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Hamad International Airport (HIA) has revealed plans for its second expansion phase to an international audience of real estate investors at Cityscape Qatar, which took place from October 22 - 24 in Doha.

With a focus on specialisation, business and professionalisation, the next edition of FITUR, the International Tourism Fair organised by IFEMA, on January 22 – 26, 2020, at Feria de Madrid, presents its strongly enhanced B2B meeting programmes.

These are the FITUR B2B MATCH agenda for tour operators’ and agencies’ international buyers, and also the agenda specialising in incentive tourism, meetings and business travel namely, FITUR MICE.

Both programmes have proved to be an effective tool, bringing together a large amount of business activity during FITUR’s business visitor days.

This is evident in the figures from the last edition at which, within the scope of these two programmes, more than 9000 B2B meetings were held with buyers from all over the world.

The FITUR MATCH platform, which will be available on January 23 – 24, 2020, will put the participating companies in contact with a total of 140 professionals (managers of travel agencies and tour operator companies) from consolidated markets and emerging areas, the latter with a special focus on the MENA region, China and Russia.

To prepare the programme, FITUR has worked with different sources in the tourism industry and with IFEMA’s network of delegations and Marketing Offices that operate in more than 28 countries.

And for meetings, incentives and business travel tourism, a growing business segment and key to the tourism industry, the FITUR MICE specialist programme will bring together, January 22 - 23, representatives of a hundred MICE tourism providers with 120 qualified buyers from around the world.

Air New Zealand and United Airlines announced the only non-stop service between New Zealand and the US East Coast will begin in October 2020.

As temperatures cool down in the nation’s capital, Umm Al Emarat Park is set to welcome guests all season long for an exciting line-up of events featuring food, sports, music, cultural performances and live entertainment shows, all held in the crisp open air.

The 22nd edition of International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) took place on October 14 -17 organised by Reed Travel Exhibitions.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the official opening of Hyatt Place Dubai Jumeirah, the fourth Hyatt-branded select service property in Dubai, UAE.


AC Hotels, the carefully curated lifestyle brand from Marriott International marked the African debut of the global thought leadership series, AC Unpacked at AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront on September 26 with a lively panelist discussion between local experts shaping the world of Art and Design in The Mother City.

Al Safeer Travel in Bahrain has signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with Sabre Corporation to continue use its technology to manage travel.

The Middle East’s travel and tourism industry is expected to increase its spending on Internet of Things (IoT) technology by 22 percent by 2022, according to data published ahead of the inaugural edition of Travel Forward, which will take place alongside Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2020 at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 19 -22.

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