In brief


Silversea unveils 2008 world cruise
SILVERSEA has unveiled its World Cruise 2008, themed The Rhythms of the World.

Set to begin January 16, 2008, the 110-day voyage encircles the world and embraces the cultures of more than 25 countries and over 50 different ports of call. Departing Fort Lauderdale, the intimate Silver Shadow, with no more than 382 pampered guests on board, will sail through the Panama Canal and along the Mexican Riviera, through Hawaii, Micronesia, Guam, Egypt, Italy, Spain and the Caribbean before returning to Fort Lauderdale. Highlights include extended overnight calls in Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Mumbai and Barcelona.
Bookings open January 2, 2007.

GCC scores high in WTM poll
THE GCC scored high marks as a popular tourist destination, according to a snap poll at World Travel Market, commissioned by Sama Dubai, the international real estate investment and development arm of Dubai Holding. In the poll of 200 investors, developers, hotel group representatives and consultants/analysts from around the world almost 70 per cent said the GCC’s appeal as a tourism destination was growing rapidly. According to the poll, the GCC ranks third, behind North Africa and South East Asia, in terms of attracting the most tourism investment. Within the GCC, the UAE scored highly as the most attractive destination.

COTTM partners with IFCOT
THE China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market (COTTM), the only business-to-business event dedicated to outbound travel and tourism in China, has announced a new partnership with the International Forum on Chinese Outbound Tourism (IFCOT), the leading travel industry conference. COTTM, taking place May 14 to 16, will be
preceded by the high-profile conference attracting travel industry experts from across China and the rest of the world. IFCOT will focus on a wide range of issues including outbound tourism trends, future challenges, commercial opportunities and government policies affecting the outbound market in the short and long term.

Gamsha Bay project unveiled
PRIVATE sector property developer DAMAC has announced its entry into the Egyptian market with the launch of its 320 million sq ft, Gamsha Bay project. This project is the largest development of its type in the region, and it comes to life with an abundance of facilities. Gamsha Bay will be the region’s largest township, located at the north of Hurghada. The township will include spa resorts, a world class golf course, a marina village, educational facilities, cinemas, shopping boulevards and scuba diving facilities. The new project is located within driving distance to Cairo, and close to Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and El Gouna. Gamsha Bay, located 60km north of Hurghada, will offer the very best of Egypt - with its coral reefs, hills and beautiful coastline.