

National Hotel and Tourism Institute demands independence

Yemen National Hotel and Tourism Institute demands independence

(TVLW) - The National Hotel and Tourism Institute (NAHOTI) is aiming to restructure the tourism industry by demanding greater financial and administrative independence for hotel establishments. ...

Bethlehem Tourism Picks Up for Christmas

Palestine Bethlehem Tourism Picks Up for Christmas

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (eTN) — Palestinians lit a four-story Christmas tree in this biblical town Saturday, kicking off a holiday season free of fighting with Israel that officials say will bring ...

TDIM 08 to feature strong Abu Dhabi presence

UAE TDIM 08 to feature strong Abu Dhabi presence

(TVLW) - With Abu Dhabi attracting tourism project investments in excess of AED 305 billion, major property and tourism players from the UAE capital will be out in force to showcase their projects ...

Bethlehem: Safe for Tony Blair and Israelis, too

Bethlehem: Safe for Tony Blair and Israelis, too

Yuesf Daher

BETHLEHEM, Palestine (eTN) - Last Tuesday, Bethlehem received a distinguished guest at one of its hotels, the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was on his first night in Bethlehem.

Eleven U.N. staff among dead in Algeria bombs: U.N

Eleven U.N. staff among dead in Algeria bombs: U.N

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Eleven U.N. employees are believed to have been among those killed when car bombs hit U.N. and other buildings in Algiers on Tuesday and more U.N. staff were still ...

Bethlehem tourism looking up for Christmas

Bethlehem tourism looking up for Christmas

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (eTN) — Tourism to Bethlehem has risen 60 percent in the run-up to Christmas, despite Israel's separation barrier turning the birthplace of Christ into a "big prison", its ...

Volunteerism, Egypt Popular tourist spots in Egypt support Millennium Goals through volunteerism

Hazel Heyer l Special to eTN

The Millennium Sails arrived on December 8 in Cairo after a 45-day journey starting from the tourist destination of Aswan. The event made a total of eight stops in the governorates on its route. ...

Airline Etihad voted best first class airline

UAE (TVLW) - Etihad Airways has been voted 'airline with best first class service in the world' by the readers of the monthly consumer magazine, Business Traveller USA.

The magazine's ...

Airlines Foreign airlines study airline & general security aspects in Israel

(eTN) - The delegation was slated to visit several key security sites including Ben Gurion International Airport, the central command and control centers of the Israel Police Department

Iran Gunman kills French tourist at bus terminal in central Iranian city

TEHRAN, Iran (eTN) - A French tourist was fatally shot at a bus terminal in a central Iranian city by a gunman suspected of armed robbery, state media said Monday.

The official IRNA news ...

Cruises Dubai expects over 200,000 cruise tourists for 2007-2008 season

(TVLW) - Dubai welcomed six cruise ships at its state-of-the-art cruise terminal since the start of cruise season in October.

Tourism in the Middle East eTN Inbox: Letter from Palestine

Greetings from Palestine,

I have read the article "Tourism reaps benefits from Palestinian-Israeli cooperation" by Rachelle Kliger, published on eTurboNews on December 4th, and decided to ...

Industry can learn from Dubai, says WTTC boss

WTTC Industry can learn from Dubai, says WTTC boss

(TVLW) - The next WTTC summit in Dubai will examine issues of infrastructure, social responsibility and human resources, WTTC president Jean-Claude Baumgarten tells SHALU CHANDRAN in an exclusive ...

Emirates Airline begins Houston-to-Dubai service

Airline Emirates Airline begins Houston-to-Dubai service

HOUSTON (TVLW) - Emirates Airline on Monday began nonstop service between Houston and Dubai, connecting the two international energy hubs.

Service aboard the new Boeing 777-200LR initially ...

"A casino will do good for Israel and will bring in a lot of money..."

Tourism minister gambles on Eilat casino "A casino will do good for Israel and will bring in a lot of money..."

(eTN) - Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson, who recently launched the world's biggest gambling complex, may have given up on hopes of establishing a casino in Israel, but Tourism Minister Yitzhak ...

Newly appointed head of Syria NDC steps up agent training

Syria Newly appointed head of Syria NDC steps up agent training

Syria, Damascus (TVLW) — Galileo, one of the leading global distribution system (GDS) providers and part of Travelport GDS, today announced the appointment of Wafik Chabou as the Galileo NDC ...

Tourism reaps benefits from Palestinian-Israeli cooperation

Tourism reaps benefits from Palestinian-Israeli cooperation

Rachelle Kliger l Medialine for eTurboNews

With prospects of a renewed peace process on the horizon, Israelis and Palestinians are hoping this will also bring better times for the tourism industry.

Palestinian and Israeli hotel ...

Israel Ministry seeks 2.8 million tourists

(TVLW) - The Tourism Ministry today will present a work plan for 2008, including goals to bring 2.8 million visitors to Israel next year and up to 5 million tourists by 2012.

Tourism Vital for Dubai

Dubai Tourism Vital for Dubai

(TVLW) - On Dec. 2, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrated its 36th National Day after the completion of another year of successful progress in the development of its rapidly-growing ...

Dubai Duty Free sales to reach Dh3.7 billion

Dubai International Airport Dubai Duty Free sales to reach Dh3.7 billion

DUBAI (TVLW) — Dubai Duty Free is expected to break its record again with revenues forecast of at least Dh3.7 billion by 2008 from this year's Dh3 billion ($800 million) due to air travel boom, ...

Hotels 'hit by tourism rules'

Bahrain Hotels 'hit by tourism rules'

(TVLW) CHEAPER hotels in Bahrain are being unfairly targeted by tourism authorities, according to a society representing hoteliers and restaurateurs.

The body claims stricter tourism rules ...

A tourist magnet ... if it weren't in Iraq

Officials are trying to lure visitors to bustling Irbil and Iraqi Kurdistan. The masses have yet to arrive... A tourist magnet ... if it weren't in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq – The market near the heart of this rambling Iraqi town is a maze of commerce and constant bustle, a quintessential Middle Eastern souk where almost anything sellable is for ...

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