Speaking to Breaking Travel News during ITB Berlin, Saeed Al Saeed, destination marketing manager with the Department of Culture & Tourism - Abu Dhabi tells us about the source markets for the record visitor numbers the emirate saw in 2018. Also on the agenda is the growing popularity of the cruise sector and the recent visit of pope Francis to the Middle East.
Following an extensive renovation of the property, Rebecca Nachanakian, general manager at Jumeirah Al Qasr in Dubai, here tells Breaking Travel News what has changed at the hotel. Also up for discussion is the robust demand for tourism in the United Arab Emirates.
Amber Kumar, head of leisure sales for Dubai-based CityMax Hotels, tells Breaking Travel News about a recent expansion in Egypt, the growing importance of the mid-market sector to the leading Middle East destination and plans for the upcoming Expo 2020.
From today until March 10th, ITB Berlin will again be the tourism industry’s meeting place and must-attend event, devoting itself to innovative and forward-looking trends in the travel industry, politics and business.
Naseer Thodi, general manager of Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights, tells Breaking Travel News about the currently ongoing renovations at the property. The largest Mercure-branded hotel in the world, he tells us what it brings to the hospitality market in the Middle East.
The Centre for Expertise, Leisure and Hospitality and European Tourism Association have signed a new industry partnership. CELTH is the only centre of expertise in the sector of leisure, tourism and hospitality, in the Netherlands, bringing together experts and expertise from universities across the country.
Qetaifan Projects Company, a subsidiary of Katara Hospitality which was established to develop and manage Qetaifan Island North, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Rixos Hotels to manage and operate the hotels, the souq, the water park and the beach club in the destination.
Officials at ITB Berlin have announced that the Sultanate of Oman is to be the official partner country for the 2020 event. Oman tourism minister, Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mahrizi, said: “ITB Berlin is the leading platform for the global travel industry.”