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Lagos leads African hospitality charge ahead of AHIF 2015

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Lagos leads African hospitality charge ahead of AHIF 2015

The findings of this year’s Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey, produced by W Hospitality Group, show that Lagos is the hottest city in Africa, when it comes to the development of new hotels by international hotel investors. In compiling the data, W Hospitality Group spoke to 37 hotel chains with 80 brands between them. To qualify for the study, hotel chains need to be operating in more than one country so by definition, more hotel development activity is taking place because domestic players in the market have not been counted. → Read More

TAP launches new UK agents website

TAP launches new UK agents website

TAP, the leading airline to Portugal from the UK, has launched a brand new dedicated portal for UK travel agents. With no log-in required, the website means more information is available at agents’ fingertips than ever before, enabling a better service for their clients and an easier booking experience with TAP. → Read More

Fast & Furious: Supercharged coming to Universal Orlando Resort

Fast & Furious: Supercharged coming to Universal Orlando Resort

One of the most successful film franchises of all time will soon become one of Universal Studios Florida’s most action-packed ride experiences. Universal Orlando Resort announced that Fast & Furious: Supercharged will join its line-up of attractions in 2017 – continuing the unprecedented growth of the destination. → Read More

Azamara Club Cruises launches virtual reality on-board experience

Azamara Club Cruises launches virtual reality on-board experience

Azamara Club Cruises has launched a new app that showcases a series of 360-degree virtual reality experiences. The video series, known as Azamara 3di, uses virtual reality technology to allow guests to experience a cruise virtually. From touring the on-board offerings of an Azamara ship, zip lining through a Costa Rican rainforest, taking a moonlit carriage ride in Cartagena, Colombia or sailing through the Panama Canal, the new Azamara App is designed to give guests a true flavour of what the line offers. → Read More

New leadership for Burj al Arab Jumeirah

New leadership for Burj al Arab Jumeirah

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has announced the appointment of Imran Changezi as hotel manager at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the world’s most luxurious hotel. At the same time Niamh Keohan will take over as director of marketing and public relations at the property. Changezi, a Pakistani national, brings over 22 years of commercial and operational experience in the hospitality industry, including nearly 15 years in high-end luxury hotels and resorts across various properties in Jumeirah Group. → Read More

British Airways flies into Silicon Valley, San José

British Airways flies into Silicon Valley, San José

Sun-drenched Silicon Valley is to get a direct service to Heathrow when British Airways starts offering non-stop flights to San José in summer 2016. San José is the world’s software power-house and home to household hi-tech giants such as Adobe, Apple, Cisco, eBay, Google and Intel, as well as thousands of tech start-up companies and world-famous Stanford University in nearby Palo Alto. → Read More

Sorenstam welcomes golfers to Annika Invitational at Mission Hills

Sorenstam welcomes golfers to Annika Invitational at Mission Hills

Annika Sorenstam’s drive to grow the game of golf gathered momentum at this week’s fifth Annika Invitational at Mission Hills. Sorenstam, who is considered one of the greatest females ever to play the game, mixed with the players at a variety of fun functions. → Read More

Millions of Brits planning Bank Holiday getaway

Millions of Brits planning Bank Holiday getaway

VisitEngland’s Bank Holiday Trip Tracker Survey today reveals that 4.8 million Brits, or nine per cent of the adult population, are planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK this August Bank Holiday weekend. This includes some 4.5 million planning a holiday in England. This is likely to generate some £1.2 billion for the UK economy, £1.1 billion of which will be spent in England. → Read More

Sriwijaya Air welcomes latest Boeing additions to fleet

Sriwijaya Air welcomes latest Boeing additions to fleet

Sriwijaya Air has welcomed the delivery of two new Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes from Boeing. This is the first all-new airplane delivery for Sriwijaya Air, Indonesia’s third largest carrier. “Today is a very important day for Sriwijaya Air, with the delivery of our first all-new airplanes,” said Chandra Lie, president of Sriwijaya Air. → Read More

VLM Airlines to link Birmingham to Antwerp, Belgium

VLM Airlines to link Birmingham to Antwerp, Belgium

Birmingham is set to have a direct connection to the thriving commercial and tourist centre of Antwerp in Belgium, thanks to a new service by European carrier VLM Airlines launching on October 5th, 2015. Passengers will be able to choose from daily return Birmingham-Antwerp flights, three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. → Read More

Big hitters line up for CruiseWorld China as market blossoms

Big hitters line up for CruiseWorld China as market blossoms

Travel Weekly China has revealed the launch of CruiseWorld China on October 12th, 2015, in Shanghai, China. The one-day event, held at the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai, will bring hundreds of travel agents and cruise industry leaders together in a day filled with insight from top cruise executives and distribution partners, and networking among attendees. “We are so pleased to launch CruiseWorld China,” said Bob Sullivan, president of the travel group, Northstar Travel Media. → Read More

Expedia Media Solutions launches new Bermuda Tourism video

Expedia Media Solutions launches new Bermuda Tourism video

Expedia group’s Media Solutions team has teamed up with Bermuda Tourism to highlight the destination in a new ‘choose your own adventure’ video campaign. The video, created with filming and production agency Archer’s Mark and co-producers Big DB, was filmed using specially-designed wearable cameras to deliver a truly personal perspective. The Bermuda Tourism interactive video kicked off mid-August and will run through the end of December. → Read More

LATA welcomes increased airlift to Latin America

LATA welcomes increased airlift to Latin America

The Latin American Travel Association, the travel trade association that promotes travel to the many diverse and exotic destinations of Latin America, has welcomed the news that LATA member British Airways is to introduce new direct flights from London Gatwick to Peru and from Gatwick to Costa Rica. Both services will commence on May 4th 2016. → Read More

London Gatwick set for busiest ever Bank Holiday weekend

London Gatwick set for busiest ever Bank Holiday weekend

London Gatwick is set for its busiest ever August Bank Holiday weekend as 580,000 passengers plan to travel through the airport. The figure is an increase of 17.2 per cent on Bank Holiday passenger numbers since the airport became independent from BAA in 2009. Berlin sees the biggest rate of growth of any destination, rising by 54 per cent on 2014 joined by Madrid, up 26 per cent and Istanbul up 22 per cent. → Read More

Finnair to launch new Edinburgh-Helsinki route in 2016

Finnair to launch new Edinburgh-Helsinki route in 2016

Finnair is set to launch a seasonal service from Edinburgh to Helsinki in 2016, offering travellers faster connections to Finnair’s network of Asian destinations. The service begins on April 18th 2016 and will operate to October 27th 2016. Edinburgh will be served by three flights a week operated by a Finnair Airbus A319. → Read More

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