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Korean Air will launch new flights to Clark, the Philippines, and Nanjing, China on October 27th.

The new routes will be followed by Zhangjiajie and Hangzhou, both in China, on October 28th.

From October 27th, Korean Air will operate the Incheon-Clark route seven times a week, Incheon-Nanjing route four times a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday), and from October 28th, the airline will operate the Incheon-Zhangjiajie route three times a week (Monday/Wednesday/Saturday) and Incheon-Hangzhou route twice a week (Monday/Friday).

The Incheon-Clark route will depart from Incheon at 07:55 and arrive at Clark at 11:05 local time, while the return flight will depart Clark at 13:10 and arrive at Incheon Airport at 16:10.

The flight from Incheon to Clark takes about four hours and ten minutes.

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Clark is a resort town on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, which is about two hours by land from Manila, the capital.

The Puning Hot Springs and Subic Beach are well-known tourist destinations, and demand for tourism has been rising steadily recently.

The Incheon-Nanjing route is scheduled to depart Incheon at 10:40 and arrive at Nanjing at 12:10 local time, while the return flight will depart at 13:15 and arrive at Incheon Airport at 16:45.

The Incheon-Zhangjiajie route will depart Incheon at 19:20 and arrive at Zhangjiajie at 22:20 local time, while the return flight will depart at 23:30 and arrive at Incheon Airport at 03:40 the next day.

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British Airways commenced the first North American long-haul service of its new A350 aircraft from Toronto today, following extensive trials and the launch of its first long-haul service to Dubai last month.

Gerard McEvoy, vice president, sales, North America, said: “Were thrilled to be launching our new A350 from Toronto, a city weve flown to and from for nearly 60 years.”

Since British Airways took delivery earlier this year, the A350 has flown over 15,400 miles between London Heathrow and Madrid, completing 40 take-offs and landings to put the aircraft through its paces, test all aspects of its technical performance and to further familiarise the airlines crew with the service they will deliver.

In addition to the short haul flying, the airline has also simulated a long-haul flight on the ground at London Heathrow.

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Not only is the state-of-the-art A350 aircraft quieter than some of its predecessors, it also delivers environmental benefits such as a 25 per cent lower fuel burn which significantly reduces CO2 emissions.

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In an ongoing effort to further develop and expand the emirates adventure tourism portfolio, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has announced the official launch of the latest adventure tourism product on Jebel Jais.

The new Jebel Jais Zipline Tour, launched in partnership with ToroVerde, will join and complement the existing attractions in the most northerly of the United Arab Emirates.

Already on offer are the Jebel Jais Via Ferrata (mountain climbing) and the Jebel Jais Flight, the longest zipline in the world.

The latter has already welcomed more than 35,000 flyers since its launch.

The new Jebel Jais Zipline Tour features seven ziplines flying over the grand cliffs and canyons of Jebel Jais which are connected by nine platforms; the cluster of seven ziplines cover a total distance of five kilometres with an average speed of 60 kilometres per hour.

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During the tour, flyers will navigate their way through the air to reach the 15 metre long sky bridge, the highest in the UAE at 1,250 metres above the sea level and 300 metres above ground, which they will have to cross to finish the remaining part of the zipline tour journey.

Raki Phillips, chief executive of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: “As Jebel Jais remains core to our overall tourism proposition in making Ras Al Khaimah a global destination, we recognise the importance of constantly evolving our outdoor offering.

“As Ras Al Khaimah is widely considered the regions nature-adventure hub, we strongly believe that the introduction of new, innovative products is essential to meet demands of its rising visitor numbers, particularly amongst active adventures and sports enthusiasts.

“Were confident that the Jebel Jais Zipline Tour will draw and fascinate nature-adventure lovers of all ages from around the country and beyond.”

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Saudi Arabian Airlines has entered a strategic partnership with Neom.

The wide-ranging agreement is designed to allow the carrier to work with the location to attract tourists from around the world.

Under the terms of a memorandum of understanding signed in Riyadh, Saudia will work with Neom to create worldwide awareness of the giga project.

Both parties also agreed to collaborate to maximise exposure of Neom, a key component of the Kingdoms Vision 2030 economic diversification plan.

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In addition, both parties agreed that Saudia Holidays will develop products and packaged experiences for visitors, exploiting the competitive advantage of the airlines global network covering 94 destinations.

In return, Neom has agreed to provide preferential terms to Saudia and has given its undertaking to continuously explore additional means by which the airline can be further integrated into the Neom ecosystem.

Nemo is being built in 26,500 square kilometres of pristine desert, coast and mountains straddling the Jordanian and Egyptian borders in Saudi Arabias north-west.

Authorities hope the project will attract one million residents and five million tourists by 2030.

In June, Saudia became the first carrier to operate weekly flights to Neom Bay airport, which became a fully commercial entity in the same month.

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Turkey has unveiled a new tourism strategy with the aim of attracting 75 million visitors to the country each year by 2023.

Authorities hope Tourism Strategy 2023 will see overseas guests spending US$65 billion in the country annually early in the next decade.

Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, minister of tourism for Turkey, said he hoped to switch approach to a sustainable and income-driven model.

He added: “By putting the new strategies outlined in into practice, we will ensure Turkey will advance to the upper league in global tourism when it comes to tourist numbers and size of income.

“We are aiming for more than 75 million tourists to visit our country and reach an income of US$65 billion by 2023.”

The minister said he hoped guests would stay for an average of ten nights, spending US$86 per night.

To develop the plans, authorities also unveiled the new Tourism Promotion & Development Agency of Turkey.

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The new agency will have a budget of US$72 million for 2019 (up from US$18 million last year), with plans to spend US$180 million annually from 2020.

In line with the new growth objectives, Turkey will also diversify promotional activities.

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Accor has revealed its Saudi Arabia masterplan as it reaffirms its steadfast support to the kingdoms Vision 2030 ambitions.

The robust strategy is closely aligned with the countrys blueprint for socio-economic transformation.

It not only maps out Accors portfolio expansion plans in key destinations, but also supports the governments vision for expansive tourism mega projects as well as targets for Saudisation, gender quality and education.

“As the largest hotel operator in Saudi Arabia it is our responsibility and privilege to support Vision 2030 and the kingdoms aspirations for sustainable economic diversification and to play a pivotal role in shaping the evolution of the hospitality landscape,” said Mark Willis, chief executive, Accor Middle East & Africa.

A crucial element of Accors Saudi Arabias strategy is its involvement in giga projects led by Saudis Public Investment Fund and the group has already signed memorandums of understanding with the Red Sea Development Company to bring bold, playful and luxurious hospitality brands to its prestigious Red Sea project, one of the most hotly anticipated leisure destinations.

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Accor is also in active discussions with the PIF and key stakeholders in other game-changing developments including Amaala, Qiddiya and King Abdullah Financial District and expects to enter negotiations with Diriyah Gate soon.

In Al Ula, the group has signed a deal with Jeddahs Skonmas Trading Company to take over and operate Shaden resort, making history as the first international operator to manage a property at this premier UNESCO-listed heritage site.

Shaden Resort Al Ula will become part of the MGallery Experience following a property enhancement plan due for completion by November 2020.

It will showcase the boutique brand in a unique location and highlight the diversity of hospitality and lifestyle experiences Accor can offer in Saudi Arabia.

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Mohammad Gazzaz, general manager for Uber in Saudi Arabia, welcomed the launch

Uber Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of an UberTaxi service in the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia thus becomes the first market in the GCC region to host the service.

Uber aims to enhance mobility options across the Kingdom and contribute towards its growth and modernisation through its services, in line with the national transformation program, one of which its initiatives is improving the quality of urban transportation services.

While Saudi Arabia has one of the largest road networks in the world connecting major cities and providing extensive means to transport passengers, UberTaxis launch serves as further investment in the kingdom, and offers Uber riders an additional reliable and affordable option to move in and around their cities.

Commenting on the move, Mohammad Gazzaz, general manager of Uber in Saudi Arabia, said: “I am delighted to announce the arrival of UberTaxi in the kingdom.

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“We are excited to be tapping into local modes of transport so more riders and drivers can benefit from our technology.

“Our new service is aligned with the kingdoms national transformation program, specifically on improving the quality of transportation networks across the kingdom.

“Through this launch, we hope to further support the development of transportation services, and be a part of the kingdoms future transportation network.”

UberTaxi can be accessed through the Uber app as another choice in service in addition to UberX.

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The Red Sea Development Company and Saudi Arabian Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding at an exhibition hosted by the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage.

Under the deal, signed by Red Sea Development Company chief executive, John Pagano, and Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, the two organisations have agreed to a number of cooperative measures that will support the dual promotion and growth of both organisations.

“We are very pleased to sign this memorandum with Saudia, a company with which we have closely worked with in the past and with whom we continuously look to build a strong and collaborative partnership that showcases the best of Saudi Arabia to the world,” said Pagano.

“Saudia chartered the first all staff trip to the destination, making it the first airline to have served the Red Sea Project.

“Nurturing this close relationship with Saudi Arabias flagship carrier will help us contribute to Vision 2030 by promoting international tourism and positioning Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map.”

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The memorandum outlines collaboration opportunities between both organisations, which include inflight promotion, joint participation in local and international exhibitions, and joint international marketing campaigns.

The Red Sea Development Company previously partnered with Saudia to deliver a staff site visit, in which Saudi transported close to 200 members of the Riyadh team to Al Wajh Airport, to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the site and become more familiar with the characteristics of the 28,000 sq. km. destination.

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The project was participating in an exhibition hosted by the Saudi Commission for Tourism & Heritage in Riyadh to celebrate the launch of Saudi Arabias new e-visa, an important milestone in the governments strategy to open the tourism sector.

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The World Travel & Tourism Council has announced a partnership with the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage with the ambition of making the country a top five inbound destination by 2030.

The organisation hopes 100 million international and domestic visits will be made annually by the end of the next decade.

The strategic partnership will harness the power and expertise of WTTCs global membership, world class events and 30 years experience in research and strategic policy work to support Saudi Arabias ambitious goals and Vision 2030 plan.

Speaking in Riyadh at the launch of Saudis new tourism visa, Gloria Guevara, chief executive of WTTC, said: “I congratulate Saudi Arabia on its decision to open the country to tourists from across the world and look forward to working together to make Saudi Arabia a must visit destination the world over.

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“The government has recognised the enormous opportunities tourism can bring to the country and I am delighted to see the changes that the destination is making to drive tourism, such as e-visa on arrival for 49 countries, investment in mega projects and infrastructure development.”

According to WTTCs annual economic impact research data, in 2018 tourism directly accounted for three per cent of Saudi Arabias gross domestic product and supported 0.6 million jobs (five per cent of employment).

Saudi Arabia, with a huge religious tourism sector, is already the largest tourism economy in the Middle East.

Guevara continued: “The potential for tourism in Saudi Arabia is limitless.

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Saudi Arabia is opening its doors to international visitors for the first time.

The conservative Middle Eastern kingdom has unveiled plans for a new visa regime for 49 countries, while also relaxing strict dresscodes for female visitors.

The plans were unveiled at a gala event at Ad-Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Riyadh.

Saudi tourism minister, Ahmad al-Khateeb, described it as a “historic moment” for the country.

Visas have until now largely been restricted to pilgrims, business travellers and expatriate workers.

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It is part of a wider move by the country to reduce its dependence on oil under the Vision 2030 banner.

Officials in Saudi Arabia said the country wants tourism to rise from three to ten per cent of gross domestic product by 2030.

“Visitors will be surprised by the treasures we have to share – five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a vibrant local culture and breathtakingly natural beauty,” al-Khateeb added.

Attractions include Madain Saleh in Al-Ula, the largest conserved site of the Nabataean civilisation, the At-Turaif District in Ad-Diriyah, the first capital of the Saudi state, and historic Jeddah.