FAIRY TALE WEDDINGS AT KEMPINSKI HOTEL SOMA BAY
A summer wedding package has been launched at Arabian Travel Market by Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay, aimed at providing a stress-free personalised dream wedding day. From intimate beachfront ceremonies at sunset to lavish poolside banquets, the hotel offers a variety of romantic settings to suit every taste and couples can also choose from an array of gourmet dining options, decorations, flowers, entertainment and music.
The wedding package includes accommodation in a sea view room, complimentary accommodation for the bride and groom in the Presidential Suite on the wedding day, a daily buffet breakfast at The View restaurant, wedding menus, a three tier wedding cake, a four hour beverage package (soft drinks, juice, beer and wine), airport pick-up and drop-off from Hurghada International Airport, free access to the hotel’s health club including gym, whirlpool bath, sauna and steam room and free Internet access.
Entertainment, setup and decorations can be arranged according to specific theme requests at an additional charge. The above wedding offer is valid for group packages of 50 rooms or 100 guests from 1 May to 30 September 2014.
Amal El Kady
Director of Sales & Marketing
M. +20 1280555732
Tel +20 65 356 1500
NEW AIRCRAFT, NEW AIRPORT AND NEW ONBOARD PRODUCTS FOR QATAR AIRWAYS
Qatar Airways CEO, HE Akbar Al Baker revealed details of its first A380 at Arabian Travel Market today, the first of 13 aircraft on order that will be delivered on May 31.
Introducing the new A380 first class seat for the first time, Al Baker said it would be more than 2.2 metres in length and the widest in the industry, convertible in to a fully flat bed, and with a 26-inch television screen, a privacy screen, increased personal storage as well as a facility for two passengers to sit across from each other when dining.
Additionally this month, Qatar Airways is to introduce a new daily all premium Business Class service from Doha to London Heathrow, the first service of its kind in the Middle East that will start on May 15 – the aircraft will be a 40-seat Airbus A319 with a 2-2 configuration.
And, in a major move, the airline will move its hub operations to the new Hamad International Airport in Doha on May 27.
Meanwhile, confirming network expansion, Al Baker said new services were scheduled to be launched to Al Hofuf, Saudi Arabia on May 15, followed by Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, Turkey on May 22; Edinburgh, Scotland on May 28; Miami, USA on June 10; Haneda, Japan on June 18, Dallas/Fort Worth, USA on July 1 and Djibouti on July 27.
Corporate Communications Department
+974 4022 2072
AYLA HOTELS & RESORTS TO OPEN SECOND PROPERTY IN AL AIN
Ayla Hotels and Resorts has announced its second hotel in Al Ain will open next month (June) . The Ayla Bawadi Hotel, a four-star property, will have 90 rooms and suites and target both business and leisure travelers in Abu Dhabi’s second city.
Speaking at Arabian Travel Market, Mohamed Soussan, General Manager of Ayla Hotels and Resorts said the main focus of the group would be to increase awareness of Al Ain as a destination and Ayla as a brand.
“To attract more visitors to our Green Oasis, the Ayla Bawadi Hotel has been carefully designed to reflect the local tradition in modern style,” he said. “Together with the camel market, Central Souq and Bawadi Mall, Ayla Bawadi Hotel will complement this bustling spot with its accommodation, dining facilities, rooftop swimming pool and meeting rooms.”
Conveniently located next to the luxurious Bawadi Mall, the alcohol-free hotel features three food and beverage outlets, Pulse Health Club and two meeting rooms.
Tel: +971 3 76 10 111/mobile +971 55 101 81 09
DUBAI PREPARES TO REDEFINE ENTERTAINMENT AND LEISURE WITH IMG WORLD OF ADVENTURE
Dubai’s first indoor mega themed entertainment destination, IMG Worlds of Adventure (IMGWOA), is set to mark the opening of a new chapter in the UAE’s leisure industry … and a model on show at Arabian Travel Market this week is offering visitors a sneak peek of the highly anticipated project.
Marking a key construction milestone, the erection of IMGWOA massive space frame is now complete with work on the roof and wall cladding in progress. The off-site manufacturing of rides is also well underway and shipments have started to arrive in Dubai.
Once open, the 1.5 million sq ft project developed by the Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group will be the world’s largest temperature controlled indoor themed entertainment destination with a capacity to welcome in excess of 20,000 visitors a day.
The rides and attractions at IMGWOA’s four themed zones will present tales woven around a host of international brands including popular Cartoon Network characters and iconic MARVEL Super Hero favourites. In addition, IMGWOA will feature a host of rides and experiences that see the prehistoric age roar back to life at the largest zone – Lost Valley - Dinosaur Adventure. The fourth zone, IMG Boulevard, will serve as the welcome zone and set the stage for the excitement to follow in the three other themed zones.
Janeen Mansour, IMG Group Media
Farah Ibrahim, TRACCS
+9714 367 2530
ANCIENT CULTURE AND AWARD WINNING CUISINE DRAW MIDDLE EAST TRAVELLERS TO PERU
The Trade, Tourism and Investment Office of Peru returns to Arabian Travel Market this year, accompanied by seven leading travel specialists, to form their first national pavilion at the show.
The South American country, which according to Ernst & Young, is ranked among the world’s ten most preferred destinations, has also enjoyed a recent influx of Middle Eastern travellers with 50 per cent choosing the South American country as a top travel destination.
Peru is home to one of the most impressive ancient sites in the world, Machu Picchu, which is the undisputed top tourist attraction in Peru and recently named the top landmark destination in the world by the travel website TripAdvisor.
In addition, Peru was awarded the Leading Culinary Destination at the World Travel Awards in December 2013 for the second consecutive year, after more than 42 per cent of respondents stated that Peruvian cuisine is one of the aspects that most influences their choice of the country as a tourist destination.
Last year Peru welcomed 3.2 million tourists, representing an 11.per cent year-on-year growth, a figure expected to rise by a further 10 per cent in 2014. The Ministry of Trade and Tourism in Peru is predicting five million tourists by 2016, and eight million by 2021.
Media contact :
Mobile: +971 50 718 3717
JA RESORTS & HOTELS ADDS A SECOND INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY
Dubai-based JA Resorts & Hotels has announced at Arabian Travel Market that its new resort in the Maldives will be upgraded and relaunched as JA Manafaru later this year.
The resort in the Northern Haa Alifu Atoll is the second Indian Ocean property for the group which began international expansion with a boutique premium hotel in the Seychelles and has announced plans to further grow its international portfolio.
JA Manafaru has 84 keys comprising both beach villas and water villas all with private pools, plus seven food and beverage outlets, spa, water sports and PADI dive centre and extensive children’s entertainment areas.
In keeping with its policy at flagship Dubai resort, the resort will offer guests a choice between bed and breakfast, half board or all-inclusive. The all-inclusive package will includes all meals, drinks, seaplane transfers, childcare and non-motorised water sports, with no additional charges.
Mobile: +971 56 682 9062
HYATT DUBAI/ AL RIGGA CELEBRATES OFFICIAL OPENING
On the opening day of Arabian Travel Market, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and wasl Hospitality jointly announced the debut of Hyatt Place Dubai/Al Rigga, the first Hyatt Place hotel in the Middle East and the fourth Hyatt-branded hotel in Dubai.
The opening of the 210-room hotel marks a significant milestone for the Hyatt Place brand as it continues to expand outside the United States. Hyatt Place hotels have recently opened in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Armenia, and the Netherlands, as well as throughout the United States.
Mobile: +971 551078195
DUSIT PACKAGES LAUNCHED AT ARABIAN TRAVEL MARKET
Targeting the Middle East market, Dusit International has released details of new corporate packages at Arabian Travel Market in Dubai today (May 5).
As well as room rates starting from US$80 per night, Getaways by Dusit offer value-added benefits including spa treatments, dining offers and upgraded amenities.
Packages focus on culture, couples, families and spa: the latter includes a 90-minute massage treatment plus 15 per cent discount on further treatments and 10 per cent off spa products, while a family getaway specifies a half-price rate for a second connecting room to accommodate children, breakfast for four, free access to kid’s clubs where available and additional perks such as free poolside drinks for children and milk and cookies on turndown.
Other benefits range from romantic gestures for couples’ bookings such as welcome flower garland on arrival, in-room sparkling wine and flowers, chocolate-coated strawberries and a rose at turndown, breakfast in bed and a free dinner or couples aromatherapy treatment, while those seeking a cultural touch can opt for a free Thai set dinner and souvenir photograph.
Packages are commissionable, valid for a minimum two-night stay and available year-round on www.dusit.com.
Carol Tapken, CTT Consulting
Mobile: +971 50 103 0343
US TOURISM TARGETS THE GULF
Brand USA has brought 20 hotel and tourism organisations to Dubai for Arabian Travel Market to capitalise on increased air links between the Middle East and the US and the new preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport which streamlines the immigration process.
According to Jay Gray, Brand USA’s vice president, global partnership development, better access will help to accommodate pent-up travel demand from the region: “We realise the potential, need and importance for us to proactively engage with the Middle East tourism industry in order to maximise these opportunities,” he said.
As well as services to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC, new this year are flights from Saudia to LA, Emirates to Boston, Qatar Airways to Philadelphia, with additional links launching later in 2014.
These include Etihad to Los Angeles on June 1 and Dallas/Fort Worth from December 3; Qatar Airways linking Doha to Miami from June 10 and Dallas/Fort Worth from July 1, while additionally, Emirates is upgrading its daily service to Dallas/Fort Worth to an A380 from October 1.
“The ease and choice of gateways from which to enter the US from the Middle East continues to grow – and the benefit for travellers is that they can enter through one city and visit a number of US cities and regions before heading out with a direct flight back to the Middle East from another,” added Gray.
Among exhibitors on the Brand USA pavilion are tourist boards from Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Greater Miami, plus hotels such as Best Western, Provident, The Resort at Pelican Hill and InterContinental Los Angeles; Caesars, Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood, and several tour operators and car rental companies.
Information from www.thebrandusa.com.
Mobile: 050 501 5423 or
Mobile: 050 698 9855
+971 55 101 81 09
DESERT GATES OPENS MORE DOORS
Local DMC, Desert Gate, is to open an office in Oman on June 1 as part of its expansion strategy, and has also introduced EventLab, a full service event management company dedicated to fulfilling the requirements of government and corporate entities.
As a fully-fledged destination management company, the company will now also provide premium experiences under its Par Excellence brand and is additionally opening a new office this month in Dubai.
At Arabian Travel Market to promote its new services to the travel trade, Desert Gate officials are focusing on the provision of tailor-made programmes that go beyond traditional beach/waterpark and desert BBQ combinations.
According to CEO Samir Tabbah, the tone is set from a pre-arrival questionnaire to gauge individual guest preferences as well as welcome concierges on arrival at the airport.
“The UAE has so much to offer and see; we consult our guests to provide them with the most suitable programme of activities moving away from the generic overdone routine. We aim to exceed expectation for our partners in the tourism sector,” he said.
As well as servicing the prime UK, German and CIS markets, Desert Gate is also targeting new business in Eastern Europe, the Americas and the Far East.
+971 (0)4 439 3434 Ext 158