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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.
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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.

May 11, 2014

Tarek Madanat, Area Director of Sales and Marketing for the IHG Cluster Office in Jordan
10:12 GMT

Mr. Oussama Massoud, IHG Regional General Manager for Jordan and Palestine has announced the appointment of Tarek Madanat as the Area Director of Sales and Marketing for the IHG Cluster Office in Jordan.

May 9, 2014

“The WHO does not recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions, including for upcoming pilgrimage travel to Saudi Arabia,” a statement issued by the organization said.
00:08 GMT

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that there is no travel ban for Saudi Arabia as a result of increasing MERS cases in the country.

May 6, 2014

Tourism activities are expected to increase by 5.4 percent, boosting Oman's economy (File/AFP)
13:04 GMT

Oman will see a boost in travel and tourism figures this year with a 10.2 percent growth rate in 2014, according to a report.

Hospitality Management Holdings aims to have a hotel in every GCC country by 2020 (Image: Hospitality.net)
11:52 GMT

Hospitality Management Holdings will aim to have a hotel in every Gulf country, the CEO announced at the Arabian Travel Market.

Al Bustan Centre & Residence
10:14 GMT
(press release)

Al Bustan Centre and Residence unveils Monthly room promotions to attract tourists and long-term guests during summer.

May 5, 2014

Saudi Arabia will consider changing its strict visa policies in the next three years, according to the president of the country’s tourism commission.
23:11 GMT

In March the Kingdom reportedly suspended a limited tourist visa programme, until infrastructure had improved.

Fancy a dip in the pool? The beautiful Al Bustan Rotana Dubai. (Image: Facebook)
13:04 GMT

UAE hotel operator Rotana has announced the launch of ten new hotels in the Middle East by 2020.

Manzil From Emaar
07:56 GMT
(press release)

A modern boutique hotel brand that celebrates authentic Arabesque design aesthetics and culinary flavours is the newest addition to the hotel portfolio of Emaar Hospitality Group.

Starwood Hotels
07:23 GMT
(press release)

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announced it will open 35 hotels in the Middle East in the next three years, expanding its portfolio to over 80 hotels.

The hotel consists of 181 rooms, 13 suites, 41 studios and 124 one and two bedroom apartments.
03:55 GMT

The 359 room property is the first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel to open in Dubai and the second to open in the United Arab Emirates in 2014.

May 4, 2014

Sheraton Amman Al Nabil hotel
08:39 GMT
(press release)

Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel is welcoming a new executive chef who brings over 20 years of experience of working in some of the world’s top hospitality establishments throughout the world with him to Amman.

Lebanon has lost millions in profits within its tourism sector due to regional turmoil and domestic security issues (File Archive)
07:57 GMT

Lebanon's Tourism Ministry is launching an initiative to boost the country's tourism sector, but will "Live, Love, Lebanon" compensate as hoped for the millions of profits lost over the past few years?

May 1, 2014

A total 32,259 Chinese tourists arrived in Abu Dhabi during Q1 (Image: Nowtravelasia.com)
15:18 GMT

Chinese tourist numbers increased to 208 percent in Q1, adding to the good news of Abu Dhabi's high performance in terms of hotel guest numbers in the first quarter of the year.

Tourism in Sharjah is expected to grow in 2014 (File/AFP)
12:59 GMT

72 By Hues opened in Sharjah on Wednesday, making it the first boutique hotel to open in the area.

April 30, 2014

The Middle East is "driving the positive growth," according to managing director of STR Global, Elizabeth Winkle (File/AFP)
14:28 GMT

Dubai's hotel sector saw profits skyrocket by 53.3 percent, according to a HotStats survey.