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Published on 04/08/2015
four-u-s-carriers-now-openly-support-gulf-carriers-in-open-skies-dispute The Big 3 – American, Delta and United (and their unions) have been pressing the US Government to depart from its pro-Open Skies stance and impose unilateral limits on the services operated by Gulf carriers; Etihad, Emirates, and Qatar Airways. “The Big 3 do not speak for all, or even most, U.S. airlines,” Hawaiian CEO and President Mark Dunkerley said.
Published on 04/08/2015
ana-to-increase-services-to-chinaANA, Japan’s leading airline, plans to increase services to China to take advantage of growing demand from business and leisure travelers. Starting from the 2015 winter schedule which begins on October 25, ANA will launch a new route from Haneda to Guangzhou and increase flights from Haneda to Beijing and Shanghai from one to two a day.
Published on 04/08/2015
boston-hosts-the-3rd-annual-hga-global-forum Hosts Global Alliance (HGA) held its 3rd Annual HGA Global Forum in Boston, MA from July 31st - August 3rd. Hospitality industry professionals gathered in Boston for the forum which welcomed over 225 top industry professionals, representing more than 190 destinations worldwide.
Published on 04/08/2015
cuba-to-host-mountain-bike-cycling-event One of the most famous and challenging mountain bike marathons Titan Desert, taking place in Morocco since 2006 has become a sports and tourist landmark. The renowned mountain bike marathon recently announced it would launch an epic race in Cuba. Organizers pointed out that the first edition of the event will consist of six stages, the race will depart from Havana, Cuba's capital, where participants will get acquainted with the historic part of the city and the cobblestone streets.
Published on 04/08/2015
dates-and-venues-of-m-i-forums-2016-events M&I Forums has unveiled its events and dates for 2016, introducing MICE industry professionals to some up-and-coming destinations. Parent company Worldwide Events has also announced that it will be co-hosting PRIVATE MICE Forums alongside its flagship M&I Forums in future, giving worldwide buyers and suppliers a broader choice of event size and atmosphere.
Published on 04/08/2015
amari-hotel-opens-in-the-maldives-announces-special-pre-opening-price Located on one of the most preserved atolls in the archipelago, Amari Havodda Maldives offers an ideal getaway surrounded by the pristine nature of the Maldives with uninterrupted views of the ocean and beyond. The resort will feature 120 villas including, “overwater” and “beach” villas. Make a beautiful island retreat an even sweeter experience with Amari Havodda Maldives’ special pre-opening offer!
Published on 04/08/2015
cunard-announces-world-adventure-month-with-offers-up-to-40-off Cunard announced World Adventure Month with offers up to 40% off Launch Fares for guests who book 2016 World Cruises or Exotic Cruises on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. Additional savings include a shore excursion credit of up to $500 per person and 50% reduced deposit.
Published on 03/08/2015
mpi-selects-destinations-for-world-education-congress-in-2017-2018-and-2019Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the future locations and dates for its annual conference, the World Education Congress (WEC). WEC is MPI’s signature event through which it delivers premier education, business and networking opportunities in North America, attracting more than 2,000 attendees including corporate, third party, and association planners, suppliers, students, industry faculty and more.
Published on 03/08/2015
how-much-adults-with-disabilities-spend-on-just-their-own-travel The Open Doors Organization (ODO) today released the findings of its 2015 Market Study on the spending trends and market scope of U.S. adult travelers with disabilities. "This new data," says ODO Director Eric Lipp, "shows that the disability travel market has a greater impact than ever on the industry and the broader economy."
Published on 03/08/2015
chinese-travelers-take-shorter-trips-and-choose-luxury-hotelsThe Chinese love of travelling is tremendous. No travel market is growing faster than the Chinese. After two decades of rapid and mostly double-digit growth, China has developed into one of the leading global source markets for foreign travel in recent years. ITB Berlin and IPK International analyze the travel flows of Chinese tourists. Here are the findings:
Published on 03/08/2015
american-cruise-lines-doubles-capacity-on-the-columbia-and-snake-rivers American Cruise Lines announced today the Queen of the Mississippi will join the Queen of the West in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. This three-year-old vessel, with all oversized staterooms and private balconies, will more than double the capacity on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The line’s brand new riverboat America will replace the Queen of the Mississippi on the Mississippi River in early 2016.
Published on 03/08/2015
wyndham-hotel-group-to-expand-in-south-korea-with-12-hotel-signingsWyndham Hotel Group is set to expand its presence in South Korea by more than 200 percent over the next three years thanks to the signings of 12 new property franchise agreements so far in 2015, including agreements for three Howard Johnson® hotels, marking the brand’s entry into South Korea.
Published on 03/08/2015
starwood-to-open-a-323-room-hotel-in-ft-lauderdale-flStarwood Hotels & Resorts announced the development of a 323-room dual-branded hotel under Starwood’s recently launched Tribute Portfolio and eco-wise Element brands. Construction on the 24-story project will begin this Fall, with an opening scheduled for Spring 2017.
Published on 03/08/2015
turkish-airlines-adds-a-new-route-to-its-far-east-network-khujand-tajikistan Turkish Airlines, ranked the “Best Airline in Europe” by Skytrax survey of 2015, adds yet another city to its Far East network. Today, the second-largest city of Tajikistan and the capital of the northernmost province of this country, Khujand joined the Turkish Airlines network as the 34th destination served in the Far East and 277th destination of the flag carrier.
Published on 03/08/2015
l-oreal-showcases-fragrances-from-lancome-giorgio-armani-yves-saint-laurent-ralph-lauren-and-viktor-rolf-at-qatar-duty-free L’Oréal Luxe has created an exclusive pop-up experience for passengers travelling through Hamad International Airport (HIA) this summer. Qatar Duty Free at the airport launches pop-up store that will showcase fragrances from five different perfume houses: Lancôme, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, and Viktor & Rolf.
Published on 03/08/2015
british-airways-launches-a-kids-fly-free-scheme A summer trip to London with the kids has just been made a whole lot easier , thanks to the launch of British Airways’ ‘Kids Fly Free’ scheme. Starting from today until November 1st, 2015, British Airways, Newcastle Airport and London Heathrow partner to offer families this excellent 'kids go free' deal.
Published on 03/08/2015
morocco-bans-youth-travel-to-tunisia Following the Tunisian attacks in June this year, Morocco’s Ministry of Youth and Sports has imposed a travel ban for youth travelling to Tunisia, citing safety reasons. Thousands of youth travel yearly to Tunisia as part of summer youth programmes.
Published on 03/08/2015
lufthansa-restaurant-service-starts-in-business-class From August onwards, Lufthansa Business Class passengers will have a unique service: Lufthansa Restaurant. After the flight attendants have welcomed their guests on board in person and by name, they take their orders and set the table with ceramic crockery. Meals are then served directly from the galley. Trays and flight trolleys are replaced by service plates.
Published on 03/08/2015
asia-pacific-incentives-and-meetings-expo-announces-changes-for-2016-event The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) which will be held in Melbourne 23 – 24 February 2016, announced details of the program with new offerings for the next year’s event. “The changes to the program reflect the needs of the industry, feedback from exhibitors and buyers, and are a direct result of the productive sessions involving the new Advisory Board and a customer roadshow, which took place in June this year” said Sallie Coventry, ibtm events Portfolio Director, Reed.
Published on 03/08/2015
audi-bmw-and-daimler-acquire-nokia-corporation-s-mapping-business AUDI AG, the BMW Group and Daimler AG have agreed with Nokia Corporation that they will acquire its mapping and location services business HERE. The acquisition is intended to secure the long term availability of HERE’s products and services as an open, independent and value creating platform for cloud-based maps and other mobility services accessible to all customers from the automotive industry and other sectors.
Published on 03/08/2015
etihad-airways-introduces-new-b787-9-dreamliner-with-first-suites-business-studios-on-singapore-route Etihad Airways has set a new benchmark for luxury travel on the UAE-Singapore route with the start of daily Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner services on 1 August. The Etihad Airways B787-9 Dreamliner is the most customised aircraft of its kind in the sky. The ground-breaking, next-generation First Suites, Business Studios and Economy Smart Seats offer a superior level of luxury and comfort and will transform the inflight experience.
Published on 03/08/2015
saudi-king-cuts-short-french-holiday-holiday-to-continue-in-morocco Saudi Arabia's King Salman, who had arrived in the south of France a week ago for a three-week break, cut short his holiday after a petition from some 150,000 residents over the closure of a public beach outside his villa. Many businesses were, however, more than happy to meet his demands. They claimed the Saudis bring much-needed revenue to the area.
Published on 03/08/2015
beijing-s-airports-to-close-on-3-september Mainland authorities have announced they will close Beijing's two airports during a military parade next month to mark the anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said flights will be banned or diverted for three hours from 9:30 am on 3 September to enable the victory parade to pass off smoothly and to ensure flight safety.
Published on 02/08/2015
world-s-first-airport-duty-free-sephora-store-opens-in-abu-dhabi Abu Dhabi Duty Free, in partnership with DFS and Sephora, is set to open the world’s first Sephora pop up stores in an airport at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Beauty and Fragrance was the biggest selling product category in 2014, with a 31% share of Duty Free turnover, helping to increase overall annual sales by almost 10%.
Published on 02/08/2015
qantas-goes-double-daily-to-japanQantas launched its double daily services between Australia and Tokyo, Japan this weekend. Qantas flight QF25 departed from Sydney to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, followed by the departure of QF61 from Brisbane to Narita Airport. Customers travelling on the new Brisbane-Narita route can explore Tokyo or beyond with popular holiday destinations across Jetstar Japan’s extensive domestic network, like Sapporo, Fukuoka and Osaka.
Published on 02/08/2015
iberia-plans-to-open-new-routes-to-asia-africa-and-the-americasIberia is making plans to open new routes to Asia, Africa and the Americas in the next two years. Destinations now under study include Tokyo, Doha, Johannesburg, Toronto, Guadalajara, Managua, San Juan de Puerto Rico, Brasilia, and Asunción. Negotiations will be followed profitability studies before final decisions are made. At the same time, and subject to final contractual negotiations, IAG plans to convert in firm orders up to five A330-200 and eight A350-900 options to expand and renew Iberia long haul fleet.
Published on 01/08/2015
tav-increased-revenue-by-17 TAV increased its revenue by 17% to EUR 508 million in the first half of 2015. Consolidated net profit of TAV Airports increased 4% and reached EUR 88 million. The number of passengers at the airports operated by TAV reached 48 million with an increase of 8% compared to the previous year.
Published on 01/08/2015
air-asia-x-announces-direct-flights-from-kuala-lumpur-to-sapporo AirAsia X, the leading low-cost, long-haul carrier, will commence 4 times weekly direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo beginning from 1 October 2015. Benyamin Ismail, Acting CEO of AirAsia X Berhad (Malaysia) said, “AirAsia X has carried over 1.5 million passengers between Japan and Malaysia. We are confident this route will also draw more inbound Japanese tourist traffic arriving from Sapporo who are often interested to explore surrounding cities in the region.”
Published on 01/08/2015
u-s-president-barack-obama-visits-ethiopian-airlines US president Barak Obama along with US Government Senators and House of Representatives paid a visit to Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Airline in Africa, during the president’s three days official Visit to Ethiopia, 26 to 28 July 2015. Prior to his departure at Bole International Airport, the president visited the first Ethiopian B787 Dreamliner dubbed "Africa First" and held brief discussion with Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO Ethiopian Airlines Group.
Published on 01/08/2015
valencia-city-tourism-on-track-with-best-ever-half-year-results Over 1.9 million overnight stays between January and June – an increase of 3% compared to 2014, due to the 8% upturn in domestic tourism and the high performance of international markets. Valencia registered the best first half-year in its history in tourism. This is clear from the figures in the survey by Valencia Tourism Foundation, contrasted with data from the National Statistics Institute (INE), which place overnight stays between January and June at 1,915,240, an increase of 3%.
Published on 31/07/2015
qatar-airways-submits-white-paper-to-the-united-states-government Qatar Airways has yesterday submitted a ‘White Paper’ to the United States Government which fully refutes the subsidy allegations levelled against it by the Big 3 US carriers. The detailed submission comprehensively addresses and answers all issues raised in the ‘Open Skies’ debate, which has put into question the longstanding US policy of allowing carriers to fly to and from the United States with minimal government interference.
Published on 31/07/2015
etihad-s-second-daily-non-stop-service-to-melbourne-starts-saturday-august-1 Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan announced the launch of the airline’s second daily flight from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne. Mr. Hogan said the second daily non-stop service would put Etihad Airways in its strongest ever competitive position in the Melbourne market. Etihad Airways’ second daily non-stop service will start tomorrow.
Published on 31/07/2015
crystal-cruises-brings-new-luxury-spa-products-to-guest-stateroomsCrystal Cruises continues to enhance on board experience by expanding its lineup of luxurious offerings. The cruise company announced a new partnership with ETRO Spa products to introduce plush new amenities for guests to enjoy in their staterooms and penthouses while also introducing Medi-Spa Cosmetic Treatments to its menu of services in the Crystal Spa and Salon.
Published on 30/07/2015
marriott-hotels-to-host-nba-legends-and-players Marriott International, Inc. and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced a partnership that makes the global lodging company the Official Hotel of several marquee NBA events around the world, including NBA Global Games 2015-16, NBA Africa Game 2015, and NBA Canada Series 2015. Marriott is the first company to partner with the NBA across international games on five different continents.
Published on 30/07/2015
british-airways-announces-first-a380-service-in-vancouverFrom May 1, 2016, British Airways will begin flying its state-of-the-art Airbus A380 superjumbo daily between Vancouver International Airport, Canada and London Heathrow, UK. This marks the first A380 for the city of Vancouver and will be the only scheduled A380 service in western Canada.
Published on 30/07/2015
mandarin-oriental-milan-is-now-open Mandarin Oriental brings the art of oriental hospitality to the heart of Italian city, with the opening of Mandarin Oriental, Milan. The hotel with 104 elegant rooms and suites offers the most stylish and spacious accommodation in the city. Situated on the central Via Andegari, just a few steps away from the fashionable Via Manzoni and Montenapoleone, the hotel is perfectly located, with easy access to the city’s most important commercial, fashion and cultural centers.
Published on 30/07/2015
opentable-unveils-the-2015-summer-road-trip-restaurant-guide Check out the 2015 Summer Road Trip Restaurant Guide before hitting the road this summer season. OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group unveils the guide which highlights culinary destinations along some of the most popular U.S. road trip routes.
Published on 30/07/2015
unwto-launches-world-tourism-day-campaign UNWTO launches this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) campaign, highlighting the transformative potential of one billion tourists. Ahead of 27 September 2015, UNWTO invites you to speak with a common voice on what matters most to us: tourism’s ability to drive inclusive development, create millions of jobs and build the sustainable societies we want for our future.
Published on 30/07/2015
goodspeed-mobile-wi-fi-adds-12-new-countries-including-turkey Uros has added 12 new countries to its Goodspeed mobile internet service coverage. The service that offers affordable mobile data helping companies overcome their connectivity challenges now covers the majority of the globe and enhances its presence in Africa in particular.
Published on 30/07/2015
cristal-hotels-to-capitalize-on-potential-boom-in-iran With an ambitious annual visitor target of 20 million by 2025 – a five-fold increase - Iran is set to become one of the region’s most lucrative hotel development markets, according to Peter Blackburn, President and CEO of the Cristal Group.
Published on 30/07/2015
u-s-travel-to-international-destinations-increased-11-percent-in-2014 The U.S. resident outbound market totaled 68.1 million in 2014, up 11 percent from 2013. Travel to overseas regions (30.8 million) increased six percent, to Canada (11.5 million) up less than one percent and travel to Mexico (25.9 million), the largest outbound market, was up 24 percent.
Published on 30/07/2015
what-if-mh370-flew-over-maldives-to-south A piece of aircraft debris that washed up on an Indian Ocean island is believed to be a flaperon, possibly from a Boeing 777, though authorities say it is too early to know whether the part comes from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Published on 30/07/2015
atlasglobal-ukraine-starts-flights-to-istanbul Atlasglobal Ukraine Airlines, a subsidiary of Istanbul based Atlasglobal, starts scheduled flights between Istanbul and Ukraine as of August 31, 2015. The carrier will fly between 3 cities of Ukraine and Istanbul. The three cities are Lviv, Kharkiv and Zaporizhia. One way flight in the EkonomiPlus class starts from US$84.
Published on 29/07/2015
distribusion-launches-first-gds-for-intercity-buses-in-turkey Distribusion Technologies marks the launch of the first global distribution system (GDS) for intercity bus rides. The company successfully started in Germany and will now be available in Turkey. Distribusion aims to simplify the international sale of bus tickets, which will benefit bus operators and travel resellers alike.
Published on 29/07/2015
starwood-s-four-points-brand-enters-turkey-by-opening-first-hotel-in-istanbul Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. continues to accelerate growth in Turkey with the opening of Four Points Istanbul Dudullu, the brand’s milestone entry into the country. Owned by Ever Group, the property opens its doors after 55 million Turkish Lira (18 million euro) investments in the heart of Dudullu – Istanbul’s largest industrial zone on the Asian side of the city.
Published on 29/07/2015
edinburgh-ranks-as-most-expensive-uk-destination-this-summerEdinburgh is the most expensive summer destination in the United Kingdom for travelers, according to a survey conducted by Cheaprooms.co.uk. The survey compared hotel rates across 40 popular destinations in the UK and Ireland for August 2015. Visitors to the Scottish capital will have to pay an average of £134 per night for the most affordable double room. 
Published on 29/07/2015
upload-a-photo-for-a-chance-to-win-a-cruise-aboard-aida-cruises AIDA Cruises, Germany’s leading cruise line is celebrating the 100,000th member of the AIDA Web Lounge community and is inviting all fans to take part in a big prize contest from July 28 to August 21, 2015. Participants can win an AIDA cruise and over one hundred other prizes.
Published on 29/07/2015
germany-issues-travel-warning-for-turkey The German Foreign Ministry issued a warning on Wednesday to tourists in Istanbul of possible terror attacks in the metro and at bus stops. "Trips around the country [Turkey] should be carried out with particular carefulness and caution. There are indications of possible terrorist attacks in the metro and bus stops in Istanbul," the ministry said in a statement.
Published on 29/07/2015
dubai-international-aircraft-movements-up-in-june-15 Dubai International welcomed 5.9 million passengers in June according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today. The airport recorded rise in both passenger traffic and total aircraft movements in June.
Published on 29/07/2015
british-airways-flight-from-las-vegas-to-london-heathrow-make-an-emergency-landing-in-montreal A British Airways flight from Las Vegas to London has been forced to make an emergency landing in Montreal due to a bomb threat. Photographs taken from the airport show a dozen police cars racing to flight BA274, carrying 312 passengers, which made an emergency landing at Trudeau Airport in Dorval at 5.47am local time (10.47am GMT).
Published on 29/07/2015
star-alliance-announces-premium-economy-round-the-world-faresStar Alliance has expanded its Round-the-World (RTW) fare to include travel in Premium Economy Class. In line with the overall RTW product, the Premium Economy Class fare is offered in three mileage bands: 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles. Putting the mileage levels into perspective, the circumference of the Earth measured at the Equator is approximately 24,900 miles.
Published on 29/07/2015
riga-airport-welcomes-50-millionth-passenger Today, July 29, Riga International Airport welcomed its 50 millionth passenger; Ms Monta Skābarniece since the establishment of the airport. She arrived at the airport onboard airBaltic flight from Munich. The Riga International Airport presented the 50 millionth passenger with the airport’s passenger loyalty card RIX Club and the airport’s souvenirs. Monta Skābarniece received Business class tickets from airBaltic, and the airport’s co-operation partner JSC “Riga Airport Commercial Development” (“ATU Duty Free”) congratulated the lucky passenger by bringing a special gift basket.
Published on 29/07/2015
imago-launches-event-management-websiteimago, the conference and events arm of Loughborough University, has launched its new event management website which will allow organizers to make the most of its local knowledge and expertise. imago offers a personal and comprehensive service focused on achieving client objectives whilst exceeding expectations within budget.
Published on 29/07/2015
turkish-tourism-companies-ready-for-world-travel-market-london-2015 Turkey’s tourism bosses and leading companies will be at World Travel Market London 2015 to highlight updates in tourism industry in the country and to inform about the upsurge in new airline services between UK and Turkey. The country is seeing increased British visitor numbers and expects the positive trend to continue into 2016, thanks to routes being launched by a host of airlines, from airports across the UK.
Published on 29/07/2015
korean-tourism-industry-on-the-rebound-as-pm-declares-mers-all-clearThe Korean outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been officially declared over, according to South Korean prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn. The announcement was made on July 28th, 23 days after the last suspected case, with no new cases reported. The statement comes amidst a flurry of increased activity for Korea’s tourism and business events sector; with 3,000 employees of Chinese health products company He He Kang Yuan departing from Tianjin on July 27th for a six-day cruise trip to Seoul and Incheon.
Published on 29/07/2015
diabetes-uk-to-celebrate-prudential-ridelondon-at-church-house Diabetes UK will once again host a celebration to mark their fundraisers’ efforts in tackling the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 at Church House Conference Centre. Taking place on Sunday August 2, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is the biggest closed-road bike ride in the UK. This year over 25,000 cyclists are set to take part in the ride, with events for everyone from beginners to the elite.
Published on 28/07/2015
delta-to-start-upgrading-select-customers-to-private-jetsDelta is planning an upgrade option for its top loyal customers that giving the opportunity to fly in one of the company’s private jets. However, the new upgrades are not available for every passenger. You need to have a “medallion” status in the Delta SkyMiles frequent-flyer program. That includes customers who travel 25,000 miles or 30 segments annually, and spend $3,000 a year on qualifying purchases.
Published on 28/07/2015
westjet-s-new-inflight-entertainment-system-westjet-connectWestJet has begun rolling out its new inflight entertainment system featuring wireless Internet connectivity and more than 450 movies and television programs. Called WestJet Connect, the system will be activated on all of WestJet's Boeing 767ER aircraft and more than 30 per cent of WestJet's Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft by end of 2015, with installations on the majority of the 737 fleet expected to be completed in 2016.
Published on 28/07/2015
eurotunnel-le-shuttle-breaks-week-end-record Last week-end, following the start of the UK school holidays, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle broke the record for outbound summer traffic to the continent. From Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 July 2015, more than 35,000 cars, campervans, motorcycles & coaches boarded Eurotunnel Le Shuttle for their 35 minute crossing to France (equivalent to c150,000 passengers).
Published on 28/07/2015
delta-to-redesign-new-york-laguardia Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a plan to redesign New York-LGA in partnership with Delta. Delta operates a major hub at LGA, with about 275 daily departures from Terminals A, C and D; the airline will be a partner in the plans for the redesigned airport.
Published on 28/07/2015
win-a-trip-to-halloween-horror-nights-25-at-universal-studios-florida This fall, Universal Studios Florida turns dark as Halloween Horror Nights takes over. With 9 houses, 5 scare zones and 2 shows, the nation’s premier Halloween event puts you right in the middle of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history for the 25th year in a row. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Universal Studios is giving fans the opportunity to win big. Five grand-prize winners will receive a 3-night vacation package, and 25 first-place winners will take home commemorative Halloween Horror Nights 25 merchandise.
Published on 28/07/2015
emirates-will-fly-double-daily-to-the-portuguese-capital-of-lisbonIn response to strong demand, Emirates will start operating a second daily service to Lisbon, Portugal from 1st January 2016. The second daily flight will offer travelers a convenient afternoon flight from Dubai to Lisbon helping to link customers in Australasia, East Asia, South Africa and West Asia with this vibrant city.
Published on 28/07/2015
visitengland-reveals-a-record-breaking-performance-for-domestic-tourism VisitEngland reveals a record breaking performance for domestic tourism in the first quarter of the year. The latest results from the Great Britain Tourism Survey (GBTS) tell a positive story for the first quarter. The tourism industry’s confidence demonstrates the resilience of businesses who bounced-back after the severe weather conditions that impacted destinations at the beginning of last year.
Published on 28/07/2015
airasia-to-commence-3-times-weekly-direct-flights-to-maldivesAirAsia will be commencing direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Maldives with 3 times weekly frequency beginning 22 October 2015. This route will be operated by AirAsia Berhad with the airline code “AK’’.
Published on 28/07/2015
two-jumeirah-hotels-join-american-express-fine-hotels-and-resorts-programme Jumeirah Group, the global hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, announced two more properties have been selected to join the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR) programme in 2016. The programme enables American Express Platinum Card® Members, to book through Fine Hotels and Resorts and enjoy access to complimentary benefits and competitive rates at over 815 properties worldwide. Amex FHR received applications from over 700 hotels hoping to become members.
Published on 28/07/2015
bag-free-travel-arrives-at-gatwick-airportPortr and London Gatwick announced that the London-based travel tech start-up has just launched its AirPortr luggage transfer service at the airport. Gatwick passengers can now take advantage of the same-day, on demand luggage service which provides bag-free travel to and from their home, workplace or holiday destination within London, Gatwick and surrounding/ connecting London corridor*.
Published on 27/07/2015
germany-s-incoming-tourism-grows-by-more-than-one-million-overnights Between January and May, 2015 an additional 1.1 million overnights were generated by international visitors to Germany, compared with the same period last year. This is according to the latest numbers from the Federal Statistical Office based on statistics from accommodation facilities with ten or more beds as well as camping grounds. Overall, 27.1 million international overnights were registered, an increase of 4.1 percent.
Published on 27/07/2015
a-new-initiative-launches-for-365-days-of-tourism-in-istanbul A new initiative was launched to gain new destinations for tourism in Istanbul and promote the city internationally. The Istanbul Governor's office, City Hall, TUROB, TURSAB and THY (Turkish Airlines) will all participate "Istanbul Tourism Summit" which will convene in certain periods of year under the chairmanship of Mr. Kadir Topbaş, the mayor of Istanbul.
Published on 27/07/2015
lufthansa-introduces-3-new-fare-options-for-europe Effective 28 July 2015, Lufthansa is introducing a new price concept for flights in Europe. There are three new Economy Class fare options are available: “Light”, “Classic” and “Flex”. They will apply from 1 October 2015, for domestic and European flights and will offer different services depending on the price.
Published on 27/07/2015
embraer-executive-jets-brand-ambassador-jackie-chan-gets-his-new-business-jet Embraer received the Validation of Type Certificate (VTC) for its Legacy 500 executive jet from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), which gives the green light to operations of the model in the Chinese market. Embraer Executive Jets Brand Ambassador, Jackie Chan is the first person to receive the midsize business jet. His aircraft features his iconic “Dragon” livery.

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Tanay Adıgüzel - Avantgarde Hotel Istanbul

Tanay Adıgüzel - Avantgarde Hotel Istanbul

FTNnews talked with Mr. Tanay Adıgüzel, General Manager at Avantgarde Hotel Istanbul about the growing portfolio of Avantgarde Collection.

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Fascinating Tunisia

Fascinating Tunisia

Recently I have visited Tunisia as a familiarization trip organized by the Tunisia Tourism Ministry with the support of Tunis Air. Tunisia is not only a beach holiday destination. It also offers a r...

City of beauties: Kharkiv

City of beauties: Kharkiv

Kharkiv or in Russian Kharkov, located in the northeast of Ukraine, is the second largest city in the country with a population of over 1.5 million inhabitants. Thanks to the European Football Champ...

Seafood lovers' paradise: Catania, Sicily - Italy

Seafood lovers' paradise: Catania, Sicily - Italy

It was mid-September 2014, my wife and me decided to travel to Catania; Sicily, Italy to enjoy warm weather in autumn and great Italian food as well as to celebrate my wife’s birthday.