volume 96-2021

New Monster COVID Virus | Evades Vaccine, Spreads fast

LONDON: The newly identified coronavirus variant that has spread in South Africa is the most concerning that British health officials have seen as it has double the number of mutations of the Delta variant including some associated with evading the immune response. A passenger traveling from South Africa brought this virus to Hong Kong and …

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Saudi Arabia Allows | Direct Entry From Six Countries, Including Pakistan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has announced on Thursday, November 25, that it will allow direct entry from six countries including Indonesia, Pakistan, India, and Egypt without spending 14-day quarantine in a third country. The new directive will come into force from 1:00 am on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021; the Saudi Press Agency reported quoting an official …

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Promoting Cultural Routes | UNWTO, Council of Europe Join Hands

MADRID: United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Council of Europe will work together to develop the opportunities tourism offers to local communities and to enhance the tourist experience along the European region’s Cultural Routes. The joint actions will be aimed at recognizing the added value that cultural routes offer for sustainable tourism development, …

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Amadeus, ACI Announce | Innovation Award Winners

CANCUN: Airports Council International (ACI) World and travel technology company Amadeus have announced the winners of the Amadeus and ACI World Technology Innovation Awards, showcasing industry-leading technology initiatives and leadership by airports. The announcement was held during the ACI LAC/World Annual General Assembly, Conference, and Exhibition yesterday (November 23) in Cancun. With this first edition …

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The First Time Ever | Airbus A340 Has Landed In Antarctica

Captain Carlos Mirpuri and his crew flew the widebody aircraft, from Cape Town to the White Continent and back; the journey is 2,500 nautical miles, flying for just over five hours each way. Never before has an A340 landed on an Antarctic blue glacial ice runway. The aircraft will be used this season to fly …

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Spain Tourism Achieves | 66% of 2019 Levels This Quarter: Minister

MADRID: International travel to Spain will likely recover some two thirds of its pre-pandemic levels in the fourth quarter of this year, Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Monday, suggesting a post-summer revival in visits will be sustained. “Our forecast for the last quarter of the year is to recover 66% of all international tourist …

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Karachi Marriott Hotel | Welcomes New General Manager

KARACHI: Karachi Marriott Hotel has appointed Mr. Maurizio Romani as its new General Manager. The official announcement for the new General Manager was made by Mr. Haseeb Gardezi – Chief Operating Officer, Hospitality and Education Division, Hashoo Group, during the dinner reception held at Islamabad Marriott Hotel. Prior to joining Karachi Marriott Hotel, Mr. Romani …

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‘AOOA’ Set Up | Aviation industry and Tourism To Improve

RAWALPINDI: For the first time in Pakistan, the Aircraft Owners and Operators Association (AOOA) has been established with the goal of improving and reforming the aviation industry to encourage tourism in the country. The AOOA founder, Imran Aslam Khan, told that the association would work with the relevant authorities for developing the aviation sector and …

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PTDC to Lease Out | AJK, GB Properties

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has approved the leasing out of properties of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) which are located in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). AJK and G.B governments have given their consent in this regard. Revenue proceeds from the property lease will be utilised to clear liabilities of PTDC and …

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Qatar Airways Welcomes | First Boeing 777-9 To Doha

DOHA: Qatar Airways has showcased its role as a global launch customer for the latest generation Boeing 777-9 aircraft after welcoming the jet to Doha International Airport. A host of VIP guests joined Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, to share in the arrival of the aircraft, which will remain in Qatar before …

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