WITH ITS WHITE-SAND BEACHES, SECLUDED COVES AND CORAL-COLOURED SUNSETS, THE SEYCHELLES PROVIDES A UNIQUE BACKDROP FOR ROMANTIC ENCOUNTERS.

WITH MORE THAN A FIFTH OF ALL GLOBAL CITIZENS FOLLOWING ISLAM, THE HALAL TRAVEL MARKET IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING AND MOST LUCRATIVE SEGMENTS IN THE GLOBAL TRAVEL INDUSTRY, OFFERING ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES AS THE NUMBER OF MUSLIM TOURISTS AND THEIR EXPENDITURE IS FORECAST TO SOAR.

ALI OZBAY has been named as the new cluster director for marketing and communications for Rixos Hotels in the UAE.

"It is extremely vital that hotels in Ajman recognise the importance of our commitment to mother earth and pursue progress without compromising the fundamental needs of our future generations.

Receiving the award for Rising Star Destination acknowledges the progress we have made and is testament to our status as an emirate with a thriving tourism sector in the UAE.

KATHRYN WALLINGTON has been unveiled as the newcountry manager in the UAE for Travelport.

“It is wonderful to be recognised [for the] second time in a row, this year in a higher category.

Authorities in the region have recognised the potential for this booming industry and the importance of collaboration, demonstrated with the formation of Cruise Arabia alliance in 2013. Earlier this year, the association welcomed Bahrain, joining Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Qatar and Oman.

Emirates and Google ran an initiative entitled Celebrating Arabic Reading all through October in a bid to reach millions of smartphone users in the region, and support the UAE's Year of Reading.

“Wellness is a very important aspect of our offerings at our hotel,” said Hamdy, noting how an extensive and well-rounded wellness offering can influence holiday-makers when looking for their ideal accommodation.