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World Travel Awards signs Avianca as Official Airline Partner for Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015

World Travel Awards signs Avianca as Official Airline Partner for Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015

World Travel Awards announces Avianca as the Official Airline Partner for the upcoming Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015. Visiting Colombia for the first time, the World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony will take place on October 10th in Bogotá. The event will receive tourism leaders from across the region, as well as influential business directors and entrepreneurs. → Read More

New leadership for Belmond as expansion continues

New leadership for Belmond as expansion continues

Belmond has the appointed Philippe Cassis to the roles of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Cassis most recently served as chief executive at Sun Resorts, where he oversaw the successful growth of the company’s portfolio of luxury destination resorts. “We are delighted to welcome Philippe, an experienced business leader with strong organisational, strategic and business development skills,” said John Scott, president and chief executive and Belmond. → Read More

Iberia considers long-haul expansion as profits return

Iberia considers long-haul expansion as profits return

Iberia is making plans to open new routes to Asia, Africa and the Americas in the next two years. The new destinations will be announced before the end of the year, following negotiations and profitability studies This expansion is made possible by the successful implementation of Iberia’s Plan de Futuro and consequential improvements in costs and earnings performance, which is meeting the company’s objectives, as the latest report by parent IAG attests. → Read More

Lufthansa introduces restaurant style service in Business Class

Lufthansa introduces restaurant style service in Business Class

Lufthansa Business Class passengers can now experience a completely new service on board long-haul flights. From August, flight attendants will be placing much greater emphasis on the personal needs of the passengers that they are assigned to. The flight crew will individually respond to guests’ needs and requests similar to an upscale restaurant. → Read More

Dusit Fudu Hotels signs on for Dabieshan, China, property

Dusit Fudu Hotels signs on for Dabieshan, China, property

Dusit Fudu Hotels & Resorts has signed a management agreement with Huoshan County Huachen Tourism Real Estate Development to manage an upscale, 300-room hot springs resort in Dabieshan, Anhui Province. Scheduled to open by the end of 2018, it will be the first internationally branded resort in Dabieshan. → Read More

United Airlines to offer year-round Belfast-New York flights

United Airlines to offer year-round Belfast-New York flights

United Airlines will be offering its customers from Northern Ireland year-round nonstop service from Belfast to its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport. “We’re pleased to offer our Northern Irish customers a year-round direct link to New York,” said Bob Schumacher, United managing director sales, UK and Ireland. → Read More

London Underground strike: Heathrow Express services to run as normal

London Underground strike: Heathrow Express services to run as normal

Heathrow Express plans to run a normal service should this week’s proposed London Underground strike go ahead. Heathrow Express trains will run between London Paddington and Heathrow Airport every 15 minutes. Trains will operate according to the normal timetable. → Read More

Virgin Australia becomes latest Travelport partner

Virgin Australia becomes latest Travelport partner

Travelport has signed a new long term agreement signed with Virgin Australia for global distribution, enhanced with its Rich Content & Branding solution. Virgin Australia will be able to utilise this innovative feature that enables airlines to market and retail their products more effectively by determining how their products are visually presented and described to travel agents. → Read More

Carlson Rezidor opens first hotel in Slovenia

Carlson Rezidor opens first hotel in Slovenia

Carlson Rezidor is opening its first hotel in Slovenia, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Ljubljana. The 236-rooms hotel is the conversion of an existing hotel and will be re-branded in late 2015. “We are delighted to arrive in a new country and to further expand our strong network in capital cities of Central and Eastern Europe,” said Wolfgang Neumann, president, Rezidor. → Read More

Qatar Airways boosts Royal Jordanian codeshare connection

Qatar Airways boosts Royal Jordanian codeshare connection

Qatar Airways has further enhanced its ties with oneworld partner Royal Jordanian, through the launch of a new codeshare agreement, which is set to further expand travel opportunities for both airlines’ customers. Through the new agreement, Qatar Airways’ passengers travelling between Doha and Amman in Jordan, on both Royal Jordanian and Qatar Airways, will benefit from the same airline code and a streamlined level of service from these oneworld partners. → Read More

Barbados reports record overseas visitor numbers for early 2015

Barbados reports record overseas visitor numbers for early 2015

During the first six months of 2015 Barbados recorded 303,592 long stay visitors, the first time the destination has ever topped 300,000 visitors in the January-June period in the 29 years of recording air arrivals tourism statistics. This also represents a 14.3 per cent increase or 37,945 more passenger arrivals over the comparative period in 2014. → Read More

Beijing selected to host Winter Olympics 2022

Beijing selected to host Winter Olympics 2022

Beijing has been selected to host the Winter Olympics in 2022 – becoming the first city to host both the summer and winter games. The Chinese capital was selected ahead of a rival bid from Kazakhstan’s Almaty. Beijing and Almaty were considered outsiders when the 2022 bid race opened two years ago. → Read More

Mogotlho Safari Lodge, Botswana joins Legend Hospitality Group

Mogotlho Safari Lodge, Botswana joins Legend Hospitality Group

Legend Hospitality Group has extended its portfolio to the southern border of the Central Kalahari Game Park in Botswana and has now taken on a second property north from Maun in the Okavango Delta circumference in Botswana, namely Mogotlho Safari Lodge. On the banks of the River Khwai in the Okavango Delta circumference, Mogotlho Safari Lodge is perfectly situated to view the very best of African Wildlife and its close proximity by road from Maun. → Read More

Europcar partners with UK Sport ahead of Rio 2016

Europcar partners with UK Sport ahead of Rio 2016

Europcar has been chosen as the Official Car Hire Supplier to UK Sport. The partnership with the nation’s high performance sports agency will see Europcar providing world class transport solutions for UK Sport and its associated National Governing Bodies. UK Sport strategically invests National Lottery and Exchequer funds, enabling Britain’s best sports and athletes to achieve medal success on the world stage. → Read More

Amadeus capitalises on travel rebound to post strong profits

Amadeus capitalises on travel rebound to post strong profits

Amadeus IT Holding has repowered adjusted profit grew 10.3 per cent, to €419.6 million, in the first half of financial 2015. This was driven by an increase in revenue of 14.2 per cent, to €1,977 million, and EBITDA growth of 10.8 per cent, to €779 million. → Read More

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