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INDABA to place focus on potential of small businesses at 2016 event

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INDABA will put a firm focus on the tourism sector’s small, medium and micro enterprises this year. For the first time at INDABA, there is a Hidden Gems Zone built to showcase products and services from 70 South African SMMEs. There will also be workshops facilitated to provide knowledge and tools on how to access the market and grow their businesses. → Read More

Small Luxury Hotels confirms $12m organisational restructuring

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Small Luxury Hotels of the World has confirmed a new structure for the company. This restructure allows for a £12 million investment over the next five years into the luxury brand by the owners of the management company and makes member hotels shareholders in Small Luxury Hotels of the World Limited. → Read More

WTTC: Tourism key driver for international peace

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With terror and security scares against tourists filling many headlines in the past few months, the World Travel & Tourism Council has launched a new report quantifying for the first time the links between tourism and peace. While tourism has often been recognised for its ability to drive peace, security and understanding, to date, there has been little empirical evidence to support this link. → Read More

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi set for 2018 opening

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Miral, the asset management company responsible for the development and management of Yas Island, and Warner Bros. have officially announced that a Warner Bros. themed destination is set to open in Abu Dhabi. Situated on Yas Island, the development will include an immersive Warner Bros. theme park and the world’s first Warner Bros. branded hotel. The first phase of the project, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, is set to open in 2018. → Read More

Dubai welcomes ever increasing number of UK visitors

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The number of overnight visitors to Dubai from the UK grew by ten per cent in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year. Between January and March, 334,000 Brits travelled to the city for one night or more, consolidating the UK’s position as Dubai’s leading European visitor source market and its third largest overall. → Read More

Air Côte D’Ivoire places Airbus A320 order

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Air Côte D’Ivoire, the national airline of Ivory Coast based in Abidjan, has signed a firm order for two A320neo and two A320 aircraft. The agreement makes Air Côte D’Ivoire the first African airline to order the A320neo. The airline’s first purchase agreement directly with Airbus also makes Air Côte D’Ivoire a new customer. → Read More

Amadeus reveals strong performance in first quarter

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Amadeus IT Holding has reported adjusted profit for the three months to March 31st grew 17 per cent, to €245.6 million. This was supported by a revenue increase of 13.2 per cent, to €1,120 million, and EBITDA growth of 15.2 per cent, to €448.8 million. Free cash-flow generation at the leading technology partner for the global travel industry expanded 17.9 per cent in the quarter, in the context of a robust capital structure, with leverage at 1.43x EBITDA. → Read More

Jordan launches new partnership with Qantas Airways

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The Jordan Tourism Board and Qantas Airways have committed to undertake joint promotional activities in Australia and Jordan to support tourism and trade between the two countries. The joint activities will include a series of tactical promotions using Qantas sales channels and industry partners in Australia and in Jordan. → Read More

UNWTO expresses support for Ecuador tourism following earthquake

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Ministers and high representatives of UNWTO Members States in the Americas meeting in Havana, Cuba have express their full support to Ecuador following the tragic earthquake that struck the country’s central coast on April 16th, 2016. The statement came during the occasion 60th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Americas. → Read More

Geneva offers travellers free accommodation this summer

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Awarded the title of Europe’s Leading City Break Destination by the World Travel Awards for the past two years, Geneva is unveiling a ground-breaking campaign aimed at showcasing its beautiful city to thousands of leisure travellers this summer. Known as an international business hub for its humanitarian role as the Capital of Peace, Geneva Tourism along with many of its partners are joining together to provide leisure travellers a chance to experience the city’s peaceful surroundings and activities with complimentary accommodations. → Read More

Expedia and Amadeus extend global partnership

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Expedia and Amadeus IT Group have announced a new global, long-term agreement. The agreement enables Expedia to offer air, car, rail, cruise, and hotel products through the Amadeus global distribution system, and adds Orbitz Worldwide brands in addition to the Expedia, Hotwire, Travelocity, Wotif Group, Expedia Affiliate Network and Egencia brands covered by the previous agreement. → Read More

Breaking Travel News interview: Issam Kazim, chief executive, Dubai Corporation for Tourism

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Issam Kazim, chief executive, Dubai Corporation for Tourism & Commerce Marketing talks to Breaking Travel News at Arabian Travel Market about the growth in visitor numbers to the destination, the expansion of Dubai International, the importance of the relationship between the public and private sectors and the growth of the family tourism sector. → Read More

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