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Luxury Travel growing in MENA region reveals Mastercard Affluent Travel report

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has emerged as one of the main regions driving growth in affluent travel, recording high spends, while also displaying an appetite for sustainable eco-luxury and meaningful cultural experiences. Mastercard’s latest report, ‘Affluent Travel: A Middle East Perspective’, released during the Arabian Travel Market 2024, unpacks some of the key trends. The appetite for new experiences in unexplored destinations, micro-trips and ‘bleisure’ will likely drive the growth of the global luxury travel market, which is expected to grow by 7.9% (CAGR) between 2024 and 2030, according to Grand View Research. High-net-worth travelers contribute approximately 36% of the global spend on travel as stated in a Jones Lang LaSalle study. “At Mastercard, we are committed to connecting people to their passion for travel. This report gives a great snapshot of how high-net-worth individuals choose to

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Jet Airways flies to Abu Dhabi from Mumbai, Delhi

ABU DHABI âℬâ€&#160 Indiaâℬ™s largest privately-owned airline, Jet Airways has started its services linking Delhi and Mumbai with Abu Dhabi. Mohammed Al Balooki, Director , 

Emirates to offer travel insurance

Emirates has signed an agreement with UK based insurer Bupa Travel Services, which will let travelers managing their flight bookings online opt for special travel

Jet announces Mumbai Muscat flight

Muscat: Jet Airways is planning to introduce no-frills Jet-Lite operations in the GCC sector, according to Abraham Joseph, the private Indian airline’s senior general manager

Qatar Airways adds Kozhikode route

Qatar Airways plans to operate scheduled flights to the southwest Indian coastal city of Kozhikode , the airline’s third gateway in the state of Kerala

RAK Airways to launch flights to India 

Ras Al Khaimah: RAK Airways, the fourth national airline of UAE, yesterday announced its first destination in India with daily non-stop flights to Kozhikode, Kerala,

Etihad flies more to Egypt

Etihad Airways is increasing its number of weekly flights to a number of key destinations within the GCC, Middle East, Europe and India from this

nasair arrives in Abu Dhabi

Saudi Arabia’s first low-cost carrier, nasair  arrived in Abu Dhabi on its inaugural flight to the emirate from Riyadh. nasair also flew its inaugural Abu

In-flight calls , boon or bane

While US airlines have shunned the use of cell phones in flight , mainly because their passengers are not too keen to let go off one

Metropolitan Hotel Dubai launches I2

The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai on Shaikh Zayed Road is launching a new chill-out lounge âℬâ€&#160 I2. The lounge will offer guests champagnes, wines and cocktails

Thai heritage at Dusit Thani Dubai

The Thai New Year, known as Songkran,   was celebrated for the third year in a row , by the Thailand âℬ“based hotel group Dusit Thani

India to be serviced by Bahrain Air

Bahrain Airâℬ™s inaugural flight to India will be to Kochi in Kerala . The first flight will take off at 10:40 am on Monday, 26th

Oman Air gets techno-savvy

Oman Air has announced its plans to offer OnAir’s in-flight passenger communications services, which include internet access, mobile phone and BlackBerry usage. From 2009, passengers

Twenty years in the making

After nearly two decades in the making, Terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport has finally been completed. It was in 1989 that Richard Rogers Partnership

Qatar Airways launches Guangzhou operations

Doha based Qatar airways has successfully launched its Guangzhou operations, the fourth in China and 82nd worldwide. The airline now operates 20 scheduled flights a

Royal Jordanian bolsters its fleet

Royal Jordanian gets an addition to its fleet after receiving a new Airbus A321. Another aircraft is expected on May 20.   The 168 seat

Delta-Northwest merger

Delta Airlines Inc will buy Northwest Airlines Corp for more than $3 billion under a proposal unveiled Monday to create the worldâℬ™s biggest airline as

The Hotel Show

With more than 800 exhibitors from 46 countries,nine halls and 17,000 sq metres of exhibition space at Dubai International Exhibition Centre,the Hotel Show is once

New flights from Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian , the national airline for Ethiopia , is to commence bi âℬ“weekly flights from Addis Ababa,the capital ,to Kuwait and the Saudi capital Riyadh

DIA’s growth continues in 2008

Dubai International Airport’s envious position as the region’s best connection stands unrefuted as the passenger throughput crossed the nine-million mark in the first quarter this

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