Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts Unveils the Restored Hotel Maria Cristina for Its 100th Anniversary

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, reopens the doors to the historic Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian, following an extensive $25 million restoration. The renovation of Hotel Maria Cristina, which was completed in time for its 100th anniversary this month, is part of a larger strategy to invest in the restoration of Starwood's most celebrated Luxury Collection hotels. 

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Opens First Dual-Branded Ski Resort Complex in China

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced the opening of its first dual-branded ski resort complex in Changbaishan,China. Owned by Dalian Wanda Group, Sheraton Changbaishan Resort and The Westin Changbaishan Resort are adjacent to the slopes of the Changbai Mountains, one of China’s leading ski areas and famed resort destinations. 

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ITB Asia-Building a More Collaborative Relationship Between Buyers & Vendors

ITB Asia, the annually held three day B2B trade show and convention - now in its fifth year in Singapore - takes place at Marina Bay Sands.

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Registration opens for USTOA'S 2012 Annual conference & marketplace in Hawaii

Terry Dale, president of United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), announced that online registration has opened for the association’s Annual Conference & Marketplace taking place December 6-8, 2012 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawai’i the Big Island, Hawaii.  

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eTickets Now Accepted On Every Amtrak Train

Amtrak launched its eTicket program to all trains within its national network including on the Northeast Corridor, state-supported routes and long-distance services. eTickets provide passengers with the convenience to skip the line at the ticket window and go straight to the gate by printing their tickets whenever, wherever or by using a smartphone to present the eTicket to the conductor. It also allows passengers increased flexibility to make or change reservations.

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Comair to Cease Operations

Delta Air Lines announced its subsidiary, Comair, Inc. will cease operations after Sept. 29, 2012. In a memo issued today to the Officers and Directors of Delta Air Lines, Don Bornhorst, Senior Vice President of Delta Connection, said, "While regional flying has and will remain a key component of Delta's network, customer expectations and the unit costs of regional flying have evolved. 

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Paragon Conventions Africa secures prestigious World Soybean Research Conference 2013

Paragon Conventions Africa, a professional conference organiser, has secured the hosting of the prestigious Ninth World Soybean Research Conference, set to take place at the Durban International Convention Centre from 17 to 22 February 2013.

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KiwiRail continuing discussions on rail partnering

KiwiRail has been considering seeking a partner for its long-distance Scenic passenger services since April last year.

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CN reports Q2-2012 net income of C$631 million, or C$1.44 per diluted share

CN reported its financial and operating results for the second quarter and six-month period ended June 30, 2012.
Second-quarter 2012 highlights

•    Net income was C$631 million, or C$1.44 per diluted share, versus year-earlier net income of C$538 million, or C$1.18 per diluted share. 

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UNESCO and the Smithsonian Institution team up to celebrate the World Heritage Convention

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - The project ‘Protection, Preservation and Prosperity: Stories of World Heritage,’ is being launched by UNESCO and the Smithsonian Institution to celebrate the World Heritage Convention. Using mobile phone technology to reach the wider public, the project focuses on 10 World Heritage sites which embody, in particular, the role of local communities in World Heritage preservation. 

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Monday, 30 July 2012

Bombardier Delivers a Global 5000 Jet to Jana Aviation

Bombardier announced the delivery of a Global 5000 jet to Jana Aviation. The aircraft will be managed by Executive Aircraft Services and based in Beirut, Lebanon.

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Cantabria is regarded as a surfer's paradise in Spain

Cantabria is a place for surfers. Its 283 Kilometres of coastline with over 70 beaches makes Cantabria a unique Spanish surfing paradise.

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Flight Training Adelaide named preferred training provider for Virgin Australia and Skywest Pilot Cadetship Program

Virgin Australia and Skywest Airlines have named Flight Training Adelaide as the preferred training provider to operate the new Pilot Cadetship program.

Cozmo Travels becomes first Middle East travel agency to sign up for Travelport Universal Desktop

Monday, July 30, 2012 - Travelport has announced a new agreement with Cozmo Travels, a leading travel management company in the Middle East, which has seen comprehensive testing of Travelport’s ground-breaking Universal Desktop begin at the agency this month. 

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ACI - Revision of State aid rules must safeguard regional growth

European airport trade body ACI EUROPE met with Joaquin Alumina, European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Competition. The meeting, which focused on the review by the European Commission (EC) of its policy on State aid for the aviation sector, was attended by Declan Collier, President of ACI EUROPE & CEO of London City Airport and Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE. 

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DOT Fines World Atlantic Airlines for Charter Violations Related to Direct Air's Shutdown

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined World Atlantic Airlines $180,000 for violating rules protecting passengers when their public charter flights are suddenly canceled.

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RateTiger introduces enhanced rate transparency with Rate Parameter Shopping

Corporate buyers will be able to gain greater control over hotel room rate negotiations and compliance with the inclusion of intelligent rate parameter data in their benchmarking reports. RateTiger’s introduction of rate filtering technology to its award winning rate data product, RTCorp, will provide direct hotel pricing comparisons in line with hotel product type.

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Large Hotel Group Connects Custom Built PMS to the World via RDX

Monday, July 30, 2012 - The prestigious Regal Hotels Group, which offers thousands of rooms in Hong Kong, has gained powerful and seamless two-way connectivity with hundreds of online travel agents (OTAs) around the world directly from its custom-built Miro PMS after deploying Room Distribution Exchange (RDX) - SiteMinder’s new, direct connectivity platform.

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CEB launches 6 more inter-island routes to boost Philippines' most extensive route network

Cebu Pacific further strengthens its most extensive route network in the Philippines, with the launch of 6 more inter-island routes. 

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Ethiopian First Dreamliner Clad in Ethiopian Livery

Monday, July 30, 2012 - Ethiopian, the fastest growing airline in Africa, announces that its Boeing 787 Dreamliner is painted in Ethiopian livery and is at the final stages of preparation for delivery. 

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Saturday, 28 July 2012

New TAT Research Provides Insights into Five Key European Markets

TAT has carried out a broad-based consumer research study in five key European markets in order to better understand how they perceive Thailand and what “buttons” need to be pressed to maintain visitor flows.

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TripAdvisor Hits 75 Million Reviews And Opinions Milestone

TripAdvisor announced that it now features more than 75 million travel reviews and opinions, up from 50 million one year ago.  A testament to the site's enduring usefulness and freshness of content, the company also reports remarkable growth in other key areas:

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Sheraton Welcomes Guests to Tampa's Newest Hotel

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced the opening of Sheraton Tampa East Hotel located across the street fromSabal Park Business Center, one of Tampa's most attractive office markets. 

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Enjoy 'Wine' Down Wednesdays and Farm-to-Table Facials at the Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Dine and un"wine" at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, where deca RESTAURANT and the Spa have partnered for Wine Down Wednesdays and Farm to Table Facials. On Wednesdays relax and un"wine" with the Vino Therapy Manicure and Pedicure that uses antioxidants from grapes to reduce inflammation while achieving younger looking skin.

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P&O Cruises acts to resolve concerns about onboard casino operations on short cruises

P&O Cruises has taken action to ensure the operation of onboard casinos on its three-night cruises out of Sydney are fully compliant with NSW gaming laws following inquiries conducted by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing. A review of P&O Cruises’ policy and procedures has confirmed that its policies correctly state that onboard casinos can operate only when its ships are more than 12 nautical miles from the NSW coastline.

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Lois McClure Joins the Oswego Canal Festival

Mark your calendars to celebrate the Oswego Canal Festival over Labor Day weekend. The whole family will enjoy crafts and activities, historic presentations, music, food and more from September 1 through September 3. Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Oswego’s Historic Maritime District on West First Street Pier.

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ASTA, NTA to Hold Hispanics in Travel Caucus to Discuss Challenges, Opportunities within Key Hispanic Market

As a continuation of the work ASTA and NTA started with the creation of the Hispanic Business Development Task Force, the groups will hold the Hispanics in Travel Caucus in conjunction with ASTA’s Travel Retailing and Destination Expo (Los Angeles, Sept. 7-9) on Sept. 8 from 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. 

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MSC Divina to homeport from Miami for 2013-2014 winter season

For the first time ever, MSC Cruises is sending one of its acclaimed Fantasia-class ships to homeport from North America, offering guests embarking in Miami the opportunity to discover Caribbean itineraries from its largest and most celebrated class of ship.

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BHA - Safer Parking Scheme provides peace of mind for tourists

Saturday, July 28, 2012 - The Safer Parking Scheme Park Mark® is awarded to parking facilities that have achieved the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by the Police and the British Parking Association (BPA). The Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Associations of Chief Police Officers (ACPO/S), aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking areas. 

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Boracay Named World's Best Island Destination

Business operators on Boracay island have embraced its new distinction as the world’s best island destination for 2012.

Dionesio Salme, president of the Boracay Foundation Inc. 

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Thursday, 26 July 2012

RAK International Airport collaborates with Global Aerospace Logistics on Air Traffic Services

RAK International Airport and Global Aerospace Logistics (GAL), a leading provider of professional aerospace services, have joined forces to develop a number of comprehensive Air Traffic Services (ATS) to ensure the safe operations of commercial and private aircraft operating out of the airport. 

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Heilbronn terminal to open in July

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - On 27 July, the new trimodal container terminal in Heilbronn, on the German river the Neckar, will be opened. The new terminal is 2.2 hectares and has one berth for an inland vessel, as well as a railway connection. The transhipment capacity is 52,000 containers.

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Dublin Plays Starring Role in New Bollywood Video

Locations around Dublin appear as never before in the latest teaser video for this summer’s highly-anticipated Bollywood blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger. The film will be released in 24 countries worldwide, reaching a massive audience of over 100 million people. It was shot in Dublin last autumn and is due to hit the screens on 15 August.

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Royal Jordanian starts its annual Ramadan campaign Food parcels distributed in Shobak and Bayda'a

Royal Jordanian selected Shobak and Al Bayda’a, in the Ma’an governorate, as the starting point for its Ramadan charity campaign conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Development. The campaign involved aid parcels containing basic foodstuff needed by families during the month of Ramadan distributed to people in these two areas.

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Exclusive benefits for are available for airberlin passengers

airberlin passengers can now enjoy a fantastic range of discounts at hotels, spas, golf courses and more in Abu Dhabi thanks to Etihad Airways’ innovative ‘Essential Abu Dhabi’ program.

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Ryanair Seeks Partner For 2013 Cabin Crew Charity Calendar

Ryanair began its search for a charity partner to receive the entire sales proceeds (up to €100,000) from the 2013 edition of the world famous Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar.

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Apple iPads soon on board PAL flights

Bolstering its claim as a trend-setting, full service airline, Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced recently that it will include Apple iPads among its inflight entertainment options onboard all trans-Pacific flights. 

Crystal Cruises Focuses on the 'New' in New England/Canada 2012 Season

Crystal Cruises’ fall voyages through America and Canada’s “East Coast” roots offer dozens of new boutique adventures ashore; new chic spaces on board; and a brand new, exotic Québécois itinerary with three off-the-beaten-path maiden calls.

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Pat Riley, President of NBA Championship Team, The Miami Heat, Visits Carnival Breeze in Europe

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - The Carnival Breeze welcomed some special visitors during a recent Mediterranean cruise – Miami HEAT President Pat Riley and his wife Chris, along with Carnival Corporation & plc Chairman and CEO and Miami HEAT Managing General Partner Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine, who were on board to tour the line’s newest “Fun Ship.”

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New PAL innovations mark synergy with SMC

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - Laying the ground for its refleeting and route expansion plans, Philippine Airlines (PAL) has unveiled major customer-oriented innovations highlighting the synergy between the national flag carrier and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) which recently took management control of the airline. 

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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Emirates signs agreement with Rockwell Collins for flight simulator technology

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - Emirates has entered into an agreement with Rockwell Collins for the provision of new image generation and projection systems for the airline’s fleet of high-tech, full flight simulators.

Under the terms of the agreement, Rockwell Collins will initially provide 10 visual systems that feature the company’s EP-8000 image generation and liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) projection systems.

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ANA Increases Tokyo (Narita) - New York Service

ANA Group announces that it will increase the number of flights it operates between Narita and New York (JFK), from 7 flights a week to 14. This change, which will allow ANA to capitalize on the growth in demand for connections between Asia and North America, will come into effect from Sunday, October 28, 2012.

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The Coral Adoption Programme at Anantara Kihavah Villas

Beneath the shimmering waters that surround the island archipelago of the Maldives’ Baa Atoll region, a fragile world quietly rebuilds itself. Coral reefs, the most diverse type of marine habitat, protect the pristine beaches at Anantara Kihavah Villas and guard Kihavah Huravalhi Island’s crystal-clear lagoon. 

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SIA: Group Profit Improves Despite Challenging Conditions

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - The SIA Group posted a net profit of $78 million (+$33 million, or +73%) in the first quarter of the 2012-13 financial year.

Group operating profit of $72 million improved $61 million, albeit off a low base as the Group was confronted with higher fuel costs and depressed demand following the Japanese earthquake in the same quarter last year. 

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Special meals and Ramadan timings calculator to support observant passengers

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - With the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Emirates has introduced several initiatives to ensure the well-being and comfort of fasting customers.

In support of our passengers observing Ramadan, Emirates has developed an unique tool to calculate the correct timings for Imsak and Iftar while in-flight. The tool, an industry-first, was developed in conjunction with the Dubai Astronomy Group and allows Emirates to calculate the exact Ramadan timings using the aircraft’s longitude, latitude and even altitude; ensuring the greatest level of accuracy possible while onboard.

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Travelport announces mobile GDS application

Travelport has announced the launch of Travelport Mobile Agent through its Developer Network. The mobile app, which enables Travelport-connected agencies to gain full access to the Galileo platform directly on their mobile device, is currently available via Apple’s App Store.

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Malaysia Airlines Introduces New Promo Fares To Kathmandu

Malaysia Airlines recently announced the introduction of its thrice weekly direct services between Kuala Lumpur and Kathmandu effective 1 September 2012.

Due to the very encouraging response from the public, Malaysia Airlines is introducing new promotional fares for this route.

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Travelocity Announces Cheapest Time To Book Flights For Labor Day Is Upcoming Week

Labor Day is a little more than a month away, and last-minute travelers can rest easy as Travelocity has compiled the best time to book cheap flights for the holiday based on five years of historical data.

Data compiled by Travelocity shows the most affordable window to book domestic airfare for Labor Day is five weeks out, July 27-29, at $339 on average.

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The Arab Group expresses concern about Al Aqsa Mosque

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - On 20 July, an Arab Group delegation paid a visit to the Director-General to express concern about the Al Aqsa Mosque.

The delegation included H.E. Mrs. Zohour Alaoui, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Morocco to UNESCO and President of the Arab Group, H.E. Mr. Ziad Aldrees, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO and Vice Chairman of the Arab Group of the Executive Board, H.E.

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Double celebration for Flybe at Exeter Airport

Leading regional airline marks tenth anniversary of changed business model with 10% ticket sale on selected routes and welcomes its 5-millionth passenger at South West airport. 

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The European hotel industry's average daily rate rises by 3.9 percent

The European hotel industry posted mixed results in year-over-year metrics when reported in U.S. dollars, euros and British pounds for June 2012, according to data compiled by STR Global. Year-to-date 2012, the region’s occupancy was virtually flat with a 0.1-percent increase to 63.7 percent, its average daily rate, in euro terms, was up 3.9 percent to EUR103.03, and its revenue per available room increased 4.1 percent to EUR65.64.

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Sydney to host the inaugural event for luxury experiential travel sector

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - Luxperience offers a business-to-business sales and marketing platform, including a high-level, three-day business exchange for global luxury operators. Tourism New Zealand is a destination partner and will exhibit alongside 17 New Zealand operators. An evening networking function will be hosted by Tourism New Zealand on Tuesday 11 September for New Zealand exhibitors, buyers and key trade and consumer media. 

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Silversea Announces New Vice President of Marketing for the Americas

Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has appointed Keith Spondike as its new vice president of marketing for the Americas, effective 6 August. Based in the company's Fort Lauderdale office, Spondike will report to Ellen Bettridge, Silversea's president of the Americas. He will oversee day-to-day marketing activities, including the development, implementation and management of advertising, collateral, direct marketing and e-marketing programmes.

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Abracadabra! Magic Castle Appears on Crystal Cruises

Ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises has pulled the ultimate rabbit out of a hat with a new, industry-first program entitled “Magic Castle at Sea.”  Thanks to an exclusive arrangement magically orchestrated by Master Magician Rich Bloch, magicians from Hollywood’s renowned private magicians’ club, the Magic Castle, will come aboard to entertain and mystify guests of all ages. 

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ACCC winter safety tips prompted by product recalls

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued its top five winter product safety tips following recalls of popular products in the cold winter months. “The ACCC has developed a range of tips to help people stay safe this winter. The safety tips have been prompted by recalls of products popular during winter, including heaters, electric blankets and hot water bottles,” said ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard.

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airberlin incorporates new fuel-saving wing tip devices

The airberlin group is having new fuel-saving wing tip devices fitted on all 14 of the Airbus A320/A321 aircraft which are still on order with the manufacturer. These devices, known as Sharklets, are two and a half metre wing tip extensions which point upwards. They reduce the creation of vortices and therefore improve aerodynamics. 

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Virgin America Debuts New Flight Crew Uniforms

Virgin America and Banana Republic announced that this summer the airline will debut  new Banana Republic–designed uniforms for the airline’s 2,000 in–flight and airport teammates,  and pilots.  The uniforms will feature a fresh, modern look with aviation details and a palette inspired by the airline’s own inventive service style and signature cabin design. 

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International Council of Tourism Partners welcomes Thessaloniki Convention & Visitors Bureau

The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is a grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth. The ICTP logo represents the strength in collaboration (the block) of many small communities (the lines) committed to sustainable oceans (blue) and land (green).

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Monday, 23 July 2012

The Farnborough Airshow looks to the future by inspiring aviation's next generation

The exciting world of aviation – and the interesting career opportunities this industry offers – were explored today by some 7,500 young adults at the Farnborough Airshow’s Futures Day, which was centered in the Airbus-sponsored Innovation Zone. 

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Jet Airways' JetEscapes introduces attractive domestic and international travel packages

Jet Airways has introduced a slew of attractive JetEscapes packages for corporate travellers and guests seeking a holiday break. The packages range from overnight stays for individuals and corporate groups, to monsoon packages and luxurious getaways. 

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Taj Lands End honored with Expedia's Insider's Select award

Expedia.com has recently named Taj Lands End in Mumbai as one of the top 10 hotels in the world, based on consistent delivery of values such as competitive pricing and impeccable customer service. The Insiders’ Select list largely reflects the feedback from more than 500,000 verified Expedia customer reviews combined with a value rating and local expertise of more than 650 Expedia employees. Insiders’ Select is an easy-to-browse list that helps travelers find the perfect hotel using the trusted insight of their fellow travelers.

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Busan U-City Project wins global recognition with First Prize in Smart City competition

Monday, July 23, 2012 - Busan Metropolitan City won the '2012 Arete Award' for city development, at the 'Torino Smart Festival', which took place in Turin, Italy, in May. The 'Torino Smart Festival' awards outstanding innovation in the industrial & public sector, while also holding seminars to improve city environments.

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CLIA travel agents optimistic about cruise sales in new survey

Halfway through the year, travel agents cite  optimism about selling cruises in 2012, according to a new survey of members of CLIA.  Over 50 percent of respondents report they are already selling more vacations at sea than in 2011 and 64 percent expect cruise booking volume over the course of 2012 to increase over last year.

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CLIA launches initiative promoting a diverse group of speciality cruise lines

CLIA has announced the launch of a CLIA Specialty Cruise Collection initiative to support and promote small ship, river, coastal, luxury, adventure, and sailing ship member lines.  The initiative seeks to enhance and extend the marketing and communications reach of 13 CLIA member lines.

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Amadeus announces latest global announcements

IdeaWorksCompany, the foremost consultancy in the area of airline ancillary revenues, and Amadeus announced the results of the Amadeus Review of Ancillary Revenue Results for 2011.
IdeaWorksCompany researched the financial filings made by 108 airlines all over the world, 50 of which disclose ancillary revenue activity, to identify that the ancillary revenue reported by airlines grew to €18.23 billion in 2011.

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TIX.nl signs long-term agreement with Travelport

Travelport and TIX, a leading online travel agent (OTA) in The Netherlands, have today announced a new multi-year international travel content and technology agreement.

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Icelandair Increases Flights to Glasgow

Icelandair will increase scheduled service to Glasgow with an additional flight per week on Fridays, starting March 15, 2013.  With the addition of the Friday flights to Glasgow, passengers will be able to access Scotland via Icelandair four times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. 

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Changi Airport: Operating indicators for June 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012 - Singapore Changi Airport handled 4.4 million passenger movements in June 2012, 9.7% more than a year before.  There were 26,700 landings and take-offs at Changi during the month, a growth of 6.4% year-on-year.

For the first half of 2012, Changi Airport handled 25.0 million passengers, an increase of 11.6% compared to the corresponding period last year. 

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Saturday, 21 July 2012

Boeing Receives Lot 2 Production Contract Award for B-1 Integrated Battle Station

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - Boeing has received a $65.8 million Lot 2 follow-on contract from the U.S. Air Force for nine B-1 Lancer bomber Integrated Battle Station (IBS) modification kits, spares, training, support equipment and engineering support.

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Boeing, Korean Air Announce Order for Two 777-300ERs

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - Boeing and Korean Air today finalized an order for two 777-300ERs (Extended Range) airplanes. The order is valued at $596 million at Boeing list prices.

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New App for visitors perfect for Europe's largest free Wi-Fi hub

As London becomes Europe’s largest free Wi-Fi hub in time for the London 2012 Games, VisitBritain has launched the latest edition of its Mx Great Britain app, a mobile guide to the UK which allows visitors to research and book their holidays. The app is available for free on all major mobile platforms including iPhone, Nokia and Android. 

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Union Pacific Reports Best-Ever Quarterly Results

Union Pacific Corporation reported 2012 second quarter net income of $1 billion, or $2.10 per diluted share, compared to $785 million, or $1.59 per diluted share, in the second quarter 2011.

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Deal signed to deliver rail grinding machine to NZ

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - A contract to deliver a specialised rail grinding machine to New Zealand was signed by KiwiRail and Australian firm Speno last week. The contract will see a 51 metre yellow train like machine arrive on our shores to undertake rail surface smoothing work.

Hawaiian Partners with JTB on Sendai-Honolulu Charter Flights

Hawaiian Airlines is flying the first of four nonstop charter flights this Saturday between Sendai, Japan and Honolulu in collaboration with Japan Travel Bureau (JTB). 

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