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While some industry stakeholders believe that the use of, and reliance on, GDS will fizzle out in coming years, keeping up with technological advancements has enabled companies to confidently report financial growth in 2016.

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (GDS) SIMPLIFY THE MULTIFACETED WORLD OF TRAVEL, OFFERING A VITAL SOLUTION FOR AGENTS AND A VALUABLE INCOME FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS.

Authorities in the region have recognised the potential for this booming industry and the importance of collaboration, demonstrated with the formation of Cruise Arabia alliance in 2013. Earlier this year, the association welcomed Bahrain, joining Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Qatar and Oman.

THE MIDDLE EAST CRUISE INDUSTRY IS SOARING, WITH MANY DESTINATIONS HOSTING THE MOST SUCCESSFUL WINTER CRUISE SEASON TO DATE.

“Wellness is a very important aspect of our offerings at our hotel,” said Hamdy, noting how an extensive and well-rounded wellness offering can influence holiday-makers when looking for their ideal accommodation.

In line with a more emphasised focus on health and the rapidly growing demand for such offerings, spas are eager to adapt to the shifting trends with the introduction of new products and services.