Qatar Tourism Growth to Generate USD17.8 Billion 

    Qatar Tourism Authority highlighted its experiential offering at Arabian Travel Market - culture and heritage to drive visitor numbers towards 10 million target. Experiential travel, the main theme of this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), is driving tourism growth in Qatar, as the country works towards its 2030 ambitions to welcome 10 million visitors a year and generate USD17.8 billion in tourism receipts. According to research released ahead of ATM 2017, Qatar will look to generate 5.2% of its GDP through tourism over the coming years, creating 98,000 jobs and managing an inventory of 63,000 hotel rooms. A perfect example of experiential travel is Souq Waqif in Doha, which offers several small shops lined along paths with an array of Middle Eastern merchandise, from spices and seasonal delicacies to perfumes, jewelry, clothing and handicrafts. While the country’s culture and heritage remains of paramount importance, Qatar is also set to invest up to USD45 billion in new developments under the National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030.


    Papa John's Continues International Expansion

    Papa John’s International, Inc., continues its global growth with the opening of a new restaurant in Morocco. Papa John’s is known worldwide for its BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. brand promise and will now bring Better Pizza to Casablanca, Morocco. Following Egypt & Tunisia, Morocco will be only the third country in Africa to boast a Papa John’s franchise. Moroccan-based Planet Pizza Inc. has the exclusive development rights for the Papa John’s brand in the country and plans to build 20 stores in Morocco. “We are honored to be a part of bringing Papa John’s to Morocco. There is a strong demand here for high-quality pizzas and friendly service,” said Bensouda, CEO of Planet Pizza. “Papa John’s fresh, never frozen hand-tossed original dough, fresh-packed tomato sauce and cheese made from high-quality mozzarella make a truly better pizza.” Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, the company is the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company.


    Shangri-La to Relaunch as Standalone Resort

    Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced at the Arabian Travel Market that it will relaunch the luxurious Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa in Oman as a private standalone resort in October 2017. The palatial Al Husn – which means castle in Arabic – features 180 rooms and suites and was previously marketed as part of the adjacent Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, an integrated destination resort comprised of the family and leisure-focused Al Waha and Al Bandar hotels. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Oman against the dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains, Shangri-La Al Husn has catered to discerning travellers for over a decade and set the standard for luxury in Muscat. Following a rejuvenation, Shangri-La Al Husn will showcase a refreshed new look in key locations throughout the resort and will offer enhanced guest experiences and revitalized dining offerings. 


    HMH Continues Expansion in Sudan 

    Consolidating its presence in Sudan, HMH – Hospitality Management Holding announced its further expansion in the country with the completion of EWA Port Sudan Hotel & Apartments by Q4 2017. It is the group’s fourth hotel in Sudan where it has been operating since 2009 and symbolizes the company’s firm commitment to support the development of tourism infrastructure in the country. Ferghal Purcell, COO of HMH, said, “With three well-established hotels in operation we are strongly positioned in Sudan and well-placed to contribute to the growth of the local hospitality and tourism industry. We have got a strong portfolio of brands and are delighted to consolidate and build on our strategic cooperation with our business associates in the country. Scheduled to open in October 2017, EWA Port Sudan Hotel & Apartments is owned by Social Security Investment Authority. It is superbly located merely 30-minute drive from Port Sudan New International Airport in Port Area. Featuring 84 keys, the hotel has been designed to offer guests fabulous meeting, dining and leisure facilities.”


    Emaar Square Mall Opens its Doors in Istanbul

    Emaar Turkey, the country-subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, has opened Emaar Square Mall, a world-class retail and leisure destination located in the heart of Emaar Square, an elegant master-planned development. With its architecture inspired by İstanbul, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the mall showcases some of the world’s well-known retail, entertainment and gastronomy brands to assure visitors of a memorable experience. A must-visit destination in İstanbul, the mall has several outlets of renowned brands from Turkey along with other global names

    , and is projected to be welcome 25 million visitors annually.  Currently, the mall’s retail mix includes 10% luxury brands, which 

    will be increased to 25% by September. Additionally, the leisure attractions such as Emaar Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, FunLab and Turkish Village, will appeal to visitors of all age-groups, underlining Emaar Square Mall’s reputation as a family destination. The Turkish Village will bring the spirit of the world’s oldest shopping Centre, the Grand Bazaar as well as the dynamism of small markets from all over Istanbul at one destination. 


    European Programs Bonding with UAE

    Through a European program called “Peach Garden” campaign financed with the aid from the European Union and Greece, the Association of Imathia's Agricultural Cooperatives Producers Organization, had the opportunity to meet representatives of remarkable companies from Dubai. Representative of the Consortium, Theodor Devetzis, presented to the public the aims of the European program, while at the same time he spoke about the quality of European peaches, especially those that are being developed in the privileged climate of Veria, Imathia, Greece. The Association of Imathia's Agricultural Cooperatives is the initiative of eight (8) of the largest Agricultural Cooperatives (Producers Organizations) to join forces and present themselves in the market as one. The Cooperatives, as well as the Association, are all located in the Prefecture of Imathia, Region of Central Macedonia, Northern Greece, an area with a wide tradition in the cultivation and processing of Fruits. The core production of the Association is Peaches (Table and Industrial), which in 2014 accounted for about 30% of the Total Production of Peaches in Greece (Greece is the third biggest producer of Table Peaches in EU and the first in Industrial Peaches).