Hotels in the Middle East reported mixed November 2016 results, while hotels in Africa posted positive results in the three key performance metrics when reported in US dollar constant currency, according to data from STR.
Hilton has confirmed a franchise agreement with Cavusoglu Group to open Hilton Garden Inn in Yalova. The 121-room property will be situated by the Marmara Sea and is expected to open in 2018.
The Rezidor Hotel Group has signed Radisson Blu Hotel, Dhahran Square and Radisson Blu Residence, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in partnership with Tanami Arabia. The new properties will be located in the business district of Dhahran, a city in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom.
Gulf Air has moved its Cairo operations to Terminal 2 at Cairo International Airport. All Gulf Air flights between Bahrain and Cairo – a total of two scheduled flights each day – will arrive and depart from Terminal 2.
The agreement is worth SAR 32 billion ($8.6 billion) at list prices and includes 80 firm orders with deliveries scheduled during 2018-2026. Another 40 purchase rights were announced earlier by Ayed Al Jeaid, chairman NAS Holding, and Bander Al Mohanna, chief executive NAS Holding Group.
Continued fleet and network expansion together with a renewed focus on on-board services and developments will be a priority for Oman Air in 2017; ensuring the airline of the Sultanate of Oman continues to drive up revenues, increases its growing contribution to the national economy and delivers against its ten year development plan.
Hollywood legned Morgan Freeman is to become the new brand ambassador for Turkish Airlines. The Turkish flag-carrier announced that Freeman will be its new face to represent the brand in the United States.
Sabre has signed a deal with Emirates airline which will enable the carrier to easily purchase a range of customised fares. Sabre and Emirates have also signed a new long-term global distribution agreement to make the airline’s fares available to travel agents globally who use Sabre.
Finnair is extending its network throughout the United Kingdom with new codeshare services on Flybe flights between several European cities and the UK. Finnair’s codes will be added to the below Flybe services when a Finnair flight is also included in the booking.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker has officially opened the new and luxurious Qatar Airways Premium Lounge at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Al Baker also used the occasion to update attending media on the airline’s forthcoming launch of direct flights to Nice.
Radisson Blu has confirmed plans to open a new business and conference property in Geneva. The new Radisson Blu Hotel, Geneva will be located between the city centre and airport and is scheduled to open in 2021.
W Hotels Worldwide is planning to debut the iconic W Hotels brand in Hungary with the opening of W Budapest. Located in the heart of the city at Andrassy Avenue, the hotel will be housed in the impressive Drechsler Palace which will be fully renovated to bring the brand's cutting-edge, contemporary design to life.