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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

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises waives solo supplement fee

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With a huge growth in demand for solo travel, and in response to an increasing number of guests opting to have their own cabin when cruising, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has waived the solo supplement fee on some of its most popular European cruises for 2016. The amazing savings to be had on Uniworld’s luxurious, all-inclusive river cruises make these exceptional European itineraries the ideal holidays for solo travellers, and for those who are travelling with others but wish to enjoy the space and indulgence of a cabin to themselves. → Read More

Expo 2016 Antalya opens in Turkey

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President of the International Association of Horticultural Producers, Bernard Oosterom, congratulated Turkey on creating a spectacular opening to the International Horticultural Exhibition, during opening of Expo 2016 in Antalya. Speaking alongside president Erdogan of Turkey, prime minister Davutloglu, senior Turkish government ministers, secretary general of the BIE and ambassadors from around the world, Oosterom addressed the 5,000 guests and TV audiences telling them: “This Expo has brought together the horticulture industry, countries and their governments from all over the world around themes designed to promote ‘a green life for future generations’. → Read More

Emirates launches A380 operations to Taipei and Prague

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Emirates expanded their network of destinations served by its flagship A380 aircraft with the launch of new scheduled service to Taipei and Prague, reports Phil Blizzard in Dubai. In doing so Emirates are the first and only airline to operate an A380 into these two cities, making the total number of destinations served by Emirates’ iconic A380 to more than 40. → Read More

Breaking Travel News interview: Ignace Bauwens, Complex General Manager, Al Habtoor City, Dubai

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Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole here chats with Ignace Bauwens, Complex General Manager, The St Regis Dubai, W Dubai, and The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City, about the major Starwood investment in the United Arab Emirates and what the three new properties will bring to the destination. → Read More

ATM 2016: Kuwait forecast to invest $1bn in tourism sector

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Investment into the travel and tourism sector in Kuwait is forecasted to grow by 4.3 per cent per annum over the next decade through to 2025, with a total investment figure of US$ 1 billion. Kuwait’s strategy for long-term tourism growth received a boost in 2015, with airport passenger volume growing from around ten million travellers in 2014 to just over 10.2 million last year as the Gulf state ploughs ahead with plans to expand its transportation infrastructure. → Read More

ATM 2016: Qatar tourism receipts to reach $7.2 billion by 2025

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Qatar’s tourism and hospitality industry is building momentum as it enters the second half of the decade, with an ambitious target of four million visitors by 2020, supported by US$40-45 billion worth of sector investment under the country’s National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030 plan. The Gulf state returns to ATM this year to showcase its expanding hotel and tourism infrastructure pipeline following a successful 2015 with visitor numbers in the first nine months of 2014 growing to reach 2.2 million in quarter three, representing a year-on-year increase of 7.7 per cent, and booming air connectivity which saw Hamad International Airport exceed forecasted capacity of 30 million passengers last year. → Read More

ATM 2016: La Perle set for launch in Al Habtoor City, Dubai

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The dawn of a new era of entertainment will arrive in Dubai with La Perle, a new show produced and created by Dragone, one of the world’s most revered cultural artistic directors. Located in the heart of Al Habtoor City, La Perle will be the region’s first permanent show boasting 450 performances per year in a tailor-made state of the art aqua-theatre. La Perle is set to preview in late 2016. → Read More

ATM 2016: Responsible tourism tops agenda in Dubai

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Responsible tourism will headline several seminar theatre sessions at Arabian Travel Market 2016 as government legislation, increased focus on the traveller footprint and the impact of natural disasters on country economies put the spotlight on the importance of effective sustainable travel strategies. In 2015, ATM welcomed over 50 exhibitors with a responsible tourism focus, and the number is set to grow this year. → Read More

ATM 2016: Seminal seminar line-up unveiled for Dubai

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More than 50 wide-ranging seminar and tech theatre sessions are scheduled at Arabian Travel Market, which is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 25th. Panellists will be flying in from around the world to contribute to discussions, with topics including mid-market travel, luxury, aviation, technology trends, spa and wellness tourism, business, adventure and halal tourism. → Read More

ATM 2016: Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre slated for 2017 opening

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Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Ward Holdings to open a Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts property in Dubai International Financial Centre. Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre is expected to begin welcoming guests in autumn 2017, and will join a portfolio of 25 Waldorf Astoria properties operating around the world. → Read More

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