Wyndham Hotel Group announced the continued rapid expansion of its Ramada® brand in the South Pacific with the signing of a franchise agreement for the waterfront 80-room Ramada Resort Akiriki in Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, on the island of Efate. Ramada Resort Akiriki is located within close proximity to the area’s many attractions, including stunning beaches and islands, and offers guests immediate access to an array of water sports such as snorkeling, diving and jet skiing.
Museum of London presents the largest UK exhibition on Sherlock Holmes; the consulting detective of in over 60 years. The exhibition attracts attention of many as the popularity of Sherlock Holmes is at its peak thanks to recent TV adaptations and Hollywood films such as Sherlock and Elementary. If you are in London or will travel soon, April 12, 2015 is the last day to visit the exhibition at the Museum of London.
Last year, more than 3.6 million people visited in March, making it the single most visited month ever. The three busiest weekends last year were also in March. "March is our busiest month of the year for visitation for a variety of reasons- there really is something for everyone this month," says Cathy Tull senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "Whether you are a sports fan, soaking up the sun on spring break or celebrating St. Patrick's Day, Las Vegas offers an exciting atmosphere and one-of-a-kind experience for everyone and is the perfect place to be in March."
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced an estimated $3.5 billion mega project for a three-story undersea tunnel under Bosphorus Strait which will connect the Asian and European sides of Istanbul with one railway and two land routes, cutting travel times to 14 minutes.
Vancouver Convention Centre and Tourism Vancouver said that 2015 will be one of Vancouver's strongest years for international conventions. More than 165,000 out-of-town delegates - 40,000 from outside North America - are expected to visit Vancouver in 2015. The strong attendance is driven in part by an influx of the world's leading medical association conventions taking place at the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre, including the World Congress of Dermatology - the city's largest medical convention to date.
Tourism in India is a very important source of foreign exchange earnings and has high labor intensity. Therefore, the growth of tourism is important for the overall growth of the economy of India. Indian Minister of State for Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma has congratulated the Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley for presenting a balanced, far-sighted and growth-oriented budget for tourism and hospitality sectors.
airberlin CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer leaves the company on his own request as of 28 February 2015. Wolfgang Prock-Schauer started working for airberlin as Chief Strategy & Planning Officer in October 2012 and then took the position of Chief Executive Officer from January 2013 until January 2015.
Effective as of 25 February 2015, Czech Airlines launches new simplified and unified tariff packages. In connection to this step, new conditions of carriage come into force. The new Czech Airlines’ tariff packages are called: Standard and Flexi (for the Economy Class cabin) and Business. According to the new tariff package rules, Czech Airlines allows every passenger, even with a ticket under the lowest booking class, to carry on board one piece of baggage weighing a maximum of 8 kg and check-in a minimum of one piece of baggage of up to 15 or 23 kg in weight free of charge.
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and the fastest growing airline in Africa, will begin double daily flights to Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport from March 2015. Ethiopian has been providing reliable air service to Mumbai for over 43 years with the launch of its first flight in December 1971. The airline currently has daily flights to Mumbai and New Delhi. Both daily flights to Mumbai will be operated with the ultra-modern B787 Dreamliner aircraft.
This winter, a total of 24 A340-600 and A330-300 aircraft will serve 22 intercontinental destinations from Munich and at the end of last week, the final Airbus A340-600 in the airline’s Munich-based long-haul fleet was retrofitted with the new First Class cabin. From now on, Lufthansa passengers can experience the airline’s new First Class service on all long-haul flights from Munich.
Azerbaijan–Turkey relations have always been strong with the two often being described as "one nation with two states" by the ex-president of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev due to both being Turkic nations. Today, number of travelers flying between two countries increases and as demand increases airlines increase number of frequencies. We have published news on February 9 reporting that Turkish Airlines launches a new route from Sabiha Gökçen Airport in Istanbul to Baku from March 15. Turkish Airlines will operate flights to Baku from Istanbul (Sabiha Gökçen) seven times a week.
Turkey’s Culture and Tourist Office in New York, and agency M. Silver/A Division of Finn Partners, have won Gold in the prestigious Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Adrian Awards. Announced at the Adrian Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis on February 23, 2015, the recognition for a major feature cover story in Travel + Leisure brings Turkey a total of five gold awards awarded over the past five years, highlighting the effectiveness of M. Silver’s ongoing public relations program for the country.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced the opening of its 14th hotel in Texas; the Sheraton McKinney Hotel and Conference Center in McKinney. The hotel offers 186 guest rooms and suites, ample meeting facilities and all of Sheraton’s signature services and amenities. The property will celebrate its opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and private reception attended by McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller and members of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce.
Newcastle is searching its celebrities to be featured together with award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and Newcastle born Gordon Sumner – better known by his stage name Sting.
Meeting planners can now manage events on-site, right from the palm of their hand, thanks to a powerful new app launched by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.. Through ProMeetings planners who are SPG or SPG Pro members, can submit on-property requests – from an extension cord, to coffee service, to a change in lighting and everything in between – directly to associates who can fulfill requests in real time.
Visit Talinn this March, you will want to visit again. If you have a chance to visit, do it on the last days of March. Why? Because of festivals you may want to experience. Tallinn Music Week held on 25-29 March, brings out the best of early spring Tallinn. The festival fills the town’s finest venues with outstanding new music, complimented by free pop-up concerts, pub-quiz style chatter, culinary delights. If you like beer, you should not miss the city’s first ever Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend.
The ASEAN Community, which is scheduled to establish in 2015, is expected to greatly benefit tourism sector as the Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP) among ASEAN members when it takes effect in all member countries. The MRA-TP will serve as the foundation to lift tourism cooperation among ASEAN countries.
Martinique’s cruise sector continued to net strong results in 2014. According to the latest statistics from The Martinique Tourism Authority, cruise passenger arrivals for calendar year 2014 (January–December) were up 71.3% when compared to the same period in 2013. One of the fastest growing cruise destinations in the Caribbean, Martinique has experienced a 524% increase in cruise passenger arrivals since 2010.
Meliá Hotels International announced the sale of seven of its largest resort hotels in Spain to Starwood Capital Group for €176 million. According to a binding agreement, a controlled affiliate of Starwood Capital Group will take a majority stake in seven hotels currently fully owned by the Spanish hotel company. The final completion of the transaction is subject to the final approval of bank financing, and clearance to be obtained by the EU Merger Control Office.
Eight thousand people are being given the chance to enjoy a free return trip to one of 23 islands in Scotland as part of a special VisitScotland competition. After the overwhelming success of Brilliant Island Moments last year, VisitScotland has once again teamed up with Caledonian MacBrayne and Serco NorthLink Ferries to encourage people to discover for the first time or reacquaint with Scotland’s islands.
The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) has approved a US$417,000 grant for a project that will boost local business participation in Barbados’ tourism industry. The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) and local businesses will provide an additional $285,000 in cash and in-kind resources for a total project investment of over $700,000.
The new UNWTO report Hotel Classification Systems: Recurrence of Criteria in 4 and 5 Star Hotels, identifies the common criteria among 4 and 5 star hotels, providing valuable insights for destinations wishing to revise existing or establish new hotel classification systems.
Dubai will host the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Annual Meeting & General Assembly in 2017. World's leading conference organizers from 40 countries will convene in Dubai. By welcoming IAPCO members to Dubai in 2017, local tourism industry stakeholders will have the opportunity to build relationships with key meetings decision-makers, and showcase their products and services first hand.
The number of environmental friendly accommodation enterprises which received Green Star certificate from Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry has reached 194 by the end of first month of 2015. Antalya leads the list with 103 certificated enterprises.Green Star is an 'Environmental label'' given to environment friendly accommodation enterprises within the scope of 'Sustainable Tourism' and 'Environment-Friendly Accommodation Enterprises' initiated by Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Immortal tunes made famous by “Ol’ Blue Eyes” Frank Sinatra will continue to work their magic on audiences at Segerstrom Center for the Arts during a one-of-a-kind multi-media experience by Frank Sinatra, Jr. on May 2, 2015. Titled Sinatra Sings Sinatra, As I Remember It, Sinatra, Jr. will share first-hand recollections of life on and off stage with his iconic father through stories, photos, videos and songs. Sinatra, Jr. will show excerpts from his father’s films, rare family photos and share insights into the world’s greatest entertainer that can only come from his son.
QMS Medicosmetics - the pioneering skincare treatments designed exclusively for Talise Spa has been introduced at the world’s most luxurious hotel of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The hotel’s bespoke QMS menu was created with Burj Al Arab’s philosophy in mind to use only top-of-the-range products from the QMS line. The signature treatments include The Burj Pearl Touch Experience, Ultimate Oxygen Renewal and Complete Collagen Skin Lift.
easyJet’s officially opened the Business Travel Show on 25 February at London Olympia. Frederic the Rabbit, the star of easyJet’s first ever business-focused television advertising campaign highlighting the airline’s industry-leading punctuality record, opened the show with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Georgia’s electronic e-Visa portal went online on the 10th of February 2015. This system enables foreigners coming to Georgia as tourists or for business to obtain an e-Visa without having to apply to Georgia’s consular offices abroad.
Turkish Airlines’ 2014 consolidated financial results were announced today. Compared to 2013, Turkish Airlines sales revenue increased by 13 percent in 2014, reaching a total of 11 billion USD. While operating profit stood at 638 million USD, more than doubling compared to previous year 845 million USD net profit was recorded.
Selected luxury brands and services, from a broad selection of luxury categories will exhibit at the third edition of the World Luxury Expo which is returning to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Riyadh from 11-13 March 2015. The highly anticipated three-day event is sponsored exclusively by American Express. HRH Princess Nouf Bint Faisal Bin Turki Al Saud, as Chairperson of Nayyara Exhibitions, will again host the American Express World Luxury Expo under patronage.
E-commerce giants like Ebay and Amazon may dominate selling merchandise online but now there is a revolutionary ‘smart selling’ platform with white label mobile app that connects travel companies to people. It delivers these powerful marketplace capabilities to tour operators, hotels, airlines, OTA’s and travel agencies to sell relevant products and services directly to their customers before, during and right after their trip.
Next summer, six Princess Cruises ships will sail Alaska’s scenic wonderland, offering multiple itinerary options, expanded Alaska seafood offerings, innovative onboard native cultural experiences and a variety of land and sea vacation packages for further exploring the 49th state.
The Hua Hin-based resort opened in 2007 that recently hosted True Thailand Classic has been announced as the tenth European Tour Destination, continuing European Tour Properties’ growth outside Europe. In late 2013, Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai became the first Middle East Destination in the world class network of member venues, and the expansion has now continues into South-East Asia.
The Africa Travel Association (ATA) in partnership with the African Union Mission to the United States and Global Strategies for Good organizes Aviation, Travel & Trade Summit in Atlanta, GA. Sponsored by the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with Honorary Chair Ambassador Andrew Young, the event will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center on July 12-13, 2015.
A recent survey by global travel search engine Skyscanner has found that two fifths of travelers wouldn’t consider a holiday over Easter. However Skyscanner research, in association with Psychologist Dr Rebecca Spelman, highlights why getting away at this time of year has a wealth of health benefits.
Supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland, BFI and EventScotland, Glasgow Film Festival kicked off on February 18 and will run until March 1, 2015. The 11th Glasgow Film Festival consists of 174 events, including 11 world premiere screenings. Just days after the festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival will be organized in the city between 11 and 15 March 2015.
Citywing has announced an increased number of flights will be available between Glasgow and the Isle of Man for summer 2015. Now offering 11 return flights a week from 1 May, Citywing are providing the Island’s community with a regular and frequent direct service to further strengthen the link between the two Celtic Communities.
Indian hospitality industry welcomes a new Marriott hotel with the opening of Courtyard by Marriott in Agra. Located in the beautiful city of Agra, home to the world renowned “Taj Mahal”, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Courtyard by Marriott Agra is the 12th property for the brand in India.
Peru becomes the first South American Nation that will join the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry program. U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow said, “Pre-approved, low-risk visitors from Peru will soon enjoy secure, hassle-free travel to America. In 2013, 217,000 Peruvians visited the United States, and history teaches that the number will increase sharply and more Peruvians will be likely to return as a result of having access to Global Entry. More overseas visitors mean more visitor spending and increased economic opportunities in communities all across the country”.
Turkish Airlines is well known in the world of sports, especially in football and basketball with its sponsorships and advertisements. And today, Turkish Airlines announced a new sponsorship agreement with one of the biggest and most famous football clubs in the Balkans; Sarajevo FC of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo FC players will wear the official Turkish Airlines logo on their jerseys under the three-and-a-half year sponsorship agreement signed in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on Tuesday.
Firmly grounded at the intersection of tradition and innovation, Asia is setting the stage for 21st-century culinary exploration and challenging today's chefs and restaurateurs from San Francisco to San Sebastián to re-imagine possibilities around menu design, recipe development, and flavor discovery.
Germania airline has launched a new capital-to-capital connection. The carrier connects Germany’s capital; Berlin with Iran’s capital; Tehran. Germania is now flying twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays from Berlin to Tehran non-stop. On Sunday evening, flight ST3328 took off for the first time from Schönefeld Airport and flew to Imam Khomeini Airport in the Iranian capital.
Havaş Saudi Arabia, which is a subsidiary of Havaş, the long established ground handling services company of Turkey, signed an agreement with Pegasus Airlines for rendering ground handling services. Havaş Saudi Arabia, the first Turkish company, which has received ground handling services license in Saudi Arabia, has begun providing ground handling services in Medina as part of Umrah operations of Pegasus Airlines.
The Adelaide Convention Bureau launches its new online booking portal for delegates seeking pre and post conference touring experiences, which have long been known to be a lucrative addition for destinations hosting business events. The portal, the winner of the inaugural Australian Association of Convention Bureaux (AACB) Innovation Award is an Australian first. 12 months in development has seen the hard work come to fruition to afford visiting delegates a one stop shop link to peruse a host of experiences around South Australia to enjoy outside their conference program via an easy booking system. This maximises and prolongs their time in South Australia.
Qatar Airways announced expansion of codeshare flights with Bangkok Airways. The new code-shares come after a year of rapid expansion for Qatar Airways across the globe, with the addition of 12 new destinations throughout the course of 2014, together with frequency and capacity increases across the network.
Do you enjoy rail journeys? It's easier to search and book on Italian trains online thanks to a new partnership between train travel search-and-booking engine loco2.com and Italian rail operator, Trenitalia. Users can now book Italian trains online quickly and easily with no need for physical tickets.
The Sultanate of Oman is enjoying record visitation from Australia and New Zealand due to its positioning as a multifaceted destination with serious delegate appeal. This interest is being propelled by the new world-class Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre opening in 2016.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced new hotel openings in Dubai, UAE. Scheduled to open in 2018, Aloft Dubai Raffa and Element Dubai Raffa will bolster Starwood’s presence in Dubai – the city with the second largest concentration of hotels for the company after New York City. With the debut of both brands in 2018, Dubai will soon be home to all nine of Starwood’s brands.
The Australian National Maritime Museum has unveiled its state-of-the-art Warships Pavilion at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME). The all-new, $11 million waterfront attraction on Darling Harbour, will host three world-class function spaces, including an outdoor rooftop, a VIP terrace and a cinematic experience. Due for completion in September 2015, the addition of the Warships Pavilion will increase the Australian National Maritime Museum venue portfolio to eleven, aptly positioning it as Sydney’s ultimate waterfront venue precinct.
Judges at a leading international wine-tasting competition have raised their glasses to oneworld® as the best airline alliance for the wines served in-flight by its member airlines for the sixth year in a row. The Cellars in the Sky Awards, now in their 30th year, are run by British Traveller, the multi-national magazine group, in association with the International Wine Challenge. The 2014 awards were presented last night at a ceremony in London, following blind tastings of hundreds of wines served on longhaul flights by 35 airlines from around the world, conducted by a panel of five leading experts.
ARKIA Israeli Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for up to four A330-900neo aircraft. The commitment makes ARKIA the first Airbus widebody customer in Israel and the first customer for the type in the region. The aircraft will help ARKIA to expand their growing operations into long haul business and leisure markets with the world’s most popular wide-body. The A330-900neo is the most cost-efficient in its size category, offering a reduction in fuel burn of 14 percent per seat, an increase in non-stop flying range of up to 400 nautical miles and the lowest possible maintenance costs.
Hugh Jackman may be best known with his role as Wolverine in the X-Men movies and Jean Valjean in the Les Misérables is coming to Istanbul to sing with a full orchestra. "Hugh Jackman – An Evening with Hugh Jackman" is a set performance that Jackman is accompanied by dancers and an orchestra of thirty two pieces.
The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM) has been listed as one of the top hotel schools in the world by Hotelier Middle East magazine for the third year running. The hospitality school was featured on the list due its strong focus on quality and continuous improvement since its inception in 2001. EAHM was shortlisted from a number of hotel schools across Europe, Asia, North America, Africa, Australia and the Middle East.
Founded in 1999 as a subsidiary of TAV Airports to provide service at Atatürk Airport, BTA has won the tender for food & beverage services at Carthage Airport, in the capital city of Tunisia. Providing food & beverage services at international standards in 7 countries, BTA will expand its popular services to Carthage Airport following Enfidha and Monastir in Tunisia.
What about a unique and special experience in the Bahamas? The Bahamas is now the ‘Official Home of the Swimming Pigs’. Visitors to the islands are happily embracing the unique and special experience to swim with the pigs on the uninhabited Island of Big Major Cay, which is home to these special creatures. The swimming pigs join the vast opportunities of aquatic activities already popular with visitors from snorkeling with tropical fish and sea turtles to shark and eel sightings to scuba diving.
Choice Hotels International, Inc. announced opening of 478 domestic and international properties in 2014. The outlook for future growth is robust based on the 566 new domestic franchise agreements signed by the company last year. Particularly exciting about this development momentum is that 159 of the signed contracts were for new construction hotels, a more than 70-percent increase over the same period in 2013.
Starting on March 1st 2015, Tunisair implements new checked baggage policy. Passengers who are travelling starting on March 1st 2015 but who bought their tickets prior to this date, Tunisair will apply the baggage policy in due within the effective dates of travel. Tunisair highly recommends you to check the baggage allowance when purchasing your ticket.
Commissioned by the Malaysian-based Medical Tourism Association, an advertisement poster encouraging women to travel to Malaysia for breast augmentation surgery has been banned by the UK’s Avertising Standards Association (ASA) for ‘trivialising’ the cosmetic procedure. The advertisement posters were displayed in public toilets at a number of motorway service stations and shopping centers in the UK.
Voting has now opened for the Seven Star Global Luxury Awards, “the Oscars of Luxury”. FTNnews.com becomes one of the media partners of the Seven Star Global Luxury Awards which is the award for the pinnacle in Luxury Hospitality & Lifestyle. The Voting will remain open until June 15th.
From 19 to 20 March 2015, Zagreb will host the 5th Travel Zoom, conference on creative and strategic marketing in tourism. After four successful years in Slovenia the conference is changing its location and moving to Croatia. The fifth edition will continue with the theme Become the Icon. The conference, which is designed for high-level management in tourism business, marketing departments of travel companies, scientists and researchers in tourism, marketing and advertising agencies and representatives of local tourism organizations, is expected to attract around 150 delegates mostly from the Balkan region.
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, announced a limited-time offer giving passengers travelling to Greece the opportunity to fly onwards from Athens International Airport to 14 Greek destinations – for free.
Dreamtime is Australia's largest business events showcase, which allows Aussies to connect with qualified buyers from key markets including Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, New Zealand, USA and the United Kingdom. As Tourism Australia kicked off AIME, a new announcement came that Dreamtime 2015 will be held in the city of Adelaide in South Australia.
Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau announced a 6.6 percent growth in tourist arrivals for the first month of 2015. Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau Chairman Rohantha Athukorala said that Sri Lanka Tourism is focused on achieving its one million visitor’s target. Sri Lanka will be marketed as a tourism destination where offers travelers a holiday experience with many unique aspects of the country such as nature, heritage, culture and wellness in combination to its primary products of sea, sun and sand in one island.
Hilton Worldwide announced the first DoubleTree by Hilton property that will be opened in Egypt. The property is expected to open in 2017. The newly constructed hotel will offer 197 rooms and will have a fitness center, swimming pools. It will be a part of a mixed-use residential and leisure development and will offer an all-day dining restaurant. There will be five more food and beverage outlets.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will purchase the historic Riviera Hotel & Casino's 26-acre site for a total of $182.5 million as the cornerstone for its planned Las Vegas Global Business District. Funds for the acquisition will be drawn from the LVCVA's bank credit facility with JPMorgan.
According to the latest report released by the Oman's National Centre for Statistics and Information, revenues rise 10.3 percent at the country's 4 and 5 star hotels. The occupancy rate in this segment recorded a 2.7 per cent annual growth, reaching 59.9 per cent from the 2013 figure of 58 per cent, buoyed by a 26 per cent uptick in the number of guests to 785,612 in 2014 from 622,805 in 2013.
Air Arabia has announced Kathmandu as the latest destination to be served from the recently launched Ras Al Khaimah hub. Starting February 22, 2015; the low-cost carrier will fly twice weekly to Kathmandu, the 10th destination which travelers can now access from the Northern Emirates.
World famous Spanish singer and songwriter; Julio Iglesias who is also recently named as the "Favorite Son of Madrid" in honor of his "brilliant, internationally recognized, meritorious career" and for being a "universal Spaniard" will perform in Istanbul, Turkey next month.
American Airlines further boosts its presence in Los Angeles by becoming the Official Airline partner of the Los Angeles Clippers. American has signed a multi-year deal with the NBA’s Pacific Division champions, which has called Los Angeles home for more than 20 years. As part of the agreement, sports fans will see American’s logo on the court during home games and the airline will be a featured sponsor during in-game TV and radio broadcasts.
Meliá Hotels International opens its latest property in France. Set to open in March 2015, the new hotel will be opened in the heart of Paris’ vibrant business district of La Défense. With spectacular panoramic views of the city and its key landmarks, Meliá Paris La Défense is the largest four star hotel to open in ten years in French capital.