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11 million tourists visit UAE in 2012

International arrivals to the UAE increased healthily in 2012, reaching an estimated 11 million tourists delegates heard today at the latest WTM Vision Conference - Dubai held at Reed Travel Exhibitio

EIBTM says Middle East exhibitors in high demand

Plans for EIBTM, the leading global event for the meeting and events industry, are well underway with key exhibitors already rebooked to attend in 2

Starwood to open 50 new hotels across Middle East and Africa...

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Seychelles tourism ramps up awareness of weddings and honeymoons to UAE...

The Seychelles Tourism Board Offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, joined forces with Air Seychelles for this year’s Bride Show from January 30 to February 2 in yet another effort to increase awareness of th

Indonesia to promote Sharia tourism

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry is set to leverage the country’s potential of sharia tourism this year in a bid to capture the expanding number of global Muslim travel

Garuda Indonesia partners with Etihad to increase destinations

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia’s national carrier, launched flight services last week to six new destinations as a result of the airline's recently signed codeshare agreement with

Seychelles increases tourism visibility in Jordan

In an effort to increase the visibility of Seychelles in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) as well as to other Levant countries, the Seychelles Tourism Office Middle East conducted a two-day educatio

Successfully developing MENA aviation

ALGIERS, Algeria - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) outlined five areas in which opportunities exist to further develop aviation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to benefit

Middle East low-cost carriers grow at incredible rate

The Middle East’s low-fare sector has demonstrated a dramatic pace of growth in the last decade which shows no signs of abating, according to OAG, the market leader in airline schedule data.

Middle East magazine portrays Seychelles as true paradise on Earth

The strong points of the Seychelles economy have made four pages in the July edition of Khaleej Times, the Middle East business report magazine.

Prime Minister Erdogan to open first World Economic Forum on Middle...

ISTANBUL, Turkey – The World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia will open next week in Istanbul from 4 to 6 June 2012.

Attracting tourism traffic ahead of summer season and Ramadan

The Seychelles Tourism Board, Middle East Office, in conjunction with Etihad Airways, conducted a series of corporate educational seminars to 90 key corporate clients in Dammam, Riyadh, and Jeddah Sau

Arabian Travel Market sees Seychelles strengthen its presence

The Seychelles Tourism Board has strengthened its presence this year at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) with an increased number of trade partners from the destination in addition to the presence of L

Arabian Business magazine does full spread on Seychelles

Seychelles, the Indian Ocean’s most sought-after tourist destination, got the full cover and eight pages-plus of the most-read and respected glossy “Arabian Business” magazine.

Namibia hopes to tap into Arabian tourism market

DUBAI, UAE - Namibia has entered the race to win the Middle East tourism market though it faces stiff competition from neighbouring countries within Southern Africa, which are all seeking to boost the

Etihad Airways Chief appointed WTTC Vice Chair for Middle East and...

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, has been named World Tourism and Travel Council’s (WTTC) Vice Chairman for the Middle East and Africa.

Hawaii Tourism Association working to bring Middle East tourists to the...

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The privately-managed Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA), in coordination with the HiTA tourism ambassador based in Doha, Qatar, is planning to hold a cocktail presentation for trave

Diving, fishing and sailing holidays promoted to Middle East by Seychelles

The Seychelles Tourism Board, Middle East, in partnership with Emirates Holidays, have joined forces at this year’s Dive Middle East Exhibition, which is held alongside the Dubai International Boat

Namibia wants Mideast tourists

Namibia is taking the first steps in diversifying its tourism source markets and product offerings in an attempt to remain competitive and attractive to potential tourists at a time when the countries

Mideast tourism to UK on the rise

Britain welcomed more visitors than ever from the Middle East last year and the trend is set to continue throughout 2012, according to VisitBritain, the UK’s national tourist authority.

Tanzania eyes Middle East tourist market

(eTN) - Highlighting the growing number of tourists from the Middle East to East Africa, Tanzania tourist officials are eyeing the upcoming Arab travel markets, also taking advantage of the Middle Eas

Meseznikov: Israeli tourism hurt by Arab Spring chaos

Upheaval in the Arab world has caused a significant drop in tourist visits to Israel, Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov said on Sunday.

Changes in the Middle East and North Africa bring enormous opportunities

LONDON, UK - Participants at the UNWTO/Arabian Travel Market (ATM) event on the Future of Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa held at the World Travel Market were unanimous in agreeing that to

UNIGLOBE expands Global Partner network

VANCOUVER, Canada – International travel management organization, UNIGLOBE, has further expanded its

Late-season tweaks to Middle East cruises

Combine ongoing unrest in the Middle East with widespread economic anxiety, and what do you get?

Challenges to the recovery of tourism in Egypt in 2011

Tourism to the Middle East, or should we more accurately describe it as the Muddle East, has been under serious siege during 2011.

Tourists from Gulf states flock to Turkey

The ‘Arab Spring’ is fuelling a Turkish summer as Saudis, Kuwaitis and other tourists from the Gulf states who would have previously spent summers in Syria or Egypt look further north.

AFRAA targets Middle East carriers

(eTN) - Never shy of controversy, the last one having been sweeping allegations over the Europe Union's (EU) aviation black list targeting African airlines to protect their own – made days before an

UN: Arab nations need to ensure sustainable transaction to democracy

The top United Nations human rights official today stressed the need to ensure that the "promising" first steps taken by some countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to calls for ref

The Oscars of the travel industry awarded to Middle East winners

DUBAI - The industry’s elite – including CEOs of leading travel companies, government ministers, and tourist board chiefs – attended the glittering gala event of the World Travel Awards for the