Dubai to record visitor figures in January

According to data revealed by the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing, the city recorded a drastic rise in the influx of international tourists in January 2019. Dubai recorded a total of 1.61 million tourists in January 2019 – a rise from the 1.58 million tourists who visited in January 2018. Visitors flocked to attractions such as the Palm […]


Indonesia Just Got Dirtier: The Dirty Business Targeting AirAsia

As it turns out, it isn’t just Traveloka and that are allegedly being arm-twisted by Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air to stop selling AirAsia Indonesia’s tickets, as reported by Skift on March 13. The pressure has also been placed on the country’s biggest offline local travel agencies, including Panorama Group, Golden Rama Tours & Travel, and Wita Tour, which have stopped featuring AirAsia […]


Indonesia moves to cancel Boeing 737 Max order

Garuda Indonesia is set to become the first airline to officially cancel an order for the Boeing 737 Max 8 after two crashes involving the plane. The flag-carrier has 49 of the aircraft on order from the American manufacturer, in a deal worth around US$5 billion. However, following the crashes of 737 Max 8 planes operated by both Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air, […]


Toyota: Suzuki cars out in India by 2022

In what could turn into a mega partnership in the global automotive industry, Toyota Motor and Suzuki Motor have agreed to take concrete steps toward sharing more models, vehicle architectures and electrified vehicle technology. The discussion between the Japanese automakers is on three major subjects: sharing of electrified vehicle technology including Toyota’s patented hybrid vehicle systems, sharing of Suzuki’s compact vehicle architecture […]

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Africa-Asia partner to improve healthcare

If Africa and Asia are to reap the benefits of having a youthful population and improve their economies, they must improve healthcare for women, adolescents and youth. By doing so, Dr Tshepo Motsepe said the two continents will be able to improve their economies, create jobs and enjoy benefits for all. Dr Motsepe, who is a medical doctor by profession […]


Hyundai, Kia invest USD 300 mn in Ola for EVs, smart mobility solutions

Korean automobile major Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia have together invested USD 300 million in ride-hailing company Ola to jointly develop electric vehicles ecosystem and fleet services for global markets. Under the partnership, the three companies will also aim to develop electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure customised for Indian market, the companies said in joint statement Tuesday. “India is the centrepiece of Hyundai […]


Changi Airport to open £1bn Jewel facility in April

Jewel Changi Airport, a multi-dimensional tourist destination, will open its doors to the world on April 17th. Jewel will house aviation, travel-related and lifestyle facilities for international visitors to Singapore, as well as an extensive retail offering and unique play attractions. Comprising ten storeys and a total area of 137,000 square metres, all under a stunning glass and steel facade, […]


World Travel Awards: Abu Dhabi for Middle East Gala Ceremony 2019

World Travel Awards has revealed that its Middle East Gala Ceremony 2019 is set to take place on April 25th at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The park is the latest addition to Yas Island’s theme parks, joining Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld. Attending the gala reception at Abu Dhabi’s newest tourist attraction […]


Korean Air confirms new livery

In a big day for commemorative aircraft liveries, Korean Air has confirmed that ten of its planes will display a special emblem to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The special livery will depict the number 50 with a plane flying over it alongside the slogan ‘Beyond 50 Years of Excellence’. The number features a stylised taegeuk design. Taegeuk is the iconic mark […]