Singapore Cruise Centre has once again been voted Asia’s Leading Cruise Port by the World Travel Awards, an established London-based organisation renowned for benchmarking excellence in the global travel industry. SCC won against six other established ports in the region following a voting process involving industry professionals and high-end tourism consumers worldwide, at this year’s 22nd World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2015 held in Hong Kong.
NH Hotel Group will bring its nhow brand to the UK capital in a new development from internationally acclaimed studio Foster + Partners, located within Shoreditch and the City of London. The area, known as ‘Tech City’ is the heart of the Capital’s technology and digital sector and widely recognised as the most rapidly growing commercial centre in the UK.
British Airways is to boost services to Scotland with the start of new daily flights from Heathrow to Inverness, gateway to the Highlands and Islands. The new year-round service will start on May 3rd 2016, connecting Inverness directly with Heathrow’s T5 and British Airways’ global network, serving more than 130 destinations around the world.
SriLankan Airlines has initiated its extensive fleet renewal plan for a more luxurious and enhanced travel experience with the arrival of its first brand new A330-300 aircraft last October, allowing passengers the opportunity to enjoy the luxury, on-board comforts of the new aircraft. Progressing with its wide-body re-fleeting programme, SriLankan Airlines will be taking delivery of its fifth Airbus 330-300 aircraft on November 10th 2015, which marks the airline’s third aircraft introduced in 2015.
UK investigators are working under the assumption a bomb was placed on board a Russian airliner which crashed in Egypt. According to reports from the BBC, UK government officials suspect a device was placed in the hold shortly before take-off. The UK government has suspended all flights to and from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as a result.
Leading ski operator, Powder White, has launched a new online booking platform, called SkiStay, which offers potential customers the world’s largest pool of ski-dedicated unpackaged hotel, chalet and apartment options. Unlike other tour operators, Powder White’s SkiStay provides unpackaged ski-dedicated accommodation options with live prices and availability.
World Golf Awards has arrived in Portugal ahead of the Gala Ceremony 2015. The leading global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the golf hospitality industry, the World Golf Awards weekend will take place at the Conrad Algarve until November 8th.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car has launched a new website in the UK as part of a phased roll-out of digital enhancements across its European operations that began in August with the launch of a mobile booking app. The new sites, which are also live in France, Spain, Germany and Ireland, are designed to enrich the customer experience and increase transparency in the booking process.
The 2015 summer holiday season has led to a further record for incoming tourism to Germany. For the period of January to August, the Federal Statistical Office has counted overall 54.5 million international overnight stays in accommodation establishments with at least ten beds, which is 2.9 million nights more than in the same period of the previous year.
Brand USA has announced it is introducing VisitTheUSA.com as its new global consumer website address to reach international travellers. Brand USA’s current consumer website address, DiscoverAmerica.com, will continue to be live in the market place. The new URL is being introduced over the course of Brand USA’s 2016 fiscal year in all markets where the organisation currently promotes travel to the United States, with the exception of China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, and Taiwan.
Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality subsidiary of global property developer Emaar Properties, is showcasing its luxury lifestyle brand The Address Hotels + Resorts, its boutique hotel brand Vida Hotels and Resorts while also preparing for the upcoming launch of its new mid-market brand Rove Hotels and what promises to be a new iconic building, Dubai Opera.