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Steve Allen has taken on the role of senior vice president of corporate travel for the Middle East and India at dnata Travel.

STR’s May 2017 Pipeline Report revealed that 159,711 keys in 581 hotel projects were under contract in the Middle East, a 3.8 percent year-on-year increase in the number of rooms in the construction or planning stages.

In April, global passenger traffic reached record levels with a growth of 9.3 percent year-on-year, as revealed by Airports Council International. 

For the first time in the Middle East, Deer Jet showcased its 787 Dream Jet during a stopover at Doha International Airport, as part of a series of displays in key international charter destinations titled Dreams Encounter the World.

Abu Dhabi has won hosting rights for the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress 2019, positioning the UAE as the first country in GCC region and the second in the Middle East to hold this international event.

In March, freight tonne kilometres soared 14 percent year-on-year and available freight tonne kilometres rose 4.2 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2016, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Following the successful Luxperience pop up event at Atlantis by Giardino, 18 exhibitors took part in Luxperience Zurich, hailing from Australia, Central America and Southast Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Laurent Voivenel has been appointed as senior vice president of operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India at Swiss-Belhotel International, where he will be responsible for the group’s strategic expansion in this key growth market.

Aiming to develop business with a focus on the Middle East, StayWell Hospitality Group and Cristal Group have recently announced a strategic alliance.

Despite sluggish global economic growth, low oil prices, US and Brexit influences, the UAE is set to lead the Middle East passenger growth for the year, with an annual increase of more than 6.3 percent according to estimates from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).