August 24, 2016


Morocco posts fall in foreign tourist arrivals

Morocco has announced a 5.6 per cent drop in foreign tourist arrivals for the first half of 2016, with holidaymakers apparently put off by unrest and attacks across the region.

Tourism is a backbone of the North African country’s economy, along with revenues from exports and the remittances of Moroccans who work abroad.

Morocco has been spared unrest triggered by the Arab Spring revolts that have rocked North Africa and the Middle East since 2011, as well as attacks claimed by the ISIS terror group.

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August 24, 2016


Negotiations underway with Saudi authorities to increase number of hajjis to 40,000 next year

Minister or Religious Affairs Mohamed Aissa announced Tuesday in Oran that negotiations are underway with Saudi authorities to increase Algeria's quota of hajjis to 40,000 as from next year.

"We have engaged in negotiations with Saudi Arabia's Hajj Ministry to increase Algeria's quota to 40,000 hajjis as from next year," Aissa said on the sidelines of the departure"...

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August 23, 2016


Ghana to get a $1.2bn ultra-modern ecotourism park in its capital city

Ghana has decided to convert one of its forest reserves – Achimota Forest – into a world-class recreational facility and a major tourism destination hub in West Africa at a cost of $1.2 billion.

The billion-dollar scheme involves construction of amusement parks, orchards, arboretum, wildlife safaris, museums, eco-commercial enclaves and eco-lodges with little disruption to natural vegetation cover.


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August 23, 2016


Conrad Hotels & Resorts Unveils Smart Luxury in China’s Fujian Province with Opening of Conrad Xiamen

Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) smart luxury hotel brand, today announced the opening of Conrad Xiamen, on the southwestern coast of Xiamen Island. Owned by Shimao Group"......

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August 22, 2016


eXTREMESLAND ZOWIE Asia CS: GO 2016 Middle East Qualifiers was Announced

The annual eSports events for CS: GO players of the Asia–Pacific region, eXTREMESLAND is having its Qualifier rounds across the Asia-Pacific region. The Middle East Qualifiers of the eXTREMESLAND ZOWIE Asia CS: GO 2016 kicked off last weekend, 11th & 12th August 2016 at Que Club in Dubai. 15 teams battled it out through offline competitions, with the Championship belonging to Team Risky.

The winning team beat Team RVN 2-1, making them the official"...

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August 18, 2016


Netflix Expands Hospitality Offering Through Expanded Enseo Agreement

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Enseo signed an agreement expanding Enseo’s rights to now distribute the Netflix application on select Enseo devices to any hotel under a specific contract with Enseo in any country where the Netflix service is available.

"Our partnership with Enseo brings Netflix members a high quality viewing experience on their hotel room TV," said Paul Perryman, Director Business Development at Netflix. "Through our expanded agreement,"...

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August 17, 2016


Bank Audi and Verifone Partner to Enable Retailers in Lebanon with Cashless Payment Solutions

Lebanon is emerging as one of the Middle East’s leading markets introducing innovative cashless payment solutions. As part of the country’s retail infrastructure upgrade, Verifone (NYSE: PAY), a world leader in payments and commerce solutions and Bank Audi, Lebanon’s largest bank, will provide thousands of merchants with point-of-sale (POS) devices designed to bring new payment and commerce capabilities"......

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August 16, 2016


Moroccans, Russians & Algerians Save Tourist Season in Agadir

After a sharp drop in tourist arrivals last June which coincided with the holy month of Ramadan, the tourism sector in Agadir is showing signs of recovery thanks to significant rise in national, Russian and Algerian tourists.

Much to the delight of tourism professionals, most hotels in Morocco’s second tourist destination were fully booked in August to an extent that some tourists are spending the night in the beach or in their cars, Telquel magazine reported.


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August 15, 2016


Gloria Jean's Coffees Best Baristas Crowned in Dubai - Retail Food Group

The most talented baristas from across the Middle East, Europe and Africa met up in Dubai earlier this month for an epic barista showdown to determine who can make the very best espresso as Gloria Jean’s Coffees searches for its best coffee maker.

The Regional Final was won by Marcelino Lacurum from Kuwait, whose signature beverage, the ‘Cococcino’, impressed the judges with its mix of espresso coffee, coconut milk, young coconut strips and coconut flake garnish.


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August 14, 2016


9th Edition of Sharjah Munshid Programme to Tour Seven Arab Countries

Sharjah Media Corporation is preparing to launch the ninth edition of its Sharjah Munshid Programme, from 24th August – 7th September, an initiative held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to identify the world’s best Nasheed (Islamic-style) singers.

The programme’s 2016 tour will take it on a journey through seven Arab countries, including Saudi"...

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