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.
Royal Jordanian’s passengers will be able to manage all their travel plans on the move in a simpler and more convenient way with a newly introduced RJ mobile application offering features from flight booking to flight status and more.
P&O Cruises has announced the line-up for its hugely popular Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises in 2015. This year's professional finalists include Karen Hauer, Kevin Clifton and Kristina Rihanoff as well as series winner Pasha Kovalev.
Sixty-three per cent of women said they were put off a career as a professional airline pilot when they were growing up for reasons including a lack of visible role models and being told it was a man’s job, according to a British Airways poll.
The 13th Travelers' Choice Awards of TripAdvisor showcased 8,151 winning properties worldwide, covering eight regions around the globe. Worldwide winners named in best bargain, luxury, small hotels; B&Bs and Inns; Top hotels for family, romance, and service categories.
Bulgarian tourism industry representatives including country’s tourism minister Nikolina Angelkova came together at the National Tourism Board for 2015. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday after the first sitting of the National Tourism Board for 2015, Mrs. Angelkova said that the summer of 2015 would be very difficult and a decrease in the number of Russian and Ukrainian tourists was expected.
The 2015 PGA Merchandise Show - The Major of Golf Business – kicked off on Wednesday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Golf industry leaders and luminaries joined 1,000 leading companies and attendees from all 50 states and 78 countries on a busy Day One.
Leading travel, tourism and hospitality organisations from around the globe can now submit applications for nomination to participate in the World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2015. Nominations for the Middle East Gala Ceremony will close on January 31st, while the five remaining Gala Ceremonies will accept entries until February 28th.
Istanbul, the number one destination at TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards and Best Travel Destination at the UK National Luxury and Lifestyle Awards in 2014, hosted a total of 11.8 million travelers last year.
Today, the newly formed Proper Hospitality announced the launch of Proper Hotels. Led by CEO Brad Korzen, the creator and former CEO of the Viceroy Hotel Group, along with his partners Brian De Lowe and Alex Samek, Proper Hospitality’s first Proper Hotel is going to open in San Francisco by the end of this year.
IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has launched its first hotel in Madrid, Spain, the IBEROSTAR Las Letras Gran Vía. The property, which has 103 rooms, is situated in the upscale, centrally-located area of Gran Vía. The new four-star hotel is part of the company’s Premium category of properties.
FTNnews is participating East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition - Emitt 2015 which will kick off tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 21, 2015) at Tuyap Exhibition Center in Istanbul, Turkey.
Vienna's tourism industry has just experienced its best year ever in 2014. The city achieved 6.3% increase in visitor overnights last year compare to 2013 and total arrivals to the city also increased 6.4%.
Holland America Line will feature northern Europe and Baltic cruises in 2016 with its brand new ship ms Koningsdam. You can book your place as early as February 2015 for the Koningsdam's summer itineraries and all of Holland America Line's 2016 summer Europe sailings.
Henry Ford famously predicted that it was only a matter of time before a flying car was invented. “Mark my words,” he said in the 1940s, “a combined airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” And today, you can see the world's most advanced prototype of a flying car at this year’s Top Marques Monaco.
Istanbul based airport IT solutions specialist; TAV Information Technologies has won the communication technologies tender for 50 million dollars held for Abu Dhabi Airport Midfield Terminal Building, which will be the world's largest terminal constructed when completed.
As the airline of choice for Florida and the Bahamas, Silver Airways, is introducing a new route between Charleston, South Carolina and Central Florida. Starting March 19, 2015, the airline will offer daily nonstop service between Charleston and Orlando, and between Charleston and Tampa.
EXPLORA, the Official Tourism Board of Expo Milan 2015, will introduce the brand Wonderfulexpo2015 to the Turkish Travel Market and Travel Trade Media at East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition - Emitt 2015 which will be held 22 - 25 January 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Qatar Airways is continuing its rapid growth in Europe. The carrier is introducing its widebody aircraft on March 29 to Rome and Milan and on June 16 to Venice. The capacity of the airline’s three Italian destinations will be increased by 30%.
The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau announced a successful year of 2014 with exceeding expectations of high visitor numbers and hotel occupancy rate. The outlook for 2015 is also encouraging for Cancun, as Priceline.com named Cancun the top international destination in its “top travel hot spots” list for 2015.
ANA, Japan’s leading airline, will launch a new daily service from Narita to Kuala Lumpur from September 2015. Starting from July 2015, ANA will also increase the number of flights on the Narita-Honolulu route.
Puerto Rico will be the host destination for the 9th Routes Americas which will take place 7-9 February 2016 in San Juan. The event, which is the route development forum for the entire Americas region, will be hosted by Puerto Rico Tourism Company with the support of their partners Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC and Meet Puerto Rico.
As holiday season passed and winter arrives home, travelers’ searches to warm destinations are increased by up to 60 per cent. Hotel search website trivago.co.uk analyzed the most popular destinations among UK travelers this January.
Turkish Airlines, Boeing and Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey’s leading aerospace engineering and technology institution, opened their doors to the class of 2014-2016 of the recently founded new academic program that supports Turkey’s future airline executives.
Twitter has acquired India based startup ZipDial (@zipdial) to make Twitter even more accessible to people around the world that aren’t always connected to data or only access data through intermittent wifi networks.
Vienna Airport announced a satisfactory year of 2014 in spite of crisis and strike-related challenges. Vienna Airport achieved three new long-haul routes, six new airlines and expanded frequencies and destinations drove passenger growth up by 2.2% in 2014.
Marriott International, Inc. expects its portfolio of hotels either open or under development to surpass 1 million rooms by the end of 2015. When open, the hotels under development will have generated more than $50 billion in real estate investment globally by Marriott’s owner partners and created over 150,000 anticipated new hotel jobs.
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire has introduced a Digital Detox Spa Retreat, which encourages guests to let go of their need to be digitally connected 24/7. Inspired by the recent launch of Unplugged by Orianna Fielding, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire has devised a day that helps guests recharge mind, body and soul and help kick-start an online/offline life balance.
A new program is introduced by Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises that includes shore excursions and WiFi. This programme is available for new bookings made on or after 15 January 2015 on any of the line's 52 Mediterranean cruises this year.
Almost every travel booking company is advertising to attract customers to book using the link they provide. However, 81% of visitors leave before completing their booking. Do you know when and why they quit?