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Published on 27/08/2014
mini-and-dezeen-present-frontiers-the-future-of-mobilityMINI has teamed up with online magazine Dezeen to commission six cutting-edge young designers to explore how design and technology could transform the way we travel in years to come.
Published on 27/08/2014
legroom-gadget-changed-route-of-united-flightThe Knee Defender, a gadget that blocks plane seats from reclining, forced a United Airlines plane to change route and make an unscheduled landing in Chicago.
Published on 27/08/2014
southwest-airlines-lost-elderly-womanA family goes mad after a Southwest Airlines employee parked a wheelchair-using grandmother for 11 hours at an airport, having apparently forgotten her.
Published on 27/08/2014
can-you-switch-off-your-mobile-phone-on-holidayAccording to a new study released by lastminute.com, 68% of Brits have been contacted by work when on holiday.
Published on 27/08/2014
pata-and-tripadvisor-enhance-strategic-partnershipThe Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) extended their strategic partnership with TripAdvisor.
Published on 27/08/2014
princess-cruises-unveils-hip-night-sky-lounge-aboard-regal-princessA new, cool nighttime experience will debut on Regal Princess in November, enabling guests to enjoy a chic and contemporary outdoor nightclub under the stars.
Published on 27/08/2014
american-express-and-world-monuments-fund-to-preserve-9-cultural-heritage-sitesAmerican Express and World Monuments Fund (WMF) announced $1.5 million in grant funding to support preservation efforts at nine historic sites.
Published on 27/08/2014
golfers-worldwide-to-sample-one-of-the-finest-golf-course-redesignsGolfers worldwide have been given fresh impetus to sample one of the finest golf course redesigns in recent years following the release of a stunning new image collection by The Els Club Teluk Datai, Malaysia.
Published on 27/08/2014
pattaya-food-and-hoteliers-expo-2014-successfully-held-at-peachPattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) was once again the chosen venue for Pattaya Food & Hoteliers Expo 2014, Thailand's biggest hospitality art competition & showcase from August 15-17, 2014.
Published on 26/08/2014
u-s-international-air-passenger-traffic-in-april-14International air traffic to/from the U.S. totaled 61.0 million passengers through April 2014, a six percent increase over the April 2013 year-to-date period.
Published on 26/08/2014
trig-money-signs-spanish-footballer-as-ambassadorTrig Social Media AB (Publ) has appointed a talented Spanish footballer as Ambassador for Trig Money™.
Published on 26/08/2014
vietjet-celebrates-three-million-passengersVietJet celebrated surpassing the three million passenger mark since the beginning of the year, resulting in a 182% increase in capacity year-on-year.
Published on 26/08/2014
a-new-luxury-5-star-at-sydney-s-darling-harbourInternational Convention Centre Sydney Chief Executive Officer and AEG Ogden Group Director of Convention Centres Geoff Donaghy have announced a new luxury 5 Star hotel for Sydney’s new premier business events precinct on Darling Harbour.
Published on 26/08/2014
new-world-hotels-to-manage-new-world-manila-bay-hotelNew World Hotels has been appointed by New Coast Hotel, Inc. to manage New World Manila Bay Hotel effective 1 January 2015.
Published on 26/08/2014
california-s-sonoma-wine-country-still-open-for-businessCalifornia’s Sonoma Wine Country is open for business following the Aug. 24 earthquake that struck about 20 miles east of the town of Sonoma.
Published on 25/08/2014
spain-received-record-tourist-numbers-in-julySpain, the world's third most popular tourism destination after the United States and France, received record foreign visitor numbers in July.
Published on 25/08/2014
qantas-customers-can-now-use-personal-electronic-devices-inflightFrom Tuesday afternoon Qantas customers will be able to use their personal electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets and music players in flight mode, for the duration of each flight, providing uninterrupted access to work and entertainment.
Published on 25/08/2014
sheraton-brand-debuts-in-koh-samuiStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide continues to expand its footprint in Thailand with the signing of Sheraton Samui Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket.
Published on 25/08/2014
qatar-airways-to-increase-flights-on-most-popular-doha-dubai-routesEffective October 26th, Qatar Airways will be increasing frequency on its very popular Doha – Dubai routes with additional daily flights to Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), taking its frequency to 14-flights-per-day to DXB and 4-flights-per-day to DWC.
Published on 25/08/2014
dubai-wins-2015-ida-annual-meetingDubai was successful in winning the bid to host the 2015 International Dragon Award Meeting (2015 IDA Annual Meeting).
Published on 25/08/2014
the-best-of-british-craftsmanship-and-bespoke-luxury-arrives-to-chinaA collection of London’s finest luxury and bespoke brands will arrive in Shanghai and Chengdu this September to showcase the very best in British craftsmanship and style in a unique and exclusive showcase held over six days.
Published on 25/08/2014
millennium-copthorne-to-focus-on-chinese-marketMillennium & Copthorne is participating in today’s Chinese Visitor Summit, aiming to increase its share of the soaring inbound Chinese visitor numbers into the UAE and wider Middle East.
Published on 25/08/2014
seychelles-south-africa-explore-new-opportunities-for-collaborationSeychelles is not always talked about as the tourism destination for groups & incentives, but instead it continued to consolidate its position as an events based destination.
Published on 24/08/2014
host-city-for-wystc-2015-announcedAs preparations continue apace for WYSTC 2014, which will bring the youth, student and educational travel community together in Dublin this September, the host city for the 2015 event is already announced.
Published on 24/08/2014
swiss-to-stop-zurich-kiev-serviceSWISS will be withdrawing its present Zurich-Kiev service with effect from 1 October.
Published on 24/08/2014
the-newly-built-hilton-panama-opensHilton Worldwide announced the opening of the newly-built Hilton Panama, a 347-room Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Panama City, Panama.
Published on 24/08/2014
icelandic-volcano-eruption-raises-aviation-alertAfter last week’s over 2,600 earthquakes in Bardarbunga, Iceland, a small eruption has started beneath a glacier near a large ice-capped volcano of Bardarbunga.
Published on 24/08/2014
over-3-000-winter-charter-flights-from-russia-to-thailandThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Moscow Office and 13 leading tour operators in Russia will promote Thailand to attract high-end travellers from Russia during this coming winter season.
Published on 24/08/2014
staybridge-suites-denver-stapleton-opensThe 200th Staybridge Suites hotel is opening in Denver.
Published on 24/08/2014
ihg-opens-9th-property-in-veracruzInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) opened its ninth IHG®-branded property for the State of Veracruz – current properties include two Crowne Plaza® hotels, four Holiday Inn® hotels, one Holiday Inn Express® hotel and one Hotel Indigo® hotel.
Published on 21/08/2014
iogt-s-first-congress-in-asia-to-be-held-in-thailandThe International Organisation of Good Templars (IOGT) has chosen Thailand as the venue of its first congress in Asia, to be held in the beach resort of Cha-Am between 26 – 31 October, 2014.
Published on 21/08/2014
top-20-most-popular-international-destinations-for-canadiansNew York City continues to be the most popular international destination for Canadians. Here are the top 20 most popular international cities for Canadian travelers and 20 most popular Canadian cities for international visitors.
Published on 21/08/2014
united-unveiled-new-in-flight-food-and-beverage-serviceUnited Airlines today unveiled new, improved lunch, dinner and beverage choices for domestic first-class customers, offering travelers chef-inspired meals and premium beverages that elevate their in-flight experience.
Published on 21/08/2014
most-popular-destinations-and-hotel-prices-for-bank-holiday-weekendNew data from hotel search website trivago.co.uk revealed most popular destinations for UK travelers this bank holiday weekend.
Published on 21/08/2014
fairmont-hotels-resorts-to-open-390-room-property-in-chinaFairmont Hotels & Resorts, a luxury brand in the FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI) portfolio, announced the development of a new hotel in Eastern China.
Published on 21/08/2014
renowned-yoga-master-to-hold-two-month-training-course-in-khao-lak-hotelThailand’s role as a centre of health and wellness will be further strengthened when one of the world’s well-known practitioners of Hatha Yoga gives an intensive two-month course to instructors and trainers in the southern Thailand coastal resort of Khao Lak later this year.
Published on 21/08/2014
holiday-inn-kayseri-duevenoenue-to-open-in-early-2016InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of Holiday Inn® Kayseri – Düvenönü which will open in early 2016.
Published on 21/08/2014
top-10-insider-tips-for-meeting-plannersIACC has released their top ten "insider tips" for meeting planners. The tips include advice on venue selection, connectivity, social media, negotiating rates, and budgeting tips with contributions from the IACC community.
Published on 21/08/2014
lebanese-kitchen-opens-in-los-angelesUrban Garden: Lebanese Kitchen, located at 7563 Beverly Blvd., is offerring an authentic menu of informal yet elegant Lebanese cuisine.
Published on 21/08/2014
virtuoso-honors-crystal-cruises-as-an-industry-standoutCrystal Cruises, the ultra-luxury cruise line, was recognized by Virtuoso, the international luxury travel network, as the winner of Best Luxury Cruise Line at the close of the annual Virtuoso Travel Week.
Published on 21/08/2014
hotel-gracery-shinjuku-to-open-next-yearJapanese hospitality company Fujita Kanko Inc. is now accepting reservations for a new Hotel Gracery, opening in April 2015 in Kabukicho, Tokyo’s entertainment and nightlife hub, located in the Shinjuku area.
Published on 20/08/2014
united-airlines-is-the-first-airline-to-offer-uber-serviceUnited Airlines became the first airline to offer customers Uber transportation services via its mobile app, further enabling travelers to use the United app for services throughout their entire travel experience.
Published on 20/08/2014
ryanair-lets-customers-pay-with-paypalRyanair launched a new payment partnership with PayPal, providing customers, business travellers, travel agents and corporate travel departments with even more ways to book and pay for the lowest fares on the Ryanair.com website.
Published on 20/08/2014
via-rail-s-new-accessible-cabin-for-twoVIA Rail Canada’s Canadian that left Vancouver on August 19 included, for the very first time, a newly renovated Park car featuring an accessible cabin designed for people with disabilities.
Published on 20/08/2014
50-most-popular-u-s-cities-for-foreign-visitorsThe Hotels.com Hotel Price Index revealed the most popular U.S. cities for foreign visitors.
Published on 20/08/2014
50-most-popular-international-cities-for-americansHotel Price Index has identified the most popular destinations for travelers in the first half of 2014.
Published on 20/08/2014
hyatt-mobile-app-now-includes-integration-with-uberHyatt becomes the first hotel brand to integrate its mobile app with Uber, a technology platform that connects riders with transportation on-demand.
Published on 20/08/2014
park-hyatt-new-york-opens-new-standard-of-luxury-in-manhattanPark Hyatt New York opens in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.
Published on 20/08/2014
istanbul-to-host-the-most-influential-digital-and-tech-event-bridging-continents-at-halic-congress-centerIstanbul, Turkey will host Webit Global Congress, which is the most influential digital and tech event bridging Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, attracting over 10'000 attendees from the record breaking 110 countries.
Published on 20/08/2014
scandinavian-airlines-connects-houston-with-stavangerScandinavian Airlines is now connecting Houston, Texas, with Stavanger in Norway through six days a week nonstop air service.
Published on 20/08/2014
first-studio-m-hotel-brand-in-middle-east-to-open-in-riyadhMillennium & Copthorne Hotels Middle East and Africa (MEA) plans to launch its Studio M brand in Riyadh.
Published on 20/08/2014
pata-launch-learning-programme-in-guilinThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) in partnership with the Guilin Institute of Tourism (GIT) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) are launching ADB-Phnom Penh Plan (PPP) for Development Management Learning Programme on “Tourism Management in the Greater Mekong Subregion.”
Published on 20/08/2014
ana-group-upgrades-flight-schedule-for-h2-of-fy2014ANA is upgrading its flight schedule for the second half of FY2014, in order to capture the increasing demand for Asian air travel and capitalize on the expansion of Haneda Airport.
Published on 20/08/2014
boatbay-launches-first-boat-rental-marketplace-in-asia-pacific-and-middle-eastBoatbay made the official launch of the first boat rental marketplace in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Published on 19/08/2014
graffiti-and-street-art-in-istanbulPera Museum hosts, for the first time in Turkey, an exhibition on one of the art world’s hottest topics – Graffiti and Street Art.
Published on 19/08/2014
india-signs-mou-with-czech-republic-for-semi-high-speed-trainsWith an aim to get expertise in running semi high-speed trains and modernising signalling system of Railways, India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Czech Republic.
Published on 19/08/2014
turkish-airlines-announced-net-profit-for-q2-2014Turkish Airlines’ first half 2014 consolidated financial statements were reported to Borsa Istanbul.
Published on 19/08/2014
qantas-is-the-most-punctual-airlineQantas has recorded the best on time performance in departures and arrivals for every month for the financial year 2013/14, ahead of any other major domestic airline.
Published on 19/08/2014
china-eastern-plane-aborts-landingA China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had nodded off.
Published on 19/08/2014
carlson-completes-acquisition-of-carlson-wagonlit-travelCarlson, a global hospitality and travel company, announced the completion of the acquisition from JPMorgan Chase & Co. ("JPMC") for the 45 percent equity interest JPMC indirectly held in Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT).
Published on 19/08/2014
virtuoso-names-10-hottest-destinationsLeading luxury travel network, Virtuoso revealed where the affluent will be venturing for the remainder of 2014, including the crucial holiday time and winter months.
Published on 19/08/2014
four-seasons-resort-marrakech-hosts-2014-global-spa-wellness-summit-in-septemberThe Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) announced that its eighth annual Summit will be held at Four Seasons Resort Marrakech in Morocco.
Published on 19/08/2014
the-world-s-most-liveable-cities-in-2014The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Ranking has no surprise for the most livable city for 2014.
Published on 19/08/2014
saudi-arabia-to-attend-wtm-for-the-first-timeSaudi Arabia will be on to the World Travel Market (WTM) exhibition floor for the first time this year, as the Saudi government unveils plans to invest heavily into its tourism industry over the next decade.
Published on 19/08/2014
u-s-carriers-to-stop-flying-over-syria-airspaceThe Federal Aviation Administration issued a new Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) restricting U.S. operators from flying in the Damascus Flight Information Region, which includes all of Syria.
Published on 19/08/2014
grand-canyon-west-s-diamond-bar-road-completeThe bone-jarring, teeth-rattling drive over a washboard road to the Grand Canyon Skywalk just got smoother now that the final nine-mile stretch of Diamond Bar Road is paved.
Published on 18/08/2014
thailand-is-world-s-number-oneWith their warm waters, soft sands and stunning, romantic backdrops Thailand ranked world’s number one in a poll.
Published on 18/08/2014
a-new-travel-and-transport-task-force-to-monitor-ebola-outbreakWorld Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released a new statement on travel and transport in relation to Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak.
Published on 18/08/2014
the-growing-portfolio-of-avantgarde-collectionFTNnews talked with Mr. Tanay Adıgüzel, General Manager at Avantgarde Hotel Istanbul about the growing portfolio of Avantgarde Collection.
Published on 18/08/2014
qatar-airways-increases-frequency-to-newly-launched-istanbul-sabiha-goekcen-flightsIt has been three months Qatar Airways has launched flights to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and now the carrier is responding to the increased demand for its services by increasing frequency.
Published on 18/08/2014
aeroflot-begins-partnership-with-major-international-hotel-chainAeroflot passengers will be able to earn miles through their hotel stay thanks to a recent partnership with a major international hotel chain.
Published on 18/08/2014
air-arabia-launches-flights-to-chittagong-bangladeshAir Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), will run three flights per week from its new hub in Ras Al Khaimah to Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Published on 18/08/2014
vi-hotels-assumes-management-of-marriott-hotel-minskVienna International Hotelmanagement AG (VI), the biggest Austrian hotel operator, will act as management partner for the 5-star Marriott Hotel Minsk.
Published on 18/08/2014
qatar-airways-upgrades-bucharest-sofia-routeQatar Airways has further strengthened its commitment to the Bucharest and Sofia routes by announcing an increase in flight frequency to the popular destinations in Eastern Europe.
Published on 17/08/2014
virtuoso-names-the-ten-best-hotels-of-2014International luxury travel network, Virtuoso® announced the highly-anticipated winners of the 2014 Best of the Best hotel awards last night at its 26th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference.
Published on 17/08/2014
a-second-holiday-inn-express-hotel-for-hondurasA new-build, 108-room Holiday Inn Express® hotel is opened in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Published on 17/08/2014
one-of-the-world-s-most-spectacular-flower-shows-heads-for-joburg-in-septemberJoburg is welcoming one of the world’s most prestigious and spectacular floral shows to the city during Tourism Month.
Published on 17/08/2014
pata-youth-symposium-at-royal-university-of-phnom-penhThe Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Education and Training Committee will organise a PATA Youth Symposium under the theme “What Do You Want to Share with the World? Tourism and Cultural Integrity for Cambodia”.
Published on 16/08/2014
thailand-tourism-to-fight-with-corrupt-jetski-operatorsJet ski scams have been damaging the reputation of Thailand’s tourist sector for some time.
Published on 16/08/2014
a-new-holiday-inn-express-hotel-in-northern-mexicoInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the opening of the Holiday Inn Express® Culiacan hotel in the northern state of Sinaloa, Mexico.
Published on 16/08/2014
the-water-blob-comes-to-fijiThe creators of the award winning Sigatoka River Safari and Off Road Caves Safari are bringing Fiji another first with the launch of the one and only Water Blob. Guests can jump, fly and play in the Fijian way.
Published on 16/08/2014
brussels-airlines-offers-special-promotional-fares-for-ata-congressBrussels Airlines, Official Airline of the 2014 ATA World Congress, is offering special promotional fares for ATA Congress delegates, participants, visitors, exhibitors, and invited guests to attend ATA’s 39th Annual World Congress in Kampala, Uganda.
Published on 16/08/2014
princess-cruises-introduces-new-culinary-programWhen the new Regal Princess sails into Florida this November to begin her maiden Caribbean cruise season, she will debut a new Princess Cruises dining program.
Published on 16/08/2014
u-s-citizen-international-travel-up-14-3-million-travelers-in-q1The National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO) announced that U.S. Citizen International travel is up seven percent in March 2014.
Published on 14/08/2014
hotel-chains-and-their-wifi-ratingsA new report ranks hotel chains and cities by the percentage of hotels with poor WiFi performance.
Published on 14/08/2014
the-ritz-carlton-to-open-golf-resort-in-chinaThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has unveiled plans for its first golf resort in China.
Published on 14/08/2014
pegasus-sales-income-rise-by-33-during-first-half-of-2014Turkey's leading low-cost airline Pegasus Airlines continued to expand as its sales income rose by 33% compared to the same period last year.
Published on 14/08/2014
grupo-hotusa-acquires-grupo-transhotelGrupo Transhotel announces the agreement in principle reached with Grupo Hotusa for the acquisition by the latter of a majority interest of its shares.
Published on 14/08/2014
vietjet-increases-flight-frequency-between-ho-chi-minh-city-and-bangkokVietJet has announced plans to increase daily flights on its international route between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok effective 12 September 2014.
Published on 14/08/2014
stay-at-waldorf-astoria-drive-a-ferrari-mclaren-or-porscheWaldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts launched Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences at its six properties in the United States.
Published on 14/08/2014
puerto-rico-s-mice-events-this-fall-will-inject-14-3-million-into-local-economyPuerto Rico was selected to host 49 events including, conferences, annual meetings and sports activities for this fall season.
Published on 14/08/2014
russian-tour-operators-go-out-of-businessRussian tour operator SurgutKurort has gone out of business, which makes them eighth this year since July.
Published on 14/08/2014
hawaiian-launches-daily-non-stop-san-francisco-maui-flightsHawaiian Airlines will offer non-stop service between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Kahului Airport (OGG) beginning November 20, 2014.
Published on 13/08/2014
greece-tourism-growth-continues-in-2014FTNnews talked with Apostolos Palakidis, Vice President Thraki Palace Hotel & Conference Center about Greece tourism and travel industry in 2014.
Published on 13/08/2014
ihg-expands-the-holiday-inn-express-brand-in-metro-atlantaInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced a new 123-room Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood and a 139-room Holiday Inn Express® Atlanta NW – Galleria Area hotel.
Published on 13/08/2014
qatar-airways-continues-africa-expansionQatar Airways today announced a further expansion of its African operations.
Published on 13/08/2014
ibiza-breaks-record-for-hotel-pricesHotel prices in summer destinations have soared this August, according to the trivago Hotel Price Index (tHPI).
Published on 13/08/2014
music-for-peace-is-organizing-sistema-europe-orchestra-camp-in-istanbulMusic for Peace, with the support of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is organising the second Sistema Europe Orchestra Camp, first of which was held last year in the Salzburg Festival, in Istanbul on 14-22 August 2014.
Published on 13/08/2014
best-western-to-open-first-hotel-in-shah-alam-malaysiaBest Western International will arrive in yet another fast-growing Malaysian city later this year, with the launch of its first hotel in Shah Alam.
Published on 13/08/2014
crystal-cruises-has-done-it-againCrystal Cruises has won three first-place awards from CruiseLine.com’s Bon Voyage magazine.

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