Most of the 24 football teams have arrived in New Zealand for the tournament that will be played out in seven host cities from 30 May – 20 June. FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 kicks off on Saturday, 30 May, with New Zealand taking on the Ukraine at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium.
Barbados’ tourism sector broke a 25-year record during the first quarter of 2015. There were record arrivals in each of the first three months of 2015. “This was a very strong winter season. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has predicted a five per cent increase in long stay arrivals for the region for the entire year and we believe our performance in this first quarter bodes well for us to comfortably exceed that target” said Alvin Jemmott, chairman of the Barbados Tourism Management Inc. (BTMI).
Hollywood star Stephen Baldwin expressed admiration for Royal Jordanian’s level of luxury and its distinguished services. President/CEO Captain Haitham Misto presented a Royal Plus’ Platinum card to Baldwin who said he will be pleased to always fly on board RJ from the US to Jordan and on other routes.
OneRepublic, the American pop-rock band, who cracked the top of world music charts with their tracks “Apologize”, “If I Lose Myself” and “Counting Stars”, is going to take stage for the first time in Turkey on May 30th, 2015, Saturday in Istanbul.
Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, Istanbul’s most iconic hotel, has announced a week long crime fiction themed festival called Black Week to mark the 125th birthday of Agatha Christie. Guests of the hotel can gain access to an exciting programme of panel discussions and ‘whodunnit’ nights, as world famous detective and mystery novel writers gather at the hotel to celebrate the literary genre.
The Statue of Liberty, one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, has seen at Heathrow Terminal 5. The ‘Statue of Liperty’, a towering two-storey-high replica of the Statue of Liberty made using actual lipstick, was unveiled on Wednesday morning to celebrate the launch of the airport’s first International Lipstick Colours of the Year report, showcasing the most en vogue lipstick shades in 50 destinations around the world right now.
Wyndham Hotel Group announced the continued expansion of its portfolio in New Zealand with the signing of a franchise agreement for the four-star Ramada Suites Auckland Federal Street, located in the heart of Auckland’s central business district (CBD).
The AC Hotel Chicago Downtown will open its doors to guests in the heart of Chicago’s thriving River North neighborhood on May 29. Located on the corner of Rush and Ontario, the AC Hotels by Marriott brand’s first property in Illinois, is part of a new breed of lifestyle hotels targeting millennial and business travelers. At AC Hotels by Marriott guests get only what they need without paying for what they don’t.
Luxury isn't what it used to be. The value of the top 10 luxury-goods brands fell 6 per cent, or US$7.1 billion (S$9.6 billion), to US$105 billion as companies from Prada to Cartier grappled with slowing sales in China and Russia.
Photographer/author Richard Sexton left his Atlanta home in 1974 in a Datsun station wagon to explore Latin America and the Caribbean. Many years later his adventure would manifest into a photographic journey capturing the architectural and urban similarities of Latin Caribbean cities throughout the interconnected Creole world: Haiti, Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama and New Orleans.
Lovers of the bubbly who find themselves with two free days in Paris will be glad to know about TourCrafters’ 2-night Sipping Champagne Tour. It’s an easy—and inexpensive—way to see some of the great Champagne houses, the vineyards and villages of Champagne, as well as the renowned city of Reims and its cathedral.
A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus plane carrying 194 people temporarily lost power to both engines on a recent flight to Shanghai. SIA confirmed Wednesday after a flight tracker said the plane had to descend 13,000 feet (3.96 kilometers) before normal operation was restored.
After deadly Philadelphia crash, Amtrak plans to install video cameras in the cabs of trains running along routes in the northeast of the country in a bid to improve safety and help investigators in the event of a future incident.
The 43rd Istanbul Music Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), under the sponsorship of Borusan Holding, kicks off on Sunday, 31 May with the world premiere of the festival's commission to Hasan Niyazi Tura. The symphonic poem of Hasan Niyazi Tura, Song of a Martyr commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli War, and will be performed by tenor Serkan Bodur, accompanied by the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BIPO) under the direction of Sascha Goetzel.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in September 2014 launched its Culinary Panel: a new initiative featuring five celebrated chefs who have been appointed IHG Culinary Ambassadors to develop a repertoire of unique signature dishes for guests dining in IHG’s hotels across the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region. Today, IHG announced addition of two new star chefs to its growing IHG Culinary Panel.
Weemss online ticketing and event registration software has integrated with India's online payments solution company PayU to give event organizers there a local payment processor for their events. With Weemss and PayU event organizers in India will now be able to accept payments through Debit and Credit Cards as well as bank transfers, Cash cards, and mWallet transfers from their attendees.
Turkey’s national carrier continues to expand its network with additional flights from Istanbul’s second airport Sabiha Gökçen located on the Asian side of the city. Today, Turkish Airlines announced the launch of a new route from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen to Erbil, Iraq. The carrier also announced increase in flight frequencies on its current Istanbul Atatürk Airport – Erbil route.
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) joins forces with TripAdvisor to offer US$1 million in advertising campaigns for two winning destinations at the PATA CEO Challenge 2015. The two winning entries will work with TripAdvisor to develop and create digital marketing campaigns to showcase their destinations to TripAdvisor’s global audience, each valued at US$500,000.
I never expected the hotels to be so luxurious or the meals so good,” is a comment frequently overheard on World Spree’s Amazing Vietnam tour. But Vietnam tour participants shouldn’t be surprised. All World Spree tours provide a 5-star experience for a 2-star price.
Windstar Cruises debuted Star Legend, the third and final of the fleet’s three new all suite power yachts. The yacht christened on Monday in Rome, Italy and pier-side champagne celebration mark the luxury yacht’s introduction to the Windstar fleet, and the start of its inaugural voyage through Italy, France, and Spain.
In preparation for the winter 15/16 ski season, Inghams has an amazing half price lift pass offer on all adult lift passes for bookings made between Wednesday 27th May to Sunday 28th June 2015 inclusive, with savings of up to £235 per couple. This offer is applicable to bookings made for chalet, Chalet Hotel and selected partner hotel stays on most dates.
The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express embarks on a new journey to Berlin taking guests on a fascinating journey through time. In the tradition of the first pioneering days of rail travel, this new route links three historic European cities, London, Paris and Berlin.
Independently owned by Arizona hotelier Bob Yost, the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West opens in Mesa, Arizona. Sheraton Mesa offers 180 rooms, ample meeting facilities and all of the brand’s signature services and amenities. The hotel is located just 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix and eight miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with the Loei Provincial Administration, Life and Living Bikenet, and Nok Air organizes the “Tour of I-san Loei Classic” on 7 June, 2015. The event, which is aimed at promoting green tourism in the northeastern region of Loei, is set to attract some 300 cyclists from Thailand and around the world.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu have inaugurated the country's 55th airport in Yuksekova district of southeastern border province of Hakkari. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, Prime Minister Davutoglu said they agreed with President Erdogan to name Yuksekova Airport as Selahaddin Eyyubi Airport, after Saladin of the Ayyubids, the Kurdish-origin Muslim conqueror of al-Quds, or Jerusalem.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, unveiled the five-star airline’s vision for its latest new destination, Amsterdam. “Amsterdam is a major capital, one of the busiest airports in Europe, and one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world. We have been pursuing the opportunity to open this new route for some time and I am pleased to have achieved our ambition” said Mr. Al Baker.
One of the most significant cultural events in Lithuania, the XX Pazaislis Music Festival starts on 31 May running until 30 August. This year the festival will hold 40 concerts and visitors will have an opportunity to hear the most well-known Lithuanian and foreign musicians, celebrate anniversaries of the composer Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis (250th year), a painter, composer and writer Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis (140th year) and two Lithuanian tenors - Virgilijus Noreika and Edgaras Montvidas.
Turkish Airlines’ Africa network now encompasses 44 destinations with the addition of Bamako, Mali; the 28th country in Africa and one of 110 nations served across the globe. By adding its 110th country, Turkish Airlines, “Europe’s Best Airline” for the last four years as ranked by Skytrax, continues expand its already substantial African network.
Partiers and entertainment fanatics came together for the Memorial Day Weekend - at Drai's Beachclub • Nightclub. From May 22 - 25, the indoor/outdoor daytime/nighttime hotspot hosted live concerts, DJ sets and more by a roster of major talent including 50 Cent, Akon, The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Meel Mill, Too $Short, Chromeo, Adventure Club, 3LAU and more.
Prague Convention Bureau awarded congress ambassadors during the Ambassador Awards Evening for the sixth time in a row. The sixth year of the Ambassador Awards Evening was held in Prague´s Žofín Palace on Wednesday 13 May 2015.
The second group of Etihad Airways Butlers, an Abu Dhabi-based team of 12 men and women, who have all worked as food and beverage managers on board Etihad Airways’ long-haul fleet, graduated this week from the intensive Savoy Butler Academy training program in the United Kingdom. The course was conducted by the London School of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of West London, in conjunction with the legendary Savoy Hotel.
As the wedding season starts in Turkey, country’s leading travel booking website, tatilsepeti.com reveals details of its latest study; preferred honeymoon destinations of newlyweds. According to the results for this year differ from last year, couples prefer tranquil and exotic destinations rather than popular holiday spots.
Mariah Carey, wraps up the first run of sell-out performances of her hit headlining residency “MARIAH #1 TO INFINITY” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, nine more shows scheduled for February 2016, including a Valentine’s Day performance, went on-sale Friday, May 22.
The average spend for trips outside China by Chinese youth travelers is revealed as part of a research. According to UNWTO data, Chinese travelers took an estimated 109 million overseas trips in 2014 and spent an estimated USD 129 billion in 2013. The infographic below is designed to provide insight in to this rapidly expanding travel demographic.
Building on the success story of the ACJ318 Elite, with 19 deliveries to date, and based on market demand, Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and Lufthansa Technik will expand their successful co-operation in pre-defined VIP cabin completions by offering the Elite concept on the ACJ319. The new "ACJ319 Elite" product will be officially launched at EBACE 2015 and is available immediately.
Turkey’s flag carrier having the world's 4th largest flight network announced the addition of a new route from Istanbul’s second airport; Sabiha Gökçen International Airport on the Asian side of the city to Barcelona, Spain.
The 10th World Surfactant Congress and Business Convention will convene in Istanbul from 1 to 3 June 2015 at Haliç Congress Center. This event is organised on behalf of the European Committee of Surfactants and their Organic Intermediates (CESIO), a sector group of CEFIC.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu officially opened Europe's first airport on an artificial island on May 22. The airport is opened as a morning Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul carrying 136 passengers touched down on its runway.
Business Events Sydney (BESydney) released a new research which reveals that Asian incentive delegates are Sydney’s highest yielding delegate, outspending holiday visitors by an average of 6.5 times, and up to as much as 9.4 times. Commissioned by BESydney and developed in collaboration with the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), the study analyses the corporate incentive market, with a focus on Asia.
It was an exciting evening at the Wiener Stadthalle where in front of thousands of people in the arena and millions of people on TV, Måns Zelmerlöw from Sweden with his song titled Heroes has collected most votes of viewers at the final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
The sixth World Forum on Energy Regulation starts today (Monday) at Lutfi Kirdar International Convention & Exhibition Centre (ICEC) in Istanbul. The four-day forum, hosted by the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) and organized under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, is aimed at developing a common approach to energy regulation by bringing together regulatory heads and representatives. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and EMRA head Mustafa Yilmaz make opening speeches of the forum.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Stephen Leatherman ("Dr. Beach") has reviewed, evaluated and rated beaches and coastal areas throughout the world. Dr. Beach issued his annual Top 10 U.S. beaches for 2015 on the basis of 50 criteria, including water and sand quality.
Cunard’s three Queens, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, will gather in the company’s ‘spiritual home’ of Liverpool to mark its 175th anniversary on Monday, 25 May. Those who cannot attend but are interested in viewing this historic moment can view a live satellite feed, from 12:30-14:00 pm (GMT)
For more than five decades, enthusiasts from all over the world have been sharing their passion for the classic Mini. And once a year they celebrate the iconic British car at a very special event: the International Mini Meeting (IMM). From 21 to 25 May 2015, classic Mini drivers and enthusiasts meet in Lithuania for the first time.
Delta has unveiled a new safety video that features some faces, animals, and animations that web-savvy passengers will find familiar. Delta claims to have made the "Internetest in-flight safety video on the Internet."
A strike closed the Eiffel Tower for most of Friday as staff demanded more help to deal with pickpockets operating around the Paris landmark, tower officials and unions said. "There have always been pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower, but we are now facing an organized network", said a union representative.
England's Melissa Reid won the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open on Wednesday, for her fifth career Ladies European Tour victory. The 27-year-old fired rounds of 65, 69, 74 and 73 at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Antalya, for a total of 11 under par and a four stroke win over Frenchwoman Gwladys Nocera. Nocera finished with a 71 in the unique Sunday-Wednesday event.
Saudi Arabia is set to become home to world’s largest hotel with a whopping 10,000 rooms. To be built just two kilometers away from the site of Mecca, which attracts two million Muslim pilgrims a year for the annual Hajj, the $3.5 billion Abraj Kudai will become the world’s largest hotel when it opens in 2017.
Mercedes-Benz’s design-focused Style division has teamed up with Germany’s Lufthansa Technik to design and complete VIP aircraft cabins. The two companies will jointly develop an entirely innovative, luxurious and integrated cabin concept for short- and medium-haul aircraft. The VIP aircraft cabin concept, on show this week at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) 2015 in Geneva.
The Istanbul Autoshow 2015 – one of the biggest industry shows in Europe and the Middle East – has brought together 37 brands and 500 models. Istanbul Autoshow 2015 will be organized at TÜYAP Fair Convention and Congress Center located in Beylikdüzü between May 22-31, 2015 with the cooperation of ODD (Automotive Distributors’ Association) and TÜYAP Fairs and Exhibitions Organization.
German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the GDL train drivers' union on Wednesday agreed to return to arbitration talks, with GDL halting its open-ended strike and agreeing not to down tools until the new talks come to a close. The current strike action was set to conclude at 7 p.m. local time (17:00 UTC) on Thursday, May 21.
More than 800 delegates from cruise companies, ports and destinations, ship suppliers, yacht operators and charterers, marina developers, local authorities and government bodies will gather next week in Athens, Greece for the third edition of Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum. Sea tourism in Greece and Turkey is set for a significant upturn over the next two seasons as the region’s most profitable cruise destinations stand to benefit from an anticipated redeployment of part of the world’s cruise capacity back to the Eastern Mediterranean.
InterContinental Hotels Group will open its first Hotel Indigo hotel; IHG’s boutique hotel brand, in the city of Los Angeles, California. The 350-room, 18-story Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles is a part of Metropolis project which is over $1 billion mixed-use development that promises to redefine the Los Angeles streetscape, skyline and lifestyle.
Summer will soon be here in Europe and trips to the beach are just around the corner. Good News! Water quality in many European sites is in high-quality. According to the annual bathing water quality report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission, ninety-five per cent of the monitored bathing sites in the European Union met minimum standards for water quality in 2014.
London & Partners, the official promotional company for London, announced that London welcomed more international visitors than ever before in 2014, with the city’s cultural attractions and world class sporting events proving irresistible draws for millions, according to new figures released today by the Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey (IPS).
The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC), the Sultanate’s landmark business events hub, revealed its latest 3D structures and aerial drone images in the lead up to the opening in 2016 at a press conference held in IMEX Frankfurt 2015, the leading worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events.
The Berlin-based startup which first focused on giving travelers personal and hyperlocal recommendations on where to go and what to do has extended its offerings by booking their trips. With its latest update Triposo, the travel guide app with 10 M downloads, travelers can now book their complete trip on the go, with hotel deals, attraction tickets, amazing experiences and local tours.
Under The Sun, the hugely popular summer tour celebrating the golden age of alternative pop rock ‘n’ roll, returns to the Mandalay Bay Beach Saturday, July 18. The 2015 tour will feature top bands of the‘90s and today including, Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6.
Wyndham Hotel Group has entered into a franchise agreement to introduce its select-service lifestyle hotel brand, TRYP by Wyndham®, to the Philippines. Under the terms of the agreement with master franchisee Microtel Inns & Suites (Pilipinas) Inc., at least eight TRYP by Wyndham hotels will be developed in the country over 10 years, with the first property expected to open at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City in 2016. With this agreement, the Philippines becomes the first country in Southeast Asia to welcome the TRYP by Wyndham brand.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, in conjunction with ticket provider Travel Destinations Ltd., is offering guests the chance to experience the exciting Le Mans 24 Hours Race. Considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours Race is the oldest active sports car competition in endurance racing, and has been held annually near the town of Le Mans, in France, since 1923.
Choose Chicago signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cultural cooperation with the China International Culture Association, under the guidance of the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China. "China is Chicago's largest inbound overseas market," said Don Welsh, President and CEO of Choose Chicago.
In the fall of 2016, Disney Cruise Line will return to New York for a limited time with sailings to the Bahamas that include a visit to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. New seven-night Caribbean cruises from Miami and a return to Galveston, Texas round out the season.
ME by Meliá is launching its first Italian luxury lifestyle hotel in the heart of Milan’s fashion and design district in May 2015. Centrally located in the Piazza della Repubblica shopping area, and just north of Brera, the city’s vibrant design district, ME Milan Il Duca was originally designed by globally renowned late architect, Aldo Rossi.
The Islands of the Bahamas have long been synonymous with destination weddings and dream honeymoons, and with their new dedicated bridal and honeymoon registry they are further cementing this relationship.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB), in conjunction with Travel Agent Academy, has launched a new Greater Fort Lauderdale Specialist Program course for travel agents to become experts on all things Hello Sunny.
The Marriott Content Studio - in partnership with Marriott Hotels, premieres its second original short film, French Kiss, with a global YouTube launch followed by a gala screening and party at the Marina del Rey Marriott in Los Angeles.
PIER 39 was ranked the most-visited attraction in San Francisco for the second time by San Francisco Travel Association's Visitor Profile Study. The study is conducted every four years and, according to 2014 results, 43.7% of domestic and international visitors came to PIER 39 during their stay in San Francisco. An estimated 10 million people visit PIER 39 annually.
Turkish Ophthalmology Society Istanbul branch organizes the 38th Ophthalmology Spring Symposium between 22-24 May 2015 at Haliç Congress Center. Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye.
JetBlue Airways plans two new routes that will grow its presence in the Baltimore-Washington and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and continue its expansion in its focus cities in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood.
GoEuro has launched a brand new app for travelers to search, compare and book for travel by train, coach or air. The free app is easy to use on android and iOS. The new app will allow users to compare travel time and prices from over 160 rail and coach companies as well as airlines globally, enabling them to compare travel time and prices for the full journey, and book their tickets in eight countries.
Kharkiv or in Russian Kharkov, located in the northeast of Ukraine, is the second largest city in the country with a population of over 1.5 million inhabitants. Thanks to the European Football Champ...