Seychelles Tourism is in Jeddah promoting tourism – eTurboNews

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) took part once again in the Jeddah Intl Travel & Tourism 2017 (JTTX7) at the Jeddah Hilton from February 15-17.

The consumer event was attended by more than 25,000 visitors from Jeddah and more than 150 exhibitors from 22 countries. Saudi Arabia being one of the main markets of the destination in the region is an apt venue to hold such consumer fairs.

This is the second year that the STBs office in Dubai takes part in this consumer event. It was a very productive one as a number of people visited the stand and showed interest in the destination, hence proving the destinations popularity on the market.

Saudi Arabia is one of the main markets for Seychelles in the region having a 29.96% increase in visitor arrivals in January 2017 as compared to the same month last year. Though the business has been relatively quiet in 2016 until at the start of the year, the increase in the number of visitor arrivals indicates the valuable support we receive from Saudi Arabia.

We are jovial on the outcome of the JTTX7 event as we were able to promote the destination further in the consumer sector in Jeddah and update them on the latest product offerings in Seychelles, said STBs regional manager for Middle East Ahmed Fathallah.

This is our second year at this event and just like in 2016, it paved the way for us to better connect with the consumer sector from Jeddah. This trade and consumer activity opens doors for business opportunities and is also a fitting time for us to know more about the needs and wants of our target market. added Fathallah.

To further push and promote the destination, involvement in different trade and consumer fairs and carrying out of different consumer focused activities have been planned out for this year.

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Watch the World’s First Rideable Hoverbike in Flight – Futurism

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A Russian drone start-up called Hoversurf just posted a video unveiling a prototype for a single-seat aircraft that you can drive yourself.

Dubbed the Scorpion-3, the electric-powered hoverbike is capable of lifting itselfand a driver into the air. It combines a traditional motorcycle design with quadcopter technology, allowing both professionals and amateurs to easily control and maneuver the vehicle.

Using proprietary software, the company is able to limit the range and velocity of the hoverbike to ensure the safety of the driver. Aesthetically, the vehicle was inspired by the heavy-duty motorbike frames typically used in extreme games. The difference is that the Scorpion-3 has the ability to surf through the air by changing altitude and direction, its creatorsexplain on their website.

While it is the first manned quadcopter that has undergone testing, the Scorpion-3 isnt the only one that has been built so far.

Dubai is hoping that it will be able to launch a self-driving hover-taxi in a few months, which will be used to support an official public transport service by the middle of the year. The U.S. military, in partnership with Malloy Aeronautics, also has a prototype for a hoverbike that can help resupply soldiers on the battlefield. Meanwhile,Aerofex has a passenger-ready, low-altitude vehicle called the Aero-X that has the potential to be used for everything from leisure to search-and-rescue missions.

Hoversurf wants to position the Scorpion-3 for extreme sports,but an airborne vehicle with exposed propeller blades can prove to be a little unnerving, even for the most experienced X-gamer. With a little more refinement, though, the company should have no trouble meeting its goals.

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Habtoor Grand Resort wins top honors at 2016 World Travel Awards … – Benzinga

Dubai resort named ‘World’s Leading MICE Resort’ at prestigious global travel and tourism event

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–(Marketwired – Feb 21, 2017) – The five-star Habtoor Grand Resort, an Autograph Collection property, was recently named the “World’s Leading MICE Resort” award at the World Travel Awards at Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in The Maldives.

“MICE” stands for “Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions.” The World Travel Awards have been dubbed the “Oscars” of the travel industry by The Wall Street Journal and are selected by travel and tourism professionals worldwide. This accolade recognizes the commitment to excellence which the hotel strives to uphold and demonstrate within the international and local MICE market.

The honor marks the second 2016 global travel distinction for the Dubai resort. General Manager Fredrik Reinisch explained how the Habtoor Grand Resort and its unique combination of features continue to garner industry accolades.

“Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, is situated in a great location right in the hype of some of Dubai’s biggest attractions,” Reinisch explained. “The feature to our hotel’s success is that we offer our guests the best of both worlds by being located on the beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf as well as a short walk to city life. The hotel’s extensive venue spaces and vast lawn areas provide the perfect backdrop for MICE-related events.”

It is easy to see why Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection would be nominated for such a remarkable title. The beach resort Dubai features 446 spacious guest rooms, 120 of which are twin-based accommodations, catering to the direct interest of MICE travelers. These comfortable rooms overlook the marina docks and Palm Jumeirah, offering full or partial sea views, as well as a partial view of the breathtaking cityscape, which comes to life at dusk. The resort also features 15 restaurants that offer a variety of dishes and cultural culinary delights that will satisfy the most discerning of palates.

Upon arrival or departure, guests are invited to relax and unwind in the property’s travelers lounge, a luxurious common area ideal for MICE guests whose travel arrangements do not coincide with the daily check-in and out procedures.

The Jumeirah Beach resort’s Al Andalus ballroom accommodates up to 1,000 guests, with five additional breakout rooms ideal for training and exhibitions. The hotel also boasts two lush beachside lawns that accommodate up to 3,000 guests, perfect for MICE team building events and beach activities. What’s more, the hotel’s personal teambuilding designers will narrate a series of educational team events tailored to each company’s needs. After a day of events and meetings, recreational amenities include four tennis courts, two squash courts, five relaxing spa and treatment rooms, a club-quality fitness center and three swimming pools (one with water slides for families).

“The team at Habtoor Grand Resort is proud and honored to have received this tremendous recognition,” Reinisch concluded. “We look forward to working towards making this prestigious award an ongoing tradition for the Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection’s achievement portfolio.”

About Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

Discover luxury without limits at the Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection. Boasting spacious, stunningly decorated hotel rooms and suites, a selection of five-star resources and incomparable placement on Dubai’s picturesque Jumeirah Beach, the property surrounds guests with contemporary comfort. Each of the Habtoor Grand Resort’s 446 rooms are brimming with premier amenities such as flat-screen TVs, designer bedding, a mini-bar, free Wi-Fi and panoramic views of the beach. Additional resort amenities include a state-of-the-art spa, impressive array of exquisite on-site dining options, three sparkling pools and a fully-equipped fitness center. Meeting and social event planners will appreciate the property’s more than 42,000 square feet of versatile, sophisticated indoor and outdoor event space, as well as first-rate planning and catering. Conveniently located on a private beach near Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence, the Habtoor Grand Resort is committed to providing guests with a five-star stay.

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