Kuwait to rely on tourism to boost its economy

Kuwait to rely on tourism to boost its economy

Kuwait is seeking to develop its tourism sector as an important economic resource based on its promising development plan ‘New Kuwait 2035’, supported by its geographical location, and driven by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s vision to transform the country into a commercial and financial center....

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2018 will be a foodie adventure said Booking.com Research

2018 will be a foodie adventure said Booking.com Research

Travelers’ appetite for a foodie adventure will be even bigger in 2018 with four in 10 travelers (41 percent) planning to incorporate new food and drink destinations into their travel plans next year (compared to 29 percent in 2017).   Booking.com, the global leader in connecting people with the widest selection...

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Emaar Hospitality to reach 10,000 hotel rooms

Emaar Hospitality to reach 10,000 hotel rooms

Emaar Hospitality Group, a subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, has achieved a milestone of 10,000 hotel rooms across its 11 operational hotels and 30 upcoming projects. Of these, over 2,500 are operational at the group’s 11 hotels in Dubaiwhile over 7,500 rooms are under development in the UAE, Saudi Arabia,...

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Saudi Arabia is fifth place globally in terms of the ranking of digital travelers

Saudi Arabia is fifth place globally in terms of the ranking of digital travelers

Travelport, the leading travel commerce platform, published the results of a Global Traveler Survey of 11,000 people worldwide that highlights the use of digital tools when planning, booking and experiencing a journey.   According to the report 81 percent of travelers use peer to peer reviews when researching a trip,...

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900 million international tourists in the first eight months of 2017

900 million international tourists in the first eight months of 2017

Demand for international tourism remained strong during the summer peak season. International tourist arrivals in July and August totaled over 300 million for the first time ever according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Many destinations reported double-digit growth, in particular in the Mediterranean.  Between January and August 2017, destinations...

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Halal food market to reach USD 2 trillion by 2025

Halal food market to reach USD 2 trillion by 2025

The global halal food market is expected to reach USD 2 trillion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. The global halal food industry is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period owing to increasing Muslim population and their substantially increasing expenditure on food and non-beverages, which...

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1.5 million visitors to Lebanon in the first nine months of 2017

1.5 million visitors to Lebanon in the first nine months of 2017

  Almost 1.5 million tourists have visited Lebanon in the first nine month of the year, according to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT).   Summer season (July-August-September) was also better than last year, with a 7.5 percent increase year-on-year, from 579,500 to 623,400 this year....

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Beirut leading occupancy growth in the first nine months of the year

Beirut leading occupancy growth in the first nine months of the year

Hotel occupancy in Beirut in the first nine months of the year stood at 65.2 percent, a 6.3 percent growth y-o-y, according to EY’s Middle East Hotel Benchmark Survey Report September 2017. This positions the Lebanese capital on top of the occupancy growth in the region.   This is mainly...

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Global fermented non-dairy, non-alcoholic beverages market to reach USD 1.6 billion this year

Global fermented non-dairy, non-alcoholic beverages market to reach USD 1.6 billion this year

Transparency Market Research (TMR), in one of its recent publications, observes the global fermented non-dairy non-alcoholic beverages market to be largely consolidated and is likely to stay this way going ahead too. However, the dominance of a few established players renders competition in the global fermented non-dairy non-alcoholic beverages market. To outpace...

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Tourists spending seven percent up in Lebanon this summer

Tourists spending seven percent up in Lebanon this summer

According to Global Blue’s ‘Insights into tourist spending Q3’ report, the tourist spending increased by seven percent in Q3 2017 compared to Q3 2016.   “Summer 2011 was the peak, and comparing this summer’s results to that of 2011, we are still below by – 18.27 percent,” Joe Yacoub, Lebanon...

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