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Wednesday, 08 July 2020 11:34 UAE time
Arabian Travel Market 2009

Senior Emirates official predicts late-2009 upturn

Airline's commercial chief sees passenger numbers increasing later this year.

  1. A380 delivery delays possible after 2011 - Emirates chief

Mideast tourists projected to grow in 2009
Travel & Hospitality
Industry expert says region is poised to buck global downturn with 2% increase in visitors.

Job losses warning over Bahrain alcohol ban plan
Hospitality industry leaders say proposed ban on alcohol sales will be devastating.

Abu Dhabi hit by decline in visitors - tourism official
Travel & Hospitality
Fewer European tourists visiting Abu Dhabi, but 2.7m visitor target by 2012 remains.

Talking Arabian Travel Market 2009

Don’t shoot the messengers!
How Middle East hoteliers are adhering to the concept intorduced by American humorist Arnold Glasow.

Chris Jackson  

What attitude will you have at ATM?
I’m getting excited about Arabian Travel Market - and I'm not alone, says Jamie Knights.

Jamie Knights

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    Jat Airways launches flights from Belgrade to Abu Dhabi

    New routes link Serbian capital and UAE capital for the first time since 1998. 

    Emaar Properties to hire 1,000 new staff in 2009

    Staff will be recruited for two new hotels in Dubai and property venture in Europe.

    Unpaid leave saves Jumeirah Group $2.7m in Q1

    Hotel group's HR chief reveals impact of move by staff during global slowdown.

    Emirates increases free baggage allowance

    All passengers given extra 10kg luggage limit before carrier starts charging for service.

    Rotana loses 25% profit, occupancy, rates in Dubai

    Rates across Dubai had risen too high as a result of "arrogance", says Rotana COO.

    Etihad defends cheap flight deals after criticism

    Promotion called 'misleading' as surcharges, taxes see prices rise seven fold.

    Jazeera Airways set to launch four new routes

    Kuwait airline announces plans to fly to Mumbai, Delhi, Sanaa and Salalah from Jun 1.

    Emirates signs deal for $490m luxury hotel

    Airline, hotels group inks agreement with Marriott for new 1,614 room Dubai project.

    Aldar's hotel unit plans to hire 3,000 new staff

    Division of UAE developer says it also aims to complete eight hotels by end of 2009.

    Qatar Airways budget airline contingency plan

    Carrier has test plane and 90 day action plan for budget airline, reveals CEO.

    A380 delivery delays possible after 2011 - Emirates chief

    EXCLUSIVE: Chairman says airline will review superjumbo schedule after 2011 deliveries.

    Hyatt chief predicts luxury hotels growth

    Group says it is continuing to target Gulf growth with new hotels planned in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi.

    Etihad eyes 15% passenger growth in 2009 - CEO

    UPDATE 2: Abu Dhabi carrier's chief exec predicts tough Q2, growth plan revised.

    Fairmont reveals plan for new Saudi hotels

    EXCLUSIVE: Global hotel group targets growing religious tourism in kingdom.

    Kabul flights to start from UAE capital on May 14

    Abu Dhabi Airports Company reveals Safi Airways arrival at ATM 2009.

    World Travel Awards sees record number of entrants

    Abu Dhabi's tourism firms are represented in almost every category of Tuesday's event.

    Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi set for one-year delay

    Group president says project likely to open in 2012, 2nd Dubai hotel by end of 2009.

    Etihad launches $54 return flights to Heathrow

    Abu Dhabi carrier offers new bargain basement prices on range of routes.

    Abu Dhabi hotel rates buck global Q1 downturn

    But Jones Lang Lasalle predicts hotel room revenues in the UAE will fall 22% in 2009.

    Saudi plans to boost tourism revenue by $30bn in next decade

    Kingdom plans to encourage more locals to holiday at home, says tourism chief.

    Air India Express adds two new routes to Abu Dhabi

    Weekly routes from Tiruchirapally and Chennai, southern India, started Apr. 30.

    Emirates to slow delivery of new aircraft in 2010

    Global crisis sees Dubai-based airline slow acquisition of new craft after April 2010.

    ME airlines see capacity grow 11% in past year

    Services to and from region have grown by 12% since April 2008, say analysts OAG.  

    Flydubai plans to fly to 16 destinations by end of year

    Two Boeings are due to be handed over in May, 6 before end of year, 8 next year.

    Oman to expand its high-speed ferry service

    Service to serve islands & remote population centres along the country's eastern & southern areas.

    Abu Dhabi airport sees passenger numbers rise 8%

    London most popular route from Abu Dhabi in March, followed by Doha and Bangkok.

    ME records best 2008 tourism growth figures globally

    ME sees 11% year-on-year growth in international tourist arrivals in 2008.

    Market for world travel is still strong - Etihad chief

    Abu Dhabi carrier’s first & business class numbers are strong despite downturn - CEO.

    Gulf Air announces special summer flights to Oman, Egypt

    Bahrain-based carrier to fly to Alexandria and Salalah three times a week.

    Bahrain hotels call for delay to alcohol, music ban

    Hotels chief meets with PM to ask for one-year delay to new clampdown.


How often are you planning to fly or go on holiday for the remainder of this year?

More than 10 times, I still fly a lot with work and am taking my family on summer and winter holidays.
More than five times, my business travel has been cut back, but I am still planning on holidays
Three times or less, my business travel has been cut back and I can only afford one family holiday.
I will not be traveling at all either on business or on holiday due to financial concerns.

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