Marriott International has welcomed the 257-room Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel, 204-room Courtyard by Marriott Doha City Center and 123-unit Marriott Executive Apartments Doha City Center to Qatar. All three properties are located within two 48-storey towers located in West Bay across from Qatar Financial Centre, adjacent to the Doha City Center Mall.
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.”
Etihad Airways – recognised as the World’s Leading Airline by the World Travel Awards - continues to build its presence in Russia with the expansion of the commercial agreement with S7 Airlines. S7 Airlines is Russia’s fastest growing airline and the country’s largest domestic carrier.
Royal Jordanian has reported an eight per cent increase in revenues for October 2011 compared to the same month the previous year. The up-tick is attributed to the great and diligent efforts made inside and outside the Kingdom to strengthen its position and increase its market share, the carrier said earlier.
Etihad Airways has joined Cathay Pacific in making changes to its London-bound flights ahead of a 24 hour strike by Border Agency staff across the United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 30th. Three Etihad flights have been cancelled to spare the airline’s guests the expected disruption in Heathrow airport and the long delays in waiting to clear immigration.
Durban will play host to the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from today for the next two weeks. ICC Durban – which will host the event – has been nominated as the World’s Leading Meeting & Conference Centre by the World Travel Awards.
Seychelles president James Michel is seeking to boost tourism cooperation with the United Arab Emirates with the symbolic unveiling of a plaque at the country’s new embassy in Abu Dhabi. The president, in his capacity as minister for tourism, also inaugurated the Seychelles Tourism Office, which is based in the embassy.
Marco Saxer has been appointed the general manager of Swissôtel Kolkata, the internationally renowned Swiss hospitality group’s maiden property in India. He brings with him over 20 years of experience from international hotel chains across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The Seoul Convention Bureau will be inviting EIBTM attendees to take their Korean experience online during the annual Europe Incentive Business Travel & Meetings trade show. Visitors will be invited to photograph themselves at the Seoul booth and upload their images to the official SCB Facebook page for the opportunity to win a prize.
Elite luxury travel specialists will meet in Cannes in December to source new ideas and meet new suppliers to satisfy evolving high spending customer demand at the leading ‘by-invitation-only’ International Luxury Travel Market. The most established brand names in luxury travel from over 70 countries across the world have been approved to attend this year’s ILTM including Relais & Chateaux, The Dorchester Collection, Amanresorts, Orient Express Trains & Cruises and Four Seasons.
Emirates has begun its first daily A380 service to Germany by serving Munich over the weekend, nearly five weeks earlier than expected. The double-decker was originally set to replace EK 49, one of two daily services to Munich, from January 1st 2012.
Emirates gave the birthplace of the tango a dazzling turn of its own earlier, as the airline prepared to launch flights to Buenos Aires from January 3rd 2012. Emirates’ Buenos Aires flight will be a linked service with Rio de Janeiro, meaning that customers in South America can now travel between the two cities in unprecedented style and comfort.