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Travelport, a leading travel commerce platform, announced it has appointed Kerry Koutsikos as managing director of the Middle East and Africa (MEA).

A new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC) shows that outbound tourism from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – comprising six countries of the Arabian peninsula – has grown strongly in recent years, with international tourism expenditure surpassing USD60 billion in 2017.

Hampton by Hilton has celebrated its Middle East debut with the opening of Hampton by Hilton Dubai Airport, also marking the largest property in Hampton’s global portfolio.

Cameron Speedie has been appointed regional director of finance for StayWell Hospitality Group Middle East.

Nicolas Villemin has been appointed regional director for the Middle East and North Africa of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

Passenger traffic across Asia-Pacific airports recorded growth at 6.3 percent in May while a reduction of 4.5 percent was observed in the Middle East.

Hotels in the Middle East reported negative second quarter (Q2) performance results this year, while hotels in Africa posted growth across the three key performance metrics, according to data from STR.

The readers of prominent global travel publication, Travel + Leisure, have named Cape Town their number one favourite city in Africa and the Middle East for the 17th year.

International tourist arrivals grew by six percent in the first four months of this year, compared to the same period in 2017, not only continuing the strong 2017 trend, but exceeding UNWTO’s forecast for this year.

Hotels in the Middle East reported a negative May performance results, while hotels in Africa posted growth across the three key performance metrics, according to data from STR.