Space walks anyone?

Space walks anyone?

Russia is planning to send paying tourists on the International Space Station out on spacewalks for the first time, said Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russian space company Energia.   “Market analysts have confirmed this: wealthy people are ready to pay money for this,” he said.  The cost could be...

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4.9 million people stayed in Abu Dhabi in 2017

4.9 million people stayed in Abu Dhabi in 2017

A record 4.87 million people stayed in Abu Dhabi’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments during 2017, with the emirate recording an almost 10 percent year-on-year rise.   Figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT) for its hospitality sector reveal that the number of guests...

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1.9 million tourists visited Lebanon in 2017

1.9 million tourists visited Lebanon in 2017

Figures released by the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism (MoT) show that 1.9 million tourists visited Lebanon in 2017, a ten percent increase compared to 2016. These figures exclude Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian nationalities.   July attracted the highest number of visitors, almost 248,000 tourists, growing by six percent y-o-y. April...

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GCC to welcome 154 million Chinese tourists in 2018

GCC to welcome 154 million Chinese tourists in 2018

Chinese arrivals to the GCC will increase 21 percent to 2021, rising to 2.5 million visitors annually, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 22-25.   Published by Colliers International, the data predicts Saudi Arabia will experience...

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2017 witnessed the highest tourism growth in seven years

2017 witnessed the highest tourism growth in seven years

  International tourist arrivals grew by a remarkable seven percent in 2017 to reach a total of 1,322 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This is well above the sustained and consistent trend of four percent or higher growth since 2010 and represents the strongest results in...

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Chateau Ksara is one of Lebanon’s top touristic destinations

Chateau Ksara is one of Lebanon’s top touristic destinations

  With a history that spans over 160 years, Chateau Ksara has become one of Lebanon’s most visited destinations because of the heritage it holds, as well as the quality and variety of wine that it produces. Today, the Ksara estate has managed to keep attracting visitors from all parts...

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Russian visitors to GCC to grow by 38 percent by 2020

Russian visitors to GCC to grow by 38 percent by 2020

The number of Russian tourists traveling to the GCC in 2020 is expected to be 38% percent higher than the arrival figures recorded for 2016, according to data published recently by Arabian Travel Market 2018, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 22-25, 2018. Looking at the...

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British Airways invests in substantial new catering for world traveler customers

British Airways invests in substantial new catering for world traveler customers

British Airways announced a multi-million dollar investment in its World Traveller (long-haul economy cabin) catering, introducing an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.   Options now include: Pretzels with the welcome drink, a four-course meal...

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Nejmeh Square reopens to public

Nejmeh Square reopens to public

  The successful New Year’s Eve party in Downtown Beirut, which attracted almost 50,000 people, triggered public authorities and the Speaker of the Parliament, Nabih Berri, to open the access to Nejmeh Square again for pedestrians.   This is the first attempt to re-open the heart of the city to...

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More tourism dynamism in the KSA

The Saudi Commission of Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) announced that over 200,000 visitors enjoyed 42 various tourist activities and functions in the Riyadh region in 2017, while some 40,000 students took part in 33 school trips. Abdul Aziz Al-Hasan, director of SCTH, Riyadh region, said his office issued licenses to 975...

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