DUBAI, 28 April 2017: Qatar Airways plans to introduce a fifth daily nonstop service from Doha to Bangkok effective 1June.
The increased frequency, along with its double-daily Phuket flights and the five-month-old Krabi operations (four flights a week), will take the number of weekly Qatar Airways departures from Thailand to Doha to 53.
In related news Qatar Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Read more
BAHRAIN, 26 April 2017: Strengthening its foothold in Bahrain, Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) will triple its inventory of rooms in the Kingdom this year with the opening of two new hotels.
Grand Swiss-Belresort Seef, a 189-key five-star resort, will open in the last quarter of this year, with a new residential property due to open in Juffair in December 2017 after it has been re-branded Swiss-Belresidences. These two new properties will be joining the existing Swiss-Belhotel Seef.
Swiss-Belhotel International chairman and president, Gavin M Faull, said: “The new developments are in line with our multi-brand growth strategy and reinforce our commitment to Bahrain where we continue to see a strong demand.” Read more
DOHA, 25 April 2017: Qatar Airways will add a third daily nonstop flight to Denpasar, Bali, 7 May increasing weekly seat capacity by 35%.
Qatar Airways introduced services to Bali in 2014 shortly afterwards increased frequency to twice daily based on the island’s popularity.
Prior to the 2014 launch, Qatar Airways served the destination via Singapore. Read more
DUBAI, 25 April 2017: Tourico Holidays reports inbound hotel room nights to the Middle East have increased by 112% year-over-year in 2017.
Outbound travel from the market is on the rise, as well. Hotel room nights sold from the Middle East are pacing at an increase of 138% through to the end of 2017 – meaning future hotel reservations through the end of the year have more than doubled compared to the same time in 2016.
Travel from China is a driving force in the market’s inbound hotel industry success. Tourico reports a sharp increase in Chinese travel to the Middle East, marked by a 60% surge in hotel room nights booked so far in 2017. Additionally, The US has increased its hotel room nights to the Middle East by 12% year-over-year, while Germany (+21% YOY), Canada (+8% YOY), and South American countries (+9% YOY) have also been key contributors to the growth. Read more
BANGKOK, 21 April 2017: Emirates says it will reduce flights to the US in response to the Trump administration’s restrictive policies.
The airline said in a statement travel demand to US has weakened.
It quoted recent actions taken by the US government to restrict entry visas, heightened security vetting and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins as the causes for a decline in bookings on US flights. Read more
TEHRAN, 21 April 2017: Iran’s first cruise ship since the 1979 Islamic revolution completed its maiden revenue-earning voyage on Thursday, docking in the Gulf resort island of Qeshm, a port official said.
The Swedish-built Sunny carried more than 200 passengers on the 127-kilometre (79 mile) voyage from Kish, Iran’s other main resort island.
The nine-storey ship is 176 metres long by 23 metres wide, and is planned to carry up to 1,600 passengers and 200 vehicles between the two islands on four- to seven-day cruises. Read more
DOHA, QATAR, 19 April 2017: Qatar Airways has become the first airline to achieve compliance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Resolution 753 at its hub in Hamad International Airport (HIA).
The resolution requires airlines to track every piece of baggage from the start of the journey all the way through to its finish.
The certification has been achieved through the airline’s in-house developed baggage management system as well as its real-time integration with the Qatar Airways website and mobile app. Read more
BANGKOK, 12 April 2017: The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart 2018 will take place in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Dates have yet to be finalised but the event is usually hosted in February.
It will mark the first time that the PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart has gone outside the Asia Pacific region. Read more
NEW YORK, 5 April 2017: US plane maker Boeing said Tuesday that Iran’s Aseman Airlines had agreed to buy 30 737 MAX jets for USD3.0 billion in its second major deal since sanctions were eased last year.
“Boeing confirms the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Iran Aseman Airlines, expressing the airline’s intent to purchase 30 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes with a list price value of USD3 billion,” the US group said in a statement.
“The agreement also provides the airline with purchase rights for 30 additional 737 MAXs,” it added. Read more
ABU DHABI, UAE, 4 April 2017: Alpin Limited has been appointed the commissioning authority for the 2020 World Expo, which will take place in Dubai.
Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract 180 nations and 25 million visitors, across a six-month period.
Alpin’s primary objective is to work with the organisers to integrate these three sub-themes into the urban design, construction, operations and legacy, while also ensuring the assets have a life after the expo closes. Read more