Articles tagged “middle east”

Airlines in the Spotlight Over Iran Flight Strategy

Airlines in the Spotlight Over Iran Flight Strategy

David Koenig, Associated Press

U.S. authorities were on the case even before the downing of the Ukraine International Airlines jet but it took some carriers longer to make a decision.

2 weeks ago

Longtime Emirates Airline President Is Retiring

Longtime Emirates Airline President Is Retiring

Nicolas Parasie, Bloomberg

Tim Clark has been at Emirates for more than 30 years, so his departure shouldn't come as a surprise. The timing is a little curious, however, as is the lack of a successor.

1 month ago

Middle Easterners Among the World’s Highest Spenders When They Take a Trip

Middle Easterners Among the World’s Highest Spenders When They Take a Trip

Meghan Carty, Skift Research

Middle Eastern travelers spend a lot of money on outbound trips. It’s time the travel industry started paying attention to this region.

1 month ago

The State of Middle East Outbound Travel: New Skift Research

The State of Middle East Outbound Travel: New Skift Research

Meghan Carty, Skift Research

Outbound travel from the Middle East hasn’t garnered the attention of some other outbound markets, but given the high travel expenditure and growth of the region, we think this is one that’s worth paying attention to.

1 month ago

Syria’s Tourism Industry Shows Signs of Life — But the Comeback Is Controversial

Syria’s Tourism Industry Shows Signs of Life — But the Comeback Is Controversial

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Is visiting a country an implicit endorsement of its leadership? Or can intrepid travelers frame it simply as a gesture of connection with its people? The situation in Syria raises these questions and more.

2 months ago

Qatar Air Still Wants to Buy a Stake in Fast-Growing IndiGo

Qatar Air Still Wants to Buy a Stake in Fast-Growing IndiGo

Rajesh Kumar Singh and P R Sanjai, Bloomberg

This deal would make sense, but only at the right price and only when IndiGo has sorted out its own internal issues.

3 months ago

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New Skift Report: Decoding the Saudi Arabian Travel and Tourism Industry

New Skift Report: Decoding the Saudi Arabian Travel and Tourism Industry

Seera Group + Skift

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is opening its borders and taking many steps to grow its tourism industry. This report will provide an inside look at the current trends and potential of domestic, inbound, and outbound travel in the Kingdom.

3 months ago

Etihad and Air Arabia to Launch New Low-Cost Carrier

Etihad and Air Arabia to Launch New Low-Cost Carrier

Layan Odeh and Filipe Pacheco, Bloomberg

Air Arabia has a history of starting joint ventures to help with its growth. The airline will be hoping this one works out better than some of Etihad's previous partnerships.

3 months ago

Will Too Many Empty Hotel Rooms in Middle East Require a New Business Model?

Will Too Many Empty Hotel Rooms in Middle East Require a New Business Model?

Devina Divecha, Skift

Third-party management is a relative unknown in the Middle East’s hospitality landscape. The challenge that white-label companies face is convincing owners and operators to relinquish control.

6 months ago

Saudi Prince’s $500 Billion Megacity of the Future Is Under Way

Saudi Prince’s $500 Billion Megacity of the Future Is Under Way

Vivian Nereim and Donna Abu-Nasr, Bloomberg

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has quite the grand vision of a city-state powered by the internet of things, a destination that will feature state-of-the-art resorts and robots. Development has slowly begun, but what with political and investment challenges, we're not holding our breath for this to be a completed reality anytime soon.

6 months ago

Saudi Arabia Looking for Partners for Megatourism Project

Saudi Arabia Looking for Partners for Megatourism Project

Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

Despite the grand plans, the project is still some way off but it shows how serious Saudi Arabia is about planning for life after oil.

6 months ago

Rise in Mobile Bookings in Middle East Creates New Online Travel Competition

Rise in Mobile Bookings in Middle East Creates New Online Travel Competition

Devina Divecha, Skift

Online travel in the Middle East is not an opportunity to be scoffed at, and smaller online travel outfits and travel search engines are flexing their muscles against established portals like Booking.com and TripAdvisor to capture the increasingly digital traveler.

6 months ago