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ZOO BABIES Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort (AWPR) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has launched a new promotion surrounding its young animals.
Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait, Rezidor’s oldest property outside Scandinavia, has closed for renovations, after celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in December 2010. The property is undergoing an extensive refit, including a new ballroom and the introduction of three diﬀerent styles of interior design spread throughout the hotel.
4 NAS CHARTER Saudi Arabia’s National Air Services Company (NAS), operator of low cost airline Nasair, has launched a new charter service aimed at the religious travel sector.
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Kuwait Aviation Shifts Its Balance The aviation sector in Kuwait is undergoing a shake up, with Wataniya airways seizing key government contracts and state-owned Kuwait Airways preparing to privatise.
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ataniya has finalised a preferred carrier agreement with Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), which will make the airline responsible for travel by KNPC staﬀ to destinations within its route network. According to reports in Qatari newspaper The Peninsula, a similar agreement has also recently been signed with Qatar Airways. Abdulsalam Al Bahar, chairman of Wataniya, said the agreement was the first of its kind for the carrier. Wataniya, which began flying in 2008, is a relative newcomer to the Kuwaiti aviation market and until recently
operated only a handful of routes. However, a codeshare agreement with Austrian Airlines added 29 new routes to the carrier’s network in late 2010. Meanwhile, local rival Kuwait Airways has entered the final stages of planning for an initial public oﬀering of shares (IPO), Mohammad alBusairy, communications minister of Kuwait, told Bloomberg. The IPO is currently planned to commence at the beginning of March. Kuwait Airways has struggled commercially for many years, and is engaged in ongoing legal battles with Iraq over planes stolen during the 1990 invasion by Saddam Hussein’s regime.
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Patchy Recovery Expected for Global Tourism The World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) latest analysis of world travel data has led to predictions of what the group terms a multi speed recovery. Tourism has recovered faster than expected across the board, according to the organisation, but is likely to improve at diﬀerent rates in advanced and developing economies. Tourism in advanced regions, including Europe and North America, recovered at an average of five percent in 2010, while developing regions, such as the Middle East, averaged growth of approximately eight percent. Europe was the slowest recovering area with only three precent growth, while the Middle East posted one of the fastest rates of recovery, showing growth of 14 percent. These trends are expected to continue in 2011. JANUARY 22, 2011
- Cruise Travel
Cruising Strong in 2011 According to Royal Caribbean This year is looking good for cruising, according to Royal Caribbean Cruises, a major player in the field.
he company has reported positive forward booking trends across all four quarters of 2011 and predicted significant yield increases compared to 2010. Royal Caribbean released a statement predicting a four percent year-on-year improvement in the first quarter of 2011. According to Lakshmi Durai, executive director for Royal Caribbean Cruises in the Middle East, the company is expanding the scope of its activities in the region. “[In 2011], for the first time we will call into India and we are very excited, because the Durai also noted an increase in interest in market has great potential and we believe the cruises beyond the immediate area. interest from the GCC will be high,” she said. “European sailings are very popular; over
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We have had constant booking increases from both within the region and also from other parts of the world
the last years we have had constant booking increases from both within the region and also from other parts of the world; which is why Royal Caribbean International deployed a record number of 11 ships sailing from 11 popular and historic European ports in summer 2011,” she said. Royal Caribbean’s Dubai based ship, Brilliance of the Seas, is about to commence her second consecutive season of sailing from that port.
Abu Dhabi Updates Tourism Kiosks Abu Dhabi is upgrading its computerised information kiosks as part of the next phase of the technology’s rollout.
bu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) currently operates 31 of the kiosks around the emirate, which provide information on tourism attractions and services in English, German and Arabic. Three new terminals will be installed in the next year and all kiosks will be updated with new information and the capacity for both email and SMS messaging.
It is essential that the kiosk information reflects the renewed dynamism within Abu Dhabi Saeed Al Dhaheri, visitor services manager for ADTA, said the update had been ordered in light of the rapid progress made in Abu Dhabi since the kiosks were introduced.
“Much has happened in the destination over the past year and it is essential that the kiosk information reflects the renewed dynamism within Abu Dhabi's tourism industry,” he said. According to ADTA, the kiosks have proven popular, with more than 1.8 million users since they were installed.
AWPR Promotes New Growth With Baby Animals Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort (AWPR) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has launched a new promotion surrounding its young animals. The Zoo Babies promotion will run until February 26 and seeks to raise the profile of the park’s lion cubs, giraﬀe calf, mongoose, penguin and flamingo chicks, corn snakes and various desert antelope and gazelle kids. Visitors will be invited to talk to zoo keepers about the parks eﬀorts to conserve rare and endangered wildlife. Muna Al Dhaheri, education manager at AWPR, explained. “The upcoming Zoo Babies promotion is an excellent opportunity to provide education in an entertaining outdoor environment,” she said. “Education centre personnel will join the daily keeper talks and provide interesting information about the newborns and AWPR’s conservation and education eﬀorts.”
The upcoming Zoo Babies promotion is an excellent opportunity to provide education in an entertaining outdoor environment
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- Air Travel
NAS to Launch Charter Services, New Routes Saudi Arabia’s National Air Services Company (NAS), operator of low cost airline Nasair, has launched a new charter service aimed at the religious travel sector.
peaking at a forum on Hajj and Umrah services in Istanbul, Bandar AlMohanna, deputy CEO of NAS, said the new service would give travel businesses more control over their costs and itineraries. “This new service will contribute significantly by enabling the local and international Hajj and Umrah companies to incorporate their prices and commit to schedules for Hajj and Umrah, based on the important role of air transport in the implementation and success of these programs,” he said. At the same event, Ahmed Sultan, director general of bilateral agreements and relations of civil aviation at NAS Holding, outlined Nasair’s plans for expanding its network throughout this year. “Nasair will launch three new destinations in Turkey, covering the cities of Istanbul, Antioch and Adana during the first quarter of 2011, as well as the city of Sohag, Egypt; which is to be the first inaugurated
station for Nasair in the beginning of 2011,” he said. “We are starting our first flights from Riyadh and Jeddah on January 16 and 18, 2011 respectively, with two flights a week from each city.”
According to a statement from NAS, an intensified focus on Hajj and Umrah travel was prompted by Nasair’s success in attracting pilgrimage customers from India, Pakistan, Cameroon and Senegal in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
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Rotana Plans USD800 Million Expansion for 2011 Rotana is planning to open USD800 million dollars worth of new properties this year, including six in the UAE.
pon completion, the “All our properties across all destinations new additions will performed well, with some meeting their raise Rotana’s total in targets and others surpassing theirs,” he said. that country to 33 hotels; more than any
other operator. The company also has a hotel on track to open in Qatar. Selim El Zeyr, CEO of the company, said strong conditions for Rotana lent confidence to the ambitious expansion plan. “The last few months have seen the hospitality industry in the Middle East and Africa registering positive growth,” he said. “We see that momentum being sustained as general business conditions improve across the board.” El Zeyr flagged a future focus on developing markets, naming Qatar, Lebanon and Iraq as potential targets for the company. He said Lebanon in particular showed its merits in the past year.
The last few months have seen the hospitality industry in the Middle East and Africa registering positive growth “However, Lebanon was the best performing country considering the tourism boom that the country has experienced, due to its current stability and commitment to renovation and progression.” Rotana is expecting a nine percent increase in occupancy across its network in 2011 and has revealed plans to introduce mobile bookings, and environmental impact management standards across its network.
Radisson Kuwait Closes for Facelift Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait has closed for renovations, after celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in December 2010.
The property is undergoing an extensive refit, including a new ballroom and the introduction of three different The redesigned Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait
styles of interior design, spread throughout the hotel. Phillipe Pellaud, general manager at Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait, said the refit would bring the property in line with Radisson’s brand standards. “This renovation is a very exciting time for us; once completed the hotel will be able to oﬀer it’s loyal and new guests superior design, comfort and facilities – everything that the Radisson Blu brand has become known and trusted for,” he said. The property was operator Rezidor’s first outside its Scandinavian heartland and was managed by the company’s current CEO, Kurt Ritter, when it opened in 1980. The hotel also boasts the world’s largest wooden Dhow, as certified by Guinness World Records. JANUARY 22, 2011
CHI Opens First Ramada Hotel in Sharjah, UAE The first Ramada branded property in Sharjah, UAE, has oﬃcially opened, operated by CHI International (CHI) and owned by AA Al Moosa Enterprises LLC, (also known as the Arenco Group).
amada Sharjah is located near the Sahara Centre mall and includes 250 suites. Tony Potter, CEO of CHI, said the launch represented the company’s first foray into the Emirate. “The opening of the Ramada Sharjah is a red-letter day for CHI as it not only marks our company's first hotel operation in the emirate, but also our introduction for the first time of the popular and highly rated Ramada brand to the wonderful city of Sharjah,” he said.
Tamas Fazekas, general manager of the property, said the Ramada had been chosen in order to diﬀerentiate the property in an already crowded market. “In order to compete eﬀectively in the UAE's
booming hospitality sector, we knew we would have to introduce a brand that wasn't just diﬀerent or aﬀordable, but one that truly understands the discerning corporate or leisure traveller's needs,” he said.
In order to compete eﬀectively in the UAE's booming hospitality sector, we knew we would have to introduce a brand that wasn't just diﬀerent or aﬀordable Sharjah
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Langham to Open Four New Hotels in India Langham Hospitality Group has joined the race to India, becoming the latest hospitality company to announce expansions in that country.
he group has announced that four new properties will open under Langham brands in coming years. Brett Butcher, CEO of Langham, emphasised the importance of India as a waypoint between China and the Middle East. “[India] stands at the heart of the New Silk Road between China and the Middle East,” he said. “The trade dynamic between these three economic powerhouses means there are significant prospects for Langham Hotels to expand and become a wellknown operator within five years.”
Two properties will open this year; an Eaton Smart branded hotel in New Delhi Airport in the first quarter, followed by a Langham Place in Pune. A further two hotels have been signed for with construction firm Lavasa, to open in that company’s technology focused city development, also called Lavasa, in 2013. India has been the focus of intense interest from hospitality groups in recent times, with Carlson alone aiming for 100 new properties in the country by 2015.
Brett Butcher, CEO of Langham, with Nathan Andrews, executive vice president of Lavasa
The trade dynamic between [India, China and the Middle East] means there are significant prospects
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Royal Jet Appoints Qurum Agent’s Insight Name: Viviane Nassour Chersane as GSA in Oman Position: Owner and Manager Aircraft charter company Royal Jet has appointed Qurum Business Group (QBG) as its general sales agent in Oman. Qurum will now be responsible for selling all Royal Jet’s charter and medical evacuation services within the sultanate, marking the first time Royal Jet has sold its services in Oman. Shane O’Hare, CEO of Royal Jet, said his company would continue to expand its distribution base, both within the Middle East and beyond. “For Royal Jet, the entry to Oman is geographically compelling and will enable customers in Oman to unlock the many benefits and privileges of private jet travel," he said. "The agreement is part of our ongoing strategy to expand into other key markets and is entirely consistent with our expansion plans following Saudi Arabia, India and Europe.” Abdul Aziz Al Hosni, managing director of QBG, said high ranking executives are likely to be the main consumers of Royal Jet services in Oman. “Royal Jet is a perfect fit for Oman's senior business travellers and this opportunity will allow us to expand our services in to and become a leader in the fast-growing luxury and leisure travel industry,” he said.
Company: Viviane Tours Location: Lebanon
Who are you? We have been operating in the Lebanese market since 2002 as Viviane Tours, but we ensure the highest levels of quality and service based on 20 years of experience in the travel industry.
What is your favourite thing about working in the travel industry? I like the interaction with people who are travelling; I like to give them advice and ask them questions. As a travel agent you are selling a dream and everyone has their own. I like to see what they want, to give them their perfect product. Everyone has their own way of living.
As a travel agent you are selling a dream When is the best time to visit Lebanon? It depends on the client, on what they want to see; whether they want to go to the beach, or the mountains, or go on walks for instance. But all seasons you can come, and now is the best time because the weather is fantastic and you can go everywhere.
Where would you like to go on your next holiday? I am actually going to Cyprus next week, on a fam-trip. I have been before and it is very nice.
Why should people come to you for travel advice?
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Because of our honesty and integrity, and we are committed to the best quality and value. We treat our clients as though one of our own family is travelling. They can call us 24 hours if they have a problem and we will help them through it. JANUARY 22, 2011
Dubai Gets the Shopping Drop on International Rivals With options ranging from the world’s largest mall, to the hidden byways of traditional souqs, Dubai has long been a contender as one of the world’s great shopping destinations.
ow it is oﬃcial, with the city named by a poll of regional shoppers as the best in the world for retail therapy; making close to home travel an easy sell to those eager to buy. Dubai Mall
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Dubai has seized the edge from its competitors, and continued down the blade to get a real handle on the market. The survey, held by Maktoob Research, showed that 32 percent of Arab travellers rated Dubai more highly than iconic global cities such as New York and London. Dubai’s nearest competitor, Paris, France (Paris, Texas did not make the finals) was a long second, gaining only 13 percent of the votes. Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman, executive director media relation division and business development of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, shared some ideas on why the city has risen to prominence.
“Dubai has an exciting mix of amenities that give customers a truly unique and pleasurable shopping experience,” he said.
Dubai's impressive collection of international brands and retail outlets rival those of any other shopping city in the world “Moreover, Dubai's impressive collection of international brands and retail outlets rival those of any other shopping city in the world - a key attribute that gives the Emirate a distinctive edge as the best shopping destination in the Arab World.”
Selim El Zeyr
CEO, Rotana Hotels and Resorts Location is our main focus when it comes to deciding on managing a property. We see a lot of potential in Iraq, where the infrastructure build up is seeing a surge in the influx of international firms taking advantage of the construction boom. Lebanon is also on our radar, because of a booming tourism sector spawned by reforms. Plus, Qatar's triumphant World Cup 2022 bid oﬀers plenty of opportunities that we are keen on taking advantage of.
Group Director of Sales and Marketing, Great Hotels of the World As the global economy emerges from recession, it’s clear to see hoteliers are looking for a little extra help and we’ve developed our services to respond to the ever-changing demands of modern hoteliers. It’s an exciting time for us, with our brand-new Pure lifestyle collections and we’ve already seen a massive surge in demand for membership, which we anticipate to grow even further in 2011 and beyond”
Location is our main focus when it comes to deciding on managing a property
Selim El Zeyr
Akbar Al Baker
We’ve already seen a massive surge in demand for membership, which we anticipate to grow even further in 2011 and beyond
CEO, Qatar Airways We have spent a great deal of time analysing new routes and business opportunities and I am more than pleased to say that, for Qatar Airways, entering into this region of Europe was a great decision. The new routes Bucharest and Budapest will both function as gateways for new markets and will consolidate Doha's position as a key hub linking East with West. International passenger traﬃc from Asia and the Middle East continues to increase, and creating new connections such as Bucharest via our network hub in Doha, facilitates growth for Qatar Airways and for travel in and out of Romania to these regions.
Akbar Al Baker
Bucharest and Budapest will both function as gateways for new markets and will consolidate Doha's position as a key hub linking East with West
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Dubai Marriott Hotels has appointed Candice Turner as public relations manager. In her new role, Turner will be responsible for JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites, Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community, plus Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek and Dubai Green Community. Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in political studies from University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has worked throughout South Africa, the UK, Jordan and the UAE.
Birthe Bolz Coral Hotels and Resorts has appointed Birthe Bolz as general manager of Coral Boutique Hotel Apartments Dubai. Bolz most recently headed up the opening sales and marketing team at Dusit Thani Lakeview Cairo in Egypt. She first studied languages and tourism at Cambridge before joining Arabian Adventures as resident manager in 1994. Bolz has also worked with Rotana Hotels, BDO, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts and AAA Hotels. Rudi Jagersbacher
Rudi Jagersbacher Rudi Jagersbacher has assumed the post of area president in the Middle East and Africa for Hilton Worldwide. A Hilton veteran, Jagersbacher joined the company in 1974. His career has included senior leadership positions at the Savoy and Claridges hotels in London, as well as general manager positions in flagship properties such as the Langham Hilton and the Park Lane Hilton. He then rose to vice presidential roles in London, Dubai and Brussels.
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach Dubai has appointed Horst WaltherJones as general manager. Walther-Jones joins the Dubai property from his most recent post as general manager of Mövenpick Resort Al Nawras in Saudi Arabia. He has 11 years of experience in the Middle East and 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. During his career, WaltherJones has worked for Renaissance, Hyatt and Jumeirah Group in locations throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Ahmed Roushdy Ezdan Hotel and Suites in Doha, Qatar has appointed Ahmed Roushdy as the new director of sales and marketing. Roushdy brings with him a wealth of experience, having previously worked in international chains such as Sheraton, Marriott, Le Méridien and Conrad International. He was most recently the senior director of operations for the Saleh Bin Lahej Hospitality Group. JANUARY 22, 2011
Q&A with Vatché Yergatian Vatché Yergatian is both CEO of Le Mirage Hospitality Management and Catering Concepts in Qatar and a self described charismatic personality. This week, Travel Trade Weekly brings you some of his thoughts on the travel market in Qatar. Travel Trade Weekly: To start, could traﬃc comprises of business men who you please share your impressions of prefer to stay in these hotels. Qatar? Vatché Yergatian: With its meteoric Travel Trade Weekly: What was your rise, Qatar is undoubtedly a force to reaction to the news of Qatar’s World contend with. Cup success? Brand Qatar is now a force … not only in Vatché Yergatian: Qatar and its the region but on the international arena as well. An economic power house, the State of Qatar is the fastest growing country in the world for the second consecutive year. The Qatar success story is all about entrepreneurship, vision and the ingenious leveraging of country resources. The government considers industry to be an integral part of its plan to diversify the economy and this is the cornerstone of Qatar’s plan for sustainable development. The development of infrastructure, construction, tourism, waste water management, media, sports and education are awarded top priority in the country’s developmental agenda. Qatar has launched a major trade campaign aimed at convincing the international meetings, events, exhibitions and conferences (MICE) sector that the country has huge potential for this specialized travel segment. In 2010 alone the country held 180 major events in the MICE sector. Prior to Qatar’s success in winning the much coveted opportunity to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, the country’s tourism sector was expected to grow at the rate of 12 percent per annum till 2012. In 2010 alone, Doha added approximately 9,000 hotel rooms to its already existing capacity. 90 percent of this additional supply of hotel rooms was in the four star and five star hotel segments as most of the tourist JANUARY 22, 2011
phenomenal rise to stardom must be viewed in two phases: the environment in Qatar pre 2022 announcement and after the 2022 announcement. On the second of December at half past six in the evening, we were given the opportunity of a lifetime. As we sat glued to our television screens, we had the unique privilege of watching this little country of Qatar make history. Pride, exhilaration and a surge of adrenalin are emotions shared not only by Qataris but everyone living and working in Qatar today. We have dared to dream big and the dream has come true. Now, we realize, it is time to deliver on the promises made.
We had the unique privilege of watching this little country of Qatar make history For all of us in the industry, it is a time of abounding opportunity and challenges. With projects like the New Doha International Airport, The Doha Convention Centre, The Qatar Bahrain causeway, the light rail transport, The GCC Rail network and the sheer number of hotel rooms needed to host the FIFA world cup in 2022, the next decade is going to be one of the most testing, demanding and invigorating.
Travel Trade Weekly: How is business at the moment? Vatché Yergatian: While the global economic crisis saw international tourist nights decline from 1.2 million in 2007 to 952,000 in 2009, the total number of tourist arrivals to Qatar increased from 964,000 to 1.1 million over the same period. Particularly promising is the growing number of tourists coming from outside the Middle East. However, the past year has been a challenging one for us. We have used this time to look at our business closely, work on our marketing and customer relationship endeavors as well as focus on avenues for growth. In fact, we used the leaner months, as a time to refine our strategic plans so as to place us in a stronger position for the years ahead. Our management partnership with U Hotels & Resorts is one such strategic plan that we are pursuing. Now, post the 2022 announcement, we are happy we took this time to plan strategies as we believe we now have the leverage and partnerships to exploit the opportunities presented to us. 15
Event Planning and Management Conference Relaunched Jordan’s Event Planning & Management Conference has been renamed as Eventopedia and given a new format, according to its organisers, Events Unlimited. The show will now operate according to an events from A to Z scheme and has been designed as a forum for the exchange of ideas within the industry. It will be held on February 22 and 23. Mika Thuening, conference manager of Eventopedia, said Jordan’s meetings industry has a large scope for development. “The potential to grow the MICE industry
in Jordan is great, whether in trade shows, meetings, cultural events and festivals, concerts, sports events and others,” she said.
With a strong events industry, Jordan could emerge as a prime destination for the MICE industry in the region She noted that a well managed events industry could have flow-on eﬀect for the rest of the travel industry and the
economy at large. “The impact that a professional, well-built MICE industry could have on the development of Jordan's tourism sector and tourism receipts is huge,” she said. “With a strong events industry, Jordan could emerge as a prime destination for the MICE industry in the region.” Events Unlimited is a Jordan-based events management company, responsible for exhibitions including The Wedding Show, Family Business Conference and International Hospitality Forum.
Events Hobex Tripoli, Libya, January 25-27, 2011 (www.wahaexpo.com/hobex) International hotel business exhibition.
Eventopedia Amman, Jordan February 22-23, 2011 (www.eventsunlimited.com.jo) Conference covering the A to Z of events management, aimed at encouraging Jordan’s MICE market.
India Travel Market - Mumbai Mumbai, India, February 4-6, 2011 (www.indiatravelmart.com) Gulfood Exhibition 2011 Travel trade show for inbound, outbound and domestic tourism. Dubai, UAE, February 27–March 2, 2011 (www.gulfood.com) Food and Hospitality Expo International exhibition for the food, drink and hospitality markets. Manama, Bahrain, February 8-10, 2011 (www.foodexpbh.com) ITB Hospitality technology, systems and equipment, along with Berlin, Germany, March 9-13, 2011 exhibitors from international food companies. (www.messe-berlin.de) Emitt Istanbul One of the world’s major travel and tourism exhibitions for all Istanbul, Turkey, February 10-13, 2011 aspects of the travel industry. (www.emittistanbul.com) Istanbul’s only international trade fair: focused on tourism in GIBTM the Eastern Mediterranean. Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 28-30, 2011 Middle East Exclusive 2011 Dubai, UAE, February 20-22, 2011 (www.middleeastexclusive.com) Luxury brand and travel retail exhibition.
(www.gibtm.com) International event for the business travel and meetings industry in the Gulf and Middle East region.
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