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HotelsCombined revealed that in 2016, the UAE and Saudi Arabia were among the top destinations in the GCC visited by business and leisure travellers from the UK, accounting for 10 percent of all visitors, with Australia and the US following.

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.

Hareb Al Muhairy has become senior vice president, UAE and GCC sales at Etihad Aviation Group, moving from his previous role at the company of corporate and international affairs.

During the seminar Capitalising on Experiential Travel: China & India Mega Source Markets at Arabian Travel Market, Colliers International revealed that Chinese and Indian outbound tourism market is currently increasing 6.7 percent and seven percent, respectively year-on-year.

According to Turkish Airlines, in 2016 there was a significant boost in the number of inbound tourists to Turkey from the GCC region, with a 10.5 percent surge in the number of travellers visiting the country compared to 2015. 

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).

According to QnA International, sports tourism from the GCC is considered to be one of the fastest growing sectors, with a shift from sun and sea holidays to sports-related vacations with a new generation of tourists with an interest in sports events.

Landmark Group is expanding its popular Shukran Loyalty Program to Citymax Hotels with a unique cross border, Earn and Spend programme.

ALFIO BERNARDINI has begun his new role as general manager at Radisson Blu Hotel Media City, where he will be responsible for more than 300 members of staff at the property.