Bulgari Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with Dubai-based real estate development company Meraas Holding for a new hotel in Dubai to be opened in 2017. Designed by Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, the luxury property will be Bulgari’s fifth property.
Wyndham Hotel Group continued the expansion of its namesake Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand in the United States today with the conversion of Hunt Valley Inn – A Wyndham Grand Hotel, located less than 20 miles from downtown Baltimore in scenic Hunt Valley.
U.S. Travel Association calculated economic impact of cancelled flights from the winter storm that struck the upper East Coast this week. Each cancelled domestic flight costs the economy $31,600 under a formula U.S. Travel researchers developed last year to highlight air travel infrastructure issues.
Lufthansa is once again offering passengers a new travel class, which can now be experienced for the first time on selected routes from Munich. The new Premium Economy seats, depending on the aircraft type, are up to three centimeters (just over an inch) wider than in the normal Economy Class. Difference is not only at seats, an enhanced service also awaits Premium Economy passengers.
Marriott International, Inc. continues its global expansion by acquiring the Delta Hotels and Resorts brand and management and franchise business from Delta Hotels Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) for C$168 million (approximately $135 million).
Turkish Statistical Institute releases results of 2014 Address-based Population Registration System. Turkey's population reached 77,695,904 in 2014, an increase of 1,028,040 when compared to 2013. The male population in 2014 was 50.2 percent (38,984,302) of the total population, and the female population 49.8 percent (38,711,602).
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. plans to open its second luxury hotel in Malaysia in one of the fastest growing catchment areas known as the Petaling Jaya Golden Triangle, within a development named Empire City.
Luxury cruise leader Crystal Cruises is offering travelers a varied menu of conveniently scheduled itineraries through Europe, including Sunday to Sunday and seven-day voyages this summer and fall. Sailing throughout the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea, and Northern Europe, the shorter itineraries complement the line’s more common 10-, 11- and 12+-day voyages.
Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) announced that four groups are vying for a contract to operate and maintain the Light Rail Transit lines 2 (LRT-2). It will be awarded by the Department of Transportation and Communications and the bidding of its operations and maintenance (O&M) component is now well under way.
If you are a wine lover, Argentina’s Mendoza Harvest Festival is a great opportunity to seduce yourself with this enormous festival that takes place in Mendoza during 10 whole days. The National Grape Harvest Festival of Argentina has been held in the Mendoza province for many years. In 2015, it is celebrating its 79th year.
Aerodrom Ljubljana recorded an increase in traffic in 2014 and is expecting growth in 2015 as well. In comparison with the last year total passenger numbers were up 3, 1% and cargo tonnage was up 7, 2%. Air Serbia has already doubled its capacity.
Beginning February 1, 2015, guests of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel, will have the opportunity to participate in an Extraordinary Experience. Guests can gather family and friends to join Toni Kukoc, a member of the famed mid-90s Chicago Bulls dynasty, on the Hotel’s newly-renovated, behind-the-scenes half basketball court.
Australia is an international melting pot of culture and cuisine. From coast to coast, Australia is a land of plenty providing a spectacular array of fresh produce. Little wonder it’s also a land of brilliant cooks and culinary artisans who, not content with creating alone, are dedicated to spreading knowledge and know-how to those who share their passion for good food.
Scoot sweetens its fares for Aussies so that they could surprise their Valentine with a cheeky visit to Singapore with special fares. Spread your Valentine’s love further, to Singapore, grab a bargain today and sweep them off their feet this Valentine’s Day. Give them a few weeks to pack, plan and prepare to take off from March 1st 2015, or for Valentine’s Day 2016.
Istanbul Modern in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) / MoMA PS1 and co-sponsored by Garanti Bank, Polimeks Holding and VitrA presents the second temporary installation of the YAP Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program.
Hala Abu Dhabi, the destination management division of Etihad Airways, will cooperate with 45 leading tour operators worldwide to promote Abu Dhabi as a tourist destination. With the new cooperation, passengers transiting in the UAE capital will enjoy special privileges.
As of February 1, Cancun will be treating tourists to one more hour of fun, culture and beautiful beaches, as the state of Quintana Roo officially changes time zones from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Ryanair extended its Business Plus fast-track security service to London Gatwick (from 2nd February), Rome Ciampino (from 2nd March) and Eindhoven (from 1st April) with more airports to come, as it continues to offer Europe’s business travelers a tailored suite of travel benefits.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha, Qatar’s new ultra-luxury resort has officially opened its doors to welcome visitors and guests. The hotel is located on its own secluded island and is the first ultimate luxury hotel in one of Doha’s most sought-after locations.
Wi-Fi has become an important in-flight amenity as a reclining seat and extra legroom. Routehappy, the product differentiation platform for air travel, announced findings of its new study about global state of Wi-Fi used on airlines.
The Australian Government and Qantas collaborate to support ANZAC Centenary activities marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. The Government appreciates the generous contribution of Qantas in supporting this significant period of commemoration and ensuring that more Australians can travel to Turkey for the services.
Marriott International’s lifestyle brand Moxy Hotels, which first launched in Europe in fashion forward Milan last September, is entering the U.S. market in a bold way, with eight identified projects slated for major metropolitan locations, including New York City (Chelsea, Mid-town and Lower Manhattan), San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans and Chicago.
Dubai Airports announced today that Dubai International (DXB) has secured its position as the number one airport for international passenger numbers. The year-end traffic report confirms that full year passenger numbers totaled 70,475,636, up 6.1 per cent from the 66,431,533 recorded in 2013.
The Economist’s Intelligence Unit has released a ranking of the safest major cities in the world. The Safe Cities Index 2015, sponsored by NEC is based on an index composed of more than 40 quantitative and qualitative indicators. These indicators are split across four thematic categories: digital security; health security; infrastructure safety; and personal safety. Every city in the Index is scored across these four categories.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita has introduced a new regenerating series of holistic treatments, designed to benefit the physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of every guest. Through combining the purest organic elements with the latest in modern-day technology and skilled techniques, the Mauritius spa looks to offer a choice of wellness and relaxation experiences as rich in diversity as the island itself.
The Lufthansa Group is continuing with the modernization of its aircraft fleet in 2015. Following a nine-hour transfer flight from Seattle to its future home airport in Frankfurt, the newest “Queen of the Skies” joined Lufthansa’s jumbo fleet, replacing an older Boeing 747-400, which is being decommissioned.
Russian shoppers stayed away from the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) this year due to the ongoing economic crisis and falling ruble in Russia.The DSF, being held this year from January 1 to February 1, contributes over US$1 billion ($1.3 billion) of retail sales to the emirate's economy and Russian shoppers have always been among the biggest spenders, along with Saudi Arabians and Americans.
Japan Airlines (JAL) received the Best On-time Performance Service award in the Asia-Pacific Major Airlines Category, from an independent aviation performance-tracking company FlightStats, for its domestic and international flights operated between January and December 2014.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has a new brand; “Hyatt Centric”. It is a new, full service lifestyle brand designed for business and leisure travelers. More than 15 Hyatt Centric locations, comprised of open and previously announced hotels, will debut this summer in the heart of some of the world’s most popular cities, including New York, Paris, Atlanta, Chicago and Miami.
To celebrate the opening of Hotel Bon Sol Resort & Spa in Mallorca for the 2015 season on 7th February, the hotel is planning a spectacular themed event for St Valentine’s Carnival weekend. Three good reasons to dust off the DJ, dress up in style and indulge in a little romance and panache.
The latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer revealed the total number of International tourist arrivals in 2014. For 2015, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) forecasts international tourism to grow by 3% to 4%, further contributing to the global economic recovery.
The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show held in Orlando, Fla. 21-23 January, bringing together more than 1,000 companies and brands introducing new and innovative golf equipment, apparel, accessories and services to more than 41,000 attending PGA Professionals, buyers and industry leaders from 79 countries.
The National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO) of United States announced total number of air passengers flying to and from U.S. in 2014. The announcement also includes details of international traffic, Top 10 U.S. and foreign airports, Top 10 countries for U.S. air traffic, Top 10 Airlines serving U.S. international non-stop markets.
Princess Cruises, the Official Cruise Line of the Seattle Seahawks, offers seven-night Alaska cruise vacation aboard Crown Princess that will depart Seattle on June 20 and feature the ultimate in player interaction and onboard fan activities as it sails to Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Ketchikan, and Victoria, B.C.
For those that already have a failed ‘dry January’ and broken New Year’s resolutions under their belt a ski holiday is a great way to revive and re-energise on the slopes after the excesses of the festive period! Guests can put their good intentions into practice in spectacular surroundings, a day on the slopes offers a feel-good cardio workout, while many of the alpine resorts offer fantastic spa and wellness centres for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Spending on hospitality and tourism activities including food and beverage, entertainment and business services, PwC US estimates Super Bowl XLIX will generate approximately $206 million in direct spending throughout the greater Phoenix area by the National Football League (NFL).
Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana, is celebrating Valentine's Day by offering an exclusive gift package to guests on any 2015 sailing aboard The Gauguin who book between January 26 and February 14, 2015.
During the East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition - Emitt 2015 held last week in Istanbul, Turkey, FTNnews talked with Mr. Hossein Hosseini, Director of Marketing & Route Development for Mahan Air. Mahan Air is the first Iranian private Airline established in 1992.
Indonesia’s popular tourism destination; Bali is seeing a brighter outlook on cruise tourism this year as the island’s main port, Benoa, is scheduled to welcome 60 cruise ships throughout the next 12 months.
Turkish travel and tourism products are promoted at The New York Times Travel Show 2015 which took place January 23 – 25 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, USA. Turkish travel professionals together with Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry New York Office and Turkish Airlines welcomed trade and public guests throughout the show.
U.S. is expecting an historic blizzard for New York City and surrounding areas between coastal New Jersey and Connecticut. The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) issued a blizzard warning of two days of winter storms across the East Coast, from Pennsylvania to Maine.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the signing of the Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade with Esplanade Operation GmbH, a subsidiary of Host Hotels & Resorts' European joint venture, marks the conversion of the existing Grand Hotel Esplanade to a Sheraton hotel. The hotel continues to be operated by EVENT Hotel Group, which also holds a minority interest in the property.
The sales kickoff event of NICE Company was held in the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. The event included lectures, simulations, and training. Sales managers from all over the world took part in this international event and they enjoyed the luxurious halls and good atmosphere that ICC Jerusalem has to offer.
Galaxy Entertainment Group, one of Asia’s leading gaming and entertainment corporations, unveiled its launch plans for two highly anticipated projects that will be completed in 2015. GEG delivers HK$43 billion (US$5.5 billion) in a planned HK$100billion (US$12.9 billion) commitment to Macau.
Iberia will resume flights between Spain and Havana, Cuba, which were suspended nearly two years ago. Starting on 1 June, Iberia will operate flights on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, five weekly flights in all.
Istanbul Modern brings Artists’ Film International to Istanbul, a program dedicated to moving image by featuring videos, animations and films of visual artists from around the world. Artists’ Film International’s 2014-2015 is on view between January 20 and March 12, 2015 with a pop-up exhibition that features two video installations from Turkey along with recent works by artists from 15 countries in thematic selections.
A group of hackers from the "Lizard Squad", a group known for previous denial-of-service attacks that took down the Sony PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live network last month attacked the Malaysia Airlines website on Monday.
The Ascott Limited has secured contracts to manage three more properties with over 300 apartment units in Beijing and Hong Kong. The new properties will further reinforce Ascott’s leadership position as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in China, with over 12,900 apartment units in 72 properties across 23 cities.
The East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition - Emitt 2015 is held 22-25 January 2015 at Tuyap Exhibition Center in Istanbul, Turkey. Over 4,500 travel companies; tour operators, travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise operators, national tourist boards, transportation services, medical tourism providers and tourism institutes from 71 countries attended the 19th edition of the exhibition.
According to a recent survey by Phocuswright, one third of U.S. leisure travelers used their smartphone to research where to go for an upcoming vacation in 2014. The growth in mobile travel shopping has been extremely impressive, up from 26% the prior year.
Abu Dhabi Airports announced that they had a year of solid growth in 2014, setting new annual records in passenger figures, aircraft and freight traffic. Figures for the month of December 2014 show that the airport ended the year on a high note.
Apple Leisure Group’s subsidiary, AMResorts is going to open a new property in the Dominican Republic in time for the summer travel season. “Adding a new resort in the Dominican Republic is a testament to Apple Leisure Group’s strong performance record in the destination,” said Alejandro Zozaya, CEO for Apple Leisure Group.
An attempt to raise the largest piece of fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 was aborted Saturday, but as the plane cleared the sea floor divers were able to retrieve four more bodies from the wreckage site. And on Sunday, another attempt to lift the submerged fuselage also failed when a wire rope snapped after the wreckage reached the surface of the water.
The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) announced that during 2014, both cruise arrivals and expenditure increased by twenty nine percent (29%) compared to 2013. This Caribbean Island is the must-see stop for many cruise passengers.
easyJet has agreed to consolidate its full operation at Gatwick to the North Terminal. Plans are now underway for the consolidation to a single terminal in autumn 2016 which aims to create an easier and improved travel experience for passengers travelling from London Gatwick.
Autograph Collection has added a new Netherlands-based hotel to its portfolio on the Dutch coast. The hotel complements Autograph Collection’s continually growing portfolio of upscale and independent hotels as the collection expands across Europe and beyond.
Carnival Cruise Line revealed the details of its most innovative ship ever, Carnival Vista, debuting in spring 2016. Carnival Vista will take cruising to new heights and introduce an exciting array of groundbreaking new features.
Earlier this week, we have published travel search site Skyscanner’s findings on when savvy Brits should book their flights to save most. You can read it here. And now we are sharing Skyscanner’s summer holiday tips that may lead you to save over £1,000.
State of Israel, EL AL Israel Airlines is opening an additional gateway to the US. As of June 28, 2015, EL AL will offer three weekly night flights - on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – to the capital of Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Hard Rock International is going to open an all-inclusive resort along the stunning shores of the Caribbean Sea, just a 15-minute drive from the Cancun International Airport. Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Cancun will be the third Yucatan Peninsula property in the Hard Rock International portfolio and will feature 1,800 oceanfront guestrooms.
Lufthansa customers will have two more attractive destinations in the Canary Islands to choose from besides Gran Canaria from next winter season. Round-trip fares starting from 280 euros, travelers will be able to escape the winter blues.
Expedia, Inc. has acquired Travelocity from Sabre Corporation for US$280 million in cash. The acquisition follows the 2013 strategic marketing agreement between Expedia, Inc. and Travelocity under which Expedia has powered the technology platforms for Travelocity's US and Canadian websites along with providing Travelocity access to Expedia, Inc.'s supply and customer service program.
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. FBI background checks show that firearms sales have surged in the last three months of 2014. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said that a record number of firearms was found at US airport security checkpoints in 2014.
Scandic and AxFast are creating one of Stockholm's most exciting grand hotels in the historic PUB building which is one of Stockholm’s oldest department stores and a much-appreciated element of the city skyline.
ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, continues to promote professional development of less experienced professionals with an education program at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on 22 and 23 February 2015, which is prior to the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne.
A recent research shows that what is known as “The Internet killed the travel agent” is not true. The travel agent is not dying as well. In 2014, 18 percent of American travelers used traditional travel agents compared to 12 percent in 2013.
The Latvian carrier; airBaltic will launch a new route between Riga and Thessaloniki (Greece) this summer. Flights that will start as of June 5, 2015 will add another popular summer destination for Baltic travelers, as well as connecting travelers.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) opens the 78 room Crowne Plaza London – Battersea. It is located close to Clapham Junction, one of the UK’s busiest railway stations with easy connections to both the centre of London and Gatwick Airport.
Savvy Brits should check this news since travel search site Skyscanner has revealed the latest findings on the best time to book flights for each travel destination. The information here will increase your chances of getting the cheapest fares in 2015.