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MMF2015 MALAYSIAN LIVE BAND FESTIVAL

The inaugural MMF2015 Malaysian Live Band Festival or My Music Festival 2015 is taking place at Sunway Surf Beach this 8th Marchand this will be the Largest Malaysian Live Band Music Festival in the country featuring a special performance by international British Rock Legends “Smokie” as part of their 40th Anniversary World Tour. MMF2015 will be featuring 20 Top Malaysian live bands with …

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KSA to relax visas to attract foreign tourists

Authorities in Saudi Arabia will from next month relax visa restrictions in order to attract more overseas visitors to the kingdom’s tourist and historical sites. From December 4, Saudi will launch its ‘Extended Umrah Tourism Programme’, which will allow foreign nationals travelling to the country for Islamic pilgrimage to stay for a longer period. Prince Sultan bin Salman, head of …

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Emirates sets out plan to fly 70mn passengers in 2020

Emirates Airline said on Wednesday it expects to fly 70 million passengers in 2020, adding that it is already progressing on plans to ensure the right infrastructure are in place to support and capitalise on this growth. The plans were unveiled by Emirates Airline president Tim Clark at a presentation to delegates of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), who were …

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Dubai receives praise from travel industry for 2020

Travel industry leaders from Qantas, Jumeirah and SITA, amongst others, have praised Dubai and the UAE on its successful Expo 2020 bid. Following the announcement made last night in Paris, the travel industry have shared their congratulations and thanks to the nation on its achievement in being named the host city for 2020. SITA president Middle East, India and Aftica …

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The world’s Muslim population is expected to rise from 1.7 billion in 2014 to 2.2 billion by 2030 (+26.4%) according to Pew Research Centre’s Forum on Religion and Public Life.

This is expected to grow at about twice the rate of the non-Muslim population over the next two decades and creates an unrivalled revenue growth opportunity for travel and tourism brands. Halal travel in all its forms is now booming and represents not only the fastest growing area of global tourism but one that is hugely significant to the GCC market. …

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Qatar Airways announces major expansion in South Africa

DOHA, QATAR – Qatar Airways has announced a major expansion in South Africa with the launch of a new destination Durban while simultaneously increasing its weekly frequencies to Johannesburg. The airline will also increase its weekly frequency to Cape Town going up from five flights a week to a daily service. Effective from 17th December 2015, the airline will launch …

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Cambodia closes 2014 with 7% growth

PHNOM PENH  Cambodia’s tourist arrivals registered an increase of 15.9% in December 2014 according to the country’s statistics and tourist Information Department. The country attracted 500,579 visits compared to 431,807 during the same month in 2013. For the entire year, the country welcomed 4,502,775 international travellers improving 7.0% from 4,210,165 visits in 2013. Released by the Ministry of Tourism, Monday, …

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Cambodia and Qatar hold talks

PHNOM PENH  Cambodia and Qatar discussed the expansion of bilateral ties and regional cooperation at a series of meetings last week. The Xinhua news agency reported meetings were held, last week, between Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry Secretary of State, Ouch Borith and Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi, assistant minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar. Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry Secretary of State, Ouch Borith, …

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Thais call for ASEAN driver’s licence

Thailand’s Association of Domestic Travel (ADT) is pushing for an ASEAN driver’s licence in a bid to boost regional tourism ahead of ASEAN economic integration at the end of this year. ADT Chairman Yutthachai Sunthornrattanavej revealed the plan to the Bangkok Post on Tuesday, saying he would soon submit a letter to that country’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports. “[Now] …

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Tourist growth in Sihanukville more than 100 thousand exceeds the expectations

In the celebrating the new year 2015, most of national and international tourists flocked visiting SihanukVille for 3 days from the 29th to the 31st of December 2014, it had grown to 110,526 Tourists that exceeded the expectations of the Provincial authorities which has estimated that there are about 80 thousand tourists only. Nou Sophal, Director of Provincial Tourism , …

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