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Published on 27/08/2015
s-m-publication-celebrates-25th-anniversary S&M Publication, Turkey’s leading travel publication house, celebrated its 25th year in a cocktail held at Hotel Suadiye in Istanbul. Participants at the cocktail adopted a sea turtle, caretta caretta, in Belek, Turkey and contributed the continuity of marine and coastal ecosystem.
Published on 27/08/2015
sheraton-bucharest-hotel-opens Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced its market entry in Romania with the opening of the Sheraton® Bucharest Hotel. “As a market debut for Starwood and Sheraton, Romania symbolizes an important expansion opportunity while also putting Sheraton one step closer to its goal of opening more than 150 new hotels over the next five years,” said Dave Marr, Global Brand Leader, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts.
Published on 27/08/2015
top-5-most-searched-hotel-brands-in-the-usWherever travelers go they make a research online. Whether planning a trip, navigating a new city, or sharing vacation memories, they turn to the web, using whatever device is at hand. This has completely reshaped the path to purchase, creating many moments of intent. Google reveals the top 5 most searched hotel brands in the US.
Published on 27/08/2015
aaa-says-over-35-million-traveling-for-labor-dayAAA Travel projects 35.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2008 and a one percent increase over 2014. While the majority of travelers (30.4 million, 86 percent of all travelers) will celebrate the holiday with a final road trip before summer comes to a close, air travel is also projected to grow 1.5 percent this holiday.
Published on 27/08/2015
south-african-airways-and-jet-airways-expend-codeshare-agreement South African Airways and India’s Jet Airways have further expanded their codeshare agreement so that passengers can now book and travel throughout the combined networks of both airlines, and enjoy convenient flight connections between India and South Africa, over Jet Airways’ Abu Dhabi gateway.
Published on 27/08/2015
survey-shows-lagos-is-the-hottest-city-in-africa-for-new-hotel-development The findings of this year’s Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey, produced by W Hospitality Group, show that Lagos is the hottest city in Africa, when it comes to the development of new hotels by international hotel investors. In compiling the data, W Hospitality Group spoke to 37 hotel chains with 80 brands between them. To qualify for the study, hotel chains need to be operating in more than one country so by definition, more hotel development activity is taking place because domestic players in the market have not been counted.
Published on 27/08/2015
google-and-yahoo-executives-to-attend-technology-programme-at-wtm-london-2015 Top executives from the world’s leading technology and internet companies will speak to delegates at World Travel Market London 2015 as part of the event’s Travel Technology Show. Besides Google and Yahoo!, senior executives from Carson Wagonlit Travel, ACCOR, bmi regional and Mr & Mrs Smith will also join the events programme.
Published on 27/08/2015
meghan-linsey-to-bring-holiday-cheer-as-santa-train-celebrity-guest Rising pop star and "The Voice" Season 8 runner-up Meghan Linsey will be the celebrity guest on the Santa Train. She will accompany Santa and event sponsors CSX, Dignity U Wear, Food City and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce on the 110-mile trek. Fans can use the hashtag #santatrain15 to engage in the Santa Train conversation on social media.
Published on 27/08/2015
turkish-ground-services-now-provides-services-in-6-languages Turkish Airlines continues to implement significant investments designed to bring the passenger experience to a new level. Its successful ground operations partner, TGS (Turkish Ground Services), is now providing services in 6 languages in order to meet the demands of its foreign passengers who do not speak English.
Published on 27/08/2015
future-travel-experiences-to-be-showcased-in-las-vegas-next-monthFuture Travel Experience Global 2015 – the 10th anniversary edition of the independent event that champions innovation to enhance the end-to-end passenger experience – will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort Las Vegas from 9th-11th September 2015. Hosted once again by McCarran International Airport, this year’s show will focus on the theme: “Transforming the passenger experience through customer-focused innovation and collaboration”.
Published on 27/08/2015
miami-international-airport-mia-launches-massive-energy-saving-program This summer Miami International Airport (MIA) and FPL Services (FPLS) are dramatically lowering the airport’s energy expenses, thanks to the Sustainability Project at MIA. MIA and FPLS recently unveiled the project, which is one of the largest energy-saving programs ever in the state of Florida and in the eastern U.S.
Published on 27/08/2015
cunard-s-2017-exotic-cruises-full-world-voyages Cunard released its 2017 Exotic Cruises & Full World Voyages Programme, inviting travelers to embrace exciting new frontiers in magnificent Cunard style. On sale beginning September 10, 2015 (September 9 for Cunard World Club guests), the programme will offer three World and Exotic Cruises (with options ranging from three to 132 nights) and will feature 80 unique ports in 42 countries and 15 ship maiden calls – five of which are new to the fleet.
Published on 27/08/2015
aeroflot-and-saudia-announce-codeshare-agreementAeroflot and Saudia, the flag carriers and largest airlines in Russia and Saudi Arabia respectively, have entered a codeshare agreement that expands their networks between popular business and leisure destinations in the two countries. The new codeshare flights are now available for purchase for flights starting from August 1, 2015.
Published on 27/08/2015
thailand-received-20-millionth-visitor Thailand’s visitor arrivals count surged by one million in only ten days with the arrival of the country’s 20th million visitor yesterday. This indicated that the widely projected temporary downturn in arrivals following the 17 August attack in Bangkok had failed to materialise.
Published on 27/08/2015
hotel-construction-in-turkey-is-at-an-all-time-high Turkey is now the 6th most visited country in the world with 41 million tourists in 2014. To be able to accommodate more tourists in the country, new hotels are needed. An exclusive new report reveals that hotel construction in Turkey is at an all-time high with 74 projects and 12,968 new rooms in the pipeline.
Published on 27/08/2015
airbaltic-to-launch-tallinn-stockholmThe Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new route between Tallinn and Stockholm, Bromma airport on March 27, 2016. The new route will offer convenient travel between the two cities and support business communities in both Estonia and Sweden.
Published on 27/08/2015
ihg-rewards-club-announces-accelerate-promotion-and-free-nightsInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the upcoming launch of its ‘Accelerate’ promotion, which offers IHG® Rewards Club members the opportunity to earn IHG Rewards Club bonus points faster than ever. It will be in effect for stays from September 1 and December 31, 2015.
Published on 26/08/2015
official-statement-from-transaero-airlinesRussia’s Transaero Airlines shared with us its official statement following the news that we have published earlier today. The statement is as follows: “Transaero fully repays its commitments towards the banks, despite the financial pressure from volatility of Russian ruble.
Published on 26/08/2015
belgrade-organizes-boat-carnival-on-august-29 Belgrade Tourist Board invites citizens and travelers to the Belgrade Boat Carnival which will be held on Saturday, August 29th at the Sava Marine, under the slogan "Fun is on the River"! The event begins at 18h with a performance of the Police Orchestra and will be followed by the parade of decorated boats and jet-ski attractions on the water, music concerts and performances on the river and the coast, which will last until the midnight fireworks.
Published on 26/08/2015
divan-adana-opens-on-september-1st Turkey's leading hospitality group, Divan, opens its first property in the Mediterranean Region with the Divan Adana on September 1st. Melding traditional Anatolian hospitality with the warmth of the Mediterranean, the iconic Turkish city of Adana has played host to over 3,000 years of civilization and is steeped in a rich, diverse culture. Divan Adana Hotel, located in the heart of this fascinating city, is ready to provide travelers with the superior standards of comfort and service.
Published on 26/08/2015
7-trends-in-asia-pacific-corporate-travel-management Over 100 respondents representing both dedicated corporate travel management companies and travel agencies from 15 key markets participated in the Sabre Corporate Travel Practices Survey 2015 which revealed seven trends emerging within the Asia Pacific region’s corporate travel management sector.
Published on 26/08/2015
icomex-to-be-re-branded-as-ibtm-latin-americaICOMEX – the leading MICE event in Mexico and LATAM acquired by Reed Travel Exhibitions in 2014 - is to be re-branded as ibtm latin america joining the global portfolio of ibtm events all of which were re-branded at the end of last year. ibtm latin america will sit as part of the Reed Travel Exhibitions global portfolio of meetings, incentives and events exhibitions and serve the Latin America region including south and central America.
Published on 26/08/2015
the-culinary-institute-of-america-to-be-featured-on-ghost-hunters-with-its-haunted-building The Syfy network's popular Ghost Hunters program is featuring the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America in its new season. The episode, "Too Many Apparitions in the Kitchen," debuts on the cable channel on September 2 at 9 p.m. EDT. The episode focuses on Roth Hall, the main building of the campus. Before the CIA moved to Hyde Park in 1972, the building was the St. Andrew-on-Hudson Jesuit novitiate for more than 60 years. Legend has it that a priest named Father Murphy haunted the building.
Published on 26/08/2015
hard-rock-hotels-to-launch-a-branded-station-on-rdio-s-platformHard Rock Hotels & Casinos will become the first brand to unveil a branded station on Rdio’s platform through the company’s newly launched Promoted Music Experience (PME). Beginning August 24, 2015, fans around the world will be able to engage with the brand through Hard Rock’s exclusive profile and expertly curated radio station available at Rdio.com/HardRock.
Published on 26/08/2015
ibis-styles-jumeirah-officially-opens-door R Hotels announces the soft opening of ibis Styles Jumeirah, located in Al Mina Road in Jumeirah, Dubai. The new upscale three-star property features 191 rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant and two specialty restaurants, a gym, meeting rooms and a business centre. With its strategic location, the hotel aims to cater to both the leisure and corporate travellers who are looking for a cost-effective accommodation at the heart of the city.
Published on 26/08/2015
universal-orlando-announces-new-fast-furious-ride Fast & Furious: Supercharged will join Universal Orlando Resort’s incredible lineup of attractions in 2017. One of the most successful film franchises of all time will soon become one of Universal Studios Florida's most action-packed ride experiences. Led by film stars Vin Diesel (Dom Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty) and Tyrese Gibson (Roman), guests will feel like part of the "Fast family" as they embark on a thrilling new Fast & Furious adventure.
Published on 26/08/2015
crystal-yacht-cruises-opens-bookings-to-all-luxury-travelersCrystal Esprit Starting next month, travelers can book their luxury yachting vacation with Crystal Yacht Cruises, the most recent innovation from the world's most awarded cruise line. As Crystal Esprit charts new waters with its maiden voyage this winter, Crystal Cruises is unveiling the complete itineraries and fares for 2016 through the beginning of 2018.
Published on 26/08/2015
bentley-to-design-villas-on-dubai-world-islands Following Armani, Versace, and Bulgari, now Bentley is entering in to design luxury villas on the Dubai World islands. Kleindienst Group, developer of The Heart of Europe (THOE) on The World, has teamed up with Bentley Home for the 10 luxury villas on the Sweden island, which are priced at Dh55 million.
Published on 26/08/2015
turkish-airlines-increases-flight-frequency-on-istanbul-kuala-lumpur-route To further meet demand and offer passenger's maximum convenience, Turkey’s national carrier, Turkish Airlines increases flight frequency on Istanbul - Kuala Lumpur route. Turkish Airlines, ranked the “Best Airline in Europe” by Skytrax survey of 2015, announced that Istanbul – Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Istanbul flights will be increased from 7 flights to 10 flights per week as of October 26, 2015.
Published on 26/08/2015
russia-s-transaero-may-soon-suspend-operations Sanctions imposed on Russia since March 2014, the depreciation of the rouble, a drop in consumer demand and restrictions imposed on flights over Ukraine airspace are among the factors challenging Russian carriers and last week reports about the Russia’s second-largest airline "Transaero" in the Russian media showed that the carrier may soon suspend operations.
Published on 26/08/2015
hardwell-the-1-dj-of-the-world-to-perform-in-istanbul Claiming the #1 spot as the best DJ of the world two years in a row, Hardwell will be in Istanbul as part of his brand new world tour "United We Are". After witnessing the award winning sold-out Istanbul show of last year, "I Am Hardwell", Hardwell is getting ready to take over at Istanbul’s KüçükÇiftlik Park on October 3rd.
Published on 26/08/2015
flydubai-adds-astana-to-its-growing-networkflydubai announced the launch of its flights to Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, extending the airline’s route network in the country to three destinations. The airline will operate four flights a week, starting from 26 October 2015, and will be the first Dubai-based carrier to serve this route.
Published on 25/08/2015
malaysia-s-first-hybrid-airline-launches-flights-to-trivandrum-india Malindo Air, Malaysia's first hybrid airline, has commenced flights to the Indian city of Trivandrum, the airline's sixth destination in India after Delhi, Mumbai, Trichy, Kochi and Vishakapatnam. Established in 2013, Malindo Air is an up-and-coming airline based in Malaysia with headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Published on 25/08/2015
delta-launches-new-routes-between-the-united-states-and-the-u-k Delta and Virgin Atlantic Airways will offer customers new routes across Atlantic. The introduction of Delta’s nonstop service from New York-JFK to Edinburgh and Salt Lake City to London begin in May 2016. The routes add to the value that the Delta-Virgin Atlantic joint venture provides customers through premier service with the benefits of an aligned route network offering more frequencies, competitive fares and harmonized service.
Published on 25/08/2015
nepal-opens-everest-to-climbers-for-1st-time-since-april Nepal has opened Mount Everest to climbers for the first time since an earthquake-triggered avalanche in April killed 19 mountaineers and ended the popular spring climbing season. Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki will be the first to attempt to scale the world's highest peak since the quake. Nepal's tourism minister, Kripasur Sherpa, gave Kuriki his climbing permit at a ceremony in Kathmandu on Sunday.
Published on 25/08/2015
east-african-countries-commit-to-advance-regional-tourism-cooperation The first UNWTO East Africa Tourism Development Forum brought together Tourism Ministers and representatives from East Africa and the Vanilla Islands to explore areas of further regional cooperation in Mombasa, Kenya, 20-22 August 2015.
Published on 25/08/2015
langham-to-open-a-new-luxury-hotel-in-dubai Langham Hospitality Group will open its first luxury city hotel bearing the Langham Hotels and Resorts brand in the United Arab Emirates through its partnership with Omniyat, a Dubai-based privately-held real estate development group. Located in Burj Khalifa district, Langham Place Downtown Dubai will span a built up area of 680,838 square feet.
Published on 25/08/2015
ryanair-partners-with-cartrawler-launches-new-car-hire-service Ryanair launched Ryanair Car Hire and announced a new partnership with CarTrawler, a leading travel-technology platform and online aggregator of car rental services, allowing Ryanair customers to book the widest range of cars at the best prices on the Ryanair.com website.
Published on 25/08/2015
emirates-announces-second-daily-a380-service-to-frankfurt Emirates has announced the launch of a second daily A380 service to Frankfurt, significantly increasing the route capacity. The airline currently operates three daily flights to the German city, out of which two are serviced by a Boeing 777-300ER while the other is serviced by the jumbo Airbus A380 jet.
Published on 25/08/2015
air-astana-restarts-astana-dubai-servicesAir Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, announced the relaunch services between Astana and Dubai on October 25. The non-stop flight will be operated four times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays using an Airbus A320.
Published on 25/08/2015
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 will take place at the InterContinental® Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam, on Monday, September 14th, with industry leaders from around the world expected to be in attendance.
Published on 25/08/2015
steigenberger-to-open-hotel-am-hauptbahnhof-in-frankfurt The Steigenberger Hotel Group is set to open its seventh hotel in Frankfurt. The Hotel am Hauptbahnhof will be located right at the southern exit to Germany’s busiest main line railway station and close to the city centre of the country’s leading financial metropolis. Opening is scheduled for 2018.
Published on 25/08/2015
seatrade-europe-reveals-developments-and-trends-in-river-cruise-industrySeatrade Europe, the leading European cruise and river cruise convention, will be held at the heart of Hamburg, the great port city on the River Elbe. The convention hosts a conference session entitled ‘Europe’s River Cruise Industry’ where executives will discuss current topics and trends in the field of river cruises.
Published on 25/08/2015
turkish-hoteliers-last-minute-hope-continues-with-local-travelers From the first months of 2015, Turkish tourism professionals have predicted the decline in tourist arrivals especially from Russia which is one of the most important source markets of the Turkish tourism industry. In parallel to tourist arrivals, tourism income figures also decline. However, Turkish tourism industry had hopes of recovery with the last minute sales.
Published on 25/08/2015
alila-solo-to-open-in-november-2015-in-java Alila Hotels & Resorts reveals that Alila Solo, in Surakarta Central, Java, is set to open in November 2015 as the city’s first luxury lifestyle hotel: a city resort meets urban retreat that is both tradition-inspired and technology-driven. The hotel will have the city’s largest hotel ballroom and highest rooftop bar – not least of which includes the launch of Alila Solo Experiences.
Published on 25/08/2015
etihad-airways-ceo-explains-importance-of-alitalia-for-italy After a deal last year, Etihad Airways acquired 49 percent equity stake in Alitalia. “Last year’s ground-breaking investment by Etihad Airways in Alitalia has revitalized Italy’s national airline, and set it on a new course towards sustainable profitability”, Airways said the President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad, James Hogan.
Published on 24/08/2015
turkish-airlines-begins-istanbul-venice-flightsTurkish Airlines’ network expansion from Istanbul’s second airport Sabiha Gökçen International Airport continues with the launch of a new route to Venice. The new flights between Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and Venice Marco Polo Airport will operate daily in both directions. Previously, travelers could only fly to Venice from the Ataturk Airport on the European side of Istanbul.
Published on 24/08/2015
the-uk-drone-show-to-showcase-business-use-of-drones Experts in the UAV and drone industry have predicted a surge in the training and use of commercial drones for 2016, ahead of the nation’s first ever drone expo. The UK Drone Show is set to take place at the NEC in Birmingham, UK and due to demand an extra date has been added, now running 5-6 December 2015.
Published on 24/08/2015
seattle-to-sponsor-in-the-clipper-2015-16-race Seattle will be a first-time sponsor in the Clipper 2015-16 Race, using the race’s global marketing platform to promote the destination for leisure and business travel. The ‘Emerald City’ in Washington State will be represented by its yacht, Visit Seattle, named for the destination’s tourism organization, with the city being publicised at key ports during the 40,000 mile circumnavigation. As a host port, the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina will welcome the crew at the end of the Mighty Pacific Leg 6 from Qingdao, China next April.
Published on 24/08/2015
ethiopian-launches-new-website-for-an-easy-access-to-the-essential-information Ethiopian, the largest, most profitable and fastest growing African Airline has launched its revamped, brand-new website showcasing a customer focused online presence. The new website offers a more user-friendly way to book flights, manage bookings, check-in online, check flight status and schedule, login to ShebaMiles account, access to the latest and important updates and check out localized flight offers on a single – home – page basis.
Published on 24/08/2015
airasia-replaces-airasia-cafe-with-santanAirAsia and AirAsia X launched a brand new in-flight menu concept themed ‘Santan’, replacing ‘AirAsia Café’ as part of the airline group’s move towards being a high value carrier and providing its guests with an enhanced gourmet experience while flying.
Published on 24/08/2015
the-royal-thai-government-states-situation-in-bangkok-is-under-control Following the recent bombing in Bangkok on 17 August 2015, the Royal Thai Government issued a Message of Confidence, informing Thai citizens and the international community that the situation is under complete control of security officials. Additional security personnel, both in uniform and plainclothes, have been deployed to patrol every area so as to accord maximum security to the general public.
Published on 24/08/2015
western-oriental-launches-new-city-breaks-to-indiaMumbai Tour operator Western & Oriental has introduced a series of short city breaks to India in response to the introduction of India’s new e-Tourist Visa service. India is one of Western & Oriental’s top selling destinations and the company has added three new city breaks to boost its expansive portfolio of India trips. All are ideal for short sight-seeing or shopping breaks.
Published on 24/08/2015
76-of-brits-choose-a-staycation-this-bank-holiday 76% of UK travelers will choose a ‘staycation’ this bank holiday, based on searches made between 28 and 31 August on hotel search website trivago.co.uk. Holidaymakers seem optimistic for good weather, with 12 of the top 50 destinations located on the UK coastline. Hotel availability is noticeably low in these destinations, but large price increase is rare – the majority of price hikes are instead in city destinations.
Published on 24/08/2015
award-winning-djs-take-the-stage-at-the-groove-universal-citywalk All club goers and DJ lovers are welcomed at the groove to enjoy the chart-topping DJs performing one-night only shows at Universal CityWalk. Come party with your friends and enjoy the pulsating music and swirling lights in this multi-level club designed to look like a century old theater in various stages of renovation. The club features multiple full service bars, a dance floor, the latest in sound and lighting systems, exclusive VIP seating and table service, and a balcony terrace overlooking CityWalk. Here are the DJs that will perform at the groove.
Published on 24/08/2015
world-golf-awards-signs-portugal-golf-membership-as-2015-partnerWorld Golf Awards, the most prestigious awards programme in the golf tourism industry, has signed Portugal Golf Membership as Golf Partner for the upcoming Gala Ceremony 2015. The event will be staged at the luxurious Conrad Algarve, Portugal, for the second successive year on November 5th-8th, 2015.
Published on 24/08/2015
tav-airports-ranks-at-top-in-corporate-governanceTAV Airports increased its corporate governance rating from 9.41 to 9.52 out of 10, consecutively improving its score for the seventh year. SAHA Rating, the leading Turkish corporate governance rating agency, announced TAV Airports’ corporate governance rating as 9.52. With this rating, TAV Airports continued to rank among the top companies listed on the BIST Corporate Governance Index.
Published on 24/08/2015
the-pata-ceo-challenge-deadline-closing-in-october-1st Awards valued at US$500,000, the two winning Tourism Organizations at the PATA CEO Challenge will boost marketing campaigns together with dedicated teams from TripAdvisor. On May 27, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) announced their partnership with TripAdvisor to offer US$1 million in advertising campaigns for two winning destinations at the PATA CEO Challenge 2015.
Published on 24/08/2015
antigua-and-barbuda-opens-a-new-airport-terminal The twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has opened one of the most modern international airports in the Caribbean. The 23,000 square meters new terminal for the destination, more than doubles the capacity of the adjacent previous terminal, making way for an increase in passenger use of the V.C. Bird International Airport as an all important airline hub, and the largest gateway to the Eastern Caribbean.
Published on 24/08/2015
finnair-will-start-flying-to-edinburgh-billund-pula-and-svalbardEdinburgh, Scotland Finnair is opening four new routes to Edinburgh, Billund, Pula and Svalbard for summer 2016. The carrier will start flying to the Scottish capital from 18 April to 27 October 2016. "The Edinburgh flight will give excellent possibilities for our Asian customers to connect to Scotland on their trips to the UK, and it will connect Scotland to Finnair's extensive Asian network which covers 13 airports," says Petri Vuori, Finnair's Vice-President of Global Sales.
Published on 24/08/2015
air-seychelles-signed-codeshare-agreement-with-air-franceAfter starting a thrice-weekly nonstop service between the Seychelles and Paris in July this year, Air Seychelles inked a codeshare agreement with Air France to provide more connections between the European continent and the islands. With this agreement it is now possible to travel from six of the biggest French cities to Seychelles via Paris, using just one ticket for the entire trip.
Published on 23/08/2015
radisson-blu-hosts-world-water-week-in-stockholmThe lack of clean drinking water is a significant problem worldwide. Although our planet consists of 71% water, only 1% is drinkable. About 750 million people have no access to clean drinking water, and every 20 seconds a child dies from waterborne diseases. Experts predict that more than half of world's population will suffer from water shortage by the year 2025. From 23rd to 28th August, the international water conference World Water Week takes place in Stockholm, and the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm is the proud host of a number of World Water Week events.
Published on 23/08/2015
washington-dc-welcomed-record-20-2-million-visitors The economic influence of Washington, DC’s travel and tourism industry was heralded last week at Destination DC’s Marketing Outlook Meeting at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. In 2014, DC attracted an all-time record 20.2 million visitors: 18.34 domestic and 1.9 million overseas, the latter up 16% over 2013. Tourism supports almost 75,000 jobs in the District and created $725 million dollars in tax revenue. Without it, each DC household would have to contribute an additional $2,500.
Published on 23/08/2015
air-china-and-shenzhen-airlines-ban-to-carry-lighters-and-matches Air China and Shenzhen Airlines warned passengers about the latest updated regulations for passengers carrying lighters and matches on flights. The statement said, “Please read this notification attentively and abide to the regulations before purchasing Air China or Shenzhen Airlines tickets. These regulations apply for all passengers who purchase Air China or Shenzhen Airline tickets from any distributor and retail agent”.
Published on 23/08/2015
dubai-world-central-renamed-as-dubai-south Dubai World Central, an emerging 145 square kilometres city within the emirate, has been renamed as Dubai South. Launched in 2006 as a government of Dubai project, the city hosts the Al Maktoum International Airport that is expected to be the world’s largest airport once it undergoes a $32bn expansion. The city also hosts the Dubai Airshow and will be the site for the World Expo in 2020.
Published on 23/08/2015
marriott-international-opens-a-new-property-in-ghanaMarriott International expands its footprint in Middle East and Africa to 19 countries by opening a new property in Ghana. The leading lodging company has announced the opening of the Protea Hotel Select Takoradi, its first establishment in Ghana. Protea Hotels is Africa's leading hotel brand and has a footprint of more than 100 properties throughout South Africa and seven other African countries, including Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana and Uganda amongst others.
Published on 23/08/2015
norwegian-to-launch-low-cost-london-boston-flights-fares-starting-from-179 Low-cost airline Norwegian announced the UK’s cheapest flight to Boston at £179. The brand new flights went on sale and will offer the only direct link between London Gatwick and Boston Logan – launching on 13 May 2016. The flights use state of the art 787 Dreamliner aircraft and will depart on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays. Norwegian will also be launching direct services to Boston from both Copenhagen and Oslo.
Published on 22/08/2015
nok-air-received-its-first-next-generation-boeing-aircraft Bangkok based Nok Air has received its first of seven Next-Generation 737-800s from Boeing. Nok Air also looks forward to introducing Boeing's new 737 MAX 8 in the next couple of years. The new 737 MAX will build on the high-standards of the existing Next-Generation models to deliver valuable savings in fuel efficiency. The low-cost carrier operates an all-Boeing fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s.
Published on 21/08/2015
cuba-cruise-offers-a-7-day-all-inclusive-cruise-aboard-the-celestyal-crystal Celestyal Cruises' Cuba Cruise brand is offering a new all-inclusive itinerary to Cuba. The new cruise program aboard the Celestyal Crystal includes an unlimited bar and beverage package, taxes, port charges and gratuities and sails a seven-day itinerary to Havana, Cienfuegos, Maria La Gorda, Santiago de Cuba and Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Published on 21/08/2015
virgin-america-and-airbnb-celebrate-new-flights-to-hawaii-stay-at-an-airbnb-estate-with-sir-richard-branson Virgin America launches a "Work Hard, Hawai'i Hard" experience, in partnership with Airbnb. Virgin America and Airbnb are offering those who live in the start-up capital of the world San Francisco a chance to win the ultimate "Work Hard, Hawai'i Hard" escape* with accommodations at an Airbnb estate on Oahu with Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson.
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S&M Publication celebrates 25th anniversary

27-08-2015 News from Turkey

S&M Publication celebrates 25th anniversary

S&M Publication, Turkey’s leading travel publication house, celebrated its 25th year in a cocktail held at Hotel Suadiye in Istanbul. Participants at the cocktail adopted a sea turtle, caretta caretta,...

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Turkish Ground Services now provides services in 6 languages

27-08-2015 News from Turkey

Turkish Ground Services now provides services in 6 languages

Turkish Airlines continues to implement significant investments designed to bring the passenger experience to a new level. Its successful ground operations partner, TGS (Turkish Ground Services), is now providing services...

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South African Airways and Jet Airways expend codeshare agreement

27-08-2015 Aviation

South African Airways and Jet Airways expend codeshare agreement

South African Airways and India’s Jet Airways have further expanded their codeshare agreement so that passengers can now book and travel throughout the combined networks of both airlines, and enjoy...

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Miami International Airport (MIA) launches Massive Energy Saving Program

27-08-2015 Aviation

Miami International Airport (MIA) launches Massive Energy Saving Program

This summer Miami International Airport (MIA) and FPL Services (FPLS) are dramatically lowering the airport’s energy expenses, thanks to the Sustainability Project at MIA. MIA and FPLS recently unveiled the...

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Cruise Travel

Cunard‘s 2017 Exotic Cruises & Full World Voyages

27-08-2015 Cruise Travel

Cunard‘s 2017 Exotic Cruises & Full World Voyages

Cunard released its 2017 Exotic Cruises & Full World Voyages Programme, inviting travelers to embrace exciting new frontiers in magnificent Cunard style. On sale beginning September 10, 2015 (September 9...

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Crystal Yacht Cruises Opens Bookings to All Luxury Travelers

26-08-2015 Cruise Travel

Crystal Yacht Cruises Opens Bookings to All Luxury Travelers

Crystal Esprit Starting next month, travelers can book their luxury yachting vacation with Crystal Yacht Cruises, the most recent innovation from the world's most awarded cruise line. As Crystal Esprit charts...

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Rail Travel

Meghan Linsey to Bring Holiday Cheer as Santa Train Celebrity Guest

27-08-2015 Rail

Meghan Linsey to Bring Holiday Cheer as Santa Train Celebrity Guest

Rising pop star and "The Voice" Season 8 runner-up Meghan Linsey will be the celebrity guest on the Santa Train. She will accompany Santa and event sponsors CSX, Dignity U...

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UK Rail passengers to enjoy faster journeys between London and Cornwall

04-08-2015 Rail

UK Rail passengers to enjoy faster journeys between London and Cornwall

Rail passengers are set to benefit from better and faster journeys after the government gave the go-ahead for a brand-new fleet of trains running between London and Cornwall. The privately-funded...

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Accommodation

Sheraton Bucharest Hotel opens

27-08-2015 Accommodation

Sheraton Bucharest Hotel opens

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced its market entry in Romania with the opening of the Sheraton® Bucharest Hotel. “As a market debut for Starwood and Sheraton, Romania symbolizes an...

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Top 5 Most Searched Hotel Brands in the US

27-08-2015 Accommodation

Top 5 Most Searched Hotel Brands in the US

Wherever travelers go they make a research online. Whether planning a trip, navigating a new city, or sharing vacation memories, they turn to the web, using whatever device is at...

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MICE News

Google and Yahoo executives to attend Technology Programme at WTM London 2015

27-08-2015 MICE

Google and Yahoo executives to attend Technology Programme at WTM London 2015

Top executives from the world’s leading technology and internet companies will speak to delegates at World Travel Market London 2015 as part of the event’s Travel Technology Show. Besides Google...

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Future Travel Experiences to be showcased in Las Vegas next month

27-08-2015 MICE

Future Travel Experiences to be showcased in Las Vegas next month

Future Travel Experience Global 2015 – the 10th anniversary edition of the independent event that champions innovation to enhance the end-to-end passenger experience – will take place at the Mandalay...

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Technology

Palace Resorts to feature Apple TV and Smart TV devices in guestrooms

21-08-2015 Technology

Palace Resorts to feature Apple TV and Smart TV devices in guestrooms

Palace Resorts, the company that sets the standard in five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations, adds Apple TV devices and Smart Televisions in select guestrooms of the brand’s oceanfront properties throughout Mexico...

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Robots invade hotels in Silicon Valley

19-08-2015 Technology

Robots invade hotels in Silicon Valley

The second robotic butler named Botlr is officially appointed for full-time duty at Aloft Silicon Valley, effective immediately. This is the brand’s second full-time cyber associate, following the debut of...

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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

Thailand received 20 millionth visitor

27-08-2015 Tours

Thailand received 20 millionth visitor

Thailand’s visitor arrivals count surged by one million in only ten days with the arrival of the country’s 20th million visitor yesterday. This indicated that the widely projected temporary downturn...

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7 trends in Asia Pacific Corporate Travel Management

26-08-2015 Tours

7 trends in Asia Pacific Corporate Travel Management

Over 100 respondents representing both dedicated corporate travel management companies and travel agencies from 15 key markets participated in the Sabre Corporate Travel Practices Survey 2015 which revealed seven trends...

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Sports Tourism

Seattle to Sponsor in the Clipper 2015-16 Race

24-08-2015 Sports Tourism

Seattle to Sponsor in the Clipper 2015-16 Race

Seattle will be a first-time sponsor in the Clipper 2015-16 Race, using the race’s global marketing platform to promote the destination for leisure and business travel. The ‘Emerald City’ in...

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World Golf Awards signs Portugal Golf Membership as 2015 partner

24-08-2015 Sports Tourism

World Golf Awards signs Portugal Golf Membership as 2015 partner

World Golf Awards, the most prestigious awards programme in the golf tourism industry, has signed Portugal Golf Membership as Golf Partner for the upcoming Gala Ceremony 2015. The event will...

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Luxury Travel

Bentley to design villas on Dubai World Islands

26-08-2015 Luxury Travel

Bentley to design villas on Dubai World Islands

Following Armani, Versace, and Bulgari, now Bentley is entering in to design luxury villas on the Dubai World islands. Kleindienst Group, developer of The Heart of Europe (THOE) on The...

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Langham to open a New Luxury Hotel in Dubai

25-08-2015 Luxury Travel

Langham to open a New Luxury Hotel in Dubai

Langham Hospitality Group will open its first luxury city hotel bearing the Langham Hotels and Resorts brand in the United Arab Emirates through its partnership with Omniyat, a Dubai-based privately-held...

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