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Stagecoach and Virgin joint venture awarded East Coast mainline contract

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Stagecoach and Virgin joint venture awarded East Coast mainline contract

A joint venture between Stagecoach Transport and Virgin Rail has been awarded the franchise for the East Coast mainline. The firms have agreed to invest £140 million in the route over eight years, and will pay the government £3.3 billion for the contract. The deal will be finalised pending the successful completion of a standstill period of at least ten days. → Read More

Gateway Hotels & Resorts expands into India with Damdama Lake property

Gateway Hotels & Resorts expands into India with Damdama Lake property

The Gateway Hotels & Resorts, part of the Taj group, has announced the opening of the Damdama Lake Gurgaon, the first Gateway branded resort in India, increasing the brand portfolio to 25 properties. Situated in the outskirts of Gurgaon in the NCR region of Delhi, the 78-room Gateway Resort Damdama Lake Gurgaon is an urban sanctuary nestled in the heart of the Aravalli hills. → Read More

Manathai Hotels & Resorts launches Thai collection

Manathai Hotels & Resorts launches Thai collection

Independent hospitality group Manathai Hotels & Resorts has launched its unique collection of boutique properties, targeting travellers who seek authentic experiences and deeper connections to some of Thailand’s most beautiful and culturally rich destinations. Manathai Hotels & Resorts manages the four resorts in its launch portfolio, all located in vibrant coastal destinations either along the Andaman Sea or Gulf of Thailand, with each property embodying its own style and charm, inspired by local surroundings and flavours. → Read More

CityJet signs partnership with Stobart Air

CityJet signs partnership with Stobart Air

CityJet and Stobart Air have signed a partnership agreement, both airlines announced today. Commencing on December 1st 2014, Stobart Air will operate short-haul ATR regional aircraft on CityJet’s Cardiff to Edinburgh route – which is offered twice daily – and its Cardiff to Paris route, operating once a day. → Read More

Breaking Travel News investigates: Snoozebox showcases new design in London

Breaking Travel News investigates: Snoozebox showcases new design in London

Tired of damp campsites, toilet queues, dead phone batteries and days without a shower? Well, Snoozebox might be the answer for you. Taking advantage of the growing sophistication of the UK festival circuit, the mobile hotel company has unveiled its wholly redesigned concept. The innovative, portable accommodation offers all the mod cons and amenities of a hotel, from free wi-fi to air conditioning, not to mention comfortable beds and its own bathroom, but wherever and whenever it is needed. → Read More

Boeing 787 Dreamliner revolutionises passenger experience at Royal Jordanian

Boeing 787 Dreamliner revolutionises passenger experience at Royal Jordanian

Just three months ago the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner joined the Royal Jordanian fleet and now the airline has announced it has concluded the delivery of the first wave of five craft. Under the airline’s strategic plan to renew its long-haul fleet, the five new airliners are working on RJ’s medium and long haul routes - replacing the airline’s four Airbus 340s and single Airbus 330. → Read More

Ruili Airlines celebrates first Boeing 737-700 purchase

Ruili Airlines celebrates first Boeing 737-700 purchase

Boeing and Ruili Airlines today celebrated the arrival of the airline’s first direct purchase Next-Generation 737-700. Ruili is a newly established private airline based at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, the capital city of China’s Yunnan province. → Read More

International Mediterranean Tourism Market headed for Israel

International Mediterranean Tourism Market headed for Israel

It has been confirmed that the 21st International Mediterranean Tourism Market will return to Tel Aviv in 2015, taking place at the Israel Trade Fair and Convention Centre on the February 10th-11th under the auspices of the Israel Ministry of Tourism. IMTM is the official tourism exhibition for the Mediterranean travel trade market and an opportunity for travel and tourism professionals to meet with buyers, suppliers and consumers from across the globe. → Read More

Germanwings revitalises homepage with new booking options

Germanwings revitalises homepage with new booking options

Clearly structured and with high user value, Germanwings has gone live with a redesigned homepage. The new website now offers visitors even more information and services. The new homepage has gone online gradually one region after another over the last few days. → Read More

Breaking Travel News investigates: Pullman, Deira City Centre

Breaking Travel News investigates: Pullman, Deira City Centre

Video: In this edition of TravelTalk Phil Blizzard is in the heart of Dubai to visit the Pullman, Deira City Centre, close to Dubai International Airport and attached to a prestigious shopping mall. Here Laurent Chaudet talks about their key location, the recent enhancements to both the hotel and Residences, the state of the market and the impact of the future Dubai Expo 2020. → Read More

Dubai cruise season in full swing as weather cools

Dubai cruise season in full swing as weather cools

Dubai’s cruise season, which began in late October with the arrival of the Rotterdam, heated up last weekend as the weather cooled. Mina Rashid will welcome a total of 11 ship calls before the end of November, carrying more than 39,954 passengers and crew, with nine of the 11 vessels staying overnight in Dubai. → Read More

Heathrow to welcome new American Philadelphia flight

Heathrow to welcome new American Philadelphia flight

American Airlines will give customers another choice for trans-Atlantic travel when it launches new daily daytime service from Philadelphia International Airport to London Heathrow Airport on March 29th, 2015. The new flight complements American’s existing PHL-LHR service and underscores the airline’s commitment to serving Philadelphia and creating the best network in the world with the most convenient options to get customers where they want to go. → Read More

Uber heading for $40bn valuation following latest funding round

Uber heading for $40bn valuation following latest funding round

Reports suggest Uber Technologies, makers of the rideshare mobile app, is close to raising a round of funding which would value the company at close to $40 billion. T. Rowe Price Group is said to be in discussions to become a new investor in the company, according to reports from Bloomberg Business. → Read More

Shah takes up Hyatt expansion role in Africa

Shah takes up Hyatt expansion role in Africa

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has selected Tejas Shah as the first ever director of development in Africa. In this role, Shah will be responsible for driving growth and brand awareness for Hyatt throughout the continent. → Read More

Jumeirah Golf Estates to launch London sale with Fine & Country Golf

Jumeirah Golf Estates to launch London sale with Fine & Country Golf

European Tour Destination Jumeirah Golf Estates is holding its first property exhibition in association with Fine & Country Golf on December 11th-12th of 2014 at Fine & Country’s Park Lane showroom in Mayfair, London. The exhibition will showcase a portfolio of elite properties for sale within Jumeirah Golf Estates, including the launch of Redwood, a new collection of premium townhouses and villas located in the centre of the community. → Read More

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