Qatar Duty Free (QDF) has announced the opening of Nails, an express nails, hair and beauty salon which has been designed to offer passengers express beauty services before they travel from Hamad International Airport (HIA).
Global travel distributor GTA has signed a $2 million (SGD) memorandum of understanding with SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines and Asia’s most awarded regional airline. The year-long agreement will see the two companies collaborate exclusively on marketing initiatives to bring more traffic to Singapore.
The Costa Cruises Company, which is presently doing 6 rotations in the Indian Ocean, has set a very ambitious plan to increase the number of cruise passengers and also increase its rotations by three times in the region of Indian Ocean for the coming two years.
After many months of painstaking preparations by the City of Zadar and DT Croatia, the world promotion of the new BMW series 2 Grand Tourer finally began on the 16th of April 2015 and will continue for 15 days during which the new BMW vehicle and Zadar will be presented to 420 top journalists from 35 countries worldwide.
Turkey yesterday on April 24 hosted world leaders to commemorate the centenary of the World War I battle of Gallipoli and today leaders and dignitaries led thousands at dawn ceremonies on Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula.
It is not dream anymore; you can control your car from your Apple watch. BMW announced the BMW i Remote app for Apple Watch that you can use the app to remotely check and control functions of BMW i models.
A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday morning with tremors felt as far away as New Delhi. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was 80 kilometers northwest of the capital, Kathmandu. After the powerful quake, several buildings and touristic places were devastated.
FlightStats Apple Watch app is available now in the App Store. The app is a free real-time flight status and airport tracking application. The Watch app is an extension of the popular FlightStats iPhone app which has been downloaded over 2 million times.
As Kate Middleton prepares to give birth to the royal baby, London prepares to welcome the new royal baby in true British style. The Duchess announced her second pregancy on September 8, and there have been several clues that suggest a brother or sister for Prince George may not arrive until the end of April or even the beginning of May.
Windstar Cruises, which operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships known for its intimate yacht style experience and unique voyages to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors, introduces a new program for travel agents. The program gives top selling travel agents of Windstar’s new all suite power yachts the chance to win a red carpet weekend in Hollywood during the television's biggest award night in 2015.
Statistics New Zealand continues to give good news for the tourism industry. Total arrivals in March are up 7.1 percent. The data confirms that much of this growth has been driven from holiday arrivals, up 9.9 per cent for the year ending March 2015. Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said "It has been a spectacular summer for the tourism industry and there is a feeling of great positivity out there which is encouraging to see. Events like the ICC Cricket World Cup which kicked off in February and Chinese New Year have further boosted arrivals for the last couple of months”.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts presents what luxury in hospitality means by unveiling its new Four Seasons Private Jet. Building on a history of innovation, the Four Seasons Private Jet exemplifies the company’s commitment to evolving the guest experience to anticipate and exceed the changing needs of the modern luxury traveller.
DoubleTree by Hilton Santiago – Vitacura becomes the first property in Chile for the brand and the first full-service Hilton Worldwide hotel brand in the country as it opened its doors this week. Located in the heart of Santiago’s thriving Vitacura business district, the 226-room hotel offers the ideal destination for travelers seeking a central location in the city. DoubleTree by Hilton Santiago – Vitacura is owned by and operated by Inmobiliaria Encomenderos.
The U.S. market shows a strong growth for Trinidad & Tobago’s tourism sector. Visitor arrivals from the U.S. increased 20 percent in the first quarter of 2015. The U.S. market makes up nearly 40 percent of all travelers to the destination and has shown the largest growth over the same period in 2014.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management agreement with Fiji-based property development company Avoser Ltd to open the first Holiday Inn Resort in Fiji. Located adjacent to the entrance to Denarau Island, Holiday Resort Denarau is well positioned for access to Port Denarau marina – gateway to the renowned Mamanuca and Yasawa Island groups – and Nadi Town, just five minutes away.
On-board casinos can now operate between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m, in return for a license fee per ship payable to the government. The fee is €500 for cruise liners carrying less than 1,500 passengers and €1,000 for cruise ships carrying more than the above-mentioned amount. As things stood, cruise liners could not operate their casinos. But now, through a subsidiary legislation, cruise liners will be allowed to open during the above-mentioned specific time-window.
The Dubrovnik Tourist Board has unveiled itself as a 'city of festivals' with the announcement of the 2015 Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Midsummer Scene Festival programme. Dubrovnik, a popular travel destination especially for European travelers, wants to give more fun and entertainment with festivals. The Dubrovnik Summer Festival is one of Europe's most important cultural events and has expanded Dubrovnik’s tourist offerings.
The Meetings Show and UNICEO (United Networks of International Corporate Event Organisers) are working in partnership to increase the attendance of senior corporate buyers and decision makers from bluechip companies across Europe at this year’s show. The strategic initiative will see UNICEO’s 200 plus membership of in-house corporate buyers exclusively invited to attend The Meetings Show as hosted buyers.
On March 25th, after a site visit to the city of São Paulo in Brazil, the Board of the IDA accepted the recommendation of the Site Selection Committee and selected the city as the host of its 2017 World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse. The other two competitor cities were Busan, Korea, and Kuwait City.
Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has launched a special advertisement for theater use, “Korea: Age of Imagination” offers a look into the unique lives and culture in Korea such as 24/7 food delivery service, nightlife in Seoul, traditional food and art, and haenyeo (women divers) of Jejudo Island. The screen promotion was created to boost Korea’s brand image as a tourist destination in relation to the filming of the Avengers sequel in Seoul.
Southern Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted on Wednesday for the first time in nearly half a century, spewing a giant funnel of ash high into the sky and prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency. Airlines cancelled flights as ash cloud rose from Calbuco's snowy peak. Officials ordered an evacuation for a 20-kilometer radius around the volcano. Schools also suspended classes for the region.
ibis, Europe’s leading economy hospitality brand, opens a new franchised hotel in Lille, France. The ibis Lille Centre Grand Palais is the first to showcase every new concept that this brand is introducing. The ibis Lille Centre Grand Palais is a short walk from Lille Flandres and Lille Europe train stations and also close to the two subways of the city, in a downtown location, and in a quiet spot.
Leading lingerie and beauty retailer Victoria’s Secret is to open its first Scottish store at Glasgow Airport. Victoria’s Secret stpre at Glasgow Airport, which will open on 11 May, will offer a range of beauty products and accessories designed for the modern jet-setter. Beauty shoppers will find fragrances like the FiFi Award-winning Victoria’s Secret Bombshell, just-launched collections like the new Love Me fragrance and perennial favorites like the most-loved VS Fantasies.
The Traveltech Lab, the UK’s first-ever incubator for travel technology start-ups that is created by London & Partners and The Trampery, will connect tech start-ups and their innovative ideas to the big corporates who need to stay ahead of the competition through technology. Epteca, headquartered in Zug, Switzerland has been selected as one of only 13 companies from over a 100 that applied to be part of the TravelLab.
Ryanair launched its Scotland winter 2015 schedule with 32 routes in total from Edinburgh, Glasgow & Prestwick. Ryanair celebrated the launch of its Scottish winter 2015 schedule and 3 new routes by releasing 100,000 seats for sale across its European network, at prices from £19.99 for travel in May and June. These low fare seats are available for booking until midnight Thurs (23 Apr).
Istanbul inaugurated a new metro line, Levent-Rumeli Hisarustu, on April 19, 2015. The 3.3 km line, with 4 stations, connects the Rumeli Hisarüstü and Levent districts. The new metro route was officially opened to use on Sunday in Istanbul the line aiming at solving the traffic problem of the city links to each other Rumeli Hisarüstü and Levent districts.
Turkish Airlines and Turkish State Railways signed a cooperation agreement on April 21 at the headquarters of Turkish Airlines. The agreement was signed by Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil and the General Manager of Turkish State Railways Ömer Yıldız. According to the agreement Turkish Airlines and Turkish State Railways will combine transport operations and train their staff together.
Japanese “Golden Week” vacation spans 9 days this year from Tuesday, April 28 to Wednesday, May 6, 2015. JAL Group (JAL) announced its passenger traffic forecast for 2015 Golden Week vacation period. Capacity during this period is 1.3% more on international routes and 3.0% lower on domestic routes compared to 2014.
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development announced a record breaking statistics for the Tennessee travel industry. Tourism results for 2014 recently reported by D.K. Shifflet & Associates confirm a record-breaking year; domestic person stays exceeded 100 million.
MSC Cruises announced that when MSC Divina – one of the cruise line's most ultra-modern and elegant ships – returns from her season in the Mediterranean, she will once again sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean starting November 2015.
After the March 18's attack at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, capital of Tunisia that killed 21 foreign tourists, Tunisia tourism industry is hoping to save the summer season. Recently, Tunisian Tourism Minister Salma Rekik announced that security would be enhanced at popular tourist sites as well as along routes to those sites including airports.
Qatar Tourism Authority ( QTA ) released its tourism performance summary report for the first quarter of 2015 (January-March) revealing continued growth in Qatar's burgeoning tourism industry. The report, comparing performance to the same quarter of 2014, shows all key indicators of the tourism sector demonstrated improvement and growth against the same period last year.
Airports Council International (ACI) announced this year's inductees into the ACI Director General's Roll of Excellence which recognizes those airports which, in the opinion of the passengers who participated in ACI's Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Surveys, have consistently delivered excellence in customer service.
Turkey is aiming to be the world leader in the number of Blue Flag beaches as part of its 2023 targets to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said. According to the results for 2015, Turkey closes the gap by surpassing Greece in the total number of Blue Flag beaches and ranked at the second position.
Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Her Majesty the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Jeremy Rifkin, Advisor to the European Union, President of the Foundation on Economic Trends, Washington, D.C. are among the top speakers at the World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2015 which will take place from tomorrow April 23 to April 24, 2015.
Best Western International arrives Japanese city of Kagoshima known as the “Naples of the East” due to its scenic bayside location. Located in southwest Japan’s Kyushu Island, the new Best Western International property in Kagoshima offers spectacular views of the Sakurajima volcano from all of its guestrooms.
Solar Impulse 2, the world's most advanced solar-powered airplane and the first to fly day and night without fuel, landed successfully in Nanjing, People's Republic of China, following a 20 day stay in Chongqing.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) launches its boutique hotel brand Hotel Indigo in the UAE with the signing of a management agreement for a new, meticulously designed 285-room Hotel Indigo in Dubai. Located in the upcoming Business Bay District near the world renowned Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall and the emerging Design District, the hotel’s design, food & beverage, amenities and services will reflect the area’s vibrant business, cultural and high-end residential community.
The online shopping giant; Amazon launched a new service Tuesday to help people plan and book local getaway trips through its website. The new service, called Amazon Destinations, provides lists of locations near a user's home for short-term trips, offering hotel bookings, as well as information on dining and attractions.
A Japan Railway maglev train hit 603 kilometers per hour (374 miles per hour) on an experimental track in Yamanashi Tuesday, becoming the world’s fastest. The train spent 10.8 seconds traveling above 600 kilometers per hour, during which it covered 1.8 kilometers (1.1 miles).
The 150,000 – square -foot expansion at Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, featuring 33 new retailers, will officially open to the public on Thursday, May 14. Discount shoppers will find an array of new stores at this outdoor retail shopping complex located in downtown Las Vegas. This is the second expansion for the successful shopping complex, bringing the center’s size to 689,000 square feet.
Las Vegas is hosting Rock in Rio USA, the legendary music festival that celebrates its 30th anniversary. Taking place May 8-9 and May 15-16, Rock in Rio USA welcome some of the biggest names in music including Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Linkin Park, No Doubt, Big Sean, and Smallpools.
Norwegian, the second largest airline in Scandinavia and third largest low cost carrier in Europe, will launch a non-stop service between London Gatwick and the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. The airline announced Pula in Croatia as its new destination from London Gatwick. The airline is also adding more weekly flights between London Gatwick and New York.
Around 250,000 jazz lovers and about 500 artists from all over the world will visit Düsseldorf and change the vibration of this cosmopolitan city of 650,000 people with the sounds of jazz, funk, soul and rock during the city’s annual Jazz Rally. Düsseldorf's annual Jazz Rally is by far the largest jazz festival in Germany, and the city of Düsseldorf is known not only for hosting huge events, but also for transforming itself into one giant party.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe announced the launch of a new Tourism Ireland strategy. The new, three-year strategy for growth sets out challenging and ambitious targets which will see the number of Australian visitors grow by +20%, representing almost 220,000 visitors to the island of Ireland, by the end of 2017.
Ontario exports of the province's wine into China are significantly expanding with two important agreements that will bring millions in investment to the province's wineries. As part of the 2015 Agri-Food Trade Mission to China, Ministers Jeff Leal and Michael Chan participated in ceremonies involving two major Ontario wineries and their international partners.
Jamaican Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill announced that 2014 was Jamaica’s best year ever for cruise shipping as the island welcomed 1.4 million cruise ship visitors, a 12.5 percent increase over 2013. “Already this year we are up 8.5% and again we have had increases in all three ports,” said Minister McNeill.
Ten widows of World War One veterans were guests of honour at a commemorative event ahead of a special Qantas flight to Turkey carrying Australians on their way to Gallipoli to mark the Centenary of ANZAC. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce was joined by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Senator Michael Ronaldson, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, at a function held at the airline’s jet base at Sydney Airport.
Passports are the ultimate “don’t leave home without it” item, but the nationality of your passport can have a major effect on your travel plans and time abroad. To clue you in on the effects your passport can have, GoEuro has undertaken the task of analysing passports from 50 countries around the world to discover which nationalities’ passports are the most useful in making your way around the globe.
Japan’s leading and only 5-star airline; All Nippon Airways and Toyota Group’s components subsidiary; Toyota Boshoku Corporation have teamed up to develop new economy class seats to offer more comfort with better quality products. Passengers will start to experience the difference beginning June 2015.
TripAdvisor announced its Travellers' Choice™ awards for the world’s top islands in 2015. This year's awards honor more than 100 islands worldwide including lists for Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, the U.K., and the U.S. As always the awards are based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers across the globe.
Today, the editors of Conde Nast Traveler announced a select 60 properties that made the best new hotels and resorts in the world, the 2015 Hot List. The selection has been done by editors and contributors who visited hundreds of recently opened properties around the world, from West Africa to Miami.
Oceania Cruises announced expansion to its popular Culinary Discovery Tour series. The newest Culinary Discovery Tours will debut in Barcelona, Marseille, Antibes (France), Catania (Italy) and Iraklion (Heraklion, Greece) during select sailings aboard Marina and Riviera this spring and summer as the ships cruise throughout Europe.
On Monday, April 20, 2015 U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson released a statement on US airport security enhancements. According to the statement, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will take additional steps to address the potential insider threat vulnerability at U.S. airports.
Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., India’s leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company, today launched ‘The Art of Travel’ - a coffee table book in collaboration with the Israel Ministry. The venue for the exclusive yet dazzling soiree for the event was the Grand Ballroom at the brand new Marriott Sahar in Mumbai.
Only four days left for the fifth edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria and already top carnival delegations from around the globe are flocking to the islands for the 2015 “Carnival of Carnivals.” The Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange was joined by the principal secretary for tourism Anne Lafortune and the chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board Sherin Naiken to welcome one of the big delegations arriving from Italy last Sunday afternoon at the Seychelles International Airport.
Over the next few months Qatar Airways will implement the frequency increases to 10 of its most popular destinations throughout the Middle East and Europe as a result of the continuous rise in passenger demand.
Malaysia Airlines will stop flying to Frankfurt from May 29. Malaysia Airlines Frankfurt director, David Rajkumar Subramaniam said, "We regret to announce that Malaysia Airlines is suspending flight operations in Frankfurt. The last flight out will be on May 29,".
Business travelers will enjoy Fraport’s new Gate Express Service at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). With the new exclusive transfer service from their office straight to the airport’s departure gates, business travelers will save valuable time.Business travelers are driven in a chauffeured luxury limousine to FRA by the shortest possible route.
The “3rd International Istanbul Smart Grid Congress and Fair” will be held in Haliç Congress Center on the 29 – 30th of April 2015 under the auspices of Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey and UGETAM (International Gas Training, Technology and Research Center). This fair will bring together over 5000 domestic and foreign stakeholders of smart networks in Istanbul.
Bangkok-based hotel and resort company Dusit International announced the opening of its first hotel in sub-Saharan Africa and second in the African continent, following the successful launch of the Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo in Egypt in 2009. Nestled along Nairobi’s leafy and secure Riverside Drive suburb, the new property is just minutes from the glamour of the central business district and merely a stone’s throw away from the heart of vibrant Westlands.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. introduced Tribute Portfolio™, the company’s 10th brand and second collection of independent hotels. The Tribute Portfolio brand’s debut property is the iconic Royal Palm South Beach Miami. The property boasts direct beach access to world famous South Beach and is ideally located on Collins Avenue, steps from Ocean Drive and the area’s luxury retail shopping and entertainment district.
Air New Zealand will soon commence flights between Houston in the USA and Auckland, the largest city of New Zealand. With the start of the flight, New Zealand is expected to welcome more American travelers. Tourism New Zealand's Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said, “This new service will enable us to broaden New Zealand's reach into the USA and the states that already deliver our second, third and fourth largest arrival numbers namely Texas, New York and Florida,”.
Ponant, based in Marseille, received its four cruise ship targeting the super luxury market. “Le Lyrial”, a super luxury cruise ship ordered to Fincantieri by the French cruise line Ponant (Bridgepoint Group), was launched at the Ancona shipyard.
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Meliá Hotels International, the leading Spanish hotel company in Asia Pacific, announces three new projects for 2015 and now has 24 hotels in the region. While tourism industry grows in the region, Meliá also strengthen its portfolio in the region. According to the UNWTO, international tourist arrivals in Asia and the Pacific increased by 5% in 2014 and PATA forecasts 33 million more foreign arrivals in 2015 over those of 2014, lifting the expected total inbound volume to around 547 million by the end of the year.
British Airways customers travelling in British Airways’ Club World cabin will have the chance to fly first class and enjoy the full range of First facilities with a free upgrade. The offer is available on selected flights booked between April 13 and June 26. The offer includes the expansive seat with dedicated service, luxurious lounges, fine wines and dining on the ground and on board, and use of the concierge service and specially created check-in area.
easyJet, Bristol’s largest airline, launches five new routes take-off for first time. More than 185,000 passengers are expected to fly on the five new routes in the first year alone and the airline will add a twelfth aircraft to its Bristol operations this summer to accommodate the extra demand. Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said, “We’re delighted to have five of our exciting new routes departing for the first time this weekend. Whether customers are looking for a beach break, cultural getaway or active adventure, we have a new route to suit all.
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...