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Travel trends shift as UAE residents explore new destinations

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28-Apr-19 Travel marketplace Wego ranks Egypt first for MENA travellers, followed by India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and USA. "55 percent of travellers in 2019 booked a 12+ day flight compared to 39 percent in 2018," said Mamoun Hmedan, Director, Wego. [image: Alamy / Khaleej Times]

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KKR, CVC, other PE firms bid for Asian hospital business

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19-Mar-19 Columbia Pacific Management’s Asian hospital business has drawn interest from global PE players including KKR, CVC and Carlyle. If successful, the deal would be worth USD2 bn and be the biggest transaction in Southeast Asia’s hospital sector in nine years. [image: The Star]

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Abu Dhabi to increase spending on tourism marketing by USD136 mn

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13-Mar-19 Abu Dhabi has allocated AED0.5 bn (USD136 mn) for tourism marketing over three years. The funding will highlight attractions such as Louvre Abu Dhabi and Warner Bros World, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project is reportedly also 'still active'. [image: Lourve Abu Dhabi / Handout via Thomson Reuters Zawya]

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Future Retail secures deal to open 7-Eleven stores in India

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28-Feb-19 Future Retail, which operates local retail chains such as Food Hall and Nilgiris, has secured a deal with 7-Eleven to set up the first 7-Eleven stores in India and will convert some of its existing operations into 7-Elevens. [image: Reuters / Toru Hanai]

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