PhocusWire's theme months for 2019 - all in one place
PhocusWire's theme months for 2019 - all in one place
By PhocusWire | December 2, 2019
This year we continued our coverage on key trends and added regions into the mix on our theme months. Here are the highlights from those months. Read More
News | Technology
Using tech to overhaul one of the most troublesome parts of the travel experience
Using tech to overhaul one of the most troublesome parts of the travel experience
By Mitra Sorrells | May 8, 2019
Dubai Airports' Michael Ibbitson explains how the facility is using technology to provide exceptional customer service for the nearly 90 million passengers that pass through it each year.   Read More
News | Technology
new Muslim OTA Rihaala launches
New OTA targets Muslim travelers looking for halal-friendly destinations
By Mitra Sorrells | April 30, 2019
Rihaala is a new online travel agency focused on halal-friendly destinations and accommodations and user-generated content. Read More
News | Distribution
Middle East series part 4 aviation
Middle East, part 4: Aviation innovation
By Mitra Sorrells | April 29, 2019
For the final piece in our monthlong series on the Middle East, we take a look at innovations in the airline sector. Read More
News | Technology
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Online payment solutions crucial to travel, as Middle East travelers book later and more often
By Marissa Trew - WiT  | April 22, 2019
At WiT Middle East, Checkout.com’s Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo looked at the purchasing behaviors of travelers in the Middle East, where the opportunities lie and what some of the core challenges facing... Read More
News | Online
Middle East series part 3 distribution
Middle East, part 3: How homegrown travel brands are diversifying distribution
By Mitra Sorrells | April 22, 2019
For the third part in our series on the Middle East, we analyze the distribution landscape and the role of homegrown online travel agencies. Read More
News | Distribution
Sounding Off: The Middle Eastern travel startup scene can learn from errors of others
Sounding Off: The Middle Eastern travel startup scene can learn from errors of others
By PhocusWire | April 19, 2019
The fledgling community in the Middle East must acknowledge how other startup "scenes" have evolved and learn from the errors that have hindered new businesses. Read More
Interview | Startups
Middle Eastern travel marketers see Amazon as biggest disruption threat
Middle Eastern travel marketers see Amazon as biggest disruption threat
By Mitra Sorrells | April 17, 2019
Travel marketers in the Middle East say Amazon has the greatest potential to disrupt travel marketing in the next five years. Read More
News | Online
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From WiT Middle East 2019: Travel brands jostle to find their groove in a booming market
By Siew Hoon Yeoh - WiT  | April 15, 2019
A look at the five key takeaways from WiT Middle East conference. Read More
News | Online
Middle East, part 2: The travel startup scene
Middle East, part 2: The travel startup scene
By Mitra Sorrells | April 15, 2019
For part two in our series on the Middle East we explore the startup ecosystem with input from founders, investors and support programs. Read More
News | Startups
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Travelstart looks to Middle East for growth
By Siew Hoon Yeoh - WebInTravel  | April 10, 2019
With South Africa as its home base and its businesses spread across the African continent, Travelstart believes its roots and experience make it well suited to take on the emerging and fragmented... Read More
Interview | Distribution
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Marriott will add 19 new properties in MENA region in 2019
By Mitra Sorrells | April 9, 2019
The expansion is part of the hotel brand's goal of bringing 100 properties to the area by 2023. Read More
News | Distribution
Middle East series part 1 overview
Middle East, part 1: How a young, digital-savvy population is impacting travel
By Mitra Sorrells | April 8, 2019
In part one in our series on the Middle East, we look at how the region's young and connected consumers are changing the travel landscape. Read More
News | Online
phocuswright europe Stephan Ekbergh
In the green room at Phocuswright Europe with... Stephan Ekbergh
By PhocusWire | April 8, 2019
In a series of interviews with executives participating at the event in Amsterdam in May, PhocusWire finds out what makes them tick... Next up: Travelstart founder and CEO Stephan Ekbergh. Read More
Interview | Online
Local payment strategy unlocks travel's potential in the Middle East
Local payment strategy unlocks travel's potential in the Middle East
By Siew Hoon Yeoh - WebInTravel  | April 4, 2019
Three forces – a young demographic, an aspirational market of travellers and strong mobile adoption – illustrate that the future for online and mobile payments is bright in the Middle East. Read More
News | Technology
Accor Al Tayyar Travel Group distribution partnership
Accor boosts Middle East distribution with Al Tayyar partnership
By Mitra Sorrells | April 3, 2019
Accor will provide Saudi Arabia-based Al Tayyar Travel Group direct access to real-time rates and availability for its portfolio of 4,800 hotels and resorts in 100 countries worldwide.    Read More
News | Distribution
Middle East countries accelerate quantum computing research
Middle East countries accelerate quantum computing research
By Alicia Buller - Computer Weekly  | April 1, 2019
Universities in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have launched quantum computing research groups to cultivate homegrown knowledge of the tech. Read More
Notated News | Technology