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Saudia welcomes record 32m travellers in 2017

Saudia welcomes record 32m travellers in 2017

Saudia has achieved outstanding operational performance and an unprecedented number of guests flown, total flights operated, and seat capacity during 2017. The total number of passengers that travelled with the national carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rose significantly last year to reach more than 32 million guests.

New leadership for Hilton in India

New leadership for Hilton in India

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Hilton has announced the appointments of Navjit Ahluwalia as senior vice president and country head, India, and Jatin Khanna as vice president and head of operations, India. Effective immediately, Ahluwalia will oversee Hilton’s 33 hotels trading and under development, including the recently opened Conrad Bengaluru, while leading the company’s growth strategy in the country.

Etihad sees improvement in on-time performance for 2017

Etihad sees improvement in on-time performance for 2017

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has posted its best operational on-time performance results since 2009. Performance is calculated on actual flight arrival and departure times within 15 minutes of the published schedule and takes into consideration a variety of external factors including weather disruption and airspace congestion.

Copal Tree Lodge re-launched to eco-travellers in Belize

Copal Tree Lodge re-launched to eco-travellers in Belize

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California-based Belcampo has re-launched its eco-resort in southern Belize under the name Copal Tree Lodge. As part of the rebranding, the lodge is proud to partner with anew farm-to-flask initiative: Copal Tree Distillery, located adjacent to the hotel.

New operations leadership for Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Park Bangkok

New operations leadership for Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Park Bangkok

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Marriott International has confirmed the appointment of Vazid Shaikh as the new director of operations of Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Park Bangkok. Shaikh brings with him a comprehensive experience of more than 15 years in hospitality industry from leading international hotels in Thailand, Malaysia and India with a strong expertise on food & beverage operations and training.

Blythswood Square Hotel undergoes interior renovation

Blythswood Square Hotel undergoes interior renovation

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As part of a multi-million-pound investment, Glasgow’s five-star Blythswood Square Hotel has unveiled its refreshed and reimagined guest rooms and suites as it reaches a major milestone in its refurbishment. Work at the world-renowned hotel continues with guest rooms being the first area to be completed with brand new furniture and interior design from independent design studio Graven Images.