Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Edmond de Rothschild Heritage, a renowned lifestyle company owned by Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild, have announced plans for the first Four Seasons mountain destination in Europe, opening in time for the 2018 winter ski season. Set among the snow-capped peaks of the expansive Haute-Savoie Alpine range, the project will include the all-new mountainside Four Seasons Hotel, Megève as well the conversion of a collection of traditional chalets in the heart of the medieval Mont d’Arbois village.
Royal Caribbean has announced that the Cuban government has granted them approval for cruises to Cuba and they plan to announce their first Florida-Cuba itineraries in the near future. At the same time, Oceania Cruises has revealed its first three inaugural voyages from Miami to Cuba. The first will depart in March 2017.
Marriott Hotels has hosted a spectacular event to celebrate the grand opening of the Marriott Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments Downtown Abu Dhabi. Over 400 special guests gathered in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom for a memorable celebration that showcased the property, the hotel’s three restaurant outlets, spectacular live entertainment and Marriott Hotel’s unique perspective on travel.
Travelport has signed a new agreement with China Southern Airlines which will see the largest carrier in China utilise Travelport Digital Media Solutions for the fourth consecutive year, further building on the long-standing partnership between the two companies. China Southern Airlines already distributes its content via Travelport’s innovative travel commerce platform as well as leverages Travelport’s leading merchandising solution, Rich Content & Branding, to enhance how their product offering is effectively displayed to travel agents.
The Anguilla Tourist Board and CHL Airlines have partnered up to offer a new scheduled route into Anguilla, specifically catering for UK visitors. Starting December 20th, this will offer the option to connect to Anguilla’s Clayton J Lloyd International Airport from Antigua V.C Bird International Airport.
This December leading UK holiday company, Thomson, will mark its ultimate campaign titled ‘Moments’, airing before Christmas ahead of rebranding to TUI in 2017. Thomson is proud to have led the way since the 1960’s by producing emotive holiday campaigns, with the new creative continuing the legacy theme as the story signifies the importance of enjoying those important holiday ‘moments’ with loved ones.
Banyan Tree Holdings has announced that it has entered into an agreement with AccorHotels designed to allow the French hospitality giant to design and manage Banyan Tree branded hotels around the world. AccorHotels will invest an initial €16 million in Singapore-based Banyan Tree and both parties will then co-develop the brands owned by Banyan Tree.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood has revealed its latest tour addition, from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: The Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts Exhibit. On hand were special guests Dan Fogler, from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Bonnie Wright, of Harry Potter film series fame.
Qatar Airways will now accept UnionPay credit and debit cards through its website for ticket and other sales, expanding payment options for customers around the world. With more than 5.8 billion cards issued globally, UnionPay is an international bankcard network and is the preferred method of payment for the Chinese market.
A new milestone in connectivity has been reached in Ecuador, with the inaugural flight of low-cost airline Wingo on the Quito-Bogota route. There was a celebratory atmosphere at Mariscal Sucre Airport before the first passengers boarded the new flight, which will join both capital cities with four weekly flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The International Air Transport Association has announced global passenger traffic results for October showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometres, or RPKs) rose 5.8 per cent compared to the same month last year. Capacity grew 6.3 per cent and load factor slid 0.4 percentage points to 80.1 per cent.