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News: Olivia Newton-John leads winners at World Spa Awards


Entertainment icon Olivia Newton-John has been honoured with the Wellness Pioneer Award at the World Spa Awards in Dubai, UAE. The Australian singer-songwriter, who is co-owner of Gaia Retreat & Spa in Byron Bay, took top honours at the Gala Ceremony 2019 for her outstanding contribution to the wellness industry.

News: Saudi Arabia prepares for third annual Future Investment Initiative


Organised by the Public Investment Fund, the third edition of the showcase will explore the trends, opportunities and challenges shaping the global investment landscape.

News: Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern to open in 2020


Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage and re-brand an existing hotel on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. The property is currently undergoing an extensive renovation and will re-open as Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern at the end of 2020.

News: Pullman Melbourne on Swanston opens in Australia


A $30 million investment to transform an existing property into a brand-new Pullman hotel, the first for Melbourne’s central business district, has been officially unveiled.

News: Ras Al Khaimah seeks further adventure tourism development


Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development authority has announced the launch of a product concept creation competition. Participants are invited to submit creative designs for the next iconic adventure attraction on Jebel Jais, the highest mountain peak in the United Arab Emirates.

Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Natura Bissé, London


Barcelona-based, luxury skincare brand Natura Bissé showcases its commitment to modern pollution protection as Maria Korelina samples its innovative Diamond Cocoon treatment in London

News: Mariah Carey kicks-off one-year-to-go countdown to Dubai Expo 2020


Mariah Carey has urged guests from around the world to visit Expo 2020 in Dubai as the emirate begins the one-year-countdown to the show. Playing a free concert at Burj Park in Dubai, the popstar kicked off the countdown to the event, which will debut on October 20th next year.

News: Oman Air adds new destinations to Lufthansa codeshare deal


Under the expanded agreement, guests can travel on Oman Air flights from Muscat to Munich and Frankfurt, as well as seamlessly connecting to Amsterdam, Dublin, Helsinki, Oslo and Warsaw.

News: Address Fountain Views joins Dubai skyline


Address Fountain Views has debuted in Dubai, joining the Address Hotels + Resorts portfolio. With a premium Downtown Dubai location offering spectacular views of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain, the luxury hotel is the centrepiece of a trio of towers.

News: One-year countdown to Expo 2020 marked in Dubai


Excitement for Expo 2020 in Dubai is reaching new heights as the United Arab Emirates prepares to celebrate one-year-to-go across all seven emirates today.

News: VFS TasHeel launches Saudi visa services around world


VFS TasHeel has launched tourist visa services for guests looking to visit Saudi Arabia at its centres across 30 countries worldwide. The organisation is an authorised visa service provider for the ministry of foreign affairs in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

News: Qantas tests ultra-long-haul service from New York to Sydney


The first non-stop commercial airline flight from New York to Sydney has landed after 19 hours 16 minutes in the air. A total of 49 passengers and crew were on the flight, which was used to run a series of experiments to assess health and well-being onboard.

News: Pommey handed leadership role with Andaz Dubai the Palm


Andaz Dubai the Palm has introduced Laurent Philippe Pommey as the new executive chef of the property. Ready to put his spin on things and place Andaz Dubai the Palm on the city’s dynamic culinary map, Laurent intends to pioneer the term ‘farm to table’ for the Middle East.

News: Royal Caribbean predicts sharp increase in passenger numbers


Royal Caribbean is predicting that its Caribbean cruise tourism business will grow by 50 per cent by 2030, with the overall economic benefit of the sector reaching $6 billion.

News: Van der Merwe to lead Malta Tourism in UK & Ireland


Tolene Van der Merwe will focus on leading a London-based team to further develop and cultivate partnerships with tour operators, airlines, travel agents and niche specialists.

News: American Airlines expands Miami Heat partnership


Building on their 20-year relationship, American Airlines and the Miami Heat have announced a multiyear partnership for the airline to serve as the team’s official carrier.

News: Culinary month to return to Atlantis, the Palm


Atlantis, the Palm is hosting the third edition of its overwhelmingly popular Culinary Month, from November 3rd to December 5th. Having established itself as a must-attend month of events, the resort is inviting guests to meet, learn and eat with some of the most prolific chefs in the region.

News: Marriott acquires Elegant as it seeks to grow all-inclusive offering


Elegant owns and operates seven hotels with 588 rooms and a beachfront restaurant on the island of Barbados. Six of the seven properties are situated along the prestigious west coast of Barbados commonly known as the Platinum Coast.

News: Qatar Airways touches down in Langkawi, Malaysia


The new service to Langkawi will be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy class, with spacious cabins and specially-designed interiors.

News: Levin handed leadership role with American Express Global Business Travel


American Express Global Business Travel has appointed David Levin to the role of chief information security officer. Levin reports to chief information technology officer, David Thompson, and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

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