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Published on 03/09/2015
bank-of-america-chicago-marathon-delivers-more-than-254-million-to-chicago-economy The Bank of America Chicago Marathon continues to provide year-over-year growth to Chicago's economy, with the 2014 race delivering an estimated $254 million in total business impact to the city. In its 38th year, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon welcomes thousands of runners from more than 100 countries and all 50 states, including a world-class elite field, top regional and Masters runners, race veterans, debut marathoners and charity runners. The race's iconic course takes runners through 29 vibrant neighborhoods on an architectural and cultural tour of Chicago.
Published on 03/09/2015
moevenpick-hotels-resorts-highlights-expansion-plans-in-indonesiaMövenpick Hotels & Resorts unveiled its ambitious expansion plans in Indonesia and Southeast Asia at the 2015 Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC Indonesia) in Bali on 2-3 September. The upscale Swiss hospitality group will make its debut in Indonesia in the third quarter of 2016, with the opening of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran, overlooking picturesque Jimbaran Bay in the south of Bali.
Published on 03/09/2015
etc-and-etoa-announce-joint-conference-on-brand-europeETC, the umbrella body for European National Tourism Organizations and ETOA, the Association for European Inbound tourism, are organising a joint conference on how Europe is performing as a destination, with a particular attention on some of the most important origin markets. It will take place at the Barbican Centre in the City of London on the afternoon of October 29th.
Published on 03/09/2015
qatar-airways-launches-fc-barcelona-fan-club-chance-to-win-free-tickets-tours-souvenirs Qatar Airways, the official airline of FC Barcelona, launches the FCB Fan Club exclusively for Privilege Club members. The FCB Fan Club creates an exciting platform to reward loyal football-loving members. Privilege Club members who subscribe to the Qatar Airways FCB Fan Club can win Economy Class tickets to anywhere in the Qatar Airways network, FCB match tickets, Camp Nou stadium tours, FC Barcelona souvenirs and can benefit from exclusive airline offers.
Published on 03/09/2015
labor-day-travelers-to-pour-13-5-billion-into-the-u-s-economy According to AAA, 35.5 million Americans will take to the roads and skies over the Labor Day holiday. They will pour $13.5 billion into the U.S. economy—up two percent over 2014. Each American taking a trip for the Labor Day long weekend is expected to spend an average of $380 on goods and services. However, U.S. Travel’s survey found that hassles caused by failing surface and air travel infrastructure will keep 4.1 million potential travelers at home—costing the economy $1.4 billion in spending.
Published on 03/09/2015
wyndham-to-open-first-property-in-myanmarWyndham Hotel Group plans to expand its portfolio of offerings in Southeast Asia to Myanmar for the first time with the signing of a franchise agreement for a 260-room Wyndham Grand® hotel in Yangon, the country’s capital city. The five-star Wyndham Grand Yangon Royal Lake will be part of the mixed-use Kantharyar Centre Project at the southern fringe of Yangon’s popular Kandawgyi Lake. The US$157 million complex will include a residential building, serviced apartments, an office tower and a retail center.
Published on 03/09/2015
a-ritz-carlton-reserve-in-ubud-bali-to-debut-on-september-5 Situated where temples stand majestic against a backdrop of rice terraces, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, announced its official debut in Ubud, Bali on September 5, 2015. It becomes the third bespoke resort in the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio. Named after the entrance to a traditional Hindu temple, Mandapa is set along the majestic Ayung River as it meets the lush jungle in Ubud, the cultural and spiritual heart of Bali.
Published on 03/09/2015
ryanair-launches-new-summer-2016-scheduleMilan, Italy Ryanair launched its London summer 2016 schedule, with 4 new routes to/from Milan Malpensa, Sofia, Verona and Vilnius, over 150 routes in total and extra flights on 20 routes, which will deliver 22.8m customers p.a. (+1.4m) and support more than 17,000* jobs at London Stansted, London Gatwick and London Luton.
Published on 03/09/2015
fred-olsen-cruise-lines-launches-new-great-value-promotional-campaign Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched an exciting new promotional campaign – ‘All 2015 Inside Twin Cabins only £50 per person, per night’ – showcasing great-value deals on all Inside Twin cabins on selected cruises in 2015, which go on general sale from 15th September 2015*.
Published on 03/09/2015
swiss-gourmet-restaurant-to-offer-culinary-delights-for-travelers-in-swiss-first-and-swiss-businessFrom September 2nd until the beginning of December, travellers in SWISS First and SWISS Business on long-haul services from Switzerland will be offered culinary delights from the gourmet restaurant of the Boutique Chalet Hotel Ahorn in Braunwald, Canton Glarus. Together with Beat Schittenhelm, the restaurant’s host and chef de cuisine, SWISS has developed a range of healthy, natural and tasty seasonal dishes that also incorporate a number of local herbs.
Published on 03/09/2015
lufthansa-crew-to-wear-folk-costumes-during-oktoberfestDuring Oktoberfest this year, the Lufthansa crew will appear in anniversary costumes. Lufthansa is taking advantage of its 60th birthday to recreate the traditional costume from the 1950's. The fourteen flight attendants will be taking off starting in mid-September to destinations in North America and the Arabian Gulf. “It is for the ninth time already that our costume crew will carry Bavarian tradition throughout the world. Our passengers will be particularly pleased with this year’s anniversary costume”, says Thomas Klühr, member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board Finance & Munich Hub.
Published on 03/09/2015
over-5-million-restaurant-reviews-reveal-100-best-restaurants-in-americaAQUAGRILL - New York, New York OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group, unveiled the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America for 2015. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Published on 03/09/2015
chinese-hotel-groups-to-buy-western-chains Exciting times: In the international top hospitality new mega fusions are in the making. This year alone major mergers and acquisitions of hotel groups could take place. Striking is the urge of Chinese hotel groups, to buy Western chains. TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data, has listed the current market trend.
Published on 03/09/2015
new-website-launched-for-lax-terminal-specific-info Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has launched a newly updated and enhanced LAXisHappening.com website to help travelers quickly find new airport dining options, shops and amenities, as well as information about potential impacts related to LAX’s ongoing multi-billion-dollar modernization program. The website launches in time to assist air travelers during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
Published on 02/09/2015
emirates-touches-down-in-orlando Emirates launched its 10th destination in the United States with the start of daily nonstop passenger service between Dubai and Orlando International Airport on 1st September. A VIP delegation and a contingent of international media were aboard the inaugural flight, which carried passengers from 29 different countries to Orlando.
Published on 02/09/2015
new-dates-for-seatrade-cruise-asia Seatrade (UBM EMEA) announced the new dates for Seatrade Cruise Asia. Hosted by Busan Port Authority, Busan Metropolitan City, Korea Tourism Organization and Korea Marine Leisure Network, Seatrade Cruise Asia will now take place 12-14 May 2016 at the Busan International Passenger Terminal in Busan, Korea. The event will feature a showcase exhibition, conference and travel agent training.
Published on 02/09/2015
the-14th-istanbul-biennial-opens-on-september-5 The 14th Istanbul Biennial SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) opens to the public on 5 September 2015. The biennial, drafted by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev with a number of alliances, presents over 1,500 artworks by over 80 participants from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America. The biennial will be open until 1 November 2015.
Published on 02/09/2015
le-meridien-brand-to-debut-in-georgiaStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., in partnership with Red-Co Ltd, will debut its Paris-born Le Méridien brand in the Republic of Georgia’s Spectacular Resort Destination in 2018. The 110-room newly constructed hotel will showcase modern architecture and design as part of a mixed-use development project that also includes a casino and unbranded residences.
Published on 02/09/2015
world-travel-awards-gets-ready-for-the-europe-gala-ceremony-2015World Travel Awards has arrived in Sardinia, Italy, as final preparations are put in place for the Europe Gala Ceremony 2015. ftnNEWS is also heading to Sardinia for the red carpet ceremony which will take place on September 5th, 2015. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Forte Village Resort. Hundreds of industry leaders from across the region will also be in attendance at the Gala Ceremony.
Published on 02/09/2015
pegasus-offers-180-000-seats-from-just-42-99-to-turkey Pegasus guests can enjoy the most affordable prices on routes to Turkey with Pegasus Airlines’ winter sale. Guests who buy tickets online between 2 and 11 September can fly on any route to Turkey at fares from just £42.99 between 1 November 2015 and 26 March 2016. With 180,000 seats in the sale, Pegasus guests have the perfect opportunity for an affordable winter holiday.
Published on 02/09/2015
china-southern-to-launch-new-direct-services-to-rome-dubai-and-christchurchChina Southern Airlines, the largest airline in the People’s Republic of China, announced new air service from Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou to Rome, Dubai and Christchurch. The Guangzhou-Wuhan-Rome and Guangzhou-Christchurch routes will be offered three times weekly and will both launch on Wednesday, December 16.
Published on 02/09/2015
hotelspro-adds-caesars-entertainment-propertiesHotelsPro, the leading global provider of travel and hospitality solutions, announces the addition of Caesars Entertainment properties to their portfolio of accommodation options. The hotels chain provider will be joining HotelsPro with an extensive portfolio of Caesars hotels.
Published on 02/09/2015
ascott-s-expansion-in-asian-market-continues-with-4-new-additions CapitaLand Limited’s wholly owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott) continues growth momentum with four new contracts as it adds two more Asian cities to its global footprint. Having recently achieved its global target of 40,000 serviced residence units ahead of schedule, Ascott is widening its lead as the world’s largest international serviced residence owner and operator with over 42,000 units in 94 cities across 26 countries.
Published on 02/09/2015
captain-cook-cruises-launches-new-sightseeing-cruise-of-sydney-harbour  Captain Cook Cruises have launched an exciting new sightseeing cruise that discovers untold Sydney Harbour stories. The Harbour Story Cruise features fun and personalised commentary – delivered by its experienced commentators, on the sights, people, land, history and development of the world’s most beautiful harbour city.
Published on 02/09/2015
starwood-hotels-introduces-tribute-portfolio-in-europe Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. debuts its Tribute Portfolio in Europe with the addition of the Great Northern Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. Launched this past April as Starwood’s 10th brand, Tribute Portfolio is a collection of outstanding independent hotels and resorts, promising owners, Starwood Preferred Guest ® (SPG ®) members and guests alike the ability to "Stay Independent."
Published on 02/09/2015
tourico-holidays-partners-with-airberlin-holidaysGlobal travel wholesaler Tourico Holidays has partnered with airberlin holidays, the tour operator of one of Europe’s leading airlines, airberlin. The wholesaler’s inventory covers the globe, hosting competitive prices in destinations such as New York, Miami, and Chicago as well as the European hotspots across Spain, Italy, and Germany. Tourico’s strength with 3 to 5-star hotel inventory attracted airberlin holidays, who shares consumer demand for thriving leisure destinations.
Published on 02/09/2015
free-ironbridge-gorge-world-heritage-festival-on-saturday-19th-september The free Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival in Shropshire will take place on Saturday, 19th September with heritage talks and walks, a quality craft and food market alongside the river Severn, live street entertainment and family activities from 12noon until 5pm. There will also be demonstrations and displays celebrating the remarkable heritage of the Gorge in the market square.
Published on 01/09/2015
a-ritz-carlton-hotel-to-open-in-budapest The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. announced that from 1st September The Elizabeth Park Hotel, Budapest, a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel will be managed by the company and following an extensive renovation program, the hotel will be re-launched as The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest in Spring 2016.
Published on 01/09/2015
radisson-blu-opens-two-new-resorts-in-mauritius Radisson Blu announced the opening of two Radisson Blu beach resorts in Mauritius: the Radisson Blu Azuri Resort & Spa, Mauritius and the Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa, Mauritius. Operated by The Rezidor Hotel Group, the two resorts are situated on the north-eastern coast of Mauritius, one of the most attractive resort destinations in the Indian Ocean.
Published on 01/09/2015
extra-leg-room-is-on-sale-at-airberlin Germany's second largest airline airberlin is offering 40 additional XL seats in Economy Class on its entire long-haul fleet (type A330). A total of five rows per aircraft have been fitted with the new XL seats. Flight guests travelling for six hours or longer can take advantage of a good 15 cm of extra leg room. The XL seats are also located in the front rows of the cabin, so expectant mothers, those travelling with small children and passengers with physical disabilities, in particular, can board and disembark more quickly.
Published on 01/09/2015
lombok-hosts-the-world-islamic-tourism-mart Catering to the specific needs of Muslim tourists, the 2nd Edition of World Islamic Tourism Mart and ASEAN Joint Seminar in Islamic Tourism (JOSIT) 2015 will be held from 23rd to 24th October at the Lombok Raya Hotel in Mataram, capital city of West Nusa Tenggara Province. This year, the special tourism mart and conference carries the theme “Together We Advance in Islamic Tourism Globally.”
Published on 01/09/2015
emirates-starts-dubai-mashhad-routeEmirates today extended its reach into Iran by linking Dubai with Mashhad, adding a second passenger gateway into the country after Tehran. The new service to Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city and one of its most economically vibrant centers will not only enhance trade ties with the UAE, but will also introduce travelers to Emirates' vast route network, opening up new opportunities to connect efficiently with destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and West Asia through our world-class Dubai hub.
Published on 01/09/2015
double-and-triple-hilton-hhonors-points Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide's portfolio of hotel brands, announced its latest promotion. Members can earn Double HHonors Points on Monday through Thursday nights and Triple Points on Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights.
Published on 01/09/2015
vietnam-railways-begins-online-sale-of-train-ticket Vietnam Railways announced the start of an online rail ticket selling system from September 1. Passengers will access www.vetau.com.vn, www.dsvn.vn or www.vietnamerailway.vn to book, make payment and print tickets themselves.
Published on 01/09/2015
swiss-offers-new-print-at-home-baggage-tag-option SWISS travelers departing from Zurich can now print their tags for their checked baggage before they leave home. This further check-in innovation, which is introduced today, enables the traveler to obtain all the flight documents they need at home, and thus minimize their waiting times at their departure airport.
Published on 01/09/2015
event-model-generation-san-diego-state-university-mpi-complete-first-global-certificate-program The Event Model Generation, in collaboration with San Diego State University and Meetings Professional International (MPI) completed the first Global Event Design Certificate program. The course took place in mid-August with follow-on programs occurring twice annually to help those in the industry increase the measurable value of high stakes events.
Published on 01/09/2015
explore-cities-with-triposo-s-new-apple-watch-app Today, Triposo has released its first Apple Watch app, which takes the same approach as the popular travel guide it accompanies. It helps you wander around the location you want to explore, and it notifies you when you are close to interesting places.
Published on 01/09/2015
fez-travel-launches-turkey-2016-brochureFez Travel, one of the longest established Turkey tour operators released its Turkey 2016 brochure along with an early booking special. The brochure is filled with an exciting collection of tours for 2016 including escorted group tours of Turkey, Turkey / Greece combination tours, ANZAC Day tours, Gallipoli Battlefields tours, day tours, shore excursions and a range of tailor made itineraries designed to give independent travellers a head start on planning their trip to Turkey.
Published on 01/09/2015
ibtm-events-partners-with-thailand-convention-exhibition-bureau ibtm events, the world’s leading showcase for the meetings and events industry, has confirmed that Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau is to become the official ibtm events Global Partner across its portfolio of events on 5 continents.
Published on 01/09/2015
shebamiles-members-earn-2-miles-per-1-usd-spent-at-hmh-hotels HMH – Hospitality Management Holdings has entered into a partnership agreement with Ethiopian Airlines’ Frequent Flyer Program - ShebaMiles. All ShebaMiles members staying at any participating hotel within the HMH portfolio will be entitled to earn 2 Miles per 1 USD spent for their qualifying service.
Published on 01/09/2015
ascott-offers-15-off-at-somerset-in-hobart-australia Singapore based Ascott Limited (Ascott) is offering guests up to 15%* off the Best Flexible Rate at Somerset on the Pier and Somerset on Salamanca, two serviced apartments located in Hobart. Valid from now until 31 December 2015, guests can expect to pay from $153 per night at Somerset on the Pier and Somerset on Salamanca when they book two nights or more.
Published on 01/09/2015
orlando-international-airport-served-3-5-million-passengers-in-july-2015 Orlando International Airport (MCO) announced that its record passenger growth continued in July 2015. For the month of July traffic was up 8.2 percent compared to 2014. Record numbers of international passengers fueled the growth. International volume increased 19.5 percent in July.
Published on 01/09/2015
pacifica-ca-welcomes-30th-annual-fog-festThe beach-front destination of Pacifica will be hosting its 30th Annual “Pacific Coast Fog Fest” event on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. along Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica. Located just 15 minutes south of San Francisco, Pacifica feels worlds away but is convenient to some of the most vibrant, international communities on the West Coast.  Easily accessible from Highway 1, Pacifica’ rich cultural heritage and bohemian personality make it a unique destination worth discovering.
Published on 01/09/2015
bali-hosts-the-3rd-seven-stars-luxury-hospitality-and-lifestyle-awardsThe 2015 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards Gala ceremony will be held in Bali this month. At its 3rd edition the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and lifestyle Awards will reward Hotels & Resorts, Spa’s, Special Awards, Aviation and more. The event will take place on September 19th at the luxurious Trans Resort Bali.
Published on 01/09/2015
bahrain-to-host-the-fifth-annual-arab-aviation-and-media-summit The 2015 Arab Aviation and Media Summit (AAMS) will be held in Bahrain. The event, which is a joint industry initiative by world-leading organizations, will take place on the 7th & 8th of December 2015 in the Kingdom of Bahrain’s capital, Manama. Running in its fifth edition this year, the Arab Aviation & Media Summit is an industry initiative committed to improving the state of Arab Aviation & Tourism.
Published on 01/09/2015
unwto-general-assembly-to-meet-in-medellin-colombiaThe upcoming 21st Session of the UNWTO General Assembly meeting will be held in Medellín, Colombia between 12-17 September 2015. Held every two years, the General Assembly is UNWTO’s main statutory meeting and the most important international gathering of senior tourism officials and high-level representatives of the private sector.
Published on 31/08/2015
world-s-friendliest-and-unfriendliest-cities-for-tourists Can you guess which cities could be the world’s friendliest and unfriendliest cities for tourists in the world? Readers of the highly-regard luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler selected them. Residents of Australia's other major cities might disagree, but international travellers have voted Sydney the world's friendliest city for 2015. Below are the world’s top 10 friendliest and unfriendliest cities for tourists.
Published on 31/08/2015
airasia-x-to-offer-lotteworld-theme-park-tickets-onboard AIRASIA X, the leading low-cost, long-haul carrier announced its collaboration with LotteWorld through the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to offer exciting attraction tickets onboard of its flights from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul.
Published on 31/08/2015
air-canada-flights-to-london-heathrow-are-on-saleAir Canada has sale on flights to London, Heathrow from cities across Canada. Travelers should book by Sept 8, 2015 11:59 pm EDT to enjoy low fares. The low fares are valid on travels from October 26, 2015 to December 16, 2015 and from December 28, 2015 to March 23, 2016.
Published on 31/08/2015
ramada-phuket-deevana-opens Wyndham Hotel Group boosts Ramada Presence in Thailand by opening of the 206-room Ramada Phuket Deevana in the heart of Thailand’s lively Patong Beach. The THB 1 billion (AUD$38 million) development, owned by Deevana Hotels and Resorts Co., Ltd., provides a serene escape in the bustling beach town, and offers Deluxe rooms, Premier rooms and Junior suites, all with private balconies.
Published on 31/08/2015
lufthansa-group-to-expand-direct-booking-channel-optionsThe airlines of the Lufthansa Group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS – have reached a major milestone in their endeavors to modernize their present product structures. A number of collaborations with various partners in the airline distribution segment have been successfully pursued over the last few weeks.
Published on 31/08/2015
how-easyjet-flight-from-london-to-turkey-is-forced-to-divertAn easyJet flight carrying dozens of British holidaymakers from London Gatwick Airport to Dalaman, Turkey was forced to divert. Passengers were shocked when the pilot announced that the plane had to divert to Milan in order to repair the damage.
Published on 31/08/2015
aci-reports-busiest-and-fastest-growing-airports-in-2014 Airports Council International (ACI) has released the latest edition of the World Airport Traffic Report. International tourism was irrepressible in 2014 considering the geopolitical risks that have persisted in certain parts of the world, such as Eastern Europe and the Middle East. However international traveller in 2014 appears to have been immune to these potential dangers and overall global passenger traffic grew at a rate of over 5%. This is above the 4.3% average annual growth rate in passenger traffic from 2004 to 2014.
Published on 31/08/2015
carlson-rezidor-announces-the-radisson-blu-plaza-hotel-ljubljana Carlson Rezidor, one of the most dynamic hotel groups worldwide, announces their first hotel in Slovenia – the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Ljubljana. The property featuring 236 rooms is the conversion of an existing hotel and will be re-branded in late 2015.
Published on 31/08/2015
shanghai-tourism-festival-2015-begins-on-september-12 Shanghai Tourism Festival 2015 will open on September 12. The “Silk Road on the Sea” event this year will feature myriad festivities, helping promote cooperation between, and resources sharing among, different regions in the field of tourism.
Published on 31/08/2015
fantastic-experience-with-mercedes-maybach-at-mandarin-oriental-guangzhou Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou has partnered up with Mercedes to offer guests their own personal, chauffeured limousine service this autumn. By booking the Fantastic Stay with Mercedes-Maybach accommodation package, guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the City of Flowers in a chauffer-driven Mercedes-Maybach S Class at any time, day or night, during their stay.
Published on 31/08/2015
ihg-reward-members-can-save-up-to-10-in-chicago-and-orlando IHG® Rewards Club membership definitely has its advantages! Beyond all of the exclusive privileges members enjoy throughout the year, now members will also save up to 10% on the best available rates in Chicago and Orlando. Book now through December 30, 2015, for stays through February 29, 2016 and start saving.
Published on 30/08/2015
icelandair-increases-flights-from-glasgow-to-reykjavik Icelandair will increase flights from Glasgow to Reykjavik from March 2016 as the airline celebrates its 70th anniversary of flying to Scotland. This will take the number of flights the airline offers to Glasgow customers from five to six a week, increasing the number of available seats by 14,000 per year. The additional flight will depart on Saturday mornings from 19 March 2016.
Published on 30/08/2015
tav-academy-becomes-an-icao-certified-training-centerThe service quality of TAV Academy, the training and consultant company of TAV Airports, has been certified by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) following their audit and TAV Academy is listed amongst the 16 private training centers worldwide.
Published on 30/08/2015
new-amtrak-guest-rewards-program Amtrak passengers will have more options to earn and redeem points under an extensively improved, simplified Amtrak Guest Rewards program. “This program takes Amtrak Guest Rewards to the next level with improved earnings potential and expanded, simplified redemptions," said Matt Hardison, Amtrak’s executive vice president of marketing and sales.
Published on 30/08/2015
recharge-your-devices-free-at-frankfurt-airport Many travelers struggle at airports to find conveniently-located power outlets to charge up their electronic devices. At Frankfurt Airport (FRA), you’ll find plenty of opportunities to recharge your personal electronic devices. The two terminals boast a total of around 5,000 power sockets and USB ports that you can use to charge your computer or phone absolutely free—and the airport is busily adding to this offering.
Published on 29/08/2015
mama-shelter-istanbul-presents-three-rooms On the occasion of the Istanbul Art Biennial, Mama Shelter invited LA and Paris based curators Lauren Mackler, Martha Kirszenbaum and Myriam Ben Salah to organize two nights of screenings, audio, visual and stage performances. Oslo-based performance artist & singer Nils Bech and Los Angeles-based DJ & producer NAR will be pushing the boundaries with their unconventional audio, visual & stage performances at Mama's rooftop.
Published on 29/08/2015
sixt-opens-new-in-terminal-branch-at-charles-m-schulz-sonoma-county-airportSixt SE and its U.S. Franchise Unit (Sixt Franchise USA, LLC) announce the opening of a new branch to service the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California. This is the second Sixt branch in Sonoma County, preceded by a branch that opened last year which services the Santa Rosa local area.
Published on 29/08/2015
swiss-launches-new-gourmet-conceptSwiss International Air Lines is further enhancing its inflight foodservice. SWISS launches new gourmet concept “SWISS Connoisseur Experience” for First Class guests. Four times a year, SWISS First customers on long-haul flights from Switzerland will now be served exclusive seasonal gourmet delights such as truffles or caviar.
Published on 29/08/2015
hotels-in-the-americas-region-recorded-positive-results-in-july According to July 2015 data compiled by STR, Inc. and STR Global, hotels in the Americas region recorded positive results in the three key performance metrics. Compared to July 2014, the Americas region reported a 2.2% increase in occupancy to 74.8%, a 5.8% increase in average daily rate to US$124.78 and an 8.2% increase in revenue per available room to US$93.37.
Published on 29/08/2015
visit-orlando-sponsors-us-open-entertainment-lineup-unveiled Visit Orlando becomes one of the sponsors of the 14-day tournament which begins Monday. The US Open features the biggest stars in tennis competing for one of the most coveted trophies in all of sport. And in 2015, some of the biggest stars in entertainment will be on hand as well.
Published on 29/08/2015
pegasus-airlines-plane-makes-emergency-landing-at-sofia-airportTurkey’s Pegasus Airlines safely made an emergency landing at Sofia Airport, Bulgaria on Friday afternoon following an engine failure. The aircraft carrying 163 passengers and six crew was flying from Antalya, Turkey to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Published on 28/08/2015
skygreece-temporarily-cease-all-operations SkyGreece Airlines apologized to all of its passengers who have been affected as a result of the Company’s current operational crisis. The founders, managers and employees of SkyGreece care deeply about their passengers and have been working around the clock to resolve the problem.
Published on 28/08/2015
jw-marriott-miami-receives-wine-spectator-for-ninth-time JW Marriott Miami, the luxurious AAA Four Diamond hotel located in the heart of Brickell Avenue, announced that The Trapiche Room has received the prestigious Wine Spectator Award for the ninth year in a row. With a selection of 235 wines, The Trapiche Room was chosen based on their wine list being best fitted for their cuisine, offer stimulating selections and appeal to a wide range of wine enthusiasts.
Published on 28/08/2015
visit-orlando-s-magical-dining-celebrates-10th-anniversary Starting with a special preview week August 24 and running through September 30 Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining celebrates its 10th anniversary. Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining showcases much of the culinary landscape that has brought Orlando national acclaim in the past year. There is no better time for Foodies to enjoy Orlando, named one of 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2015 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, as well as one of The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in the world in 2015.
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The 14th Istanbul Biennial opens on September 5

02-09-2015 News from Turkey

The 14th Istanbul Biennial opens on September 5

The 14th Istanbul Biennial SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) opens to the public on 5 September 2015. The biennial,...

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Pegasus offers 180,000 seats from just £42.99 to Turkey

02-09-2015 News from Turkey

Pegasus offers 180,000 seats from just £42.99 to Turkey

Pegasus guests can enjoy the most affordable prices on routes to Turkey with Pegasus Airlines’ winter sale. Guests who buy tickets online between 2 and 11 September can fly on...

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Qatar Airways launches FC Barcelona Fan Club, chance to win free tickets, tours, souvenirs

03-09-2015 Aviation

Qatar Airways launches FC Barcelona Fan Club, chance to win free tickets, tours, souvenirs

Qatar Airways, the official airline of FC Barcelona, launches the FCB Fan Club exclusively for Privilege Club members. The FCB Fan Club creates an exciting platform to reward loyal football-loving...

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Ryanair launches New summer 2016 schedule

03-09-2015 Aviation

Ryanair launches New summer 2016 schedule

Milan, Italy Ryanair launched its London summer 2016 schedule, with 4 new routes to/from Milan Malpensa, Sofia, Verona and Vilnius, over 150 routes in total and extra flights on 20 routes,...

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Cruise Travel

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines launches new great-value promotional campaign

03-09-2015 Cruise Travel

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines launches new great-value promotional campaign

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched an exciting new promotional campaign – ‘All 2015 Inside Twin Cabins only £50 per person, per night’ – showcasing great-value deals on all Inside...

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New dates for Seatrade Cruise Asia

02-09-2015 Cruise Travel

New dates for Seatrade Cruise Asia

Seatrade (UBM EMEA) announced the new dates for Seatrade Cruise Asia. Hosted by Busan Port Authority, Busan Metropolitan City, Korea Tourism Organization and Korea Marine Leisure Network, Seatrade Cruise Asia...

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Rail Travel

Vietnam Railways begins online sale of train ticket

01-09-2015 Rail

Vietnam Railways begins online sale of train ticket

Vietnam Railways announced the start of an online rail ticket selling system from September 1. Passengers will access www.vetau.com.vn, www.dsvn.vn or www.vietnamerailway.vn to book, make payment and print tickets themselves.

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New Amtrak Guest Rewards program

30-08-2015 Rail

New Amtrak Guest Rewards program

Amtrak passengers will have more options to earn and redeem points under an extensively improved, simplified Amtrak Guest Rewards program. “This program takes Amtrak Guest Rewards to the next level...

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Accommodation

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Highlights Expansion Plans in Indonesia

03-09-2015 Accommodation

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Highlights Expansion Plans in Indonesia

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts unveiled its ambitious expansion plans in Indonesia and Southeast Asia at the 2015 Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC Indonesia) in Bali on 2-3 September....

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Wyndham to open First Property in Myanmar

03-09-2015 Accommodation

Wyndham to open First Property in Myanmar

Wyndham Hotel Group plans to expand its portfolio of offerings in Southeast Asia to Myanmar for the first time with the signing of a franchise agreement for a 260-room Wyndham...

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MICE News

ETC and ETOA Announce Joint Conference on Brand Europe

03-09-2015 MICE

ETC and ETOA Announce Joint Conference on Brand Europe

ETC, the umbrella body for European National Tourism Organizations and ETOA, the Association for European Inbound tourism, are organising a joint conference on how Europe is performing as a destination,...

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World Travel Awards gets ready for the Europe Gala Ceremony 2015

02-09-2015 MICE

World Travel Awards gets ready for the Europe Gala Ceremony 2015

World Travel Awards has arrived in Sardinia, Italy, as final preparations are put in place for the Europe Gala Ceremony 2015. ftnNEWS is also heading to Sardinia for the red...

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Technology

Explore cities with Triposo’s new Apple Watch app

01-09-2015 Technology

Explore cities with Triposo’s new Apple Watch app

Today, Triposo has released its first Apple Watch app, which takes the same approach as the popular travel guide it accompanies. It helps you wander around the location you want...

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KLM and Schiphol invest in Dutch startup Undagrid

28-08-2015 Technology

KLM and Schiphol invest in Dutch startup Undagrid

Mainport Innovation Fund (MIF) has invested in the Dutch 'Internet of Things' startup Undagrid. The investment made in Undagrid will enable the company to propel international growth and allow them...

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Health & Spa

World Spa Awards reveals complimentary four-day networking activities

25-08-2015 Health + Spa

World Spa Awards reveals complimentary four-day networking activities

World Spa Awards has revealed a four-day wellness programme built around the upcoming Gala Ceremony to ensure a weekend of unrivalled networking opportunities. The inaugural World Spa Awards Gala Ceremony...

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Sandals Resorts unveil signature Tranquility Soaking Tubs

20-08-2015 Health + Spa

Sandals Resorts unveil signature Tranquility Soaking Tubs

Now, guests staying at Sandals Resorts in Barbados, Grenada and selected resorts in Jamaica can indulge in new signature tranquility soaking tubs while inhaling the salty ocean air and indulging...

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Tours

Captain Cook Cruises launches new sightseeing cruise of Sydney Harbour

02-09-2015 Tours

Captain Cook Cruises launches new sightseeing cruise of Sydney Harbour

  Captain Cook Cruises have launched an exciting new sightseeing cruise that discovers untold Sydney Harbour stories. The Harbour Story Cruise features fun and personalised commentary – delivered by its experienced...

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Tourico Holidays partners with airberlin holidays

02-09-2015 Tours

Tourico Holidays partners with airberlin holidays

Global travel wholesaler Tourico Holidays has partnered with airberlin holidays, the tour operator of one of Europe’s leading airlines, airberlin. The wholesaler’s inventory covers the globe, hosting competitive prices in...

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Sports Tourism

Bank of America Chicago Marathon delivers more than $254 Million to Chicago Economy

03-09-2015 Sports Tourism

Bank of America Chicago Marathon delivers more than $254 Million to Chicago Economy

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon continues to provide year-over-year growth to Chicago's economy, with the 2014 race delivering an estimated $254 million in total business impact to the city....

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Visit Orlando Sponsors US Open, entertainment lineup unveiled

29-08-2015 Sports Tourism

Visit Orlando Sponsors US Open, entertainment lineup unveiled

Visit Orlando becomes one of the sponsors of the 14-day tournament which begins Monday. The US Open features the biggest stars in tennis competing for one of the most coveted...

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Luxury Travel

A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubud, Bali to Debut on September 5

03-09-2015 Luxury Travel

A Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubud, Bali to Debut on September 5

Situated where temples stand majestic against a backdrop of rice terraces, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, announced its official debut in Ubud, Bali on September 5, 2015. It becomes the third...

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Swiss gourmet restaurant to offer culinary delights for travelers in SWISS First and SWISS Business

03-09-2015 Luxury Travel

Swiss gourmet restaurant to offer culinary delights for travelers in SWISS First and SWISS Business

From September 2nd until the beginning of December, travellers in SWISS First and SWISS Business on long-haul services from Switzerland will be offered culinary delights from the gourmet restaurant of...

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