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Berquist steps down as Marriott chief financial officer

Berquist steps down as Marriott chief financial officer

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Carl Berquist, Marriott’s executive vice president and chief financial officer for the past seven years, will retire from his roles on December 31st. He will remain with the company as a special adviser through March 2016. Leeny Kelly Oberg, a 16-year Marriott veteran, and currently chief financial officer for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company will become Marriott’s chief financial officer on January 1st, 2016.

Air France bomb scare prompts emergency landing

Air France bomb scare prompts emergency landing

An Air France flight travelling from Mauritius to Paris has made an emergency landing in Kenya after a suspect package was found on board. Flight AF463, carrying 459 passengers and 14 crew members, had left Mauritius at 21:00 local time on Saturday and was due to arrive in Paris Charles de Gaulle at 05:50 local time.

Tribute Portfolio debuts in Indonesia

Tribute Portfolio debuts in Indonesia

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Tribute Portfolio is making its debut in Indonesia with the opening of The Hermitage, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Jakarta. The 90-room hotel, which has been restored, features four different dining and bar destinations, a serene rooftop infinity pool and fitness center.

Starwood names new chief executive

Starwood names new chief executive

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Thomas Mangas, currently chief financial officer, has been named chief executive of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He will take up the role on December 31st. The appointment follows the resignation of Adam Aron, who is leaving Starwood at the end of the month to become chief executive of AMC Entertainment Holdings.

Qatar Airways expands network in South Africa

Qatar Airways expands network in South Africa

Qatar Airways has launched new services between Doha and Durban. The four-times-weekly service to Durban further complements the airline’s existing daily flights to Cape Town and double daily flights to Johannesburg, and is an expansion of the airline’s operations in South Africa. Travellers can now choose from a total of 21 flights a week to South Africa from Qatar Airways’ hub Hamad International Airport.

Emirates boosts services to Egypt

Emirates boosts services to Egypt

Emirates is launching three new weekly flights between Dubai and Cairo, commencing on 1st January 2016. The new service will supplement the current twice daily Boeing 777-300ER flights, taking the total number of flights serving Cairo to 17 each week.

Travelport inks deal with WestJet

Travelport inks deal with WestJet

Travelport has revealed that travel agents can now select and purchase WestJet paid seats in advance, including the ability to sell a Plus fare and fulfill a Plus seat, using Travelport Smartpoint, Travelport’s industry-leading desktop point of sale.

Air France launches Glasgow route

Air France launches Glasgow route

Air France will launch a new service between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Glasgow next summer. From March 27, the airline will operate a daily service, using a 131-seat A318, on the route.

New appointment for easyJet

New appointment for easyJet

easyJet has appointed Jacky Simmonds as Group People Director and that she will join the airline on 4 January 2016. Prior to this appointment Jacky was TUI Group’s Global Human Resources Director, having worked for TUI for fifteen years.