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UAE Tour to set off from Palm Jumeirah

Master developer Nakheel is gearing up to welcome the world’s top cyclists for UAE Tour 2020. The event sets off from the Pointe at Palm Jumeirah on Sunday. Nakheel, sponsor of the White Jersey for the second consecutive year, is encouraging residents, their families and the general public to visit the Pointe on Sunday to witness the start of the event, which covers 1,122 kilometres over seven days. Another Nakheel community, Jumeirah Islands, is also part of the UAE Tour, with cyclists passing through the entire development in stage four of the event on Wednesday, February 26th. Sanjay Manchanda, chief executive of Nakheel, said: “This world class event is one of the most prestigious in the global sporting calendar, and a wonderful platform from which to showcase the country’s world-famous landmarks to millions of spectators, whether they are watching live at the scene or through global media.ADVERTISEMENT“Our sponsorship of the White Jersey – for the second year in a row – reflects our values and beliefs, including supporting activities that promote health and wellbeing, and the acknowledgement of the best in young and upcoming talent. “We are also particularly proud that our flagship development, Palm Jumeirah, has the honour of being the starting point for the UAE Tour, and wish the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Sports Councils, RCS Sport and all of the competitors every success for this spectacular sporting event.” The race build-up begins at around 11:00, with cyclists setting off at 13:00. There will be no road closures on Palm Jumeirah or at Jumeirah Islands during the event.  However, residents and visitors are encouraged to bear the race in mind when planning journeys, and to expect a very brief delay of no more than five minutes when cyclists are passing through.  Traffic management is being co-ordinated by the appropriate Dubai authorities, with Dubai Police escorting cyclists at all times. Older Accor overcomes challenging environment to report record results in 2019 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Accor overcomes challenging environment to report record results in 2019

Accor has reported strong financial results for 2019, with revenue up 3.8 per cent on a like-for-like basis to €4,049 million. EBITDA at the hotel giant increased 5.9 per cent on a like-for-like basis, to €825 million. Sébastien Bazin, chief executive of Accor, commented: “The group delivered a record performance again for financial 2019. “This is all the more outstanding against a difficult macroeconomic background and in light of our successful transformation, parallel to achieving growth. “Today, Accor is more diversified than ever, and a fully asset-light group. ADVERTISEMENT“Going forward, we will pursue the execution of our strategy, focusing on our roadmap and value creation for shareholders.” The group opened 327 hotels over the previous year, with a total of 45,108 rooms. Accor now has a portfolio of 739,537 rooms in 5,036 hotels, and a pipeline of 208,000 rooms in 1,206 hotels. Responding to the coronavirus in China and elsewhere, Accor said some 200 of its 370 Chinese hotels are no longer open for bookings. Accor chief financial officer, Jean-Jacques Morin, said RevPAR was down 90 per cent in greater China at present. While China alone accounts for only three per cent of group sales, Asia Pacific makes up more than a third. There could therefore be a spill over effect on bookings elsewhere as the Chinese government looks to contain the fast-spreading virus with travel bans. Bazin added: “While these are challenging times for China, our thoughts are with the Chinese people, our teams, our clients and our partners there. “As we are actively managing the situation in the region, our focus is on the fundamentals, which are the cornerstone of our business model: the excellence of our 300,000-strong workforce, our powerful brands, our top-performing distribution tools and loyalty programs, our consolidated leadership position in high potential regions, and our highly robust financial position. “By leveraging these assets, we are confident in our ability to pursue our growth objectives and enhance sustainable shareholder returns.” Older Qantas cuts flights as coronavirus hits demand Newer UAE Tour to set off from Palm Jumeirah Let's block ads! (Why?)

Qantas cuts flights as coronavirus hits demand

Qantas will reduce flights across Asia in response to a drop in demand due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The actions were announced as part of the group’s half year financial results, where the net profit impact of the virus was estimated at between $100-$150 million for financial 2020. Qantas said the impact would likely be soften by lower fuel prices. The flag-carrier confirmed its Sydney-Shanghai flight, its sole route to mainland China, would remain suspended. At the same time, Sydney-Hong Kong will be reduced from 14 return flights per week to seven, while Brisbane-Hong Kong will fall from seven return flights per week to four. Melbourne-Hong Kong will also be reduced from seven return flights per week to five.ADVERTISEMENTMelbourne-Singapore will see flights operated by Boeing 787 planes instead of the larger Airbus 380, meaning approximately 250 less seats per flight. There is no change to other key parts of the Qantas International network, such as the US and UK, which remain unaffected. Half year financial results At the same time, Qantas said it continued to deliver strong earnings in a mixed market, with an underlying profit before tax of $771 million for the first half of the year. Statutory profit before tax stood at $648 million for the period. The underlying result was $4 million less than the same period last year – despite $51 million in higher foreign exchange related cost impacts, a $68 million impact from global freight weakness and disruption in Hong Kong and a $55 million increase in operating costs from the sale of domestic airport terminals. The strong performance despite these factors was underpinned by capacity discipline, ongoing transformation and growing share in key markets, Qantas said. Qantas Group chief executive, Alan Joyce, said: “Overall, our performance in the first half was very positive and it shows we remain in a strong position going forward. “In the domestic market we dealt with some travel demand weakness and a structural change in our overheads from the sale of domestic terminals.” Older Dream Las Vegas expected to debut in 2023 Newer Accor overcomes challenging environment to report record results in 2019 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Dream Las Vegas expected to debut in 2023

Dream Hotel Group has announced plans to debut its flagship lifestyle brand, Dream Hotels, in Las Vegas. The company hopes to develop a free-standing luxury lifestyle hotel on the strip by 2023. Construction on Dream Las Vegas is expected to begin in early 2021. Dream Las Vegas will feature 450 stylish, well-appointed guest rooms and suites, seven dining and nightlife venues, including a rooftop pool deck, bar and lounge. There will also be three feature restaurants, two additional bar and lounge concepts on the gaming floor, and a grab-and-go café on the street level, as well as 12,000 square feet of private meeting and event space, a full-service spa, fitness centre and on-site parking. The 21-story luxury hotel tower will feature a diverse mix of dramatic venues distributed vertically throughout the composition roof decks and terraces of the hotel design. ADVERTISEMENTWhen complete, Dream Las Vegas and its distinctly iconic architecture, will introduce a new and refreshing luxury lifestyle focused hotel and a, innovative and welcome addition to the Las Vegas skyline. “Las Vegas is one of the most exciting, entertainment-fuelled cities in the world and the new addition of a free-standing, ground-up Dream Hotel located directly on the Las Vegas Strip will deliver an even bigger, bolder, brighter reason to visit.” said Judy Chen, director of development, Dream Hotel Group. Centrally located on famed Las Vegas Blvd, across the street from Mandalay Bay Resort and Bali Hai Golf Club, Dream Las Vegas will be one of the first hotel properties seen from the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign.  It will be adjacent to the private aviation terminal at McCarran International Airport, two streets away from the new Allegiant Stadium (future home of the NFL Las Vegas Raiders), and nearby T-Mobile Arena. Older IBTM Asia Pacific launch postponed until 2021 Newer Qantas cuts flights as coronavirus hits demand Let's block ads! (Why?)

IBTM Asia Pacific launch postponed until 2021

Reed Travel Exhibitions has postponed the inaugural edition of IBTM Asia Pacific. The event will now launch in Singapore on April 13th-14th next year. The decision was taken following the latest advice from partners regarding the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China. Commenting on the announcement, Shane Hannam, portfolio director, IBTM Events, said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly; our customers, partners and team in Singapore have worked incredibly hard on the event and while it is disappointing to postpone, it’s imperative that we prioritise the health and safety of everyone involved. “We are extremely grateful for the understanding of our customers, partners and team, and for the strong support we have had since announcing this new addition to our portfolio.  ADVERTISEMENT“We also recognise that business has to continue.  “With this in mind, over the coming weeks, we will be creating ways of keeping our community connected to support and collaborate and to keep our world moving during this difficult period. “We send our warm regards to all our colleagues, partners and customers and sincerely wish everyone a swift return to normal life soon. “We are committed to Singapore as a host city and look forward to returning to the region very soon to meet with as many customers and partners as possible.” ITB China confirmed a similar decision to cancel earlier this week. Edward Koh, executive director, conventions, meetings and incentive travel, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “We understand and support IBTM Asia Pacific’s decision to reschedule their show to 2021, and we will work closely with Reed Travel Exhibitions and our partners to provide the assistance they need during this time. “IBTM is a valued partner, and their Asia Pacific show remains a key highlight in Singapore’s event calendar. “We look forward to extending a warm welcome to all attendees and exhibitors in 2021.” Older Embraer sees increase in jet deliveries for 2019 Let's block ads! (Why?)

LATA Expo to debut in London in June

The Latin American Travel Association has launched LATA Expo. The re-titled Experience Latin America event, will take place from June 8th-10th at Magazine London, a new event space located in the heart of Greenwich. Organisers hope it will be the largest dedicated business-to-business travel event focused on Latin America. The relocation to Magazine, the largest purpose-built event space of its kind, aligns with the expansion plans, with organisers hoping to welcome 15-17 per cent more exhibitors in 2020 than last year. Among the expected new exhibitors are a number of exciting Relais & Chateaux properties. ADVERTISEMENTExhibitors and buyers will be joined in one-on-one meetings over the three days using the existing meeting manager technology that has been successful in previous editions. However, new to the format of LATA Expo 2020, LATA has introduced a prestigious ministerial summit that will take place on Wednesday, June 10th. The ministerial programme will focus on marketing Latin American destinations to the UK, understanding the UK consumer and generating positive return on investment among other topics. The summit will provide UK consumer, commercial and travel trade insights that seek to inform those in attendance to better understand the UK market and encourage consumer demand. The first edition under the LATA Expo relaunch will also see the introduction of LATA’s first international shows in Paris and Amsterdam. LATA will host two one-day events taking place on June 15th and 17th in Amsterdam and Paris respectively. The launch of LATA’s first international outreach comes as part of the organisation’s strategy to continue growing both the event and the wider LATA brand as well as working more collaboratively with the travel trade across Europe and Latin America. Colin Stewart, chairman of LATA, explained: “We have been working hard to meet our objective of growing the organisation and so are delighted to launch our first edition of LATA Expo that perfectly aligns our flagship event with the wider LATA brand. “The new venue, new format and new international one-day events are all examples of how we are expanding LATA and working closer with media and the travel trade internationally to encourage growth in Latin American tourism. “We look forward to welcoming all our LATA members and key members of the industry to the inaugural edition of LATA Expo.” More Information Interested delegates can register here. Older Drag Brunch – The Icons headed for London SkyBar Newer Embraer sees increase in jet deliveries for 2019 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Appelbaum to lead San Clemente Palace Kempinski

Kempinski Hotels has appointed Richard Appelbaum as general manager at San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice. Appelbaum joins the urban resort palace on its private island in the lagoon of Venice from Istanbul, where he held the position as chief executive officer Divan Group. His international career spans over 30 years, having held management positions with international luxury hotel operators in the Middle East and south-east Asia, including in Singapore and Jakarta. Appelbaum has also worked in Mauritius and the USA, as well as in Europe within Germany and the United Kingdom. Starting his career in the hospitality industry in 1991 at the Mainz Hilton, Germany, he has a strong food and beverage background.ADVERTISEMENT“It is a great honour to join San Clemente Palace Kempinski team as general manager and it is truly one of the most interesting properties I’ve been working at so far. “Words are definitely not enough to fully describe this unique and charming resort on its private island,” commented Appelbaum on his appointment. “Everyone who visits this top luxury hotel for the first time will definitely agree. “It is an island that needs to be experienced to indulge the cultural heritage surrounded by breath taking gardens overlooking the lagoon of Venice and San Marco square. “San Clemente Palace Kempinski nestles perfectly into the picture and is the ideal location to unwind and to start exploring Venice.” A German national, Appelbaum speaks French and English in addition to his German mother tongue. More Information Breaking Travel News last year visited San Clemente Palace Kempinski – take a look at what we found here. Older Drag Brunch – The Icons headed for London SkyBar Newer LATA Expo to debut in London in June Let's block ads! (Why?)

Drag Brunch – The Icons headed for London SkyBar

London SkyBar, situated at the very top of the Millbank Tower, is downright Gagged to announce its upcoming and newest event, Drag Brunch – The Icons. The event kicks off on Saturday, February 29th. Even better, this month’s brunch is an entire afternoon dedicated to the princess of pop herself, Miss Britney Spears. Joining guests on the 28th floor from 13:00-17:00, will be some of London’s most fabulous queens, ready to slay the dance floor and werk the runway, serving the hits of Britney, or Ms Spears to you. Watch them wipe the floor, as you Kiki the afternoon away with your nearest and fiercest. ADVERTISEMENTStarting at 13:00, guests can sashay their way up to the top floor where they will be welcomed by stunning views across London and start your 90-minute unlimited prosecco or punch extravaganza. Then you can tuck into a two-hour unlimited buffet, including a build-a-bagel station, because no truly camp afternoon is complete without one. The queens from ‘That’s Drag’ will then entertain, as you throw back the bagels faster than they can death drop. You’ll then sashay away at around 17:00 back down to ground level wearing nothing but glitter and a smile. Drag Brunch – The Icons! will take place on the last Saturday of every month, with a Madonna themed brunch in March and then the queen of absolutely everything, Cher, will rule the brunch theme for April. More Information Tickets can be booked here. Older Tinie Tempah to launch Burn at White Beach on Friday Newer LATA Expo to debut in London in June Let's block ads! (Why?)

Tinie Tempah to launch Burn at White Beach on Friday

Burn, Friday’s ultimate new day-to-night experience at White Beach & Restaurant, will be inaugurated by none other than urban music sensation, Tinie Tempah on Friday. Taking place from 10:00 for beach access and 12:00 for brunch, there has never been a better way to spend a Friday in Dubai. Enticing guests to enjoy a lie-in before rolling out of bed to head to the cheeky beachside brunch, everyone is invited to kick off their sandals and enjoy a Mediterranean feast at the restaurant, or a day of soaking up the salty, sassy vibes on the beach. While the foodies out there are encouraged to book into White Restaurant for an innovative à la carte brunch, sun-worshippers can head straight to White Beach for an afternoon of sunbathing on a beachside lounger or in a private cabana. All guests are then invited to the beach afterparty to enjoy an uplifting sunset session with some of the biggest household-name artists in the music industry.ADVERTISEMENTWith brunch packages starting from AED245 including entry to Tinie Tempah, guests to White Restaurant will ease into proceedings from 12:00 with a zesty mimosa. What’s more, they won’t be confronted with the agonising decision of having to choose between breakfast or lunch as the all-encompassing menu covers all bases. The champagne and chilled citrus juice is paired with two breakfast choices including eggs benedict with crab, truffle scrambled eggs or smoked salmon blinis. Once breakfast has settled, diners will then be treated to sharing menu with beautifully presented starters, mains and desserts all brought to the table. This means that diners get to sample a variety of chef Ibrahim Ata’s legendary signature dishes including yellowfin tuna tartare with creamy avocado, burrata with cherry tomatoes and black grapes, beef tartare on toast and beetroot, and goat’s cheese and blackberry salad. With three different drinks packages available, guests can accompany their meal with an extensive range of wines, beers, and spirits as well as a weekly special cocktail. Those who opt for the bubbles package will enjoy free-flowing bubbles for four hours. A drinks trolley will also be on-hand for bar staff to concoct vibrant cocktails tableside. With its suave, sultry location sporting breath-taking view of Dubai’s skyline White Beach & Restaurant is fast becoming the city’s most Instragrammed location. Barefoot sophistication at its finest, the laidback venue is all about graceful glamour, great food and good times – topped off with different award-winning entertainment every week. Never has there been a more enticing venue for the day to blend into night as the feel-good vibe is turned up a notch as the stars begin to light up the sky. Older Radisson Riyadh Airport set to open in late 2020 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Radisson Riyadh Airport set to open in late 2020

Radisson Hotel Group has singed Radisson Riyadh Airport in Saudi Arabia. As one of the fastest growing companies in the country, the newest addition brings the group’s portfolio to over 45 hotels, resorts and serviced apartments in operation and under development. Riyadh is the largest city and capital of Saudi Arabia. King Khalid International Airport is about 35 kilometres to the north of Riyadh city and home to Radisson’s newest hotel. As the economic and commercial capital of Saudi Arabia, the total number of passengers departing and arriving at King Khalid International Airport exceeded 26 million passengers in 2019. ADVERTISEMENTLocated within close proximity, the hotel will be conveniently accessible from the airport and the city centre can be reached via Riyadh’s new metro system, making it an ideal location for both business and leisure travellers. Elie Younes, chief development officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “Saudi Arabia is one of the eight key focus countries in EMEA. “We align our plans along those of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 which aims to significantly increase the contribution of tourism to the country’s economy. “We thank our partners for their trust and look forward to opening the hotel later this year and to an exciting and rewarding journey.” Due to open in quarter four of 2020, the Radisson Riyadh Airport will perfectly complement Radisson Hotel Group’s array of city and leisure hotels across Riyadh. The hotel will consist of 471 keys across various room types including serviced apartments and villas to be able to cater to guests that require larger units or long stay units. The property will feature an all-day dining restaurant and two specialty restaurants. Additionally, guests will be able to enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and various leisure facilities including separated ladies and men fitness studio, indoor pool and a spa. Older ATM 2020: Low-cost aviation set for Middle East boom Newer Tinie Tempah to launch Burn at White Beach on Friday Let's block ads! (Why?)