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UNWTO: International tourism continues upward trend in early 2016

UNWTO: International tourism continues upward trend in early 2016

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by four per cent between January and June 2016 compared to the same period last year. Destinations worldwide received 561 million international tourists (overnight visitors), 21 million more than in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. → Read More

Gatwick Airport to welcome Aeroflot flights to Moscow, Russia

Gatwick Airport to welcome Aeroflot flights to Moscow, Russia

Gatwick Airport is to welcome a brand new daily service to Moscow, from airline Aeroflot, starting November 15th, 2016. Aeroflot, the national flag carrier of Russia, is one of the world’s oldest airlines tracing its history back to 1923 and now flying to 131 destinations in 50 countries. The new route is in response to Russia growing in importance as a tourist destination, home to renowned architectural wonders including Saint Basil’s Cathedral. → Read More

St Helena boosts diving credentials with marine protection area

St Helena boosts diving credentials with marine protection area

A 200 nautical mile maritime zone in the seas around St Helena Island in the South Atlantic has been designated a Marine Protected Area, boosting the island’s offering as a diving destination. St Helena’s impressive marine environment is home to over forty endemic species and supports a diverse array of marine life. → Read More

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai takes top crown at World Travel Awards

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai takes top crown at World Travel Awards

At this year’s prestigious World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai was recognised for its commitment to excellence once again. They were voted Middle East’s Leading Conference Hotel 2016 and Dubai’s Leading Conference Hotel 2016 by travel tourism professionals worldwide. This adds to an impressive portfolio of international and local awards won by the hotel since its opening in 2012. → Read More

Aer Lingus takes off for Hartford, Connecticut

Aer Lingus takes off for Hartford, Connecticut

Aer Lingus inaugural flight EI131 to Hartford, Connecticut took off on a Boeing 757, named St Brendan, registration EI-LBT, from Dublin airport earlier. The airline now offers a year-round service from Dublin direct to Hartford, Connecticut, in the heart of New England. The new Aer Lingus service not only creates a direct connection between Ireland and Connecticut, it also further establishes Dublin as the natural transatlantic gateway to North America. → Read More

Advantage Focus Partnership selects Amadeus

Advantage Focus Partnership selects Amadeus

Following an extensive review of their IT requirements, Advantage Focus Partnership has selected Amadeus as their preferred technology partner until 2019. The announcement is an extension of the Focus Partnership’s existing relationship, having worked with Amadeus on a preferred partner status since 2013. The Focus Partnership Review was conducted by a cross section of their membership who, ratified by the Focus Tech Panel, voted overwhelmingly to continue working with Amadeus. → Read More

Emerald Princess sets sail for new homeport in Australia

Emerald Princess sets sail for new homeport in Australia

The biggest Princess Cruises’ ship to sail local waters this summer - the 3082-guest Emerald Princess - is now on her way down under after departing from Southampton. In a voyage reminiscent of the line voyages of last century, the 113,000-tonne superliner will spend the next 48 nights sailing across four continents from Italy to India via the Suez Canal and south through Asia en route to her new home in Australia. → Read More

Dubai leads winners at World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony

Dubai leads winners at World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony

Voters at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony have recognised Dubaias the Middle East’s Leading Destination during a glittering red-carpet ceremony at The St. Regis Dubai. At the same time, the emirate took the title of Middle East’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination while the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketingwas recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board. → Read More

Mårtensson takes chief executive role with Stena Line

Mårtensson takes chief executive role with Stena Line

Niclas Mårtensson has been appointed chief executive of Stena Line, stepping up from his current role of deputy chief executive. The current chief executive, Carl-Johan Hagman, will resume his position as chairman of Stena Line board and will also remain in the role as head of shipping at Stena AB. → Read More

Qatar Airways touches down in Windhoek, Namibia

Qatar Airways touches down in Windhoek, Namibia

The capital of Namibia, Windhoek, has welcomed the first Qatar Airways flight to arrive at its international airport from Doha, Qatar. Windhoek is the first city in Namibia to be served by Qatar Airways, which will fly to and from the destination four times a week with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. → Read More

Mövenpick Hotel City Star Jeddah opens in Saudi Arabia

Mövenpick Hotel City Star Jeddah opens in Saudi Arabia

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has opened the doors to the Mövenpick Hotel City Star Jeddah, a unique European-style property in one of Saudi Arabia’s fastest-growing cities. The 228-room property, which marks the Swiss hospitality firm’s third hotel in Jeddah and 11th in the Kingdom, seamlessly blends a classical interior design with a contemporary façade and the latest modern comforts. → Read More

UNWTO: Global body issues commitment to accessible tourism

UNWTO: Global body issues commitment to accessible tourism

Some 500 delegates from 60 countries have convened in Bangkok, Thailand, to take part in the official celebrations for the World Tourism Day. The event is this year dedicated to the theme ‘Tourism for all: Promoting Universal Accessibility.’ Policy frameworks, capacity building, business strategies and awareness raising have been some of the areas tackled during the week of events that commenced with a ‘Tourism and the Media’ Session. → Read More

VisitFlorida launches online marketing tool to agents

VisitFlorida launches online marketing tool to agents

VisitFlorida is launching its first ever e-learning programme, the VisitFlorida Expert; a useful tool designed to give UK and Irish travel agents a comprehensive overview of the Sunshine State and all it has to offer. Alfredo Gonzalez, vice president international sales and marketing development, will be leading the launch, introducing the new e-learning programme to agents at a product training event in central London from tomorrow. → Read More

airberlin leases 38 aircraft to Lufthansa in radical overhaul

airberlin leases 38 aircraft to Lufthansa in radical overhaul

airberlin has unveiled a far-reaching restructuring of its business, which will see the company concentrate its core operations as a focused network carrier serving higher-yielding markets, from its two key hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf, with a core fleet of 75 aircraft. Its leisure flying will be combined into an independently operating business unit. → Read More

easyJet adds Apple Pay to web bookings

easyJet adds Apple Pay to web bookings

easyJet has announced that customers can now use Apple Pay on web for bookings made on easyJet.com. This makes payment a seamless “two touch” process. Apple Pay is already available via easyJet’s iOS mobile app however from today customers will also be able to confirm their booking via easyJet.com on their Apple iPad or Apple Mac in just a matter of seconds thanks to Apple Pay; a secure, quick and private one-touch payment function. → Read More

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