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“We are delighted to have been recognised [at the World Travel Awards] as the Middle East’s leading hotel operator.

“World Travel Awards has long had a close relationship with Dubai and it was an honour to return here [for this year’s event].

Dubai International was the world’s busiest gateway in terms of global figures in 2015, with 77.5 million international passengers, a year-on-year boost of 10.7 percent, as shown in data released by Airports Council International.

Shafi Syed

SHAFI SYED has become group chief development officer at Jumeirah Group. In his capacity, Syed will head the development team and lead the company’s expansion strategy.

JEAN-GABRIEL PÉRÈS has been appointed president and CEO at Kerzner International Holdings (KIH). With his international occupational experience spanning over 30 years in the luxury and

Cebu Pacific Air flew over 10 million passengers in the first half of the year, marking an improvement of nine percent over the same period in 2015. The growth in demand, which lead to an average load factor of 87 percent,

Cebu Pacific Air has placed a firm order with Airbus for two Airbus A330-300s. The aircraft will join an existing fleet of six A330s operated by the airline on flights to destinations in the Middle East and Australia, as well on selected domestic and regional routes.

The Middle East delivered a strong passenger traffic increase in May with a surge of 11.4 percent, according to Airports Council International (ACI) Asia Pacific. Within the region, Doha maintained the leading position with Hamad International

The World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) reported above-average growth in global arrivals in the first four months of the year, with the figure increasing 5.3 percent year-on-year to 348 million.

FOLLOWING THE DECISION TAKEN AT THE GENERAL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING ON JULY 12, ACCORHOTELS ANNOUNCED THE ACQUISITION OF FRHI HOTELS & RESORTS AND ITS THREE LUXURY HOTEL BRANDS;