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Published on 20/10/2014
ebola-aid-for-africaThe European Union steps up efforts toward getting 1 billion euros ($1.27 billion) in aid to fight Ebola in West Africa and rejected the idea of halting direct flights coming from the region.
Published on 20/10/2014
christmas-tree-sculpture-vandalized-in-paris-because-of-its-resemblance-to-a-sex-toyThe inflatable sculpture of a Christmas tree which caused outrage in Paris for its resemblance to a sex toy is removed after being vandalized.
Published on 20/10/2014
eibtm-exhibitors-can-now-select-their-own-appointments-with-hosted-buyersFor the first time EIBTM exhibitors will now be able to request additional appointments with Hosted Buyers following the initial appointment match.
Published on 20/10/2014
malaysia-airports-eyes-full-control-at-istanbul-sabiha-goekcen-airportMalaysia Airports Holdings Bhd plans to buy an additional 40 per cent stake in Istanbul’s second-biggest airport to gain full control according to sources.
Published on 20/10/2014
mandara-spa-facility-upgrade-at-the-magellan-sutera-resortThe spa facility located at The Pacific Sutera Hotel; Body Senses by Mandara, has been rebranded as a Chavana Spa.
Published on 20/10/2014
port-everglades-goes-digital-with-online-cruise-guide-and-new-cruise-appPort Everglades is making it easier and more convenient for cruise guests to plan their next ocean-bound vacation with an online version of the Cruise Guide and a new, user-friendly cruise app for mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads.
Published on 20/10/2014
kyoto-aquarium-is-a-new-attraction-for-business-visitorsKyoto is continuing to grow its offering to the conference, events and incentives market with the launch of a new venue.
Published on 20/10/2014
etihad-airways-and-alitalia-unveil-two-expo-milano-2015-aircraftAlitalia, Italy’s leading carrier, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have unveiled two aircraft in a unique Expo Milano 2015 livery to mark their co-sponsorship of the global event.
Published on 19/10/2014
lufthansa-pilots-strike-again-on-mondayDeutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA), the German carrier that has suffered a lot of strikes this year, expects another strike tomorrow; some flights to be affected.
Published on 19/10/2014
china-will-overtake-the-united-statesThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its first 20-year passenger growth forecast, projecting that China will overtake the United States as the world’s largest passenger market.
Published on 19/10/2014
which-countries-travel-the-mostWho are the most adventurous when it comes to travelling? A new study ranks the world’s most well-travelled countries.
Published on 19/10/2014
gbta-announces-new-education-programThe Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – Latin America region in conjunction with GBTA’s Argentina Chapter, recently hosted its third annual successful GBTA Conference Latin America.
Published on 17/10/2014
marriott-rewards-joins-the-turkish-airlines-miles-smiles-programmeNow Turkish Airlines' frequent flyer programme; Miles&Smiles members have the privilege of earning Miles for their stays in over 70 countries and over 3900 hotels with its new partner, Marriott Rewards.
Published on 16/10/2014
turkish-musicians-whirling-dervishes-join-brandenburg-for-ottoman-baroque-in-australiaSevil Oren Konakci, FTNnews’ MICE editor, will be leading a group of Whirling Dervishes (Semazen) and Mitrip Group, with the Vice-President of the International Mevlana Foundation, Esin Celebi Bayru, to Sydney, Australia for a series of concerts that will take place between 22 and 31 October 2014.
Published on 16/10/2014
assoufid-golf-club-marrakech-officially-opens-for-playAssoufid Golf Club, situated close to the vibrant ‘Red City’ of Marrakech, and set to become one of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region’s finest golf experiences, has officially opened.
Published on 16/10/2014
ibtm-africa-partners-with-mice-academyIBTM Africa, part of the IBTM Global Events portfolio of meetings industry events, is to partner with the MICE Academy to help support the advancement of the next generation of industry professionals in Africa.
Published on 16/10/2014
africa-travel-association-statement-on-ebolaThe Africa Travel Association (ATA) is the leading global trade association promoting travel and tourism to Africa and strengthening intra-Africa partnerships.
Published on 16/10/2014
visit-turkey-at-world-travel-market-2014-stand-em1000-1050The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism will again occupy a prominent space this year at the World Travel Market (WTM) at stand EM1000-1050.
Published on 16/10/2014
swiss-moves-into-london-heathrow-s-terminal-2SWISS switched all its ground operations at London Heathrow Airport to the rebuilt Terminal 2 – also known as The Queen’s Terminal.
Published on 16/10/2014
hilton-worldwide-unveils-new-hotel-brandHilton Worldwide redefines the Lifestyle category with new hotel brand.
Published on 16/10/2014
dusit-thani-dubai-unveils-a-new-era-of-luxuryDusit Thani Dubai, Dusit International’s flagship property in the vibrant city of Dubai, announces the completion of the renovation of its One and Two Bedroom Suites.
Published on 16/10/2014
etihad-airways-links-abu-dhabi-and-vienna-by-nikiEtihad Airways will provide a new air bridge between Abu Dhabi and Vienna, when it places its EY code on the forthcoming daily service by the Austrian carrier, and subsidiary of airberlin, NIKI (subject to government approval).
Published on 16/10/2014
the-state-of-mexico-launches-convention-brand-at-imex-americaGainingEdge recently completed a feasibility study for Ministry of Tourism of The State of Mexico for a purpose built international standard convention centre in Toluca.
Published on 16/10/2014
ana-announces-more-flights-between-hong-kong-and-tokyoANA has decided to increase the number of flights on the Haneda-Hong Kong route starting from December 20.
Published on 16/10/2014
the-best-performing-ceos-in-the-worldHarvard Business Review announced the 2014’s best-performing CEOs in the World.
Published on 15/10/2014
pilots-announce-strike-at-lufthansa-s-sister-companyA pilots’ union at Lufthansa’s sister company, Germanwings, announced Wednesday a 12-hour strike across Germany on October 16 between 10.00 GMT and 21.59 GMT in an ongoing dispute over pension benefits.
Published on 15/10/2014
turkish-airlines-started-flights-to-khersonTurkish Airlines expands its flight map and opens a new destination in Ukraine.
Published on 15/10/2014
marriott-international-selects-istanbul-for-its-global-marketing-campaignMarriott International, Inc. launched a new multi-year global marketing campaign called “Travel Brilliantly,” and it features Istanbul.
Published on 15/10/2014
singapore-s-tourism-receipts-grew-despite-drop-in-arrivalsSingapore Tourism Board (STB) announced that in the first half of 2014, tourism receipts (TR) grew 2 per cent year-on-year to S$11.8 billion, even while international visitor arrivals (IVA) dipped 3 per cent to 7.5 million over the same period.
Published on 15/10/2014
myanmar-tourism-motors-ahead-thanks-to-top-gearThe emerging destination of Myanmar is set drive up international visitor numbers from about two million last year to 7.5 million by 2020 – thanks in part to Top Gear.
Published on 15/10/2014
ascott-opens-three-new-serviced-residencesCapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has opened its first serviced residences in Hangzhou, China and Hamburg, Germany.
Published on 15/10/2014
site-executive-summit-2015-to-be-held-in-dubaiDubai will welcome leading experts from the global incentive travel and motivational events industry for the 2015 Society of Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Executive Summit.
Published on 15/10/2014
turkish-festival-season-in-united-states-in-full-swingIn October, Turkish Americans in Boston, Charlotte and Seattle will celebrate Turkish culture, music and cuisine at their annual Turkish festivals, sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation.
Published on 14/10/2014
swiss-launches-its-own-roaming-sim-cardSWISS is introducing its own prepaid SIM card, enabling users to call and surf the web at attractive roaming rates all over the world.
Published on 14/10/2014
australian-mantra-group-reaches-50-hotels-in-queenslandAustralian hoteliers; Mantra Group continues its expansion with the announcements of the company's 50th hotel in Queensland – Mantra Midtown Apartments in Brisbane.
Published on 14/10/2014
35-howard-johnson-hotels-to-open-in-india-by-2020The first Howard Johnson® hotel in India launched today at the IT city of Bengaluru.
Published on 14/10/2014
airberlin-and-alitalia-sign-codeshare-agreementairberlin, Germany’s second largest airline and Alitalia, Italy’s leading carrier, have signed a codeshare agreement to offer more choice and greater convenience to their guests.
Published on 14/10/2014
first-ramada-encore-hotel-in-indiaWyndham Hotel Group announced the launch of Ramada Encore Bangalore Domlur, the first Ramada Encore property in India.
Published on 14/10/2014
top-airline-bosses-debate-the-future-of-flyingWorld Travel Market will feature an aviation debate from top airline bosses about the future of flying.
Published on 14/10/2014
istanbul-hosts-european-airlines-aviation-leadership-summitThe second annual Association of European Airlines (AEA) Aviation Leadership Summit will be hosted by Dr Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines in Istanbul.
Published on 14/10/2014
etihad-airways-total-revenues-increase-to-us-1-8-billionEtihad Airways reported total revenues of US$1.8 billion for the third quarter of 2014, an impressive increase of 29 per cent year-on-year.
Published on 14/10/2014
a-new-holiday-inn-express-hotel-in-xalapa-mexicoInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) opens a five-story, 110-room Holiday Inn Express® Xalapa hotel in Veracruz, Mexico.
Published on 14/10/2014
europe-s-best-tourism-film-of-2014European Travel Commission (ETC) organised a competition to honour the best European tourism film of 2014.
Published on 14/10/2014
holland-america-line-launches-winter-2015-2016-holidaysHolland America Line has launched a brand new winter cruise holidays brochure covering winter sun cruise holidays from September 2015 to April 2016.
Published on 14/10/2014
vienna-airport-passenger-volume-rise-in-september-2014The number of passengers handled by Vienna Report rose by 1.9% in September 2014 compared to September 2013 to 2,186,382 passengers.
Published on 14/10/2014
vietjet-to-launch-hanoi-siem-reap-routeVietJet Aviation Joint Stock Company (“VietJet”) will be introducing a new route connecting Hanoi and Siem Reap, effective 3 November 2014.
Published on 14/10/2014
akwaaba-and-the-ata-continue-partnership-to-support-west-africa-tourismThe Africa Travel Association (ATA), working in collaboration and partnership with the African Union in promoting tourism to Africa, continues its partnership with AKWAABA, the leading annual international travel fair in West Africa, to market and promote tourism to West Africa.
Published on 13/10/2014
david-beckham-to-lead-unicef-campaign-against-ebola-outbreakThe 39-year-old former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham would be drawing attention to the importance of hygiene in avoiding Ebola, which has killed more than 4,000 people.
Published on 13/10/2014
qatar-airways-first-a380-has-commenced-servicesQatar Airways’ first A380 has commenced services on the popular Doha-London route.
Published on 13/10/2014
ferrari-north-america-celebrates-60-yearsTo celebrate 60 years selling cars in North America, Ferrari has returned to its 1950s and 60s tradition of producing strictly limited edition, built-to-order cars. The result is the F60America, of which just 10 will be produced.
Published on 13/10/2014
learn-tourism-in-spain-with-a-new-online-courseThe Tourist Offices of Spain (TURESPAÑA) in the USA and Canada announces the unveiling of a new E-learning platform geared toward travel professionals and consumers alike.
Published on 13/10/2014
marriott-hotels-expands-in-hainanMarriott International, Inc. today celebrated the opening of its first hotel under its flagship Marriott Hotels brand in Haikou, Hainan Province.
Published on 13/10/2014
air-traffic-service-restored-at-chicago-centerU.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration, early this morning, successfully restored full air traffic operations at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora, IL, which suffered significant damage from a September 26 fire that was deliberately set.
Published on 13/10/2014
world-travel-market-delegates-go-free-on-the-heathrow-expressWorld Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, has partnered with Heathrow Express to offer delegates flying into Heathrow free travel to and from Heathrow and Paddington.
Published on 13/10/2014
david-cumming-bangkok-experienced-quite-good-augustFTNnews talked with Mr. David Cumming, General Manager of the Amari Watergate Bangkok who presents current situation in hospitality industry in Bangkok as well as in Thailand.
Published on 13/10/2014
india-to-offer-visa-on-arrival-to-u-s-touristsIndia has confirmed plans to offer visa-on-arrival (VoA) services to US citizens.
Published on 13/10/2014
curacao-ranks-number-one-in-the-world-for-cruise-passenger-growthCuracao Ports Authority (CPA) announced that the cruise port of Curacao has been ranked number one in the world by passenger growth for 2013.
Published on 12/10/2014
amtrak-autumn-express-train-returnsDue to popular demand, the Amtrak Autumn Express is back and will operate on Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9, 2014.
Published on 12/10/2014
dusit-signs-on-luxury-golf-and-spa-resort-in-australiaSenior Executives of Dusit International announced the launch of the Dusit Thani Brookwater Golf & Spa Resort at First Residence.
Published on 12/10/2014
adagio-continues-its-expansionThe first Adagio Premium has just opened in Doha! This new address is designed to meet the expectations of customers in this region.
Published on 12/10/2014
see-the-solar-eclipse-northern-lights-with-p-o-cruisesP&O Cruises is offering a rare opportunity to witness two natural phenomenons in one unique holiday; to see a total solar eclipse and, with luck, spot the elusive aurora borealis.
Published on 12/10/2014
marriott-hotels-debuts-wireless-chargingEveryday harried travelers clutching tangled power cords march through airports or dash into coffee shops seeking precious electrical outlets in hopes of alleviating the looming anxiety --- their devices losing battery power at exactly the wrong time.
Published on 12/10/2014
atu-duty-free-to-operate-duty-free-stores-at-5-more-airportsFounded as a joint venture between TAV Airports and Unifree Duty Free / Gebr. Heinemann, ATU Duty Free has been awarded the tender to operate the duty free shops at the 5 Tunisian international airports.
Published on 12/10/2014
lufthansa-broke-passenger-record-despite-repeated-strikesLufthansa, Germanwings, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried a total of 81.2 million passengers in the term, more than ever before in the January-September period of a year.
Published on 12/10/2014
mastercard-priceless-cities-grows-to-36-by-year-s-endMasterCard announced that its Priceless Cities platform will be available in 36 cities and marketed in 53 countries allowing global travelers to gain exclusive access to 500 priceless experiences and more than 500 local offers by year’s end.
Published on 12/10/2014
the-world-s-50-best-bars-for-2014For the sixth year, Drinks International magazine announced the world’s 50 best bars for 2014 this week in London.
Published on 12/10/2014
ovation-global-dmc-announces-offices-at-five-new-locationsContinuing its global expansion, Ovation Global DMC has announced offices at five new locations across Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and The Americas.
Published on 09/10/2014
istanbul-marriott-hotel-sisli-to-compete-at-the-european-black-box-culinary-challengeIstanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli hosted “Black Box Cooking Competition” on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 in the presence of Arne Sorenson; President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International and Amy McPherson; President and Managing Director of Europe.
Published on 09/10/2014
google-s-street-view-camera-on-camel-in-uaeGoogle uses its Street View Camera on a camel’s hump to capture Liwa Desert at the south west of the city of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Published on 09/10/2014
ebola-screening-starts-at-u-s-airportsThe U.S: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that initially at five of America's biggest, busiest airports travelers will get special treatment.
Published on 09/10/2014
venice-plans-artificial-island-to-accommodate-cruise-shipsVenice is studying a new proposal for reducing the impact of the colossal cruise ships that enter its lagoon on a daily basis.
Published on 09/10/2014
etihad-airways-renews-sport-australia-hall-of-fame-sponsorshipEtihad Airways has extended its sponsorship of Sport Australia Hall of Fame until 2019.
Published on 09/10/2014
dead-sea-jordan-attempts-to-break-the-guinness-world-recordThe Dead Sea in Jordan will be the destination to attempting to break the Guinness World Record of the largest floating image on Thursday October 30th, 2014 at 10am.
Published on 09/10/2014
aeroflot-sponsors-professional-basketball-club-cska-moscowAeroflot has become the Official Carrier of the Professional Basketball Club CSKA Moscow.
Published on 09/10/2014
fcca-conference-and-trade-show-workshops-began-in-st-maartenThe 21st annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference & Trade Show opened on Tuesday.
Published on 09/10/2014
the-first-annual-turkish-american-youth-leadership-congressThe Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) announced the 2014 class of its first annual Turkish American Youth Leadership Congress.
Published on 09/10/2014
weavers-house-spa-to-open-december-at-swan-at-lavenhamThe luxurious new Weavers’ House Spa at the iconic 15th century Swan Hotel at Lavenham, Suffolk is set to open mid-December in time for the festive season.
Published on 09/10/2014
terramar-in-los-cabos-mexico-becomes-the-newest-dmc-networkThe DMC Network, an LLC of the top-performing - independently owned DMCs throughout North America, welcomes Terramar as the newest full member to the network.
Published on 08/10/2014
nigeria-uses-ebola-alert-appHealth workers in Nigeria are monitoring suspected cases of Ebola with mobile phones and an Android app that cut the time it took to report the onset of symptoms.
Published on 08/10/2014
american-airlines-and-cadillac-partner-for-luxury-airport-transfersAmerican Airlines and Cadillac have formed a partnership to offer a broad series of exclusive benefits to travelers, ranging from luxury, on-site airport transfers, to AAdvantage miles earning opportunities, to Cadillac exhibits at major airports.
Published on 08/10/2014
strike-to-cost-air-france-500m-eurosAir France estimates that last month's two-week pilots strike will cost it about €500m in lost revenue.
Published on 08/10/2014
summer-home-of-bulgari-family-to-be-a-new-luxury-hotelBuilt at the end of the 19th century, Villa Godilonda was bought by the American Carter family in 1924, and after the war became the summer residence of the Bulgari family.
Published on 08/10/2014
us-ebola-patient-diesThe first person to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the U.S., died Wednesday.
Published on 08/10/2014
the-eurovision-song-contest-of-the-bluesThe European Blues Union has successfully organized four consecutive European Blues Challenge (EBC) competitions which took place in Berlin, Germany (2011 and 2012), Toulouse, France (2013), followed by Riga, Latvia, the European Capital of Culture in 2014.
Published on 08/10/2014
admei-member-dmcs-report-business-outlook-strong-for-2015The majority of The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) DMC members believe that 3Q 2014 was better than 3Q 2013.
Published on 08/10/2014
etihad-airways-unveils-a-new-airline-partnership-brandEtihad Airways today unveiled a new brand which will enhanced network and frequent flyer benefits giving consumers more choice.
Published on 08/10/2014
unwto-executive-council-met-in-samarkandThe 99th session of the UNWTO Executive Council meeting is held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
Published on 08/10/2014
tidewater-golf-club-reopens-for-a-busy-autumn-seasonMyrtle Beach’s busy October golf season is in full flight, accentuated by a European flavour on this week’s debut of Golf Channel’s “Big Break Myrtle Beach” reality show and the re-opening of Tidewater Golf Club, one of the gems on the Grand Strand.
Published on 07/10/2014
vienna-aims-1-billion-euros-in-turnover-by-the-hospitality-sectorThe Vienna Tourist Board together with representatives of the Vienna tourism industry and an advisory board of international experts developed Vienna's 2020 Tourism Strategy.
Published on 07/10/2014
tripadvisor-ranks-the-world-s-top-restaurantsTripAdvisor announced its annual Travelers’ Choice™ awards for restaurants across the globe.
Published on 07/10/2014
gbta-foundation-report-finds-u-s-businesses-are-spending-moreGBTA BTI™ Outlook – United States 2014 Q3, released by the GBTA Foundation, and sponsored by Visa, Inc. found business travelers spent an estimated $72.8 billion on U.S.-originated business travel during the second quarter of 2014, a 7.1 percent year-over-year growth.
Published on 07/10/2014
hotels-can-provide-service-with-smsTanning by the pool and feeling thirsty? Instead of getting up to find a hotel staff member, you can pull out your phone and text in your drink order.
Published on 07/10/2014
atlas-hotels-opens-first-boutique-hotel-in-tel-avivAtlas Hotels announced the opening of its 10th boutique hotel, the Market House Hotel.
Published on 07/10/2014
european-trends-in-winter-vs-summer-holidaysITB Berlin and IPK International examine that more and more Europeans are taking wintertime holidays and travelling in search of the sun, preferring beach holidays to winter sports.
Published on 07/10/2014
top-qantas-frequent-flyers-to-have-more-rewardsQantas Frequent Flyer will introduce a suite of new benefits for members of its elite “Platinum One” flying tier.
Published on 06/10/2014
spain-reports-first-case-of-ebola-contracted-outside-west-africaA Spanish nurse has become the first person to be infected with Ebola outside of West Africa.
Published on 06/10/2014
marriott-fined-for-jamming-guests-wi-fiAccording to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Marriott has used Wi-Fi jammers to block personal hotspots at a hotel in Tennessee.
Published on 06/10/2014
turkish-film-wins-top-prize-in-italian-film-festivalThe most expensive film ever produced in Turkey takes the top prize at the Terra di Siena International Film Festival in Italy.
Published on 06/10/2014
virgin-atlantic-to-shut-down-uk-short-haul-serviceSir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic will shut its short-haul domestic service in Britain.
Published on 06/10/2014
st-maarten-positions-itself-as-prominent-cruise-and-convention-destinationTomorrow's opening of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's (FCCA) 21st annual Conference & Trade Show-the Caribbean's largest cruise tourism conference and trade show-will reconfirm St. Maarten's commitment to maximizing cruise tourism's economic impact.

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