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Airports Council International (ACI) has revealed that in 2016, the air transport industry saw a growth in both passenger and cargo traffic, despite global challenges.Overall, passenger traffic rose 5.5 percent, with international traffic up 6.5 percent year-on-year, compared to a 4.9 percent jump in domestic travel.

The 51st edition of ITB Berlin show was successfully brought to an end, after more than 10,000 exhibitors from 184 countries and regions displayed their products and services on 1,092 stands covering 160,000m² between March 08 – 12.

In 2016, Salalah Rotana Resort achieved a 20 percent rise in guest arrivals compared to 2015, attributed to strategic partnership deals with major regional and international tour operators.

Thrifty Car Rental UAE reported a 15 percent year-on-year increase in the number of customers from Europe in 2016, credited to its strong marketing campaign geared towards attracting this market.

Ahead of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre on April 24 – 27, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority (BTEA) is launching a robust marketing campaign, with the aim of increasing tourism arrivals 36.2 percent by 2018.

Qatar Airways Cargo recently inaugurated its first freighter service to the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh.

In 2016, Brussels Airlines welcomed 7.7 million passengers on board its worldwide flights, an increase of 3.2 percent compared to 2015.

Croatia Airlines has joined the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), bringing the total number of airlines in ERA membership to 54 members.

As of March 26, Austrian Airlines will offer more flights to Hamburg, Paris, Stockholm and Zurich, further expanding its flight offerings in Europe for the summer season.

In 2016, Slovenian tourism saw record numbers as the 10 million overnight stays mark was exceeded once again.