General Travel News

Hospitality Experts Optimistic About Growth Prospects

The hospitality industry is optimistic about growth prospects in the region, with more hotels on the market, and room rates down from last year.  Rotana Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Dubai and Northern Emirates said that room rates were way too high, but “Around the middle of 2009, the rates started to even out and there was a correction in the market.  Now room rates have come back to normal, how they should be.”  

Naeem Darkazally said this was a necessary correction for the market because Dubai should be an affordable destination, and not offering only exclusive, expensive accommodation.  STR Global data shows that Dubai’s occupancy rate was 82.1 percent in November 2009, unchanged from November 2008.    However, the average daily rate fell from $365.40 in November 2008, to $294.8 in November 2009, an 82.1 percent drop.
 

More General Travel News
Constance Halaveli Maldives offers the luxury of space in seclusion
Multiple Langham Hotels named in 2020 Readers' Choice Award
Swiss Belhotel to open 4 new hotels in the GCC
Latest Travel News
Multiple Langham Hotels named in 2020 Re...
Swiss Belhotel to open 4 new hotels in t...
Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air announce establis...
Featured Sights To See
Rebublic Square or Jumhooree Maidan

Rebublic Square or Jumhooree Maidan

Maldives, Maldives

The Republic Square is beautifully built with green grass and lush plantation, along the northern waterfront. It is Male's most popular venue amongst adults and children alike for social gatherings and recreation. On the Eastern end of the square stands the official flag post on which the largest permanent flag in the country is hoisted. When you arrive in Male, this is the place where you are ...

Parliament of Finland

Parliament of Finland

Helsinki, Finland

The Parliament house was inaugurated in 1931 and since has been a major attraction for tourists who want to get a feel of how the country stands as a political and economic hub. The building is designed in a classic way, finding the right combination of art and functionality. Organized tours are conducted in English between 11am to 12 pm on Saturday and between 12 pm to 1 pm on Sundays. Locat...

BBC Broadcasting House

BBC Broadcasting House

London, United Kingdom

 If you are not part of the millennial generation (born between 1981-2000) you probably listened to the BBC World Service on a radio and you heard the chimes of Big Ben before the hourly news. If you are a young adult you may have watched BBC TV or visited their website. But whatever your age, you have probably heard of the British Broadcasting Corporation which continues to be a symbol of ...

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Translated as “Independence Square" KL's Merdeka Square is the place where at midnight on August 31, 1957 the Malayan Flag was hoisted for the first time after lowering the Union Flag. ...