Month in review - travel industry news

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Travel News 06 Feb 2017

For January 2017. 

In only its first month, 2017 is proving to be an interesting year for the travel industry. President Trump's immigration ban sparked debates on the democratisation of travel while Hilton rode full steam ahead launching its new brand Tapestry Collection into the market. There is all this and more in January's month in review. 

President Donald Trump's Executive Order Temporarily Halted By Judiciary Ruling 

The new US President signed an executive order banning travel to the US to citizens of seven countries in the final week of January. The announcement was followed by what can only be described as a tumultuous week of moving pieces, constant updates and now the latest move by a US judge which has  temporarily halted the ban. Please read this link for a comprehensive update on this evolving story. 

Russian Nationals Granted UAE Tourist Visa On Arrival 

Citizens of the Russian Federation visiting the UAE will be granted an entry visa on arrival following a recent Cabinet Decree signed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The new ruling is aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of the UAE as a vibrant economic, commercial and tourist hub in the region according to Wam, the state news agency. 

Indian Nationals Now Require Pre-arrival Registration To Hong Kong 

Hong Kong has removed its visa on arrival facility for Indian nationals who will now be required to complete a pre-arrival registration from January 23, 2017. In an official statement from the Hong Kong Immigration Department, they advised that "The Pre-Arrival Registration for Indian Nationals is now open". For more information email

Emirates Allows Paid Access to Dubai Lounges 

Emirates has annouced it will allow Skywards members to pay to access their business and first class lounges in their Dubai terminal. Entry-level Skywards members (blue tier) may pay US$100 for access to the business lounge for four hours or pay US$200 for first class lounge access. Furthermore, gold and silver members are now eligible to upgrade from the business class lounge to first class for a fee of US$100. The offer applies only to the carrier's lounges at DXB and to passengers flying on an Emirates or a Qantas codeshare service. 

Hilton Launches The Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Hilton has launched yet another brand, boosting their number to fourteen, to compete with its main rival Marriott's portfolio of 30 brands. Tapestry Collection by Hilton will initially debut with properties in the following cities: Syracuse, New York; Chicago; Nashville; Warren, New Jersey; Hampton, Va.; and two hotels in Indianapolis. 

Emirates To Fly A380 to Morocco In March 

Emirates will begin flying its Airbus A380 to Casablanca in March, it will be the first North African route serviced by the double decker aircraft. The change brings capacity on the route to 491 seats a day and increases its cargo capacity to 12 tonnes per day. 

Emirates Launches Zagreb

Emirates will begin flying to Zagreb, Croatia on 1 June, 2016 making it the only direct flight from the UAE to Croatia's capital.