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Etihad Airways launches flagship First Class lounge in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways launches flagship First Class lounge in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways has officially opened its new flagship First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3. The spectacular new space showcases the airline’s commitment to providing unparalleled and aspirational hospitality experiences. → Read More

FCM Travel Solutions appoints English to head global risk product

FCM Travel Solutions appoints English to head global risk product

FCM Travel Solutions has announced Pip English has taken up the position of global risk product leader, based at the UK headquarters in New Malden. In his new role, English is responsible for the delivery and maintenance of the company’s travel risk management programme globally. → Read More

Air China welcomes first Boeing Dreamliner to fleet

Air China welcomes first Boeing Dreamliner to fleet

Boeing and Air China have officially unveiled the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner to the public at a grand ceremony in Beijing. The national flag carrier is the first airline in the country to have a 787-9 enter into service. “The 787-9 Dreamliner employs a multitude of cutting-edge technologies best represented by its electronic handling system and wide application of composite materials,” said Captain Wang Yingnian, chief pilot of Air China. → Read More

Malaysia Airlines signs with Lufthansa for Kuala Lumpur facility

Malaysia Airlines signs with Lufthansa for Kuala Lumpur facility

Malaysia Aviation Group Berhad has signed a terms of reference with Lufthansa Technik on a strategic partnership framework for a joint venture to establish a regional maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. The facility, planned for 2017, would be based at Malaysia Airlines’ existing facilities at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and service the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 family of aircraft. → Read More

United States state department issues Europe travel alert

United States state department issues Europe travel alert

The United States state department has issued a release warning American citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe this summer. The department warns terrorists may be planning to target major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centres and transportation. → Read More

Ryder Cup captain Clarke to host Costa Smeralda Invitational

Ryder Cup captain Clarke to host Costa Smeralda Invitational

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke will host the spectacular Costa Smeralda Invitational at Pevero Golf Club on Saturday June 25th. Clarke, who won four out of five consecutive Ryder Cups he played in, will headline a host of stars from the world of sports and entertainment who will be announced in the coming weeks. → Read More

Pacific Resort Hotel Group properties nominated at World Spa Awards

Pacific Resort Hotel Group properties nominated at World Spa Awards

Pacific Resort Hotel Group holds high hopes for two of their five-star properties this awards season, with both being nominated in the Cook Islands’ Best Resort Spa category for the 2016 World Spa Awards. For the second year in a row, Pacific Resort Aitutaki’s Tiare Spa and Te Manava Luxury Villas Spa’s Te Manava Spa will go head to head for the only World Spa Award offered in the Cook Islands. → Read More

Los Angeles tourism set for boost as Super Bowl heads to town

Los Angeles tourism set for boost as Super Bowl heads to town

The National Football League has announced that the Los Angeles region has been selected to host Super Bowl LV in 2021. The selection of Los Angeles follows a highly competitive process of which Los Angeles’ bid was led by Casey Wasserman, chairman and chief executive officer of Wasserman, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, comprising the Los Angeles Super Bowl Bid Committee. → Read More

Royal Caribbean signs with STX for three new vessels

Royal Caribbean signs with STX for three new vessels

Royal Caribbean Cruises has signed a memorandum of understanding with French Shipbuilder STX France to build a fifth Oasis-class ship for delivery in the spring of 2021. As part of the deal STX has also signed to build two additional Edge-class ships scheduled for delivery in the autumn of 2021 and 2022. → Read More

Breaking Travel News investigates: Island Grill, London

Breaking Travel News investigates: Island Grill, London

Billed as the home of sustainable cuisine in the Heart of London, Island Grill doesn’t disappoint. Situated a stones-throw from Lancaster Gate, right in the centre of the hip west of London and overlooking the world famous Hyde Park, the restaurant offers a contemporary split-level dining space with an evolving, seasonal menu delighting guests. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole pays a visit. → Read More

Oman Air launches new route to Mashhad, Iran

Oman Air launches new route to Mashhad, Iran

Oman Air is to launch a brand-new service between Muscat and the Iranian city of Mashhad from tomorrow. This is Oman Air’s second destination in Iran, following the launch of flights to Tehran in 2012. The carrier will operate daily flights aboard Boeing 737-800 aircraft. → Read More

Travelport signs partnership with Movida of Brazil

Travelport signs partnership with Movida of Brazil

Travelport has launched a new next-generation XML connection solution for its car rental customers and, Movida, one of the largest car rental companies in Brazil, is the first supplier to go live with this innovative new offering. This news means that all Travelport-connected travel agencies across the world can now access additional car content via the Travel Commerce Platform. → Read More

Breaking Travel News interview: Olga Rodellar, company director, Habitat Apartments

Breaking Travel News interview: Olga Rodellar, company director, Habitat Apartments

Home to tourist apartments across some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, Habitat Apartments is ideally placed to capture an increasing share of the growing long-stay hospitality market. Winner of the title of Spain’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand at the World Travel Awards in 2015, and seeking to defend the title this year, Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole sits down with company director Olga Rodellar what separates the brand from its competitors. → Read More

Allegri takes up leadership role with Le Bristol Paris

Allegri takes up leadership role with Le Bristol Paris

Frank Marrenbach, chief executive of Oetker Collection, has announced the recent appointment of Luca Allegri to the role of managing director of Le Bristol Paris. Allegri will take over the leadership of the award-wining Parisian palace in August 2016. He will take over from Philippe Perd who has been assigned this function temporarily on top of his role of managing director of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes. → Read More

Railway workers take strike action in France

Railway workers take strike action in France

Railways workers in France have walked out on strike in a dispute over labour reforms in the country. Unions are concerned over proposed plans to make it easier to hire and fire employees. The strikes are expected to cause disruption across the French rail network today. → Read More

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