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Hertz terminates rental contract with Ryanair in GDS dispute

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Hertz terminates rental contract with Ryanair in GDS dispute

The Hertz Corporation has said that, despite lengthy discussions regarding a contractual dispute, it has ended its car hire agreement with Ryanair. The rental giant alleges Ryanair’s agreement with GDS distribution companies represents a breach of contract, a claim Ryanair disputes. → Read More

Saxon Collection launches in South Africa

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Saxon Collection launches in South Africa

Originally the private residence of Douw Steyn, one of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs, the multi-award winning Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, Johannesburg is a leader in African luxury. Ever since it opened in 1992, The Saxon’s incredibly private and residential feel has made it the choice of international visitors and locals alike. While this contemporary property is undoubtedly the flagship of the collection, there have been two unique additions to The Saxon portfolio to date. → Read More

New appointment for Barbados Tourism Marketing in UK

New appointment for Barbados Tourism Marketing in UK

Former Mount Gay Distilleries brand manager Marc McCollin has been appointed as the new senior business development officer in the UK office of the Barbados Tourism Marketing. McCollin’s appointment came into effect earlier, starting with a two week orientation in Barbados before taking up his official post in the UK. → Read More

Plaza Premium Lounge opens at Changi Airport in Singapore

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Plaza Premium Lounge opens at Changi Airport in Singapore

Plaza Premium Lounge Management has launched an independent lounge in Singapore today. Located at the Departure Transit Hall of Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1, the elegant and contemporary lounge spans over 7,000-square feet, providing over 140 comfortable seats, including the lounge’s signature Honeycomb seating. Featuring spectacular airport runway scenery, guests are invited to unwind in front of the panoramic view of one of the busiest airports in the world. → Read More

Meliá Hotels expands China presence with new Shanghai property

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Meliá Hotels expands China presence with new Shanghai property

Meliá Hotels International, the leading Spanish hotel company with more than 370 hotels worldwide, has continued to grow its presence in China with the announcement of a new hotel in Shanghai; bringing the total number of properties in China to eight. The new Meliá Shanghai Hongqiao is part of the Lidoway project, developed by Golden United Group, which will become a major urban complex in Hongqiao featuring a wide range of commercial and entertainment facilities, dining outlets, alfresco areas and high-end residential villas. → Read More

Qantas to give staff A$90m bonus as profits recover

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Qantas to give staff A$90m bonus as profits recover

Qantas Airways will pay staff a one-off bonus of A$90 to employees affected by an 18-month wage freeze. More than 28,000 employees will receive a bonus, including those at low-cost subsidiary Jetstar. The deal is part of the workers' collective agreement, Qantas said on Friday. → Read More

Vietnam Airlines welcomes new A350 XWB to fleet

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Vietnam Airlines welcomes new A350 XWB to fleet

Vietnam Airlines has become the second airline in the world to operate the all-new A350 XWB, following a special ceremony in Toulouse. The A350-900 aircraft was delivered to global lessor AerCap on lease to the airline for operation on long haul routes and is scheduled to arrive in Hanoi today. Altogether, Vietnam Airlines is set to acquire 14 A350 XWBs, including ten ordered from Airbus and four from lessors. → Read More

Airbus signs with Chinese partners for A330 assembly plant in Tianjin

Airbus signs with Chinese partners for A330 assembly plant in Tianjin

Airbus has signed a deal with partners in China to establish an A330 Completion and Delivery Centre in Tianjin. The deal takes the partnership between Airbus and China a further step forward following the successful establishment of an A320 Family Final Assembly Line and Delivery Centre in the Chinese city. → Read More

Travelport signs with Swiss for new distribution deal

Travelport signs with Swiss for new distribution deal

Travelport has announced that Swiss is the latest carrier to sign up to its innovative airline merchandising technology, Travelport Rich Content and Branding. As such, its fares and ancillaries are now ready to search, sell and book through Travelport Smartpoint. → Read More

Dubai International sees steep increase in passengers

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Dubai International sees steep increase in passengers

Passenger numbers at Dubai International continued their rapid ascent in May as the airport welcomed 6.2 million customers, up 23.2 per cent from the same period last year, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports. Passenger numbers rose 23.2 per cent to 6,267,640 compared to the 5,086,910 handled in May 2014 when the airport was reduced to one runway while a billion dollar refurbishment programme was conducted over an 80 day span. → Read More

Mystifly Group Fare Centre of Excellence redefines business travel

Mystifly Group Fare Centre of Excellence redefines business travel

Mystifly group desk delivers group fare deals through hundreds of routes across airlines, including scheduled carriers and low-cost carriers. The Mystifly Group Fare Centre of Excellence has achieved success with many large tour operators, travel management companies, MICE agencies, managing their fixed departure and group travel programs. → Read More

Pepperclub Hotel defends top World Travel Awards title

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Pepperclub Hotel defends top World Travel Awards title

Pepperclub Hotel & Spa in Cape Town has been named Africa’s Leading City Hotel for the third consecutive year in the 2015 World Travel Awards. The title is the ultimate travel accolade and recognises and rewards excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. → Read More

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