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  • Rocco Forte Hotels to open new Milan property in 2023
    Rocco Forte Hotels has signed for a new five-star hotel opening in the fashionable centre of Milan. The hotel will be the first Rocco Forte property in the Italian city and is set to welcome guests in 2023 after a full refurbishment. 
  • Bulgari Hotel Roma to debut in 2022
    Bulgari has signed an agreement for a new hotel in the centre of Rome, scheduled to open in 2022. The new Roman hotel will be strategically located in the central Piazza Augusto Imperatore.
  • Hotel Indigo Larnaca opens in Cyprus
    InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has opened the first branded boutique hotel in Cyprus - Hotel Indigo Larnaca. Each of the 40 bedrooms is uniquely designed and inspired by Cyprus’s craft heritage with balconies overlooking the picturesque city.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Madrid sets new opening date
    After a seven-year redesign and meticulous restoration of a collection of seven historic buildings, the new Four Seasons Hotel Madrid is now confirming reservations for September.
  • Cheval Collection adds third Edinburgh property to portfolio
    At times home to a number of courtiers during its 500-years of history, Cheval Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood is one of Edinburgh’s oldest buildings.

RSS Airline News

  • Gulf Air to return to United Arab Emirates next week
    Gulf Air will resume its direct Abu Dhabi and Dubai flights, with scheduled operations starting from July 5th. The national carrier of the kingdom of Bahrain has been operating direct flights between the country and the United Arab Emirates since 1954.
  • Ryanair pilots agree pay cut to minimise job losses
    Ryanair has welcomed a decision by pilots’ union Balpa to accept a four year pay deal for its members in the UK. The contract will see UK-based pilots of the low-cost carrier take a 20 per cent pay cut, to be resorted over period.
  • Wizz Air touches down in Abu Dhabi for first time
    Wizz Air has celebrated the arrival of its first scheduled flight to Abu Dhabi International Airport. The flight from Budapest landed in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to be followed shortly by a new route from Bucharest.
  • British Airways to increase route network in coming weeks
    British Airways will resume flying to more destinations across its network this month, albeit offering fewer frequencies due to reduced demand and the impact of the global quarantine restrictions.
  • Civil Aviation Authority urges airlines to do more on refunds
    The Civil Aviation Authority has said airlines operating in the UK still had work to do when it came to offering refunds for cancelled flights in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

RSS Tourism News

  • WTTC gives cautious welcome to quarantine-free travel
    World Travel & Tourism Council president Gloria Guevara has welcomed a decision to remove quarantine requirements for travellers entering England from a number of countries.
  • ABTA offers advice to post-Covid-19 holidaymakers
    ABTA has unveiled a new customer-focused webpage titled ‘Restarting travel – a guide for customers’, designed to take travellers through extra steps to consider as book their next trip.
  • England publishes quarantine-free travel list
    Passengers arriving from certain destinations will no longer need to self-isolate when arriving in England transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has confirmed. A full list of countries has now been published, including popular destinations Spain, Germany, France and Greece.
  • WTTC highlights economic benefits of restarting tourism
    New research from the World Travel & Tourism Council shows even a modest increase of just one million more international arrivals into Europe could generate an extra $0.48 billion in GDP.
  • Saudi Arabia begins work on Diriyah Gate Development
    Development work has commenced on the first phase of US$20 billion Diriyah Gate Development Authority development pipeline. Officials hope the move marks the beginning of a bold new era of construction and transformation for Diriyah, a city within Riyadh province, Saudi Arabia.