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Rolls-Royce wins largest ever order from Emirates

Rolls-Royce wins largest ever order from Emirates

Rolls-Royce has won its largest ever order, worth $9.2 billion, to provide Trent 900 engines and TotalCare service support to Emirates. The engines will power 50 Airbus A380 aircraft that will enter service from 2016. The decision confirms the Trent 900 as the engine of choice on the four-engine A380. → Read More

Starwood launches new Tribute Portfolio

Starwood launches new Tribute Portfolio

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has introduced Tribute Portfolio, the company’s tenth brand and second collection of independent hotels. Promising owners, Starwood Preferred Guest members and guests the ability to ‘Stay Independent,’ the Tribute Portfolio brand will be comprised of outstanding independent hotels and resorts. With a firm focus on four star, upper upscale hotels, Tribute Portfolio will complement Starwood’s The Luxury Collection brand and further solidify Starwood as the world’s most global high-end hotel company. → Read More

Saxon Hotel welcomes first Johnnie Walker bar to Africa

Saxon Hotel welcomes first Johnnie Walker bar to Africa

This month sees the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa welcome a new addition to their exclusive offerings - the eagerly awaited Johnnie Walker whisky bar, Eighteen05. Dedicated to providing guests with an unprecedented, luxury whisky experience, this intimate hotel bar offers ambience and tastings one would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. → Read More

All Nippon Airways takes Star Wars livery into the skies

All Nippon Airways takes Star Wars livery into the skies

All Nippon Airways will introduce a Star Wars livery, with the iconic R2-D2, on its newest aircraft 787-9 Dreamliner to mark the beginning of a five-year agreement with Walt Disney. This marks the first time a Star Wars character will appear on the exterior of a commercial aircraft. → Read More

Israel offers cash incentives for airlines flying to Eilat

Israel offers cash incentives for airlines flying to Eilat

The Israel Ministry of Tourism has announced a new tourism directive to encourage airline operators to fly to Israel’s Red Sea resort, Eilat. From October 6th the ministry will reimburse airline operators €45 for every passenger flying to Eilat’s Ovda Airport, up to a total of €1 million per annum per airline. The incentive will remain in place until April 22nd, 2016. → Read More

Royal Caribbean to take Ovation of the Seas to Australia

Royal Caribbean to take Ovation of the Seas to Australia

Australia will welcome its very own brand new cruise ship for the first time when Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas homeports in Sydney for winter 2016-17. Currently under construction in Germany, Ovation of the Seas will not only claim the title of the largest cruise ship to ever call Australia home but also the most technologically advanced in the region. → Read More

WTTC Global Summit 2015: Dallas selected to host Global Summit 2016

WTTC Global Summit 2015: Dallas selected to host Global Summit 2016

Officials at the World Travel & Tourism Council have revealed Dallas, Texas, will host the WTTC Global Summit, in April 2016. The location of the 2016 Global Summit was announced at the close of the 15th WTTC Global Summit in Madrid, Spain, with Phillip Jones, chief executive, Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sean Donohue, chief executive, Dallas Fort Worth Airport. → Read More

WTTC Global Summit 2015: People power key to success in tourism industry

WTTC Global Summit 2015: People power key to success in tourism industry

“It is an indisputable fact that it is people who will shape the future of our industry – our consumers, the world’s citizens and governments, the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, and our own employees. “We need to engage and listen, sharing the messages that this industry needs to convey,” explained World Travel & Tourism Council president David Scowsill in closing the Global Summit 2015. → Read More

Rotana Hotels continues Africa expansion with Lagos, Nigeria, opening

Rotana Hotels continues Africa expansion with Lagos, Nigeria, opening

Rotana Hotels & Resorts, the leading hotel management company operating hotels across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe, has announced the signing of its first property in Nigeria under the brand, Centro, located in Lagos; the country’s largest city. Launched in partnership with Topwide Ventures, the Centro property is complete with over 200 bedrooms and serviced apartments combined, and will be situated on the prominent Glover Road, Ikoyi, an affluent neighbourhood in close proximity to major roadways, landmarks and business districts. → Read More

Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa takes first construction steps

Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa takes first construction steps

Nicolas James Group has said preliminary work is now underway on the development of its new Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa at Ocean Village. The start of the development marks a major milestone for the city, introducing Southampton’s first luxury five star standard hotel. → Read More

Air Europa launches first Dreamliner flight on Madrid-Miami route

Air Europa launches first Dreamliner flight on Madrid-Miami route

Air Europa, Spain’s largest privately-owned airline, this week inaugurated its first scheduled flight with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which will now operate its Madrid-Miami route. This route is currently operating five times a week, although it will become a daily flight as of this July. → Read More

Delta Air Lines reports strong first quarter as aviation resurgence continues

Delta Air Lines reports strong first quarter as aviation resurgence continues

Delta Air Lines has reported financial results for the March 2015 quarter, with the airline recording adjusted pre-tax income of $594 million, an increase of $150 million over the same period last year. The airline’s adjusted net income for the March 2015 quarter was $372 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, and its adjusted operating margin was 8.8 per cent. → Read More

WTTC Global Summit 2015: Global Travel Association Coalition puts forward agenda

WTTC Global Summit 2015: Global Travel Association Coalition puts forward agenda

Leading private sector and government tourism organisations - the Global Travel Association Coalition - have today launched a commitment for aligned advocacy and action to harness the full potential of the sector to create jobs, drive inclusive growth and foster development. Launched at the World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit in Madrid ‘Powering Travel & Tourism into the Next Decade: An Agenda for Growth and Development,’ is a landmark manifesto setting forth the key areas of action necessary to ensure travel and tourism contributes to consolidate the global economic recovery, increase resource efficiency and create decent jobs and inclusive economic opportunities. → Read More

WTTC Global Summit 2015: European tourism growth threatened by poor infrastructure planning

WTTC Global Summit 2015: European tourism growth threatened by poor infrastructure planning

Tourism growth in many European countries is threatened by poor infrastructure quality, capacity and long-term planning, according to a report published today by the World Travel & Tourism Council. The report ‘European Travel & Tourism: Where are the greatest current and future investment needs,’ published at the WTTC Global Summit in Madrid, reveals that, despite €2.1 trillion of forecast investment in the next decade, the growth of the sector in many countries is threatened by poor existing infrastructure quality or capacity or inadequate future investment. → Read More

Gateway to sell UK Pavilion tickets at Expo Milano 2015

Gateway to sell UK Pavilion tickets at Expo Milano 2015

Gateway Ticketing Systems UK has been selected to install a timed ticketing solution for the UK Pavilion on-site at Milan Expo 2015, running from May 1st–October 31st 2015. Gateway has been called in due to forecasted high attendance figures, estimated following the success of the UK Pavilion in Shanghai in 2010. → Read More

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