Plan your sum­mer so­journ

TravTalk - Middle East - - FRONT PAGE - SHEHARA RIZLY

With the sum­mer fi­nally set­ting in the Mid­dle East, schools be­ing closed and an­other long hol­i­day around the cor­ner, a quick in­dul­gent sum­mer es­cape is the ul­ti­mate solution. pro­vides de­tailed in­sights into the des­ti­na­tions where lo­cals and ex­pats are headed to for spend­ing their va­ca­tion.

Adaaran has a se­lec­tion of re­sorts that pro­vides pri­vacy, in­com­pa­ra­ble din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, mes­meris­ing sur­round­ings and cu­rated ex­pe­ri­ence for both ad­ven­ture and re­lax­ation seek­ers. Mid­dle East­ern guests es­pe­cially look at pri­vacy and larger rooms for fam­ily ac­com­mo­da­tion. Adaaran Re­sorts not only of­fers world-class ser­vice and prod­ucts but also presents at­trac­tive rates on an all-in­clu­sive ba­sis. The ease of ac­cess to the re­sorts is also an ad­van­tage for us. Our re­sorts have of­fer­ings to cater to the Mid­dle East­ern mar­ket and their di­verse needs through cui­sine, ac­com­mo­da­tion and other ser­vices.

Dhi­gali is quite a con­tem­po­rary re­sort in the Mal­dives that is op­er­at­ing for a year now. We cater to a wide range of guests; with 180 rooms, we have the ca­pa­bil­ity to host large groups, fam­i­lies and hon­ey­moon­ers. We have a few rooms that are fairly well hid­den to pro­vide pri­vacy to some of our guests from the Mid­dle East mar­ket. Our Batuta Restau­rant has a great story be­hind. The food comes from dif­fer­ent parts of the world which I don’t think is be­ing of­fered in the other is­lands. We deal with dif­fer­ent busi­ness part­ners in the Mid­dle East and to cre­ate an ease, we make the book­ing sys­tem and reser­va­tion 24 hours a day. ME is an im­por­tant mar­ket for Dhi­gali as it is a short haul flight for short breaks with reg­u­lar flights from Dubai.

The GCC is a grow­ing mar­ket of great in­ter­est and strate­gic im­por­tance for the Philip­pines. Saudi Ara­bia is the most sig­nif­i­cant in terms of num­bers and ranks within our top 15 mar­kets, fol­lowed by the UAE. Great hos­pi­tal­ity com­bined with stun­ning beaches, ex­cit­ing ur­ban ad­ven­tures and breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral set­tings are of­fered with ex­cep­tional value for money. Halal cer­ti­fied restau­rants are ex­pand­ing through­out the coun­try. Many of the well-known four and five-star branded ho­tels, es­pe­cially in the cap­i­tal has full of Halal kitchens. The Philip­pine De­part­ment of Tourism (DOT) is look­ing to ex­pand its mar­ket­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in Saudi Ara­bia to en­cour­age travel trade en­gage­ment.

We have wit­nessed a rise of 6.5 per cent last year from the Mid­dle East­ern re­gion. All the Mid­dle East­ern car­ri­ers and our na­tional car­rier have pack­ages that at­tract the lo­cals and ex­pa­tri­ates from the Mid­dle East. Sri Lanka is a four-hour flight from UAE with over 70 flights a week from Shar­jah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The new e-visa sys­tem en­ables trav­ellers to get the visa on­line, thereby mak­ing it a has­sle-free ex­pe­ri­ence.

Our Mid­dle East guests travel not only for busi­ness and leisure, but also for big fam­ily va­ca­tions, a hon­ey­moon, or even health­care in Thai­land. Their travel sea­son helps smooth Thai­land’s tourism de­mand year-round. Our prop­er­ties here not only of­fer at­trac­tively-de­signed ac­com­mo­da­tions at the most con­ve­nient lo­ca­tions but also a full range of ameni­ties to match the de­mands of guests from all over the world.

As grow­ing mar­kets, the GCC and the Mid­dle East are show­ing an in­crease in vis­i­tor num­bers. Cater­ing to all seg­ments of trav­ellers, Man­darin Ori­en­tal, Bo­drum pro­vides a range of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a va­ri­ety of sports and wa­ter sports, well­ness of­fer­ings, wide se­lec­tion of restau­rants and bars to choose from. Our fo­cus is also on pro­vid­ing our guests with the ut­most in lux­ury hos­pi­tal­ity from our leg­endary Man­darin Ori­en­tal ser­vice to stun­ning ac­com­mo­da­tion that in­clude some of the largest rooms and vil­las on the penin­sula. Our Ara­bic speak­ing but­ler team de­lights our guests and un­der­stands the needs and re­quire­ments without any de­lay at any time.

The GCC mar­ket is an im­por­tant seg­ment for us, es­pe­cially from May to Oc­to­ber due to the two Eid hol­i­days. This mar­ket loves to book pri­vate pool vil­las due to its pri­vacy. All our out­lets are halal cer­ti­fied and the re­sort is well equipped to of­fer fa­cil­i­ties such as Qi­blah di­rec­tion, etc. To cut it short, a Mus­lim trav­eller can com­fort­ably ex­pe­ri­ence the re­sort with ease. GCC pro­duced 1394 room nights in 2017 and 941 room nights till June 2018.

Oman is ac­ces­si­ble from the UAE by road, air and sea. Along with visa on ar­rival, this con­ve­nience makes Oman the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for short-term va­ca­tions in GCC. Shangri-La Barr Al Jis­sah Re­sort & Spa is an in­te­grated beach­side fa­cil­ity with 19 bars and restau­rants, a pri­vate beach and five swim­ming pools. The ho­tel of­fers unique ex­pe­ri­ences na­tive to the des­ti­na­tion of Oman. As one of only five tur­tle nest­ing sites in all of Oman, we of­fer com­pli­men­tary guided snorkelling tours with our ded­i­cated tur­tle rangers. We have worked on cre­at­ing spe­cific ex­pe­ri­ences such as the in­tro­duc­tion of a new wa­ter sports fa­cil­ity to at­tract more Mid­dle East trav­ellers.

Daks Fer­nan­dez Gon­za­les Head—Of­fice of Prod­uct and Mar­ket De­vel­op­ment for In­dia and the Mid­dle East, De­part­ment of Tourism, Philip­pines

Suresh Dis­sanayake As­sis­tant Vice Pres­i­dent— Sales & Mar­ket­ing Adaaran and Her­i­tance Aarah Re­sorts, Mal­dives

Glenn Daniels Gen­eral Man­ager Dhi­gali Mal­dives

Jonas Sjost­edt Gen­eral Man­agerCen­tara Pat­taya Ho­tel and Cen­tara Nova Ho­tel & Spa Pat­taya

Harun Dur­sun Gen­eral Man­ager Man­darin Ori­en­tal Bo­drum Tur­key

San­dra Leibrock Di­rec­tor of Sales and Mar­ket­ing Shangri-La Barr Al Jis­sah Re­sort & Spa, Oman

Dar­ren Darwin Gen­eral Man­ager Anan­tara Ka­lu­tara Re­sort, Sri Lanka

Charitha Yat­to­goda Sri Lankan Con­sul Gen­eral Dubai

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