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Chinese tourist numbers have recovered from their plunge following the 2012 eruption of the spat between Beijing and Tokyo over islands in the East China Sea.
Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travellers.

January 27, 2014

Holiday Inn
07:24 GMT
(press release)

IHG, InterContinental Hotels Group, has opened Holiday Inn Muscat Al Seeb in the heart of capital’s new business district, making it the third IHG hotel in the city.

January 26, 2014

The Lebanese economy has suffered greatly from decreasing tourism since the start of Syria's civil war in early 2011 (Shutterstock)
10:28 GMT

Tourism in Lebanon has dropped 40 percent since 2010, according to figures released by the Tourism Ministry Friday.

January 22, 2014

Italian chef Luca Bracchetti
09:23 GMT

Crowne Plaza Amman organizes a special month for Italian cuisine in its classy and contemporary V Lounge & Restaurant, in which the hotel hosts the Italian chef Luca Bracchetti.

Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are on the list of areas A&K is looking to expand to, he said.
03:55 GMT

The boutique is the company’s first step in its expansion in the UAE and GCC.

January 21, 2014

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa in Qatar
06:17 GMT
(press release)

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc has announced it has signed The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa in Qatar.

January 20, 2014

Four Seasons
09:39 GMT
(press release)

For 17 years in a row, Four Seasons has been named by its employees to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

January 19, 2014

Dubai is ranked first in the region for its hospitality industry (Shutterstock)
10:37 GMT

Dubai is now leading the region in the hospitality industry.

Ramada Downtown donation
09:20 GMT
(press release)

Ramada Downtown Dubai organised a series of activities, as part of its ongoing efforts to give back to the community by reaching out to the needy.

January 14, 2014

The final stage includes voting on the site at the meeting of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee
21:43 GMT

From Thursday, Jeddah city will be hosting the 10-day “Jeddah Historic Area Festival” under the patronage of Prince Mesh’al bin Abdullah,

Airlines in the region have benefited from strong growth in business-related premium travel. (Image credit: Wikipedia)
11:02 GMT

Globally year-to-date international passengers demand growth till November was 5.1 per cent while Middle East witnessed more than 12 per cent.

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh
06:01 GMT
(press release)

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh has scooped up the “Luxury Design Hotel” award in the Country Winner Category at the World Luxury Hotel Awards recently held in Phuket, Thailand.

The regulations, which will be implemented from February 1, ban cafes from operating within 150 metres of residential areas, schools and mosques.
03:55 GMT

New rules regulating shisha cafes in Abu Dhabi come into effect by the end of this month, with officials confirming that violators will be punished.

January 9, 2014

Waldorf Astoria is opening up a new location in Palm Islands Jumeirah. (Image credit: Arhcitecture International program)
12:45 GMT

WALDORF Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand, announced Wednesday the opening of Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

During the event
10:31 GMT
(press release)

Al Bustan Centre and Residence welcomes the New Year 2014 by recognizing the long serviced employees for their excellent performance over the years.

January 8, 2014

During the event
09:42 GMT
(press release)

Ramada Hotel and Suites Ajman extended its support to Al Manar Al Eman Charity School in Ajman by hosting the MOVE Training Course Graduation, organised by Action Care UAE.