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World Travel Awards sets sights on Anguilla for Grand Final 2014

World Travel Awards sets sights on Anguilla for Grand Final 2014

World Travel Awards has revealed it will head to the paradise island of Anguilla in the Caribbean for its annual Grand Final. After touring the globe in search of the world’s best hospitality organisations over the past year, World Travel Awards will host the crème de la crème of the industry at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa on Sunday, December 7th. → Read More

Ecuador receives record visitor numbers following WTA success

Ecuador receives record visitor numbers following WTA success

Ecuador is proving to be a very popular destination in 2014, with the South American country receiving over a million international arrivals in the first eight months of the year. Specifically, 1,009,665 foreign tourists have visited the Andean so far this year, representing an increase of 14 per cent over last year. → Read More

Enterprise Rent-A-Car continues to expand UK presence

Enterprise Rent-A-Car continues to expand UK presence

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has opened a new branch at York railway station. The global car hire company located at the station earlier this month in response to increasing demand for its car rental services from business customers and tourists. → Read More

Drunk pilot arrested at Gatwick Airport

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Drunk pilot arrested at Gatwick Airport

A pilot has been removed from a plane and arrested on suspicion of being drunk as he prepared to take off. The Flybe pilot was preparing to fly from Newquay, Cornwall, to London Gatwick yesterday morning before being removed from the aircraft. → Read More

Air France flies A380 into Africa with Abidjan route

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Air France flies A380 into Africa with Abidjan route

Air France is now offering three weekly services to Abidjan using the A380, the largest superjumbo in its fleet, with an additional four weekly frequencies to Abidjan operated by Boeing 777-300 aircraft. Air France revealed its ambition to make Abidjan the first destination in French-speaking Africa to be served with regular A380 flights with a special Air France flight on January 28th earlier this year, which also reflected the company’s wish to support the country’s development towards becoming the main hub for and gateway to Western Africa. → Read More

Royal Caribbean seeks to wow crowds in Southampton with Quantum of the Seas launch

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Royal Caribbean seeks to wow crowds in Southampton with Quantum of the Seas launch

Royal Caribbean International has welcomed the arrival of Quantum of the Seas in Southampton, the first-ever smartship and most technologically advanced cruise ship in the world. Quantum takes the guest experience to a whole new level with never seen before technology offering super-speedy bandwidth to keep guests connected wherever the ship is sailing. → Read More

Pacific Asia Travel Association appoints Hardy as new chief

Pacific Asia Travel Association appoints Hardy as new chief

The Pacific Asia Travel Association has announced the appointment of Mario Hardy as its next chief executive, effective from November 1st, 2014. Hardy is currently the chief operations officer of PATA, a position he has held since January 15th of this year. He was approved to succeed Martin Craigs as the chief executive by the PATA executive board at the last executive board meeting held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in September 2014. → Read More

Qatar Airways launches new flights to Djibouti, Africa

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Qatar Airways launches new flights to Djibouti, Africa

Qatar Airways has continued its expansion in Africa with the launch of services to its latest destination, Djibouti, which began this week. The five-star airline commenced the three-times-weekly flights from Doha’s Hamad International Airport to Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport, marking the airline’s 145th global destination. → Read More

Budapest Airport welcomes Emirates to Hungary

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Budapest Airport welcomes Emirates to Hungary

Budapest Airport has welcomed the inaugural flight of its new partner, Emirates Airline. Operated by its two-class 278-seat Airbus A330, the new daily service to Dubai is expected to deliver around 200,000 annual passengers to the central European airport. → Read More

Alibaba Group spins off Alitrip as competition grows in online travel

Alibaba Group spins off Alitrip as competition grows in online travel

Alibaba Group has set its sites on the rapidly evolving online travel space with confirmation it will spin-off its online travel business Taobao Travel to become an independent business named Alitrip. Headquartered in the eastern city of Hangzhou, Alibaba operates China's most popular online shopping platform, Taobao. → Read More

British Airways flies into Bilbao for early 2015

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British Airways flies into Bilbao for early 2015

British Airways customers will be able to Basque in Bilbao next year when the airline starts a new double-daily service to the northern Spanish city on March 29th, 2015. The new route is matched by Spanish carrier Vueling, who currently fly from Heathrow and are moving their four times a week service to Gatwick, giving customers an even greater choice of flights between London and Bilbao. → Read More

Hotel Moskva returns as Four Seasons Hotel Moscow

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Hotel Moskva returns as Four Seasons Hotel Moscow

As winter approaches in Russia's capital city, a warm respite beckons just a few steps from Red Square. Closed for many years, a grand set of doors has just been thrown open, revealing luxurious accommodations, five inviting dining and drinking establishments, and an unparalleled international standard of personalised service: welcome to the new Four Seasons Hotel Moscow. → Read More

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