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Published on 27/01/2015
super-bowl-xlix-to-generate-over-205-million-in-direct-spending-for-the-greater-phoenix-area Spending on hospitality and tourism activities including food and beverage, entertainment and business services, PwC US estimates Super Bowl XLIX will generate approximately $206 million in direct spending throughout the greater Phoenix area by the National Football League (NFL).
Published on 27/01/2015
paul-gauguin-cruises-offers-valentine-s-gift-package Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana, is celebrating Valentine's Day by offering an exclusive gift package to guests on any 2015 sailing aboard The Gauguin who book between January 26 and February 14, 2015.
Published on 26/01/2015
mahan-air-increases-flights-to-turkey During the East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition - Emitt 2015 held last week in Istanbul, Turkey, FTNnews talked with Mr. Hossein Hosseini, Director of Marketing & Route Development for Mahan Air. Mahan Air is the first Iranian private Airline established in 1992.
Published on 26/01/2015
bali-to-welcome-more-cruise-ships-in-2015 Indonesia’s popular tourism destination; Bali is seeing a brighter outlook on cruise tourism this year as the island’s main port, Benoa, is scheduled to welcome 60 cruise ships throughout the next 12 months.
Published on 26/01/2015
turkish-tourism-sponsors-the-new-york-times-2015-travel-show Turkish travel and tourism products are promoted at The New York Times Travel Show 2015 which took place January 23 – 25 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, USA. Turkish travel professionals together with Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry New York Office and Turkish Airlines welcomed trade and public guests throughout the show.
Published on 26/01/2015
flights-canceled-as-blizzard-looms-in-u-sU.S. is expecting an historic blizzard for New York City and surrounding areas between coastal New Jersey and Connecticut. The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) issued a blizzard warning of two days of winter storms across the East Coast, from Pennsylvania to Maine.
Published on 26/01/2015
sheraton-brand-debuts-in-berlin Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the signing of the Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade with Esplanade Operation GmbH, a subsidiary of Host Hotels & Resorts' European joint venture, marks the conversion of the existing Grand Hotel Esplanade to a Sheraton hotel. The hotel continues to be operated by EVENT Hotel Group, which also holds a minority interest in the property.
Published on 26/01/2015
icc-jerusalem-was-honored-to-host-the-nice-event The sales kickoff event of NICE Company was held in the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. The event included lectures, simulations, and training. Sales managers from all over the world took part in this international event and they enjoyed the luxurious halls and good atmosphere that ICC Jerusalem has to offer.
Published on 26/01/2015
galaxy-entertainment-invests-more-in-macau-opens-3-new-luxury-hotels Galaxy Entertainment Group, one of Asia’s leading gaming and entertainment corporations, unveiled its launch plans for two highly anticipated projects that will be completed in 2015. GEG delivers HK$43 billion (US$5.5 billion) in a planned HK$100billion (US$12.9 billion) commitment to Macau.
Published on 26/01/2015
iberia-returns-to-havana-and-launches-new-routes Iberia will resume flights between Spain and Havana, Cuba, which were suspended nearly two years ago. Starting on 1 June, Iberia will operate flights on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, five weekly flights in all.
Published on 26/01/2015
istanbul-modern-presents-artists-film-international Istanbul Modern brings Artists’ Film International to Istanbul, a program dedicated to moving image by featuring videos, animations and films of visual artists from around the world. Artists’ Film International’s 2014-2015 is on view between January 20 and March 12, 2015 with a pop-up exhibition that features two video installations from Turkey along with recent works by artists from 15 countries in thematic selections.
Published on 26/01/2015
malaysia-airlines-now-suffers-from-hackers A group of hackers from the "Lizard Squad", a group known for previous denial-of-service attacks that took down the Sony PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live network last month attacked the Malaysia Airlines website on Monday.
Published on 26/01/2015
ascott-s-growth-continues-in-serviced-residence-business The Ascott Limited has secured contracts to manage three more properties with over 300 apartment units in Beijing and Hong Kong. The new properties will further reinforce Ascott’s leadership position as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in China, with over 12,900 apartment units in 72 properties across 23 cities.
Published on 25/01/2015
turkey-s-travel-and-tourism-in-2015 The East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition - Emitt 2015 is held 22-25 January 2015 at Tuyap Exhibition Center in Istanbul, Turkey. Over 4,500 travel companies; tour operators, travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise operators, national tourist boards, transportation services, medical tourism providers and tourism institutes from 71 countries attended the 19th edition of the exhibition.
Published on 25/01/2015
mobile-travel-booking-grows According to a recent survey by Phocuswright, one third of U.S. leisure travelers used their smartphone to research where to go for an upcoming vacation in 2014. The growth in mobile travel shopping has been extremely impressive, up from 26% the prior year.
Published on 25/01/2015
all-time-highest-passenger-traffic-increase-at-abu-dhabi-airport Abu Dhabi Airports announced that they had a year of solid growth in 2014, setting new annual records in passenger figures, aircraft and freight traffic. Figures for the month of December 2014 show that the airport ended the year on a high note.
Published on 25/01/2015
amresorts-opens-a-new-resort-in-the-dominican-republic Apple Leisure Group’s subsidiary, AMResorts is going to open a new property in the Dominican Republic in time for the summer travel season. “Adding a new resort in the Dominican Republic is a testament to Apple Leisure Group’s strong performance record in the destination,” said Alejandro Zozaya, CEO for Apple Leisure Group.
Published on 25/01/2015
attempts-to-raise-airasia-flight-8501-fuselage-failed An attempt to raise the largest piece of fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 was aborted Saturday, but as the plane cleared the sea floor divers were able to retrieve four more bodies from the wreckage site. And on Sunday, another attempt to lift the submerged fuselage also failed when a wire rope snapped after the wreckage reached the surface of the water.
Published on 25/01/2015
cruise-ship-arrivals-in-caribbean-island-grenada-increase-by-29-in-2014 The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) announced that during 2014, both cruise arrivals and expenditure increased by twenty nine percent (29%) compared to 2013. This Caribbean Island is the must-see stop for many cruise passengers.
Published on 24/01/2015
easyjet-moves-to-single-terminal-at-london-gatwick easyJet has agreed to consolidate its full operation at Gatwick to the North Terminal. Plans are now underway for the consolidation to a single terminal in autumn 2016 which aims to create an easier and improved travel experience for passengers travelling from London Gatwick.
Published on 24/01/2015
dutch-coast-seaside-welcomes-autograph-collection Autograph Collection has added a new Netherlands-based hotel to its portfolio on the Dutch coast. The hotel complements Autograph Collection’s continually growing portfolio of upscale and independent hotels as the collection expands across Europe and beyond.
Published on 24/01/2015
new-carnival-ship-to-feature-world-s-first-imax-theatre-at-sea Carnival Cruise Line revealed the details of its most innovative ship ever, Carnival Vista, debuting in spring 2016. Carnival Vista will take cruising to new heights and introduce an exciting array of groundbreaking new features.
Published on 24/01/2015
save-over-1-000-with-skyscanner-s-savvy-summer-holiday-tipsEarlier this week, we have published travel search site Skyscanner’s findings on when savvy Brits should book their flights to save most. You can read it here. And now we are sharing Skyscanner’s summer holiday tips that may lead you to save over £1,000.
Published on 24/01/2015
el-al-israel-airlines-opens-an-additional-gateway-to-the-us State of Israel, EL AL Israel Airlines is opening an additional gateway to the US. As of June 28, 2015, EL AL will offer three weekly night flights - on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – to the capital of Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Published on 24/01/2015
hard-rock-to-open-all-inclusive-resort-in-cancun Hard Rock International is going to open an all-inclusive resort along the stunning shores of the Caribbean Sea, just a 15-minute drive from the Cancun International Airport. Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Cancun will be the third Yucatan Peninsula property in the Hard Rock International portfolio and will feature 1,800 oceanfront guestrooms.
Published on 24/01/2015
lufthansa-launches-new-routes-to-fuerteventura-and-tenerife Lufthansa customers will have two more attractive destinations in the Canary Islands to choose from besides Gran Canaria from next winter season. Round-trip fares starting from 280 euros, travelers will be able to escape the winter blues.
Published on 24/01/2015
expedia-acquires-travelocity-from-sabre Expedia, Inc. has acquired Travelocity from Sabre Corporation for US$280 million in cash. The acquisition follows the 2013 strategic marketing agreement between Expedia, Inc. and Travelocity under which Expedia has powered the technology platforms for Travelocity's US and Canadian websites along with providing Travelocity access to Expedia, Inc.'s supply and customer service program.
Published on 24/01/2015
gun-sales-and-armed-travel-skyrocket-in-u-s The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. FBI background checks show that firearms sales have surged in the last three months of 2014. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said that a record number of firearms was found at US airport security checkpoints in 2014.
Published on 23/01/2015
scandic-transforms-stockholm-s-historic-pub-building-into-a-hotel Scandic and AxFast are creating one of Stockholm's most exciting grand hotels in the historic PUB building which is one of Stockholm’s oldest department stores and a much-appreciated element of the city skyline.
Published on 23/01/2015
turkey-announced-record-high-tourist-arrivals-in-2014 Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik announced the total number of tourist arrivals to Turkey in 2014. Turkey's tourist arrivals increased 5.5 percent compare to 2013.
Published on 23/01/2015
icca-educates-less-experienced-professionals-prior-to-aime ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, continues to promote professional development of less experienced professionals with an education program at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on 22 and 23 February 2015, which is prior to the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne.
Published on 23/01/2015
the-travel-agent-is-not-dying A recent research shows that what is known as “The Internet killed the travel agent” is not true. The travel agent is not dying as well. In 2014, 18 percent of American travelers used traditional travel agents compared to 12 percent in 2013.
Published on 22/01/2015
airbaltic-to-launch-riga-thessaloniki-flightsThe Latvian carrier; airBaltic will launch a new route between Riga and Thessaloniki (Greece) this summer. Flights that will start as of June 5, 2015 will add another popular summer destination for Baltic travelers, as well as connecting travelers.
Published on 22/01/2015
crowne-plaza-london-battersea-opens InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) opens the 78 room Crowne Plaza London – Battersea. It is located close to Clapham Junction, one of the UK’s busiest railway stations with easy connections to both the centre of London and Gatwick Airport.
Published on 22/01/2015
skyscanner-reveals-the-best-time-to-book-flights Savvy Brits should check this news since travel search site Skyscanner has revealed the latest findings on the best time to book flights for each travel destination. The information here will increase your chances of getting the cheapest fares in 2015.
Published on 22/01/2015
underwater-photography-at-istanbul-ataturk-airport Ali Ethem Keskin and Erkan Balk, two most popular underwater photographers of Turkey, traced the headwaters of Sakarya River and have opened an exhibition at TAV Gallery located at Atatürk Airport.
Published on 22/01/2015
autograph-collection-expands-to-hawaii-with-addition-of-iconic-beach-resort A landmark of luxury on Hawaii Island, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, joins the exclusive portfolio of Autograph Collection hotels as the group’s first Hawaiian property and the 75th in its global portfolio.
Published on 22/01/2015
royal-jordanian-introduces-new-mobile-applicationRoyal Jordanian’s passengers will be able to manage all their travel plans on the move in a simpler and more convenient way with a newly introduced RJ mobile application offering features from flight booking to flight status and more.
Published on 22/01/2015
p-o-cruises-announces-strictly-stars-for-2015-cruises P&O Cruises has announced the line-up for its hugely popular Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises in 2015. This year's professional finalists include Karen Hauer, Kevin Clifton and Kristina Rihanoff as well as series winner Pasha Kovalev.
Published on 22/01/2015
poll-reveals-why-women-don-t-apply-to-fly Sixty-three per cent of women said they were put off a career as a professional airline pilot when they were growing up for reasons including a lack of visible role models and being told it was a man’s job, according to a British Airways poll.
Published on 22/01/2015
tripadvisor-names-world-s-best-hotels-in-2015 The 13th Travelers' Choice Awards of TripAdvisor showcased 8,151 winning properties worldwide, covering eight regions around the globe. Worldwide winners named in best bargain, luxury, small hotels; B&Bs and Inns; Top hotels for family, romance, and service categories.
Published on 22/01/2015
bulgaria-announced-2015-tourism-advertising-budgetBulgarian tourism industry representatives including country’s tourism minister Nikolina Angelkova came together at the National Tourism Board for 2015. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday after the first sitting of the National Tourism Board for 2015, Mrs. Angelkova said that the summer of 2015 would be very difficult and a decrease in the number of Russian and Ukrainian tourists was expected.
Published on 22/01/2015
pga-merchandise-show-kicked-off The 2015 PGA Merchandise Show - The Major of Golf Business – kicked off on Wednesday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Golf industry leaders and luminaries joined 1,000 leading companies and attendees from all 50 states and 78 countries on a busy Day One.
Published on 22/01/2015
nominate-your-company-to-the-world-travel-awards-grand-tour-2015Leading travel, tourism and hospitality organisations from around the globe can now submit applications for nomination to participate in the World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2015. Nominations for the Middle East Gala Ceremony will close on January 31st, while the five remaining Gala Ceremonies will accept entries until February 28th.
Published on 21/01/2015
new-hotels-opening-in-istanbul-in-2015 Istanbul, the number one destination at TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards and Best Travel Destination at the UK National Luxury and Lifestyle Awards in 2014, hosted a total of 11.8 million travelers last year.
Published on 21/01/2015
a-new-hotel-brand-first-property-to-open-in-san-francisco Today, the newly formed Proper Hospitality announced the launch of Proper Hotels. Led by CEO Brad Korzen, the creator and former CEO of the Viceroy Hotel Group, along with his partners Brian De Lowe and Alex Samek, Proper Hospitality’s first Proper Hotel is going to open in San Francisco by the end of this year.
Published on 21/01/2015
first-iberostar-hotel-opens-in-spanish-capital IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has launched its first hotel in Madrid, Spain, the IBEROSTAR Las Letras Gran Vía. The property, which has 103 rooms, is situated in the upscale, centrally-located area of Gran Vía. The new four-star hotel is part of the company’s Premium category of properties.
Published on 21/01/2015
ftnnews-is-at-emitt-2015FTNnews is participating East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition - Emitt 2015 which will kick off tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 21, 2015) at Tuyap Exhibition Center in Istanbul, Turkey.
Published on 21/01/2015
2014-was-the-best-year-ever-for-viennaVienna's tourism industry has just experienced its best year ever in 2014. The city achieved 6.3% increase in visitor overnights last year compare to 2013 and total arrivals to the city also increased 6.4%.
Published on 21/01/2015
holland-america-line-reveals-summer-2016-european-itineraries Holland America Line will feature northern Europe and Baltic cruises in 2016 with its brand new ship ms Koningsdam. You can book your place as early as February 2015 for the Koningsdam's summer itineraries and all of Holland America Line's 2016 summer Europe sailings.
Published on 21/01/2015
fairmont-jakarta-opens Fairmont Jakarta, part of the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts collection, opened its doors today in the heart of Indonesia's capital city.
Published on 21/01/2015
a-flying-car-at-the-world-s-most-exclusive-supercar-show-in-monaco Henry Ford famously predicted that it was only a matter of time before a flying car was invented. “Mark my words,” he said in the 1940s, “a combined airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” And today, you can see the world's most advanced prototype of a flying car at this year’s Top Marques Monaco.
Published on 21/01/2015
tav-it-to-set-up-it-infrastructure-for-the-world-s-largest-terminal Istanbul based airport IT solutions specialist; TAV Information Technologies has won the communication technologies tender for 50 million dollars held for Abu Dhabi Airport Midfield Terminal Building, which will be the world's largest terminal constructed when completed.
Published on 21/01/2015
silver-airways-adds-nonstop-flights-from-charleston-to-orlando-and-tampa As the airline of choice for Florida and the Bahamas, Silver Airways, is introducing a new route between Charleston, South Carolina and Central Florida. Starting March 19, 2015, the airline will offer daily nonstop service between Charleston and Orlando, and between Charleston and Tampa.
Published on 21/01/2015
explora-to-promote-expo-milan-2015-at-emitt-2015 EXPLORA, the Official Tourism Board of Expo Milan 2015, will introduce the brand Wonderfulexpo2015 to the Turkish Travel Market and Travel Trade Media at East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition - Emitt 2015 which will be held 22 - 25 January 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Published on 21/01/2015
qatar-airways-increasing-capacity-to-italy-flying-double-daily-to-madrid Qatar Airways is continuing its rapid growth in Europe. The carrier is introducing its widebody aircraft on March 29 to Rome and Milan and on June 16 to Venice. The capacity of the airline’s three Italian destinations will be increased by 30%.
Published on 21/01/2015
a-triumphant-year-for-cancun The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau announced a successful year of 2014 with exceeding expectations of high visitor numbers and hotel occupancy rate. The outlook for 2015 is also encouraging for Cancun, as Priceline.com named Cancun the top international destination in its “top travel hot spots” list for 2015.
Published on 21/01/2015
ana-to-launch-a-new-daily-service-from-narita-to-kuala-lumpurANA, Japan’s leading airline, will launch a new daily service from Narita to Kuala Lumpur from September 2015. Starting from July 2015, ANA will also increase the number of flights on the Narita-Honolulu route.
Published on 20/01/2015
puerto-rico-to-host-routes-americas-2016Puerto Rico will be the host destination for the 9th Routes Americas which will take place 7-9 February 2016 in San Juan. The event, which is the route development forum for the entire Americas region, will be hosted by Puerto Rico Tourism Company with the support of their partners Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC and Meet Puerto Rico.
Published on 20/01/2015
winter-arrives-search-starts-for-warm-destinations As holiday season passed and winter arrives home, travelers’ searches to warm destinations are increased by up to 60 per cent. Hotel search website trivago.co.uk analyzed the most popular destinations among UK travelers this January.
Published on 20/01/2015
bulgari-hotel-milan-hosts-gastronomic-festival Bulgari Hotel Milan is hosting the second season of Epicurea, the gastronomic festival where the world's most creative gourmet talents will unveil the ultimate culinary trends of the year.
Published on 20/01/2015
dubai-launches-world-s-largest-interactive-city-tour Now you can see all the wonders of Dubai city has to offer without leaving the comfort of your home using fully interactive and immersive 360 degree panoramic photo, time lapse and video content.
Published on 20/01/2015
turkish-airlines-boeing-itu-launch-air-transport-management-master-s-program Turkish Airlines, Boeing and Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey’s leading aerospace engineering and technology institution, opened their doors to the class of 2014-2016 of the recently founded new academic program that supports Turkey’s future airline executives.
Published on 20/01/2015
twitter-acquires-india-based-zipdialTwitter has acquired  India based startup ZipDial (@zipdial) to make Twitter even more accessible to people around the world that aren’t always connected to data or only access data through intermittent wifi networks.
Published on 20/01/2015
the-year-2014-developed-well-for-vienna-airport Vienna Airport announced a satisfactory year of 2014 in spite of crisis and strike-related challenges. Vienna Airport achieved three new long-haul routes, six new airlines and expanded frequencies and destinations drove passenger growth up by 2.2% in 2014.
Published on 20/01/2015
marriott-expects-to-reach-one-million-rooms Marriott International, Inc. expects its portfolio of hotels either open or under development to surpass 1 million rooms by the end of 2015. When open, the hotels under development will have generated more than $50 billion in real estate investment globally by Marriott’s owner partners and created over 150,000 anticipated new hotel jobs.
Published on 20/01/2015
digital-detox-spa-retreats-at-four-seasons-hotel-hampshire Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire has introduced a Digital Detox Spa Retreat, which encourages guests to let go of their need to be digitally connected 24/7. Inspired by the recent launch of Unplugged by Orianna Fielding, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire has devised a day that helps guests recharge mind, body and soul and help kick-start an online/offline life balance.
Published on 20/01/2015
ryanair-introduces-new-route-from-glasgow-intl-to-berlinRyanair announced a new route from Glasgow Intl to Berlin, and a 4th daily Glasgow – London Stansted service as part of its expanded winter 2015 schedule.
Published on 20/01/2015
ultra-luxury-silversea-cruises-includes-shore-excursions-and-wif A new program is introduced by Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises that includes shore excursions and WiFi. This programme is available for new bookings made on or after 15 January 2015 on any of the line's 52 Mediterranean cruises this year.
Published on 20/01/2015
why-consumers-abandon-their-online-travel-bookings Almost every travel booking company is advertising to attract customers to book using the link they provide. However, 81% of visitors leave before completing their booking. Do you know when and why they quit?

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