Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) announces powerhouse line-up for 2017’s annual boutique hotel investment conference that will take place on June 7. The Times Center in New York will be the backdrop for this year’s acclaimed conference that will bring together the industry’s most elite hoteliers, investors and developers.
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has rejected the call by Zambia on behalf of the African Union for him to withdraw from the race for Secretary-General of the UNWTO.
Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) are the only two hospitality companies that listed in the Top 10 list of the Best Workplaces in Asia. The Best Workplaces in Asia list recognizes organizations in the Asia region that are dedicated to sustaining high-trust cultures for their employees. These workplaces are distinguished by their extraordinary levels of trust, pride, and camaraderie.
Celebrity chefs and celebrities from the entertainment world joined CEOs, culinary entrepreneurs, and food industry leaders as part of a capacity crowd of more than 600 gathered at the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on April 19 for the Culinary Institute of America’s annual Leadership Awards event.
Start dreaming again because Holland America Line has introduced a new Elite Beverage Package that features premium beverage selections for its travelers. “For many guests, there’s nothing better than relaxing with a handcrafted cocktail before dinner or after a long day of exploring in a port of call,” said Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line. “Our various beverage packages offer an array of choices and are a great value as well as a convenient way to enjoy this aspect of the cruise experience.”
A unique Premium Hotel Classification scheme for Muslim-friendly accommodation has been launched at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), currently taking place in Dubai, UAE. The global initiative, launched by Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism & Culture, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Tan Sri Abdul Aziz, aims to improve quality standards and transparency for Muslim travelers and enhance the visibility of accommodation that meets their faith-based needs.
The village of Hara Sghira in Djerba, an island off the coast of southern Tunisia will welcome Jewish visitors between 11 and 17 May 2017 to celebrate the Lag B’Omer holiday during a week of rituals as the village is home to the Ghriba synagogue which is believed to be the oldest Jewish temple in Africa.
Turkey’s TAV Airports included Qassim and Hail airports in Saudi Arabia to its portfolio following Madinah and Yanbu. TAV, with its partner Al Rajhi Group, will develop the two airports and operate them for 30 years.
Turkey's first regional airlines Borajet announced that it will suspend its flights starting today. The carrier, which is purchased by SBK Holding end of 2016, is now undergoing a reconstruction period.
The National Tour Association, which is a global association of packaged-travel professionals serving travelers to, from and within North America, announces two new strategic partners: the Ontario Motor Coach Association and the Travel Professionals of Color. The new partnerships will collaborate around advocacy, education and membership.
The Michelin Guide which is an international benchmark in fine dining, will release a bilingual Thai and English edition. The Guide will be jointly promoted by TAT and is projected to boost overall food spending per head of tourists in Thailand by 10 per cent. Bangkok will be the focus of the first Thailand based Michelin Guide, with restaurants and eateries from other Thai destinations to be included in later editions.
Expanding its presence in the Middle East, Cristal Group will add two fabulous new hotels to its portfolio this summer. The group is preparing for the soft opening of Bayat Hotel by Cristal and Masaya Hotel & Residences by Emerald in June 2017.
As the Arabian Travel Market today kicks off in Dubai, several companies start to share their news with us. One of them reports rapid transformation of Middle East North Africa (MENA) market to a mobile first market.
The Ferretti Group has announced that for the first time, a Riva yacht has been unveiled in Asia. Celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding this year, the group won the taste of yacht owners and the hearts of Riva's many fans with the first-ever première of its new maxi flybridge yacht: The Riva 100’ Corsaro.
Starting from May 7, Qatar Airways will commence a third daily non-stop route from Doha’s Hamad International Airport to Bali Denpasar. The carrier is offering its first direct service in 2014, later enhancing this to a twice daily frequency. Prior to this Qatar Airways served the destination via a touchdown in Singapore, but the expanding global reach of the airline and significant growth in size of its fleet has enabled the airline increasing popularity to now offer three daily direct non-stop flights.
Etihad Airways will promote its award-winning cabin products and inflight service at 16 meters long innovative mobile exhibition unit at this week’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai. The mobile exhibition unit, weighing approximately 22 tonnes and measuring 50m², travelled to the UAE from Europe where it has clocked 60,000km in 18 months, having visited trade events and exhibitions across Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium and Spain.
Still dreaming of that San Diego sunset? Longing for Las Vegas entertainment? Spirit Airlines has you covered with ultra-low fares to 22 new routes and 27 seasonal routes starting this spring. To celebrate, Spirit is offering roundtrip flights in these 49 routes as low as $49 for members of its $9 Fare Club and as low as $79 for non-members.
Passengers of Oman Air can now take their golf bag on board flights to and from Muscat free of charge. The new policy came into effect on 9 April and demonstrates the carrier’s commitment to encouraging golf tourism in Oman.
Rotana has chosen Erbil as the destination for its first-ever Arjaan hotel brand in the Kurdistan region, Iraq, introducing modern and stylish hotel apartments to the city. Following the company’s ongoing success in Iraq, Erbil Arjaan by Rotana will be their third hotel in the country, joining the company’s five-star Erbil Rotana and Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana.
Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, will launch two new flights directly connecting Chennai with Paris and Bengaluru with Amsterdam. The new routes will enable guests to travel to destinations in Europe and North America with its codeshare partners Delta and Air France-KLM.
Statistics show that a new record has been set for inbound visits to the UK in the first two months of the year with 5.2 million visits, up 6% on the same period last year. Overseas visitors spent a record £2.7 billion in January and February, up 11% on the previous year.
Famous with its low cost overseas flights, Norwegian now announced a new route from London Gatwick to Singapore this winter. From 28th September, Norwegian will operate four weekly flights, increasing to five in the winter, from London Gatwick to Singapore Changi Airport, with fares starting from £179.
The Indian Embassy in Vietnam opened an Indian cultural center in Hanoi, as part of activities marking the two countries’ 45 year diplomatic ties and 10 year strategic partnership. The inauguration ceremony featured traditional dances of India performed by Vietnamese, who were trained at the center.
New Zealand has welcomed 28,000 participants to the World Masters Games 2017 filling Auckland’s Eden Park for the colorful opening ceremony. With a spine tingling Māori cultural performance, great Kiwi music and the biggest laser light show ever seen in the country, the opening ceremony was an event to remember.
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) will again offer direct flights between London and Sion in the 2017/18 winter timetable period. With the flights having proved highly popular this winter, SWISS has decided to again offer UK-based winter sports enthusiasts these convenient direct services between London and Sion in the coming winter season.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its first ever property in Manado, the scuba diving and snorkeling paradise on the northern tip of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The new Best Western The Lagoon Hotel opened its doors on April 1, 2017. The hotel overlooks the beautiful Bay of Manado and island of Manado Tua, and is surrounded by lush, jungle-clad hills.
The five-star La Manga Club resort with an unrivalled sports and leisure paradise in south-east Spain will host the 4th annual World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2017. The most prestigious awards programme in the golf tourism industry will take place at the famous venue in Murcia, from 23-26 November 2017.
Are you planning to a trip to Brussels? For tourists, Belgian organizations join forces and offer one convenient and advantageous travel formula, the Hi Belgium Pass. The new Hi Belgium Pass is created following cooperation between Brussels Airlines, Brussels Airport, the Belgian Railways and several tourist offices, cities and attractions.
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SAS launches new year round route between Helsinki and Malaga. The new route is served with an Airbus A320 and B737-800, on Saturdays all year round, starting November 4th of 2017. Including the new route, SAS is now offering ten departures to Malaga from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and now also Finland.
The 3rd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism will be organized by UNWTO in partnership with the Government of Poland and the European Commission in Krakow, Poland on 27-28 April 2017. The congress will discuss ways to advance the commitment of tourism towards sustainable and responsible practices.
In 2017 Holland America Line will celebrate its 70th year of Alaska exploration, and to commemorate the milestone anniversary the cruise line has planned special experiences and events that will take place on every Alaska cruise and on the popular Land+Sea Journeys.
Swissôtel, part of AccorHotels, enters the Bosnian market by signing a new 218-room urban resort in Sarajevo. Scheduled to open in early 2018, Swissôtel Sarajevo will be situated next to Bosnian Parliament, within the expansive mixed use Sarajevo City Center project, consisting of shopping mall and office tower with 30,000 daily visitors.
Iberia presented today its first Airbus A340/600 fitted with its new Premium Economy seating section to travel agencies, major companies, and Spanish and European media. This summer the Spanish airline will have five such aircraft in its fleet.
SeaWorld announced the birth of the newest member of the SeaWorld family of killer whales. Takara, the 25-year-old matriarch of the orca pod that born at SeaWorld San Diego, gave birth to the calf at SeaWorld San Antonio. A team of veterinarians and animal care specialists witnessed the historic birth and are continuing to monitor Takara and her new baby 24-hours-a-day to help ensure a successful start.
Travel Portland and Oregon Tourism Commission are co-sponsoring the Active America China Summit, the only trade show in North America focused exclusively on building inbound Chinese tourism. The summit is taking place April 23-26 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Towers.
Mexico’s longest tunnel opens in Mexico’s favorite beach destination of Acapulco. With a private and Federal investment of over USD $200 million, Acapulco’s macro-tunnel connects its more important touristic areas, the Golden and Diamond zones, allowing tourists and locals to commute in just three minutes from one to the other, compared to one hour through the Avenida Escénica.
SAS opens a new direct route between Stockholm and Eilat in Israel. The new route between Stockholm and Eilat starts on October 28 as part of SAS’ winter program for 2017/2018, with departures weekly on Saturdays during the period of 28th of October to March 24th 2018.
Emirates is decreasing flight frequency to the United States because of a drop in demand caused by heightened security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from Muslim-majority nations.
Songkran is the Thai New Year's festival. The Thai New Year's Day is 13 April every year. The Songkran 2017 holiday period was from 11-17 April and Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports said the total economic impact of spending during the period was 45.428 billion Baht (US$1.3 billion*), representing a 14.40 per cent increase over the same period last year.
Tourico Holidays reported that inbound hotel room nights to the Middle East have increased by 112 percent year-over-year in 2017 and outbound travel from the market is also on the rise. Hotel room nights sold from the Middle East are pacing at an increase of 138 percent through the end of 2017 - meaning future hotel reservations through the end of the year have more than doubled compared to the same time in 2016.
As a sports fan, the offseason can be a frustrating period; a time when we’re left counting the days until the new campaign starts. This is clearly the time to take a holiday, but many of us may still be distracted and unable to relax while we wait for the action to begin.
Viking Cruises has signed on to sponsor National Geographic's first fully scripted global anthology series, "Genius," which in its debut season tells the story of the 20th century's most brilliant icon, Albert Einstein.
AmericInn®—the largest midscale hotel brand in the upper Midwest— announced the opening of the new AmericInn Hotel and Suites Winona at 303 Pelzer Street. The opening marks the 61st property in Minnesota. The brand now boasts more than 200 locations open or in development across 21 states.
As the United Nation's has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, Booking.com has released findings from its global Sustainable Travel Report ahead of Earth Day which will be celebrated on 22 April. The new research points to some promising signs when it comes to the eco-considerations weighed by both travelers and accommodations.
Airports Council International (ACI), which is the trade association of the world's airports, announced traffic statistics of airports in 2016. The statistics reveal that traffic at the world's 20 busiest air passenger hubs grew 4.7% in 2016. Compare to previous year, the top spot for the world's busiest airport is unchanged. Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) ranked as the world's busiest airport, boasting over 104 million passengers, 2.6% more than 2015.
Do you wonder which cities in the world offers the best standards of living? A new research tells us why Millennials are visiting and relocating to certain hubs, clarifying the unique appeals of each location.
São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau (SPCVB), with the support of the Brazilian Institute of Tourism (Embratur), hosted Mexican buyers and event organizers in Sao Paulo stage in a partnership with the Guadalajara Convention and Visitors Bureau (OFVCGDL).
W Hotels Worldwide in partnership with Coca-Cola unveiled the first W Sound Suite to launch in North America at W Seattle. W Sound Suite is a private music studio and writer’s room for professional recording artists, studio musicians and producers, in addition to hotel guests, to record in style while on the road.
Condé Nast Traveler revealed the winners of its 2017 HOT LIST with 75 properties around the world recognized as the best hotel openings of the past year. The HOT LIST selection process started with 675 contenders and ended with the 75 properties listed below.
Tunisair, the national carrier of Tunisia, and Jeppesen, a Boeing Company, signed a Digital Services Agreement. Jeppesen will provide Tunisair with FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag (EFB) on iPad, tailored charting services and OpsData aircraft performance management tools.
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) in January adds MeltSpa by Hershey day spa to its portfolio. Anticipated to open fall 2017, MeltSpa by Hershey will be located in the heart of downtown Hershey, Pa. at 11 E Chocolate Ave., featuring exclusive dark chocolate treatments.
Grand Velas Los Cabos has been accepted into the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts Program. The resort, the fifth property of Mexico’s “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Velas Resorts, cost $150 million to build, opening in December 2016.
Being bored is no game – it’s serious stuff, particularly when you’ve got long travels ahead of you. It’s actually pretty harrowing to imagine yourself trapped in another era – aside from the obvious fact that travel may well have been less accessible to you, there would be very little in the way of helping you to pass the time. Those long Greyhound bus rides cross country?
A new ranking for the most pet-friendly U.S. vacation destinations for 2017 is available for travelers that want to travel with their pet(s). 53 large cities in the United States are reviewed on ten key metrics broken down into three key dimensions: pet needs, pet recreation, and city profile. And here are the Top 5 big cities to visit with pets.
Thailand-based Dusit Hotels & Resorts becomes the first hotel group in Thailand to accept WeChat Pay. WeChat Pay is part of China’s largest mobile instant messaging app, WeChat, which to date has over 800 million active users. It allows users to pay bills, order goods, transfer money to other users, and pay in selected stores directly via smartphone using credit from their personal WeChat Pay accounts.
After named world's strongest airline brand earlier this year, Brand Finance announced that Aeroflot is also the strongest brand in Russia. Brand Finance is the world's leading independent branded business valuation and strategy consultancy. Both awards were presented to Vitaly Saveliev, CEO of Aeroflot, at a ceremony in London today.
With the approach of summer, the sea of the Aegean started the preparations for the new season in Bodrum, Turkey. Bodrum, which is a sight of international business brands as well as local brands and Istanbul's popular businesses, seems to be one of the favorite destinations this year. The world famous Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Bodrum is preparing to open its doors to its guests on May 18, 2017.
Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase, opens its doors on Monday 24th April for four days of business networking opportunities, insightful seminar sessions and top level ministerial discussions.
Too often when traveling, it's just so easy to get carried away with ourselves and just book whatever, whenever the moment takes us. Alternatively, it's all too easy to never book at all, because things cost too much. Unfortunately, in both these scenarios, we're slaves to pricing points. When we book in a wild panic, or a moment of glee, we're not getting the best deal. Likewise, when we don't book at all... well, we're not getting the best of anything.
The city of Istanbul and the people of Istanbul meet their tulips. It is a good reason to travel to Istanbul and enjoy Istanbul’s parks that are decorated with beautiful tulips. Since 2005, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality annually organizes International Istanbul Tulip Festival in spring. This year’s tulip festival takes place until April 30, 2017.
Global passenger traffic increased 3.5% in February which was below the past 12-month growth trend of 5.3%, according to Airports Council International. February year-over-year traffic growth was distorted by the timing of the Chinese New Year that fell in January as opposed to February last year, and the fact that 2016 was also a leap year.
Qatar Airways announced that the carrier will showcase its unique and revolutionary new premium travel experience, Qsuite at next week’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the region’s leading travel trade fair taking place 24 to 27 April in Dubai.
McArthurGlen, Europe’s leading owner, developer and manager of designer outlets, and TH Real Estate, one of the largest real estate investment managers in the world, opened the Provence Designer Outlet, the first designer outlet in the South of France. The company also announced expansion by adding 5,500m² space at Designer Outlet Parndorf in Austria, and 11,500m2 additional space at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Roermond in the Netherlands.
Start dreaming again because Holland America Line has introduced a new Elite Beverage Package that features premium beverage selections for its travelers. “For many guests, there’s nothing better than relaxing...
A unique Premium Hotel Classification scheme for Muslim-friendly accommodation has been launched at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), currently taking place in Dubai, UAE. The global initiative, launched by...
The National Tour Association, which is a global association of packaged-travel professionals serving travelers to, from and within North America, announces two new strategic partners: the Ontario Motor Coach Association...
New Zealand has welcomed 28,000 participants to the World Masters Games 2017 filling Auckland’s Eden Park for the colorful opening ceremony. With a spine tingling Māori cultural performance, great Kiwi...
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