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    Qatar Airways Holidays Launches Ultimate Travel Packages for the Formula 1® Qatar Grand Prix

    Qatar Airways, the Global Partner and Official Airline of F1®, in partnership with Qatar Airways Holidays, announced this weekend the launch of its exclusive travel packages for the upcoming F1® races this season. The travel packages allow fans to be up-close to high-octane action, and exclusively enjoy unique experiences including pit lane walks, guided track tours, and special events with select F1® drivers.
    Fans have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to purchase an array of flexible packages for all of the 2023 F1® race destinations, including the forthcoming Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Miami Grand Prix and Qatar Airways Gran Premio del Made in Italy e Dell’Emilia-Romagna. In addition, the airline’s Privilege Club members can also earn Avios points – the world’s leading loyalty rewards currency, based on the total value of these Ultimate F1® Fan Travel Packages.
    Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are thrilled to introduce our F1® Travel Packages to motorsports fans around the world. We have worked hard to create these affordable packages that offer unbeatable value. The Formula 1® Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix packages offer fans the additional experience to attend the superlative Geneva International Motor Show that is taking place in Qatar from 5-14 October. The access to the most highly anticipated auto show of the year makes the Qatar Grand Prix Travel Package a guaranteed unforgettable experience and the most affordable travel package for fans.”
    From start to end of their journey, the packages are designed for fans to enjoy a seamless motorsport extravaganza, with the inclusion of return flights, hotel accommodations, F1® Paddock Club or Grandstand race tickets, and much more. Motorsport enthusiasts planning to attend the Formula 1® Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix 2023 are encouraged to purchase the Early Bird Offer by 31 May 2023. To guarantee this unique personalised experience, fans can choose their most convenient travel package, with prices starting at $1,110 USD, by visiting:
    Qatar Airways as a brand is committed to supporting sports globally, helping fans travel to their favourite events around the world. The airline is the Official Airline of Concacaf, Paris-Saint Germain, The Royal Challengers Bangalore, the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon Series, the United Rugby Championship (URC) and European Professional Club Rugby (EPC), the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) and GKA Kite World Tour, and multiple other disciplines including Australian football, basketball, equestrian, motor racing, squash, and tennis.ADVERTISEMENT

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    Forthcoming Aviation Convention in May set to change the narrative of African airline Industry

    In light of Africa’s vast landmass, its population accounting for 16% of the world population, and its low share of global trade of 2%, the continent is an excellent opportunity to develop air transport. However, as a market, Africa’s share over several decades has remained stagnant at less than 3% of the world market – it is time to take action to change this narrative.
    The 11th Aviation Stakeholders Convention, scheduled to take place from 07-09 May 2023 is timely and aligned to address this situation. The Convention, which is proudly being hosted by Ethiopian Airlines under the patronage of the Government of Ethiopia, will be held under the theme: “Changing the African Aviation Narrative”. The event will bring together over 400 delegates from Africa and across the globe. The Convention is one of Africa’s leading forums for air transport industry stakeholders to dialogue, exchange knowledge and experiences for the development of the travel ecosystem. Several African airline Chief Executive Officers and aviation industry thought leaders will be present at the event.
    Speaking in Addis Ababa on the significance of attainment of sustainability that will change the narrative of Africa’s air transport, Mr. Abdérahmane Berthé emphasized the importance of dialogue among stakeholders and collaborative initiatives such as those facilitated by AFRAA: “AFRAA and Ethiopian Airlines are excited to stage this Convention for the travel ecosystem stakeholders to meet, deliberate on strategies to enhance efficiencies, create synergies, develop intra-Africa connectivity, ensure business continuity that will redefine the narrative of Africa air transport industry.”
    Mr. Mesfin Bekele, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines remarked, “We are delighted to host the 11th Aviation Stakeholders’ Convention of AFRAA which will serve as a forum for stakeholders in the industry to put their heads together and discuss the opportunities and pressing issues in Africa’s aviation sector. The forum will showcase the ‘Africa Rising’ mantra manifested in the growing opportunities for all stakeholders in the continent’s aviation industry.” 
    Event HighlightsADVERTISEMENTThe Convention will be held from 07-09 May 2023 at the Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.  A robust and comprehensive programme has been lined up to facilitate discussions on various salient topics, masterclasses, networking opportunities at social events and B2B sessions through a conferencing application. Delegates will have the opportunity to network and discuss developments in the industry and forge business partnerships.
    CSR event for youth development in aviation: On 10th May, the Convention activities shall cover a CSR activity aimed at empowering the next generation of aviators at the Ethiopian University. The event will be sponsored by Collins Aerospace and staged in collaboration with AFRAA and Ethiopian Airlines. 
    Exhibition: There shall be exhibition and showcase of aviation-related products and solutions at the exhibition segment of the Convention.
    Sponsors: The Stakeholders Convention is proudly sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines, ASECNA, ATNS, Boeing, Collins Aerospace and Embraer.
    About AFRAA:
    The African Airlines Association, also known by its acronym AFRAA, is the leading trade association of airlines from the member states of the African Union (AU). Founded in Accra, Ghana, in April 1968, and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, AFRAA’s mission is to promote, serve African Airlines and champion Africa’s aviation industry. The Association envisions a sustainable, interconnected and affordable Air Transport industry in Africa where African Airlines become key players and drivers to African economic development. AFRAA membership of 48 airlines cuts across the entire continent and includes all the major intercontinental African operators. The Association members represent over 85% of total international traffic carried by African airlines. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

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    Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism host Destination Wedding Planners Congress 2023 in Doha

    Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism joined forces to partner with the highly acclaimed Destination Wedding Planners (DWP) Congress 2023, an exclusive event that brought the largest Business-to-Business platform for weddings to Doha.This collaboration underscores the city’s growing stature as a key figure in the MICE industry, which continues to attract business travellers from around the world.
    The 9th edition of DWP congress was held from 14-16 March, to bring together leading wedding planner professionals who provided fresh perspectives on the industry through a series of keynote speeches and DWP masterclasses. Chairman of Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker opened the congress with a speech to spotlight Qatar’s offerings as a versatile and captivating wedding destination.
    Chairman of Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our continuous effort to promote Qatar as a leading destination that caters to the needs of all travellers has been further strengthened by the recent hosting of the Destination Wedding Planners Congress 2023. This event is regarded as the most prestigious B2B gathering in the multi-billion-dollar wedding industry, and we are honoured to have had the best wedding planners and designers in Doha. We eagerly anticipate welcoming them back following an inspiring visit this year, and look forward to seeing their vision for luxurious and elaborate weddings.”Ackash Jain, Director of QnA International, organiser of the prestigious DWP Congress said: “Qatar is one of the most fascinating countries in the world to tie the knot with its majestic palatial resorts and scenic backdrops. Combining world-class hospitality with cosmopolitan sophistication, it seamlessly opens the door to planning some of the most opulent celebrations. We are proud to bring the world’s biggest destination wedding congress to Qatar, which was at a perfect timing right after the FIFA World Cup™. With the support of Qatar Tourism, Qatar Airways and other regional and international partners, we were able to showcase the best of Qatar as a wedding destination to leading wedding experts from around the world.”
    The DWP congress has grown rapidly since its inception in 2014, which took place in Greece, and has successfully made its mark in desirable destinations across the globe from Florence, Phuket, Los Cabos, Dubai and Bali.
    This year the congress highlighted Doha, a city that has undergone remarkable developments in hospitality, aviation, the service industry and tourist attractions. In the last year the country has hosted what is being called the greatest FIFA World CupTM, a mega-event which has made the country fully equipped to take on a wider range of global events.ADVERTISEMENTp > 

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    Sustainability and net zero pathways top the agenda at 10th Arab Aviation Summit in RAK

    Insightful discussions and debates on sustainability, the economic outlook, and key trends shaping the future of aviation will be in the spotlight as the milestone 10th edition of the Arab Aviation Summit (AAS) gets underway from March 14-16 at Al Hamra International Exhibition & Conference Centre in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.Organised under the theme ‘Impactful sustainability in modern-day travel and tourism’, the three-day summit hosting a distinguished gathering of thought-leaders, innovators, and industry experts, will explore decarbonising pathways in aviation and discuss the challenges and opportunities in the industry with the continued rise of disruptive technologies. Leading regional and global players in the aviation and travel industry will headline inspiring keynote addresses and participate in interactive panel discussions that offer a deep dive into best practices, sustainable business models, regional trends in aviation and tourism, and more.
    Prominent speakers at the event include H.H. Sheikha Mozah bint Marwan Al Maktoum, first lieutenant pilot of the Dubai Police Airwing; H.E Raki Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA); H.E. Ilin Dimitrov, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Bulgaria, Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia and Abdul Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General, Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO).

    In a discussion with other industry experts, Ted O’Byrne Chief Executive at AviLease, and Mikail Houari, President, Africa and Middle East at Airbus, will explore the fundamentals of airline economics under the pillar of sustainability. Val Miftakhov Founder & CEO at ZeroAvia – a company developing the world’s first practical zero emission aviation powertrain, will discuss pathways to net zero in the aviation, travel and tourism industry while Andreas Slettvoll, CEO CHOOOSE, will be part of a discussion on the rise of the next generation traveller and share insights on how the industry is preparing for the future of travel. Dr. Fethi Chebil, CEO and Founder of VPORTS, will offer insights into how advanced air mobility will shape airlines, airports and travel operations.
    Several other industry professionals at the Summit will also deliberate on the rise of travel destinations in the Middle East and offer varied perspectives on airport sustainability including how technology and influencers are shaping the travel and hospitality industry.ADVERTISEMENTHosted in collaboration with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, AAS 2023 is supported by global industry partners such as Airbus, CFM, Collins Aerospace, Turkish Teknik, T3 Aviation Academy, and others. For updates on the Summit: | Twitter: @AAviationSummit.

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    Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Partner to Deliver Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) 2023

    Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism have announced the 12th Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) will take place from 11 to 21 March at a new waterfront location in Qatar’s newest city, Lusail. The world-class festival is set to bring together many unique culinary experiences, featuring the biggest names in hospitality, outstanding restaurants, a cooking theatre, nightly fireworks shows and live entertainment.
    This year, QIFF will celebrate the world’s best cuisines, in a picturesque environment at Al Saad Plaza, between the iconic architecture of Lusail towers at Lusail Boulevard, the street synonymous with the 2022 FIFA World Cup final celebrations. The festival is set to provide incredible gastronomic delights in collaboration with international and local celebrity chefs.
    Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive and Qatar Tourism Chairman His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “QIFF has proven to be one of the most popular festivals over the years and this year Qatar Airways’ global destinations are being represented via the amazing national dishes and cooking influences on display at this international event. I am confident that Qatar’s food tourism industry will continue to grow at an exponential rate due to our exciting calendar of globally appealing events. Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism are working hand in hand to cement our country’s strong position as a desirable travel gateway, renowned for a multitude of events, sporting competitions, festivals and amazing food.”
    Gastronomy lovers can look forward to 100 kiosks featuring a variety of culinary delights, a nightly cooking theatre, two premium catered food lounges in collaboration with 5-star hotels, afternoon tea, daily entertainment, a skating rink and a family-friendly fun-filled atmosphere.
    They can savour the very best of Indonesia, home to the famed Spice Islands as this year’s event will honour the Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture. Visitors can sample dishes that bind the country’s diverse culinary traditions with a rich complex flavour. The food festival will also feature a special Qatari cultural tent that includes local delicacies, and a fascinating experience with Le Petit Chef, an interactive dining experience using 3D mapping, in collaboration with The Ritz Carlton, Doha.ADVERTISEMENTAdditionally, to celebrate the upcoming International Horticultural Expo 2023 Qatar, which will take place in October under the theme “Green Desert, Better Environment,” a special kiosk will be present with special plant giveaways for festival visitors.
    Qatar International Food Festival Timings will be as follows:
    ·      Weekdays:    16:00 –22:00
    ·      Weekend:      16:00 – 01:00
    The festival runs from 11 to 21 March 2023.

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    easyJet and easyJet holidays launch February Payday Sale

    The best thing about February, besides the heavily discounted chocolate from the 14th onwards, is that payday comes early, and this month easyJet and easyJet holidays have launched special sales with super savings to make the deal sweeter.
    The UK’s fastest-growing tour operator, easyJet holidays, is offering customers up to £200* off their next holiday with a special payday promo. Customers can use the promocode FEBSAVER for £200* off with a minimum spend of £2000, and £100 off with a minimum spend of £800. The offer is valid on all bookings made until 23:00 on Tuesday 28 February 2023 and can be used on all packages available on the website for travel until 31 October 2023 (inclusive).
    So, whether it’s a beach-front all-inclusive with its own waterpark for a fun family vacay this summer, or a mate-cation to an easyJet holidays adults-only luxury hotel for a boujee break, there’s a package perfect for every need. All easyJet holidays packages include 23kgs of luggage per person, flights and transfers on all beach holidays. On top of that, all packages are covered by the package provider’s industry-leading Protection Promise.
    And for those hunting for a great deal on flights, easyJet currently has 10% off 100,000 seats on selected flights throughout March. Book up until 23:00 on Tuesday 28 February 2023 to enjoy discounted fares on hundreds of routes and enjoy a great value last minute break to Europe, North Africa or the Middle East.
    Customers can make the most of the late ski season with a trip to the Alps, or seek out the sun and head to Greece, Italy, Southern Spain or the Canary Islands with daytime temperatures reaching 21 °C. March is also prime time for a city break; explore all the sights of Venice, Milan and Berlin and avoid the crowds.ADVERTISEMENTDiscounted seats from airports across the U.K. are available to book from today, Thursday 23 February 2023, until 23:00 on Tuesday 28 February 2023 at or via the mobile app from just £17.99* including:
    London Gatwick to Ibiza, Mallorca and Rhodes from £20.99*, Lyon, Turin, Bologna and Toulouse from £20.99*London Luton to Faro, Malaga, Venice and Lanzarote from £17.99*, Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan and Agadir from £19.99*, Lyon and Innsbruck from £20.99*Bristol to Paris, Alicante, Geneva, Salzburg, Faro and Heraklion from £20.99*Manchester to Copenhagen and Turin from £20.99*, Faro and Alicante from £21.99*Liverpool to Belfast, Isle of Man and Jersey from £20.99*Edinburgh to Amsterdam, Grenoble and Fuerteventura from £20.99*Glasgow to Belfast and Birmingham from £20.99*Belfast to Jersey, Mallorca and Gran Canaria from £20.99*Book with easyJet holidays ( tel: 0330 365 5005):
    easyJet holidays offers seven nights at 5* Aquasis Deluxe Resort and Spa in Bodrum on an All Inclusive Plus basis for £429 per person including 23kg of luggage per person, transfers and flights from Bristol on 13 April 2023.easyJet holidays offers seven nights at the 4* Apollo Beach in Rhodes on a Half Board basis for £369 per person including 23kg of luggage per person, transfers and flights from London Gatwick on 20 April 2023.easyJet holidays offers seven nights at the 3* Pueblo Torviscas in Tenerife on a Self Catering basis for £351 per person including 23kg of luggage per person, transfers and flights from London Gatwick on 2 May 2023.easyJet holidays offers seven nights at 4* Alfagar Alto da Colina in the Algarve on a Bed & Breakfast basis for £450 per person including 23kg of luggage per person, transfers and flights from London Luton on 15 April 2023.easyJet holidays offers seven nights at 3* Hotel Alameda in Benidorm on a Full Board basis for £414 per person including 23kg of luggage per person, transfers and flights from Liverpool on 14 April 2023.easyJet holidays offers three nights at the 4* Catalonia Plaza Cataluna in Barcelona on a Room Only basis for £352 per person including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from London Luton on 8 May 2023.easyJet holidays offers three nights at 5* Grandior Hotel Prague in Prague on a Bed & Breakfast basis for £374 per person including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from Manchester on 17 April 2023.easyJet holidays offers three nights at the 3* Du Bois in Paris on a Room Only basis for £377 per person including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from Bristol on 15 April 2023.Paul Bixby, easyJet holidays’ Commercial Director said:
    “We know that with warmer climates on the horizon our customers are already looking to book their next adventure. So, we’re pleased to launch our February payday sale with up to £200 off package holidays to help our customers get even better deals on already unbeatable value.”
    Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said:
    “We are delighted to be offering 10% off 100,000 seats on selected flights throughout March, providing our customers in the UK with an opportunity to take advantage of some amazing fares. Whether they’re looking for last minute snow or seeking the sun, March is a great time to explore more of Europe with easyJet and we look forward to welcoming our customers onboard.”
    Travellers looking for destination inspiration can head to easyJet’s Low Fare Finder at, where they will be able to search for the lowest fares available across the airline’s entire network from the UK, all in one place, making it easier than ever for customers to book their next trip.
    easyJet serves 19 UK airports, offering over 476 routes to over 133 destinations from the UK to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. To discover more about easyJet’s UK network and to book, visit

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    500,000 Air Tickets Up for Grabs in World of Winners Campaign by AAHK

    The “World of Winners” Tickets Giveaway Campaign sponsored by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) will be launched on 1 March 2023.Around 500,000 air tickets will be given away to travellers in major passenger markets in support of the Government’s global promotions, with a view to expediting the recovery of the aviation and tourism industries.
    The majority of the 500,000 tickets will be given away in phases by three home-based airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong Express and Hong Kong Airlines, through their respective channels in major passenger markets.
    The giveaway will start in Southeast Asia markets on 1 March 2023, followed by the Mainland, Northeast Asia and other markets, continuing for about six months. The airlines’ marketing and promotion will begin in late February.
    Inbound passengers who win the giveaway tickets will also enjoy special offers on hotel accommodation, shopping and entertainment offered by business partners who join the promotional activities.
    Jack So, Chairman of AAHK said, “We bought the tickets from the airlines during the most difficult time under the pandemic, and that is a testament to our confidence in the future of Hong Kong’s aviation industry. The campaign will generate a multiplier effect on boosting air traffic and enormous publicity for Hong Kong. Since the relaxation of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for inbound travellers last year, passenger traffic at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has started to pick up, especially in the last quarter. We also have had a good start of 2023 with the resumption of normal travel with the Mainland. HKIA has always been a major international aviation hub. We are confident that passenger traffic will continue to rise.”ADVERTISEMENT“World of Winners” Tickets Giveaway Campaign:

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