Jumeirah Group has appointed Luc Delafosse as vice president Europe and general manager Jumeirah Carlton Tower, with immediate effect.  Delafosse returns to the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding having previously been general manager of its flagship hotel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. He will replace...
Boeing and Azerbaijan Airlines have announced an order for five more 787-8 Dreamliners and a commitment to purchase two large freighters. The agreement, announced at the 2017 Dubai Air Show, is valued at about $1.9 billion at current list prices. The freighter commitment will be finalised later. Azerbaijan Airlines also...
Dukes London has announced a brand-new partnership with heritage Champagne brand, Pommery. Guests of this five-star hotel can now savour exquisite selections from the luxury drinks brand in the chic surroundings of GBR, Mayfair’s go-to restaurant which opened in May, as well as in more familiar spaces such as...
Princess Cruises has seen a major increase in UK guests booking Japan cruises. Next year’s bookings are up by over 75 per cent on the same time last year, which represents one of the highest periods of growth since Princess started sailing to Asia in 1987. Overall, Princess has...
Saga Holidays has announced the appointment of Iain Powell as head of trade sales for both Saga holidays and Saga Cruises. Powell joins Saga on January 15th from Carnival UK where he was a business manager within the National Travel Partnerships team, managing the regional sales team.  His earlier career...
Following the management agreement signed in late 2016 with RAK National Hotels, a subsidiary of RAK Hospitality Holding, the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, was officially flagged earlier in presence of brand and owner’s representatives. Marking the brand’s entry into the northern Emirate, the hotel joins three...
Unite has negotiated a two-year inflation linked pay deal for over 2,000 cabin crew at Thomas Cook Airlines. The first year of the deal will mean an annual increase of 3.2 per cent (based on the February 2017 retail price index) or around £500 a year in basic pay for...
UAE-based developer Sweid & Sweid has partnered with Banyan Tree to develop and deliver the first Banyan Tree Residences in the Middle East. Located on a large island site where DMCC, the Montgomerie Golf Course, the Emirates Golf Course and Emirates Hills intersect on Al Telal Street, the elegant new...
Gulf Air and CFM International have signed an agreement for the purchase of 58 LEAP-1A engines to power 17 Airbus A321neo and 12 A320neo aircraft. The deal includes an additional seven spare engines to support the operation. The firm engine order is valued at approximately $1.9 billion US at list...
The Grand Hotel & Spa, York has revealed a first look at the 100 luxury new hotel rooms it will be opening in early 2018. The development will almost double the number of five-star hotel rooms in York, generating an additional £1.7 million of annual visitor expenditure for the...