Being immersed in the match day atmosphere and watching your favourite team play is part and parcel of being a football fan, with sitting in a stadium arguably the best way to watch the action unfold on the pitch. They are often considered iconic venues which not only reflect a club’s status in the game, but also a legacy that remains deep-rooted in everything that the team stands for.
Gogo, the leading global provider of broadband connectivity products and services to aviation, has taken its 2Ku performance to the next level, exceeding speeds of 100 Mbps. This industry-leading performance was achieved on Gogo's test aircraft, the Jimmy Ray, using Gogo's proprietary 2Ku antenna, Gogo's new next generation modem and a high-throughput satellite.
The James Hotels, with ideally situated locations in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles (opening Spring 2017) announced their second property in New York. The James New York-NoMad will be the second property when it opens summer 2017. The James New York, located at 27th Grand Street at Soho is the hotel group’s first hotel in New York.
“Alain St.Ange is the perfect candidate for Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation,” President of ICCO Maxim Behar says. ICCO is the largest Public Relations community on the world having 48 countries from all continents with more than 3000 firms.
ibtm arabia 2017 once again was hailed a great success by exhibitors and Hosted Buyers. Over 2,100 pre-planned meetings happened during two days of the event, which took place from 7-9 February at Jumeirah Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. 82 exhibitors from 15 countries were joined by 120 Hosted Buyers from 32 countries for the three-day long event.
Qantas has revealed its next generation Premium Economy seat, which will debut on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from October. According to the announcement, the new seat has a unique recline motion that provides a class-leading level of comfort and it is wider and with more functional space overall.
Crystal Serenity’s Alaska voyages are offering far more than the comprehensive exploration of the Last Frontier that has drawn luxury travelers to the region for years. For all seven 2017 Alaska cruises aboard the award-winning vessel, luxury travelers can enjoy a host of value propositions and savings that specifically apply to families traveling with children and multiple generations.
The U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office announced that international visitors spent more than $21.2 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in December, an increase of nearly three percent ($564 million) when compared to December 2015 - setting a new record for monthly U.S. travel and tourism exports. The total amount for the year 2016 is another record for the country.
Despite terrorist attacks, geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainty in 2016, Airports Council International announced that global passenger traffic grew 7.3% in December 2016 and 5.5% for the year as a whole.
Qatar Airways started its new services to Yanbu and Tabuk in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with three-weekly flights beginning 9 May for Yanbu and 19 June for Tabuk. The additional destinations take Qatar Airways’ total network connectivity within the Kingdom to 10 destinations, connecting travelers from Saudi Arabia to more than 150 worldwide destinations through the five-star rated Hamad International Airport in Doha.
InterContinental Hotels Group introduced its first Holiday Inn® hotel in Kolkata - Holiday Inn Kolkata Airport. With the opening of the 137-room hotel in partnership with Jain Group, the total number of Holiday Inn hotels has gone up to 11 in India.
The United Nations declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In parallel to the cause, UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid hosted a presentation of two Spanish stamps that will travel the world and will promote responsible tourism among Spaniards and the millions that every year visit Spain.
DoubleTree by Hilton opens a new property in Elazığ, a city in Eastern Anatolia in Turkey. Double Tree by Hilton Elazığ, which has opened its doors in Elazığ, became the first five-star and well-known international hotel brand in the city.
The City of Tel Aviv, the Israel Tourism Ministry and the "Brown Hotels" Urban Collection, are launching the first project of its kind in the world. A lifeguard tower on Tel Aviv Beach ("Frishman”) will be transformed into a luxurious hotel suite, in which the guests will be winners of an international competition to be launched in partnership with Hotels.com.
The list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, was announced at an awards ceremony at the W Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. The 2017 list welcomes 10 new entries, while China, Japan, Singapore and Thailand each count 9 restaurants on the list.
Oasis Hotels & Resorts, the leading all-inclusive vacation resort brand in the Mexican Caribbean, has partnered with WeddingWire, the largest online marketplace connecting merchants with engaged couples and party planners – to showcase O Weddings by Oasis -- the brand’s unique wedding offering.
Organizers of the first edition of ITB China announced that the exhibition is fully booked and ready for business. The first edition of the event will focus on Europe, which is the official partner destination of ITB China. ITB China will take place from 10 to 12 May 2017 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center.
Despite terror attacks and the BDS movement against Israel, International Convention Center-ICC Jerusalem has been selected as one of the 10 world's best congress centers. Mira Altman, CEO of ICC Jerusalem said, "This is great news. It shows the enormous potential of a large international convention center in Jerusalem and the great opportunity to significantly promote conference tourism in Israel."
The 1st UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations was organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and the Digital Agenda of Spain and the Region of Murcia on 15-17 February. More than 100 speakers from 20 countries convened in Murcia, Spain to present solutions and experiences for ‘smart destinations’.
Destination Canada announced the release of the year end data on tourist arrivals to Canada. Almost 20 million travellers came to explore Canada from coast to coast to coast in 2016. This marks the highest arrivals in 14 years—and is just short of the best year on record, 2002.
RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, added more than 170 new affiliated resorts to its exchange network in 2016. The additions, which include some resorts currently under construction, span across every populated continent.
To mark the 20th anniversary of World Book Day on 2nd March 2017 new research from VisitEngland shows that more than half of British holidaymakers would visit a literary attraction on holiday in England. Findings also show that one in four Brits visited a literary location in England during a holiday break in the last year. The same amount had read literature relating to a place they had visited in the country.
Tourico Holidays, the world’s fastest growing wholesale travel brokerage company, today shared data revealing a 37 percent increase in 2016 cruise bookings compared to 2015 – with an 8 percent increase in average transaction size.
JetBlue celebrates its 17th anniversary this month with eye-catching additions to the airline’s fleet with the very first special livery for an Embraer 190 and a new tailfin design that will appear on multiple aircraft this year.
Did you see the new face of the redesigned Munich Airport website? The site is used by approximately 13 million visitors annually and now it has a new contemporary design, comprehensive information, new features, and with functionality optimized for all devices.
CRN, the historical ship builder and Italian brand, part of the Ferretti Group, specialising in the construction of fully-custom steel and light aluminium alloy pleasure vessels between 40 and 100 meters in length, will be taking part in the Dubai International Boat Show, to be held from February 28 through March 4.
Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company (“Vietjet Air”) has received full membership from The International Air Transportation Association (IATA), affirming the new-age carrier’s role and position in the aviation community, both in Vietnam and overseas.
Dubai hosted yet another important event in the Emirati, becoming the first city in the GCC region to host the IAPCO meeting and general assembly. 120 participants from over 30 countries attended the 48th International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Annual Meeting & General Assembly, which took place on 16-19 February at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced that NBA Africa Game 2017, the NBA’s second game in Africa, will take place Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.
TAV Airports Holding President and CEO Sani Şener said, “2016 was a challenging year for the aviation sector, both in Turkey and abroad. Security-related concerns had a negative impact on the aviation industry. And yet, TAV achieved to increase the number of passengers served by 2 percent compared to 2015 thanks to its stable portfolio."
Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida set another record in tourism by welcoming the highest amount of visitors in the state’s history with 112.8 million visitors in 2016. This is the sixth consecutive record year for visitation to Florida, exceeding the previous high of 106.6 million in 2015 by 5.9 percent. Tourism jobs also hit a record high in 2016 of 1.4 million jobs, exceeding the previous record in 2015.
"Get up people and get mixed, hold meetings and help companies grow," called Jonathan Medved, the founder of the OurCrowd Club, a leading global equity crowd funding platform in the world. Our Crowd hosted at the International Congress Center Jerusalem, nearly 3,000 investors, market players, start-ups entrepreneurs and mature companies representatives, from dozens of countries around the world.
The Le Hotels Group expanded its capacity thanks to its new member - Majestic Plaza hotel - which offers 182 rooms in the heart of Prague. The Majestic Plaza hotel will be managed by Jan Hamouz, whose aim is to build a new, more efficient structure of the hotel management and services.
Alain St.Ange, United Nations World Tourism Organisation Secretary General candidate and former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine went live to the world from London! On Valentine’s Day, Mr. St.Ange shares his love towards the travel and tourism industry by joining two live programs at Sky News and CNN.
Cayan Group, the leading property developer in the Middle East strongly condemned Russian model Viki Odintcova and her assistants’ daredevil stunt of hanging off the edge of the Cayan Tower roof without any restraints, or safety precautions.
When Crystal River Cruises’ newest luxury vessel; Crystal Bach embarks on her maiden voyage this June, guests will enjoy a complimentary exclusive concert at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, considered one of the finest concert halls in the world.
Quito prepares to host more than 800 members of the aviation industry after being designated the official host city of Routes Americas 2018, the most important event in the aviation industry in the continent.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the first Ferrari-branded theme park in the world, has unveiled “Turbo Track”, a new, heart-pounding rollercoaster set to open at the end of March. The three-stage experience, which gives guests an authentic feel of what it’s like to become a Ferrari test driver, is the latest thrilling addition to the Park.
User experience – UX and Usability professionals from world’s leading companies will gather together in Istanbul, Turkey for the 3rd UXistanbul Conference that will be hosted by UXservices at Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel on February 21st, 2017.
Air Canada expands its services between Canada and Israel, with the introduction of a seasonal non-stop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv and an increase in its current Toronto-Tel Aviv non-stop service to a daily frequency year-round.
SureStay Hotel Group reveals its first hotel in Asia by unveiling details of its first SureStay Plus℠ hotel in Bangkok. Introduced in late 2016, SureStay Hotel Group is a hotel family that’s committed to providing superior service and the right amenities at an exceptional travel value. It is also designed to allow economy and lower-midscale hotels to harness Best Western’s global network, without compromising the company’s established brand standards.
UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai recently made an official visit to Portugal. During his visit, Mr. Rifai came together with Prime Minister Antonio Costa, with whom he discussed the importance of raising the public visibility of the socio-economic impact of tourism.
Istanbul Music Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) under the sponsorship of E.C.A. Presdöküm Sanayii A.Ş., celebrates its 45th year. The festival’s programme was announced at a press meeting on Wednesday, 15 February at The Marmara Pera Hotel, the Official Hotel Sponsor of İKSV.
The Rezidor Hotel Group introduces its first residence property in Dhahran, bringing Saudi Arabia to a new standard of excellence. With 92 stylish and sophisticated apartments, a restaurant and a gym, guests will find everything they need to feel at home at the Radisson Blu Residence, Dhahran.
After the huge success of debuting the Caribbean’s first-ever Over-the-Water Villas in Jamaica, Sandals Resorts announced nine new Over the Water Honeymoon Butler Bungalows at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, which are available to book now for travel beginning in May 2017.
A new initiative of the India’s Tourism Ministry is launched by the country’s Tourism and Culture Minister; Dr. Mahesh Sharma. The new initiative will provide pre-loaded Sim Card to foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa.
Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai will host the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017. It will be the second time that World Travel Awards has visited China’s commercial capital, following a rapturously received debut at the Swissotel Grand Shanghai back in 2008.
Following the success of its 4th official Gala Ceremony in 2016, the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards (SSLHLA) announced its 5th Annual Gala Ceremony to be hosted at the The Ecali Club, Athens.
Shamwari - one of South Africa's most high-profile and innovative wildlife conservation areas – has marked its 25th anniversary this year by achieving Fair Trade Tourism certification for all eight of its tourism products. Set on 25,000ha of reclaimed farmland, Shamwari is renowned for its wildlife conservation initiatives and commitment to surrounding communities.
Mexico's Pacific coast beach resort town of Acapulco enjoys warm winter days with record number of guests. One of the destination’s most successful winter seasons in the last few years reporting an average hotel occupancy of 95 percent for the holiday period of December 20 – 31 and 80 percent over the Mexican holiday weekend of February 4-6.
The 2017 CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour will be starting this coming weekend with the first of seven events on schedule taking place (18-19 February) on Mount Erciyes, which is one of the highest peaks in Turkey, Turkey and six more to follow in the Czech Republic, Turkey, Switzerland, Slovenia, Liechtenstein and Italy.
The Iranian Volleyball Federation staged a snow volleyball tournament for the first time at the Dizin resort in the Alborz mountain near Tehran. The competition is held on 12 – 13 February in association with Austrian agency Chaka2, which is the agency responsible for creating and organizing parts of the 2017 CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s Presidential Order 13768 issued January 25th of this year will create a rash of lawsuits and disastrous consequences for a number of reasons that are not facially apparent. Steven Riznyk, a business and immigration attorney, from San Diego Biz Law APC analyzes issues with examples that demonstrate the disastrous consequences that we are facing.
Deutsche Hospitality has signed 14 contracts for new hotel on three continents over the past year. One particular milestone to mark the New Year is the launching of the one hundredth hotel to operate under a Deutsche Hospitality brand. The company opens the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir in Cairo.
The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) Initiative has announced two new accelerators designed to make it easier and faster for innovative tourism businesses to get established in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company is set to open its latest international route from Da Nang to Seoul, South Korea on 31 May, 2017. Vietjet currently operates four routes connecting Vietnam and South Korea between Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hai Phong and Seoul and Hanoi and Busan.
Beginning 17 July 2017, Qatar Airways will connect two capitals; Doha and Skopje. The airlines will launch four-weekly flights to Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Skopje provides a gateway to a country of dramatic scenery, including lakes, mountains and historic towns, while the city itself is home to both Ottoman and European architecture.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey announced that the Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF Istanbul) will take place on 23 and 24 February 2017 at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel. WVEF is the premier global event for women entrepreneurs to learn, to do business and to create lifetime opportunities to grow and internationalize their businesses.
An elite squad of seven of the world’s top 10 women’s singles tennis players and more than 40 elite women’s tennis players compete in Doha for the Qatar Total Open 2017, which will be held at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex between 13 and 18 February.
"Tourism for all" without discrimination is the message being pushed as GIHP, the important lobby group for the involvement of the Physically Handicapped of France throws support behind Alain St.Ange for Secretary-General of the UNWTO.
Comic Con Brussels returns to the buildings of Tour&Taxis during the weekend of Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February 2017. Thousands of fans, Cosplayers and other visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the world of science fiction, fantasy and contemporary pop culture of the immensely popular comic books.
Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air announced a partnership between the airline’s FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme and Agoda PointsMax, one of the fastest-growing online hotel booking platforms worldwide, allowing Gulf Air FalconFlyer members to earn loyalty miles with every Agoda hotel booking made on agoda.com.
Travel between the port of Piraeus and Athens International Airport will take approximately 45 minutes on an electric train set to operate in June 2017. Transport and Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis said, “The Athens station will be fully operational in April and delivered to the citizens and to the public who will be able to enjoy a modern electric train. The train will reach Piraeus and works will be continued… in efforts to link the railway with the Metro station”.
A few weeks following the launch of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced that the city of Murcia in south-eastern Spain will host the World Conference on Smart Destinations on 15-17 February 2017.
“Orlando International Airport experienced its busiest and most successful year in airport history,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority when he was talking about airport’s performance in 2016.
Turkey’s national carrier Turkish Airlines continues to contribute to the Turkey’s tourism by launching a new direct flight between Antalya and Algiers, Algeria. Turkish Airlines flies to 296 destinations in 120 countries, now adds Antalya-Algiers-Antalya route to its expanding flight network during this year’ summer season.
Despite terrorist attacks, geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainty in 2016, Airports Council International announced that global passenger traffic grew 7.3% in December 2016 and 5.5% for the year as a...
Travel between the port of Piraeus and Athens International Airport will take approximately 45 minutes on an electric train set to operate in June 2017. Transport and Infrastructure Minister Christos...
Gogo, the leading global provider of broadband connectivity products and services to aviation, has taken its 2Ku performance to the next level, exceeding speeds of 100 Mbps. This industry-leading performance...
The U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office announced that international visitors spent more than $21.2 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in December, an increase...
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced that NBA Africa Game 2017, the NBA’s second game in Africa, will take place Saturday, Aug. 5...
After the huge success of debuting the Caribbean’s first-ever Over-the-Water Villas in Jamaica, Sandals Resorts announced nine new Over the Water Honeymoon Butler Bungalows at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, which...
Beginning of December 2016, me and my wife visited Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and if you are searching for a romantic weekend, then you should consider Tallinn. The Estonian capital offers tra...
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...
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