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Arrivals from Europe to the GCC will increase 29 percent over the period 2018 to 2023, driven by new and direct flight routes, a growing number of millennial and middle-class travellers and competitive air fares, according to the latest data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 – May 01.
According to ATM’s research partner, Colliers International, as many as 8,3 million EU residents will travel to the GCC in 2023, an additional 1,9 million travellers when compared to 2018 arrival figures.

On February 28, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Costa Cruises officially took delivery of Costa Venezia, the Italian company's first ship designed specifically to offer the Chinese market the best of Italy.

The connection between two dynamic regions Western Washington and Central Ohio just got easier, with the launch of Alaska Airlines daily nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

Najib Kalouch has been appointed as new head chef of Radisson Blu Martinez hotel, Beirut.

An historic 122-room boutique hotel on the south bank of the fabled Perfume River in the one-time imperial capital of Vietnam officially observed its emergence as Azerai La Residence, Hue, the second hotel in a new group formed by hotelier Adrian Zecha.

Thomas Grundner talks to Travel Trade MENA about hotel upgrades, hotel openings and environmental initiatives.

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas will be entering the luxury hospitality sector on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius with the launch of Anantara Mauritius Resort – a new property which is scheduled to open in the last quarter of this year.

Tourism arrivals to Oman will increase at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of five percent between 2018 and 2023 to 3,5 million, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2019 (ATM), which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 –May 01.

Vietnam Airlines and Sabre Corporation , one of the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, were joined by Donald Trump, president, US, and Nguyen Phu Trong, president, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, for the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Sabre and Vietnam Airlines and its subsidiary.

Expo 2020 and its legacy, District 2020, are expected to have a positive long-term influence on the growth of inbound arrivals to the UAE from the country’s top five source markets between 2018 and 2023, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 – 1 May 01.