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Arrivals from Europe to the GCC will increase 29 percent over the period 2018 to 2023, driven by new and direct flight routes, a growing number of millennial and middle-class travellers and competitive air fares, according to the latest data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 – May 01.

Newly opened Kudadoo Maldives Private Island has been recognised as the Best New Luxury Hotel in the world in 2018 by global independent organisation LTI Luxury Travel Intelligence (lti-members.com) as identified by independent researchers from a total of 42 new properties visited.

Najib Kalouch has been appointed as new head chef of Radisson Blu Martinez hotel, Beirut.

Thomas Grundner talks to Travel Trade MENA about hotel upgrades, hotel openings and environmental initiatives.

Tourism arrivals to Oman will increase at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of five percent between 2018 and 2023 to 3,5 million, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2019 (ATM), which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 –May 01.

Expo 2020 and its legacy, District 2020, are expected to have a positive long-term influence on the growth of inbound arrivals to the UAE from the country’s top five source markets between 2018 and 2023, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 – 1 May 01.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, a hotel powerhouse with a global presence of approximately 9,200 hotels across more than 80 countries, has continued to further expand its hotel portfolio across Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa (EMEA), with important new openings, and a series of important brand launches and new market entries over the past year.

Al Manara, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Saraya Aqaba, recently announced its partnership with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) through its annual Aqaba Carnival winter campaign, aiming to promote tourism in Aqaba and draw Jordanians to the warmest seaside area of the country.

Jazeera Airways has introduced state-of-the-art self-check-in kiosks at its Terminal 5 (T5) at Kuwait International Airport, in addition to a series of services and new offerings that add value to passengers and make their travel experience easier with the airline.

Travelport, a leading travel commerce platform, announced it has appointed Kerry Koutsikos as managing director of the Middle East and Africa (MEA).