Travel Industry News Page 371

Chobe Water Villas opens to guests in Namibia

Chobe Water Villas opens to guests in Namibia

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In contrast to the sand dunes of the Namib Desert, visitors to the Zambezi region in the north of the country are greeted with lush green and wild river landscapes. Located in the 150 square metre Kasika conservancy in the middle of the protected Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Area, the Chobe Water Villas – part of the Ohlthaver & List Group – has opened to guests.

Iberia to offer branded fares through Amadeus

Iberia to offer branded fares through Amadeus

Iberia’s full range of branded fares can now be booked by Amadeus’ global travel agency community, following the carrier’s implementation of Amadeus Airline Fare Families. With Amadeus’ industry-leading merchandising technology, Iberia increases branding, differentiation and upsell opportunities of its Flexible, Classic and Basic products through Amadeus-connected travel agents, who can now better serve their customers by proposing the fares that best match their needs.

HVS: Dual brand properties set for growth

HVS: Dual brand properties set for growth

Customers booking a stay with a particular hotel group are increasingly likely to be offered a choice of two brands on one site as the number of two-in-one or ‘dual-brand’ hotels looks set to rise, according to a new report from global hotel consultancy HVS. Two-in-one hotels, where two brands run by the same operator are located either next door to each other or within the same building, retain their identity by having dedicated entrances, front desks and elevators.

Stansted Express launches advanced First Class ticket

Stansted Express launches advanced First Class ticket

Stansted Express has launched a new First Class Advance rail ticket, with passengers headed to the airport now able to travel for £24. With trains every 15 minutes between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport, the Stansted Express not only offers customers a frequent service, but also travel on one of the most modern train fleets in the country, which include free Wi-Fi, free charge points and an at seat trolley service of drinks and snacks.

Dubai International continues to see passenger numbers rise

Dubai International continues to see passenger numbers rise

Passenger numbers at Dubai International continued an upward trend in May with the airport welcoming 6.7 million customers, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports. In May 2016 passenger numbers at DXB rose 7.2 per cent to 6,721,995 compared to 6,267,640 in May 2015. During the first five months of 2016, DXB welcomed 34,648,953 passengers which represents a year on year growth of seven per cent compared to 32,384,620 passengers during the same period last year.

Xiangshui Bay Marriott Resort & Spa set for Hainan opening

Xiangshui Bay Marriott Resort & Spa set for Hainan opening

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Marriott International is set to open Xiangshui Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, a new beach resort under the flagship Marriott Hotels brand on Southern China’s tropical holiday island of Hainan. The property will add to Marriott Hotel’s growing portfolio of resorts in major leisure destinations around the world.

Lufthansa links Teheran to Munich as Iran relations thaw

Lufthansa links Teheran to Munich as Iran relations thaw

Lufthansa is flying non-stop once again from Munich to Teheran. Starting today, the connection under flight number LH 602 will begin three times a week at 22:10, arriving at the Iranian capital at 05:20. The Airbus A330-300 offers Lufthansa passengers the latest cabin facilities including Premium Economy with 21 seats.

Johnnie Walker Island Green launches to international travellers

Johnnie Walker Island Green launches to international travellers

Tempted to explore the fascinating world of single malt Scotch, but overwhelmed by choice? Johnnie Walker has introduced the perfect solution in an exciting new addition to its world famous portfolio - Johnnie Walker Island Green. A rare blend of rich single malt whiskies from the four corners of Scotland, Johnnie Walker Island Green provides drinkers with a distinctive flavour experience allowing them to explore the character of these celebrated malts.

Starwood plans first hotel in Cuba

Starwood plans first hotel in Cuba

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts is opening the Four Points Havana - the company’s first hotel in Cuba. The move represents a watershed moment for the fast-growing Four Points brand. The opening comes on the heels of the ground-breaking deals signed by Starwood in Cuba earlier this year, which established Starwood as the first US-based hospitality company to enter the market in nearly 60 years.

Gatwick opens new North Terminal security area

Gatwick opens new North Terminal security area

Gatwick Airport has opened a new security area as part of its transformation of the North Terminal, following successful implementation of the technology in the South Terminal. The £36 million project is a major part of the airport’s growth strategy as investment in the state-of-the-art facility will halve the time it takes passengers to pass through security, while maintaining the strictest security measures, and allows Gatwick to screen up to 5,000 passengers per hour.

Portland selected as first US home for Canopy by Hilton

Portland selected as first US home for Canopy by Hilton

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Canopy by Hilton has unveiled plans for Canopy’s first United States-based hotel in Portland, Oregon. Residing in the Pearl District on Portland’s Gallery Row, among cobblestone streets and stylish upscale boutiques and restaurants, Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District is a new-build property slated to open in fall 2017. “We are excited about our newest addition to our growing Canopy by Hilton portfolio,” said Gary Steffen, global head, Canopy by Hilton.