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.
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.
Edinburgh 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Star 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.
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.
imago, 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
Delta 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.
WestJet 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.
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).
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.
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.
In 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.
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.
AirAsia 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’’.
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.
Portr 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*.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gant Travel, a global travel agency, has successfully incorporated the means to offer a 70% refund on all prepaid hotel rooms purchased by travelers via the incorporation of Roomer’s cancellation protection offering.
Britons are no longer being warned against all travel to Iran after the Foreign Office issued a statement citing "decreased hostility" in the wake of a landmark nuclear deal. Almost all of Iran is now marked "green" in the government's foreign travel advice, though border areas with Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan remain "red", a warning against all travel.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the public at a press conference at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) which hosted delegates including the President of the United States of America Barrack Obama. President Uhuru showcased the opportunities and possibilities that Kenya has to offer as the country welcomed thousands of delegates.
The World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM announces today the launch of its only publically-voted category – the People’s Choice in Responsible Tourism in association with National Geographic Traveller (UK). Nine recent previous winners of the World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM have been selected by the judging panel to go forward into this year’s People’s Choice category, representing a diverse range of responsible tourism experiences and achievements worldwide.
If you could choose where to live in the world, where would it be? Would you opt for a quiet country life or do you prefer the vibrancy of a big city? Research by expert migration agents True Blue has uncovered the most desirable locations to settle down in both the UK and Australia.
The Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new route between Tallinn and Amsterdam on March 27, 2016. The new route will offer convenient connections between the two capitals, linking Tallinn via Amsterdam to the rest of the world.
Archaeological and cultural tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels will explore some of the greatest treasures of Greece this autumn, heading away from the island crowds to reveal the extraordinary history of the region of Macedonia. The new 14-day expedition, From the Slopes of Mount Olympus to the Shores of the Aegean, explores the region through its archaeology, food and wine, linking some of the most spectacular scenery of northern Greece with a rich and fascinating history dating back thousands of years.
One of the world’s best restaurants, Noma will relocate to Sydney for ten weeks from January 2016, to share the best of Australian produce as seen through the eyes of head chef, René Redzepi, and his team. Noma will temporarily close in Copenhagen, Denmark to open its new waterfront home at Barangaroo on Sydney Harbour, as part of an exciting collaboration with Tourism Australia and Lendlease.
The Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race witnessed another record-breaking year as 1988 swimmers took part in the 27th edition of one of the world’s most legendary swimming events. Swimmers from 49 countries swam the challenging 6.5km route from Kanlıca on the Asian side of Istanbul to Kuruçeşme Cemil Topuzlu Park on the European side. This year’s celebrity guest swimmer, Adam Walker, kick-started the race and was on hand to congratulate participants as they crossed the finish line.
GlaxoSmithKline’s malaria candidate vaccine, Mosquirix also known as RTS,S was given a positive scientific opinion by the European Medicines Agency. GSK announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive scientific opinion for RTS,S in children aged 6 weeks to 17 months.
LuLu Group, the supermarket operator based in Abu Dhabi, pays £110 million ($170 million) for the Great Scotland Yard, the original Scotland Yard headquarters, which is being converted into a luxury hotel. LuLu Group bought the property from British developer Galliard Homes which retained the 125-year head lease on the seven-storey Edwardian property at 1-5 Great Scotland Yard in December 2013.
Carnival Corporation has signed an agreement with the Port Authority of Barcelona to invest more than 30 million euros to build and operate its second private cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona. The Port Authority also granted Carnival Corporation administrative concessions to operate the cruise terminal and all-new parking facility at Europe's largest port and the fourth busiest port in the world.
Etihad Airways has experienced one of the busiest travel periods in the history of the airline during Eid-Al-Fitr. During Eid-Al-Fitr, 291,518 guests flew across Etihad's global network, an increase of 12 per cent on the 260,641 guests flown in the same five day period in 2014.
Rotana, the leading hotel management company operating hotels across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe, opens its first two properties in Istanbul, Turkey. Burgu Arjaan by Rotana and Tango Arjaan by Rotana represent the group’s first foray into the European market.
Air Malta has launched – The Sky Spa - the first ever free in-flight spa experience onboard a commercial short-haul flight. Flights KM 116/7 to/from Gatwick were chosen to introduce the innovative exclusive onboard service of spa treatments which no other airline offers free of charge to passengers travelling in Economy.
A fire on the pool deck of Cosmopolitan, a luxury hotel and casino in Las Vegas, in the US state of Nevada, injured two people on Saturday, the local fire department deputy chief said. One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and another was treated by medical personnel at the scene and released, Clark County Fire Department spokesman Greg Cassell said at a press conference shortly after the fire was put out.
In the last twelve months alone, Airbnb has more than doubled in size in Africa. Today, its CEO Brian Chesky will attend GES 2015 to meet with entrepreneurs from around the world and explore the sharing economy’s impact and expansion, particularly on the African continent - which represents a huge opportunity for the company.
The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) has concluded its events for the first half of the year and announced that Istanbul Film, Music and Jazz festivals drew great attention from their followers. The events organized by İKSV in the first seven months of 2015 were attended by 224,000 viewers. İKSV's events will continue in the second half of the year.
Giving its updated mid-year forecast, Malta International Airport was experiencing record passenger numbers month after month and successfully increasing traffic in the non-peak months. MIA is expecting to host at least 4.5 million passengers by the end of the year, an increase of more than 200,000 over 2014. This is equivalent to over 1,100 Boeing 737 aircraft at full capacity.
The Barbican, Europe’s largest combined conference and arts venue located in The City of London, sealed £1m of contracts last week as its profile increases dramatically on an international scale. Business wins included those from the technology and not-for-profit sectors.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, applauded the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals decision requiring online travel companies to pay more than $60 million in unpaid sales taxes and interest to the District of Columbia.
London Gatwick is set to have record-breaking summer with 6.8 million passengers expected to travel through the airport. During the most popular week, more than a million passengers will pass through the airport and, on the busiest day, Gatwick will serve more than 150,000 travelers.
Georama and Pure Michigan have partnered to create create a groundbreaking destination marketing campaign, Pure Michigan LIVE, which showcases the state of Michigan to the world with live, interactive tours. The campaign offers live, interactive tours of some of the most desirable tourist destinations in the state.
The King of Rock 'n' Roll is back! From 14th to 16th of August 2015 Elvis fans from all over the world celebrate their idol with concerts, exhibitions, a Cadillac-parade, a fan market, guided tours and so much more in Bad Nauheim, Germany.
Jazeera Airways today announced the restart of scheduled flights between Kuwait and Assiut, Egypt, starting September 10th with four weekly flights. The airline had served Assiut from August 2006 until June 2014, when the airport was closed for renovation.
Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises announced plans to relocate its Americas office from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, Florida. The move is currently scheduled for late 2015. The company, which maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, and Sydney, with its global headquarters in Monte Carlo, will move all staff currently working in the Fort Lauderdale office to new, first generation, Class A office space in the Wells Fargo Center.
The 2015 Luxury Travel Index ranked destinations by average length of stay, using data from technology and booking company Switchfly’s global booking engine, and give some insight into the traveling habits of people flying first class and sleeping five star. The data revealed that although the majority of top luxury travel destinations are European, the top two luxury travel destinations are in Asia and the Middle East, respectively.
Alain Ducasse, one of the world’s most influential chefs will debut Rivea and Skyfall Lounge at Delano Las Vegas in fall 2015. Rivea – inspired by the casual elegance of the Mediterranean coast – and Skyfall Lounge – a sophisticated nightlife concept – will sit high atop the stunning resort.
You are invited to come face-to-face with Carnivorous Predatory Dinosaurs at Universal Studios Hollywood. They gained notoriety in the Jurassic Park blockbuster movies and sprang to life in “Jurassic Park—The Ride” at Universal Studios Hollywood.
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. will debut the St. Regis brand in Qingdao, one of China’s most prominent and fast-growing coastal cities. Spanning across the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 52nd to 70th floors of a mixed-use development, The St. Regis Qingdao will be part of the city’s tallest building, offering unparalleled views of the Yellow Sea.
Japan Airlines (JAL) opened its newly-renovated Sakura lounge for international flights at Osaka (Kansai) Airport on July 21, 2015. Located near Gate 37, the updated facilities offer customers a relaxing place to have a rest while traveling though Kansai Airport.
Netflix already has an exclusive distribution deal for Brad Pitt's next movie "War Machine" which will come out in late 2016. And now his wife Angelina Jolie Pitt will direct a movie for the world‘s leading Internet television network. Angelina’s movie is an adaptation of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, a harrowing and poignant memoir from Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime.
Cozumel and Mexico aim to improved their share of cruise tourism by hosting the annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference & Trade Show in October this year. The host city and country will be directly benefited from spotlighting their products, experiences and infrastructure to the industry's most influential decision makers-over 100 executives, presidents and CEOs from FCCA's 19 Member Lines.
Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and Reed Travel Exhibitions (Reed) have renewed their partnership and continue to commit to the region’s leading business events trade show, the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) for a further three years – until 2018 - with management contracts signed this week. AIME 2016 will be held in Melbourne, Australia, 23 – 24 February.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) signs landmark sixth InterContinental® hotel in France: InterContinental® Bordeaux - Le Grand Hotel. The hotel’s food and beverage offering will be overseen by the Gordon Ramsay Group as it makes its first foray into Bordeaux and will include the fine dining restaurant - Le Pressoir D’Argent, serving only the finest seasonal ingredients from the terroir of Bordeaux, along with expertly matched wines from the region.
Staff from GTA’s offices will race to visit 650 hotels in 32 major destinations across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) region next week (27-31 July 2015). GTA’s first Reservations Appreciation Week has been launched to thank local reservations teams, who are the heart of hospitality.
A new independent study finds out the fastest Wi-Fi and cellular speeds in the U.S. airports. The study tests the Wi-Fi service in the nation’s seven busiest airports and determined that Denver International had the fastest Wi-Fi, while Atlanta and San Francisco had the slowest.
The Condado Plaza Hilton, which is one of the most well-known hotel and casino in Puerto Rico, lays off 144 workers and closes its casino. Following a 40 percent drop in the use of slot machines over the past decade, the seaside casino located in the popular tourist district of Condado stopped operations and will likely be turned into a ballroom.
To celebrate the re-opening of the U.S. and Cuban embassies, Airbnb will cover the entire stay of travelers that qualify, in the form of a refund. The company announced the surprise promotion on Twitter on Monday.
Talise Spa at Jumeirah Frankfurt has launched a range of treatments from the renowned Aromatherapy Associates. The spa offers two saunas, dedicated relaxation areas and treatment rooms enabling guests to experience Aromatherapy Associates famed therapeutic treatments.
Russia is expected to earn more revenue from big-spending Chinese tourists who spent $1 billion there in 2014, a figure helped by a devalued ruble amid Western sanctions and tourism promotions between the two countries. Chinese tourists accounted for 16% of all foreign tourists in Russia since the beginning of 2015. Meanwhile, the average amount spent by a Chinese tourist on one trip anywhere is nearly $2,400, according to data from research firm GfK.
Alitalia pilots and flight attendants announced 24 hours strike on Friday, July 24 starting from midnight on Thursday. The Italian Civil Aviation Association (ANPAC) announced the reason behind the strike is that Alitalia has refused to provide guarantees on staffing levels, meaning thousand pilots' and stewards' jobs are potentially at risk.
The Meetings Show, the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, took place at Olympia, London between 7 and 9 July, 2015. The event welcomed 4,413* meetings industry professionals, of which 2,876 were unique visitors. The Attendees included 824 hosted buyers – a significant growth of 19%. These hosted buyers attended an incredible 12,140 pre-scheduled appointments – a 28% increase in face to face meetings compared to 2014.
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