Dubai’s decision to cancel all entertainment events to curb the spread of COVID-19 will rattle confidence in Dubai’s hospitality and tourism sector. With the global economy remaining fragile in the face of oil price uncertainties and the rapidly evolving risks due to COVID-19, consumer spending in sectors such as travel and food and beverage (F&B) is expected to be subdued for the early part of 2021, says GlobalData’s MEED.

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The launch of Wizz Air’s Abu Dhabi arm could pay dividends for the low-cost carrier by tapping into underserved markets and support the emirate by stimulating inbound tourism. This recent development reinforces the necessity for low-cost competition, and the airline will support the stimulation of leisure demand to the UAE during and post-COVID-19, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

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GBTA Poll: More Than Half Expect to Return to Office by Q3
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s largest business travel association, has released the results from its 15thcoronavirus poll, the first in 2021, to measure the impact on business travel following the onset of the pandemic last year.
The latest survey finds that more than half of respondents expect most of their employees will return to the office by Q3, in line with a return to non-essential business travel and a growth in traveler confidence.

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Statement from Chairman Ray Bloom and CEO Carina Bauer:
“It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of IMEX in Frankfurt 2021, due to take place at Messe Frankfurt from 25 – 27 May.
We know the timing of our announcement comes as a blow so early in 2021. More than anything, and like you, we’re eager to deliver some good news and mark a fresh start.

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a year full of new challenges, insecurities and impairments, worries, dreams and hopes is coming to an end, a year that has demanded a lot from each of us.

But it was also a year of great and wonderful solidarity and unimagined creativity.

Together with these positive experiences, we want to look forward optimistically to the future and look forward to a happy and healthy year 2021.

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Research undertaken by ForwardKeys, the travel analytics firm, reveals that despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent collapse in aviation, there has been a last-minute surge in flight bookings for the Christmas period. In a normal year, tickets issued for travel in the week before Christmas tend to grow progressively throughout the year. However, in 2020, the pattern has been different, with a late rush taking place during November.

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