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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to manage Luang Prabang property in Laos

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to manage Luang Prabang property in Laos

Hotel 

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by Waterfall Management Sole to manage Rosewood Luang Prabang in Laos, scheduled to open 2017 as a luxury escape. Within ten minutes’ drive from the historic city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, guests will be enveloped in an ethereal, idyllic setting as the resort is completely immersed within a virtually untouched natural environment.

Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort opens in Egypt

Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort opens in Egypt

Hotel  Spa 

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened the Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort & Spa at Somabay, marking the debut of the Westin brand in Egypt. Located on its own peninsula, just south of Hurghada on the Red Sea, Somabay offers the perfect beach holiday getaway.

Conrad Hotels launches Stay Inspired concierge service

Conrad Hotels launches Stay Inspired concierge service

Conrad Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of Stay Inspired, a global, brand-wide initiative that marks a cultural shift in hospitality and overhauls the way the brand trains its team members as storytellers of their destinations. At each one of its 24 global properties, Conrad now offers guests who seek out inspired experiences a more customised and curated collection of one, three, and five hour experiences available through Conrad Concierge mobile app.

Amadeus Selling Platform welcomes airport express tickets

Amadeus Selling Platform welcomes airport express tickets

Travellers are now much closer to a door-to-door experience as Amadeus Selling Platform’s latest module enables travel agents to sell airport express tickets as they book a flight or hotel. Heathrow Express is the first to launch this tool with Airtrain in Brisbane to follow in 2016. For many travellers, arriving at a destination airport is the easy part - working out how to get to the city centre once there is often an altogether different story.

Fred. Olsen waves goodbye to veteran Lol Nichols

Fred. Olsen waves goodbye to veteran Lol Nichols

Cruise 

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will be waving a fond farewell to industry stalwart, Lol Nichols, the company’s general sales manager, in January 2016, after an impressive 43-year career within the travel and cruise trade, 21 years of which have been spent with Fred. Olsen. Nichols will be leaving Fred. Olsen to pursue a sunshine retirement in his home in Mallorca, and to indulge his love of travel and enjoy leisure time with family and friends.

P&O Cruises Australia welcomes two new ships to fleet

P&O Cruises Australia welcomes two new ships to fleet

Cruise 

P&O Cruises Australia has introduced its two latest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, expanding Australia’s largest year-round fleet to five cruise ships. With the addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, P&O Cruises Australia now has five ships cruising year-round from eight homeports in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Boeing signs latest 737 order with BOC Aviation

Boeing signs latest 737 order with BOC Aviation

Boeing and BOC Aviation, announced an order for 22 737 airplanes, building on the leasing company's existing order book to fulfil customer demand. The order consists of 11 Next-Generation 737-800s and 11 737 MAX 8 airplanes. “This order demonstrates our continued confidence in the Next Generation 737 aircraft for its proven high performance, reliability and asset value,” said Robert Martin, managing director and chief executive officer of BOC Aviation.

Lufthansa eases group booking with new portal

Lufthansa eases group booking with new portal

Travel agents and tour operators in the UK & Ireland will find it much easier to book travel groups thanks to Lufthansa’s new online tool "Book a Group”. This new portal allows the registered IATA agency to find suitable flights, request availability and prices, book with instant confirmation, and what’s more, to change and manage existing bookings.

O’Connell takes over wellness leadership at Rosewood

O’Connell takes over wellness leadership at Rosewood

Hotel  Spa 

Hong Kong-based Rosewood Hotel Group has strengthened its executive team with the appointment of Niamh O’Connell to the newly created position of group vice president of wellness development. In her role, O’Connell will lead and supervise the strategic, global development of spa, wellness and recreation operations for the group’s existing hotels and new projects.

St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort recognised by World Golf Awards

St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort recognised by World Golf Awards

The world-class facilities for golfers travelling to Abu Dhabi were recognised at the recent World Golf Awards ceremony, where the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi was named the World’s Best Golf Hotel. Voted for by golfers from across the globe, the accolade was announced as part of the second annual World Golf Awards ceremony held in the Algarve and placed the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort above other high-profile venues thanks to the unrivalled experience it offers golfers.

British Airways to sponsor moving observation tower in Brighton

British Airways to sponsor moving observation tower in Brighton

The world’s tallest moving observation tower, currently being built on Brighton seafront, was today named British Airways i360. The airline has signed a five-year deal, which includes full naming rights, with the developers of the Brighton beach attraction which has been conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects.