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Global Newsletter: August 31. ~ Click title to read the article
Thursday, 31st August 2017

TODAY: Can Saudi Arabia be a popular tourist destination, Georgia and more.

Can Saudi Arabia build a popular tourist destination?

Tourism in the Middle East has long been dominated by the high-end resorts in Dubai, Egypt and Jordan yet they could soon have a new challenger in their midst, Saudi Arabia is turning its attention to tourism and entertainment as it seeks to not only reposition its economy but also meet a pent-up demand for greater leisure options within its own population.

My Impressions of Georgia.

Georgia has big tourism potential once some of the infrastructure issues are addressed. It is obvious that once the large European Tour operators such as TUI, Thomas Cook and DER touristic recognize the potential, the numbers of tourists will go much higher in a very short time.

The European LCC’s will increase their frequencies and seat capacities and this will push developers to create limited service budget accommodations in order to address the growing demand of this market segment.

IHG’s mantra for localization in China – be 'fully embedded'.

“You can’t truly localize for China without being fully embedded in it,” says Billy Turchin, VP, Digital and Voice, IHG Greater China.

It’s just not about data, technology, content, media planning and buying…there is more to it. Of course, the role of software platforms for email marketing, CRM and digital advertising, or garnering data for setting up customer profiles and driving personalization at scale can’t be ignored today.

Peranakan-Themed Ramada hotel for Phuket.

A new 270 key Ramada branded property is rising in Phuket Town; The hotel is part the Muang Chaofah mixed-use development which will include retail outlets, a theatre and conference center accommodating 700 people.

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