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Qatar Airways increases IAG stake to 20 per cent

Qatar Airways increases IAG stake to 20 per cent

Qatar Airways has announced that it now holds 20.01 per cent of International Airlines Group. While Qatar Airways’ interest in IAG is purely financial, the increased shareholding reflects the strength of commercial and strategic ties between the companies and evidences the continued support for the on-going strategy of IAG.

Carnival unveils name of newest ship

Carnival unveils name of newest ship

Cruise 

Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed that Carnival Horizon will be the name of its new 133,500-ton ship scheduled to be delivered in March 2018. urrently under construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Carnival Horizon will be the line’s second Vista-class ship, with the namesake vessel in the series, Carnival Vista, having entered service in May 2016.

United Continental appoints new board member

United Continental appoints new board member

United Continental has confirmed that Edward "Ted" Philip is joining its Board of Directors. Philip brings to United nearly three decades of leadership across the technology, health care and financial services sectors.

First Hard Rock Hotel to open in the Middle East

First Hard Rock Hotel to open in the Middle East

Hotel 

The Hard Rock Hotel Dubai Marina is set to open its doors marking the group's first hotel in the United Arab Emirates. The property is located in Dubai's second tallest building, the Marina 101 development, featuring 288 decked out rooms in the first 33 floors of this 101-story masterpiece.

Starwood unveils first luxury hotel in Tokyo

Starwood unveils first luxury hotel in Tokyo

Hotel 

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts is opening The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, marking Starwood's first-ever luxury hotel in Japan's capital city. Managed by Prince Hotels, the dproperty is situated in the Kioicho neighborhood, part of Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho, a mixed-use development comprised of commercial, residential, retail and entertainment spaces.

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson opens in San Antonio

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson opens in San Antonio

Hotel 

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, in San Antonio, is opening its doors under the Country Inns & Suites brand name after undergoing a complete renovation. The midscale hotel offers 97 guest rooms and suites. “We are thrilled to add this refreshed hotel to our growing portfolio in Texas,” said Jeffrey Freund, senior vice president, midscale brands, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Marriott debuts AC brand in Brazil

Marriott debuts AC brand in Brazil

Hotel 

The 225-room AC Hotel Rio de Janeiro Porto Maravilha and the 378-room AC Hotel Rio de Janeiro Barra da Tijuca, have opened their doors, inviting guests to experience Brazil’s newest class of lifestyle hotels.

Aeroflot partners with Jumeirah Group

Aeroflot partners with Jumeirah Group

Aeroflot and Jumeirah Group have signed a new partnership offering members of the Aeroflot Bonus loyalty program the chance to earn 1 mile per 1 US dollar spent at Jumeirah’s 22 hotels and resorts around the world.

Travelport boosts UK management team

Travelport boosts UK management team

Travelport has appointed Guy Snelgar as Commercial Director to lead its UK Sales and Account Management teams. Guy reports into Paul Broughton, Managing Director for Travelport UK & Ireland.

Starwood to debut Aloft brand in Melbourne, Australia

Starwood to debut Aloft brand in Melbourne, Australia

Hotel 

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with Spotlight Group to debut its Aloft brand in Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital. Slated to open in early 2019, the new build 176-room hotel will form the centrepiece of a state-of-the-art mixed-use development located at 402 Chapel Street in South Yarra, known as “402 Chapel,” designed by international architect Tim Kobe.

Emirates to deploy Airbus A380 on Johannesburg route

Emirates to deploy Airbus A380 on Johannesburg route

Emirates will be upgrading one of its four daily flights between Dubai and Johannesburg to an Airbus A380-800 from February 2017. Emirates currently uses Boeing 777 aircraft for each of the four daily flights between the two cities, making it the busiest route in the airline’s African network with over three million passengers carried in the last five years.

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort to welcome World Travel Awards

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort to welcome World Travel Awards

World Travel Awards has revealed Sandals Ochi Beach Resort will host the Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2016. The luxurious resort will welcome hospitality leaders from across the region on September 17th as they gather to see who among them has been voted the best-of-the-best.