Spirit Airlines will begin nonstop service from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Cancun International Airport (CUN) beginning on November 9, 2017. With this new service you can explore nature or kick back at a stunning all-inclusive resort, instead of blowing your budget on airfare.
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation announced that visitor arrivals to the region grew by 3.7 per cent in 2016, when compared to the same period in 2015. In the region, SPTO member countries Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands and Vanuatu all received more tourists when compared to the same period the previous year.
SpiceJet, India’s favourite low-cost carrier, has yet again raised the bar for customer experience by offering - ‘Self Bag Drop’ (SBD) at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji domestic airport. Through this initiative, the first by a budget airline in Mumbai, SpiceJet aims to provide its customers with a seamless baggage check-in process that saves them from the hassles of standing in long queues at check-in desks.
Obtaining a second passport is not only a route to another life: in some cases, it is necessary for individuals’ wellbeing. Aside from the lifestyle opportunities that relocating abroad can bring, for many a second passport grants a second chance at living the life and experiencing the freedoms they could have been entitled to when they were born.
Eurostar, the high-speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, today previewed its new e320 train on the London-Brussels route in advance of its introduction into service on Sunday 28 May. The arrival of the new trains on the Brussels service is part of a £1 billion programme of investment in Eurostar’s fleet, stations and service which included the purchase of 17 new e320 trains and the refurbishment of its original trains.
Ryanair became the exclusive partner of the EU Erasmus Student Network. The European low-cost-carrier will offer Erasmus students huge savings, with fare discounts, free bags and tailored travel offers.
Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, started operating from Frankfurt Airport. The maiden flight took off to Sofia with 180 passengers on board. The newest WIZZ route will operate daily, as well as the recently announced Budapest service, which will commence in December.
A year after its launch, Abu Dhabi Duty Free’s online store, “addf.ae” is gearing up for the busy summer season and stacking new products on its virtual shelves. During Ramadan, the online store will also be offering shoppers a 10% discount on all items displayed in celebration of the holy month.
In response to President Trump’s FY18 budget proposal, which recommends zero appropriations for the federal matching funds needed to operate Brand USA, the International Inbound Travel Association urges Congress to continue funding for Brand USA, the tourism marketing organization for the United States.
Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) under the sponsorship of Garanti Bank, the 24th Istanbul Jazz Festival will take place between 4-20 July, with a brand new showcase to run along the festival. The 24th Istanbul Jazz Festival will feature more than 200 local and international names in 20 different venues around Istanbul.
SAS is now launching “New Nordic by SAS” – a food concept for every SAS passenger. SAS passengers will now be offered a selection of taste experiences based on fresh, local ingredients and pure flavors in new pared down packaging designed for life onboard.
Langkawi is the venue for PATA Travel Mart 2018 (PTM 2018) with this signature Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) event being hosted by Tourism Malaysia and Langkawi Development Authority. The announcement was by the Association’s CEO Dr. Mario Hardy during the PATA Annual Summit in Negombo, Sri Lanka.
The American Bus Association (ABA) – the industry leader advancing North American motorcoach and group travel – released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate Brand USA, the designated marketing organization for the United States, in his FY 2018 budget proposal:
From June 21st - June 25th, the new “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Grand Velas Los Cabos invites traveling foodies to join James Beard Award winners, top Food Network chefs, Michelin star recipients and more standout culinary professionals at its Grand Chefs Festival.
Turkish Airlines will boost services to Thailand with the introduction of non-stop flights to Phuket. Istanbul – Phuket (HKT) – Istanbul flights are planned as 4 flights per week and will be launched as of July 17, 2017.
Emirates will be introducing a second daily A380 service between Dubai and Birmingham, beginning 29th October 2017. Flight EK39/40, currently operated by a Boeing 777, will now be operated by the iconic and highly popular Emirates A380.
Philippine Airlines will be suspending flights between Manila and Abu Dhabi starting July 8 this year until further notice. This temporary cancellation of service is "being carried out as PAL undertakes route assessment initiatives", the airline said in a statement.
Speaking at the opening day of the 4th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, Greek Minister of Shipping and Insular Policy, Panagiotis Kouroumplis, said that Greece is prepared to launch a concessions campaign in order to encourage international cruise liners operating in Greece to invest in relevant infrastructure projects.
San Antonio is more alluring than ever with the debut of the world's first ultra-accessible splash park, new water coasters, a colossal dinosaur gallery and more. Historic and cutting edge attractions make this Texas gem an ideal getaway for every member of the family.
With a few weeks remaining until July 1st, the day Estonia begins its six-month term at the helm of the Council of the EU, the country has its plans firmly set on both the event-hosting and political fronts. More than 260 events that are slated to take place during the period, pulling in an estimated 25,000 visitors from abroad.
A new research about the business jet market reveals that around 452 mid to heavy private jets were delivered to Europe between 2012 and 2016, with a combined value estimated at around US$22.6 billion. These aircrafts typically cost between $25 million and $75 million each, and up to 80% of the funding used to purchase these is sourced through external financing.
The PATA Annual Summit 2017 (PAS 2017), under the theme ‘Disruption. Innovation. Transformation: The Future of Tourism’, opened in Negombo, Sri Lanka on May 18 with 406 delegates from 191 organisations representing 39 countries attending the four-day event.
In celebration of the inauguration of Da Nang International Airport’s T2 terminal, Vietjet has announced the Danang - Seoul (South Korea) route, which is expected to bring greater travel opportunities to the people of the two localities, contributing to promoting trade and integration in the region.
Princess Cruises has announced its 2018-2019 Americas cruise itineraries including sailings to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii, the California Coast, and Alaska. On sale today, the upcoming season includes 12 ships, sailing to over 70 destinations on more than 40 unique itineraries on 250 departures from six North American homeports.
InterContinental Hotels Group announces the launch of the newest Staybridge Suites® brand campaign, Hugely Different. Through the brand’s most extensive use of video assets to date, the multi-channel advertising campaign shows guests that Staybridge Suites is a different kind of hotel for a different kind of traveler.
Airbnb has been investing in partnerships in the Caribbean to support a thriving community of homeowners who are renting their spaces and creating new flows of local economic benefits. Airbnb have announced the first tax agreement in the Caribbean.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the doors to the highly anticipated Kimpton® De Witt. The unveiling of the hotel in the heart of Amsterdam, marks the first Kimpton® in Europe and outside of the Americas.
Etihad Airways announced the year-round deployment of its award-winning Airbus A380 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to Paris route. The superjumbo, which features ‘The Residence’ - the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner - will operate from 1 July on one of its twice-daily services from the UAE’s capital city to the capital of France.
A record turnout of more than 17,600 visitors, 3.5 per cent more than the previous year, attended Entrepreneur Day on 19-20 May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the two-day event hosted more than 270 exhibitors from various sectors for its ninth edition.
The four best European basketball teams have competed this weekend in the Final Four, the final stage of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague 2017, held in Istanbul. Turkey’s Fenerbahçe won the coveted Cup against Olympiacos Pireus (Greece) with a result of 80:64 before the excited fans at the Sinan Erdem Dome.
Stanley Kubrick's iconic horror movie, The Shining, will make its haunting debut at Universal Studios' "Halloween Horror Nights". The Shining will bring unspeakable terror to "Halloween Horror Nights" in terrifying new mazes opening at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, beginning this September.
Via Rail Canada announced that many Canadians will be taking the train to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. As the reservations increases, Via Rail announces capacity increases, direct connections between Ottawa and Québec City, as well as new stops.
Hard Rock International and RCR Investor Inc. plan to potentially invest more than $320 million during a multi-phase construction process for Hard Rock Casino Ottawa. The plan is to ultimately create an electrifying, integrated entertainment destination incorporating thrilling nightlife, world-class gaming, decadent cuisine and the heart of the Hard Rock brand, music.
airberlin launches new long-haul flight from Berlin-Tegel to Los Angeles. airberlin now offers three connections per week between the capital of Germany and the second largest city in the United States.
Chinese mobile payment service, WeChat Pay is now introduced in Toronto. The new service by local tourism businesses is expected to boost travel and shopping consumption by Chinese travelers. WeChat is China’s largest mobile messenger app with 840 million active users who can use the app to buy products and book travel.
Qantas has introduced mobile check-in and digital boarding passes for customers travelling between Australia and New Zealand. The technology is being rolled out as part of the airline’s strategy to speed up the journey through the airport for customers travelling internationally.
The award-winning Royal Cliff Hotels Group recently welcomed prestigious members of the exclusive Young President’s Organization (YPO), the world’s premier chief executive leadership during its highly anticipated GREW2D networking event. GREW2D is an event for Golf, Real estate, Networking, Wines and Automobiles.
Istanbul’s Sinan Erdem Dome will be the stage for the exciting final round of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, which will be played from May 19th to 21st between CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe and Olympiacos Piraeus.
London last year welcomed a record number of overseas visitors. According to new figures released today by the Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey (IPS) overseas tourists made 19.1 million visits to the city in 2016, an increase of 2.6 per cent compared to 2015.
Thailand’s Centara Hotels & Resorts continues to expand internationally with today’s opening of a four-star, 152-room hotel in Muscat, its fifth hotel outside Thailand and first of three planned for the Middle East.
Selecting the perfect keynote speaker for your next conference, meeting or event is very crucial for a memorable event. Keep in mind that a big-name keynote speaker may not be enough to inspire meeting attendees.
A new analysis from Global Jet Capital reveals that 69.4% of business aircraft in the Middle East are medium sized to large jets. This is more than three times the figure for the global fleet, of which 18.4% are in that size bracket. Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates top the list with highest number of business jets in the Middle East.
Thailand-based, global hospitality company Dusit International soon will have a hotel in Nepal. The first Dusit-branded property in Nepal, Dusit Thani Himalayan Resort & Spa, is located in the heart of Nepal’s central region, just over an hour’s drive from Kathmandu and Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).
The Expedia group announced that its hotel partners in Barbados have increased their package demand with nearly 15% growth in 2016 YoY. According to the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Board, the destination welcomed more than 630,000 tourists in 2016 – a 6.7% increase compared to 2015. In conjunction with Expedia reports, top source markets for the small Caribbean nation came from the U.S., followed by Canada, UK and other Caribbean markets.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) announces the opening of the newly-built 174-room and 25 suites Holiday Inn Express® & Suites Monterrey Valle hotel located within the Plaza Tanarah complex in the city’s exclusive Valle area.
favstay Pte. Ltd., a Thai hospitality startup offering condos and villas for rent in Thailand’s top destinations, has secured a US$1 million investment from Thailand-based, global hospitality company Dusit International.
Vienna’s meetings industry set new records in 2016: at EUR 1,072 million, the sector’s contribution to Austrian GDP broke the billion euro mark once again, and with more than 4,000 congresses and corporate events generating 1.7 million overnight stays, the year represented an all-time high for the capital as a meetings destination.
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Asia’s only AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) Gold Standard venue announced that 10 high-profile international association clients selected the centre to host their events between 2017 and 2020.
According to the foreign arrivals at Asia Pacific Destinations in 2016 compared to 2015 Cuba, Ukraine, and Argentina showed the strongest annual growth. A new study reveals an increase of three percent in foreign arrivals into 47 Asia Pacific destinations for 2016 to record an aggregate inbound count of close to 600 million.
North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA expects record level of travel during this Memorial Day Weekend. AAA says there will be one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.
Once again Central Florida is the nation’s most visited destination with over 68 million annual guests according to 2016 statistics released by Visit Orlando. And March passenger traffic figures at Orlando International Airport (MCO) reflect that steady growth.
Flughafen Wien Group announced operating results for the first quarter of 2017. “Passenger volume at Vienna Airport is developing excellently,” says Julian Jäger, Member of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG.
In 2016, around 52,000 guests visited the BMW Group Event Forum within the framework of award ceremonies, congresses and festive occasions. In 2017, the success story will continue. The BMW Welt, which in addition to the BMW Museum and the BMW Group Classic is the largest location of the BMW Group Event Forum, announced the opening of the Premium Lounge as well as with an award-winning upgrade of existing technical media.
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau or TCEB, today unveiled the latest strategic marketing initiatives to attract business events travelers from Europe at IMEX Frankfurt 2017. TCEB launched Thailand’s brand campaign entitled “Thailand CONNECT: Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success”, together with a strategic collaborative campaign, “Thailand’s MICE United IV”.
Iran Air, Iran’s national flag carrier, today took delivery of its first four ATR 72-600s. ATR and Iran Air signed earlier this year a firm contract for 20 ATR 72-600s and options for a further 20. Deliveries of the 20 firm aircraft will extend until the end of 2018.
The city of Wolverhampton is embarking on its “Wolves in Wolves” promotional campaign this summer, wherein some 30 fiberglass wolf statues will be painted by local celebrities. A small group of Canadians with an indigenous artist are coming to visit from Thompson, Manitoba, Canada to paint two of those 30 statues.
Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), the trio of loyalty programs from Marriott International, Inc., are offering new opportunities for members to earn unlimited bonus points to fuel their travel passions.
Royal Jordanian and Sabre Corporation signed a new agreement whereby Sabre provides RJ with a suite of technology to help plan its network of flights. Under the new multi-year agreement, Royal Jordanian will benefit from the Sabre Network Planning suite of technology, which will help it address these challenges.
This year, “SAPPHIRE NOW” , the world’s largest SAP customer event, begins a day earlier: On flight LH464 to Orlando. Lufthansa and SAP take off for a technology conference at 10,000 meters’ altitude. The conference, which took place on the flight to Orlando/USA to SAPPHIRE NOW, had topics such as artificial intelligence and the future of work.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is arranging a one-day tourism seminar, to be held concurrently with the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2017 which will take place from 14-16 June in Chiang Mai. The forum, scheduled on 16 June, is being organised with the objective of strengthening the competitiveness of the Thai tourism industry.
WOW air, the Icelandic low-cost transatlantic airline, is launching next month new route to Pittsburgh, offering fares from just £139.99*! To celebrate this the airline have put together their recommendations of things to do in the city.
Spirit Airlines will begin nonstop service from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) to Cancun International Airport (CUN) beginning on November 9, 2017. With this...
SpiceJet, India’s favourite low-cost carrier, has yet again raised the bar for customer experience by offering - ‘Self Bag Drop’ (SBD) at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji domestic airport. Through this initiative,...
Via Rail Canada announced that many Canadians will be taking the train to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. As the reservations increases, Via Rail announces capacity increases, direct connections...
InterContinental Hotels Group announces the launch of the newest Staybridge Suites® brand campaign, Hugely Different. Through the brand’s most extensive use of video assets to date, the multi-channel advertising campaign...
Chinese mobile payment service, WeChat Pay is now introduced in Toronto. The new service by local tourism businesses is expected to boost travel and shopping consumption by Chinese travelers. WeChat...
Etihad Airways announced the year-round deployment of its award-winning Airbus A380 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to Paris route. The superjumbo, which features ‘The Residence’ - the world’s first three-room...
Beginning of December 2016, me and my wife visited Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and if you are searching for a romantic weekend, then you should consider Tallinn. The Estonian capital offers tra...
In Summer 2016, I had chance to sail to Greek Islands with the Celestyal Cruises. In an organization with Karavan Cruises, travelers enjoyed best of Greek islands with Celestyal and received a compl...
ftnNEWS would like to present you a unique vacation idea here in Turkey: Cappadocia Region. Located on the central Anatolia plateau within a volcanic landscape sculpted by erosion to form a successi...
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