RSS Title //localhost:3000 RSS Description Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:00:17 +0000 en-US World’s biggest Mercure hotel to open in May AccorHotels has revealed that Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights Hotel Suites & Apartments, the world’s largest Mercure will open next month. Located on Dubai’s main Sheikh Zayed Road, the property is currently undergoing the first of a two-phase comprehensive refurbishment and is anticipated to open under the Mercure brand on 19 May 2017. The refurbishment, which… Read more »

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Anfi Group earns key awards from RCI Leading European timeshare developer the Anfi Group has been awarded RCI’s President’s Award for 2017, as well as RCI Gold Crown awards for all its five properties in Gran Canaria. The President’s Award has been presented in recognition for the company’s commitment to transforming the vacation experience and growing its business, while Anfi Beach Club,… Read more »

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Like a Local AMResorts’ properties let guests in on what makes their destinations special.   Many vacationers are looking less for an escape and more for an education. According to travel consultancy Resonance’s 2015 Resonance Report, people often prioritize “good cultural attractions” and “opportunities to learn something new” over “close to beach” and “English spoken” when selecting a… Read more »

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First Investor buys Carlton Downtown in Dubai Dubai-based The First Investor group has boosted its hotel portfolio with the purchase of the Carlton Downtown hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. Formerly the Warwick Hotel, it is the third hotel to be operated by Carlton Hotel Management – a brand owned by The First Investor, and the ninth in the group’s collection… Read more »

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VisitEngland unveils Awards for Excellence winners VisitEngland has celebrated the best of English tourism by announcing the winners of its annual Awards for Excellence. The prestigious awards, now in their 28th year, celebrate those businesses and individuals who continuously raise the bar of England’s tourism offer. The 25 award winners, from Afternoon Tea of the Year to Sustainable Tourism Award, Tourism… Read more »

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Great start to 2017 for inbound tourism to Britain Newly-released official figures show that Britain has enjoyed a record-breaking start to the year for inbound tourism. The figures show that a new record has been set for inbound visits to the UK in the first two months of the year with 5.2 million visits, up six per cent on the same period last year…. Read more »

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Rise in international visitors to Ras Al Khaimah Ras Al Khaimah has reaffirmed its position as the UAE’s fastest growing tourism destination for international travellers after reporting increased year-on-year visitor numbers during the first quarter of 2017. New figures reported by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), reveal that overall visitor arrivals to the emirate in Q1 grew by 8.3 per cent… Read more »

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Brits want a holiday every 29 days The average Brit feels like they need a holiday break just 29 days after they return from their last one, according to a new study. Just over four weeks after a previous holiday or mini-break has been identified as the point where fatigue starts to set in, work performance starts to slide and people feel… Read more »

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Industry veteran Michael Brown to lead WVO Wyndham Worldwide has announced the appointment of Michael D. Brown as president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO). Most recently serving as chief operating officer of Hilton Grand Vacations, Brown brings more than 25 years of experience leading a diverse range of asset management and vacation ownership sales functions. Brown will report… Read more »

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Carolina Marín is new brand ambassador for Meliá Meliá Hotels International has announced a new sponsorship agreement with Carolina Marín, badminton champion at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016. The popular Spanish sportswoman – currently ranked No.3 in the world by the Badminton World Federation – will become a Meliá ambassador during her activities up to March 2018. This partnership is… Read more »

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Three Tips for Engaging Baby Boomers How resorts can meet the needs of this pivotal group of travelers.   Baby boomers are still a booming market for vacation ownership, with a large portion of owners being age 51-71. What’s more, boomers are active travelers: Ninety-nine percent who have taken a leisure vacation in the past two years plan to take at… Read more »

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Mövenpick to operate first property in Muscat Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is to operate its first property in Oman’s capital, Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Al Azaiba Muscat. The move follows the signing of an agreement with the Civil Service Employees Pension Fund and is a key milestone in the Swiss hotel management company’s expansion in the Middle East. The new property will… Read more »

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