Sunday, September 20, 2015

Holiday in Dubai With Family #OFWTraveller

Holiday in Dubai With Family #OFWTraveller

Dubai, more recently has been viewed as an upcoming tourist destination. It offers world class facilities in all spheres of tourist activities. Adventure sports have also become a big thing here. Among the activities on offer jet skiing, sand skiing, desert safaris etc are very popular. The 49 miles of natural coastline that Dubai has also offers many attractions. First there are pristine beaches with very clear waters. You can Jet Ski or for a more laid back option cruise in Dubai on the open waters of the Persian Gulf. The waters surrounding Dubai are known for being calm & sailing on this is a pleasure. No spilling drinks & motion sickness to spoil the occasion.

A relaxing sail through the creek is something that everybody will enjoy. This is one activity that will interest the elders and the kids in your family equally. The kids watch the other busy dhows hustle and bustle with activities, while the elders can recollect the good old days. The pleasant atmosphere it creates makes this ride more enjoyable. A good Dubai boat tour offers a glimpse of the city the way no other means of transport will do.

Evenings are one of the best times to go on a dhow cruise. Watching the sunset from a dhow in the vast open creek is something beyond words. Be it a romantic time with your beloved or family time with cousins and relatives, cruise activities can be arranged according to your preference. A Dubai dhow cruise is one of the best ways to enjoy time with your loved ones in the most memorable way.

For those not on a budget you can cruise in Dubai on a yacht. There are yachts of all sizes available for a cruise in the waters around Dubai. These can be hired for a day or for a short duration, hire one for a cruise in Dubai for a group or just a romantic getaway. Cruises from Dubai have made their mark in the tourist circles. There is a lot of information on various sites on the internet with detailed information on the various options available. Tour companies, companies hiring out yachts & cruise companies have websites which give details on their offers.

The local fishing boats called Dhows are a unique way to take a cruise. These are handmade local boats that can take you across the Dire Creek that cuts threw Dubai. There are tour options of cruising in Dubai with a yacht or a dhow or any other vessel to view Dubai by day or by Night. The towering buildings in Dubai are magical at night when viewed from a vessel sailing past slowly.

Cruises from Dubai give you a feeling of luxury where time stands still when you are on the open waters. Dubai has almost 900 miles of coastline which includes the area around their man made islands placed in the shape of a Palm tree. These man made islands are also accessible with these cruises & are a definite must do.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Resurgence of Middle East: A Hope for Hospitality Industry #OFWTraveller

Resurgence of Middle East: A Hope for Hospitality Industry #OFWTraveller

The Middle East bore the wrath of the global economic meltdown in 2008 and political instability of the Arab Spring in 2011. Interesting, it is now making a strong comeback on the travel and tourism front. Several international researches have suggested that the region, known for its numerous tourism sites is set to re-emerge as one of the most favored travel destination in the next couple of years.

The current room supply in the region in 1, 16,000 rooms, and is expected to grow by 162 %. Around 19,000 rooms are expected to enter the market in 2013. (2013 Middle East Hotel Survey by HVS)

A survey by The Global Futures and Foresight found that the region is ready to spend $3 trillion in leisure and tourism industry over the next 20 years.

The region is also expected to have 200 new hotels along with 100,000 additional rooms by the end of 2020.

Some of the key cities likely to attract visitors to this region are

*Jeddha, who is riding high on the back of a strong corporate travel base along with strong domestic leisure and religious tourism as well.

*Riyadh is expected to add nearly 5,300 new rooms in 2013 and 2014 as major international hotel companies are betting big on this city.

*Makkah is also in the race as tourist numbers to this city are expected to grow by 6% to 8% over the next two to three years.

*The revamped Prince Mohammed bin Abdul-Aziz international airport in Madinah is expected to handle 8 million passengers annually.

*Al Khobbar/Dammam will have an additional 1200 hotel rooms by 2014.

These indicators are rich enough to project a positive road map for the overall tourism and travel industry in the Middle East region. Several global hotel brands have aggressive expansion plans in the region which will also fuel growth.

If you are a hotel in the Middle East, where tourism and travel industry is getting ready to jettison, a good hotel software is what can help you capitalize on the foreseeable future. A robust hotel software should help you automate processes, allow you greater visibility into the hotel functioning and reduce the pressure on your staff.

Today, guests too are getting technology savvy, thus having hotel software that responds to their needs is important. A growing number of potential guests research their stay online; locate hotels, view pictures and then book rooms. Besides strong hotel software, ensure you have interfaces to a web booking engine and GDS as well. This ensures you reach a wider audience and grow the occupancy at your hotel.

If you are looking for quality hotel software that can help you meet the changing technology needs of your region and enhance profitability, IDS NEXT could well be your answer. We are a 25 year old hospitality technology provider and have 3200 customers world-wide including a large presence in the Middle East. Some of the countries we are present in, include UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and several others.

Source: IDS Softwares Pvt. Ltd. IDS NEXT, is a global leader in providing ERP and total technology solutions for the Hospitality and Leisure industries.
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