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News: A-Rosa River Cruises unveils plans for new ship


A-Rosa River Cruises has ordered a new ship, for delivery in spring 2021, with new onboard technology to reduce the line’s environmental footprint, and designed specifically to appeal to families and multi-generational guests.

News: Balearic Islands clarifies smokeless beach campaign


The Balearic Islands government has introduced a new initiative encouraging town councils to contribute to a network of smoke-free beaches in the archipelago.

News: Palm Jumeriah properties celebrate night of success at World Travel Awards


A number of properties on the iconic Palm Jumeriah have celebrated a night of success at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony. The elite of the Arabian travel industry gathered for the event at the new Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to find out who among them had been crowned the best in the region, with Palm-based hotels taking some of the top prizes.

News: Rosewood unveils plans for Ningbo, China, property in 2024


One of China’s oldest cities, Ningbo has both a storied international trading history and a contemporary culture of dynamic innovation that combined provide a perfect backdrop for Rosewood’s newest project.

News: First Airbus ACJ319neo completes maiden flight


The news comes as the plane begins a short flight-test programme to verify its corporate jet features – such as the extra fuel tanks in its cargo-hold, which enable intercontinental range.

News: MR&H to return to Greece this autumn


Now in its fifth year, the Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Real Estate Forum will return to Greece for the second year in succession this October. The event, hosted by Questex, is dedicated to the investment, development and operation of resorts and hotels within the Mediterranean region.

News: World Travel Awards reveals Middle East winners in Abu Dhabi


The elite of the Arabian travel industry gathered for the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2019 at the new Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to find out who among them had been crowned the best in the region.

News: AviaDev 2019: Event seeks to unlock Africa aviation potential


AviaDev have estimated the potential revenue from new African aviation routes could yield US$29 billion in direct revenue. Currently, only 34 per cent of this huge market is served, meaning that there is over US$19 billion in untapped annual revenue.

News: Accor seeks to leverage portfolio for Africa growth


Accor is seeking to fast-track its development plans in Africa, leveraging its expanded portfolio to consolidate its leadership position in the north and west of the continent. The France-based group is taking a leading role in Africa’s evolving hospitality landscape.

News: FCO advises against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka


The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has advised against “all but essential” travel to Sri Lanka. The move is likely to deal a body blow to the tourism industry in the country and follows a coordinated series of terror attacks over the Easter weekend.

News: Bali & Beyond Travel Fair to return to Indonesia


Bali & Beyond Travel Fair is set to return for the sixth year, taking place from June 25th-29th at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre. Organised by the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Association of Travel Agents, this year’s event has adopted the theme of Journey to Sustainable Tourism.

News: Visa tracks increase in tourism spend in United Arab Emirates


Travellers visiting the United Arab Emirates spent four per cent more last year on their bank cards than in 2017, according to a new report from card company Visa.

News: Arends joins South Africa Tourism in UK


Sherwin Arends has joined South African Tourism as trade relations officer, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role following 12 years’ experience working within the travel industry.

News: United Airlines unveils new livery in United States


United Airlines has launched a new aircraft livery, designed to bring a refreshed look to its fleet. The new look is a visual representation of United’s ongoing brand evolution, the airline said, while staying true to the history it has developed over the past 93 years.

News: Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to welcome World Travel Awards Middle East ceremony tonight


Abu Dhabi is reinforcing its standing as a world-class events destination as it steps up to host the most important night of the year for the Arabian travel and tourism industry. The World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2019 will take place at Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi this evening, with the key players from across the region in attendance.

News: Tata Harper debuts in Cyprus following Anassa deal


Anassa will welcome the all-natural skincare brand Tata Harper at its multi-award-winning Thalassa spa this summer. The location is one of only a handful of places in Europe – and the first in Cyprus – to offer a full Tata Harper spa menu and selection of exclusive treatments. 

News: Aer Lingus launches Apple Pay to connected travellers


Use of the Aer Lingus mobile app has taken off by 50 per cent in the last year alone as the airline’s guests take advantage of its convenient and secure payments in euro, sterling and US dollars.

News: AHIF 2019: Investment into South African hospitality sector set for further disruption


JLL has released its SA Hotel Investment Outlook report for 2019 at the AHIF Cape Town Briefing, forecasting that R1.9 billion will be invested into new hotels in the country this year.

News: Dusit Doha Hotel takes brand into Qatar


With a view to capture a major market share in Qatar’s hospitality sector, Dusit International is set to make its debut in the country with the launch of Dusit Doha Hotel today.

News: First Roma Dolce opens to guests in Italy


Dolce is the newest addition to the First Experience, which joins three distinctly unique hotels together and emboldens guests to experience the city as true locals.

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