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Norwegian completes $3bn deal for Prestige Cruise International

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Norwegian completes $3bn deal for Prestige Cruise International

Norwegian Cruise Line has confirmed it will buy Prestige Cruises International from its owner Apollo Global Management for a fee of $3 billion. The deal sees NCL, the third largest of the major cruise lines, expand its high-end luxury cruise offerings. → Read More

PATA renews partnership with TripAdvisor

PATA renews partnership with TripAdvisor

The Pacific Asia Travel Association has announced the extension of its strategic partnership with TripAdvisor. The strategic partnership will facilitate further engagement on joint initiatives in publishing, research, surveys, events and advocacy. → Read More

Xiamen Airlines receives first Dreamliner to celebrate anniversary

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Xiamen Airlines receives first Dreamliner to celebrate anniversary

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines have welcomed the delivery of the airline's first 787 Dreamliner as the airline celebrates its 30th anniversary. “We are excited to receive our first 787 Dreamliner which is also the first widebody airplane of our all-Boeing fleet,” said Che Shanglun, president and chairman of Xiamen Airlines. → Read More

Brand USA extends partnership with Thomas Cook in Europe

Brand USA extends partnership with Thomas Cook in Europe

Brand USA, the destination marketing organisation for the United States, has announced that it has extended its marketing partnership agreement with Thomas Cook to promote the USA as the world’s leading destination for European visitors. The partnership is the largest marketing partnership Brand USA currently has with a travel retailer in Europe. → Read More

Guatemala grows cruise tourism sector

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Guatemala grows cruise tourism sector

One of the reasons to visit Guatemala this year lies within their cruise offering, which allows passengers to experience just enough off the country’s culture, gastronomy and exotic nature to lure back approximately 70 per cent of visitors for a longer stay, according to data published by Inguat - Guatemala’s Tourism Board. “Guatemala has received approximately 218,328 cruise passengers over the past few years, 98 per cent of them recommend the destination,” said Pedro Duchez, director of Inguat. → Read More

AHIF places spotlight on hotel shortages in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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AHIF places spotlight on hotel shortages in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The increasing rate of inbound tourist arrivals and planned events/conferences is widening an already huge gap between demand for international-standard hotels and supply of accommodation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. A search on TripAdvisor reveals just two international-class, five star hotels in the city, the Sheraton and the Radisson Blu - and anecdotes about delegates attending meetings at the Africa Union’s headquarters having to travel up to 60 miles to find a bed for the night are not unknown. → Read More

Kreeger to tell WTM about plans to pilot Virgin Atlantic

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Kreeger to tell WTM about plans to pilot Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic boss Craig Kreeger will tell delegates at World Travel Market about plans for the airline’s future, as it celebrates 30 years in the business. Founded by Sir Richard Branson in 1984, the transatlantic carrier now has a fleet of 40 long-haul aircraft, flying six million passengers a year all over the world. → Read More

Wattanavrangkul takes up Thai tourism post

Wattanavrangkul takes up Thai tourism post

Thailand is seeking a return to normality in the tourism sector after months of disruption caused by political unrest. A significant step has come with the appointment of Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul to the position of minister for tourism and sport earlier, with many Thais hoping she will be able to steady the ship. → Read More

Breaking Travel News investigates: A Greek odyssey at Divani Apollon Palace & Spa

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Breaking Travel News investigates: A Greek odyssey at Divani Apollon Palace & Spa

Video: Breaking Travel News, this time in Greece for the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony, visits the Divani Apollon Palace & Spa on the Athens Riviera. Presenter Phil Blizzard takes a look at the facilities of this award winning hotel with its waterfront location, world-class spa and convenient access to the city. → Read More

Airports Commission sinks ‘Boris Island’ plan

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Airports Commission sinks ‘Boris Island’ plan

Proposals for a new island airport in the Thames estuary have been rejected by the Airports Commission in the UK. Dubbed ‘Boris Island’ due to the enthusiastic support of outgoing London mayor Boris Johnson, the plan was rejected due to fears over cost, economic disruption and the possible environmental impact. → Read More

CBI urges Airport Commission to recommend hub airport

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CBI urges Airport Commission to recommend hub airport

With future export opportunities increasingly in emerging, high-growth economies, the CBI has urged the Airports Commission to deliver recommendations to solve the UK’s shortage of runway capacity. Building on 2013 findings that demonstrate that eight new routes to emerging markets alone would generate as much as £1 billion a year in trade, the organisation has issued a report highlighting that by drawing on both transfer passengers and local populations, hub airports are best placed to act as a catalyst for these new routes. → Read More

Emirates Palace welcomes Baum as new hotel manager

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Emirates Palace welcomes Baum as new hotel manager

Emirates Palace has welcomed the appointment of Leon Baum as its new hotel manager. He will be working closely with general manager Holger Schroth, who has been at Emirates Palace since 2013. → Read More

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