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Delta to introduce premium economy

Delta to introduce premium economy

Delta Air Lines is introducing a premium economy section on long-haul international flights this summer as part of an on-going $2 billion upgrade programme. “Economy Comfort” will include new seats with four inches more legroom and 50 percent more recline.

Abu Dhabi raises 2011 hotel target

Abu Dhabi raises 2011 hotel target

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority has set raised its target for 2011 hotel guests to 2 million, up from the current 1.9 million, following a stellar performance by the emirate’s 116 hotels and hotel apartments last year. The new target will require a 10.5 percent rise in hotel guest numbers on 2010, and follows ADTA picking up “World’s Leading Tourist Board” at the 2010 World Travel Awards.

Abu Dhabi mulls solar-powered pyramids

Abu Dhabi mulls solar-powered pyramids

Abu Dhabi could become home to its own pyramids, but these would serve as solar-powered energy generators rather than tombs. This follows a design featuring nine pyramids, similar in form to Egypt’s famous Great Pyramids of Giza, winning the UAE’s Land Art Generator Initiative, an architecture competion to promote carbon neutral developments.

Sandals Emerald Bay raises the luxury stakes

Sandals Emerald Bay raises the luxury stakes

When the stunning 500-acre Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma opened in early 2010, it raised the bar for excellence in the Bahamas. But rather than resting on its laurels as the world’s leading all-inclusive brand, Sandals has continued to reinvent and improve the resort.

LG to unveil world’s first 3D smartphone

LG is to unveil the world’s first 3D smartphone at the Mobile World Congress trade fair in Barcelona on February 14. The South Korean electronics giant says the Optimus 3D will be “the most advanced smartphone to date”, capable of recording 3D video and taking 3D photos on the go.

Forget about Facebook: Social-Mobile Convergence Will Have a Wide-Ranging Impact on the U.S

Forget about Facebook: Social-Mobile Convergence Will Have a Wide-Ranging Impact on the U.S

The convergence of social media and mobile applications will have a profound impact on corporate meetings and events, but not in the way one might expect. In a new report and upcoming Online Event, PhoCusWright examines the U.S. corporate groups and meetings market, and how meeting planners, travel companies and technology providers can leverage the mobile-social “sweetspot” to their advantage.

Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2011 gets off to a tasty start

Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2011 gets off to a tasty start

HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority led a host of VIPs to mark the opening of Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2011 – the annual 16-day culinary festival which has put Abu Dhabi on the international gourmet map.

Joburg rocks all summer

Joburg rocks all summer

One month into 2011, and the pace of life in Joburg is back in the full swing of summer, as Africa’s most exciting city gears up to host a full roster of world-class events, including Joburg Fashion Week, ATP SA Tennis Open and Meetings Africa, which all take place this month.

 Business as usual in Sharm el Sheikh

Business as usual in Sharm el Sheikh

Whilst the eyes of the world media honed in on Cairo, 500km away in Sharm el Sheikh there are few signs that it is anything other than tourism business as usual. Further along the Red Sea, life in the popular beach resort of Hurghada appears to be equally unfazed.

What next for Egypt’s tourism?

Egypt’s tourism industry has been one of the few success stories of the global downturn. Excellent value, sun and ancient culture have proven a huge hit. But with ongoing protests, BTN looks at what the future holds for an industry that contributes over 11 percent to the country’s GDP.

Etihad sets new challenges at Worldwide Staff Conference

Etihad sets new challenges at Worldwide Staff Conference

Etihad Airways has held its 2011 Worldwide Staff Conference at the Yas Marina Circuit at Yas Island. Making the address, James Hogan, CEO, said 2011 would be “the most important year” yet in the UAE flag carrier’s history as it sets new goals and underpins Abu Dhabi’s evolution into one of the world’s leading economic, political and cultural capitals.