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Iraqi or Jordanian tourists are no substitute for Gulf tourists
November 14, 2014 - 00:49 GMT
bservers say the hotel sector has never experienced conditions as tough as the ones they are going through today.

May 12, 2014

During the event
07:50 GMT
(press release)

Al Bustan Centre and Residence recently organized a Health Awareness Campaign for its employees on April 24, 2014.

The popular U.S.-based website recently published a list of “9 Places You Absolutely, Positively Must See Before You Die,” with Lebanon coming in at number six behind Santorini, Greece, and just before London.
06:55 GMT

With security holding and travel bans lifting, many Lebanese are hoping this summer could see a revival of the country’s vital tourism sector, which just received another small boost from an unlikely source: The Huffington Post.

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 8, 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.