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Domestic tourism has grown significantly of late, spending in this sector soaring from SR59 billion in 2010 to SR103 billion in 2014.
October 27, 2014 - 16:47 GMT
In fact, Saudi Arabia has everything to win the hearts of even the most discriminating foreign traveler

June 8, 2014

High-ranking business leaders and travel and tourism experts welcomed the proposal.
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“After spending a week in Saudi Arabia, they can go to Oman, Bahrain, or the UAE with the same visa."

Abu Dhabi has been seeing a boom in tourism in recent months, with occupancy levels in the emirate’s hotels reaching 71 per cent in 2013.
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The beach resort will include a 295-room low-rise hotel in addition to a spa, meeting rooms and 11 villas.

June 5, 2014

The Ministry of Haj has warned local Haj companies against running exaggerated advertising campaigns and to refrain from using language that seemingly promotes special or VIP services.
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The ministry has also banned companies from publishing photos of scholars on their print advertising campaigns to lure potential Hajis (pilgrims) to sign up with them, Makkah daily reported.

The embassy called on service seekers to book an appointment in advance to submit the required documents to the centers through website http://www.vfstasheel.com
12:18 GMT

Saudi Embassy in Egypt announced that it has decided to start issuing visas to visit the Kingdom through three regulatory stages, reported the Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

Terhaal Adventures
10:41 GMT

Terhaal Adventures launches a new website to promote holidays to Jordan.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts
08:55 GMT
(press release)

Developing for Google Glass, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has introduced a new SPG app that is the first from a hospitality company to leverage this emerging, wearable technology platform.

June 4, 2014

The fund forms a radical solution for the financial decline that the tourism sector has experienced over the past 20 years, which worsened sharply throughout the past 3 years.
20:03 GMT

The federation established the fund at a minimum value of $1bn in its first phase, which will increase to $5bn throughout coming phases.

June 3, 2014

He said the ministry has approved 53 companies providing Haj services at reduced rates out of 116 which applied for accreditation. “
13:56 GMT

The Haj Ministry has asked Saudis and expatriates wishing to perform low-cost Haj this year to register their names at its website, which has been created specially for this purpose.

June 2, 2014

The six month Dubai World Expo event is expected to attract 25 million visitors and be a key driver for tourism, with other emirates also set to benefit.
22:07 GMT

The six month Dubai World Expo event is expected to attract 25 million visitors and be a key driver for tourism, with other emirates also set to benefit, the company said.

Omar Aqrabawi, Food & Beverage Manager at Crowne Plaza Amman
10:07 GMT

Mr. Oussama Massoud, IHG Regional General Manager in Jordan & Palestine has announced the appointment of Omar Aqrabawi as Crowne Plaza Amman’s Food & Beverage Manager.

June 1, 2014

Occupancy is expected to touch 70 per cent in Dubai
09:29 GMT

Hotels in the UAE are expected to see occupancy levels fall during June and July but pick up in August, according to analysts.

Hilton
07:50 GMT
(press release)

Hilton Worldwide hotels across Saudi Arabia celebrated the hospitality industry recently by participating in Careers@hilton Live: Youth In Hospitality Month.

May 29, 2014

Downtown Dubai
09:28 GMT
(press release)

From the pristine beaches, and the phenomenal mix of indoor and outdoor entertainment, to world-class culinary experiences, Dubai is indeed the unmatched destination for visitors.

May 28, 2014

Aftab Rahman, Sales Manager, Emirates Grand Hotel
05:25 GMT
(press release)

Emirates Grand Hotel announces the appointment of Aftab Abdul Raman and Muhammad Saqib Nawaz as Sales Managers, to assist in business development and manage the hotel’s key accounts.

May 27, 2014

Passenger traffic through Dubai’s main airport, one of the world’s busiest, rose 13.7 per cent from a year earlier to 6.16 million people in April, the airport operator said on Tuesday.
22:39 GMT

During the first four months of 2014, traffic at Dubai International Airport climbed 11.9 per cent to 24.52 million passengers.