Airbnb is shutting China business to focus on outbound Asia travel

The San Francisco-based company will stop offering rental homes and experiences in the country this summer

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The Middle East’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve to be established in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea project

Apart from the property in Saudi, there are only five other Ritz-Carlton Reserves worldwide

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UK to waive visa requirement for Saudi, Bahraini nationals from June 1

They will need to fill out an online visa waiver application which will be processed within 48 hours and at a cost of GBP30

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ATM 2022: In-destination experiences to shape the future of global travel and tourism

Topics discussed at the one-day forum included the role of sustainability in driving the in-destination business forward

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Ras Al Khaimah offers new hot air ballooning experience

The RAK Airventure attraction is open daily at Manar Mall and is part of the emirate’s sustainable tourism initiatives

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Airbnb says employees can work remotely forever

Airbnb employees who work in lower cost-of-living areas won’t see their compensation change

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Arabian Travel Market 2022 edition in Dubai to feature over 1,500 exhibitors

Beginning on May 9 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, it expects to receive around 20,000 attendees

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Hayya Card mandatory for all visitors to Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup

At the moment, the card is only being issued to those who have a ticket for the tournament

How the 2022 edition of the Dubai International Boat Show elevated the global yacht industry

The Dubai International Boat Show which took place last month highlighted the resilience of an industry that fought its way through a difficult two-year period to come out stronger than ever on the other side

Emaar to manage new Armani hotel in Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah development

Armani Hotel Diriyah will include 70 rooms and two restaurants, with its suites featuring their own spa and swimming pool

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Trojena: All you need to know about Saudi’s new mega tourism project

Trojena which will include the GCC first outdoor ski resort is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs and add SAR3bn to the kingdom’s GDP by 2030

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The possible growth avenues for the GCC’s tourism market

There is much potential for GCC countries to offer digitally-enhanced experience tourism alongside innovative offerings

Antonio Gonzalez, CEO, Sunset Hospitality Group.

Dubai’s Sunset Hospitality Group to expand to 14 countries in 2022

It has announced plans to increase its portfolio to 50 operating venues globally by the end of this year

Marriott to debut its Autograph Collection in Sharjah with two new properties

Marriott inked a franchise agreement with Shurooq for the two hotels which will be located in Kalba and Khorfakkan

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New department in Ras Al Khaimah to regulate entertainment and gaming operations

The scope of activities of the Department of Entertainment and Gaming Regulation established will cover licensing, taxation, operational procedures, and consumer safeguards

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Sheikh Hamdan forms Supreme Committee to oversee development of Hatta

The committee serves for a renewable period of three years, and is subject to an extension based on the recommendation of its chairman made to the Crown Prince of Dubai

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Arabian Travel Market announces new dates for 2022 edition in Dubai

It will now be held from May 9-12, 2022, at the Dubai World Trade Centre

Airline spend on automation, sustainability and digital health to rise, states SITA report

Rising focus on technology to support industry recovery in 2022

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Hyatt Centric opens first Middle East property in Dubai

The 173-key Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai is a seven-storey property is located in La Mer

Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort

Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort to open this month

Situated on Clarence Island, the five-star resort will feature its own 2,000sqm private beach

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Inside Lucerne’s thriving tourism industry

Switzerland’s regional tourism sector made a strong comeback this year, with the appeal of places such as Lucerne – specifically among UAE visitors – firmly on the rise. Here’s how its local tourism board is responding

An insider’s guide to Madrid

Spain has opened its doors to international tourists, and especially welcomed visitors from the GCC region. Here’s what you can do in one of its most popular cities

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Japan National Tourism Organization opens first Middle East office in Dubai

By 2030, Japan aims to attract 60 million visitors with a JPY 15 trillion consumption annually

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Exploring Switzerland: Lucerne, Interlaken and Geneva

As Switzerland opens to quarantine-free travel for residents of the GCC, here are some of the most popular sights to take in and things to do in Interlaken, Lucerne and Geneva

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Shurooq opens Mysk Moon Retreat glamping destination in Sharjah

It also unveiled four new hospitality projects in the emirate

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World’s first Warner Bros. hotel to open in Abu Dhabi on November 11

The hotel will be operated by Hilton under the Curio Collection brand

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Emaar’s Address Hotels opens first property outside of UAE in Istanbul

The development, which is part of Emaar Square, is located on the Asian side of Istanbul

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Why Dubai-headquartered Vista Global sees a bright future for private aviation in the region

Vista Global Holding has successfully challenged the idea of corporate ownership of private jets. Thomas Flohr, its founder and chairman, is now knocking on the door of commercial airlines and is forcing a rethink among the latter’s top-tier customers

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Wasl to open four new hotels in Dubai

Wasl hospitality and leisure has a portfolio of 6,885 hotel rooms

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Five Holdings to open third property in Dubai in 2023

It follows the acquisition of the under construction Corinthia property in Jumeirah Beach Residence