England's Melissa Reid won the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open on Wednesday, for her fifth career Ladies European Tour victory. The 27-year-old fired rounds of 65, 69, 74 and 73 at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Antalya, for a total of 11 under par and a four stroke win over Frenchwoman Gwladys Nocera. Nocera finished with a 71 in the unique Sunday-Wednesday event.
Saudi Arabia is set to become home to world’s largest hotel with a whopping 10,000 rooms. To be built just two kilometers away from the site of Mecca, which attracts two million Muslim pilgrims a year for the annual Hajj, the $3.5 billion Abraj Kudai will become the world’s largest hotel when it opens in 2017.
Mercedes-Benz’s design-focused Style division has teamed up with Germany’s Lufthansa Technik to design and complete VIP aircraft cabins. The two companies will jointly develop an entirely innovative, luxurious and integrated cabin concept for short- and medium-haul aircraft. The VIP aircraft cabin concept, on show this week at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) 2015 in Geneva.
The Istanbul Autoshow 2015 – one of the biggest industry shows in Europe and the Middle East – has brought together 37 brands and 500 models. Istanbul Autoshow 2015 will be organized at TÜYAP Fair Convention and Congress Center located in Beylikdüzü between May 22-31, 2015 with the cooperation of ODD (Automotive Distributors’ Association) and TÜYAP Fairs and Exhibitions Organization.
German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the GDL train drivers' union on Wednesday agreed to return to arbitration talks, with GDL halting its open-ended strike and agreeing not to down tools until the new talks come to a close. The current strike action was set to conclude at 7 p.m. local time (17:00 UTC) on Thursday, May 21.
More than 800 delegates from cruise companies, ports and destinations, ship suppliers, yacht operators and charterers, marina developers, local authorities and government bodies will gather next week in Athens, Greece for the third edition of Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum. Sea tourism in Greece and Turkey is set for a significant upturn over the next two seasons as the region’s most profitable cruise destinations stand to benefit from an anticipated redeployment of part of the world’s cruise capacity back to the Eastern Mediterranean.
InterContinental Hotels Group will open its first Hotel Indigo hotel; IHG’s boutique hotel brand, in the city of Los Angeles, California. The 350-room, 18-story Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles is a part of Metropolis project which is over $1 billion mixed-use development that promises to redefine the Los Angeles streetscape, skyline and lifestyle.
Summer will soon be here in Europe and trips to the beach are just around the corner. Good News! Water quality in many European sites is in high-quality. According to the annual bathing water quality report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission, ninety-five per cent of the monitored bathing sites in the European Union met minimum standards for water quality in 2014.
London & Partners, the official promotional company for London, announced that London welcomed more international visitors than ever before in 2014, with the city’s cultural attractions and world class sporting events proving irresistible draws for millions, according to new figures released today by the Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey (IPS).
The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC), the Sultanate’s landmark business events hub, revealed its latest 3D structures and aerial drone images in the lead up to the opening in 2016 at a press conference held in IMEX Frankfurt 2015, the leading worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events.
The Berlin-based startup which first focused on giving travelers personal and hyperlocal recommendations on where to go and what to do has extended its offerings by booking their trips. With its latest update Triposo, the travel guide app with 10 M downloads, travelers can now book their complete trip on the go, with hotel deals, attraction tickets, amazing experiences and local tours.
Under The Sun, the hugely popular summer tour celebrating the golden age of alternative pop rock ‘n’ roll, returns to the Mandalay Bay Beach Saturday, July 18. The 2015 tour will feature top bands of the‘90s and today including, Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6.
Wyndham Hotel Group has entered into a franchise agreement to introduce its select-service lifestyle hotel brand, TRYP by Wyndham®, to the Philippines. Under the terms of the agreement with master franchisee Microtel Inns & Suites (Pilipinas) Inc., at least eight TRYP by Wyndham hotels will be developed in the country over 10 years, with the first property expected to open at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City in 2016. With this agreement, the Philippines becomes the first country in Southeast Asia to welcome the TRYP by Wyndham brand.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, in conjunction with ticket provider Travel Destinations Ltd., is offering guests the chance to experience the exciting Le Mans 24 Hours Race. Considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours Race is the oldest active sports car competition in endurance racing, and has been held annually near the town of Le Mans, in France, since 1923.
Choose Chicago signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cultural cooperation with the China International Culture Association, under the guidance of the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China. "China is Chicago's largest inbound overseas market," said Don Welsh, President and CEO of Choose Chicago.
In the fall of 2016, Disney Cruise Line will return to New York for a limited time with sailings to the Bahamas that include a visit to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. New seven-night Caribbean cruises from Miami and a return to Galveston, Texas round out the season.
ME by Meliá is launching its first Italian luxury lifestyle hotel in the heart of Milan’s fashion and design district in May 2015. Centrally located in the Piazza della Repubblica shopping area, and just north of Brera, the city’s vibrant design district, ME Milan Il Duca was originally designed by globally renowned late architect, Aldo Rossi.
The Islands of the Bahamas have long been synonymous with destination weddings and dream honeymoons, and with their new dedicated bridal and honeymoon registry they are further cementing this relationship.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB), in conjunction with Travel Agent Academy, has launched a new Greater Fort Lauderdale Specialist Program course for travel agents to become experts on all things Hello Sunny.
The Marriott Content Studio - in partnership with Marriott Hotels, premieres its second original short film, French Kiss, with a global YouTube launch followed by a gala screening and party at the Marina del Rey Marriott in Los Angeles.
PIER 39 was ranked the most-visited attraction in San Francisco for the second time by San Francisco Travel Association's Visitor Profile Study. The study is conducted every four years and, according to 2014 results, 43.7% of domestic and international visitors came to PIER 39 during their stay in San Francisco. An estimated 10 million people visit PIER 39 annually.
Turkish Ophthalmology Society Istanbul branch organizes the 38th Ophthalmology Spring Symposium between 22-24 May 2015 at Haliç Congress Center. Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye.
JetBlue Airways plans two new routes that will grow its presence in the Baltimore-Washington and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and continue its expansion in its focus cities in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood.
GoEuro has launched a brand new app for travelers to search, compare and book for travel by train, coach or air. The free app is easy to use on android and iOS. The new app will allow users to compare travel time and prices from over 160 rail and coach companies as well as airlines globally, enabling them to compare travel time and prices for the full journey, and book their tickets in eight countries.
Asia Pacific Golf tourism specialists Golfasian and Go Golfing, the market leaders in golf travel in Asia and Australia, have formed a strategic partnership to bring World Masters golf events to Asia. The principals of the two companies - Mark Siegel of Golfasian and Peter McCarthy of Go Golfing - are planning future events in at least four premier oceanfront golf destinations, each expected to feature participants from more than 30 countries.
As part of its new summer schedule Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is launching additional flights to and from Istanbul as of 11th July with a choice of up to 07 flights a week, available for travel through to 12th September 2015. The increased flights to/from Istanbul are catering to growing passenger numbers in light of the upcoming holiday season.
A world-class meetings and events facility; Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre invests to host more delegates. The center’s expansion at the adjacent Lot 91 is officially underway. Lot 91 will be a mixed commercial development comprising of office tower, convention center and retail podium. The project has a prime location within KLCC Precinct and has been designed for seamless integration with the existing Centre.
Aeroflot passengers flying to/from Male, Bangkok, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh up to Oct 24, 2015 (Nov 24, 2015 for return flights) get extra baggage allowance to carry diving and surfing equipment free of charge.
Recently published Meeting & EventBarometer 2015 reveals that Germany saw 9 percent growth in the number of international meeting guests in 2014 reaching to a total of 25.6 million. The report also illustrates how expertise, technology, sustainability, value and infrastructure are among the leading factors why planners choose Germany again and again.
Etihad Airways will add a fourth daily service between Abu Dhabi and Bangkok from 1 July 2015. Operated by a B777-300ER aircraft, the new service will increase the number of roundtrip flights which Etihad Airways operates between the two cities to 28 per week, and add approximately 5,000 weekly seats to the route. Below you will see the schedule.
The German train drivers' union GDL has widened its strike to include passenger services. German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said GDL began the part of its strike affecting passenger trains at 2 a.m. local time (0000 UTC) Wednesday.
The Seychelles Tourism Board took part in the Arabian Travel Market from May 4-7, 2015 which was held at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Seychelles Tourism Board took part in the Middle East section. The tourism board announced after the event that with the face to face meeting opportunity given to the attendees and its partners, many stand visitors were fascinated with the islands and plans to visit Seychelles as part of their summer itinerary.
Aeroflot’s dog security service and major Russian scientists work together and achieved breakthrough results through scientific research. A new method to detect explosive and dangerous substances has got scientific proof and a relative patent. New cancer diagnostics research data have been revealed.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, introduces a new service that will enable the company to track passengers’ bags in a cost-effective and accurate way. Thanks to new partnership with SITA, an air transport IT specialist, Etihad may extend its services by allowing passengers to track their bags.
Alitalia today announced that it will not renew its partnership agreement and ancillary joint ventures agreements with Air France-KLM when they come up for renewal in 2017. The agreements govern passenger services operated by the three carriers between Italy and France (and beyond), and between Italy and the Netherlands (and beyond), as well as the marketing, sales and distribution of Alitalia Cargo belly services undertaken by Air France-KLM.
Asia’s leading hospitality group; ONYX Hospitality Group will operate new properties in China. Thanks to two new management contracts; the group will soon operate seven new properties by 2018 in addition to the 11 existing properties.
In honor of Memorial Day, Princess Cruises is offering cruise deals on itineraries departing from the U.S. to spectacular vacation destinations including Hawaii, the Caribbean, Canada & New England, Mexico and the California Coast during the Memorial Day Sale.
Portugal’s Algarve will host the International Health and Wealth Conference. IHW is the first and only International Conference 2015 in Europe about Healthcare and wellbeing services, connected to the most attractive complementary sectors: Tourism, Corporate Finance and Real Estate - business as well as consumer-focused.
Best Western International has identified Indonesia as one of its most important markets and unveils a new property in Bogor, West Java. “Best Western International’s Indonesian expansion strategy is now in full swing, and BEST WESTERN Bogor Icon is another excellent addition to our fast-growing collection of hotels across the country,” said Ron Pohl, Best Western International’s Senior Vice President of Brand Management.
Bangalore, Karnataka, India is the host of the 38th PATA Travel Mart 2015. The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will hold the mart on September 6-8, 2015 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Center (BIEC). The Mart is being generously hosted by the Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka.
Event Model Generation joins forces with San Diego State University and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) ) to launch the first global certificate in event design. The Event Design Certificate Program is an immersive three-day training course that will innovate the industry by teaching a systematic 10 step visual approach to event design for meeting professionals.
All the human remains found at the scene of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps on March 24 with 150 people on board have been identified and will be returned to their families. Investigators say co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the plane after locking the pilot out of the cockpit.
A new report analysed the operational networks of 334 leading international retailers across 61 countries and revealed the world's most important shopping destinations. The top ten markets are largely unchanged from the 2012 rankings. The 2015 edition of the CBRE report: ‘How Global is the Business of Retail?’ presents Top Target Markets, Top 10 Countries, Top 10 City Rankings.
The Spanish hotel chain; Riu Hotels & Resorts operates Riu Dolce Vita (Golden Sands); the Riu Helios (Sunny Beach); the Riu Helios Bay and the Luca Helios Beach (Obzor); and the Riu Pravets Resort (city of Pravets) in Bulgaria and announces its sixth hotel in the country.
Dubai World Central, which is currently under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will be an economic zone to support a number of activities including logistics, aviation, commercial, exhibition, hospitality, residential and other related businesses around Al Maktoum International Airport. It is planned an annual capacity of 12 million tonnes of cargo and 160 million passengers. To accommodate all those passengers currently there are numerous hotel and residential projects in the region.
Passengers on board a Turkish Airlines flight at Helsinki Airport were given a shock when their plane crashed into the passenger jet bridge. Flight TK1425 from Istanbul to Helsinki landed the airport at 11.45pm local time in Finland and headed to the gate crashed into the passenger jet bridge.
California State Parks will honor men and women who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces this Memorial Day by offering free admission at participating state parks. “This free day not only honors Armed Forces and veterans for their service and sacrifice to our country, but it also gives them the opportunity to enjoy California’s amazing, diverse and wonderful parks and explore their history and beauty,” said Lisa Mangat, Director of California State Parks.
The leading U.S. airlines forecast that summer 2015 air travel would rise to its highest level ever while reporting that U.S. passenger airlines achieved strong operational performance and improved profitability in the first quarter despite another harsh winter.
FlySafair and Skywise recently joined the aviation competition in South Africa. Currently operating flights between Johannesburg (ORTIA) and Cape Town on a fleet of 2 aircraft, the newcomers’ growth strategy is clearly cautious and methodical. But there seems to be some confusion about who exactly these airlines are, where do they fly, and in each case, what do they offer consumers?
The Executive Committee of Skål International, in conjunction with the Chairman of the Kenya Local Organising Committee, has made the decision to postpone the 2015 Mombasa Congress and select a new venue and date for 2015.
The iconic Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, celebrating its 140year anniversary, has unveiled a stylish new restaurant, its most ambitious and anticipated culinary opening to date. Paying tribute to Asia’s vibrant gastronomic culture and heritage, the 140 seat restaurant, named AZIA, puts a creative twist on classic recipes and cooking techniques expertly combining past and present in new and imaginative ways.
The Engel & Völkers Group, a global company specialised in the sale and rental of luxury real estate, properties, yachts and boats, has expanded its service portfolio to include the brokerage of business aircraft and private jets worldwide. The new business division Engel & Völkers Aviation is specialised in aircraft sales and charter, and will make its industry debut at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE), 19-25 May 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland, Stand H065.
After three U.S. carriers; Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines have asked the administration of the US president, Barack Obama, to not allow Arabian Gulf carriers to add more routes into the US, pending a review of open skies agreements, a campaign was launched to keep the skies open. US carriers claims that Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways have received more than $40 billion in state subsidies. Etihad Airways has answered U.S. carriers with a research revealing these US airlines have also received benefits valued at US$71.48 billion.
The Ascott Limited announced today its target of 10,000 apartment units in Europe by 2020. Ascott’s Chief Executive Officer, said that their asset size in Europe is over S$1.5 billion. CEO said, “We will continue to deepen Ascott’s presence in gateway cities where we have properties such as Paris, London, Hamburg and Munich, as well as explore new markets to achieve Ascott’s target of 10,000 apartment units in Europe by 2020.”
After a joint effort between Infotur and Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba, the ninth edition of the Yellow Pages for the Tourist 2015 is released. The Yellow Pages provides useful information on the different communications services of hotels, airports, hospitals, food, leisure and entertainment centers, as well as other sites of interest to the travelers.
Just over a week after Germany's longest-ever rail strike the country's GDL train drivers' union will hold another strike. The GDL and Deutsche Bahn have blamed each other for the failure of wage talks. Train services across Germany are set to face another disruption after today’s announcement by GDL train drivers union.
Istanbul has been named Best MICE Destination Europe at the Business Destination Travel Awards. Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau’s General Manager Özgül Özkan Yavuz said, “We are extremely proud and honored for Istanbul’s recognition as the Best MICE Destination Europe. The award highlights our strong team commitment and global campaign in working within the business and travel sector and becoming the discerning traveler’s choice”.
A well-known U.S. hacker told FBI agents he took momentary control of an airplane’s engines mid-flight by hacking into its inflight entertainment system, according to a document filed in U.S. federal court. The claim was made by Chris Roberts, the founder of the cybersecurity firm One World Labs, who was escorted from a United Airlines flight last month after sending in-air tweets bragging that he could deploy the oxygen masks.
Honda Aircraft Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., today presented European audience about the HondaJet which is Honda's first commercial aircraft that lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.
Visitor growth from China continues at record levels with Chinese New Year 2015 having exceeded all previous years. According to government forecasts, Australians contribute the most to total spend now, but China is likely to overtake by 2020, and the US is showing strong growth.
In 3 weeks, 3 new hotels are announced for Adelaide. The number of hotel rooms in Adelaide has grown by more than 25 per cent since 2010 to now top 8000 with four new properties opening in the Adelaide CBD in the past 12 months. The Adelaide Casino has also announced plans to include a luxury hotel as part of its redevelopment linked to the Riverbank precinct.
The Embraer Executive Jets’ newest mid-light jet, the Legacy 450, is making its European debut at the 15th European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE). The aircraft is now in Geneva and will be on the static display at Geneva’s Palexpo Exhibition Center, in Switzerland, May 19-21.
The Australian-born, New York-based supermodel and businesswoman Jessica Hart partners with Qantas; she will connect what’s trending in fashion to what Qantas customers can experience in-flight and on the ground. She will draw on her knowledge of global fashion and lifestyle trends to work on projects benefiting Qantas Frequent Flyers.
In 2001 Rock in Rio created "For a Better World," a social project that aims to motivate people to seek improvements in life through changes in their daily routine. Rock in Rio USA made its official U.S. debut over the past two weekends, May 8-9 and 15-16, in Las Vegas. The 4-day festival which hosted leading names in music industry welcomed more than 172,000 attendees.
Prince Harry has charmed New Zealand with his easy going attitude during his 8 days of visit. The Prince – who has travelled from Wellington, Christchurch and Stewart Island to the river city of Whanganui – finished his tour in Auckland, footing it at an event celebrating the build-up to the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015.
Air Canada rouge, Air Canada's leisure airline, touched down at Venice Marco Polo Airport on Friday morning, marking the start of new non-stop seasonal service from Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Celebrations were held at both airports to inaugurate the twice-weekly service.
On May 18 Contemporary Istanbul will host an event at New York’s New Museum as part of its 10th year celebrations. The New Museum is a staple in New York’s contemporary art scene, located in a groundbreaking building in New York’s Nolita district on Bowery. The reception which will be organized on May 18 as part of the New Museum Triennial will be gathering many collectors, art professionals and Turkish artists.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum yesterday celebrated its first year anniversary. Located on eight of the 16 acres of the World Trade Center site, the museum welcomed about 2.7 million visitors from all 50 states and more than 150 countries during the Museum’s first year of operations since its dedicated opening on May 15, 2014.
Monster X Tour, the fastest growing monster truck company in the industry since its inception in the fall of 2009, visits Turkey with performances in Ankara and Istanbul. Monster X Tour is the home of the incredibly popular Monster X Tour series that features all the top monster trucks battling it out all around the world. It will provide quality, safe, family entertainment two performances in both Turkish cities.
As a leading platform for discussion and debate on issues confronting the Mediterranean's burgeoning cruise market, the largest cruise industry event focusing on the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas – Seatrade Cruise Med (previously known as the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention) will be held in Tenefire in 2016.
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...