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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.
July 13, 2014 - 04:55 GMT
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.

April 17, 2014

Hotel guests can now be charged a minor fee as of March 31, 2014 (Karim Shaib/AFP)
16:34 GMT

Positive reaction: Dubai's recently imposed fee on hotel guests had no negative feedback according to the head of the city's tourism authority.

Dubai welcomed 11 million hotel guests in 2013 (File/AFP)
15:09 GMT

According to a STR Global Construction Pipeline Report, 573 hotels are expected to open across the Middle East and Africa.

Concorde also set sights on strengthening its relationship with its partners in KSA and generating new business during the exhibition
07:27 GMT
(press release)

Concorde Hotel Fujairah announces its participation in the annual Riyadh Travel Fair, which is taking place at Four Seasons Hotel – Kingdom Tower from 15th to 18th April.

Guests of all ages join in the fun as Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita introduces Sega dancing, embodying the remote island’s passion for music
06:30 GMT
(press release)

Four Seasons invites travellers to discover diverse cultures, learn new skills, journey through history, and see the world as they never have before – all in luxurious Four Seasons style.

April 16, 2014

Crystal Lagoons are unveiling eight new mega projects in the Middle East building both their regional and international portfolio
10:26 GMT
(press release)

Crystal Lagoons is boosting the profile of its growing portfolio of Middle East projects with eight new developments being added and the operational launch of an initial phase at its Meydan mega lagoons project.

April 14, 2014

Ben Gurion Airport expects 1.2 million passengers over the holiday, up 25% from 2013.
17:46 GMT

Despite tense relations, Turkey is the top destination for Israelis this Passover, with 6,300 people planning to spend the holiday there

During the event
09:37 GMT

In its ongoing commitment to help and support the local community, Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea hosted the Jordanian Women’s Development Association of the Deaf on a fun-filled day.

April 13, 2014

Khartik Kumar, The New Housekeeping Manager at Emirates Grand Hotel
15:40 GMT
(press release)

Emirates Grand Hotel has recently appointed Khartik Kumar as Housekeeping Manager and will be in charge of planning, directing and coordinating the activities of the Housekeeping Department.

Dubai welcomed over 10 million tourists in 2013 (File/AFP)
14:00 GMT

Dubai has been nominated in the TripAdvisor Traveller Choice Awards as one of the best places to visit in 2014.

Food for thought: Saudi Arabia's food consumption grew by 55.3 percent since 2012 (File/AFP)
13:30 GMT

Saudi's yearly food, hotel & hospitality Arabia exhibition takes opens on Sunday with over 400 booths set up from other countries.

Six Flags Entertainment currently operates 18 parks across the U.S., Mexico and Canada (Getty/AFP)
13:00 GMT

U.S. Six Flags brand will open a new theme park in Jebel Ali. The move is set to increase tourism in Dubai and create a bigger business partnership between America and the UAE.

EY Emirati Engineers
09:51 GMT
(press release)

Etihad Airways recognised its top ten performing Emirati female engineering trainees by giving them the chance to attend the 25th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando, Florida.

April 10, 2014

GCC Ecotourism Conference at Ramada Ajman
09:33 GMT
(press release)

Ramada Hotel and Suites Ajman recently hosted the first GCC Ecotourism Conference at the property’s Majestic Ballroom, on 30th and 31st March, as part of the ongoing UAE Green Festival.

April 8, 2014

Colleagues of Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea
10:53 GMT

Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea has recently celebrated both Mother’s Day and its annual staff gathering.

Amman and Beijing agreed to expedite the implementation of development schemes China has agreed to fund through grants
09:55 GMT

China has extended more than $162 million to Jordan in the form of loans and grants between 1999 and 2013.