News: Nakheel Mall to open ahead of United Arab Emirates national day

The new centrepiece of the world-famous Palm Jumeirah, the AED1.2 billion mall has five retail levels with more than 300 shops, restaurants, entertainment outlets and services.



Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: the Merchant House, Bahrain

With 46 beautifully appointed suites, the Merchant House features a unique collection of contemporary work by well-established Bahraini and international artists. Here Breaking Travel News editor, Chris O’Toole, visits the only luxury boutique hotel in Bahrain to find out more



News: Schram appointed chief executive with Norwegian

Jacob Schram has been selected as the new chief executive of low-cost carrier Norwegian. Geir Karlsen, who has led the airline on an interim basis following the surprise departure of Bjørn Kjos in July, will continue in the role of chief financial officer and deputy chief executive.



News: New names added to line-up for Luvya festival at Five Palm Jumeriah

The event, which will take place at the hotel from December 12th-14th, will now welcome the record-breaking DJs and producers Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike.



News: British Airways to fly 787-10 Dreamliner to Atlanta from February

British Airways has announced that it will take delivery of its first 787-10 Dreamliner in January. The flag-carrier also revealed the plane’s first route will be to Atlanta in February.



News: Mandarin Oriental signs on for Tel Aviv property

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new hotel and residential project in Tel Aviv. The project is scheduled to open at the end of 2023, with the group becoming the first luxury hospitality brand to enter the city.



News: NATS extends ministry of defence partnership

The deal will allow civilian and military air traffic controllers to continue to work side by side at the Swanwick Control Centre in Hampshire, ensuring safe and efficient collaboration and coordination within UK airspace.



News: Maldives puts niche markets at centre of 2020 tourism strategy

The Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation has announced a new tourism strategy for 2020. The plan includes a stronger focus on promoting the rich culture of the destination, as well as developing niche markets such as MICE, culture and sports tourism.



News: Radisson Hotel Bahir Dar to open in Ethiopia

Radisson Hotel Group has signed Radisson Hotel Bahir Dar, located in the north east of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. It will be the first Radisson branded hotel and the group’s fourth hotel in the country.



News: Juneyao Air to launch Shanghai flights from Manchester

Chinese carrier Juneyao Air has chosen the hub for its first ever UK service, which will operate three-times-a-week using the state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.



News: ATM 2020: Indian travellers spur GCC tourism growth

Colliers International has released research predicting more than a fifth of India’s total outbound market will travel to the GCC by 2024 – with business, place of work and leisure underpinning this demand.



News: Ritz-Carlton, Perth takes brand back into Australia

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth has opened in the capital city of Western Australia. Part of the landmark development at Elizabeth Quay, the hotel overlooks the city’s Swan River and Kings Park.



News: Dubai Air Show 2019: Emirates signs $8.8bn Dreamliner order

Boeing and Emirates have finalised a purchase agreement for 30 787-9 Dreamliner planes, valued at $8.8 billion according to list prices. It is the second large order at the Dubai Air Show for Emirates, with the airline earlier this week concluding a deal for 50 Airbus A350-900 planes.



News: Dubai Air Show 2019: flynas signs latest Airbus order

flynas has signed a firm order for ten A321XLR planes at the Dubai Air Show. The agreement was signed by Bandar Almohanna, flynas chief executive, and Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer.



Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

While Bahrain is only just beginning to develop its potential as a tourism destination, the Ritz-Carlton property in the tiny Middle Eastern country is something of icon. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole calls in as the hotel prepares to celebrate its Silver Jubilee



Focus: InterContinental® Sofia and the road to success

Only a year and a half after its opening, InterContinental® Sofia is already а leader in the luxury travel market in Bulgaria and can proudly talk about the key to its success. The icon of international modern luxury in the capital impresses local and international guests with elegant design, exceptional comfort and impeccable five-star service. All these achievements reflect in several international awards the hotel received in 2019 – Europe’s Leading New Hotel and Bulgaria’s Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2019.



News: Dubai Air Show 2019: Air Astana orders 30 Boeing 737 Max planes

Air Astana intends to order 30 Boeing 737 Max 8 planes to serve as the backbone of its new low-cost airline FlyArystan. The Kazakh flag-carrier and Boeing announced the deal at the Dubai Air Show.



News: Airbnb signs nine-year sponsorship deal with International Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee and Airbnb have announced a sponsorship agreement worth more than US$500 million. The deal will run for nine-years, through to 2028, and cover the next five Olympic and Winter Olympic Games.



News: Galaxy International Convention Centre to debut in Macao in 2021

Galaxy Entertainment Group has released plans for the new Galaxy International Convention Centre in Macau. The facility is set to open in the destination in the first half of 2021.



News: Bray appointed chief financial officer with Travelport

As chief financial officer, Nick Bray will play a fundamental role in the execution of Travelport’s strategy, focused on a strong business partnership approach and process excellence across the finance organisation.