Antigua and Barbuda has opened one of the most modern international airports in the Caribbean. The 23,000 square meters new terminal for the destination, more than doubles the capacity of the adjacent previous terminal, making way for an increase in passenger use of the V.C. Bird International Airport as an all important airline hub, and the largest gateway to the Eastern Caribbean.
Westin Hotels & Resorts will soon open its first property in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Westin Daytona Beach Resort & Spa will open by fall 2016, following a $20 million gut renovation of the previously independent beachfront resort.
InterContinental Hotels Group is opening its first Holiday Inn hotel in the Santa Fe district of Mexico City. The 95-room new-build property is located in west Mexico City, close to corporate offices, entertainment and shopping, including Centro Comercial Santa Fe.
Etihad Airways has appointed Bradley Edwards as its new regional business development manager for the Sub-Saharan Africa & Indian Ocean region. Based at Etihad Airways’ new offices in Sandton, Johannesburg, Bradley will oversee key sales strategies across seven countries in Africa with the objective of accelerating the growth of Etihad’s revenues through expanded distribution and segmentation strategies which increase awareness of the airline and its market share across the region.
Emirates has relaunched flights to Baghdad, Iraq, after suspending operations in January of this year. Emirates will operate with four weekly flights to Baghdad, served by an A330-200 aircraft in a three class configuration. Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, divisional senior vice president commercial operations, centre for Emirates said: “After conducting an exhaustive safety and security review, we have decided to restart services between Dubai and Baghdad."
Travelport has confirmed a number of new business wins with renowned travel agencies based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.