Cleartrip Middle East announces strongest quarter in its history

Updated 06 February 2018
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Cleartrip Middle East announces strongest quarter in its history

Cleartrip Middle East, a leading mobile and online travel company in the region, delivered its strongest quarterly results ever in the fourth quarter of 2017 on the back of a 59 percent year-on-year increase in bookings in the MENA region.
“We marked a strong finish to 2017 with the best quarterly performance in Cleartrip Middle East’s history. In markets like the UAE, we were able to outperform the industry showcasing a multifold expansion. We are particularly delighted to see that our investments toward the adoption of new technologies have started to yield positive results,” said Stuart Crighton, founder and CEO of Cleartrip.
In the UAE, Cleartrip grew four times as much as the overall air industry growth rate, which expanded at about 13 percent compared to the same Q4 period a year ago. In Saudi Arabia, Cleartrip witnessed a 236 percent increase in growth, driven by a number of factors including the company’s launch of its Arabic website and continued focus on product innovation.
While India continued to be the strongest route in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, the company’s domestic travel segment in the Kingdom expanded 25-fold in the last quarter. The UAE witnessed a spike in traffic to the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, while the Kingdom recorded a substantial growth in traffic to Egypt, the UAE, Pakistan, the Philippines and Turkey.
“We are optimistic that 2018 will be another strong growth year, and we will continue to drive innovation and leverage technology to diversify and enhance our offerings. With our strong presence in the region and our solid financial credentials, we couldn’t be in a better position to further scale our operations and expand our market footprint. Closely aligned with our long-term growth strategy, we have laid out plans to further deepen our presence in the region, starting with our launch in Egypt later this year,” said Sameer Bagul, EVP and managing director, Cleartrip.
All booking channels performed well during the quarter, however, mobile was one of the strongest boosted by the company’s investments worth more than $1 million in mobile development over the last year.
“We clearly know that the future is mobile and we will continue to step up our efforts to bolster Cleartrip’s leadership position in this space. We are also working toward introducing ‘chat based’ booking and service experience to enable our customers to interact with our brand in a more ‘natural’ manner by cutting out the noise,” said Bagul.


Four Seasons Bahrain transforms into island resort

Updated 13 October 2018
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Four Seasons Bahrain transforms into island resort

A destination within a destination awaits visitors to Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, as the property transforms from an urban resort to a complete island resort with the addition of The Four Seasons Beach.

Curving along the private island’s sun-drenched southern shore, the 160-meter expanse of pristine white sand is the ideal retreat for all the family. In addition to a dedicated play area where children can enjoy building sandcastles, parents and couples can look forward to a quieter zone, sip a cool drink or take in the city’s spectacular sunsets.

Richard Raab, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, said: “During our first three years, guests have been generous in their praise of Four Seasons, reveling in the many diversions we offer right here on our own private island in the city. When we asked what would make their experience more memorable, the answer was almost always the same: A beach. So we are delighted to now open the beach, which completes the hotel’s transition to a full-fledged island resort.”

Having previously worked at Four Seasons resorts from Hawaii to the Caribbean, Raab understands the attraction of gentle waves lapping against a stretch of white sand.

Beach lovers can look forward to the service of the Four Seasons’ staff on hand to offer everything from fresh fruit skewers and beverages, to an array of high-end sun care products and a chair-side sunglasses cleaning and repair service. Guests can also choose from a lunch and snack menu, with food served directly on the beach. After dark, the new outdoor space will transform into a venue hosting torch-lit events, and it is also available for group bookings.