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Emirates Hospital 'committed to medical tourism'

November 20, 2017

Emirates Hospital a leading healthcare facility owned by KBBO Group has reaffirmed its commitment to providing medical services to tourists particularly Chinese visitors. During official visit and mee... View more

Aviareps to promote tourism to Latvia in GCC

November 15, 2017

Aviareps a leading airline and tourism representation company has been appointed by Latvia s Spare Travel a luxury customer focused tour operator and destination management company (DMC) as its repres... View more

Medical tourism startup opens base in Ras Al Khaimah

November 13, 2017

Medigo a Berlin-based medical tourism startup has launched operations in Ras Al Khaimah with the support of Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development (RAK DED). Medigo is a healthcare connecto... View more

Bahrain Tourism promotes kingdom, inks deals at WTM

November 8, 2017

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority s participation in the WTM has proved to be fruitful as representatives met with international travel and tourism companies and discussed collaboration and... View more

International tourism on track for a record year

November 7, 2017

Demand for international tourism remained strong during the Northern Hemisphere summer peak season as international tourist arrivals in July and August totalled over 300 million for the first time acc... View more

Bahrain showcases tourism potential at WTM

November 7, 2017

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) is taking part in the 37th edition of the World Travel Market (WTM) which is being held in London till November 8. The event is one of the main int... View more

Dubai medical tourism to increase by 25pc

November 5, 2017

Medical tourism which is growing exponentially each year with more patients choosing to travel overseas for cosmetic and specialised care is expected to increase by 25 per cent in Dubai by 20200 a med... View more

Sharjah Tourism confirms participation at WTM

November 5, 2017

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) will participate in World Travel Market (WTM) exhibition for the 15th consecutive year which will commence on Monday (November 6) in London a... View more

Riyadh looks to leisure tourism for economy growth

November 1, 2017

Riyadh s hospitality sector remains heavily dependent on business tourism and travel but the kingdom aims to diversify the economy from its dependency on oil and business tourism to include leisure an... View more

Oman prepares to host major event on tourism, culture

November 1, 2017

The Sultanate of Oman is gearing up to host the Second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture on December 11 to 12 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre ending this year on a posi... View more

Food Tourism on the top table at WTM London 2017

October 30, 2017

Food Tourism is once again primed to take a top slot at WTM London the leading global event for the travel industry taking place from November 6 8. It s now accepted that travellers from the four corn... View more

Bahrain Tourism hosts Saudi wedding planning agencies

October 25, 2017

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) hosted Saudi wedding planning agencies from Jeddah and Riyadh from October 21-23. Seven agencies were selected to attend the forum held at the Bahr... View more

Dubai Tourism announces winners of Futurism Competition

October 17, 2017

Dubai s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced the names of the winners of the Dubai Tourism Futurism Competition launched in partnership with Gitex Future Stars. T... View more

Responsible Tourism to headline ATM 2018

October 12, 2017

Responsible Tourism including current sustainable travel trends will be adopted as the official show theme for Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2018 taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 22-2... View more

Halal tourism, accessible travel 'key growth market'

October 11, 2017

Halal tourism and accessible travel have been identified as key growth markets while Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka are two destinations proving popular with UAE travellers it has been revelead. The top UAE... View more

Dubai Tourism introduces sustainability initiative to Jumeirah Group hotels

October 10, 2017

Dubai s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) introduced its innovative Hospitality Sustainability Board Game to all hotels under the Jumeirah Group to further enhance efforts t... View more

Philippines launches new tourism campaign

October 9, 2017

The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) launched Bring Home A Friend (BHAF) program a campaign that encourages Filipinos to help promote Philippines as the next holiday destination to their forei... View more

Virgin Group chairman to invest in Saudi tourism project

October 8, 2017

Richard Branson founder and chairman of Virgin Group is looking to invest in a major project that will turn 50 Saudi Arabian islands into luxury tourism destinations a report said. Branson is the firs... View more

Madhya Pradesh Tourism wins Hall of Fame Award

October 4, 2017

Madhya Pradesh was recently presented the Hall of Fame Award for its tourism initiatives at a grand ceremony organised at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi India. The award was conferred on September 27 and ... View more

WTM London to help grow Middle East tourism numbers

October 4, 2017

Travel professionals from the Middle East are heading to WTM London in November in confident mood as they look to achieve a greater share of the multi-billion-dollar international travel market. WTM L... View more

Ajman commences tourism roadshow in Scandinavia

September 28, 2017

The Ajman Department of Tourism Development (ADTD) is hosting a three-city roadshow to Scandinavia from September 25 to 29 as part of efforts to showcase Ajman s tourist attractions and promote the em... View more

Gulf Air celebrates World Tourism Day

September 27, 2017

Bahrain national carrier Gulf Air today celebrated World Tourism Day in collaboration with the University of Bahrain. Recognising distinguished students of the University s Media Tourism and Arts Divi... View more

Bahrain to host panel discussion on sustainable tourism

September 27, 2017

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) will be hosting a panel discussion on September 28 under the theme Sustainable Tourism A Tool for Development . The event is being hosted to coinci... View more

Bahrain, Italy committed to strengthening tourism ties

September 20, 2017

Bahrain has confirmed its commitment to further enhancing areas of cooperation between the kingdom and Italy especially the tourism sector with the recent visit of the Ambassador of the Republic of It... View more

Bahrain Tourism hosts fam trip for Indian wedding planners

September 19, 2017

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) organized a familiarization trip for the largest Indian wedding planning agencies from September 11 to 13. The selection of the 10 Indian wedding p... View more

Sharjah Tourism opens desert, natural habitats to tour vehicles

September 18, 2017

As part of efforts to boost destination experiences in the emirate the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has begun issuing permits for vehicles of tour operators wishing to en... View more

UAE tourism spending seen exceeding $56bn by 2022

September 14, 2017

Spending within the UAE s travel and tourism sector is expected to rise steadily over the next five years and reach over 56 billion in 2022 as new mega projects come to market a recent analysis conduc... View more

Dubai Tourism launches new travel agent training programme

September 12, 2017

Dubai s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has launched its Dubai Expert online training initiative for travel agents in 12 languages and 40 countries. The development and ro... View more

Key culture tourism summit set for second edition

September 12, 2017

The preservation of culture and heritage is top of the agenda for cultural and tourism authorities in the GCC and Middle East region with billions of dollars invested in a series of projects to develo... View more

Mega events to help boost Dubai tourism revenue to $44bn

September 10, 2017

Virtual reality concerts and matches augmented reality apps and immersive audiovisual will catalyze 44 billion in UAE tourism receipts by 2020 and transform the live entertainment and mega-event exper... View more

Singapore Tourism Board unveils new marketing initiative

August 30, 2017

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) have jointly unveiled a unified brand Passion Made Possible to market Singapore internationally for tourism and bus... View more

Dubai Tourism promotes sustainability initiative

August 30, 2017

Dubai Tourism is taking its Hospitality Sustainability Board Game to a wider segment within the private sector as part of efforts to encourage companies outside the hospitality sector to play a role i... View more

Muriya Tourism to invest $70m in hotel room development

August 24, 2017

Muriya Tourism Development Company a leading integrated tourism project developer in Oman continues to boost capacity in Hawana Salalah and Jebel Sifah with plans to invest an additional 30 million to... View more

'Thailand Live Gastronomy' festival to boost culinary tourism

August 23, 2017

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising the Thailand Live Gastronomy festival as part of the strategies to put greater emphasis on Gastronomy Tourism which is considered as an important ... View more

Bahrain Tourism concludes Art of Content Management Course

August 22, 2017

Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) successfully concluded ots four-day Art of Content Management Course. held in collaboration with the Arab Tourism Organization at the Bahrain Internati... View more

Dubai Tourism launches startup competition

August 21, 2017

Dubai s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced a strategic collaboration with Gitex Future Stars to launch the first-ever Dubai Tourism Startup Competition - Futuri... View more

Milt Congress boosts outbound Indian tourism

August 17, 2017

Completing half a decade of making business connections for Mice and luxury travel requirements from India the 2017 Milt Congress facilitated more than 2 100 high-level business meetings and unveiled ... View more

Nominations open for Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards

August 14, 2017

Hotels and desert camps in Dubai have just one more month to enter the 2017 Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards. Part of the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative the awards will recognise hotels an... View more

Thumbay Hospital to organize medical tourism meet in Dhaka

August 3, 2017

Thumbay Hospital the leading network of private academic hospitals operated by the Hospitality Division of Thumbay Group will conduct a medical tourism meet in Bangladesh on August 5. Considered as th... View more

Bahrain inbound tourism up 14pc during H1

August 2, 2017

Bahrain welcomed 5.6 million visitors during the first half of 2017 an increase of 14 per cent compared to the same period in 2016. The figures were revealed by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Aut... View more

Air Arabia preferred medical tourism partner for Zulekha Healthcare

August 2, 2017

Air Arabia has been selected as the preferred medical tourism partner for Zulekha Healthcare Group s India-based hospital Alexis Multispeciality Hospital. The collaboration was marked with the launch ... View more

Saudi Arabia announces massive Red Sea tourism project

August 1, 2017

Saudi Arabia will build a massive international tourism project covering more than 50 virgin islands in the Red Sea between the cities of Amlaj and Al-Jawh. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdula... View more

Saudi Arabia plans massive Red Sea tourism project

August 1, 2017

Saudi Arabia will build a massive international tourism project covering more than 50 virgin islands in the Red Sea between the cities of Amlaj and Al-Jawh. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdula... View more

Manila conference sets roadmap to measure sustainable tourism

August 1, 2017

Nearly 1 000 experts from over 80 countries convened for three days in Manila Philippines in June to lay the groundwork for an expanded statistical framework to measure sustainable tourism in its econ... View more

Bahrain discusses tourism ties with Malaysia

July 31, 2017

Bahrain and Malaysia are looking to strengthen their bilateral relations and enhance areas of cooperation to achieve their joint tourism related goals. Shaikh Khalid bin Humood Al Khalifa chief execut... View more

Global tourism authorities target Indian Mice travellers

July 31, 2017

Resorts around the world have reported a spike in Mice arrivals from the lucrative outbound Indian travel market according to exhibitors at the fifth Annual Mice India and Luxury Travel Congress (Milt... View more

Dubai's 'Healthcare Tourism' plan targets China, Russia and Africa

July 31, 2017

Plans are underway to strengthen Dubai s position in the health care sector on the basis of sophisticated infrastructure and adoption of the latest equipment. A team from Dubai Medical Tourism Council... View more

Oman unveils eVisa service to boost tourism

July 26, 2017

Oman s tourism sector has launched a new eVisa service aiming to attract international visitors and boost tourism in the coming years. Tourists planning to visit Oman can apply online for visas by sub... View more

Abu Dhabi Tourism promotes emirate on US roadshow

July 26, 2017

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TA Abu Dhabi) embarked on a whirlwind three-city roadshow to the US recently to help create more awareness about the emirate and encourage more US travellers to ... View more

Huge tourism investments 'will draw more visitors to Dubai'

July 24, 2017

Large investments in travel tourism leisure and hospitality sectors in Dubai will continue to attract more visitors to the emirate in line with its strategy to welcome 20 million visitors by 2020 a se... View more

Bahrain, Pakistan discuss strengthening cooperation in tourism sector

July 24, 2017

Bahrain and Pakistan are looking to deepen their relations and broaden their cooperation across all fields especially the tourism sector. Shaikh Khalid bin Humood Al Khalifa chief executive officer of... View more

Thai tourism to strengthen links with agriculture sector

July 23, 2017

The Thai tourism industry is to forge stronger links with the kingdom s agriculture economy by promoting the culinary delights of the Thai cuisine Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supas... View more

Saudi Arabia to spend $6.9bn on tourism initiatives

July 19, 2017

Saudi Arabia s National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 has approved 13 initiatives submitted by the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH) with a budget of over SR26 billion ( 6.93... View more

Ooredoo brings 5G network to Salalah Tourism Festival

July 18, 2017

Ooredoo a leader in Oman s telecom sector is conducting a demo of its 1.2Gbps speed network at the Salalah Tourism Festival as a proof of it is continuous efforts to be ready for 5G. This demo kicks o... View more

Bahrain, Korea committed to strengthening tourism ties

July 17, 2017

Bahrain is looking to strengthen its ties with the Republic of Korea especially in the tourism field with the recent visit of the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Bahrain. A meeting was held and... View more

Global tourism surges 6pc in four months

July 16, 2017

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by six per cent from January to April 2017 compared to the same period last year with business confidence reaching its highest levels in a decade a report... View more

Bahrain Tourism opens office in Russia

July 14, 2017

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) inaugurated its representative office in Russia yesterday. The office was opened in Moscow in the presence of Industry Commerce and Tourism Ministe... View more

Tourism 'key to foster trade in least developed states'

July 13, 2017

Tourism can make a strong contribution to the economies of Least Developed Countries where the sector is a major exporter said a report. The Tourism for Sustainable Development in Least Developed Coun... View more

Damac eyes tourism opportunities in Croatia

July 12, 2017

Dubai-based Damac International chairman Hussain Sajwani discussed tourism investment opportunities in Croatia during a meeting with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović in Zagreb yesterday. Th... View more

Oman to set up 17 tourism stations on key roads

July 12, 2017

Oman s Ministry of Tourism plans to launch 17 new integrated tourism stations on different road networks in the sultanate this year. The stations are aimed at enhancing tourism services and infrastruc... View more

Oman to build 17 tourism stations on key highways

July 12, 2017

Oman s Ministry of Tourism plans to launch 17 new integrated tourism stations on different road networks in the sultanate this year. The stations are aimed at enhancing tourism services and infrastruc... View more

GCC tourism sector ‘set to top $36bn by 2020’

July 10, 2017

The GCC tourism and hospitality industry is set to be worth 36.7 billion by 2020 with a number of scheduled global events including Expo 2020 Dubai expected to draw millions of visitors to the region ... View more

Bahrain, Tunisia discuss strengthening cooperation in tourism sector

June 15, 2017

Bahrain and Tunisia are looking to deepen their relations and broaden their cooperation across all fields especially the tourism sector. Shaikh Khalid bin Humood Al Khalifa chief executive officer of ... View more

Bahrain Tourism reviews Manama souk revamp progress

June 11, 2017

The Old Markets Committee under the umbrella of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) held its regular meeting at the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) on June 8. The meet... View more

Seafront projects 'vital to Bahrain's tourism'

June 10, 2017

The seafront projects are vital for Bahrain as they will play a significant role in turning the kingdom into an important touristic destination said the Minister of Works Municipalities Affairs & Urba... View more

Dubai medical tourism revenues reach $386m

June 8, 2017

Dubai treated 326 640 domestic and inbound medical tourists in 2016 resulting in revenues of Dh1.421 billion ( 386.7 million) according a report. The patients were received across the emirate s hospit... View more

Inbound tourism shines

June 1, 2017

Official figures out last month show a record-breaking start to the year for inbound tourism to Britain. A new record has been set for inbound visits to the UK in the first two months of the year with... View more

New website to boost golf tourism

June 1, 2017

Dubai unveiled a new website to enhance awareness of the world-leading premium golf destination that convenes for the first time in one place everything visitors and tour operators nee... View more

GTA ME signs exclusive collaboration with Geneva Tourism

May 25, 2017

GTA Middle East has signed an exclusive three-month agreement with Geneva Tourism & Conventions Foundation as part of their efforts to grow family and leisure travellers from the GCC to the Swiss city... View more

DMCA shares experience with Ajman tourism team

May 24, 2017

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) the government authority of the maritime sector in Dubai today (May 24) hosted a high-level delegation from the Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) to disc... View more

Singapore Tourism Board concludes Middle East roadshow

May 23, 2017

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) recently concluded a successful road show journey across five Middle East cities post Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) to promote Singapore as a top tourism destination. The... View more

Bahrain Tourism backs first restaurant and hospitality forum

May 22, 2017

Bahrain is hosting the first Bahrain Restaurant and Hospitality Forum (BRHF) organized by Culinaire & Beyond from May 21-22 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center. Held under th... View more

Millennial travellers 're-writing tourism landscape'

May 16, 2017

Millennials today aren t vacationing like their parents generation a new report has unveiled. New data from YouGov Reports show that millennials born between 1980 and 1999 aren t preparing in the same... View more

Dubai Holding launches $1.7bn family tourism destination

May 14, 2017

Dubai Holding has launched Marsa Al Arab a mega-project spread over a 4 million sq ft area comprising two islands on both sides of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah to be developed at a cost of Dh6.3 billion ( 1.... View more

New GM for Ajman Tourism at Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel

May 14, 2017

Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry has been named the new general manager of Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) at Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel. Prior to joining ATDD Al Geziry was the director of overseas p... View more

Bahrain firms 'must become tourism ambassadors'

May 14, 2017

Bahrain companies with a global presence must work to promote the kingdom as a major tourist destination and introduce the international guests to its touristic identity said experts at the ongoing 46... View more

Bahrain Tourism launches Ramadan and Eid Shopping Festival

May 10, 2017

Shaikh Khalid bin Humood Al Khalifa the chief executive of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has announced the launch of the Ramadan and Eid Shopping Festival to be held under the patro... View more

Dubai launches new website to boost golf tourism

May 8, 2017

Dubai has unveiled a new website to enhance awareness of the world-leading premium golf destination offering everything visitors and tour operators need to know about experiencing golf in the city. La... View more

Mena wellness tourism gains ground

May 4, 2017

Despite security concerns for countries such as Egypt Israel Jordan Morocco and Tunisia the Middle East and North Africa s (Mena) wellness tourism revenues grew 6 per cent annually from 2013 to 2015 (... View more

France to form new tourism office

April 30, 2017

The Cotentin Peninsula also known as the Cherbourg Peninsula - in the Normandy region of France will soon see its many tourism boards undergo a major restructuring in the next few months. By June this... View more

Oman Air named “Best Arab Air Carrier supporting Arab Tourism”

April 30, 2017

Oman Air is celebrating the latest in a string of prestigious wins following the presentation to the airline of the Best Arab Air Carrier supporting Arab Tourism award. The 2017 Arab Tourism Media Awa... View more

German tourism ends ATM on a successful note

April 29, 2017

The German National Tourist Office (GNTO) said it had received an overwhelming response from visitors at its stand during the recently-concluded Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai UAE. The GNTO was ... View more

Dubai Health Authority aims to drive medical tourism

April 27, 2017

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Health Bank with the aim to drive medical tourism in the region. The MoU was signed in the presence of Sheikh... View more

Etihad, Jet Airways ink landmark tourism deal with Maharashtra

April 26, 2017

UAE s Etihad Airways and strategic partner Jet Airways India s full-service premium international carrier have signed an agreement with the Government of Maharashtra to promote tourism to the western ... View more

Tourism will be a key pillar of Gulf economies: UrbaCon CEO

April 26, 2017

A leading Arab investor and economist has called for more investments in the tourism and travel market expecting it will provide major and significant revenue for the economy in the Gulf states in the... View more

Sheraa, Air Arabia to launch ‘Travel and Tourism’ learning programme

April 25, 2017

Sheraa - a launch pad for aspiring entrepreneurs in the UAE - is expanding the portfolio of industries tapped by its growing community of budding entrepreneurs by collaborating with Air Arabia to laun... View more

GCC turns to China, India to boost growth in tourism receipts

April 24, 2017

Major tourism destinations in the GCC will increase efforts to target Indian and Chinese inbound tourists as regional and international guests from Europe continue to feel the acute financial pressure... View more

Oman to sign $688m tourism project deal

April 24, 2017

Oman s Ministry of Tourism is set to sign an agreement with Palm s Beach Company to develop the RO265-million ( 688.22 million) Al Nakheel Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC) in the Governorate of South ... View more

Malaysia to showcase tourism products at ATM

April 23, 2017

The Malaysian Minister of Tourism and Culture Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz will be leading a delegation of 142 Malaysian sellers from 71 organizations to participate in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) sch... View more

Abha named ‘Capital of Arab Tourism' for 2017

April 20, 2017

Abha the capital city of Aseer Province in Saudi Arabia has been named the Arab Capital of Tourism for 2017. An inauguration ceremony was held in Abha and was attended by royal members Ministers of To... View more

Oman tourism ministry to participate at ATM

April 19, 2017

Oman s Ministry of Tourism will represent the sultanate and participate in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai from April 24 to 27. Oman s delegation will be led by Maitha Saif Al Mahrouqi the un... View more

UAE ranked top economy for tourism in Mena

April 17, 2017

The UAE has been named the most competitive economy for travel and tourism in the Middle East and North Africa according to a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF). The UAE which welcomed 14.... View more

Bahrain Tourism launches second edition of ‘Hurafuna'

April 13, 2017

The second edition of Hurafuna Handicrafts Festival was launched yesterday by the Minister of Industry Commerce and Tourism Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani at Bab Al Bahrain. The event will run for a perio... View more

Oman hosts second tourism-focussed forum

April 13, 2017

Oman s Ministry of Tourism recently organized the second edition of the Get Connected Forum for the tourism sector under the patronage of H.E. Ahmed Bin Nasser Al Mahrizi the Minister of Tourism. The ... View more

Bahrain Tourism takes part in Riyadh Travel Fair 2017

April 9, 2017

An official delegation from Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) is taking part in Riyadh Travel Fair 2017 which is running from April 7 to 10 at Al Faisaliah Tower Hotel. The delegation i... View more

Dubai Tourism to participate in Careers UAE

April 9, 2017

As part of its ongoing efforts to develop future tourism leaders from among young UAE nationals Dubai s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) will be participating in this year ... View more

Key dental forum to promote medical tourism in Bahrain

April 6, 2017

The Dentist s Lifestyle Conference and Exhibition is set to promote medical and Dental tourism in Bahrain by positioning Bahrain as the foremost destination among clients seeking cosmetic dental proce... View more

Saudi domestic tourism to jump 40pc by 2020 - report

April 2, 2017

Saudi Arabia is witnessing a surge in domestic tourism with experts predicting a 40 per cent increase in the number of domestic trips made between 2015 and 2020 said a report. According to a report in... View more

Dubai tourism grows 12pc in first 2 months 2017

March 23, 2017

Dubai s tourism sector has kicked off 2017 in high gear as the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) reported a stellar 12 per cent year-on-year growth over the first two months... View more

Domestic tourism in Saudi Arabia set to grow 40pc

March 22, 2017

Government led investment is driving a surge in domestic tourism across Saudi Arabia with experts predicting a 40 per cent rise in the number of internal trips made between 2015 and 2020. The Euromoni... View more

Kuwait to showcase multi-billion dollar tourism plan at ATM

March 21, 2017

The government of Kuwait is pressing ahead with multiple plans that will see billions of dollars invested in projects and a further 1 billion budget earmarked to promote the Gulf state over the same p... View more

Tourism supports 1 in 10 jobs, shows report

March 21, 2017

Travel and tourism generated 1 in 10 of the world s jobs in 2016 as the sector grew by 3.3 per cent outpacing the global economy for the sixth year in a row reads a new report by the World Travel & To... View more

Oman tourism ministry takes part in Seatrade Cruise Global

March 19, 2017

Oman s Ministry of Tourism took part in the Seatrade Cruise Global 2017 - a marine tourism exhibition and conference held in Miami US from March 13-16. This major event is considered the biggest inter... View more

Kuwait sharpens focus on expanding tourism sector

March 19, 2017

Investment in Kuwait s tourism industry is set to increase over the next decade as the government moves to speed up construction of a new international airport terminal and several major hotel chains ... View more

Riyadh Travel Fair to showcase medical tourism offerings

March 16, 2017

Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2017 the largest travel and tourism exhibition & congress in Saudi Arabia will for the first time this year shine a spotlight on medical tourism. Medical service providers hot... View more

China to host 6th Global Tourism Economy Forum

March 14, 2017

Global Tourism Economy Forum the leading international tourism platform designed to promote sustainable development of the global tourism industry with a focus on China is scheduled to host its 6th ed... View more

Bahrain Tourism launches UK and France offices

March 7, 2017

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has launched its representative offices in the UK and France in the presence of its CEO Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa and the accompanying de... View more

Two Jordan hotels sing MoU for tourism development

March 5, 2017

In a move to develop the tourism and economic sectors two hotels in Jordan - Al Manara a Luxury Collection hotel and the Westin Saraya Aqaba Hotel - have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) wit... View more

Qatar tourism growth to generate $17.8bn in visitor spending

March 5, 2017

Experiential travel the main theme of this year s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is driving tourism growth in Qatar as the country works towards its 2030 ambitions to welcome 10 million visitors a year a... View more

Sezad nets $1.76bn in real estate, tourism investments

March 2, 2017

Oman s Special Economic Zone Authority in Duqm (Sezad) had last year attracted a record RO681 million ( 1.76 billion) in investments for major real estate and hospitality projects said a report. This ... View more

Government support 'key to resilient tourism industry'

March 2, 2017

Hoteliers attending this year s Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) have stressed the importance of government support for tourism as key to a strong and resilient hospitality industry in remar... View more

Wellness tourism in a healthy state

March 2, 2017

FAR from being a luxury taking a holiday especially to boost your wellbeing is becoming much more mainstream with Middle East destinations attracting a growing number of health-conscious travellers. O... View more

ATM to focus on $8.3bn Mena wellness tourism sector

February 28, 2017

A Wellness Symposium which will throw the spotlight on the 8.3 billion industry in the Middle East/North Africa (Mena) will be launched at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) which takes place at the Dubai Wo... View more

Bahrain Tourism celebrates Kuwait National Day

February 27, 2017

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) celebrated Kuwait National Day by distributing gifts to visitors coming to Bahrain through the Bahrain International Airport and King Fahad Causewa... View more

Bahrain marks Arab Tourism Day in style

February 25, 2017

Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) recently organised Arab Tourism Day under the theme Tourism & the Development of Local Communities in capital Manama. The event was held at the Arcapit... View more

Oman invests over $1bn in tourism and hospitality sector

February 19, 2017

Oman s tourism and hospitality industry is building momentum with total investment in the sector set to hit 1.17 billion by 2026 according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The sultanate... View more

Sharjah Tourism participates at key Indian tourism exhibition

February 19, 2017

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) led a delegation of Sharjah-based tourism and hospitality companies to the 23rd edition of the Satte travel trade show which took place i... View more

Saudi tourism revenues to reach $81bn by 2026

February 14, 2017

Saudi Arabia s travel and tourism sector is expected to contribute more than 81 billion to the country s GDP by 2026 according to data from the World Travel and Tourism Council. This is being driven i... View more

Bahrain promotes tourism identity at Riyadh travel forum

February 13, 2017

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) took part in the second-edition of the Travel and Tourism Pioneers Forum 2017 held in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. The delegation was headed by director of... View more

Sharjah Tourism concludes 7th annual Light Festival

February 12, 2017

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) concluded the seventh annual Sharjah Light Festival in a ceremony held at University City Hall on February 11. The ceremony was attended ... View more

Experiential tourism to power UAE travel, hotel and leisure receipts

February 8, 2017

Experiential tourism the main theme of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017 is set to be one of the major tourism drivers in the UAE this year and beyond according to a report from Colliers International.... View more

Oman Air named 'Best Arab Air Carrier supporting Arab Tourism'

February 6, 2017

Oman Air is celebrating the latest in a string of prestigious wins following the presentation of the Best Arab Air Carrier supporting Arab Tourism award to the airline. The 2017 Arab Tourism Media Awa... View more

Tajikistan seeks Qatari investments in tourism, other sectors

February 6, 2017

Tajikistan is targetting Qatar for investments in its five major sectors including tourism and hydropower it was revealed at a meeting yesterday. Emomali Rahmon President of Tajikistan and his high-le... View more

Aviareps to represent Bahrain Tourism in 4 countries

February 6, 2017

Aviareps a global leader in destination marketing PR and sales has been appointed as market representative for the Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) in Germany Austria Switzerland and Chi... View more

New trends in luxury tourism emphasize unique experiences

February 5, 2017

Winds of change are sweeping through the GCC luxury tourism sector as traveller demands incline towards fresh perspectives centred on experiences and emotional connectivity. Hospitality and travel pro... View more

Dubai Link Travel & Tourism appoints new top executive

February 2, 2017

Dubai Link Travel & Tourism a leading travel agency in the UAE has welcomed Nassry Bedran to his new role as director of Business Development. A seasoned professional Bedran brings a wealth of experie... View more

GCC countries eye greater share of $600bn global sports tourism sector

January 30, 2017

Sports tourism will be in focus at this year s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) taking place from April 24 27 in Dubai as the GCC competes to capture a greater share of the 600 billion global industry. Spo... View more

Akar completes UAE eco-tourism project

January 30, 2017

Leading landscaping contractor Akar said it has completed the Dh14 million ( 3.8 million) Al Wadi Park Project an ambitious eco-tourism development spread over a sprawling 28 000 sq m area on Dubai-Om... View more

Miral to create 1,000 new tourism jobs in Abu Dhabi

January 28, 2017

Farah Experiences a subsidiary of UAE-based Miral has launched a new training and recruiting program to help boost employment among Emirati nationals in the travel and tourism sector. The program supp... View more

Desert Adventures Tourism eyes German-speaking tourist markets

January 27, 2017

Desert Adventures part of the Kuoni Destination Management Specialists division is looking to attracting more guests from the German-speaking market with the appointment of Discover The World-Germany ... View more

RJ booth at Madrid tourism fair attracts large visitor numbers

January 26, 2017

The Royal Jordanian booth at the 37th international Madrid tourism trade fair Fitur was the focus of a large number of visitors particularly with the presence of Samuel García the Spanish professional... View more

Spain Tourism launches new website for GCC customers

January 25, 2017

The Tourism Office of Spain has taken the first step in a series of actions targeted in the development of the GCC market with the release of a new website ( featuring customised co... View more

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 kicks off

January 22, 2017

Nearly 600 participants attended the official launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 which took place on January 18 at the International Tourism Fair of Spain FIT... View more

Dhofar tourism plan to be developed by Spanish firm

January 22, 2017

Oman s Supreme Council for Planning has contracted Spanish-based international tourism consultancy firm THR to develop the Tourism Development Master Plan for Dhofar Governorate. Dhofar is the first o... View more

Sustainable tourism key highlight of 2017

January 16, 2017

Bringing in positivity and new destinations to travel to 2017 is an important year for travellers and also the global tourism industry as the UN has declared it as the International Year of Sustainabl... View more

Ajman tourism receives top recognition

January 15, 2017

Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) was recently honoured for its outstanding support to The Ajman Palace Hotel Wedding Fair 2017. Sheikh Mohammed bin Faisal Al Qassimi Chairman & CE MANAFA LL... View more

Top Spain fair to discuss Mena tourism potential

January 5, 2017

The potential of tourism in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region will be examined during the International Tourism Fair in Spain (FITUR) taking place from January 18 to 22 in Madrid. A minis... View more

World to focus on sustainable tourism this year

January 2, 2017

The tourism industry across the world will have 12 months to celebrate and promote the contribution of the sector to building a better world as this year is being marked as the International Year of S... View more

Sharjah plans new tourism maps

December 28, 2016

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Directorate of Town Planning and Survey in Sharjah to improve tourism maps in the... View more

Tourism, retail ‘to propel signage industry’

December 18, 2016

Infrastructure retail tourism and amusement industry sectors will propel the growth of the printing and signage industry in the GCC said the organisers of the upcoming at SGI Dubai 2017 the largest sh... View more

Abu Dhabi cruise tourism spending to hit $113m

December 14, 2016

Abu Dhabi s cruise tourism sector is on course for exponential expansion with total direct spending from the sector expected to reach Dh417 million ( 113.5 million) by 2020. An economic impact and for... View more

Iran 'holds big tourism potential' - expert

December 13, 2016

Iran is back on the tourist map according to the region s leading observers as the recent decision by many countries to lift sanctions following the nuclear deal has opened up investor potential like ... View more

World Halal Tourism Awards winners named

December 11, 2016

The second World Halal Tourism Awards 2016 winners were recently announced in Abu Dhabi UAE. An unprecedented 1.9 million votes were received across the 16 Halal tourism categories making it the large... View more

Tourism ‘to lead ME economic diversification’

December 11, 2016

More than half of respondents (57 per cent) believe that tourism will become the leading industry spearheading economic diversification in the Middle East according to a survey of regional business ex... View more

Bahrain to launch new tourism survey

December 6, 2016

Shaikh Khalid bin Humood Al Khalifa CEO of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) and Mohammed Ali Al Qaed CEO of Bahrain Information and eGovernment Authority met yesterday to discuss t... View more

Dubai Airports named 'Travel & Tourism Company of the Year'

December 1, 2016

Dubai Airports was voted as the Travel and Tourism Company of the year at the Arabian Business Achievement Awards in Dubai recently. Paul Griffiths CEO of Dubai Airports received the award on behalf o... View more

Middlesex University Dubai to host key tourism forum

November 30, 2016

This December Middlesex University Dubai will host the fourth Annual Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) Asia Pacific Conference (APAC) under the theme Pushing the Boundaries: Driving Touri... View more

Oman approves 33 new sites for tourism projects

November 28, 2016

Oman has 33 new tourism projects in the pipeline following the recent approval of the Ministry of Housing in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism on new sites to enhance the growth of the tourism... View more

Sharjah promotes innovation in tourism

November 27, 2016

Sharjah participated in the UAE Innovation Week which concluded yesterday (November 26) by presenting two professional workshops at Expo Centre Sharjah said a report. Held under the patronage of HH Sh... View more

RAK tourism CEO tests out new adventure course

November 24, 2016

Ras Al Khaimah s new flagship adventure tourism product Via Ferrata (Iron Path) was put to the test by CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) Haitham Mattar and Emirati adventure... View more

Trump effect dampens ME tourism to the US

November 13, 2016

A survey of 1 million Middle Eastern tourists by a leading Arabic/English travel website and app - shows that travellers from the Middle East are now wary of going to the US for a holiday. W... View more

Bahrain Tourism Authority to take part in Jewellery Arabia

November 11, 2016

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority has announced that it will take part in the upcoming Jewellery Arabia taking place from November 22 to 26 at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Conven... View more

Bahrain Tourism reveals new brand identity at WTM

November 8, 2016

Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BETA) has revealed its exciting new brand this morning at World Travel Market (WTM) in London positioning Bahrain s tourism identity and establishing a stron... View more

UAE launches $354m plan to develop Hatta tourism

November 8, 2016

UAE has launched a Dh1.3 billion ( 354 million) development plan for Hatta in the emirate of Dubai which aims to boost the area s social and economic attractiveness as a world class environmental tour... View more

'Emerging middle class to define next decade of Mena tourism

November 3, 2016

The rise of an emerging middle class will define and transform the travel and tourism industry in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) over the next decade according to global payments technology c... View more

'Emerging middle class to define next decade of Mena tourism'

November 3, 2016

The rise of an emerging middle class will define and transform the travel and tourism industry in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) over the next decade according to global payments technology c... View more

Thumbay Group to boost medical, educational tourism

November 1, 2016

UAE-based Thumbay Group has signed an agreement with Satguru Travel and Tourism to promote the group s healthcare and education infrastructure and brand the country as an overall quality care travel d... View more

Rotana, Farah Experiences ink key tourism agreement

November 1, 2016

Hotel group Rotana and Farah Experiences a leading provider of world-class entertainment experiences have signed a strategic partnership agreement aimed at supporting the growth of leisure tourism in ... View more

Qatar beefs up tourism portfolio

November 1, 2016

Qatar s new destination brand celebrates its first launch anniversary this month and has boosted Qatar s tourism profile bringing interesting numbers in its wake. The World Economic Forum has identifi... View more

Qantas and Tourism Australia join hands

November 1, 2016

Qantas and Tourism Australia have signed a 20 million deal to promote Australia to the world. The three year agreement involves a joint investment from Qantas and Tourism Australia to attract more int... View more

Abu Dhabi launches new tourism campaign

October 31, 2016

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has launched a new worldwide promotional campaign aimed at encouraging travellers to experience the emirate s extraordinary stories. The campaign ... View more

Ajman Tourism organises can collection campaign

October 30, 2016

The Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) carried out in collaboration with the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) a can collection campaign in the emirate of Ajman. The cans were received at th... View more

Bahrain hosts reception for tourism representatives

October 27, 2016

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) recently hosted a reception for representatives from the tourism offices located around the globe at the Capital Club Bahrain. The reception was he... View more

Dubai to host first tourism innovation, transformation forum

October 26, 2016

The first edition of the Tourism Innovation and Transformation Forum being organised by the UAE Ministry of Economy (MOE) in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is... View more

Elaf Group to showcase Saudi Arabia’s growing tourism sector

September 27, 2016

The Elaf Group a leading tourism and hospitality group will be showcasing Saudi Arabia s tourism opportunities through strategic marketing tours across different countries this October. The group will... View more

Weak pound to propel tourism

August 1, 2016

Britain s recent exit from the European Union after more than four decades of membership has been a topic of much discussion and debate. Despite the clouding uncertainties the Brexit vote has not been... View more

Oman launches 2040 tourism strategy

May 5, 2016

The Oman Ministry of Tourism has announced plans to more than double its number of international visitors over the next two decades as part of its new national 2040 Tourism Strategy. By 2040 it aims t... View more

Responsible tourism gets green light

April 3, 2016

Responsible tourism will headline several seminar theatre sessions at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) as government legislation increased focus on the traveller footprint and the impact of natural dis... View more

Swiss tourism does well

April 3, 2016

Switzerland Tourism is showcasing its popular product the Grand Tour of Switzerland at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM). The product offers the best of Switzerland in one single route says Matthias Alb... View more

Oman to showcase $35bn tourism vision

April 3, 2016

Oman is looking to invest 35 billion in the next 25 years as part of its tourism vision to increase the sultanate s global appeal with exciting initiatives which will be showcased at the 2016 Arabian ... View more

Kuwait to boost inbound tourism

April 3, 2016

Kuwait has not been considered one of the major tourism destinations in the Middle East so far. However this is about to change with greater emphasis on the sector by the government and new initiative... View more

Azerbaijan diversifies its tourism sector

April 3, 2016

The key focus of Azerbaijan s tourism development strategy is diversification of tourism products and get into the new untapped and niche markets which could bring thousands of potential tourists to t... View more

Jordan blazes a trail in wellness tourism

March 1, 2016

Jordan has been identified as one of the world s leading wellness tourism trailblazers . The kingdom home to the therapeutic Dead Sea was one of three destinations highlighted as an international exam... View more

Abu Dhabi tourism geared for all-round growth

February 1, 2016

The UAE s capital Abu Dhabi has surpassed its target for tourist arrivals in 2015 clocking 4.1 million visitors as against an expected 3.9 million by the end of a successful year for the tourism indus... View more

Bahrain Tourism lines up exciting events

February 1, 2016

Bahrain will host a series of spectacular events throughout this year as part of the Manama Gulf Capital of Tourism 2016 initiative which aims to promote the kingdom as a major tourist destination in ... View more

Ajman tourism revenue jumps

February 1, 2016

Tourism revenues in Ajman reached Dh80.05 million ( 21.7 million) during the third quarter of the year jumping 47 per cent from Dh54.6 million ( 14.8 million) in the same period in 2014 showed recent ... View more

Qatar promotes tourism

January 1, 2016

The Gulf cruise industry is looking for opportunities to grow in scale and tourist numbers on the back of mega regional events. At the annual Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum held in Doha where TTN w... View more

Tourism leaders on branding strategy

December 1, 2015

Some of the Middle East s most influential tourism leaders have set out their destination branding strategies that tackle the new era of consumer empowerment and social media-led transparency. High-pr... View more

Musafir partners with Vienna Tourism

November 1, 2015

UAE-based website and the Vienna Tourism Board announced a joint campaign to promote Vienna as a key cultural destination for leisure travellers. The partnership which will seek to build c... View more

Hotels eye health tourism as industry growth takes a plunge

July 27, 2015

Almost 80 per cent of respondents see future Swiss hospitality industry growth as negative it has emerged in The Deloitte 2015 Swiss Hospitality Study survey conducted from Q4 last year to Q2 in 2015.... View more

Dubai eco-tourism champions awarded

July 1, 2015

As part of the Dubai Green Tourism Awards the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing recognised 10 hotels and tourism businesses in the emirate for their environmental and sustainable practices.... View more

LCCs central to Russia’s tourism recovery

May 1, 2015

Low-cost airlines (LCCs ) commitment to fly to Russia is vital to the recovery of the country s tourism business it has emerged in World Travel Market Vision Conference Moscow 2015 which took place la... View more

Spain opens tourism office in Dubai

April 1, 2015

The steady increase in the number of tourists visiting Spain from the Middle East and the increasing air connections have together brought Miguel Nieto Sandoval to the UAE. Appointed as the director o... View more

Tourism on the rise in the GCC

December 25, 2014

ARAB airlines have increasing impact and visibility on the global stage with many countries in the Arab world recognising the economic importance of aviation and investing in infrastructure says Shaik... View more

Europe in bid to revive tourism fortunes

November 24, 2014

A PANEL of tourism leaders from the public and private sector meeting at the World Travel Market discussed what Europe needs to do to stem its declining share of world tourism as growth in emerging ma... View more

Tourism in good shape at Montréal

September 25, 2014

TOURISM is an important economic sector for Candadian city Montréal as it creates many jobs so it s good news that this industry is not only doing well it is in strong growth mode according to study r... View more

Europe to learn more about halal tourism

July 24, 2014

EUROPE is hosting the first-ever international conference on halal tourism to look at how the industry can capitalise on one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world. The Halal Tourism Conference w... View more

Hong Kong Tourism hosts the GCC trade

July 24, 2014

For the first time ever the Hong Kong Tourism Board will be hosting the largest familiarisation group from the GCC. From September 21 to 26 groups from Bahrain Kuwait Qatar Saudi Arabia (Jeddah and Da... View more

Travel and tourism colleagues being asked to change image of the industry

May 28, 2014

Members of the travel and tourism industry are being asked to participate in a new World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) campaign to help change the perception of a career in the sector. People are be... View more

Ali Al Hammadi wins tourism website prize

May 28, 2014

Ali Al Hammadi of the UAE has won the prize in the latest contest sponsored by the Abu Dhabi-based tourism site . He expressed delight for winning the prize which involves a free ... View more

Saudi event highlights tourism potential

April 24, 2014

THE seventh Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM) 2014 held between March 30 and April 4 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre was a great success. Through the five... View more

US Tourism targets the Gulf

April 24, 2014

Brand USA has brought 20 hotel and tourism organisations to Dubai for Arabian Travel Market to capitalise on increased air links between the Middle East and the US and the new preclearance facility at... View more

Rotana’s Black Cab Campaign in the UK to boost tourism to the UAE

April 24, 2014

Rotana the leading hospitality management company in the Middle East Africa South Asia and Eastern Europe welcomed more than 300 000 guests from the UK last year making the country its third-biggest s... View more

Abu Dhabi’s golf tourism is on the upswing

February 24, 2014

NEW figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) show the emirate s golf tourism offering grew by 49 per cent in the number of overseas rounds played in 2013 compared to 2... View more

New tourism push for oasis city

February 24, 2014

ABU DHABI Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has established an industry development committee specifically for the emirate s oasis city and heritage heartland Al Ain. The committee made up o... View more

France renewing its focus on tourism

November 21, 2013

THE world s most visited tourism destination with more than 83 million visitors a year France could be excused sitting on its laurels. However with big plans afoot to mark the centenary of the start o... View more

Bahrain’s tourism stature grows

October 24, 2013

BAHRAIN S tourism industry is growing in size and stature buoyed by a host of cultural events and major hotel and infrastructure developments. Last year Bahrain s capital Manama was named the Arab Cap... View more

Shortlist drawn up for tourism awards

October 24, 2013

FIFTY-SEVEN organisations and 10 photographers have been shortlisted for the World Responsible Tourism Awards at the WTM. Sponsored by The Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism the award categories co... View more

ATM expanding on the back of a regional tourism boom

October 24, 2013

THE 2014 edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) will mark significant growth for the region s largest travel showcase. Due to increased exhibitor demand from a variety of industry sectors an extra hal... View more

Dubai on track to achieve 2020 tourism vision

September 24, 2013

MORE than 5.5 million tourists visited Dubai in the first half of 2013 representing an 11.1 per cent year-on-year increase indicating that Dubai is on the way to achieving its Tourism Vision for 2020.... View more

Tourism on the upswing

August 27, 2013

THAILAND s travel and tourism sector is expected to benefit from economic growth in the country and promotional activities by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Domestic tourist volumes are expe... View more

West Bengal turns to tourism

July 30, 2013

THOUGH its tourism sector was inherent with good money-spinning potential the West Bengal government had not done much in the past to strategically exploit this latent potential as other Indian states... View more

Maldives celebrates 40th year in tourism with record arrivals

July 30, 2013

The Republic of Maldives celebrated its 40th year in tourism with a record start of the year. Tourist arrivals in February passed 100 000 arrivals just in a month for the first time followed by a grow... View more

Tourism ‘bedrock of Dubai’s economy’

May 27, 2013

An impressive line-up of speakers made up of the region s industry chiefs including Emirates chairman and president of Dubai Civil Aviation Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and travel and tourism pro... View more

Abu Dhabi flexes tourism muscle

May 27, 2013

ABU Dhabi s busiest ever Arabian Travel Market (ATM) participation with the partners in the destination s pavilion processing over 4 200 meetings and enquiries reflects the huge recent strides in the ... View more

Japan’s tourism showing signs of a recovery

May 27, 2013

WHILE Japan may not be the first destination that springs to mind for Middle Easttravellers there are several factors that will certainly encourage visitors to explore this amazing country. From the v... View more

Hungary to show off tourism attractions

April 28, 2013

HUNGARIAN Tourism the national body responsible for the international promotion of destination Hungary announced its participation at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) being held at the Dubai Internatio... View more

ILTM Africa opens doors for luxury tourism

April 28, 2013

THE first ILTM Africa closed its doors having established the scene for the continent s luxury travel industry in a niche event that focused on two days of business. The value of ILTM Africa has been ... View more

SCTDA highlights its tourism potential

March 25, 2013

SHARJAH successfully wrapped up its 16th year of presentation at ITB Berlin held from March 6-10 amid a huge turnout of visitors and participants at the Sharjah pavilion celebrating the culture and id... View more

Kuwait strengthening its tourism ambitions

March 25, 2013

KUWAIT S 13 billion investment in its transport infrastructure is driving its tourism sector according to government officials. In a recent interview Khaled Al Ghanim deputy chairman and managing dire... View more

Tourism jump-starts for Lebanon

March 17, 2013

It has been a tough year for Lebanon. The local tourism industry is lamenting what it sees as another lost year with regional and local instability combining with the economic slowdown in some of its ... View more

Bahrain hopes for tourism growth in 2013

February 24, 2013

TOURISM authorities should promote Bahrain as the region s cultural hub to attract more holidaymakers according to a leading publisher. This could boost the country s travel and tourism industry which... View more

Another record year for Abu Dhabi tourism

February 24, 2013

ABU DHABI recorded 2 388 023 hotel guests in its 136 hotels and hotel apartments last year a 13 per cent rise on its 2011 performance and achieving its set target of 2.3 million guests. The figures ar... View more

Gold Coast Tourism gets social

February 24, 2013

THE Gold Coast Tourism Corporation launched its first dedicated Arabic Facebook ) and Twitter page ( ) as part of the company s strat... View more

WTTC announces tourism finalists

January 27, 2013

THE World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled the twelve finalists for its 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The Awards are one of the highest accolades in the global Travel & Tourism industr... View more

The changing face of sports tourism

January 27, 2013

AS Qatar is propelled into the limelight following its recent appointment to host the World Cup there has never been a stronger focus on sports tourism. Not only is Qatar the first Arab country to win...