Ferretti Group will participate to the 39th edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival, taking place from 6th to 11th September 2016. Cannes Yachting Festival, the European leader among the boat shows, is getting ready to be once again the showcase for all the best the marine industry has to offer, in a wonderful setting as the Côte d’Azur is.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts will open a new build 176-room Aloft brand hotel in Melbourne, Australia. Slated to open in early 2019, the hotel will form the centrepiece of a state-of-the-art mixed-use development located at 402 Chapel Street in South Yarra, known as “402 Chapel”.
Etihad Airways plans to increase Airbus A380 service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport in response to heightened demand from guests traveling between the two destinations.
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg succeeded in their crazy dream of achieving the first ever Round-The-World Solar Flight. By landing back in Abu Dhabi after a total of 23 days of flight and 43'041 km travelled in a 17 leg journey, Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) has proven that clean technologies can achieve the impossible.
Dusseldorf has become the third German city in Singapore Airlines’ route network. The new route is being served with the latest-generation aircraft to join the Singapore Airlines fleet, the Airbus A350-900.
Sheraton debuts its new Sheraton Grand branding in London. Sheraton Park Lane Hotel designated as the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane. Joining 32 other Sheraton Grand properties worldwide, the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane will start a new chapter in the hotel’s 90-year history this October, following a multi-million pound top-to-bottom renovation.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) approved a project plan that will construct a 2-kilometer cable car line connecting Eyüp-Pierre Loti – Miniatürk. The construction of the cable car line will start in 2016, as the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality approved the project plan listed in the municipality’s budget statement for 2016.
easyJet will recruit more than 1,200 new permanent and fixed-term cabin crew positions as the airline continues its growth. easyJet will offer its new cabin crew positions across all of its 27 European bases. Around half of these positions will be based in the UK.
Sandals and Beaches know how important it is to capture every precious moment of your destination wedding. That’s why it offers three distinct styles of wedding videos to match your style, including Vintage, Traditional and Contemporary videography packages. And now, you’ll also have access to a new library of licensed music tracks to be used exclusively on wedding videos!
The first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) has completed its maiden flight over the skies of South West France. The aircraft bearing the airline’s distinctive livery will now enter the final phase of production, including further ground and flight tests.
Pegasus Airlines took delivery of the first aircraft of its 100 Airbus order made in 2012, the single largest aircraft order in Turkish civil aviation history at the time. Turkish low cost carrier becomes the first airline in the world to receive delivery of a CFM Leap-1A powered A320neo. The A320neo aircraft TC-NBA named ‘Demokrasi’ (Democracy) makes Pegasus the launch operator for A320neo with CFM engines.
Aeroflot is restarting passenger service for Russian citizens and ticket sales for travel to Turkey following regulator Rosaviatsia’s decision to lift its temporary ban on flying Russian citizens to Turkey.
You may wonder if it is safe to travel to Germany following recent deadly attacks in the country. First an axe attack on a train a week ago injured several people then 9 died in Munich on Friday, 1 died in Reutlingen near Stuttgart, and on Sunday a suicide bomber attacks bar in Bavaria that killed himself and wounded a dozen others. The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for Britons visiting Germany in the wake of the recent attacks.
Air New Zealand has launched yet another entertaining in-flight safety video. You may think that safety videos that we watch in planes are boring but Air NZ keeps bringing new hilarious videos. With past videos featuring characters from "The Hobbit" and TV icon Betty White, the new pre-flight safety video featuring Hollywood star Anna Faris and New Zealand's own homegrown comedian Rhys Darby.
Be aware of this week’s strike at Air France. The French carrier announced that there is a call for strike action by two cabin crew unions (SNPNC-FO and UNSA-PNC) for the period from 27 July to 2 August.
Holiday arrivals in New Zealand have increased by a whopping 16.1% for the financial year ending June with two successful off-peak seasons (spring and autumn) flanking the best summer ever for arrivals. Tourism New Zealand welcomes today’s latest arrivals data for June and reflects on a solid year of growth as it moves into a new financial year.
Following recent events in Turkey, the national flag carrier Turkish Airlines announced that they united with all of the heroic and honorable Turkish people in extraordinary efforts, played an important role to terminate the malevolent illegal attempt on the evening of 15th July 2016.
The meetings industry continues to grow in German capital. While the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office has been active bringing meetings and conventions to the city, the number of participants in conferences and conventions has almost tripled in the past 15 years.
Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB) released following statement. In light of the declarations by Republic of Turkey, Prime Minister H.E. Binali Yildirim, the security measures throughout Turkey and in major cities like Ankara and Istanbul have been raised to the highest level following recent unfortunate events throughout the country in order to ensure the safety of all civilians. Airports and all touristic facilities are fully functioning and the tourists in Turkey are happily continuing their vacations.
Pegasus Airlines flights in and out of Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport are operating fully after reopening on Saturday 16 July 2016. All flights booked before or on 15 July 2015 for up to and including 24 July are subject to free reservation cancellation and changes.
Emirates, proud sponsor of AC Milan, increases capacity on the Dubai-Milan route with the deployment of a second daily A380. The migration from a Boeing 777-300ER to the iconic double decker represents a capacity increase of 1,834 seats per week between the two cities; enabling more A380 to A380 connections to and from key destinations in Australia, China, South Korea and South East Asia with just one stop in Dubai.
The upcoming World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2016 which was announced to be held at Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa in Antalya, Turkey on August 27, will not be held in Turkey following recent turmoil in Turkey.
Attendees of the two major-party conventions will be responsible for spending an estimated $360 million in their host cities this year - $180 million each for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 18-21 and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 25-28, according to a projection from the U.S. Travel Association.
The FC Bayern Munich will depart on a Lufthansa Airbus A340 on 25 July for an eleven-day USA trip on the “FCB Audi Summer Tour 2016”. To mark the occasion, the team will fly to USA with their own aircraft design. The Lufthansa Airbus will show off its “sporting outfit” for a year, departing from Munich to four continents.
During the 2016 Farnborough Air Show, Airbus won $35 billion worth of business for a total of 279 aircraft, covering by single-aisle and widebody aircraft families. The deals comprise firm orders for 197 aircraft worth $26.3 billion and commitments for 82 aircraft worth $8.7 billion.
Starwood’s iconic W Hotels brand will debut in Scotland with W Edinburgh. Opening in 2021, W Edinburgh is located at the pulsing heart of the new Edinburgh St James development. W Edinburgh will form the centerpiece of the 1.7 million square foot development, which will incorporate a vibrant blend of retail, entertainment, leisure and residential apartments, further reinforcing the city’s reputation as a booming cosmopolitan capital.
Expedia group reported that travel demand to Barbados on all Expedia sites grew nearly 30 percent in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same time in 2015. Additionally, 20 percent of travel demand to Barbados during this timeframe is based on package bookings.
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), organizer of Istanbul Jazz Festival, said, “We always and unconditionally take side with democracy and will-power of the people. We firmly believe that our country will overcome these hard times. We believe that music is our common language and we will be continuing the ongoing 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival with the artists who are willing to perform in Istanbul”.
International tourist arrivals grew by 5% between January and April 2016 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Almost all sub-regions and many destinations reported double-digit growth. UNWTO predicts around 500 million tourists expected to travel abroad in the Northern Hemisphere summer holiday peak season.
Qatar Airways and FC Barcelona have reached an agreement to renew the partnership until 30 June 2017. The agreement will allow the award-winning carrier and the world’s best football club to partner together for another season of world-class football.
Steigenberger Hotels AG with head office in Germany, the Steigenberger Group is continuing its programme of international expansion. The German hotel group announced opening its first IntercityHotel in the Middle East.
Starwood’s award-winning loyalty program Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) announced exclusive offers during the US Open Tennis Championships. SPG members will experience the best of the US Open with courtside seats, exclusive SPG Luxury Suite Access, a clinic with Andy Roddick and more. Here are the details…
Rotana, is getting ready to celebrate the opening of its first hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Centro Shaheen Jeddah. Perfectly suited for business and leisure travelers, the Centro Shaheen features 252 modern, stylish, contemporary and affordable rooms and studios. Bookings are open from the 1st of August 2016.
Following last week's attempted coup in Turkey, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibited all airlines from flying between the two countries on Saturday. But on Monday the FAA said it had lifted restrictions on all flights to and from Turkey.
On Monday, Rossiya Airlines began to evacuate passengers from Turkey who were unable to fly to Russia between July 16 and 18. More than 450 Russian tourists were brought from Istanbul and Antalya to Russia by Turkish airlines on Sunday. According to Association of Tour Operators of Russia, (ATOR) just 2-3% of tourists decided to cut their holiday in Turkey short, no tours were cancelled.
Global passenger traffic increased 4.6% in the month of May. The growth in passenger traffic was slightly below the past 12 month growth trend of 6%. Airports also reported an increase of 4.1% in international passenger traffic and an increase of 5.2% in domestic traffic. Accumulated total passenger traffic growth for the first five months of 2016 was a 5.9% year-over-year increase.
The first WOW air flight from Iceland yesterday landed Edinburgh Airport. Travelers arriving from the Nordic nation, as well as North America were greeted at the arrival gate by a bagpipe player, providing an authentic Scottish musical welcome.
Malaysia Airlines today held a private remembrance ceremony at KL International Airport (KLIA) in memory of the MH17 tragedy. The event was attended by the company’s employees as well as family members of the crew onboard.
Qatar Airways successfully concluded this year’s Farnborough International Airshow 2016, with a number of high-profile announcements, showcasing two aircraft from its Qatar Executive fleet and hosting visitors both at its chalet and on board the luxury aircraft.
Hertz Green Collection - known as Green Traveler Collection in the US - has been launched in Mexico with a fleet of 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles. Hertz Mexico is the first car rental provider to add hybrid vehicles to its offering in the country in support of sustainable mobility. The all-new Toyota Prius is currently available for rent at all Hertz locations in Mexico City.
For the first time in the airport’s history, on July 19 2016 Emirates will fly one of its flagship A380 aircraft into Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Emirates has been invited by O’Hare International Airport, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and the City of Chicago to test the gate, operations and significant infrastructure improvements that have been implemented to accommodate A380 service.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has teed up a second resort hotel on China’s only tropical island of Hainan, signing a management agreement with Hainan Golden Tide Tourism Development Co., Ltd. The luxury development underlines the provincial government’s drive to enhance the destination for international visitors with prestigious new projects, balancing cultural heritage and preserving the island’s natural beauty.
A coup attempt by a large number of soldiers, including some high-ranking generals, plunged Turkey into a long night of violence and intrigue on Friday. A no fly zone is announced on an airspace including Istanbul, Bursa and Tekirdag.
On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO expressed its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the French people in this difficult moment. UNWTO is deeply shocked by the hideous attack perpetrated in Nice.
ANA, Japan’s largest airline, will reveal a new Star Wars themed aircraft, adding to its fleet of three existing planes that have Star Wars characters as livery. ANA will introduce the C-3PO™ ANA JET with the iconic C-3PO on its Boeing777-200, as part of the previously announced STAR WARS™ Project, a five-year agreement with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd.
At least 84 people are confirmed dead and several injured after a truck crashed into a crowd of people in Nice; located in the south of France. The incident took place on the famous Promenade des Anglais during a firework display at the Bastille Day celebrations.
After acquiring up to 10 per cent of LATAM Airline Group’s total shares through a capital increase, Qatar Airways today announced 49% purchase of Meridiana fly’s shares. Meridiana is the second largest carrier in Italy, with an extensive national and European network, which connects the main Italian airports with Sardinia and provides connectivity with hubs in Europe as well as in the U.S. and Africa.
UNWTO Conference on ‘Tourism, a catalyst for development, peace and reconciliation’ is held in Passikudah, Sri Lanka between 11 and 14 July. Participants recalled the importance of placing tourism at the heart of the peace and reconciliation agenda, to ensure the sector can deliver on its capacity to generate development and social inclusion.
The Association Meetings Programme (AMP) is ICCA’s new annual event, where ICCA members and international association executives learn from each other and from a top faculty of experts about key aspects of bidding and decision-making, organising, promoting, and designing international association meetings.
This summer, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and YYoga are launching a pilot program to test a yoga space for travelers. The program, [email protected], will offer departing passengers a designated space free of charge to engage in a self-guided yoga practice prior to boarding. Hindus have applauded the launch of the program.
Groupize and Travelport have today jointly launched a new online hotel booking solution for travel management companies (TMC) that addresses the growing demand for a self-service, centralized solution to source, book, track and manage small group meetings of under 25 hotel rooms or less than 50 participants.
Istanbul Modern presents Artists’ Film International 2016, an exhibition and program featuring videos, animations, and short films by artists from around the world. Focusing on the theme of “technology”, this year’s exhibition is on view until October 6, 2016.
Air Mauritius launched its first direct flight to Guangzhou yesterday, 12 July 2016. Air Mauritius will operate a weekly scheduled flight to Guangzhou using its A340-300 aircraft configured with 34 seats in Business Class and 266 in Economy Class.
The newly opened Sheraton Istanbul Atasehir becomes a Sheraton Grand hotel. The brand’s new premier tier of hotels is recognized for their enticing destinations, distinguished designs, and excellence in service and guest experience.
ANA, Japan’s largest airline, will double the frequency of its flights between Narita and Ho Chi Minh City to two flights per day from October 30, 2016. As a result of this increased frequency, the number of US cities accessible from Narita within three hours of arrival from Ho Chi Minh City will increase from 4 to 10 (including flights operated by ANA’s joint venture partner United Airlines).
On its journey around the world, Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) – the solar airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg – landed in Egypt after a flight of two days and two nights (48 hours and 50 minutes) without fuel.
Skytrax presented the 2016 World Airline Awards in a gala ceremony held at Farnborough Airshow. Emirates was voted “the World’s Best Airline”, while Turkish Airlines has been chosen as “Europe’s Best Airline” for the sixth consecutive years.
About 50 decision-makers and the key people in the global conference industry were hosted at the International Conference Center – Binyanei Hauma and were impressed by its size and spaciousness and its extensive experience in the hosting of significant international events.
Vietnam Airlines has been appointed Airline Partner to the upcoming World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2016. The event is scheduled to take place at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort on October 15th, with the Vietnam flag-carrier now set to play a pivotal role in the event.
Crystal Mozart was officially welcomed to the Crystal River Cruises fleet in Vienna, Austria. The “Queen of Europe’s Rivers” was christened by Godmother Ms. Elisabeth Gürtler, who is the managing director of both the Hotel Sacher, Vienna’s most famous hotel, and the city’s historic Spanish Riding School.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) approved a project plan that will construct a 2-kilometer cable car line connecting Eyüp-Pierre Loti – Miniatürk. The construction of the cable car line will start...
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