Munich Airport will become Germany's first airport to achieve carbon-neutral operations. The governing bodies of the airport operating company adopted a resolution to approve this ambitious target at their meetings today.
The Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies, reported today that travel demand for the Caribbean has continued to increase on Expedia group sites. Expedia also announced top in-demand markets in the Caribbean during the third quarter of this year when compared to the same time in 2015.
The Tallinn City Government has announced that the disused Linnahall entertainment complex, a massive harbour-side structure dating to 1980, is to be renovated into a concert hall and large-scale conference centre.
Turkey’s flag carrier, Turkish Airlines announced today the number of passengers carried between January and November 2016 is recorded as 58.3 million; representing an increase of 3% compare to the first 11 months of 2015. The carrier had carried 56.6 million in the same period last year.
The conference market in Estonia's second-largest city, Tartu, was hit with a refreshing wave of energy on December 1st with the opening of the new V Spa Hotel & Conference Centre in the heart of the commercial district. V Spa is set to join the Estonian Convention Bureau from January 1st, making it the ECB's first hotel member in Tartu.
The Czech capital will welcome meetings professionals including top planners from all over the world for the 56th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Prague Convention Bureau and other Local Host Committee representatives received the formal handover from the 2016 Congress hosts during the Congress Closing Ceremony on 16 November this year, in Kuching, Malaysia, symbolised by the passing over of the ICCA Congress flag.
Royal Caribbean Cruises announced that the Cuban government has granted approval for the company to begin cruises to Cuba. The company said it plans to announce its first Florida-Cuba itineraries in the near future. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd owns and operates three global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises.
Travel Options, a leading outbound tour operator working B2B and offering packages to destinations around the world, announced a new tour package to Istanbul to celebrate Christmas. Travelers can extend their stay for New Year in Istanbul or in Athens.
As the upcoming 21-Day Winter Holiday Season will be one of the busiest for airports, lounges at airports can be just a place to escape from the terminal crowd. If you wonder which lounges offer the best service, Priority Pass, which provides frequent travelers with airport lounge access irrespective of their class of travel or airline, announced the best airport lounges in the US and worldwide in 2016.
On the heels of one of the busiest forecasted Thanksgivings for air travel, Airlines for America (A4A) announced its statistical expectation for the 21-Day Winter Holiday Season. A4A expects that 45.2 million passengers will fly globally on U.S. airlines during the 21-day period from Friday, Dec. 16 through Thursday, Jan. 5, an increase of 3.5 percent over last year.
The Noma Mexico “pop-up” – the latest from the noma team after similar residencies in Tokyo and Sydney – will see René Redzepi reunite with friend and former sous-chef Rosio Sanchéz (Hija de Sanchez) to develop a new and original menu using only local and indigenous Mexican ingredients.
Yunus Emre Institute has taught Turkish to more than 99 thousand people in 40 countries and has introduced Turkish culture since its establishment in 2009. The interest towards Yunus Emre Culture Centers that aims to introduce Turkish culture and language to the world in 50 centers in 40 countries, steadily increases.
Do you know how many people apply to Schengen visa in 2015 in order to visit the Europe’s popular tourist destinations? European Commission announced the Schengen visa statistics for 2015. The statistics show the number of visas issued by each Schengen state as well as number of applications and rejections.
Garuda Indonesia, the airline of Indonesia, launches the first direct link between Indonesia and India by operating a new route from Jakarta to the Indian metropolis Mumbai, starting 12 December 2016. The new service will be served through Bangkok three times a week by the airline's Boeing 738 aircraft.
Princess Cruises announced its Shore Excursions Best Price Guarantee is available on thousands of the award-winning tours in ports the cruise line visits worldwide. Today the program launches fleetwide and guarantees if guests find the same shore excursion elsewhere at a lower price, they will receive 110 percent of the difference in the form of non-refundable onboard credit.
Experts see major impact of ‘sharing’ accommodation platforms on residential accommodation. So-called ‘sharing’ accommodation providers may be growing fast but they still have a relatively low share of the overall hospitality market in Europe. Their main impact is in cities where they generate significant numbers of visitors but also reduce residential accommodation, according to experts.
Turkish Airlines expands its flight map and opens a new destination in Ukraine. Turkey’s flag carrier will launch flights to Ukraine’s second biggest city; Kharkiv. With the launch flights to Kharkiv, Turkish Airlines expands its network in Ukraine to seven destinations.
An airline will organize a very first of its kind airline food tasting event and looking for attendees to taste a number of meals and snacks. Attendees will taste test a number of meals and snacks and then finally vote on their favorite recipes that are currently being submitted by the general public. Winning recipe or snack will be served on flights from New York to China in 2017.
Thailand tourism will enjoy a record breaking year in 2016. The country yesterday welcomed its 30 millionth visitor in 2016. In 2016, Thailand is projecting total international tourism revenue of 1.62 trillion Baht (USD 46 billion), representing a year-on-year increase of 11.68% over 2015.
The Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new route between Riga and Madrid on May 26, 2017. The new route will offer a new destination for travellers from the Baltics, as well as convenient connections between the two cities and beyond to destinations in the Baltic region, Scandinavia, Russia and the CIS countries.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) participated in the UN Biodiversity Conference COP13, in Cancun, Mexico. The Conferences is focused on mainstreaming biodiversity across relevant sectors, especially agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the opening of Holiday Inn London - Kensington, one of the largest Holiday Inn hotels in Europe. Featuring 708 bedrooms, the hotel is ideally located on the doorstep of the city’s most popular landmarks with cultural attractions including Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall and South Kensington’s host of museums all nearby.
Low-cost airline Norwegian announced the expansion of its award-winning low-cost long-haul network; a 55% increase in the number of flights to the US from next summer. Norwegian is the only airline offering UK passengers direct low-cost travel to the US, with all flights using brand new state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to match high-quality with affordable fares.
The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) hosts its first ever Brand Summit - the “Travel Destination Germany Incoming & Brand Summit” - in Munich on the 8th and 9th of December. Around 120 international media representatives will be attending, plus prominent contributors from the German tourism industry.
Sandals Resorts has had the privilege to see some exciting celebrities and personalities throughout the years. Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort extended an exciting and returning royal welcome to Prince Harry of Wales who spent the Thanksgiving holiday at Sandals.
Thailand-based hospitality company Dusit International enters Europe with a new contract signed in Istanbul to operate luxury residences at Ağaoğlu Maslak 1453 project. Saudi Arabia's Abduljawad Holding, which purchased two towers from Maslak 1453 project for US$200 million, signed the agreement with Dusit International.
Despite the fall in Sterling, Magnus Aviation, a private jet charter business, reported that there has seen a 46% increase in bookings from UK based clients to charter jets to airports with transfers to some of Europe’s most expensive and popular ski resorts such as Verbier and St Moritz. Around 21% of the jets chartered through Magnus Aviation are for the ski season.
FITUR, The International Tourism Trade Fair organised by IFEMA in Feria de Madrid from 18 to 22 January, is again organising the international “TRAVEL BLOGGER 2017” competition, which is in its fifth edition, with the aim of serving as a platform for bloggers from around the world to make their tourism and travel related blogs better known.
This winter, there will be a record number of flights to Lapland. In December alone, there will be 48 direct scheduled flights from the UK, Germany and Switzerland. A total of 503 charter flights have been entered in the charter lists for December, most of them coming to Lapland from the UK. Some 401 domestic flights are expected to arrive in Lapland in December.
As Chinese visitors stay longer and travel more widely across Britain than other international visitors, VisitBritain launches new partnership with Hainan Airlines and Alitrip to attract more Chinese visitors to Britain.
The World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016 took place at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi in the Maldives with the participation of over 250 hospitality leaders from around the world. The Middle Eastern hospitality giant Katara Hospitality has taken the title of World’s Leading Hospitality Company, while Abu Dhabi flag-carrier Etihad Airways has taken the title of World’s Leading Airline for the eighth time in succession.
As Turkish hospitality industry was enjoying top positions in Europe both in occupation and daily rates two year ago, today it is completely opposite. Turkish Hotels Association – TUROB announced that two Turkish cities; Istanbul and Antalya are the biggest losers in number of tourists according to the Country Performance Report – October 2016 in Europe.
Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo will bring the fun of Nintendo to life at three Universal theme parks around the globe. The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions. Their goal is to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks.
Marriott International has completed the sale of The St. Regis San Francisco hotel for approximately $175 million to Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). Marriott will continue to manage the hotel under a long-term management contract.
Lufthansa has criticized Frankfurt Airport’s new fee structure which has been authorized today by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy, Transport and Regional Development of the Federal State of Hesse. The new fee structure not only involves an unreasonable increase in fees overall but also lowers fees for those airlines that are new to flying out of Frankfurt.
United Airlines' first flight to Havana in over fifty years took off from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on Nov. 29, 2016. The new flights end many of the decades-long travel restrictions and opening new doors for cultural and economic exchange between the neighboring nations, while also providing the large number of Cuban-American residents in the New York/Newark region access to Havana.
January 29, 2017 marks the day that Tallink’s new flagship Tallink Shuttle Megastar will start operating on the Tallinn-Helsinki route. In addition to Finnish engineers, Tallink’s customers were also involved in the creation process of this 212-metre vessel as Tallink took into account the experiences and feedback of their customers when constructing the ferry.
Delta customers on the U.S. West Coast will soon have increased access to London, following an announcement by joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic of plans to add a third daily flight between L.A. and London in May 2017.
Westin Hotels & Resorts today announced the official unveiling of The Westin Hamburg, marking the brand's debut in Hamburg. Overlooking Germany's famed port city, the hotel resides within the Elbphilharmonie: Hamburg's new architectural landmark, home to two esteemed concert halls as well as luxury residences.
Starting today and for the next three months, SWISS and top chef Sven Wassmer will be taking inflight guests on a culinary journey through Canton Grisons in Southeast Switzerland. In this latest chapter in the airline’s popular “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” programme, SWISS will be serving specialities from Canton Grisons which are the creation of top chef Sven Wassmer on its long-haul services from Switzerland.
Lufthansa will be able to operate almost all its scheduled flights tomorrow, Thursday 1 December. Only a handful of services – 40 – need to be cancelled in the wake of the strike action of the preceding days.
The challenge of promoting scientific and technological education in Israel toward the future was the main topic of the First Global Start up Education Conference hold by ORT Israel, which took place this week at International Convention Center – Jerusalem.
Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry announced the total number of foreign arrivals to the country in the first 10 months of 2016. According to the statistics data taken from the Turkish National Police, the number of foreign tourist arrivals to Turkey in October 2016 recorded as 2,449,948; a drop of 25.79% compare to October 2015.
World Travel Awards will welcome the elite of global hospitality to the Maldives for the Grand Final 2016. The event will be staged at the glamourous The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi on Friday, December 2nd, with nearly 300 hundred industry leaders expected to attend.
One year after launching connectivity directly to Lufthansa inventory (through LH web services), now, dcs plus, a leading travel technology company, has added a new direct connect option to Emirates’ inventory.
In North America, the US outbound market is performing very well thanks to the strong dollar. So far this year, the USA has been one of the world’s best-performing outbound markets with a 7 percent increase in outbound trips in the first eight months of 2016.
One in four guests is celebrating a special occasion with Princess Cruises and now the cruise line is making it even easier to turn “Sailabrations” into lasting memories with new packages and convenient online ordering.
Destination Hotels, a leading collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States releases key findings on 2017 meetings trends from its fifth annual "State of the Meetings Industry" survey.
Cvent Inc. (“Cvent”), a leading cloud-based enterprise event management company, and Lanyon Solutions, Inc (“Lanyon”), leading providers of cloud-based enterprise event management technology solutions, today announced the merger of the two companies creating a global meeting, event and travel technology leader.
The UAE’s existing and new generation theme parks will attract more than 19 million admissions a year by 2020 if current trends continue. The prediction is made using existing admissions and arrivals data for Yas Island’s Ferrari World and Waterworld and Dubai’s Aquaventure and Wild Wadi as well as a sample of new and upcoming parks.
Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp (FMCCA) has announced their official OPEN FOR BUSINESS and A ROOM WITH A ZOO. Located within one of the world’s best preserved & award winning 19th century zoos, the centre provides the meetings industry sector with a new venue for the 21st century.
Inspired by the positive regional potential of Expo 2020 and despite low oil revenues, increased numbers of travel professionals from across the Middle East, participated in this year’s World Travel Market London 2016.
JetBlue today announced the historic launch of service to Havana’s José Martí International Airport (HAV) from three of the airline’s focus cities, with the first flight taking off this morning shortly after 9 a.m. from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
Merlin Entertainments, one of the world's leading visitor attraction operators, has unveiled its newest Madame Tussauds in Istanbul, Turkey. The Madame Tussauds Istanbul is at the Grand Pera building Grand Pera which is located at the heart of Istiklal Avenue in Beyoğlu.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan together with Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbas have opened four new biological wastewater purification plants in Istanbul. With the opening of these four new biological wastewater purification plants. The plants promise clean sea water and coastline for Istanbulities.
All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) and LOT Polish Airlines (LOT) announced that from December 1, 2016, they will expand their range of code share flights to cover certain domestic Japanese routes operated by ANA.
Where on earth the best cities to live in? Here is another City Index for 2016 that ranks cities according to six key characteristics: Dynamism, Inspiration, Food & Drink, Community, Sociability, and Affordability.
The 37th International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR 2017, which is organised by IFEMA from 18 to 22 January at Feria de Madrid, will deploy a comprehensive programme of activities, workshops and forums in which recognised professionals and international experts will discuss the principal concerns and trends in national and international tourism.
JacTravel, the UK-based B2B travel wholesaler, best-known for hotels online and European inbound travel services, has opened an office in Beijing, headed up by Jenny Fu, Sales Director, who is supported by Fei Ren, Sales Manager, and Justin Zhang, Client Technical Support Analyst.
Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has been announced as a Host Partner for PayExpo MENA, and will welcome global experts coming to Dubai to discuss the revolutionary changes in smart transport ticketing. Transport Ticketing MENA forms part of PayExpo MENA, which will bring together over 1000 senior decision makers to discuss innovations across the payments sector, during a two-day summit being held from 5-7 December.
Skyscanner, the UK-based travel search business, has been bought by Ctrip, China's biggest online travel firm. The deal values Skyscanner at about £1.4bn ($1.75bn). The boards of directors of the Company and Skyscanner have approved the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close by the end of 2016. Skyscanner's current management team will continue to manage Skyscanner's operations independently as part of the Ctrip group.
Munich Airport will become Germany's first airport to achieve carbon-neutral operations. The governing bodies of the airport operating company adopted a resolution to approve this ambitious target at their meetings...
Princess Cruises announced its Shore Excursions Best Price Guarantee is available on thousands of the award-winning tours in ports the cruise line visits worldwide. Today the program launches fleetwide and...
Experts see major impact of ‘sharing’ accommodation platforms on residential accommodation. So-called ‘sharing’ accommodation providers may be growing fast but they still have a relatively low share of the overall...
The Tallinn City Government has announced that the disused Linnahall entertainment complex, a massive harbour-side structure dating to 1980, is to be renovated into a concert hall and large-scale conference...
One year after launching connectivity directly to Lufthansa inventory (through LH web services), now, dcs plus, a leading travel technology company, has added a new direct connect option to Emirates’...
Travel Options, a leading outbound tour operator working B2B and offering packages to destinations around the world, announced a new tour package to Istanbul to celebrate Christmas. Travelers can extend...
The InterContinental Real Santo Domingo hotel is the latest addition to Santo Domingo’s hospitality industry. InterContinental Hotels Group brings discrete luxury to the metropolitan commercial point area of the city,...
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...
Recently I have visited Tunisia as a familiarization trip organized by the Tunisia Tourism Ministry with the support of Tunis Air. Tunisia is not only a beach holiday destination. It also offers a r...
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