Articles tagged “middle east”

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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.

7 months ago

California Leads U.S. Destinations’ Efforts to Target the Middle East Luxury Traveler

California Leads U.S. Destinations’ Efforts to Target the Middle East Luxury Traveler

Laura Powell, Skift

In the effort to attract high-spending tourists, states often look overseas. That's a good idea — international visitors typically spend more than domestic travelers. But certain international markets present a more complicated consumer landscape than others. That's what Visit California has discovered as it starts wooing more travelers from the Middle East.

8 months ago

Emirates Is First Major Airline to Launch Basic Business Class Fare

Emirates Is First Major Airline to Launch Basic Business Class Fare

Colin Nagy, Skift

Emirates has fired the first salvo in the unbundling of business class fares. Now you can buy just the seat, with none of the other trimmings that travelers are used to with top-tier carriers. It's a pragmatic strategy, one that gives more choice to travelers. The tension will now be maintaining that great luxury brand halo and still letting the premium cabins do the marketing hard yards for the carrier.

8 months ago

Fast-Growing IndiGo Has Emirates in Its Sights

Fast-Growing IndiGo Has Emirates in Its Sights

David Fickling, Bloomberg

Can India's low-cost airline IndiGo strike while Emirates is still trying to recapture its mojo, or will the might of the Gulf carrier win out?

9 months ago

Emirates Blames Higher Oil Prices for Profit Spiral

Emirates Blames Higher Oil Prices for Profit Spiral

Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

It's been a tough year for Emirates as it has attempted to rebalance its network in favor of more profitable routes — a situation rising oil prices didn't help.

9 months ago

Etihad Airways Has Amassed $4.8 Billion in Losses

Etihad Airways Has Amassed $4.8 Billion in Losses

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Out of annual revenue of $5 billion, $4.8 billion in losses is a lot to have piled up over the years. State-backed Etihad must fix its business model built around both hubs in a volatile region and its investment stakes in troubled carriers.

11 months ago

Saudi Arabia Lifts Its Travel Warning for Lebanon

Saudi Arabia Lifts Its Travel Warning for Lebanon

Dana Khraiche, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia has lifted a travel warning on Lebanon for its citizens. Gulf tourists used to be the biggest spenders in Lebanon, so it's hopeful news for the beautiful but geopolitically unlucky country.

1 year ago

Etihad Takes an Axe to Its Aircraft Order Book

Etihad Takes an Axe to Its Aircraft Order Book

Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

Norwegian isn't the only airline trying to scale back its ambitious expansion plans. Etihad is making its own drastic cost reductions in a bid to turn its business around.

1 year ago

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Midsize Cities Embrace Transformative Placemaking

Midsize Cities Embrace Transformative Placemaking

Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau + Skift

Midsize cities are smart to focus on transformative placemaking projects that will not only allow them to bridge together different economic strata and cultural communities, but become in-demand destinations for travel, events, meetings, and conferences.

1 year ago

Qatar Airways Slumps to Loss After Taking a Hit From Saudi-Led Blockade

Qatar Airways Slumps to Loss After Taking a Hit From Saudi-Led Blockade

Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. The actions of Qatar's neighbors were always going to have an impact on the country's airline, but the reality is it could have been much, much worse.

1 year ago

The Middle East Tops List of Priciest Airbnb Cities

The Middle East Tops List of Priciest Airbnb Cities

Michael Sasso and Wei Lu, Bloomberg

The Middle East takes five spots near the top of this list of priciest Airbnb locales, but not to worry. For bargain hunters, India offers short-term rentals as low as $34.

2 years ago

Indian Online Travel Agency Cleartrip Acquires Flyin

Indian Online Travel Agency Cleartrip Acquires Flyin

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Cleartrip is the second-place competitor against MakeMyTrip in India's online travel war. Its acquisition of Flyin signals a shift in its focus to the Middle Eastern market, where the price wars are less fierce.

2 years ago