After the terrorist attack in Tunisia, RIU Hotels & Resorts issued following press release. “In the aftermath of the terrible terrorist attack that cost the lives of many of our clients in Tunisia, we are deeply saddened by the tragedy that this has been for the victims, their family members, and also for the employees of the Riu Imperial Marhaba hotel.
Groupe Eurotunnel was forced to announce the sale of its maritime business on 9 January 2015. The ships Berlioz and Rodin, owned by Groupe Eurotunnel, are now leased to DFDS from 2 July 2015. Groupe Eurotunnel regrets that its MyFerryLink business has, for the past three years been the victim of an indifference on either side of the English Channel that has led to decisions which have proven to be contradictory and incoherent.
More than 30% of private aircraft fly empty, as they move between passenger flights. Sometimes referred to as a deadhead or a one-way, empty legs are created when an aircraft needs to move on its own for one reason or another, such as to pick up its owner or other charter passengers, or returning to base after a charter flight. These empty aircraft departure and arrival points can then be customized anywhere in the same general direction of flight to create very economical private jet flights.
Cathay Pacific Airways has partnered with the award-winning travel app, LoungeBuddy and continued its commitment to innovation. With 17 non-stop weekly flights from San Francisco to Hong Kong, the carrier becomes the first airline at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to activate iBeacon technology. With this technology Cathay Pacific will be able to offer a more personalized and enhanced experience for guests using the airline's Business and First Class lounge at SFO.
Panama’s Copa Airlines, a member of Star Alliance global airline network, has begun nonstop service four times a week between Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. New Orleans becomes the airline’s 11th U.S. destination and its 71st overall.
Etihad Airways and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have signed a codeshare agreement. Etihad Airways will place its EY code on PIA flights between Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Abu Dhabi. In return, PIA’s PK code will be placed on Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi and Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore and PK code will also be added to Etihad Airways’ flights from Abu Dhabi to many of the global destinations operated by Etihad Airways.
Atlasglobal Ukraine Airlines, a subsidiary of Istanbul based Atlasglobal, is fighting for the right to fly over Ukrainian air for a year. The commission of the State Aviation Service of Ukraine approved assignments to six routes for Atlasjet Ukraine at a meeting on June, 9. The routes are: Lviv-Moscow (Russia), Lviv-Madrid (Spain), Odesa-Moscow, Kherson-Istanbul (Turkey), Zaporizhia –Istanbul and Kyiv-Kutaisi (Georgia).
UK and Irish travellers will benefit from the introduction of a new e-visa service from 2nd July 2015, as confirmed by the Government of Kenya. As of 2nd July 2015, UK and Irish travellers may apply for their Kenya entry visas in advance of arrival in Kenya via the e-visa portal, www.ecitizen.go.ke.
UNWTO and the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen collaboration in advancing tourism as a key driver of socio-economic growth and inclusive development.
Attempting the first ever Round-The-World solar flight to inspire innovation and encourage the use of clean technologies, the solar powered airplane of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg tries again to make a historical oceanic flight that will last at least 5 days and 5 nights non-stop.
airberlin frequent flyers can also now use their benefits within the Air Seychelles network. The national airline of the island state of The Seychelles is now part of the topbonus programme, meaning that topbonus members can collect and redeem award miles on the entire route network of Air Seychelles.
Wyndham Hotel Group opens the 91-room Wyndham Garden Barranquilla hotel, jointly with local partner Inversiones Rueda Leon, becoming the company’s 13th property to open in Colombia. Wyndham Garden Barranquilla is located in the heart of Barranquilla’s financial district, mere steps from several major corporations, banks, and industrial parks, as well as the world-renowned shopping for which Barranquilla and Colombia are famous.
After Friday’s attack that killed at least 38 tourists and wounded at least 39 others on the beach outside the Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba in the Tunisian coastal city of Sousse, the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts announced new safety measures. The tourist police units will be armed while on duty inside and outside the tourist zones and units as of July 1, 2015.
Attracting millions of tourists from every corner of the world, Turkey is set to welcome more Asian hotel chains to its tourism sector. Following the success of Raffles, Aman Resort, Mandarin, and Shangri-La, more hotel chains from the Far East are lining up for investments in the country.
The Club Sandwich Index (CSI) study of Hotels.com reveals this year’s most expensive dining costs of hotels worldwide. This year, the elevated report by Hotels.com – the CSI 2.0 – covers three additional hotel dining items to make the Index a more comprehensive indicator for travelers to understand the costs associated with a full day of dining at hotels worldwide.
From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. In 2015, more than 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home to celebrate the Independence Day.
Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub atop The Cromwell in Las Vegas celebrates the Fourth of July - Independence Day with a trifecta of concerts. The club's Drai's LIVE concert series is in full swing with live concerts from The Weeknd (July 3), Chris Brown (July 4) and the first official concert in Tyga's Drai's LIVE residency (July 5). With the rooftop hotspot perched 11 stories above Las Vegas Boulevard, revelers on July 4 will have prime viewing of the iconic fireworks that explode over the Strip.
Disney officials have announced that beginning on Tuesday using selfie sticks are banned at theme parks in Florida and California. The popular tool used by tourists will no longer be welcome at Disney’s four Orlando theme parks and the Disneyland resort in California on Tuesday. The ban begins on 1 July at Disney parks in Paris and Hong Kong.
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) issued two separate statements that condemn terrorist attack in Tunisia. “Today our societies were attacked in three different continents showing that we face a truly global threat” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said, “I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the families of all the victims of this brutal attack. Our thoughts are with them at this terrible time.”
Vienna’s annual Donauinselfest, Europe’s biggest open-air free music festival takes place at the Donauinsel this weekend. It’s expected to attract a total of around 3.1 million visitors over three days. Events kicked off today.
Thirty seven people were killed and thirty six were wounded in a terrorist attack, Friday, on the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse, Tunisia. It is so unfortunate that I recently visited Sousse and stayed at the next beachfront hotel on the same beach where today’s attack took place.
Eighteen tourists were wounded in Turkey’s Cappadocia region, after a hot air balloon crashed into an electricity wire and its engine burst into flames. District medical director Dr. Rahim Unlubay says that none of the tourists is in a critical situation. Nine have already been released from the hospital and he expects the rest to be released soon.
Australia's island state of Tasmania set record number of tourists. The number of visitors to Tasmania topped 1.1 million for the first time. According to the latest Tasmanian Visitor Survey, a record 1.103 million travelers visited the island in the 12 months to March, a four per cent increase on the previous year.
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Jason Statham attended the red carpet premiere of Universal Studios Hollywood’s all-new thrill ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged”. The Hollywood stars were among the first to experience the attraction, which debuts as the grand finale to the world famous Studio Tour. The ride opened on June 24, 2015.
The latest results from the Great Britain Tourism Survey (GBTS) reveal a strong performance for domestic tourism in the first quarter of the year. There were 19.7 million trips recorded in England between January and March this year, the highest number of trips recorded during the first quarter for seven years.
Meliá Hotels International has announced a partnership with UNICEO®, the international association for senior corporate event organizers, a further step in enhancing its recognition as a leading company in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Congresses and Exhibitions) segment, a strategic priority for the hotel company.
Marriott International and Universal Music Group (UMG) have created a first-of-its-kind global marketing partnership that will include exclusive performances by established and emerging recording artists, branded video series, social content, music downloads, ticket offers and more. The first exclusive concert features Jessie J at the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel on June 30th.
New Zealand is the top film destination people most want to visit in the world - thanks to its lead role in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – according to a new British survey. The study by HBO television network, which looked at holiday destinations made famous by TV and film, found these places are booming in popularity with New Zealand topping the list of places viewers most want to travel to.
The 7th International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism is jointly organized by UNWTO, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and the People's Government of the Shaanxi Province in the ancient Silk Road capital of Xi’an. Tourism ministers and representatives participating in the meeting discussed and talked about capacity building, marketing and promotion, heritage management and travel facilitation as a means to building an integrated tourism market along the land and maritime Silk Roads.
International carriers Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook Airlines will begin seasonal flights to Northern Ireland’s capital and largest city Belfast from Orlando International Airport. Travelers can fly non-stop to Belfast, Northern Ireland by Virgin Atlantic. The carrier will operate one flight a week during the summer months using Boeing 747-400 aircraft with 451 seats.
One of Switzerland’s best-known retail brands Kuoni said Monday it was selling its European tour operating activities to German retailer REWE. The impending sale of its European tour operating business to the Rewe Group’s DER Touristik will end direct association with the Swiss public that began in 1906.
American-French action thriller ‘The Lake’, written by Luc Besson, will start filming in Malta this July. The film follows a group of Navy SEALs who attempt to solve an age-old mystery involving a treasure underneath a lake in war-torn Serbia.
New Zealanders will now earn Qantas Points on every Jetstar domestic flight across the country, including flights to four new regional destinations on sale from September. Previously, Qantas Frequent Flyer members travelling on Jetstar New Zealand have earned Qantas Points only when adding Plus and Max bundles to their Starter fare to include extras such as food, baggage and ticket flexibility.
The latest version of the Berlin Airport app sees Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH offering passengers at Tegel Airport a brand new service that will guide you at the terminal. Passengers who have entered their flight in the app receive a push notification the moment they enter the terminal building with instructions on the fastest route to their gate.
A joint venture between TAV Airports and Unifree Duty Free/Gebr. Heinemann, ATU Duty Free opens doors at Salalah, the second largest city of Oman. ATU Duty Free began providing services to the passengers with a 727 sqm duty free shop located on the departure floor and another 117 sqm duty free store on the arrival floor within Salalah Airport. Furthermore, the company will operate food&beverage areas at the terminal.
The paradise island of Seychelles best known with its beautiful sandy beaches is an ideal place for sun, sea and sand holiday especially when cold weather arrives our homes. But Seychelles has more to offer. Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture said, “"We care for our environment and today we have over 50% of our total land area totally protected as national parks. We have embarked on developing our tourism industry with culture placed at the center of our development”.
Japan is host to a growing number of international visitors, with notable increases from majority Muslim countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia, which are up 33.4% and 16.1%, respectively between January and May 2015. As the number of Muslim passengers increases, Japan’s leading airline; ANA expanded its halal in-flight menu to address the wide range of dietary needs by a growing number of international ANA passengers.
Lagos-based consultancy W Hospitality Group announced the findings of this year’s Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey. The survey finds that Hilton is leading the race to develop new hotels in Africa by number of rooms however Marriott takes the top spot by the number of hotels with 36 in the pipeline. Continue to read for all details about the 2015 Hotel Chain Development Pipelines in Africa.
More than 300,000 golf fans are set to flock to Scotland’s courses in the coming months as the country gears up for a spectacular summer of golf. VisitScotland is investing a total of just over £2 million into eight professional golf events in 2015, with the country hosting a total of nine professional events throughout 2015 across both the men’s and ladies’ game.
Berlin-based GoEuro, launched in 2012 as a travel platform that allows people to search for, compare and book plane, train, bus, rail and car hire options for travelling across Europe will announce results of its recent research for the 2015 Beer Price Index next week. You can check their website now to read it online. Below we present you beer prices around the world including beer prices for this year's Oktoberfest in Germany.
Delta extends its sponsorship with Chelsea Football Club as the club's official airline for another three years. Delta and Chelsea FC, the English Premier League and Capital One Cup champions, first joined forces in 2012 and since then have worked together to bring the airline’s 170 million annual passengers closer to the club.
Significant openings and developments in the ‘new’ New York City were presented to influential media, key product managers and travel agents selling New York City in Amsterdam, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow and London.
Luxury automotive brand Lexus has partnered with world leading experts in super conductive technology to create one of the most advanced Hoverboards ever developed. Wrapped in a design that is uniquely Lexus, the Hoverboard features the iconic Lexus spindle grille signature shape and uses materials found in the luxury car brand, from the high tech to natural bamboo.
LOT Polish Airlines hosted the mid-year Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB) Meeting in Warsaw. During the meeting, the member carrier CEOs endorsed enhancements to further improve the network travel experience offered to customers and gave the go-ahead for the inclusion of a new member in Brazil.
The 2015 Summer Travel Trends revealed the most popular Summer travel destinations in the UK and in the world. Reported annually by hotel comparison website trivago.co.uk, Edinburgh is now more expensive than London for a hotel stay, 37% of Brits are heading to Spain and the average one week hotel spend is £1036.
Uros, the provider of Goodspeed mobile Wi-Fi, and Vodafone Roaming Services announced partnership that enables a significant expansion in the Goodspeed low cost global internet service. Uros will use Vodafone’s and its roaming partners’ networks to enhance the Goodspeed service footprint.
The award-winning entertainment attraction, THE RIDE, LLC., in New York City, announced their partnership with ReplyBuy. The partnership makes THE RIDE first attraction in the country to sign on with ReplyBuy allowing customers to gain access to last-minute seats onboard their patented and unique award-winning buses.
According to the latest figures released by the Thailand Department of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, visitor arrivals to the country totaled 12.4 million between January-May 2015, up 25% over the same period of 2014, and are on track to cross the estimated 28-million projection for the entire year.
Istanbul Visitor's Guide prepared by Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau (ICVB) Istanbul, offers a different experience for visitors which contains almost everything about history, entertainment, lodging, shopping, eating and drinking and art was published.
Brussels has a lot of culture and creativity to offer however this is not known enough by the audience. As a main objective to bring together the cultural and creative sectors by building bridges between different language groups in the capital of Belgium, and Europe, the city hosts The BRUSSELS CREATIVE FORUM.
The Westin Chicago River North, owned by Host Hotels & Resorts and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has completed an extensive renovation that resulted in the transformation of its 429 guestrooms and 20th floor Executive Club Lounge. The Westin Chicago River North finished the three-month project in early March.
Beginning December 1st, Delta expects to start non-stop flights between Orlando and Brasilia. Delta has filed for regulatory approval to move its Atlanta-Brasilia service to serve between Orlando and Brasilia with four weekly flights. “This new route not only offers Brazilian travelers a direct flight option to one of the most popular family vacation destinations, but also represents the addition of a new U.S. entrance to access other prominent destinations in the United States,” said Luciano Macagno, Delta’s director for Brazil.
FINCANTIERI S.p.A., world leader in cruise ship construction, and Virgin Cruises, brand of Virgin Group and new cruise operator, have signed a binding Letter of Intent (LOI) for the construction of three cruise ships. The agreement, subject to the satisfaction of the usual customary conditions, is expected to be finalized in Q4 of 2015.
IATA’s latest World Airline Transport Statistics showed Ryanair once again carried more international customers than any other airline. Southwest Airlines ranked at the top as domestic carrier and Delta Air Lines ranked at the top spot in total passenger count (International + Domestic). Here are the top 10 airlines for each category.
American Cruise Lines, which operates newest riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, announced the 2015 holiday cruises; Thanksgiving Cruise, Southern Holiday Traditions and Christmas Cruise, and New Year’s Eve Cruise.
Lufthansa now offers an exclusive Porsche experience by taking a Porsche 911 or Panamera for a spin through Munich, the sub-Alpine landscape or Lower Bavaria. “This is suitably complemented by the exclusive offer from Porsche, which turns the waiting period before take-off into a luxurious experience”, says Thomas Klühr, the Lufthansa Passage Executive Board member for Finances & Munich Hub.
The Darling at The Star Sydney, the city’s most lovingly-detailed luxury hotel located in Darling Harbour, recently became one of the first hotels in the world to achieve the new global mark of excellence in luxury hotels, The International Five Star Hotel Standard.
The Apartment Service, headquartered in Wimbledon SW19, London, one of the largest and longest established global booking agents and operators of serviced apartments, announced the expansion of the New York office, covering The Americas region including LATAM.
The Golfers’ Choice Awards polled nearly 6,000 travelling golfers over a six-week period and ranked Myrtle Beach, where more than 3.5 million rounds of golf are played annually, as the ‘Favourite U.S. Destination’, ‘Favourite U.S. Destination for Value’ and ‘Favourite U.S. Spot for a Trip with Golf Friends’. The public poll is conducted by golf.com.
A total of 2,000 professionals from the corporate events market in Spain and Portugal will be meeting at a new edition of Evento Days on 1 and 2 July 2015. IFEMA hosts Evento Days at Feria de Madrid Hall 1. Professionals will participate in an experiential meeting that will gather more than 100 service companies of the events sector and where the latest products and market trends will be on display.
Iberia’s premium passengers can now enjoy a new VIP lounge at the Malabo Airport in Equatorial Guinea. It is open to Business Club passengers and holders of Iberia Plus Singular, Platinum, and Gold cards. Iberia’s premium passengers can relax on comfortable sofas and read the newspapers and magazines available in the lounge, or get some worked done before departing. The VIP lounge offers free wifi.
The leading Spanish hotel company Meliá Hotels International announced a new hotel in Shanghai, which will become its eighth property in the country. The new Meliá Shanghai Hongqiao is part of Lidoway project, a major urban complex in Hongqiao that will also feature a wide range of commercial and entertainment facilities, dining outlets, green areas and high-end residential villas.
Statistics New Zealand announced that autumn arrivals continue to drive positive growth. Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler says, “The US and Germany were outstanding performers over summer and both have maintained significant growth across the shoulder season with US holiday arrivals up 12.0 per cent and Germany up 8.0 per cent for the year ending May".
In celebration of Mexican Independence Day weekend, Latin superstar Enrique Iglesias will play The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Sunday, September 13 and Monday, September 14. Next day on Tuesday, September 15, world-renowned artist Plácido Domingo will perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announced the recipients of this year’s RISE (Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence) Awards. The recipients have been selected for exceptional achievements in the meeting and event industry, and will be honored at the annual MPI RISE Awards Presentation and Luncheon on August 3, 2015, during MPI’s World Education Congress (WEC) in San Francisco.
For the tenth consecutive month Orlando International Airport (MCO) has recorded both domestic and international passenger growth. In April domestic traffic climbed by its highest margin in over four and a half years up nearly 8.8 percent. The strong April numbers are a precursor to what is expected to be a strong summer at MCO.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide signed a new agreement to debut the renowned St. Regis brand in the Maldives next year. The St. Regis Vommuli Resort, Maldives will bring the brand’s hallmark luxury services to one of the world’s most magnificent destinations, ideally situated on the private Vommuli Island in the Dhaalu Atoll.
The Caribbean enjoys phenomenal increases in visitor arrivals in 2015. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) announced that tourist arrivals to the region was up 6% at the end of the first quarter, whilst Saint Lucia alone, recorded a 6.4% growth over the same period last year.
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...
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...