Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways is preparing for something of an aviation milestone next month, with the carrier set to launch the first low-cost, long-haul flights between the Middle East and the United Kingdom. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole catches up with chief executive Rohit Ramachandran to find out more
Jumeirah Messilah Beach Resort & Spa has appointed Savino Leone to the role of general manager. A French national, Leone joins the Jumeirah Group from his position as general manager of InterContinental Osaka, Japan.
Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Kuwait’s idyllic resort, is offering guests a new level of indulgence at the award-winning Talise Spa. From tailored packages in its private suites, a renewed ladies’ membership program, to the launch of the new luxurious British spa brand and organic skincare brand, ILA.
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.
Kuwait has delayed the part-privatisation of its national carrier in favour of a restructuring of the airline. Kuwait Airways had been offering a 35 per cent strategic stake to potential buyers as it seeks to reinvent itself in the face of stiff competition from rivals in the region.
Employees of national carrier Kuwait Airways have ended their strike after airline capitulated to demands. Government communications minister, Saleh al-Athaina, confirmed to local media pay increases would be approved within a month.
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have signed an accord allowing citizens travelling between the two to do so without a passport. Following an agreement signed in Bahrain immigration officials will now accept local nationals’ personal identity cards.