Friday, 21 April 2017

BOSNIA: Swissôtel To Open Resort In Sarajevo, Emirates Cuts Flights To USA

Swissôtel, part of AccorHotels, enters the Bosnian market by signing a new 218-room urban resort in Sarajevo. Scheduled to open in early 2018, Swissôtel Sarajevo will be situated next to Bosnian Parliament, within the expansive mixed use Sarajevo City Center project, consisting of shopping mall and office tower with 30,000 daily visitors.

Swissôtel Sarajevo will enjoy a commanding downtown commercial and residential location, as a new landmark for Sarajevo, close to top attractions and Sarajevo International Airport.

The project is being developed and operated by Al Shiddi International from Riyadh, one of the prominent investment companies in Saudi Arabia with an extensive portfolio of investments locally and globally featuring financial services, real estate, agriculture, manufacturing, industrial and retail.

Interiors are designed by Scott Brownrigg Associates, a leading UK hotel design firm with extensive experience in high end hotel development across Europe, hotel will offer scenic all-glass views of the downtown and mountains, stunning guestrooms featuring spacious bedrooms. Completing the guest experience will be a private executive club, three exquisite dining outlets, the brand’s signature Pürovel Spa & Sport, and 500 square meters (5,300 square feet) of indoor meeting space with function areas.

Surrounded by EU member Croatia, Bosnia is a country with a population of 4 million. It is one of European leading new discovery vacation hotspots featuring annual 20% increase in the tourist arrival for the past 5 years. It has recently added several direct flights to the Gulf Cooperation Council as is a host to world-famous Sarajevo Film Festival. Bosnia is renowned for its beautiful natural parks, pristine forest, Ottoman architectural treasures, extended waterfalls and rapids, an UNESCO Mostar Bridge site, and distinctive coffee culture.

Meanwhile, Emirates is decreasing flight frequency to the United States because of a drop in demand caused by heightened security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from Muslim-majority nations.

Dubai was one of 10 cities affected by a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage aboard US-bound flights. The latest travel ban suspended new visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and froze the nation’s refugee programme. Like an earlier ban that also included Iraqi citizens, it has been blocked from taking effect by the courts.
The decrease in frequency will affect five of its 12 US destinations, starting next month.

"The recent actions taken by the US government relating to the issuance of entry visas, heightened security vetting, and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins, have had a direct impact on consumer interest and demand for air travel into the US," the carrier said.

The cuts will reduce the number of US-bound flights from Dubai to 101, down from 126 currently.

Twice-daily Emirates flights to Boston, Los Angles and Seattle will be reduced to once a day. Daily flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando will be pared down to five per week.