The world’s largest event for tourism bloggers took place for the first time at ICC Jerusalem.
Over 400 leading bloggers from dozens of countries around the world attended TBEX’s annual conference to survey, experience and tell the story of Jerusalem beyond its stereotype.”Jerusalem was chosen as primarily international destination for the conference, because of its rich history and multiculturalism,” organizers said.

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Second IntercityHotel in the country to be developed in Muscat.Deutsche Hospitality is continuing on its course of expansion. Following the opening of the IntercityHotel Salalah in 2016, an agreement for a second hotel in Oman to be operated under the same brand has now been signed with Muscat National Development and Investment Company (ASAAS). An IntercityHotel will be developed at the heart of the capital city of Muscat by 2020. This is a move which will enable Deutsche Hospitality to strengthen the international presence of the brand, that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The Omani Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Bin Nasser Al Mahrizi, attended the conclusion of the contract for this new project.

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New segment introduced – meeting place for the digital community – Online Travel and Travel Technology Day on 11 May. The eTravel World is a new dedicated area at ITB China in Shanghaiconnecting established, start-up online focussed and travel technology companies with buyers looking for the best technology solutions: The eTravel World China. From 10 to 12 May 2017 trade visitors can find out more about innovative products and apps for tour operators, the hospitality industry and destinations at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center.

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To further strengthen airberlin’s Commercial Division, Elisabeth Jesse will become Vice President of airberlin’s Customer Experience and Innovation Division at the beginning of July. Her main task will be to promote innovative service and customer offers as part of the transformation of airberlin. Elisabeth Jesse will report directly to the Chief Commercial Officer, Götz Ahmelmann, who joined airberlin from Etihad at the beginning of March.

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Paris has reached the top of Colliers International’s inaugural Hotel Investment Attractiveness Index, an analysis of the investment climate of 20 European cities, despite predictions that investors and tourists would lose faith in the city due to political uncertainty and the perceived threat following various national security breaches.
Paris’ lead ranking is due to its high demand growth, strong hotel performance, high investment returns and market depth from 2012-2016.

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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has marked yet another milestone in its Middle East expansion strategy having inked an agreement with the Civil Service Employees Pension Fund to operate its first property in Oman’s capital city, Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Al Azaiba Muscat. Part of a design-led upscale mixed-used development, the property will capitalise on its prime location in Muscat’s commercial hub, the Ghala District, adjacent to the Sultan Qaboos Highway and close to the new international airport and Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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