volume 65-2021

No Empty Middle Seats | Delta To Sell The Whole Plane From May 1

NEW YORK: The empty middle seat on airplanes, one of the few advantages of pandemics, is about to disappear. Delta Air Lines, the last remaining US airline to keep middle seats unbooked, has lifted that prohibition as of May 1, the company announced Wednesday. It is another sign of a rebound in demand for air …

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Marriott Int’l Rolls Out | Co-Branded Hotel Credit Card

MARYLAND: Marriott International has launched the Marriott Bonvoy ‘The BEST Shinhan Card’, offered exclusively by Visa, enabling cardholders to accelerate the number of Marriott Bonvoy points they earn, which can be redeemed for free nights at the brand’s hotels around the world. Touted as “the first hotel industry credit card in South Korea”, cardholders can …

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Int’l Air Transport Association | Willie Walsh succeeds Alexandre de Juniac

MONTREAL: Willie Walsh has officially taken on the role of Director-General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He succeeds Alexandre de Juniac. The former Chief Executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) said: “I am passionate about our industry and about the critical work that IATA does on behalf of its members, never more so …

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Oman Air Extends | Complimentary Covid Coverage to December 31

MUSCAT: Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has extended its complimentary Covid-19 coverage until December 31, 2021. The complimentary coverage is for expenses incurred by medical treatment or quarantine related to the pandemic and is applicable to those tickets issued for travel after October 1, 2020, until December 31, 2021. It …

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Projecting Hospitality Growth | Saudi Arabia Leads The World

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s hospitality sector is the fastest-growing among the 50 most populated countries in the world, reporting 73,057 rooms across the three phases of the hotel pipeline, and projecting a 67.1 percent increase in room supply over the next three years, according to STR’s AM: PM platform. Of the total rooms in the pipeline …

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Pak Ambassador Meets | Minister of Culture Of Belarus

BELARUS: Ambassador of Pakistan to Belarus Mr. Sajjad Haider Khan held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Anatoly Markevich, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus. The meeting was also attended by Ms. Viktoria Ratobylskaya, Head of the International Cooperation and Information Management Department of the Ministry. Underscoring the diversity of culture, ethnicity, and religion …

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UAE Continuing To Update | Residence And Tourist Visas

ABU DHABI: The UAE is continuing to update and enlarge the scope of available residence and tourist visas, by introducing a range of new and innovative types of visas, according to the needs of various segments of the community. These updates are also in line with the progress achieved by the UAE in the area …

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Hashoo Group to Open | Another ‘Hotel One’ In The City Of Nawabs

ISLAMABAD: To recreate the charm of travelling to a contemporary city with a royal past, the new Hotel One will be opening its doors soon to travellers in Bahawalpur, the City of Nawabs. In this connection, a ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Mr Haseeb Gardezi, Chief Operating Officer – Hashoo Group Hospitality Division, Mr Waqar Qureshi, …

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The Winners Awarded | First Derajat Off-Road Jeep Challenge Race Concludes

PESHAWAR: A top official said on Monday, March 29, that more cultural festivals and traditional games would be organized in Dera Ismail Khan to attract domestic and foreign tourists to the area and boost tourism in the province. Speaking at the awards distribution ceremony of the first Derajat off-road jeep and motorcycle challenge race, Secretary …

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‘Nowruz’ Celebrations | Serena Hotels Organizes The Event

ISLAMABAD: Serena Hotels held a colorful Nowruz celebration event in collaboration with the diplomatic missions of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the banner of its Cultural Diplomacy Initiative. Nowruz – which means ‘new day – is an ancient celebration of spring dating back to …

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