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Dubai's Palm Island developer to have nine hotels by 2016
Nakheel PJSC, the property developer at the heart of Dubai's debt crisis in 2009, will have nine hotel projects under development by 2016 to benefit from the emirate's growth as a regional tourist destination.
The builder of palm islands off the emirate's coast may unveil plans to build four new hotels on Deira island along with its existing one, adding to four other developments across the rest of the city, Chairman Ali Rashed Lootah said at a news conference in Dubai today. The hotels will be part of new projects with a sales value of 6 billion dirhams ($1.63 billion) to 8 billion dirhams that Nakheel will unveil this year, including homes, retail and leisure destinations, he said.
Dubai's economy expanded 4.9 percent in the first half of 2013, led by the hotel and restaurant industry, as growth in the Middle East's tourism and financial hub rebounded. Traffic through Dubai's airport, the world's second-busiest by international passengers, surged 15 percent to 60.4 million in the 11 months through November, official statistics show.
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CLIA promotes "Meetings Mean Business" campaign
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), alongside many leaders from the travel and event industry, announced its support for and active participation in the "Meetings Mean Business" campaign. This campaign will create an information and advocacy platform to showcase the positive impacts of the meeting and event industry on businesses, destinations, local economies and the development of human capital. CLIA is a member of the campaign's coalition along with other businesses, professional associations and destination marketing organizations.
CLIA President and CEO, Christine Duffy, attended the kickoff event at the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Convening Leaders Annual Meeting in Boston earlier this week and issued the following statement:
"Given my experience in the industry, I can attest firsthand to the tremendous economic value meetings provide to a wide range of stakeholders. CLIA is proud to support 'Meetings Means Business.' Because cruise lines offer state-of-the-art technology and modernized conference rooms, as well as one-of-a-kind activities, amenities and entertainment, we are seeing an increase in the number of businesses booking a range of meetings and business-related events on CLIA member ships.
"'Meetings Mean Business' highlights the travel industry's pivotal role in creating jobs, generating positive economic impact, and driving business success by showcasing the incredible value derived from meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive trade shows and exhibitions. CLIA will take an active role in working with the other coalition members to unite behind a singular voice and ensure that all customers, stakeholders and policymakers are aware of the importance of this industry.
"Leaders from CLIA member lines are already actively promoting the appeal and significance of the meetings business on cruise ships. Yesterday, executives from CLIA member lines Royal Caribbean International, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises, Silversea Cruises and SeaDream Yacht Club participated in the Meetings Competitive Advantage Forum in Boston. Senior executives from major American corporations engaged in conversations with cruise industry representatives to discuss the value of face-to-face meetings and the numerous benefits of holding meetings and incentive trips on board cruise ships."
DFW aiming to be the "World's Healthiest Airport"
Passengers traveling through Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport can avoid diet turbulence and fuel their bodies with the right nutrients thanks to the healthy offerings available at any DFW restaurant.
The Airport has launched a marketing campaign entitled "Eat Healthy at DFW" to support the effort of DFW concessionaires in providing healthy eating options. DFW concessionaires are participating in the campaign, each offering at least one low-calorie, low-fat, low-sodium, cholesterol-free, plant-based, or high-in-fiber entree or menu item.
"Although we are very proud to be the fourth busiest airport in the world, we are equally as proud to be one of the healthiest," said Ken Buchannan, executive vice president of revenue management at DFW Airport. "Providing our customers with healthy, diverse and nutritious dining options is another sign of our commitment to making our customer experience exceptional and supporting those who strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle, even while traveling."
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's 2013 Airport Food Review, DFW Airport ranked as the 5th best for healthy eating, with 79% of on-site restaurants offering at least one plant-based, fiber-packed entree. The rankings are determined by dividing the number of on-site airport restaurants offering at least one healthful plant-based entrée by the total number of restaurants in the airport. A restaurant ranks as "healthful" if it serves at least one high-fiber, cholesterol-free menu item, which includes a breakfast, lunch, or dinner entrée. The healthful option must include at least two of the four food groups on the Physicians Committee's Power Plate: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, or legumes.
"It is our priority to top the 2014 Airport Food Review ranking with 100% of our eateries serving a nutritious option," added Buchannan. "Our concessionaires are excited about ramping up their offerings to include gourmet, fresh, and even organic selections, and our passengers are excited to know they can avoid diet 'turbulence' when traveling through DFW."
The Airport's healthy eating campaign is its latest initiative aimed at supporting healthy life choices for passengers. In 2012, DFW unveiled its LiveWell Walking Path - measuring seven-tenths of a mile - inside Terminal D to give traveling passengers an option to exercise while on-the-go. A full-service Yoga Center and multiple children's play areas complete with games, activities and playscapes provide additional opportunities for staying fit while traveling.
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2014, DFW International Airport is the world's fourth busiest, offering 1,800 flights per day and serving 60 million customers a year. DFW provides nonstop service to 148 domestic and 59 international destinations.
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