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In 2016, Airbnb revealed that its South African community generated an estimated ZAR2.4 billion (USD177.58 million) to the country's economy, the sum of guest spending and host income.

Following a soft opening whereby media personnel viewed its offerings, Mall of Qatar, a 500,000m2 shopping concept, is officially open to the public.

Airport Council International reported rising passenger traffic in the Middle East representing a 3.8 growth for the month of October, 2016.

According to the latest World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer, demand for international tourism remained robust in 2016 despite challenges.

Further expanding travel options and enhancing its network connectivity, Royal Jordanian (RJ) has signed a codeshare agreement with Alitalia, enabling RJ passengers to reach 16 Italian destinations through Rome.

UK travel professionals are due to have a strong presence at this year's Arabian Travel Market to tap in to the key role that Middle Eastern travellers are forecasted to play in the UK's tourism growth.

Following Bahrain's dedicated start-up initiative branded. StartUp Bahrain, the destination announced its efforts in attracting start-ups, accelerators, incubators and potential investors.

According to Airports Council International Asia Pacific, passenger traffic in the Middle East regained strength during November 2016, with a year-on-year rise of 12.3 percent.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported that global air cargo demands climbed in 2016, as shown in the 3.8 percent year-on-year rise in freight tonne kilometres, while capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometres, jumped 5.3 percent.

In 2016, Preferred Hotels & Resorts saw a 15 percent year-on-year increase in reservations revenue, generating USD1.11 billion on behalf of its member properties worldwide.