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Louvre Abu Dhabi announced it will open its doors to the public on November 11. It is
the first museum of its kind in the Arab world: a universal museum that focuses on
shared human stories across civilisations and cultures. The opening celebrations will
include a wide range of public programs, including symposiums, performances,
concerts, dance and visual arts by renowned contemporary and classical artists.
Located on the edge of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, Pritzker Prize-winning French
architect Jean Nouvel has designed a museum city under a vast silvery dome. Visitors
can walk through the promenades overlooking the sea beneath the museum’s 180-
metre dome, comprised of almost 8000 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric
pattern. When sunlight filters through, it creates a moving ‘rain of light’ beneath the
dome, reminiscent of the overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s oases.
Marriott International secured two major hotel category
awards at the Business Traveler Africa Awards for 2017,
recently held in Cape Town. Voted as the Best Business
Hotel Group and The Best International Hotel Group in
South Africa, the hospitality giant has been recognised for
its strong footprint, quality and consistency of service, and
range of business facilities provided across its portfolio.
“To win top honours at the coveted Business Traveler
Awards 2017 in two categories is indeed a commendable
achievement and a tribute to the commitment of our
teams and associates who dedicate themselves to
delivering the highest standards of service and strive to
make every guest stay memorable,” said Alex Kyriakidis,
president and managing director for the Middle East and
Africa for Marriott International.
Thailand’s Dusit International has opened a new global
sales office (GSO) in Mumbai to promote Dusit Hotels &
Resorts to the country’s vast and fast-growing outbound
travel market. The newly founded office will manage sales
across all market segments including leisure, MICE and
corporate business. Primarily the team will focus on tier
one cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, but
will also cover smaller cities which are emerging as
important source markets for outbound travel. Appointed
to run the office is Keshwar Bhagat. Ms Bhagat brings
with her rich experience from working with hospitality
companies in India and France, and has solid connections
with the travel trade fraternity in India.
Diethelm Travel has released details about the new
Malaysia Tourism Tax which came into effect on
September 1. The tax applies to foreign tourists who will
be charged a flat rate of RM10 per night and per room
for all types of hotels and accommodation. The tourism
tax will be collected from guests by the hotel at the time
of check-out. Only hotel operators are allowed to collect
the tourism tax. Any hotel operators not registered with
the Royal Malaysia Customs Department are not
allowed to collect the tourism tax and this includes the
local inbound tour operators.
SCHINELLA IN INDIA
Lynne Schinella was recently invited to work
with Tourism Australia in India as part of its
annual Indian Travel Mission. The annual
coming together of buyers and sellers takes
place over five days and, while the focus isn’t
on MICE, she picked up some great
information on how Australia can better grab
a chunk of this fast growing market.
“India is our eighth biggest market and
experiencing strong growth each year in both
visitors and spend, according to the stats from TA,” she said.
“During the program I was lucky enough to chat to Rocky and Mayur. They’re two
childhood friends who have a bit of a cult following in India with a weekly food and travel
show. They’ve recently spent three weeks filming in Australia and here’s what they had
“Indians love familiarity when they travel. That doesn’t mean they don’t want fresh
seafood and beautiful Aussie produce, but can you serve it with ginger and turmeric
please? Classic case in point was finding a pizza place in the Adelaide Hills run by an
Indian chef who likes using a bit of chilli and cumin with his wood-fired carbs.
“Indians are an ancient spiritual people and so are drawn to that aspect of our
ancient land. Hello, Uluru.
“And finally, they have the youngest population in the world – 65 per cent below the
age of 35. And just to give that context, 65 per cent of 1.2 billion is around 780,000,000
people. Let’s say just 40 per cent of them travel. That’s 312,000,000. A lot.
“And this cohort have money and a lust for adventure. These people are holding
middle management positions in India and ripe for both conferences and incentives.
“If you’re doing anything from white water rafting to hot-air ballooning to surf lessons
to kayaking, swimming with dolphins and everything in between, think about how you
can take a bite of this fiery market.
“Hanging out with Aussie suppliers made me fall in love all over again. Because, and
it has to be said, there’s nothing like Australia.” m
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