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Qatar Airways adds third daily flight to Bali Denpasar
Qatar Airways will operate a third daily non-stop route from Doha’s Hamad International Airport to Bali Denpasar.
Lufthansa Group reports best first quarter earnings since 2008
Lufthansa Group has reported adjusted EBIT of €25 million, up €78 million from last year, for the first quarter of 2017. The earnings improvement was driven by service companies Lufthansa Techno and Lufthansa Cargo.
Air Europa launches first direct flight linking Spain and Honduras
Last night saw the inaugural Air Europa flight take off from Madrid’s Adolfo Suarez Barajas airport to San Pedro Sula – the first of its kind to connect Europe directly with Honduras. Air Europa UK managing director, Colin Stewart, commented: “We are thrilled about the launch of this new route – our first flight into Central America.”
Qantas releases first tickets for new Kangaroo route
Travellers can now book non-stop flights from Europe to Australia for the first time, with tickets for Qantas’ London-Perth route going on sale. Daily flights on the history-making route begin in March next year and form part of a new London-Perth-Melbourne return service.

Hotels News

Swiss-Belhotel International expands in Egypt
Global hotel management company, Swiss-Belhotel International, is planning further expansion in Egypt with the signing of Swiss-Belresort Marseilia Beach 4 on the country’s stunning north coast.
Hyatt Plans to double brand presence in the Middle East
Hyatt Hotels Corporation is planning to expand Hyatt’s brand footprint in the Middle East with the signing of management agreements by a Hyatt affiliate for 14 Hyatt-branded hotels across the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Place, and HYATT house brands.
Mövenpick reveals first property in the Maldives
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives. The planned 102-unit resort, Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives, will be situated on the remote Kuredhivaru Island in Noonu Atoll, providing a desirable sanctuary surrounded by pristine natural beauty in the undeveloped northern part of the Maldives.
STR reports record revenue in US hospitality sector
Results from STR’s Host Almanac 2017 indicate that the Unites States hotel industry revenue and house profit reached all-time highs in 2016. Revenues topped an estimated US$199 billion in 2016, increasing nearly US$9 billion from 2015.

International Events

AHIC 2017: Industry pioneers recognised with prestigious awards
On the final day of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, Sheikh Mubarak Al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, founder, Action Hotels, and Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive, flydubai, were announced winners of the prestigious annual AHIC Awards.
AHIC 2017: Mid-market hotels offer opportunity in Middle East
The economy and mid-market hotel segment was identified as presenting a significant opportunity for hotel owners and operators alike at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference. Expert speakers also identified a gap in the market for more experiential accommodation and entertainment attractions, especially in Dubai, as the market continues to diversify its hospitality offering.
AHIC 2017: Hospitality industry examines catalysts for change in Dubai
Catalysts of change, including the shift in global economic powers, demographics and ageing populations, and the impact of digitisation, were some of the hot topics discussed live on stage during the opening sessions of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2017.
WTTC Global Summit 2017: Scowsill steps down as president
The World Travel & Tourism Council has announced the departure of president David Scowsill after six years at the helm of the organisation. During his tenure as the third president in the 26 year history of WTTC, he has taken the organisation to new heights, championing the private sector views in high level governmental discussions and promoting the sustainable growth of tourism.