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Qatar Airways’ first non-stop flight from Doha to Mombasa, Kenya landed at Moi International Airport, marking the airline’s second gateway in Kenya.

Qatar Airways flight QR1333, operated by an Airbus A320, departed Hamad International Airport (HIA) on December 09, at 02:30 and arrived at Moi International Airport at 08:40, where it was welcomed with a celebratory water cannon salute.

H.E. Akbar Al Baker, group CEO, Qatar Airways, said, “Today’s inaugural flight to the beautiful coastal city of Mombasa marks further growth and strengthening bonds between the state of Qatar and Kenya. We are thrilled to be the first Middle East airline to offer direct flights to Mombasa, our second gateway into Kenya. The people of Mombasa will now be able to access Qatar Airways’ extensive global network of more than 160 destinations around the world, while enjoying its award-winning service.”

Qatar Airways will operate its service to Mombasa with an Airbus A320 aircraft, which features 12 business class seats and 120 seats in economy class. Passengers will be able to enjoy the airline’s superior entertainment system offering a wide variety of entertainment options.
The airline currently operates three daily flights between Doha and Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. With the addition of four weekly flights to Mombasa, Qatar Airways will be operating a total of 25 weekly flights between Doha and Kenya.

Studio M Arabian Plaza, the first Studio M in the Middle East region and the first property to be introduced under the ‘M collection’ portfolio under Millennium Hotels & Resorts in the UAE, opened its doors on December 01.

Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province in China, is offering a 144-hours Transit Visa Free to the holders of 53 foreign countries from January 01, 2019, as part of the city’s plan to boost its development as an international destination for tourists.

Centara Hotels & Resorts has made its debut in Qatar with the launch of a spectacular new seaview hotel in Doha, the county’s rapidly expanding capital city.

European outbound travel grew by five percent during the first eight months of the year, and the outlook for 2019 is also positive. Further growth can be expected according to the World Travel Monitor conducted by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin.

Rove Hotels, a joint venture 50 percent owned by Meraas and 50 percent owned by Emaar, announced the launch of its latest property Rove City Walk.

The scale of business that FITUR achieves as one of the meetings with the greatest impact in the world tourism industry, which annually brings together more than 200,000 professionals and more than 10.000 companies from 165 countries, together with its ability to detect trends and business models, has inspired IFEMA, through the Madrid International Tourism Fair, to set up the FITURNEXT Observatory.

According to Eurostat, in 2017 1,043 billion passengers travelled by air in the European Union (EU), up by seven percent compared with 2016 and by 39 percent compared with 2009.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of Kimpton Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The hotel is signed under a management agreement with Omnam Group and is set to open in 2022.

WestJet announced it has expanded its codeshare relationship with Qantas by placing its WS code and flight numbers on Qantas-operated flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.