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Q&A with Petra Hedorfer, chief executive officer, German National Tourist Board (GNTB)

Assessment of the current situation in inbound tourism and a look ahead to the future of travel to Germany

The Galleria Al Maryah Island has unveiled Covent Garden Market, a pop-up marketplace showcasing some of the best local and regional brands across a range of categories.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, on December 29, 2020 confirmed that Athens will be its inaugural destination, with flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport starting on January 15.  The airline is also to start flights from Abu Dhabi to Thessaloniki, starting on February 04.

As the ancient heritage of camel farming transforms into a full-fledged industry, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia emerges as a global epicenter driving this vital animal wealth in its journey from being a cultural symbol to becoming the center of the ‘global camel economics.'

Yas Island Abu Dhabi, one of the UAE’s premier leisure and entertainment destination, has closed off 2020 on a high note achieving 35 awards and accolades for its attractions, infrastructure projects and developments, as part of its ongoing global recognition for its outstanding and unique experiences.

This soothing view is a perfect romantic escape for any newly married couple. The cozy swim-up suites located in Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh is uniquely designed to fit couples and especially honeymooners who are not seeking lavish digs.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced the addition of Riyadh to its regional network of destinations. KLM will operate a direct flight from Amsterdam to the capital city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and has also announced adjustments to the wider schedule of flights in the Gulf to integrate Riyadh into the network, for the convenience of customers. The first service operating to Riyadh will start on January 11.

Priyanka Kapoor, senior regional director of sales and marketing, EMEA, India Swiss-Belhotel International, spoke about the group’s strategies for ‘Future of Revenue Management’ at the annual ROC Middle East 2020 – Revenue Optimisation Conference.

Element Hotels, part of Marriott International, recently announced the opening of Element Al Jaddaf in one of Dubai’s emerging districts. Element Al Jaddaf presents an eco-friendly concept for guests seeking to maintain a balanced lifestyle while travelling.

Following the launch of the Etihad Greenliner Programme at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, and the arrival of the flagship Greenliner in January 2020, Etihad Airways recently officially inaugurated the latest aircraft in its journey towards sustainability, with the pioneering 2020 ecoDemonstrator entering commercial service following a series of industry-leading test flights across the US.