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flydubai launches Dubai-Kraków direct

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flydubai has launched its daily service to Kraków, becoming the first UAE carrier to offer direct flights from Dubai. The inaugural flight from Terminal 2, Dubai International, landed at John Paul II Kraków Airport on April 8, and was greeted by a water cannon salute. The flight was piloted by a Polish Captain and First Officer, and on board were Polish cabin crew members. The delegation was led by Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations (UAE, Middle East, Europe & CIS), flydubai. HE Robert Rostek, the Polish Ambassador to the UAE and Thierry Aucoc, Senior Vice President, Commercial (Europe & Russian Federation) at Emirates, joined the delegation. On arrival in Kraków, the delegation was greeted by the UAE Ambassador to Poland, HE Dr. Yousif Eissa AlSabri; Radosław Włoszek, President of the Kraków Airport Board and Paweł Galiak, Aviation and Commercial Services Director at Kraków Airport. Speaking at the occasion, Efendi said, “As the first carrier to operate daily direct flights from Dubai to Kraków we are excited about the opportunities that this new route will provide for trade and tourism between the UAE and Poland. This route will be served by the newest aircraft in our fleet, the Boeing 737 MAX 8, which offers our passengers an exceptional travel experience. Not only does this offer our passengers from Kraków connections to more than 200 destinations from Dubai, we also know that passengers travelling to Kraków will be keen to explore this popular tourist destination.” Emirates will codeshare on this route and as part of the Emirates flydubai partnership, the passengers of each airline will have the opportunity to connect in Dubai to hundreds of destinations across the world. With …

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MiCE industry to be valued $1245 bn in 2023: Study

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The meetings and events industry is projected to reach $1245 billion in 2023, registering a CAGR of 7.5 per cent growth from 2017 to 2023, states a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, ‘MiCE Industry by Event Type: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023’. According to the report,  the global MiCE industry was valued at $752 billion in 2016. This growth is seen to emerge from rapid globalisation and expansion of service industries, and evolution of scientific and technological innovations. The meetings segment dominated the global MiCE industry in 2016, due to the growth of the travel and tourism industry, increase in international business travels, and rise in government initiatives for the development of MICE segment & SME sector. Recent trends of organising hybrid meetings, and use of social media and meeting apps are  expected to the boost market growth in the near future. Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate of 8.6 per cent during the forecast period. This region is significantly driven by emerging countries such as Singapore, China, and India. Moreover, ease of visa restrictions, investments in better infrastructure, and high demand in commercial aviation further fuel the growth of the Asia-Pacific MiCE industry. The report also stated that in 2016, Europe dominated the global market with more than 42 per cent market share, in terms of value.

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Sports Events 365 launches intelligence service for hotels and airlines

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Sports Events 365, the provider of database and tickets for sports and music events worldwide, which actively targets the global travel market, is launching a new B2B pricing support intelligence service. The new service, specifically designed for hotels and airlines, enables them to optimise the price they charge for rooms or flights, based on information of upcoming sporting events. The company will introduce the B2B intelligence service at the Travel Technology Europe exhibition that will take place at Olympia, London, on February 21-22, 2018. The information is geared for revenue managers of hotels in Western Europe and North America, and airlines flying to those destinations where sport tourism is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry. “Once they learn to use the information in our database and implement it, they benefit twice. Hotels and flights everywhere are online these days and it is hard to shine. Sports tickets are much harder to find, so if you sell a room with an entrance ticket to a sporting event, for example, you have a better chance to stand out. You will also have fewer cancellations and will offer something quite special while not having to settle for lower pricing for your own basic product,” says Sefi Donner, Founder and CEO, Sports Events 365.

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Delta rolls out RFID tags for Heathrow travellers

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Delta’s focus on innovation has moved up a gear with the roll out of a new service which allows customers to keep track of their checked bags on its flights between London Heathrow to the United States via their mobile phones. Radio Frequency Identification bag tags are added to all checked luggage enabling customers to receive real-time updates on the whereabouts of their luggage from check-in to the arrival carousel. The tags are read by RFID antennas at various points along the journey and customers receive push notifications via their phones on the Fly Delta app, setting new standards for what customers can expect when they travel with Delta. “Carrying more than 1.3 million bags between London Heathrow and the United States each year, our new service gives customers peace of mind because they know we’re looking after their bags every step of the way,” said Corneel Koster, Delta Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India. “Following a successful roll-out in the US, we are on track to equip all of our international stations, including Heathrow, with this technology as part of our continued efforts to improve our customer experience.” Initial results of RFID-tagged items show they are tracked at a 99.9 percent success rate, ensuring proper routing and loading. In addition to live updates, customers can also access a map view of their bag’s journey when travelling in the United States through the Delta Fly app. Delta has invested more than $50 million to ensure the accurate routing and loading of the 180 million bags it handles each year. This commitment to reliability has been recognised with Delta recording the lowest mishandled bag numbers in US Department …

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Expedia to link with hotel websites for MICE

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Expedia has announced rolling out a software to enable prospective meetings clients to search, configure, price and book meeting space online. The tool is similar to the company’s RevPlus, a free revenue management tool, part of its Expedia Partner Central services. Expedia is promoting integrated meetings revenue management tools that can link up to a hotel’s property management system to help hotels adjust meeting and group prices. Expedia has piloted the tool in Germany with select hotel partners, including Best Western Hotels Central Europe. The online travel giant already has implemented the technology with select hotel partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as in Asia.

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Emirates announce 40% discount sale on advance booking

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Emirates has announced its annual advance booking sale with discounts as high as 40 per cent to destinations across Africa, Europe, the Middle East or the US, if booked by 10th December 2016. The offer is valid for return Economy and Business Class travel starting from December 3, 2016 to until June 29, 2017, and are available for purchase from now until December 10, 2016. Passengers can travel to a range of destinations around the globe while experiencing Emirates world-class hospitality at unbeatable prices. Some of the featured economy fares (Ex-Delhi) include: Dubai (from INR 16,689) Istanbul (from INR 37,007) London (from INR 40,280) New York (JFK) (from INR 56,417)

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