The Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, and ASEAN Secretary General, Mr Le Luong Minh, officially launched the [email protected] Golden Celebration tourism campaign on 18 January at the opening of the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Singapore.
Alain St.Ange, the former Minister of the Seychelles responsible for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine presented today his official election documents to UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai for the upcoming election that will decide the next UNWTO Secretary-General.
Millions and millions of people take air every year and do you know which passenger behaviors are the most annoying. Expedia.com's new Airplane Etiquette study finds out that. Airplane Etiquette identifies passenger behaviors that most infuriate fellow travelers. Out of all behaviors, including boozing, excessive chatting, undressing and inattentive parenting, one earns the most fury is rear-seat kicking.
Travelindex, a company focused on developing data driven travel discovery and travel planning products, announced the first sustainability incentive program; Sustainable First. Sustainable First is not a certification program but aims to recognize individuals, companies and organizations making significant efforts and contributing to the environmental, social and economic welfare of the planet and all its inhabitants.
RIU Hotels & Resorts has signed a strategic partnership with the Baraka business group. They have created a joint venture in which RIU holds a 25% share. For RIU, this project represents an incursion into Spain's urban hotel market, a longheld desire for the company that could not materialize until finding such an excellent opportunity and location.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation aimed at providing a framework for joint action in the area of sustainable tourism.
Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group is unveiling a series of revamped rooms for 2017. Over a quarter of all rooms at Maritim Hotels in Germany have been upgraded in the past two years across nine of its core properties as part of an extensive redevelopment programme.
Despite challenges, 2016 was the seventh consecutive year of sustained growth following the 2009 global economic and financial crisis. International tourist arrivals grew by 3.9% to reach a total of 1,235 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 46 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled internationally last year compared to 2015.
According to a report at Italian daily Il Messaggero, Etihad Airways plans to take a 30-40 percent stake in Lufthansa via a capital increase. According to the newspaper, the two airlines would look at a full-blown merger to create a carrier with 97 million passengers a year as the second step.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announced details of The first Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant (Kimpton) outside of the Americas is set to open in Spring 2017.
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), in celebration of its 45th anniversary in 2017, is launching a remarkable project with the support of its co-founder and sponsor; Eczacibasi Group. The foundation will present 1000 university students aged 18-25 a 250 TL worth İKSV Culture&Art Card, valid in all the events organized by İKSV throughout the year.
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO left Seychelles on Monday afternoon by Ethiopian Airlines and is on his way to Madrid to present his official documents and formalise his candidature.
After a shooting at a music festival at least five died and 15 others are injured in Playa del Carmen, a town on the Mayan Riviera, a popular tourist area on Mexico's Caribbean coast. The shooting took place at during the BPM music festival at the Blue Parrot club in Playa Del Carmen at 2am today.
The suspected gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve was arrested late Monday. Abdulgadir Masharipov, who was born in Uzbekistan and received training in Afghanistan, was captured during a police operation. Masharipov admitted his guilt and his fingerprints matched those at the scene.
It has been almost three years after MH370 disappeared during a schedule flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, today it was announced that the search for the aircraft is over – and the plane remains missing.
For most people retirement means less income and because of insufficient retirement savings and the high/rising cost of living, many people are looking ahead to retiring somewhere cheaper. That's why we're presenting you best places to retire in 2017.
Vietjet has launched its fifth route to Taiwan, linking Ho Chi Minh City with Taichung. The airline now has the most routes connecting Vietnam and Taiwan and serves more destinations in Taiwan than any other budget airline.
Passenger volumes at Finavia's airports reached an all-time high in 2016. Both domestic traffic and international air travel showed growth. A new passenger record was reached in Helsinki Airport (17.2 million) and Rovaniemi Airport (490,000).
Donald Trump is the first president to have already had a famed Madame Tussauds wax figure. He conducted a detailed sitting for his previous figure at Trump Tower New York in 1997 where artists took hundreds of measurements and photographs. After the 2016 election results were in, the original measurements and photographs were referenced with updated research to create his new likeness. Achieving his iconic hairstyle took no less than five weeks with each hair individually inserted by hand.
The Golden State Warriors and GSW Arena LLC have announced that the official ground breaking ceremony for Chase Center, the state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex to be built in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, will be held on Jan. 17, at noon (PST) at the site of the future arena (300 South St.).
Marriott International announced the opening of Aloft Louisville East, the brand’s second Aloft in Louisville. Owned by M&T, LLC and developed by CRM Companies/PWM Real Estate Holdings, LLC., Aloft Louisville East features 126 spacious loft-style rooms, more than 3,500 square feet of flexible meeting space and live music performances at the hotel’s signature W XYZ Bar and the outdoor Carloftis Courtyard.
Carnival Corporation & plc recently launched the Seabourn Encore and will also launch Majestic Princess from Princess Cruises in April, which will be the world's first cruise ship built specifically for the Chinese market, and its Germany-based AIDA Cruises brand in July will launch AIDAperla, one of the world's most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced ships.
Alain St.Ange is a World Tourism Organisation Secretary General Candidate. St.Ange will attend FITUR 2017 where he will be lodging his documents for the coming elections for the position of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). In this article, you will find answer to the question in title – “Who is Alain St.Ange?”
According to a recent AAA survey, 42 percent of Americans are planning to take a vacation in 2017 – with most planning trips to warm-weather destinations in the U.S. and abroad. All signs are pointing to a busy year for vacationers and the travel industry. Approximately one-third (30 percent) of U.S. adults say they are more likely to take a vacation this year compared to 2016, and they're looking for a new kind of travel experience.
Via Rail Canada announced that the most recent holiday period – from December 19 to January 8 – was one of the busiest in several years. Winter weather conditions were no challenge for VIA Rail, which carried more than 282,000 passengers to their destinations onboard 1,300 trains across Canada. The number of travellers rose by 16%, and the company posted a 20% increase in passenger revenues compared to the same period last year.
Munich Airport's robust growth trend continued in 2016 with new records for total passengers and freight turnover. The number of passengers increased by 1.3 million, or 3 percent, over the previous year to a new all-time high of 42.3 million, and the number of aircraft movements was up by almost 4 percent.
Qatar Airways will commence four times weekly, non-stop service to Las Vegas, Nevada. The new route will be the airline’s 11th to the United States, connecting McCarran International Airport to Hamad International Airport in Doha, making Qatar Airways the first Gulf carrier to provide regular scheduled service to Las Vegas.
Turkey has changed its citizenship laws to encourage investment. Access to Turkish citizenship has been eased for foreign investors with the amendments made to Turkey’s current citizenship law. The revised decree published today in the Official Gazette. Foreigners who meet any of the following conditions would be eligible to acquire citizenship under the new regulations.
The opening of international flights to Gan airport, adjacent to Addu township in the south of the Maldives, has opened a new era for the region – providing an alternative transportation offering that can save travelers valuable vacation time.
The Estonian Convention Bureau's annual 'Conference of the Year' gala awards ceremony took place in Tallinn on January 11, with the top prize going to Baltanest 2016, the 8th International Baltic Congress of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
Aloft Austin Northwest opens its doors as the second Aloft in Austin. Owned by Pure Lodging Hospitality and managed by Lodgic Hospitality, Aloft Austin Northwest features 130 spacious loft-style rooms, 1,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and live music at W XYZ Bar.
Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by one percent across the product line, effective from January 1st 2017. John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft said: “Our new 2017 pricing affirms the value of Airbus’ modern, comprehensive and fuel-efficient aircraft family.” He added: “The price increase also reflects our customers’ satisfaction with the winning combination of performance, operating economics and passenger experience.”
Airbus, which generated revenues of €64.5 billion in 2015, announced 2016 as a successful year. Its commercial aircraft deliveries in 2016 were up for the 14th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 688 aircraft delivered to 82 customers. Deliveries were more than eight percent higher than the previous record of 635 set in 2015. These included 545 single aisle A320 Family of which 68 were A320neo, 66 A330s, 49 A350 XWBs and 28 A380s. Over 40 percent of single aisle deliveries were the larger A321 models.
Visit Oakland and American Express present Oakland Restaurant Week that will take place from Thursday, January 19 through Sunday, January 29, 2017. 100 Oakland Restaurants will celebrate the largest and most diverse restaurant week in the region.
Crystal has unveiled an artful in-suite book that commemorates the spirit of what the company has dubbed The New Crystal – The World’s Most Luxurious Hospitality & Lifestyle Brand Portfolio™. Crystal Living, produced in partnership with HCP Media, a division of McClatchy, comprises a comprehensive look at the expanding Crystal collection of worldwide travel experiences.
UAVAir, a leading CAA approved drone academy will offer a conversion scheme for students, helping them to complete their journey and gain a drone licence. The best part- all proceeds will be donated to charity!
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate's dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, will provide e-books and library corners for passengers travelling through Dubai International (DXB) and Al Maktoum International (DWC) airports, in addition to mini-libraries, books and other reading services.
JetBlue today announced its latest onboard enhancement: always-free and speedy Wi-Fi connectivity on every aircraft from the departure gate to the arrival gate. JetBlue’s Fly-Fi®, which clocks in at broadband speeds beating sluggish and pricey Wi-Fi offerings onboard other carriers, keeps customers connected with an Internet experience similar to what they have at home, including the ability to stream video and use multiple devices at once.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for November 2016 showing the strongest demand growth in nine months. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 7.6% compared to November 2015. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.5%, and load factor rose 0.8 percentage points to 78.9%.
According to the latest figures, in 2016 the infrastructure owned by Russian Railways transported 1.0371 billion passengers, an increase of 1.6% on 2015. Long-distance passenger numbers amounted to 101.4 million, an increase of 3.6% on the previous year, while suburban commuters were up 1.4% to 935.7 million.
Turkish Airlines announced that the total number of passengers carried in 2016 rose to 62.8 million in 2016 from 61.2 million the previous year; reflecting a rise of 2.5 percent year-on-year in 2016. The numbers of passengers carried in domestic and international flights were up 3.8 percent and 1.5 percent respectively.
The number of visitors to Chicago in 2016 reached 54.1 million - a new record and 2.9 percent increase over the previous year's record performance. The increase of 1.5 million visitors moves the city closer to reaching the Mayor's goal of 55 million visitors.
Las Vegas continued historic visitation growth in 2016 and set a new all-time record in visitor arrivals. Las Vegas drew a record number of visitors last year, 42.9 million people, surpassing 2015’s record-setting 42.3 million.
Croatia Airlines has joined the European Regions Airline Association* (ERA), bringing the total number of airlines in ERA membership to 54. Starting life as Zagal (Zagreb Airlines) in 1989, the airline is the flag carrier of Croatia with headquarters in Zagreb and a fleet consisting of two Airbus 320, four Airbus 319 and six Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 aircraft. The airline connects Croatia directly with 35 airports in Europe, transporting nearly two million passengers annually.
Holland America Line launched three new commuter “ships” Monday, Jan. 9, that will run on the Sound Transit Light Rail System in Seattle. The trains, which are wrapped to resemble Holland America Line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam, will cruise the tracks through April 2017, when the summer cruise season to Alaska begins from the Port of Seattle.
According to the recently published luxury study by Bain & Company for Fondazione Altagamma, the trade association of Italian luxury goods manufacturers, finds out that luxury cars, luxury hospitality and personal luxury goods together accounted for approximately 80% of the total luxury market.
A new Park Inn by Radisson hotel is opened in Riga, Latvia. The 178-room Park Inn by Radisson Valdemara, Riga becomes the latest addition to The Rezidor Hotel Group's portfolio. Located at the entrance of the Old Town, the hotel offers trendy, colorful and comfortable rooms with full-length windows to let in plenty of natural light and to offer guests superb cityscape views.
Istanbul has been ranked as the 5th most hashtagged city in the world on Instagram. According to a new report by Hashtag the World, more than 35 million posts included #Istanbul on the photo-sharing platform in 2016.
Thailand’s leading hotel chain Centara Hotels & Resorts will operate a 550-room, AED500 million beachfront resort with waterpark at Deira Islands in Dubai. Centara Hotels and Resorts signed a joint venture agreement with a Dubai developer.
Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo announced a $10 billion plan to revamp John F. Kennedy International Airport, one of the busiest in the United States. “JFK is ranked 59th out of the top 100 international airports. We used to be number one,” Cuomo said.
FIFA Council today announced that the format of World Cup, world’s biggest soccer competition, will change. The new format, the first change to the World Cup since 1998, will expand the number of participating countries from 32 to 48, as of the 2026 edition.
Soon, passengers of Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines will be able to go online on shorter journeys too - as they have already been able to do for some time on long haul flights. Last summer, Lufthansa received the so-called Supplemental Type Certificate for the Airbus fleet A320 from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and successfully concluded all the necessary preparation work.
The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The year is an opportunity to look at how tourism is affected by climate change and how emissions from the sector can be curbed, along with finding ways for the industry to better adapt to the inevitable impacts of rising global average temperatures.
Etihad Airways is introducing a third daily flight on the Abu Dhabi – Riyadh route, effective 1 February 2017. The extra services will offer guests greater choice and more travel options between the capital cities of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The global wellness industry grew 10.6% to become a US$3.72 trillion market in 2015 and the global spa market set to top US$104 billion by 2020, according to new research from the Global Wellness Institute (GWI).
The hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder adds Barceló Hotels & Resorts portfolio to its distribution network. Barceló Hotels & Resorts is the third largest hotel chain in Spain and the news came one week ahead of FITUR which will be held in Madrid where SiteMinder will be exhibiting for the third consecutive year.
Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, announced 2016 as the most successful year to date. Dubai won a record 129 bids and proposals for upcoming conferences, meetings and incentive trips in partnership with local stakeholders. It represents a 79% increase from 2015.
Tourism Australia’s signature event for promoting Australia as a world-class incentive destination, Dreamtime, will be held in Brisbane, Queensland for the first time ever. As part of the Dreamtime program, Australian industry will have the opportunity to meet and do business with qualified buyers from key markets including Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, New Zealand, USA and the United Kingdom during business sessions – helping to secure future incentive business for Australia.
Now, Princess Cruises’ guests and travel agents can access a new department dedicated to providing group shore excursion experiences that are personalized and cater to a group’s interest. The department works with both small (six to 15) and large (16 guests or more) groups including family reunions, sports, church, special interest groups and more. Private cars, vans, transfers and boats are available and the department can accommodate a variety of budgets. Customized tours arranged through travel agents are commissionable.
Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free (QDF) presented the Golden Falcon trophy to Novak Djokovic after the defending champion Djokovic defeated his world number one rival Andy Murray at the Qatar ExxonMobil Men’s Open in Doha.
Carnival Corporation & plc recently launched the Seabourn Encore and will also launch Majestic Princess from Princess Cruises in April, which will be the world's first cruise ship built specifically...
According to the latest figures, in 2016 the infrastructure owned by Russian Railways transported 1.0371 billion passengers, an increase of 1.6% on 2015. Long-distance passenger numbers amounted to 101.4 million,...
The Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, and ASEAN Secretary General, Mr Le Luong Minh, officially launched the [email protected] Golden Celebration tourism campaign on 18 January at the...
JetBlue today announced its latest onboard enhancement: always-free and speedy Wi-Fi connectivity on every aircraft from the departure gate to the arrival gate. JetBlue’s Fly-Fi®, which clocks in at broadband...
Despite challenges, 2016 was the seventh consecutive year of sustained growth following the 2009 global economic and financial crisis. International tourist arrivals grew by 3.9% to reach a total of...
For most people retirement means less income and because of insufficient retirement savings and the high/rising cost of living, many people are looking ahead to retiring somewhere cheaper. That's why...
According to the recently published luxury study by Bain & Company for Fondazione Altagamma, the trade association of Italian luxury goods manufacturers, finds out that luxury cars, luxury hospitality and...
Beginning of December 2016, me and my wife visited Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and if you are searching for a romantic weekend, then you should consider Tallinn. The Estonian capital offers tra...
In Summer 2016, I had chance to sail to Greek Islands with the Celestyal Cruises. In an organization with Karavan Cruises, travelers enjoyed best of Greek islands with Celestyal and received a compl...
ftnNEWS would like to present you a unique vacation idea here in Turkey: Cappadocia Region. Located on the central Anatolia plateau within a volcanic landscape sculpted by erosion to form a successi...
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