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Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is expected to contribute USD70.9 billion in total to the country’s GDP for this year, according to data from the World Travel and Tourism Council, as exhibitors prepare to showcase what the Kingdom has to offer at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 – 1 May 01.

A residentially inspired retreat designed for business travellers and culture seekers has launched. The 27-storey St. Regis Hong Kong offers 129 exquisitely appointed guest rooms and suites.

With the richest temperate flora in the world and a myriad of rare, critically endangered species, Gondwana Game Reserve, on South Africa’s Garden Route is a bucket list destination not just for a Big Five safari, but also for anyone with an interest in botany and biodiversity.

Sharjah Media City (Shams) launched the audition process for the UAE Entertainment Experience, the first of its kind film production project in the Arab world. The launch announcement was made at Roxy Cinema City Walk, and followed the successful auditions in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

Swiss-Belhotel International, a global hospitality management chain, has further expanded its Indonesian portfolio with the launch of Swiss-Belresidences Rasuna Epicentrum, the group’s seventh hotel in Jakarta.

Amadeus hosted its second football tournament for members of the travel industry in Oman, with National Travel and Tourism (NTT) emerging as the triumphant team.

Following the highly anticipated announcement of Gather by JW – the brand’s immersive epicurean and mindful experience this September – JW Marriott unveiled ‘Gather by JW’ Marriott Bonvoy Moments exclusive for members.

These bookable packages, available to bid on now through May 01, will allow Marriott Bonvoy members the opportunity to indulge their inner foodie through thoughtfully curated and unforgettable experiences, including masterclasses, with top names in the culinary world.

Gather by JW, JW Marriott’s second annual festival in Venice, will take place from September 26 – 29, at the enchanting JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, located on the private island of Isola delle Rose.

The weekend will bring together an incredible roster of culinary, beverage, and mindfulness experts to curate an immersive experience that celebrates gathering, being present, Marriott Bonvoy Moments Masterclasses led by award-winning culinary legends and wine aficionados, and of course, food and wine. Talent includes Fabio Trabocchi, Giada De Laurentiis, Ciccio Sultano, Angela Hartnett, Jonathan Waxman, Ray Isle, Anthony Giglio, and more.

Botswana’s travel and tourism economy grew 3,4 percent to exceed USD2,5 billion in 2018, and now contributes nearly one in every seven dollars in the country’s economy, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) annual review of the economic impact and social importance of the sector.

Amman’s iconic hotel recently hosted a media tour of the capital as part of its push to promote Jordan as a fabulous destination.

Marriott International announced it expects to add 19 new properties and more than 3,000 rooms to its Middle East and Africa (MEA) portfolio in this year.