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Dropping the pilot: Cahill steps down at Carnival Cruise Lines

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Dropping the pilot: Cahill steps down at Carnival Cruise Lines

Gerry Cahill, president and chief executive of Carnival Cruise Lines, has announced that he is retiring, effective November 30th, after 20 years of service. Cahill, 63, has been chief executive of Carnival Corporation’s largest cruise brand since 2007, growing the cruise line to 24 ships – the largest in the company’s fleet—during his tenure. → Read More

ibis Styles London Kensington opens to guests

ibis Styles London Kensington opens to guests

Influenced by the renowned culture, science, art and music scene of its top location, ibis Styles London Kensington has opened its doors, taking guests on a fun and quirky educational tour even while they are inside the hotel. Each ibis Styles hotel boasts its own distinctive design, great location and ‘all-inclusive’ offer at a great price with loads of little extras and this beautiful hotel is no different. → Read More

Monarch Airlines completes £3.2bn Boeing order

Monarch Airlines completes £3.2bn Boeing order

Monarch Airlines today announced the confirmation of a narrow body fleet order with Boeing for a new generation fleet of 30 737 MAX 8s, worth more than $3.2 billion at current list prices. The order, originally announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, includes options for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s and marks the beginning of Monarch’s transition to an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet. → Read More

International Airlines Group sees profits increase as Iberia continues recovery

International Airlines Group sees profits increase as Iberia continues recovery

International Airlines Group has upgraded its profit forecast after it reported a 30 per cent rise in third quarter profits. Operating profits at IAG - which owns both Iberia and British Airways - rose to €900 million in the three months to September 30th, up from €690m a year ago. → Read More

Preferred Hotel Group links with Skyscanner for content deal

Preferred Hotel Group links with Skyscanner for content deal

Preferred Hotel Group, a global provider of sales, marketing, and distribution services to independent hotels, today unveiled the latest development in its aggressive distribution model by launching a new partnership with Skyscanner. The move is designed to drive greater consumer awareness of the Preferred Hotel Group brand, while increasing bookings and reducing the costs of customer acquisition for its 650 member hotels and resorts worldwide. → Read More

Philippines recruits Hills Balfour for UK tourism push

Philippines recruits Hills Balfour for UK tourism push

The Philippines Department of Tourism has appointed leading travel and tourism public relations and marketing agency, Hills Balfour, to spearhead their new social and digital media campaign in the UK. The partnership has been signed not only to further the tourism board’s digital presence in this territory, but to also increase positive awareness of the destination in the social media sphere. → Read More

British Airways launches fresh assault on Air Passenger Duty

British Airways launches fresh assault on Air Passenger Duty

One of Britain’s fastest-growing taxes is 20 years old this week. Relentless rises in Air Passenger Duty mean that a family of four flying to a destination outside Europe will soon pay £284 in tax, compared with just £40 when the levy was introduced on November 1st, 1994. That seven-fold increase in APD has taken place while inflation has not even doubled over the same period. → Read More

Hilton signs on for new Santa Marta, Colombia, property

Hilton signs on for new Santa Marta, Colombia, property

Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of a management agreement with Fideicomiso Santa Marta Hotel to operate a new build Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in the Caribbean port city of Santa Marta, Colombia. Scheduled to open in 2017, this new Hilton Santa Marta hotel represents the company’s 14th hotel project in Colombia including its portfolio of seven existing operating hotels and seven currently under development. → Read More

Virgin Atlantic launches first airline pilot career programme

Virgin Atlantic launches first airline pilot career programme

In a first for the airline, Virgin Atlantic has today announced its airline pilot career programme - The Virgin Atlantic Future Flyers Programme - offering potential pilots the chance to join the airline with no previous flying experience. The programme, run in partnership with CTC Aviation, is the only one in Europe that sees new recruits training on long-haul aircraft once they receive their license. → Read More

DFDS Seaways commits to Newhaven-Dieppe ferry service

DFDS Seaways commits to Newhaven-Dieppe ferry service

DFDS Seaways and the Syndicat Mixte de Promotion de L’Activité Transmanche, which is responsible for the promotion of cross Channel activities for the Seine-Maritime region, have reached an agreement in principle to extend DFDS Seaways’ operation and marketing of the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry service for an additional year. The agreement was reached between Nicolas Rouly, chairman of the General Council of Seine-Maritime and the SMPAT and Peder Gellert Pedersen, chairman of DFDS Seaways France and underlines the importance of the cross Channel ferry service to the tourism industry in the Seine-Maritime region of Normandy. → Read More

American Airlines to boosts London-Los Angeles services

American Airlines to boosts London-Los Angeles services

American Airlines passengers can look forward to increased daily, direct services between London Heathrow Airport and Los Angeles International Airport when the world’s largest airline adds a new flight between the two cities beginning in March 2015. The new flight will be operated with the latest addition to American’s international fleet, the state-of-the-art, three-class Boeing 777-300ER. → Read More

Ecuador receives record visitor numbers following WTA success

Ecuador receives record visitor numbers following WTA success

Ecuador is proving to be a very popular destination in 2014, with the South American country receiving over a million international arrivals in the first eight months of the year. Specifically, 1,009,665 foreign tourists have visited the Andean so far this year, representing an increase of 14 per cent over last year. → Read More

Enterprise Rent-A-Car continues to expand UK presence

Enterprise Rent-A-Car continues to expand UK presence

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has opened a new branch at York railway station. The global car hire company located at the station earlier this month in response to increasing demand for its car rental services from business customers and tourists. → Read More

World Travel Awards sets sights on Anguilla for Grand Final 2014

World Travel Awards sets sights on Anguilla for Grand Final 2014

World Travel Awards has revealed it will head to the paradise island of Anguilla in the Caribbean for its annual Grand Final. After touring the globe in search of the world’s best hospitality organisations over the past year, World Travel Awards will host the crème de la crème of the industry at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa on Sunday, December 7th. → Read More

Drunk pilot arrested at Gatwick Airport

Drunk pilot arrested at Gatwick Airport

A pilot has been removed from a plane and arrested on suspicion of being drunk as he prepared to take off. The Flybe pilot was preparing to fly from Newquay, Cornwall, to London Gatwick yesterday morning before being removed from the aircraft. → Read More

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