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Changi Airports-led consortium acquires Vladivostok airport

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Changi Airports-led consortium acquires Vladivostok airport

A consortium led by Changi Airports International has been announced as the winner of the tender to acquire shares in Vladivostok International Airport in Russia’s Far East. The consortium also includes Basic Element, one of Russia’s diversified industrial groups, and Russian Direct Investment Fund. Changi Airports International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the world’s leading airport operator Changi Airport Group. → Read More

TripAdvisor brings Neighbourhoods feature to market

TripAdvisor brings Neighbourhoods feature to market

TripAdvisor has announced the launch of its Neighbourhoods feature to help users discover and explore neighbourhoods within popular tourist destinations around the world, making it easier to find restaurants, attractions and accommodations that are perfect for their trip. The feature is currently available for Barcelona, Berlin, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, New York City, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo with plans to launch in additional cities in the future. → Read More

New sales leadership for MSC Cruises in the UK

New sales leadership for MSC Cruises in the UK

MSC Cruises has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of Chiara Brooker to the newly created role of sales manager (trade operations). Brooker will oversee all aspects of agent liaison, including trade incentives and events, sales campaigns, fam trips and ship visits, as well as taking responsibility for the new B2B booking system MSC Book. She begins at the cruise line on March 2nd. → Read More

Europcar expands Sunday opening across UK

Europcar expands Sunday opening across UK

Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, is demonstrating its commitment to meeting the needs of travellers as 11 more branches offer Sunday opening. Europcar is leading the way in providing a seven-day service to business and leisure customers at key locations across the UK. → Read More

Qantas reveals strong results for six months to December

Qantas reveals strong results for six months to December

Qantas today reported a statutory profit after tax of $206 million for the six months ended December 31st. This is Qantas’ best first-half performance since 2010 and an improvement of $619 million compared with the same period last year. The main factors in the underlying improvement were the $374 million Qantas gained from its Transformation programme, with there was also $208 million in reduced depreciation. → Read More

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi launches range of new experiences at The Spa by Thalgo.

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi launches range of new experiences at The Spa by Thalgo.

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi has launched 147 new experiences at The Spa by Thalgo. The spa will offer experiences infused with the ancient healing principles of the East and West, in combination with 50 years of skincare knowledge from Thalgo, a pioneer in marine scientific research. By taking nourishment from the ocean in the form of algae, sea minerals and plant extracts, Thalgo products offer the peak of skincare excellence. → Read More

Eurostar brings south of France closer to London travellers

Eurostar brings south of France closer to London travellers

Eurostar has launched a new advertising campaign to promote its year-round service direct to Lyon and the South of France. Targeting the leisure market, the creative focuses on the warmth and sunshine of the popular French destinations of Lyon, Avignon and Marseille which will all be within easy reach of London thanks to the new Eurostar service starting on May 1st. → Read More

Breaking Travel News interview: Jason Grist, area manager, Booking.com

Breaking Travel News interview: Jason Grist, area manager, Booking.com

Booking.com has announced the launch of Booking Now, a new mobile app that revolutionises the on-demand travel space, in the UK. The app is designed to provide a completely personalised booking experience tailored to individual customer preferences and location. Here Breaking Travel News sits down with Booking.com area manager Jason Grist to discuss what is on offer. → Read More

Booking Now comes to UK for instant hotel reservations

Booking Now comes to UK for instant hotel reservations

Following success in the US and Canada, Booking.com has announced the launch of Booking Now in the UK. A new mobile app that revolutionises the on-demand travel space, Booking Now provides a completely personalised booking experience tailored to individual customer preferences and location. → Read More

HRS research reveals how to secure lowest corporate hotel rates at Business Travel Show

HRS research reveals how to secure lowest corporate hotel rates at Business Travel Show

Hotel solutions provider HRS has unveiled its latest whitepaper at the Business Travel Show in London which focuses on disproving the myth that you can buy hotels cheaper on the internet, and demonstrates that it’s the lowest ‘right’ rate adapted to corporates that really matters. ‘Lowering the BAR’ explains the essential elements of any robust corporate hotel programme, examining spot market rates and negotiated rates, and looking at the best way to find the lowest hotel rates.  → Read More

Ethiopian Airlines launches two new corporate loyalty programmes

Ethiopian Airlines launches two new corporate loyalty programmes

Ethiopian Airlines is enhancing its offering to the UK business travel market with an improved business class product and the introduction of two new programmes designed to win loyalty among corporates and individual business travellers flying with the airline on business. UK business travellers who regularly fly with Ethiopian are invited to join the new ‘Corporate Bonus Program’. → Read More

World Travel Market prepares for Latin America return

World Travel Market prepares for Latin America return

World Travel Market Latin America, the event that brings the world to Latin America and promotes Latin America to the world, will generate business deals in excess of $341 million, organisers claim. Independent research of WTM Latin America exhibitors revealed that the 2014 event in Sao Paulo last year generated a massive $341 million of deals either through contracts signed during the event or negotiations that followed. → Read More

Dubai Tourism welcomes meeting planners to Emirate

Dubai Tourism welcomes meeting planners to Emirate

One hundred influential meeting planners and business events journalists from countries across Europe were in Dubai this week as part of Dubai Tourism’s efforts to enhance the city’s global status as a premier destination for international business events. The familiarisation trip was organised by Dubai Business Events – the Official Convention Bureau, a division of Dubai Tourism, as part of its ongoing strategy to promote the city as a ‘must-experience’ destination that can host conferences, meetings as well as corporate and incentive travel events of any scale or scope. → Read More

José Manuel Barroso to speak at WTTC Global Summit in Madrid

José Manuel Barroso to speak at WTTC Global Summit in Madrid

José Manuel Barroso will speak at the World Travel & Tourism Council fifteenth annual Global Summit in Madrid, on April 15th-16th. At a press conference at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum today, Spanish government authorities and WTTC announced that the theme for the Summit will be ‘Disruption & Reinvention’. → Read More

MSC Cruises reinforces support for Dubai with 2016 sailings

MSC Cruises reinforces support for Dubai with 2016 sailings

Holidaymakers will have even more opportunity to soak up some sunshine next winter following MSC Cruises’ decision to add more sailings to its Arabian programme. MSC Musica will offer 16 eight-day/seven-night cruises from Dubai for winter 2015/2016 – four more sailings than were operated this winter aboard sister ship MSC Orchestra. → Read More

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