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Israel's war against Hamas came at the beginning of the peak tourist season, which includes July and August and runs through the Jewish High Holiday season and early winter.
September 29, 2014 - 04:55 GMT
The summertime fighting delivered a serious hit to Israel's thriving tourism industry, causing losses of hundreds of millions of dollars and sparking concern that aftershocks may continue well after the war.

May 6, 2014

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.

The beachside resort and spa will be managed by Mövenpick Hotels (Image: File)
12:01 GMT

Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company has announced the development of a beachside resort in Malaysia.

April 29, 2014

The festival has been attended by the Greek Ambassador, among others (Image: FSR Magazine)
14:54 GMT

Saudi Arabia is hosting a Greek inspired food fest in the Riyadh Marriott Hotel, with different authentic Greek dishes being served every night.

Dubai International recorded 18,361,820 passengers traveling through the airport in 2014 (File/AFP)
11:35 GMT

Dubai International has emerged as the world's busiest airport, beating London Heathrow with monthly traffic.

April 28, 2014

During the event
10:27 GMT

InterContinental Aqaba Resort organized a charity dinner in partnership with Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), in which the proceeds were donated to restoring and renovating public kindergartens in Aqaba.