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Choice Hotels International announced the signing of a master development agreement with Equinox Ventures, a joint venture between Equinox Group and Al Tayyar Travel Group, to introduce and develop three of Choice’s most prominent brands: Clarion, Comfort and Quality across the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This announcement, its fifth EMEA market portfolio expansion in the past six months, is part of Choice’s strategy to continue to expand its brand internationally.

In a first move to open its borders to international visitors, Saudi Arabia announced the launch of a new electronic visa that will allow international motor racing fans to travel to the Kingdom to attend the inaugural year-end Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix to be held near the capital Riyadh.

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, and Garuda Indonesia airlines have expanded their existing bilateral codeshare agreement.

Emirates will boost its services to Riyadh with the addition of a fourth daily flight to the Saudi capital from September 01.

flynas recently received Malaysian pilgrims who completed their entry procedures from Kuala Lampur International Airport, Malaysia at King Abdulaziz International Airport through the Makkah Road initiative, which served 500 pilgrims.

Dubai welcomed a record 8.10 million international overnight tourists during the first six months (H1) of this year, representing a consistent increase on the same period in 2017.

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) concluded its participation in the 12th edition of the historical Souk Okaz Festival, which ended recently in Saudi Arabia.

Makkah Millennium Hotel & Towers, a luxury hotel serving pilgrims in Makkah located directly over the Holy Haram opposite to King Fahd Gate, is ready to welcome more than 15,000 pilgrims from around the world during this year’s Hajj season.

Hotel market data and benchmarking company STR’s preliminary June data for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, indicates positive performance.

Saudi Arabia Golf Federation (SGF) recently confirmed the new European Tour event scheduled to take place in the Kingdom in 2019 will feature Dustin Johnson, the world’s top ranked golfer, and Patrick Reed, 2018 Masters Champion.