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Germanwings breaks new ticketing ground with Amadeus deal

Germanwings breaks new ticketing ground with Amadeus deal

Germanwings and Amadeus have announce that all of the airline’s published fares and ancillary services will be available to Amadeus subscribers on September 23rd. The Lufthansa subsidiary previously sold a limited range of its fares via Amadeus’ travel agency partners, using full e-ticketing. → Read More

Maritim Hotels opens second property in Mauritius

Maritim Hotels opens second property in Mauritius

Maritim Hotels is reinforcing its presence in Mauritius with the opening of a second hotel on the popular tropical island. Complementing its award winning five-star Maritim Hotel Mauritius at Turtle Bay in the north-west, the new four-star Maritim Crystals Beach Hotel will be located on the east coast of the island in the attractive setting of Belle Mare on a half mile stretch of sandy beach. → Read More

Singapore joins move to Terminal 2 at London Heathrow

Singapore joins move to Terminal 2 at London Heathrow

Singapore Airlines has this morning become one of the latest airlines to launch its operations from the new Terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport. In celebration of the move, special guest Sir Stamford Raffles, the British statesman best known as the father of modern Singapore, was brought to the terminal by the world famous Madame Tussauds. → Read More

TripAdvisor launches instant restaurant booking service in central Europe

TripAdvisor launches instant restaurant booking service in central Europe

TripAdvisor has announced the launch of Instant Reservation, a feature that, by leveraging the recent acquisition of lafourchette, allows consumers to choose a restaurant and easily complete the reservation without leaving the TripAdvisor site experience. Instant Reservation is currently available on the over 13,000 restaurants within the lafourchette network spanning France, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium. → Read More

Dawe takes up role with London & Partners

Dawe takes up role with London & Partners

Sandie Dawe, the former chief executive of VisitBritain, has been appointed as a board member of London & Partners, the mayor’s official promotional company for the city. Dawe, who was at VisitBritain for 23 years, brings with her a wealth of experience in the tourism sector and takes up the position today. → Read More

CLIA Europe urges Mediterranean cruise cooperation

CLIA Europe urges Mediterranean cruise cooperation

CLIA Europe, the association representing Europe’s multibillion euro cruise industry, has once again reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to work with ports and port associations to ensure consistent representation of the cruise sector’s interests before public authorities and the media. Speaking in Barcelona at the opening session of Seatrade Med – the major biennial cruise event focused on the Mediterranean market, taking place this week – Pierfrancesco Vago, CLIA Europe’s chairman, said cooperation with port associations is key for the entire sector. → Read More

Latest Lufthansa deal takes fleet investment to €30bn

Latest Lufthansa deal takes fleet investment to €30bn

The Lufthansa Group is systematically pursuing the modernisation of its aircraft fleet, with the airline gaining approval for the purchase of 15 state-of-the-art aircraft from the Airbus from the supervisory board. As part of the deal, Lufthansa will also purchase ten Airbus A320ceo aircraft. → Read More

Online marketing push from Oman Tourism

Online marketing push from Oman Tourism

Oman Tourism has unveiled a new and improved online agent training program to better support trade partners with destination knowledge and itinerary planning. Released around the Early Bird specials for 2015 the agent training consists of four concise modules, which should take less than 30 minutes to complete successfully, and can be accessed on mobile, iPad and desktop. → Read More

Sixth United Arab Emirate signs up for WTM 2014

Sixth United Arab Emirate signs up for WTM 2014

World Travel Market has signed another emirate from the United Arab Emirates, meaning six out of the seven states will be represented at WTM 2014. Exhibiting at the event for the first time this year will be the Ajman Tourism Development Department. → Read More

Qatar Airways one step closer to joining A380 club

Qatar Airways one step closer to joining A380 club

Qatar Airways has welcomed the delivery of its first A380 at a press at the Airbus Factory in Hamburg. With ten Airbus A380-800s on order, Qatar Airways is preparing to take delivery of four of them before the end of this year. Speaking at the press conference chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “This has been a moment more than a decade in the making and we are so delighted to unveil a new passenger experience for our travellers.” → Read More

British Airways to return to Kuala Lumpur after 13 year hiatus

British Airways to return to Kuala Lumpur after 13 year hiatus

British Airways is to resume direct flights from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur in summer 2015. The daily service from Terminal 5 will be operated by a four-cabin Boeing 777-200ER, featuring 12 seats in First, 48 in Club World, 32 in World Traveller Plus and a further 127 in World Traveller. → Read More

Louis XIII Hotel places largest ever Rolls-Royce order

Louis XIII Hotel places largest ever Rolls-Royce order

Luxury entrepreneur Stephen Hung has purchased the largest Rolls-Royce Phantom fleet in the world, placing an order for 30 Bespoke Extended Wheelbase Phantoms for his Louis XIII hotel in Macau. This transaction represents the world’s single largest order of Rolls-Royces ever. Two of the fleet will be the most expensive Rolls-Royce Phantoms ever commissioned. → Read More

Virgin Trains to invest £50m on West Coast improvements

Virgin Trains to invest £50m on West Coast improvements

Virgin Trains has revealed the results of one of the most extensive pieces of customer research ever undertaken by the travel operator – and has used the results to determine investment priorities for the new franchise. Customers were asked to name their top priorities for an ‘ideal customer experience’, from booking a journey and on-board experience through to arrival. → Read More

Craigs to step down as PATA chief executive

Craigs to step down as PATA chief executive

Pacific Asia Travel Association chief executive Martin Craigs is expected to announce his retirement from the role today. PATA is presently meeting at its Travel Mart 2014 event in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with the board of the organisation reportedly selecting a new leader for the organisation. → Read More

ICC Sydney set to revolutionise western harbour

ICC Sydney set to revolutionise western harbour

At a forum focussed on the unprecedented rejuvenation of Sydney’s western harbour earlier, private and public sector representatives discussed how best to promote an emerging super precinct, within the heart of which sits International Convention Centre Sydney. Chief executive of ICC Sydney and AEG Ogden Group conventions director Geoff Donaghy said although the international convention centre was set within its own dynamic precinct of Darling Harbour, the destination was further bolstered by the growth of neighbouring finance, technology, media and student hubs. → Read More

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