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Published on 02/09/2015
world-travel-awards-gets-ready-for-the-europe-gala-ceremony-2015World Travel Awards has arrived in Sardinia, Italy, as final preparations are put in place for the Europe Gala Ceremony 2015. ftnNEWS is also heading to Sardinia for the red carpet ceremony which will take place on September 5th, 2015. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Forte Village Resort. Hundreds of industry leaders from across the region will also be in attendance at the Gala Ceremony.
Published on 02/09/2015
pegasus-offers-180-000-seats-from-just-42-99-to-turkey Pegasus guests can enjoy the most affordable prices on routes to Turkey with Pegasus Airlines’ winter sale. Guests who buy tickets online between 2 and 11 September can fly on any route to Turkey at fares from just £42.99 between 1 November 2015 and 26 March 2016. With 180,000 seats in the sale, Pegasus guests have the perfect opportunity for an affordable winter holiday.
Published on 02/09/2015
china-southern-to-launch-new-direct-services-to-rome-dubai-and-christchurchChina Southern Airlines, the largest airline in the People’s Republic of China, announced new air service from Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou to Rome, Dubai and Christchurch. The Guangzhou-Wuhan-Rome and Guangzhou-Christchurch routes will be offered three times weekly and will both launch on Wednesday, December 16.
Published on 02/09/2015
hotelspro-adds-caesars-entertainment-propertiesHotelsPro, the leading global provider of travel and hospitality solutions, announces the addition of Caesars Entertainment properties to their portfolio of accommodation options. The hotels chain provider will be joining HotelsPro with an extensive portfolio of Caesars hotels.
Published on 02/09/2015
ascott-s-expansion-in-asian-market-continues-with-4-new-additions CapitaLand Limited’s wholly owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott) continues growth momentum with four new contracts as it adds two more Asian cities to its global footprint. Having recently achieved its global target of 40,000 serviced residence units ahead of schedule, Ascott is widening its lead as the world’s largest international serviced residence owner and operator with over 42,000 units in 94 cities across 26 countries.
Published on 02/09/2015
captain-cook-cruises-launches-new-sightseeing-cruise-of-sydney-harbour  Captain Cook Cruises have launched an exciting new sightseeing cruise that discovers untold Sydney Harbour stories. The Harbour Story Cruise features fun and personalised commentary – delivered by its experienced commentators, on the sights, people, land, history and development of the world’s most beautiful harbour city.
Published on 02/09/2015
starwood-hotels-introduces-tribute-portfolio-in-europe Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. debuts its Tribute Portfolio in Europe with the addition of the Great Northern Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. Launched this past April as Starwood’s 10th brand, Tribute Portfolio is a collection of outstanding independent hotels and resorts, promising owners, Starwood Preferred Guest ® (SPG ®) members and guests alike the ability to "Stay Independent."
Published on 02/09/2015
tourico-holidays-partners-with-airberlin-holidaysGlobal travel wholesaler Tourico Holidays has partnered with airberlin holidays, the tour operator of one of Europe’s leading airlines, airberlin. The wholesaler’s inventory covers the globe, hosting competitive prices in destinations such as New York, Miami, and Chicago as well as the European hotspots across Spain, Italy, and Germany. Tourico’s strength with 3 to 5-star hotel inventory attracted airberlin holidays, who shares consumer demand for thriving leisure destinations.
Published on 02/09/2015
free-ironbridge-gorge-world-heritage-festival-on-saturday-19th-september The free Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival in Shropshire will take place on Saturday, 19th September with heritage talks and walks, a quality craft and food market alongside the river Severn, live street entertainment and family activities from 12noon until 5pm. There will also be demonstrations and displays celebrating the remarkable heritage of the Gorge in the market square.
Published on 01/09/2015
a-ritz-carlton-hotel-to-open-in-budapest The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. announced that from 1st September The Elizabeth Park Hotel, Budapest, a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel will be managed by the company and following an extensive renovation program, the hotel will be re-launched as The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest in Spring 2016.
Published on 01/09/2015
radisson-blu-opens-two-new-resorts-in-mauritius Radisson Blu announced the opening of two Radisson Blu beach resorts in Mauritius: the Radisson Blu Azuri Resort & Spa, Mauritius and the Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa, Mauritius. Operated by The Rezidor Hotel Group, the two resorts are situated on the north-eastern coast of Mauritius, one of the most attractive resort destinations in the Indian Ocean.
Published on 01/09/2015
extra-leg-room-is-on-sale-at-airberlin Germany's second largest airline airberlin is offering 40 additional XL seats in Economy Class on its entire long-haul fleet (type A330). A total of five rows per aircraft have been fitted with the new XL seats. Flight guests travelling for six hours or longer can take advantage of a good 15 cm of extra leg room. The XL seats are also located in the front rows of the cabin, so expectant mothers, those travelling with small children and passengers with physical disabilities, in particular, can board and disembark more quickly.
Published on 01/09/2015
lombok-hosts-the-world-islamic-tourism-mart Catering to the specific needs of Muslim tourists, the 2nd Edition of World Islamic Tourism Mart and ASEAN Joint Seminar in Islamic Tourism (JOSIT) 2015 will be held from 23rd to 24th October at the Lombok Raya Hotel in Mataram, capital city of West Nusa Tenggara Province. This year, the special tourism mart and conference carries the theme “Together We Advance in Islamic Tourism Globally.”
Published on 01/09/2015
emirates-starts-dubai-mashhad-routeEmirates today extended its reach into Iran by linking Dubai with Mashhad, adding a second passenger gateway into the country after Tehran. The new service to Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city and one of its most economically vibrant centers will not only enhance trade ties with the UAE, but will also introduce travelers to Emirates' vast route network, opening up new opportunities to connect efficiently with destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and West Asia through our world-class Dubai hub.
Published on 01/09/2015
double-and-triple-hilton-hhonors-points Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide's portfolio of hotel brands, announced its latest promotion. Members can earn Double HHonors Points on Monday through Thursday nights and Triple Points on Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights.
Published on 01/09/2015
vietnam-railways-begins-online-sale-of-train-ticket Vietnam Railways announced the start of an online rail ticket selling system from September 1. Passengers will access www.vetau.com.vn, www.dsvn.vn or www.vietnamerailway.vn to book, make payment and print tickets themselves.
Published on 01/09/2015
swiss-offers-new-print-at-home-baggage-tag-option SWISS travelers departing from Zurich can now print their tags for their checked baggage before they leave home. This further check-in innovation, which is introduced today, enables the traveler to obtain all the flight documents they need at home, and thus minimize their waiting times at their departure airport.
Published on 01/09/2015
event-model-generation-san-diego-state-university-mpi-complete-first-global-certificate-program The Event Model Generation, in collaboration with San Diego State University and Meetings Professional International (MPI) completed the first Global Event Design Certificate program. The course took place in mid-August with follow-on programs occurring twice annually to help those in the industry increase the measurable value of high stakes events.
Published on 01/09/2015
explore-cities-with-triposo-s-new-apple-watch-app Today, Triposo has released its first Apple Watch app, which takes the same approach as the popular travel guide it accompanies. It helps you wander around the location you want to explore, and it notifies you when you are close to interesting places.
Published on 01/09/2015
fez-travel-launches-turkey-2016-brochureFez Travel, one of the longest established Turkey tour operators released its Turkey 2016 brochure along with an early booking special. The brochure is filled with an exciting collection of tours for 2016 including escorted group tours of Turkey, Turkey / Greece combination tours, ANZAC Day tours, Gallipoli Battlefields tours, day tours, shore excursions and a range of tailor made itineraries designed to give independent travellers a head start on planning their trip to Turkey.
Published on 01/09/2015
ibtm-events-partners-with-thailand-convention-exhibition-bureau ibtm events, the world’s leading showcase for the meetings and events industry, has confirmed that Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau is to become the official ibtm events Global Partner across its portfolio of events on 5 continents.
Published on 01/09/2015
shebamiles-members-earn-2-miles-per-1-usd-spent-at-hmh-hotels HMH – Hospitality Management Holdings has entered into a partnership agreement with Ethiopian Airlines’ Frequent Flyer Program - ShebaMiles. All ShebaMiles members staying at any participating hotel within the HMH portfolio will be entitled to earn 2 Miles per 1 USD spent for their qualifying service.
Published on 01/09/2015
ascott-offers-15-off-at-somerset-in-hobart-australia Singapore based Ascott Limited (Ascott) is offering guests up to 15%* off the Best Flexible Rate at Somerset on the Pier and Somerset on Salamanca, two serviced apartments located in Hobart. Valid from now until 31 December 2015, guests can expect to pay from $153 per night at Somerset on the Pier and Somerset on Salamanca when they book two nights or more.
Published on 01/09/2015
orlando-international-airport-served-3-5-million-passengers-in-july-2015 Orlando International Airport (MCO) announced that its record passenger growth continued in July 2015. For the month of July traffic was up 8.2 percent compared to 2014. Record numbers of international passengers fueled the growth. International volume increased 19.5 percent in July.
Published on 01/09/2015
pacifica-ca-welcomes-30th-annual-fog-festThe beach-front destination of Pacifica will be hosting its 30th Annual “Pacific Coast Fog Fest” event on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. along Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica. Located just 15 minutes south of San Francisco, Pacifica feels worlds away but is convenient to some of the most vibrant, international communities on the West Coast.  Easily accessible from Highway 1, Pacifica’ rich cultural heritage and bohemian personality make it a unique destination worth discovering.
Published on 01/09/2015
bali-hosts-the-3rd-seven-stars-luxury-hospitality-and-lifestyle-awardsThe 2015 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards Gala ceremony will be held in Bali this month. At its 3rd edition the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and lifestyle Awards will reward Hotels & Resorts, Spa’s, Special Awards, Aviation and more. The event will take place on September 19th at the luxurious Trans Resort Bali.
Published on 01/09/2015
bahrain-to-host-the-fifth-annual-arab-aviation-and-media-summit The 2015 Arab Aviation and Media Summit (AAMS) will be held in Bahrain. The event, which is a joint industry initiative by world-leading organizations, will take place on the 7th & 8th of December 2015 in the Kingdom of Bahrain’s capital, Manama. Running in its fifth edition this year, the Arab Aviation & Media Summit is an industry initiative committed to improving the state of Arab Aviation & Tourism.
Published on 01/09/2015
unwto-general-assembly-to-meet-in-medellin-colombiaThe upcoming 21st Session of the UNWTO General Assembly meeting will be held in Medellín, Colombia between 12-17 September 2015. Held every two years, the General Assembly is UNWTO’s main statutory meeting and the most important international gathering of senior tourism officials and high-level representatives of the private sector.
Published on 31/08/2015
world-s-friendliest-and-unfriendliest-cities-for-tourists Can you guess which cities could be the world’s friendliest and unfriendliest cities for tourists in the world? Readers of the highly-regard luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler selected them. Residents of Australia's other major cities might disagree, but international travellers have voted Sydney the world's friendliest city for 2015. Below are the world’s top 10 friendliest and unfriendliest cities for tourists.
Published on 31/08/2015
airasia-x-to-offer-lotteworld-theme-park-tickets-onboard AIRASIA X, the leading low-cost, long-haul carrier announced its collaboration with LotteWorld through the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to offer exciting attraction tickets onboard of its flights from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul.
Published on 31/08/2015
air-canada-flights-to-london-heathrow-are-on-saleAir Canada has sale on flights to London, Heathrow from cities across Canada. Travelers should book by Sept 8, 2015 11:59 pm EDT to enjoy low fares. The low fares are valid on travels from October 26, 2015 to December 16, 2015 and from December 28, 2015 to March 23, 2016.
Published on 31/08/2015
ramada-phuket-deevana-opens Wyndham Hotel Group boosts Ramada Presence in Thailand by opening of the 206-room Ramada Phuket Deevana in the heart of Thailand’s lively Patong Beach. The THB 1 billion (AUD$38 million) development, owned by Deevana Hotels and Resorts Co., Ltd., provides a serene escape in the bustling beach town, and offers Deluxe rooms, Premier rooms and Junior suites, all with private balconies.
Published on 31/08/2015
lufthansa-group-to-expand-direct-booking-channel-optionsThe airlines of the Lufthansa Group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS – have reached a major milestone in their endeavors to modernize their present product structures. A number of collaborations with various partners in the airline distribution segment have been successfully pursued over the last few weeks.
Published on 31/08/2015
how-easyjet-flight-from-london-to-turkey-is-forced-to-divertAn easyJet flight carrying dozens of British holidaymakers from London Gatwick Airport to Dalaman, Turkey was forced to divert. Passengers were shocked when the pilot announced that the plane had to divert to Milan in order to repair the damage.
Published on 31/08/2015
aci-reports-busiest-and-fastest-growing-airports-in-2014 Airports Council International (ACI) has released the latest edition of the World Airport Traffic Report. International tourism was irrepressible in 2014 considering the geopolitical risks that have persisted in certain parts of the world, such as Eastern Europe and the Middle East. However international traveller in 2014 appears to have been immune to these potential dangers and overall global passenger traffic grew at a rate of over 5%. This is above the 4.3% average annual growth rate in passenger traffic from 2004 to 2014.
Published on 31/08/2015
carlson-rezidor-announces-the-radisson-blu-plaza-hotel-ljubljana Carlson Rezidor, one of the most dynamic hotel groups worldwide, announces their first hotel in Slovenia – the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Ljubljana. The property featuring 236 rooms is the conversion of an existing hotel and will be re-branded in late 2015.
Published on 31/08/2015
shanghai-tourism-festival-2015-begins-on-september-12 Shanghai Tourism Festival 2015 will open on September 12. The “Silk Road on the Sea” event this year will feature myriad festivities, helping promote cooperation between, and resources sharing among, different regions in the field of tourism.
Published on 31/08/2015
fantastic-experience-with-mercedes-maybach-at-mandarin-oriental-guangzhou Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou has partnered up with Mercedes to offer guests their own personal, chauffeured limousine service this autumn. By booking the Fantastic Stay with Mercedes-Maybach accommodation package, guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the City of Flowers in a chauffer-driven Mercedes-Maybach S Class at any time, day or night, during their stay.
Published on 31/08/2015
ihg-reward-members-can-save-up-to-10-in-chicago-and-orlando IHG® Rewards Club membership definitely has its advantages! Beyond all of the exclusive privileges members enjoy throughout the year, now members will also save up to 10% on the best available rates in Chicago and Orlando. Book now through December 30, 2015, for stays through February 29, 2016 and start saving.
Published on 30/08/2015
icelandair-increases-flights-from-glasgow-to-reykjavik Icelandair will increase flights from Glasgow to Reykjavik from March 2016 as the airline celebrates its 70th anniversary of flying to Scotland. This will take the number of flights the airline offers to Glasgow customers from five to six a week, increasing the number of available seats by 14,000 per year. The additional flight will depart on Saturday mornings from 19 March 2016.
Published on 30/08/2015
tav-academy-becomes-an-icao-certified-training-centerThe service quality of TAV Academy, the training and consultant company of TAV Airports, has been certified by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) following their audit and TAV Academy is listed amongst the 16 private training centers worldwide.
Published on 30/08/2015
new-amtrak-guest-rewards-program Amtrak passengers will have more options to earn and redeem points under an extensively improved, simplified Amtrak Guest Rewards program. “This program takes Amtrak Guest Rewards to the next level with improved earnings potential and expanded, simplified redemptions," said Matt Hardison, Amtrak’s executive vice president of marketing and sales.
Published on 30/08/2015
recharge-your-devices-free-at-frankfurt-airport Many travelers struggle at airports to find conveniently-located power outlets to charge up their electronic devices. At Frankfurt Airport (FRA), you’ll find plenty of opportunities to recharge your personal electronic devices. The two terminals boast a total of around 5,000 power sockets and USB ports that you can use to charge your computer or phone absolutely free—and the airport is busily adding to this offering.
Published on 29/08/2015
mama-shelter-istanbul-presents-three-rooms On the occasion of the Istanbul Art Biennial, Mama Shelter invited LA and Paris based curators Lauren Mackler, Martha Kirszenbaum and Myriam Ben Salah to organize two nights of screenings, audio, visual and stage performances. Oslo-based performance artist & singer Nils Bech and Los Angeles-based DJ & producer NAR will be pushing the boundaries with their unconventional audio, visual & stage performances at Mama's rooftop.
Published on 29/08/2015
sixt-opens-new-in-terminal-branch-at-charles-m-schulz-sonoma-county-airportSixt SE and its U.S. Franchise Unit (Sixt Franchise USA, LLC) announce the opening of a new branch to service the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California. This is the second Sixt branch in Sonoma County, preceded by a branch that opened last year which services the Santa Rosa local area.
Published on 29/08/2015
swiss-launches-new-gourmet-conceptSwiss International Air Lines is further enhancing its inflight foodservice. SWISS launches new gourmet concept “SWISS Connoisseur Experience” for First Class guests. Four times a year, SWISS First customers on long-haul flights from Switzerland will now be served exclusive seasonal gourmet delights such as truffles or caviar.
Published on 29/08/2015
hotels-in-the-americas-region-recorded-positive-results-in-july According to July 2015 data compiled by STR, Inc. and STR Global, hotels in the Americas region recorded positive results in the three key performance metrics. Compared to July 2014, the Americas region reported a 2.2% increase in occupancy to 74.8%, a 5.8% increase in average daily rate to US$124.78 and an 8.2% increase in revenue per available room to US$93.37.
Published on 29/08/2015
visit-orlando-sponsors-us-open-entertainment-lineup-unveiled Visit Orlando becomes one of the sponsors of the 14-day tournament which begins Monday. The US Open features the biggest stars in tennis competing for one of the most coveted trophies in all of sport. And in 2015, some of the biggest stars in entertainment will be on hand as well.
Published on 29/08/2015
pegasus-airlines-plane-makes-emergency-landing-at-sofia-airportTurkey’s Pegasus Airlines safely made an emergency landing at Sofia Airport, Bulgaria on Friday afternoon following an engine failure. The aircraft carrying 163 passengers and six crew was flying from Antalya, Turkey to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Published on 28/08/2015
skygreece-temporarily-cease-all-operations SkyGreece Airlines apologized to all of its passengers who have been affected as a result of the Company’s current operational crisis. The founders, managers and employees of SkyGreece care deeply about their passengers and have been working around the clock to resolve the problem.
Published on 28/08/2015
jw-marriott-miami-receives-wine-spectator-for-ninth-time JW Marriott Miami, the luxurious AAA Four Diamond hotel located in the heart of Brickell Avenue, announced that The Trapiche Room has received the prestigious Wine Spectator Award for the ninth year in a row. With a selection of 235 wines, The Trapiche Room was chosen based on their wine list being best fitted for their cuisine, offer stimulating selections and appeal to a wide range of wine enthusiasts.
Published on 28/08/2015
visit-orlando-s-magical-dining-celebrates-10th-anniversary Starting with a special preview week August 24 and running through September 30 Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining celebrates its 10th anniversary. Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining showcases much of the culinary landscape that has brought Orlando national acclaim in the past year. There is no better time for Foodies to enjoy Orlando, named one of 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2015 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, as well as one of The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in the world in 2015.
Published on 28/08/2015
klm-and-schiphol-invest-in-dutch-startup-undagrid Mainport Innovation Fund (MIF) has invested in the Dutch 'Internet of Things' startup Undagrid. The investment made in Undagrid will enable the company to propel international growth and allow them to enter new markets. MIF as an investment fund is a partnership between KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rabobank, and the Delft University of Technology.
Published on 28/08/2015
princess-cruises-3-for-free-sale Princess Cruises is offering special savings during the “3 for Free” cruise sale for guests booking Alaska, Caribbean and Europe cruises, as well as Alaska Land & Sea Vacations. Princess Cruises has more than 700 cruises on sale in 2016 and 2017.
Published on 28/08/2015
amtrak-vacations-announce-new-rail-vacation-packagesGlacier National Park Amtrak Vacations has announced the release of their 2016-2017 Rail Vacations, which include 16 new rail vacation packages. A number of the new rail vacations continue to expand on National Park destinations.
Published on 27/08/2015
s-m-publication-celebrates-25th-anniversary S&M Publication, Turkey’s leading travel publication house, celebrated its 25th year in a cocktail held at Hotel Suadiye in Istanbul. Participants at the cocktail adopted a sea turtle, caretta caretta, in Belek, Turkey and contributed the continuity of marine and coastal ecosystem.
Published on 27/08/2015
sheraton-bucharest-hotel-opens Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced its market entry in Romania with the opening of the Sheraton® Bucharest Hotel. “As a market debut for Starwood and Sheraton, Romania symbolizes an important expansion opportunity while also putting Sheraton one step closer to its goal of opening more than 150 new hotels over the next five years,” said Dave Marr, Global Brand Leader, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts.
Published on 27/08/2015
top-5-most-searched-hotel-brands-in-the-usWherever travelers go they make a research online. Whether planning a trip, navigating a new city, or sharing vacation memories, they turn to the web, using whatever device is at hand. This has completely reshaped the path to purchase, creating many moments of intent. Google reveals the top 5 most searched hotel brands in the US.
Published on 27/08/2015
aaa-says-over-35-million-traveling-for-labor-dayAAA Travel projects 35.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2008 and a one percent increase over 2014. While the majority of travelers (30.4 million, 86 percent of all travelers) will celebrate the holiday with a final road trip before summer comes to a close, air travel is also projected to grow 1.5 percent this holiday.
Published on 27/08/2015
south-african-airways-and-jet-airways-expend-codeshare-agreement South African Airways and India’s Jet Airways have further expanded their codeshare agreement so that passengers can now book and travel throughout the combined networks of both airlines, and enjoy convenient flight connections between India and South Africa, over Jet Airways’ Abu Dhabi gateway.
Published on 27/08/2015
survey-shows-lagos-is-the-hottest-city-in-africa-for-new-hotel-development The findings of this year’s Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey, produced by W Hospitality Group, show that Lagos is the hottest city in Africa, when it comes to the development of new hotels by international hotel investors. In compiling the data, W Hospitality Group spoke to 37 hotel chains with 80 brands between them. To qualify for the study, hotel chains need to be operating in more than one country so by definition, more hotel development activity is taking place because domestic players in the market have not been counted.
Published on 27/08/2015
google-and-yahoo-executives-to-attend-technology-programme-at-wtm-london-2015 Top executives from the world’s leading technology and internet companies will speak to delegates at World Travel Market London 2015 as part of the event’s Travel Technology Show. Besides Google and Yahoo!, senior executives from Carson Wagonlit Travel, ACCOR, bmi regional and Mr & Mrs Smith will also join the events programme.
Published on 27/08/2015
meghan-linsey-to-bring-holiday-cheer-as-santa-train-celebrity-guest Rising pop star and "The Voice" Season 8 runner-up Meghan Linsey will be the celebrity guest on the Santa Train. She will accompany Santa and event sponsors CSX, Dignity U Wear, Food City and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce on the 110-mile trek. Fans can use the hashtag #santatrain15 to engage in the Santa Train conversation on social media.
Published on 27/08/2015
turkish-ground-services-now-provides-services-in-6-languages Turkish Airlines continues to implement significant investments designed to bring the passenger experience to a new level. Its successful ground operations partner, TGS (Turkish Ground Services), is now providing services in 6 languages in order to meet the demands of its foreign passengers who do not speak English.
Published on 27/08/2015
future-travel-experiences-to-be-showcased-in-las-vegas-next-monthFuture Travel Experience Global 2015 – the 10th anniversary edition of the independent event that champions innovation to enhance the end-to-end passenger experience – will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort Las Vegas from 9th-11th September 2015. Hosted once again by McCarran International Airport, this year’s show will focus on the theme: “Transforming the passenger experience through customer-focused innovation and collaboration”.
Published on 27/08/2015
miami-international-airport-mia-launches-massive-energy-saving-program This summer Miami International Airport (MIA) and FPL Services (FPLS) are dramatically lowering the airport’s energy expenses, thanks to the Sustainability Project at MIA. MIA and FPLS recently unveiled the project, which is one of the largest energy-saving programs ever in the state of Florida and in the eastern U.S.
Published on 27/08/2015
cunard-s-2017-exotic-cruises-full-world-voyages Cunard released its 2017 Exotic Cruises & Full World Voyages Programme, inviting travelers to embrace exciting new frontiers in magnificent Cunard style. On sale beginning September 10, 2015 (September 9 for Cunard World Club guests), the programme will offer three World and Exotic Cruises (with options ranging from three to 132 nights) and will feature 80 unique ports in 42 countries and 15 ship maiden calls – five of which are new to the fleet.
Published on 27/08/2015
aeroflot-and-saudia-announce-codeshare-agreementAeroflot and Saudia, the flag carriers and largest airlines in Russia and Saudi Arabia respectively, have entered a codeshare agreement that expands their networks between popular business and leisure destinations in the two countries. The new codeshare flights are now available for purchase for flights starting from August 1, 2015.
Published on 27/08/2015
thailand-received-20-millionth-visitor Thailand’s visitor arrivals count surged by one million in only ten days with the arrival of the country’s 20th million visitor yesterday. This indicated that the widely projected temporary downturn in arrivals following the 17 August attack in Bangkok had failed to materialise.
Published on 27/08/2015
hotel-construction-in-turkey-is-at-an-all-time-high Turkey is now the 6th most visited country in the world with 41 million tourists in 2014. To be able to accommodate more tourists in the country, new hotels are needed. An exclusive new report reveals that hotel construction in Turkey is at an all-time high with 74 projects and 12,968 new rooms in the pipeline.
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Pegasus offers 180,000 seats from just £42.99 to Turkey

02-09-2015 News from Turkey

Pegasus offers 180,000 seats from just £42.99 to Turkey

Pegasus guests can enjoy the most affordable prices on routes to Turkey with Pegasus Airlines’ winter sale. Guests who buy tickets online between 2 and 11 September can fly on...

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Fez Travel Launches Turkey 2016 Brochure

01-09-2015 News from Turkey

Fez Travel Launches Turkey 2016 Brochure

Fez Travel, one of the longest established Turkey tour operators released its Turkey 2016 brochure along with an early booking special. The brochure is filled with an exciting collection of...

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China Southern to Launch New Direct Services to Rome, Dubai and Christchurch

02-09-2015 Aviation

China Southern to Launch New Direct Services to Rome, Dubai and Christchurch

China Southern Airlines, the largest airline in the People’s Republic of China, announced new air service from Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou to Rome, Dubai and Christchurch. The Guangzhou-Wuhan-Rome and Guangzhou-Christchurch...

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Extra leg room is on sale at airberlin

01-09-2015 Aviation

Extra leg room is on sale at airberlin

Germany's second largest airline airberlin is offering 40 additional XL seats in Economy Class on its entire long-haul fleet (type A330). A total of five rows per aircraft have been...

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Princess Cruises “3 For Free” Sale

28-08-2015 Cruise Travel

Princess Cruises “3 For Free” Sale

Princess Cruises is offering special savings during the “3 for Free” cruise sale for guests booking Alaska, Caribbean and Europe cruises, as well as Alaska Land & Sea Vacations. Princess...

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Cunard‘s 2017 Exotic Cruises & Full World Voyages

27-08-2015 Cruise Travel

Cunard‘s 2017 Exotic Cruises & Full World Voyages

Cunard released its 2017 Exotic Cruises & Full World Voyages Programme, inviting travelers to embrace exciting new frontiers in magnificent Cunard style. On sale beginning September 10, 2015 (September 9...

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Vietnam Railways begins online sale of train ticket

01-09-2015 Rail

Vietnam Railways begins online sale of train ticket

Vietnam Railways announced the start of an online rail ticket selling system from September 1. Passengers will access www.vetau.com.vn, www.dsvn.vn or www.vietnamerailway.vn to book, make payment and print tickets themselves.

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New Amtrak Guest Rewards program

30-08-2015 Rail

New Amtrak Guest Rewards program

Amtrak passengers will have more options to earn and redeem points under an extensively improved, simplified Amtrak Guest Rewards program. “This program takes Amtrak Guest Rewards to the next level...

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HotelsPro adds Caesars Entertainment properties

02-09-2015 Accommodation

HotelsPro adds Caesars Entertainment properties

HotelsPro, the leading global provider of travel and hospitality solutions, announces the addition of Caesars Entertainment properties to their portfolio of accommodation options. The hotels chain provider will be joining...

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Ascott’s expansion in Asian market continues with 4 new additions

02-09-2015 Accommodation

Ascott’s expansion in Asian market continues with 4 new additions

CapitaLand Limited’s wholly owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott) continues growth momentum with four new contracts as it adds two more Asian cities to its global footprint....

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MICE News

World Travel Awards gets ready for the Europe Gala Ceremony 2015

02-09-2015 MICE

World Travel Awards gets ready for the Europe Gala Ceremony 2015

World Travel Awards has arrived in Sardinia, Italy, as final preparations are put in place for the Europe Gala Ceremony 2015. ftnNEWS is also heading to Sardinia for the red...

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Free Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival on Saturday, 19th September

02-09-2015 MICE

Free Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival on Saturday, 19th September

The free Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival in Shropshire will take place on Saturday, 19th September with heritage talks and walks, a quality craft and food market alongside the river...

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Technology

Explore cities with Triposo’s new Apple Watch app

01-09-2015 Technology

Explore cities with Triposo’s new Apple Watch app

Today, Triposo has released its first Apple Watch app, which takes the same approach as the popular travel guide it accompanies. It helps you wander around the location you want...

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KLM and Schiphol invest in Dutch startup Undagrid

28-08-2015 Technology

KLM and Schiphol invest in Dutch startup Undagrid

Mainport Innovation Fund (MIF) has invested in the Dutch 'Internet of Things' startup Undagrid. The investment made in Undagrid will enable the company to propel international growth and allow them...

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Health & Spa

World Spa Awards reveals complimentary four-day networking activities

25-08-2015 Health + Spa

World Spa Awards reveals complimentary four-day networking activities

World Spa Awards has revealed a four-day wellness programme built around the upcoming Gala Ceremony to ensure a weekend of unrivalled networking opportunities. The inaugural World Spa Awards Gala Ceremony...

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Sandals Resorts unveil signature Tranquility Soaking Tubs

20-08-2015 Health + Spa

Sandals Resorts unveil signature Tranquility Soaking Tubs

Now, guests staying at Sandals Resorts in Barbados, Grenada and selected resorts in Jamaica can indulge in new signature tranquility soaking tubs while inhaling the salty ocean air and indulging...

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Tours

Captain Cook Cruises launches new sightseeing cruise of Sydney Harbour

02-09-2015 Tours

Captain Cook Cruises launches new sightseeing cruise of Sydney Harbour

  Captain Cook Cruises have launched an exciting new sightseeing cruise that discovers untold Sydney Harbour stories. The Harbour Story Cruise features fun and personalised commentary – delivered by its experienced...

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Tourico Holidays partners with airberlin holidays

02-09-2015 Tours

Tourico Holidays partners with airberlin holidays

Global travel wholesaler Tourico Holidays has partnered with airberlin holidays, the tour operator of one of Europe’s leading airlines, airberlin. The wholesaler’s inventory covers the globe, hosting competitive prices in...

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Sports Tourism

Visit Orlando Sponsors US Open, entertainment lineup unveiled

29-08-2015 Sports Tourism

Visit Orlando Sponsors US Open, entertainment lineup unveiled

Visit Orlando becomes one of the sponsors of the 14-day tournament which begins Monday. The US Open features the biggest stars in tennis competing for one of the most coveted...

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Seattle to Sponsor in the Clipper 2015-16 Race

24-08-2015 Sports Tourism

Seattle to Sponsor in the Clipper 2015-16 Race

Seattle will be a first-time sponsor in the Clipper 2015-16 Race, using the race’s global marketing platform to promote the destination for leisure and business travel. The ‘Emerald City’ in...

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Luxury Travel

A Ritz-Carlton Hotel to open in Budapest

01-09-2015 Luxury Travel

A Ritz-Carlton Hotel to open in Budapest

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. announced that from 1st September The Elizabeth Park Hotel, Budapest, a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel will be managed by the company and following an extensive renovation...

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Bali hosts the 3rd Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards

01-09-2015 Luxury Travel

Bali hosts the 3rd Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards

The 2015 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards Gala ceremony will be held in Bali this month. At its 3rd edition the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and lifestyle Awards...

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