InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) plans to strengthen its position as a leading lifestyle hotel operator in its Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA) region. IHG will introduce its EVEN® Hotels brand to Australia and New Zealand, while expanding its existing Hotel Indigo brand portfolio, and has set out its ambition to introduce Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants to the market over time.
Princess Cruises is offering travelers three ways to see the world in 2017, with an unprecedented trifecta of world cruises setting sail next year to exotic ports across the globe, including South America, the Arctic Circle and Alaska. Princess pioneered world cruises from Australia in 2008 and remains the only cruise line to offer Australians the opportunity to cruise around the world from their doorstep.
During the holiday season, VIA Rail Canada travellers will have more opportunities to leave their cars behind and enjoy the comfort of the train cars, freshly prepared meals*, unparalleled customer service and the outstanding scenery of Eastern Canada.
ME by Meliá has launched its first luxury lifestyle hotel in the United States of America in vibrant Downtown Miami. ME Miami is located in the epicenter of the city’s cultural hotspots, such as the Pérez Art Museum, Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center and the highly anticipated Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. It will also be within close proximity to the thriving Miami Design District, Midtown and the Arts & Entertainment community.
In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, America’s Railroad® is prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with additional capacity on several routes in the Midwest. Extra trains will operate to and from downstate Illinois and Michigan and Amtrak will also operate every available passenger railcar in its fleet.
Marriott Hotel brand will return to the vibrant city of Athens, following an absence of more than two years. Marriott International signed a new agreement with Chandris Hotels, which currently runs as the independent Metropolitan Athens Hotel.
Sarawak Convention Bureau concluded its 2016 world roadshow to promote ICCA Congress 2016, at IMEX America in Las Vegas, which was 18th-20th October 2016. At IMEX America, the magical “7 Wonders of Borneo” campaign – which was launched in April 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany - raised Sarawak’s profile within the US Business Events (BE) market.
Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines again strengthens its presence in Africa by launching a new route as a result the carrier will have a presence at 50 destinations in 31 African countries, making it one of the leading carriers to the continent.
The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial “ARE WE HUMAN?: The Design of the Species : 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years” organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) andcurated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley opens to the public on Saturday, 22 October. It can be visited till Sunday, 20 November 2016.
Malaysia, the second most visited destination in South East Asia, has hosted the 4th edition of the World Tourism Conference (WTC) jointly organized between the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC).
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of Hotel Indigo® Milan - Corso Monforte. The hotel will be the brand’s second Italian location, joining Hotel Indigo® Rome – St George which opened in 2014.
Icelandic low-cost transatlantic airline WOW air has announced plans to increase the number of flights from London to its hub in Iceland to two per day, as well as increases to its onward long-haul services to California.
Nearly 50 Belgian-based event planners were given a crash course on Estonia and its many enticing conference offerings on October 17 when they turned up for 'ESTonishing Estonia', a combination workshop and networking get-together held at THE HOTEL in Brussels.
Radisson Blu announced its opening in Mannheim’s new Q 6 Q 7 district. Located in the heart of the city of squares, Radisson Blu Hotel, Mannheim offers a completely new hotel experience in the Palatinate’s metropolitan city.
Inbound arrivals to Saudi Arabia will reach over 20 million by 2020, as the religious tourism sector flourishes in line with increasing demand to join the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the most important religious event of the year in the Muslim world, according to consumer insight firm Canadean.
Amman Rotana, the tallest building in the Kingdom, towers 188 metres and features 50 floors that include 412 lavish rooms and suites that were designed to combine luxury and comfort. Additionally, the hotel is home to a number of world-class dining venues, the cutting-edge Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club and an outdoor swimming pool.
Marriott International announced the addition of the Calgary In-Terminal Marriott Hotel to its portfolio. Ideally located in the new Calgary Airport Terminal, the hotel opened its doors today and makes for an ideal destination for business and leisure travelers looking to experience all that Calgary has to offer.
AccorHotels has joined forces with LinkedIn to enrich its mobile app with an unprecedented new service for travelers. All AccorHotels guests can use this new feature, Business Check powered by LinkedIn, to create and facilitate business opportunities.
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has brought back the popular half-price miles redemption promotion for its FalconFlyer members, following positive passenger feedback from a similar offer earlier this year.
Carnival Cruise Line has signed an agreement with landlord Urban Commons and the City of Long Beach, Calif., to expand the Long Beach Cruise Terminal facility to accommodate larger ships in the future and enhance its terminal operations. The deal will nearly triple the size of Carnival's current terminal facility from approximately 66,000 square feet to 142,000 square feet.
Pier 88, Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York will host a fashion show by the producer of Eiffel Tower and Grand Canyon Skywalk phenomena, Jessica Minh Anh. Jessica is showcasing a sky-high catwalk on the sun-deck of AIDAluna cruise ship with the stunning NYC skyline as backdrop.
The DMC Network launched its new brand identity and website. Anchored on a simple but powerful strapline, "We're there for you", the new identity highlights the uniqueness of the DMC Network as a partnership of fully accredited, owner-managed, legacy destination management consultants.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia and the World Cities Scientific Development Alliance (WCSDA), organized the International Silk Road Conference on Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 13-15 October 2016.
Qatar Airways will provide travelers with greater access to the idyllic white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Seychelles with daily flights from Doha starting on 12 December 2016. Travelers wishing to explore the beauty of the Seychelles – one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations in the Indian Ocean – will enjoy convenient flights and award-winning service when travelling with Qatar Airways.
Marriott International announced plans to debut Element Cairo in Egypt in early 2019. Located in Cairo’s upscale Heliopolis district and slated to be the largest Element Hotel in the Middle East and Africa, Element Cairo will be part of The Gate Project, the new iconic ecofriendly development, featuring the largest housing, administrative, commercial facility in Egypt and the Middle East.
The Indian Ocean Islands of Mauritius and the Seychelles both have successful tourism industries and it is not surprising that the tourism leaders of their two neighboring islands meet whenever possible.
Founded in Istanbul, Turkey in 1976, Polin Waterparks is recognized for innovation expertise by the World Waterpark Association (WWA). Polin Waterparks has been recognized for its expertise in innovation with its award of the 2016 World Waterpark Association's prestigious Leading Edge Award for "Innovation in waterslide manufacturing that allows for artistic theming, unique patterns and sound effects".
The 8th annual CCB (Asia) Wine & Dine Festival will be staged at the Central Harbourfront event space from 27-30 October. As the opening event for Hong Kong Great November Feast -- a whole month of wine events, street carnivals and gastronomic indulgence -- in the Elite Dining Week, this year's Wine & Dine Festival promises to provide visitors and residents with an unrivalled epicurean experience.
According to the latest ATR Market Forecast, published in July, demand for new turboprops is expected to reach 750 units over the next 20 years. This would be partly fuelled by about 600 new routes to be created in the region (excluding China). In addition, ATR estimates that regional traffic demand in emerging countries should grow eight times faster than in more mature economies.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt are organizing the 5th Global Summit on City Tourism: “Cities: Local Culture for Global Travellers” on 1-2 November 2016 in Luxor.
As the newest hospitality brand to join the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), Outrigger Resorts is debuting its first-ever loyalty program with a chance for members to win the adventure of a lifetime and vacation at nine beachfront Outrigger Resorts. Airfare included, one lucky winner will have a chance to travel to some of the world’s most iconic beach destinations, including Hawaii, Fiji, Guam, Mauritius, Maldives and more.
ftnNEWS attended the 4th annual Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards, which sets the world of Luxury hospitality and lifestyle ablaze on the night of October 15th at the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel, Marbella – Spain.
CapitaLand’s wholly owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), continues to extend its footprint in the Middle East. New contracts are announced to manage another three properties in Saudi Arabia, including its first in the Islamic holy city of Makkah.
Qatar Airways’ exclusive Al Safwa First Lounge at Hamad International Airport has been presented the prestigious Seven Star First Class Lounge Award by the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards at an award ceremony held in Marbella, Spain on 15 October.
Hosted by the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2016 took place in Vietnam. The event was attended by 200 hospitality leaders from across the regions.
The Spanish lowcost airline Volotea will launch flight connections from Vienna Airport to Marseille and Nantes starting with summer schedule 2017. The airline will offer two weekly flights to both cities in France. As of summer 2017, ten French destinations will be directly accessible from Vienna.
The death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has shocked the Southeast Asian country. Thailand is now in an official period of mourning which will last a year. Now visitors to the country may be wondering what impact the situation will have on their journeys and how they can show their respect.
Southwest Airlines announced its flight schedule of new nonstop service between Florida and Cuba. Service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Varadero, Cuba (VRA) is scheduled to begin Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, and Havana (HAV) service is scheduled to commence Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, from both FLL and Tampa International Airport (TPA).
Manhattan offers the most comprehensive range of NYC hotels and its hotel scene is known for snug rooms and high prices. But today we are sharing with you results of a new report ranking the 10 most expensive hotel suites in Manhattan. These suites are for mega-rich travelers since daily room start from 18,000 dollars.
Qantas will launch daily flights between Sydney and Beijing from 25 January 2017, with services to the Chinese capital the next step in the Group’s strategy to tap into the exceptional growth of the Australia-China travel market.
Emirates announces a new route to the sunshine state. The carrier will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on December 15, 2016, serving the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach. This will be Emirates’ 11th passenger route in the United States.
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is further expanding its sports sponsorship and involvement. The carrier will be the Official Airline of the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, which will be held in St. Moritz, Southeast Switzerland, from 6 to 19 February.
With many business trips scheduled around summer vacations or delayed for after the start of the school year, October kicks off a busy stretch of conferences and conventions across the U.S. According to Hertz, more corporate customers will rent cars in the U.S. during October than any other month of the year, driving an estimated 114 million miles.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) issued a statement following the hurricane Matthew. The statement said that UNWTO is deeply saddened by the tragic effects brought by hurricane Matthew to a number of destinations in the Caribbean.
The island of Guam, a US Territory, is generating increasing interest and business in the MICE industry as an emerging destination among organizations in North America and Asia -- particularly following the opening last November of the new Convention Center at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort.
The United States is the biggest beneficiary of global Muslim tourism spend, according to a new report. The Muslim travel market is accounted for US$145billion of total international tourism spend in 2015 and the US received a 24% share or almost $35 billion.
There has been a huge increase in private jet bookings in Europe as a result of an increase in commercial flight delays and cancellations, and also security fears following the terrorist attacks earlier this year in mainland Europe.
With its vibrant culture and stunning seaside locales, Mexico continues to allure international travelers and today, La Colección makes its debut. Grupo Posadas, the largest hotel operator in Mexico, unveils La Colección, a newly envisioned brand that embodies a portfolio of the group’s coveted resorts set in Mexico’s most sought-after beach destinations.
An Asia holiday specialist revealed changes in the tourist profile visiting the Asian countries. The 50+ solo female adventure travelers are on the rise according to the company. Booking trends also reveal the new popular destinations for 2016.
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, will promote Seychelles in Dubai during the Conde Nast Traveller Forum 2016. The event will be taking place at The Park Hyatt in Dubai on the 14 November.
The reasons people travel haven't changed much from year to year. The paths people travel before they travel have been transformed. Consumers increasingly turn to mobile to get itinerary ideas, compare flight fares, or reserve experiences. As more travelers turn to Google and YouTube to make their research for travel, Google looked across billions of searches to see travelers' digital journey to this year's hot spots.
As part of its strategic plan, Atlasglobal Airlines will be transferring its flights from London Luton, where it has been operating since May 2014, to London Stansted Airport. Atlasglobal flights operate daily between London and Istanbul, taking off from Istanbul at 10.25, arriving in London at 12.30; taking off from London at 13.35 and arriving in Istanbul at 19.30. Atlasglobal's Stansted Airport flights will operate to exactly the same timetable and there will be no change in onward flight connections.
More than 100 delegates from 60 member hotels around the world will be attending the Preferred Hotels & Resorts 2016 Global Conference taking place for the first time in the Middle East, at Palazzo Versace Dubai, from 12-16 October.
The Estonian National Museum; a massive culture/event center that has been a decade in planning and construction, opened its doors this month in the country's university town of Tartu. The multi-million euro museum provides a comprehensive showcase of Estonia's ethnographic history and culture, displaying a large number of high-tech installations as well as artefacts from the 107-year-old institution's collection.
Qatar Airways has started direct flights between Helsinki and Doha on Monday, 10 October. The new daily route strengthens the role of Helsinki Airport as the best airport in Northern Europe and increases the range of international flight connections from Finland.
2016 is going to make it to the history books as the busiest congress year Copenhagen has ever seen. The city hosts 20,000 scientists, doctors and specialists from more than 130 countries for the European Society for Medical Oncology congress ESMO. ESMO 2016 is the largest congress of its kind ever hosted on Danish soil.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) now has over 100 hotels that have been signed or opened in Germany. There are now 65 hotels open in Germany and 35 further properties in the pipeline due to open in the next three to five years. Germany is one of the company’s ten global key markets.
Malaysia, the second most visited destination in South East Asia, has hosted the 4th edition of the World Tourism Conference (WTC) jointly organized between the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and...
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is further expanding its sports sponsorship and involvement. The carrier will be the Official Airline of the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, which will...
In Summer 2016, I had chance to sail to Greek Islands with the Celestyal Cruises. In an organization with Karavan Cruises, travelers enjoyed best of Greek islands with Celestyal and received a compl...
ftnNEWS would like to present you a unique vacation idea here in Turkey: Cappadocia Region. Located on the central Anatolia plateau within a volcanic landscape sculpted by erosion to form a successi...
Recently I have visited Tunisia as a familiarization trip organized by the Tunisia Tourism Ministry with the support of Tunis Air. Tunisia is not only a beach holiday destination. It also offers a r...
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