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Wednesday, 30 September 2020 10:01 UAE time
Arabian Travel Market 2010

VIDEO: Arabian Business at the ATM

Travel & Hospitality
Watch AB TV's exclusive chats with the VP of Intercontinental Hotels, and the CEO of Wataniya Airways.

Authorities need to test impact of ash cloud – Emirates
Airline's exec urges proper tests rather than depending on computer model predictions.

Dubai online travel firm sees 20% increase in bookings
Travel & Hospitality to launch new booking service for small high street agents in coming months.

Rotana's Iraqi operations to cost 30% more - CEO
Travel & Hospitality
Higher rates charged because of expenses incurred operating in 'hardship country'.


Every ash cloud...
Travel agents show their worth in the crisis.

Monika Grzesik  

Time to sack striking BA staff
Anil Bhoyrul on why he believes all staff who went on strike should be fired.

Anil Bhoyrul

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    Ritz-Carlton Dubai expansion delayed to summer

    Construction work to increase hotel by 163 rooms likely to take 24 months - president.

    flydubai announces new route to Karachi

    Dubai's first budget carrier to commence daily flights to Pakistan's largest city on June 21.

    Upgrade plans delayed at world's tallest hotel in Dubai

    Plans to convert hotel from four-star into five-star pushed back, exec admits.

    Emaar's hotel unit set to take brand global

    Discussons taking place to also manage hotels in the N Africa, Europe, Asia and US.

    Qatar sets aside $20bn for tourism to 2013

    Qatar's economy is projected to grow 16% in 2010, with a budget surplus of $2.67bn.

    Starwood boss blames tight credit for hotel delays

    EXCLUSIVE: Hotel operator says partnership struggled to seal financing.

    Yemen tourism up 6.9% in Q1; eyes five resorts

    Yemen eyes raising $78m from investors for 44 3-star hotel sites across country.

    Rezidor eyes up to five hotels per year in Mideast

    In 2009, the group opened 36 hotels, with 7,100 rooms in operation across EMEA.

    Qatar Airways eyes hotel expansion

    Oryx Rotana to be a 400 rooms four-star hotel; will be located close new Doha International airport.

    Marriott to open nearly 1,500 rooms in 2010 in MENA

    Hotelier says occupancy levels in Dubai are at around 70 to 80 percent at present.

    Swine flu hit religious tourism by up to 20% in 2009

    Occupancy rates in Makkah rise by 18% in Q1 2010 - Fairmont Raffles official.

    Qatar Airways in talks with Bombardier for jets

    Airline to increase its fleet to 120 planes by 2013 to cope with new destinations.

    Abu Dhabi National Hotels to double assets in 3 years

    Plan would also include expanding the catering, transport and tours units.

    Abu Dhabi eyes 10% growth in tourism in 2010

    ADTA chief says projected figures in line with planned increase in hotel inventory.

    Abu Dhabi to expand its hotel star-rating system

    New system will rate hotels like Emirates Palace higher than five-star.

    Etihad unlikely to break even, CEO admits

    Global financial crisis and swine flu pushed Abu Dhabi carrier back to 2007 levels.

    Kuwait airport to install explosives scanner

    Move to install high-tech device follows recent terrorist alert at the airport, officials say.

    Strong potential for low cost carriers in Mideast - Boeing

    Budget carriers could see capacity increase by more than four fold over next few years.

    Starwood eyes additional 20 MidEast hotels

    Starwood president said that 'growth opportunities in the refion were plenty'.

    Boeing eyes recovery in aviation lending market

    Airlines have been able to raise money in the equity and bond markets.

    Jumeirah Group 'not for sale' - exec chair

    EXCLUSIVE: Boss says Jumeirah is not for sale despite the reported Dubai Holding restructuring plan.

    Boeing sees 6.6% annual growth in Mideast air travel

    Up to 36 new planes will be delivered to Middle East customers this year - Boeing VP.

    Air Arabia sees steady growth in Lebanon service

    More than 28,050 passengers fly on carrier's Beirut route in Q1 of 2010.

    Demand seen high for first Emirates flights to Amsterdam

    Dubai carrier says services for first few days are 'near-on full'; flights start May 1.

    Kingdom Hotel Investments sees Q1 revPAR rise

    Luxury hotel operator says Dubai, Egypt properties weigh on Mideast performance.

    VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Alabbar on new Armani Hotel

    Emaar chief tells Arabian Business TV about how attention to detail was top priority.

    UK hotel launches ladies only room in bid for ME visitors

    Dubai-owned Dukes Hotel in London targets female guests from Middle East.

    Buoyant economy drives 25.9% ME passenger growth

    But IATA warns that April figures will be affected by volcanic ash cloud crisis.

    Jumeirah beachfront hotels record 92.5% occupancy in April

    High occupancy rates give 'renewed confidence in growth strategy' - chief exec.

    Saudia accused of failing to help stranded passengers

    Despite official orders, no hotel rooms offered for passengers stranded in London.

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