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NEWS| Abu Dhabi hotel occupancy rate 85-90%

The UAE capital is currently experiencing a heavy demand for hotel accommodation, with hotels achieving 85-90%

Ali Al Hosani, Director of Promotions at the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), said the UAE capital is currently experiencing a heavy demand for hotel accommodation, with hotels achieving 85-90% occupancy for most of the year despite the global financial meltdown. Disclosing this in a statement, Al Hosani said hoteliers in the emirate remained bullish about prospects for 2009. ADTA is to mount pavilions at 17 overseas exhibitions across 11 countries in 2009 - three more than in 2008. Promotional shows at the China Incentive Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM) in Shanghai next September, at the TTG Incontri leisure show in Rimini, Italy during October and at the China Internal Travel Marketing in Kunming, China in November are the three new additions to the list ADTA'S overseas exhibitions. Related Posts:

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VIEWS| Is it safe to travel to India?

After the Mumbai terrorist attacks killed 171 people and wounded hundreds of others last month, business travelers may wonder whether traveling in India is safe.

Security experts, the U.S. State Department, and the Canadian and British governments are not advising travelers to avoid going there.

But Australia says: Stay away.

"The Mumbai terrorist attacks had -- and still have -- a very low likelihood of happening," says Bruce McIndoe, president of iJet, a security consulting company in Annapolis, Md. The Mumbai attacks changed "the perceptions of risk," but "India is no more risky than it was before," says Jake Stratton, director of India operations for Control Risks, a London-based security consultant.

In an alert posted on its website Dec. 4, the State Department said there are "heightened security concerns" in India and advised travelers "to maintain a high level of vigilance." It did not issue a "travel warning," whi…

NEWS| International Cargo Down - Passenger Declines

International Cargo Down 13.5% in November
-Passenger Declines by 4.6%-

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced results for November showing a 4.6% drop in international passenger traffic and a 13.5% drop in international cargo. International capacity dropped by 1.0%. The November international passenger load factors stood at 72.7% which is a decline of approximately 3 percentage points over the same month last year.

“The 13.5% drop in international cargo is shocking. As air cargo handles 35% of the value of goods traded internationally, it clearly shows the rapid fall in global trade and the broadening impact of the economic slowdown. By comparison, this is largest drop since 2001, in the aftermath of September 11,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

“The industry is now shrinking by all measures. The 1.0% capacity cut in international passenger markets in November could not keep pace with the 4.6% fall in passenger demand. We can expect d…