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TUI Travel completes merger with TUI AG

TUI Travel completes merger with TUI AG

The merger of TUI Travel of Britain and Germany’s TUI AG completed earlier this morning, creating the largest leisure and tourism company in the world. The new company will be known as TUI Group. Friedrich Joussen, joint chief executive, TUI AG, said: “Today is a great day for our company.” → Read More

Milan Expo 2015 launches new campaign as opening day nears

Milan Expo 2015 launches new campaign as opening day nears

Organisers at the Milan Expo 2015 have launched the second phase of a campaign focusing on the visitor experience during the Event. As part of the campaign a new 60-second spot has been launched on the web, while a 30-second advert will air on major television networks during December. → Read More

Latest balloon crash kills tourist in Turkey

Latest balloon crash kills tourist in Turkey

A tourist has been killed in the Güvercinlik Valley in Cappadocia, Turkey, following the latest in a string of balloon crashes. Nine others are reportedly injured following the incident, with the balloon carrying Chinese and Malaysian tourists. → Read More

P&O Cruises’ Aurora sails from Hamburg following refit

P&O Cruises’ Aurora sails from Hamburg following refit

P&O Cruises ship Aurora has returned to the seas following a £32 million refit in Hamburg. Aurora is the first ship in the P&O Cruises fleet to receive the bold new livery design. She left Hamburg this morning and will arrive in Southampton on Thursday evening having spent the last 20 days with 1,200 contractors working to make ready for her Christmas and New Year cruise. → Read More

Europcar severs ties with National and Alamo in EMEA

Europcar severs ties with National and Alamo in EMEA

Europcar Group announced earlier that it is to focus its business exclusively on its two core brands: Europcar and its low-cost, value-for-money business, InterRent. Europcar has until now also serviced National and Alamo brands in some EMEA countries. Those two brands will now return to Enterprise Holdings which owns them. → Read More

UNWTO and UNESCO to organise first World Conference on Tourism & Culture

UNWTO and UNESCO to organise first World Conference on Tourism & Culture

Officials at the UNWTO and UNESCO have announced the first World Conference on Tourism & Culture. The event will bring together, for the first time, ministers of tourism and ministers of culture from around the world, experts and stakeholders from both sectors to explore new models of partnership. The event will take place in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from February 4th-6th next year. → Read More

American Airlines plane forced into landing as turbulence injures passengers

American Airlines plane forced into landing as turbulence injures passengers

An American Airlines plane has been forced to make an emergency landing in Tokyo after several passengers and a member of staff were injured by severe turbulence. The plane was on route from Incheon in South Korea to Dallas when it was struck by the adverse weather. → Read More

Flybe flight makes emergency landing following engine fire

Flybe flight makes emergency landing following engine fire

A Flybe flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport late on Tuesday following an engine fire. Flight BE130, on route from Glasgow to George Best Belfast City Airport, was diverted with 76 people on board. → Read More

Etihad Airways signs codeshare deal with Hong King Airlines

Etihad Airways signs codeshare deal with Hong King Airlines

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Hong Kong Airlines, an internationally-acclaimed airline, have signed a codeshare agreement to provide travellers with enhanced connections between Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Subject to regulatory approval, Etihad Airways will place its ‘EY’ code on Hong Kong Airlines’ flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok, allowing business and leisure travellers to book a round trip between Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi via Thailand’s capital. → Read More

Six Senses Laamu unveils refurbished villas

Six Senses Laamu unveils refurbished villas

Six Senses Laamu has unveiled exciting enhancements to the private island resort. In an effort to continually evolve the guest experience, Six Senses has invested in enhancing villa designs, building a main swimming pool and adding a sixth dining outlet. Ten Laamu Water Villas, three Ocean Beach Villas and three Lagoon Beach Villas now feature a 194 square feet private plunge pool. → Read More

Sabre sells lastminute.com for $120m to Bravofly Rumbo

Sabre sells lastminute.com for $120m to Bravofly Rumbo

Sabre Corporation and Bravofly Rumbo Group have announced today that Bravofly has made a binding offer to acquire lastminute.com. Acceptance of the offer is subject to the completion of employee information and consultation processes, following which closure would be expected to occur in the first quarter of next year. → Read More

Celebrity Constellation to become first cruise ship to homeport in Abu Dhabi

Celebrity Constellation to become first cruise ship to homeport in Abu Dhabi

Royal Caribbean has confirmed it will deploy a luxury vessel from its Celebrity Cruises fleet in the United Arab Emirates’ capital on a homeport basis from November 2016. Celebrity Constellation will be the premium brand’s first ship to make the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal its home strengthening the emirate’s world cruise destination ambitions. → Read More

Air France signs Indian Ocean codeshare deal with Air Austral

Air France signs Indian Ocean codeshare deal with Air Austral

Air France and Air Austral have signed a codeshare agreement allowing customers to travel between Europe and the Indian Ocean via Paris-Charles de Gaulle and St. Denis de la Reunion. This partnership is in addition to the previous Interline agreement signed in April 2014 between Air France and Air Austral, and increases the choice of destinations between the Indian Ocean and Europe. → Read More

New leadership for JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

New leadership for JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai has appointed Balan Paravantavida to the role of hotel manager. With over three decades of experience in handling pre-openings, conversions and takeovers of Marriott International hotels in six countries, across three continents, he brings in strong operational background and experience in business, mega luxury convention and resort properties. → Read More

Air New Zealand launches first South America route to Buenos Aires

Air New Zealand launches first South America route to Buenos Aires

Air New Zealand has announced it will launch direct flights between Auckland and Buenos Aires, Argentina - the airline’s first ever scheduled service to South America. A Boeing 777-200 aircraft will operate three return services a week on the route all year round. Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon explained the new destination, the airline’s 28th international port, opens up an exciting new world for travellers from both New Zealand and Australia. → Read More

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