With the increasing rate of global tourism yearly, we took a glance at what are some favorite destinations for 1.4 bn world tourists and what are the merits and demerits of this hiked tourism on the host countries.
Accor is set to debut its Raffles brand in Bahrain after signing an agreement with GFH Financial Group. The management agreement for Raffles Bahrain marks the start of a growing partnership between the two entities and consolidates Accor’s presence in the kingdom where it currently operates six properties.
Emirates will launch a new daily service from Dubai to Mexico City International Airport, via the Spanish city of Barcelona, on December 9th. Citizens from Mexico, Spain and the UAE only need their passports to enjoy visa-free travel to each respective country.
Andy Bellamy has been appointed general manager at the newly opened Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge. He joins the Leonardo Royal property with 15 years’ experience working in the hospitality industry, most recently as area general manager at Mercure Hotels.
Accor has strengthened its portfolio in Jordan to nine properties with the opening of the Mövenpick Hotel Amman. It follows the group’s takeover and re-brand of an existing 218-key property in the kingdom’s vibrant capital, which has undergone a refurbishment in line with Mövenpick brand standards.
The FarSounder 1000 Series will provide real-time 3D images of the terrain and activity along the ship’s route up to 1,000 metres ahead of the vessel and to a depth of up to 50 metres, with a mapping range up to eight times the water’s depth.
Swiss-Belhotel International has launched Swiss-Belinn Gajah Mada Medan, a new midscale hotel in the capital of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Located on Jalan Gajah Mada in the centre of the city, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s main business and shopping districts.
Ryanair is expecting to welcome five million fewer passengers next summer as the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max impacts capacity growth. The Irish airline has a total of 135 of the controversial models on order, the first five of which are due for delivery this autumn.
Cheval Collection is upgrading its property management system, entering into a technology partnership with RMS Cloud. Cheval chief executive George Westwell said the decision to choose RMS Cloud technology was made with an eye on the future.
Dubai International has welcomed Air India’s inaugural flights from the cities of Indore and Kolkata (Calcutta). The thrice weekly service from Indore is the first international flight out of the city, which is the commercial capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Costa Rica has declared the Miravalles Volcano National Park-Jorge Manuel Dengo as the country’s 29th national park. The destination’s protected areas now encompass more than a quarter of its land mass, more than any other country in the world.
The Savoy, a Fairmont managed Hotel, has promoted former director of sales and marketing, Linda Hodgson, to the position of commercial director. In her new role she will oversee the hotel’s commercial strategy and business plan.