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Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort opens in Abu Dhabi

Jumeirah Group has announced the opening of Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, the group’s first luxury “eco-conscious” Resort, nestled on the pristine shores of Abu Dhabi. The luxury beachfront Resort overlooks 400 metres of beautiful white sand on the Arabian Gulf and offers a front-row seat to breathtakingly beautiful scenery and undisturbed wildlife. Depending on the season, guests may catch a glimpse of Indo-pacific humpback and bottle nose dolphins, green or hawksbill turtles and dugongs, which live in the Saadiyat Mangroves. More inland, gazelles, socotra cormorants, grey herons and greater flamingos are known to visit. “This resort is a place like no other. “Located next to one of the most spectacular beaches in the Arabian Gulf, every aspect of the resort’s design has been influenced by the beauty of this location,” said Linda Griffin, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, general manager. Eco-conscious practices at the resort go beyond preserving the island’s protected sand dunes - Jumeirah has partnered with Dubai-based water treatment company Trust Your Water to reduce single-use plastics. Guests are offered locally-sourced filtered still and sparkling water in their own personal reusable bottles that can be refilled at the resort’s water stations. The resort has also eliminated the use of plastic straws, favouring straws made from recycled material. “Our commitment to protecting the natural sand dunes and sea around this hotel means that we are also continuously trying to minimise the impact that guests have on this environment by bringing in our own environmentally-friendly solutions and working with partners who are dedicated to employing sustainable, ethical practices in their businesses,” said Griffin. Just a ten-minute drive from Abu Dhabi city centre, guests can explore the island’s nine kilometres of mesmerising white beach and the crystal-clear waters of the Arabian Gulf which provide a feeling of relaxation and harmony. Golf aficionados can enjoy the proximity to Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, the Arabian Gulf’s first beachfront course. José Silva, chief executive, Jumeirah Group, said: “We are proud to bring Jumeirah to Saadiyat Island and to open our second luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi.  “The opening is a significant landmark in achieving our strategic expansion goals worldwide and is our sixth Jumeirah hotel to open this year. “We are confident that Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort will further enhance Abu Dhabi as a distinct and diverse tourist destination, and we look forward to welcoming guests from the local community as well as international travellers. “We anticipate it will be a very popular and welcome addition to Saadiyat.” Saadiyat Island is undergoing a remarkable transformation into a world-class leisure, culturally connected and residential destination. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, also located on the island, opened last year to international acclaim and has since received over a million visitors. It will be joined by the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi making the island a hub for global culture, arts and entertainment. The resort is also only ten minutes away from Yas Island, famous for hosting the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Mall (the second largest mall in the UAE) and world-class theme parks including Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World and the recently opened Warner Bros. World. Older Anantara Quy Nhon Villas opens in Vietnam Newer Ottawa unveils development plans for Macdonald–Cartier International Airport Let's block ads! (Why?)

Anantara Quy Nhon Villas opens in Vietnam

Anantara Quy Nhon Villas – a brand new all-villa resort in Vietnam – has opened its doors. Located in a bay on the south-central coastline, Anantara Quy Nhon includes private infinity-style pools for each villa, in-room villa host services and unique spa offerings, plus a range of indigenous guest experiences that showcase this hidden gem within Vietnam. The 26 one and two-bedroom ocean-facing villas are ensconced amid 7.2 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens. The resort is designed to blend seamlessly into the natural environment: locally-sourced materials, traditional craftsmanship and regional influences are discreetly incorporated into its contemporary design. The spacious villas boast sleek timber sundecks made from locally-crafted wood, oversized bathtubs, private pools and extended low overhanging roofs. ADVERTISEMENTVietnamese blue stone keeps the look of the common areas vernacular, while granite and marble elements introduce a touch of modernity. Perched high on the hillside overlooking Quy Nhon Bay, Anantara Spa is a wellbeing paradise hidden among the lush tropical foliage. Nature-inspired treatment suites, positioned among the trees, boast double massage beds and oversized bathtubs for nourishing coconut milk soaks and Vietnamese traditional massages, while breezy cliffside pavilions bring the art of relaxation to new heights with a view directly overlooking the serene bay. The resort is a 40-minute drive from Quy Nhon Airport, or Phu Cat Airport as it is known locally, and only a 15-minute drive from downtown Quy Nhon. Daily flights into Phu Cat Airport are operated from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Older Senegal hospitality potential highlighted ahead of Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain Newer Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort opens in Abu Dhabi Let's block ads! (Why?)

Senegal hospitality potential highlighted ahead of Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain

As the potential for tourism investment in under-exploited Francophone Africa becomes ever-clearer, Senegal has been highlighted as an emerging economy that’s ripe for further development. The country still faces challenges, but the government wants to put Senegal in the top five African tourist destinations with three million visitors a year by 2023. A detailed analysis comes from Horwath HTL, a global leader in hotel, tourism and leisure consulting, ahead of the new Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain in Marrakesh in February 2019. The conference, organised by Bench Events as a sister event to the long-established Africa Hotel Investment Forum, will focus on the markets of north and west Africa. During the conference, Philippe Doizelet, Horwath HTL managing partner, hotels, based in Paris, will be sharing his expertise, gained from 300 development studies both in France and internationally.ADVERTISEMENTHis verdict on Senegal is: “We’re of the opinion that Senegal has potential for diverse hotel development in the mid-term.” As one of the best-performing economies in sub-Saharan Africa, Senegal’s growth is expected to stay at around seven per cent, sustained by agriculture and industry, including mining exports. Future hotel demand is expected to come from both the business and leisure sectors against a background of positive factors, including: Senegal’s regional position as a major economic hub, backed by a stable democratic political system Improved air access thanks to a new airport Diass/Diamniadio The discovery of natural gas in the north of the country Government support for the tourism sector with infrastructure plans A pipeline of internationally branded hotels Improving hotel performances in Dakar However, there are some challenges as well: on-going neighbouring conflicts; low-standards of services outside the capital, and the high cost of reaching Senegal compared to other seaside destinations in the region. Nevertheless, overall, Horwath believes there’s good potential for new mid-scale, economical hotels in Dakar and the Petite Côte area, which is now the top leisure destination in continental west Africa, where the market has been performing well. That optimistic perspective is supported by the hotel industry, which is seeing a number of development projects in the pipeline, including, in 2019, the opening of a Golden Tulip with 118 rooms, the Days Hotel & Suites with 84 rooms and the Hyatt Centric, with 150 rooms. In 2020, at the airport, a 460 room Movenpick recently announced by Accor is due to open and a midmarket hotel, developed by Mangalis. In the medium term, around 3,200 new rooms will be built - an Azalai along the Corniche, the Sheraton/Aloft in Almadies, Dakar, a second Club Med, which will be the largest seaside resort in west Africa, and two new hotel clusters, in Pointe-Sarène (1,600 rooms, 100 per cent resort) and in Lac Rose (1000 rooms, mixed business and leisure). In the long term, Horwath expects there will be significant new development close to the new airport and in Saint-Louis, close to the newly-discovered gas fields. Doizelet added: “With an average contribution of ten per cent of GDP and 9% of total employment in 2017, the tourism sector holds a key role within Senegal’s economy.” All this will be explored in more detail at FIHA, aimed at helping countries to develop their economies and support hospitality investment. Matthew Weihs, managing director of Bench Events, concluded: “It’s this level of analysis that will make FIHA a must-attend event; plus, it will connect business leaders from the international and regional markets and drive investment in tourism, infrastructure and entertainment.” Older IATA: A decade of success for international aviation Newer Anantara Quy Nhon Villas opens in Vietnam Let's block ads! (Why?)

Fears for Rome tourism as city seeks to limit coach access

Plans by Rome’s tourism authorities to reduce coach access to the city’s historical centre by two-thirds will inflict a body blow to the city’s overnight group travel sector, which is worth well-over €1.65 billion, the European Tourism Association has argued today. An appeal is due to be heard in Consiglio di Stato in Rome today. The European Tourism Association has released new figures, which quantifies the value and volume of the overnight group leisure travel sector provided by their members to Rome and finds that ETOA members’ contribution alone amounts to 1.8 million overnight stays in Rome’s historic centre each year. Separately, a study on tourism buses in Rome by Sapienza University found that the average number of coaches in zone C is 600 per week - on average 85 per day.  The new plans will reduce access to zone C to 30 a day.ADVERTISEMENTETOA and its members, many whom provide services in Rome and tour operators who sell Italy worldwide, have called for a suspension of these new plans until either clear evidence is provided to show they would be beneficial or until there are more effective solutions developed which will have demonstrable long-term benefits for the local community, businesses and visitors. There are serious concerns about the practicality of the new plan as well as the harm it might cause. Mario Bodini, chairman of ETOA, said: “Group tourism includes high-value business from developed markets worldwide. “If Rome becomes operationally problematic, its status as a gateway to the rest of Italy for long haul tourism is in jeopardy. Unless the first-time visit to a destination is a success, travellers will hesitate before booking a second trip to Italy. “We have already received reports that some operators are moving volume away from Rome for 2020 and cancelling included elements of their remaining programmes. “We urge Rome not to implement the new coach access plan until a better solution is found.” Older Chitrakorn to lead Mantra Samui Resort, Thailand Newer Intrepid Travel expands number of woman-only tours Let's block ads! (Why?)

SereneAir signs distribution partnership with Amadeus

SereneAir has announced a three-year content distribution agreement with Amadeus which will see the growing airline make available more of its service offerings to global travel partners. Having launched in 2017, SereneAir has experienced rapid growth to reach an estimated 750,000 passengers in 2018, with more than one million anticipated to travel via the airline in 2019. By choosing distribution services through Amadeus, SereneAir will have the advantage of being able to interline with some of the world’s largest international carriers, increasing its opportunities to carry more passengers across Pakistan and fuelling further growth. The partnership sets a new benchmark from Pakistan’s local carriers and is the first time SereneAir has adopted a global distribution system. Aside from SereneAir and national carrier PIA, no other Pakistan carrier uses a GDS to distribute content.ADVERTISEMENTSohail Gul Khan, chief executive, SereneAir, said: “SereneAir is a premium airline on a mission to rejuvenate domestic travel by building an impeccable experience. “With such a strong portfolio of both products and clients, Amadeus was the natural choice for us to partner with in this distribution agreement, and will be a valued companion as we realise our vision through avant-garde technology and top-notch service.” Every year Amadeus supports over 200 airlines manage passenger service systems and over 500 airlines to distribute content to create 1.6 billion memorable journeys for their passengers. Speaking on the partnership, Maher Koubaa, executive vice president, airlines, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Amadeus, said: “We are thrilled to welcome SereneAir into our global portfolio as the first Pakistan carrier to enter into a partnership with Amadeus. “There is great growth potential in Pakistan’s domestic air travel sector, and with Amadeus as a partner of choice, SereneAir will be able to leverage the vast possibilities of our cutting-edge solutions and global alliances.” Older Lufthansa unveils new livery as A380 touches down in Miami Newer Assmann returns to lead Sofitel Dubai Downtown Let's block ads! (Why?)

All Nippon Airways adds PayPal customer payment option

All Nippon Airways is expanding options for online booking by adding PayPal as a new payment method. The move comes as ANA aims to even further enhance its service which will allow the company to capture new customers. Customers can now select PayPal as their preferred payment method on ANA’s website and app for international flights (and Japan domestic trips when booked at the same time as international flights.) This payment method will be available in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Cambodia, Australia, USA, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and Switzerland. While the use of PayPal will not impact ticket prices, ANA has opted to add the digital platform to open up new opportunities for tech-savvy consumers. ADVERTISEMENTPayPal now joins credit cards, Ana Sky Coins, convenience stores and bank transfers as acceptable methods for online purchases. “We are excited about taking another step to offer individually tailored services to passengers by adding PayPal to our list of payment options,” said Mitsuo Tomita, executive vice president of ANA. “PayPal is a significant global platform with over 250 million users all over the world, and we want to make traveling as convenient and accessible for them as possible.” Older Nakheel development taking shape on Deira Islands, Dubai Newer Lufthansa unveils new livery as A380 touches down in Miami Let's block ads! (Why?)

Nakheel development taking shape on Deira Islands, Dubai

Developer Nakheel and Spain’s RIU Hotels & Resorts’ AED670 million, 800-room beachfront resort and water park is taking shape at Deira Islands, with all accommodation floors almost complete, and roofing work under way. Façade and installation work at the nine-storey property – the first international hospitality joint venture for Nakheel and the first all-inclusive four-star family beach resort in Dubai – will begin early next year, the developer said. Inside the property, floor tiling in the corridors and 800 rooms is ahead of schedule while outside, the resort’s three swimming pools and restaurant and amenity buildings are well under way.  Under the joint venture, Nakheel and RIU Hotels & Resorts are delivering a new hospitality concept for Dubai: four-star, family-orientated, all-inclusive beachfront accommodation. The resort, RIU’s first in the region, is one of the emirate’s largest in terms of rooms.  Located on a prime seafront plot at Nakheel’s new, 15.3 square kilometre Deira Islands coastal city, the resort features seven food and beverage outlets, three pools, a fitness complex, children’s club and water park. Two major new Nakheel projects – The Night Market and Deira Mall – are nearby. Deira Islands, where Nakheel has invested more than AED8.8 billion in infrastructure and project construction so far, will add 40 kilometres of coastline to Dubai.  The development is expected to have a population of 250,000, and create 80,000 jobs. Older Royal Air Maroc welcomes first Dreamliner 787-9 from Boeing Let's block ads! (Why?)

Royal Air Maroc welcomes first Dreamliner 787-9 from Boeing

Boeing has delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner for Royal Air Maroc, introducing a second member of the super-efficient Dreamliner family to the airline’s fleet. The new airplane offers more seats and more range, which will help Morocco’s flag carrier grow its international business. “We are particularly pleased to receive today our airline’s first 787-9, which will soon be joined by three other models from the same family. “The choice of this airplane forms part of our strategy to continuously expand and modernise our fleet, and comes just a few days after the announcement of the invitation made to Royal Air Maroc to join the highly prestigious Oneworld Alliance.ADVERTISEMENT“This will further strengthen our country’s and Royal Air Maroc’s leadership position on the continent,” said Abdelhamid Addou, chief executive of Royal Air Maroc. In 2015, the airline was the first in the Mediterranean to fly the 787-8, the initial Dreamliner that offered 20 per cent less fuel and fewer emissions. Royal Air Maroc planned new, non-stop routes such as Casablanca to Washington and Miami. With the larger, longer-range 787-9, Royal Air Maroc will be able to accommodate about 30 additional passengers. The airline plans to deploy the 787-9 on routes such as Casablanca to Paris (Orly), to New York and to Sao Paulo. Older Ethiopian Airlines takes off from Manchester Airport for Addis Ababa Newer Nakheel development taking shape on Deira Islands, Dubai Let's block ads! (Why?)

Ethiopian Airlines takes off from Manchester Airport for Addis Ababa

A landmark route into the heart of Africa has taken off, underlining Manchester Airport’s role in connecting the north of England to the world. Ethiopian Airlines’ inaugural flight left the UK’s third largest airport 100 per cent full and will unlock more than 60 connections across Africa. The four times a week service is set to benefit 400,000 people across the north who currently access Africa via other means. A celebration to mark the first flight today was attended by Jeremy Lefroy, the prime minister’s trade envoy to Ethiopia, as well as hundreds of guests from across the region. The new service has been welcomed by northern businesses and organisations who will benefit from reduced journey times, unlocking vital economic, trade and investment opportunities.ADVERTISEMENTLefroy said: “Ethiopia is a key partner as we look to expand our trading relationship with the wider African continent. “This new flight route from Ethiopian Airlines will allow UK companies to build strong ties with their Ethiopian counterparts, increasing the accessibility and affordability of doing business for businesses in both countries. Ethiopian Airlines, which flies to more destinations in Africa than any other carrier, will operate the ultramodern B-787 Dreamliner on the route with business and economy classes. The service to Addis Ababa will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Andrew Cowan, chief executive of Manchester Airport, said: “We’re delighted to have Ethiopian Airlines launching its service to Addis Ababa. “It will provide a vital route into Africa for businesses across the North, as well as helping attract visitors and potential investors to the region. “This route highlights the important role Manchester Airport continues to play in connecting the North with key global markets.” The flight will depart from Terminal Two at 18:05, arriving at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport at 06:45, providing significant onward connectivity options to the African continent. Return flights depart Addis Ababa at 00:45 and arrive in to Manchester at 07:20 and have been scheduled to provide convenient connectivity with flights from the African continent in to Addis Ababa. Older Ardhah recognised with UNESCO heritage status Newer Royal Air Maroc welcomes first Dreamliner 787-9 from Boeing Let's block ads! (Why?)

Ardhah recognised with UNESCO heritage status

Oman’s traditional racing event, horse and camel Ardhah, has been awarded Intangible Cultural Heritage status by UNESCO. Ardhah means ‘to perform’ in Arabic and the horse and camel Ardhah is a spectacular performance that often takes place during religious and national celebrations. The event reflects both the Omani culture and the country’s devotion to animal care. During horse and camel Ardhahs, both male and female jockeys perform a variety of impressive displays with horses and camels which are draped in decorative dress and silver adornments. Traditional arts, such as poetry recitals, complement the demonstrations.ADVERTISEMENTDirector general Salem Adi Al Mamari from the Oman Ministry of Tourism, said: “We are proud and delighted that this important tradition has been recognised by such a highly regarded international body. “Horse and camel Ardhah is practiced across many regions of Oman and it is an integral part of our culture in both rural and urban areas, bringing the community together during key celebrations.” The list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was established in 2008 with the aim of protecting intangible cultural heritages worldwide. The latest ceremony awarded 31 new cultural traditions including traditional Korean wrestling, the reggae music of Jamaica and avalanche risk management in Austria. Oman now has eight traditions on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list including Arabic coffee, Al-Razfa Rafza, a traditional performing art and the Al-Bar’ah music and dance of the Oman Dhofari valleys. Older Rosewood Taipei under development for 2024 opening in Taiwan Newer Ethiopian Airlines takes off from Manchester Airport for Addis Ababa Let's block ads! (Why?)