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Breaking Travel News Review: Soft landing at Aloft London Excel

Breaking Travel News Review: Soft landing at Aloft London Excel

While W Hotels has revolutionised the concept of design led short-stay accommodation over the last few years, younger sibling Aloft – also by Starwood – is taking a more measured approach, offering business travellers vibrant properties in urban locations. With the brand launching in London last month, Breaking Travel News called in to see what was on offer.

SIXT upgrades the festive journey home

SIXT upgrades the festive journey home

For most, the festive drive back to the family home at Christmas really gets you in the mood for the season of eating, drinking and being merry. However, for many disgruntled UK public transport users, it is a time of extortionately inflated prices, cramped carriages and long journeys home.

Breaking Travel News Interview: Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur Hotel taps into MICE market

Breaking Travel News Interview: Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur Hotel taps into MICE market

Seeking to capture some of 31.7 million international travellers expected to visit Malaysia by the end of 2015, the award winning Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Airport Hotel – with average occupancy levels of 85 per cent - is about to undergo a major refurb programme that will result in a fresh look and feel for all its guest rooms. Mr Hans Winsnes, general manager of the property, speaks to BTN about his cautious optimism for 2012 and why so many guests return to the Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur time after time.

UAE tourism industry embraces 40th National Day

UAE tourism industry embraces 40th National Day

The Madinat Jumeirah, Emirates Palace, and Jebel Ali International Hotels are among the many success stories of the United Arab Emirates who have been celebrating the UAE’s 40th anniversary of independence this week.

AACO 2011: IATA calls for closer integration in MENA aviation

The International Air Transport Association has called for a renewed focus on cooperation among aviation stakeholders in the Middle East and North African region to manage the challenges of growth. Addressing an industry audience at the Arab Air Carriers Organisation annual general meeting in Abu Dhabi, IATA secretary general Tony Tyler said: “Aviation is a challenging industry, so let us work together, where we can, to meet the challenges of growth and make aviation even more successful.”

BTN Interview: Kapil Chopra, Senior Vice President, The Oberoi Group

Since opening its doors just six months ago, the Oberoi Gurgaon has caused quite a stir in India’s New Delhi. Despite a challenging economic climate, the stunning property has maintained an average 80% occupancy level with room rates of close to $400 USD. Kapil Chopra, the SVP of the Oberoi Group speaks to Breaking Travel News about India’s hottest new hotel.

Middle East mega projects inspire global travellers

Middle East mega projects inspire global travellers

Packed with ambitious tourism developments including mega projects and unrivalled hotel designs to cater for the most demanding upmarket travellers, the tourism landscape in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East is often met with wonder, admiration and even scepticism.

AACO 2011: Arab Air Carriers Organisation set for Abu Dhabi AGM

AACO 2011: Arab Air Carriers Organisation set for Abu Dhabi AGM

The Arab Air Carriers Organisation is holding its 44th Annual General Meeting in Abu Dhabi later this month, with the event promising to tackle some of the key issues facing aviation industry experts. Here Breaking Travel News looks at what might be on the agenda.