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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.

Air Arabia, one of the largest low-cost carriers, announced it has taken delivery of two new Airbus A320 aircraft bringing its total operating fleet to 53 aircraft.

British Airways launched a new direct service to Marrakech from Heathrow Airport.

In April this year, passenger traffic at Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) witnessed further growth.

Etihad Airways has introduced Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to its daily service from Abu Dhabi to Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city and commercial hub.

Some 35 senior officials of the African Union member embassies in Beijing were presented with details of the upcoming second Beijing International Travel Mart (BITM) at a dinner reception hosted by the organisers, Conference & Exhibition Management Services (CEMS) at Hilton Hotel Beijing on April 18.

Etihad Airways has revealed its plans to boost its popular services to Morocco to meet increased demand to and from its two gateways there; Casablanca and Rabat.

Hilton has signed a deal with Wessal Capital, a Moroccan investment fund which finances tourism and real estate projects, for an investment into the 150-room Hilton Rabat, to form part of the city’s Wessal Bouregreg project.

Gulf Air plans to launch five direct weekly flights between Bahrain and Casablanca, Morocco, from an anticipated date of June 11.

According to JLL's Morocco 2018 report, the Moroccan Central Bank (Bank Al-Maghrib) has widened the official band; this means that the Moroccan Dirham may fluctuate to five percent, with a maximum daily move of 2.5 percent above or below the official rate.