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IHG signs Hotel Indigo Stratford-upon-Avon

IHG signs Hotel Indigo Stratford-upon-Avon

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InterContinental Hotels Group has sign a deal for Hotel Indigo Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. The hotel will operate under a franchise agreement with St James’s Hotel Group and open in early 2018. Just as no two neighbourhoods are alike, no two Hotel Indigo properties are alike.

William Gray set for debut in Old Montreal

William Gray set for debut in Old Montreal

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The arrival of William Gray, a new hotel slated to open summer 2016, is poised to revolutionise Old Montreal with its exciting array of offerings for both local Montrealers and international travellers. Located on St-Vincent, just steps away from Place Jacques-Cartier and the Old Port, the hotel offers 127 guest rooms and suites, over 10,000 sq. ft. of event space, a 180 seat restaurant, a rooftop terrace, a luxury spa with an outdoor pool, a boutique, a café, and exquisite views of Montreal’s iconic landmarks.

UK inbound tourism numbers break records in 2015

UK inbound tourism numbers break records in 2015

New figures out today show that 2015 set a new record for inbound tourism to the UK with 35.8 million visits, four per cent up on 2014 and the sixth consecutive year of growth. Comparing growth over the last five years shows that there were six million more visits in 2015 than 2010, an increase of 20 per cent. Visitors spent £21.8 billion in the UK last year in line with 2014’s record breaking figure.

Heathrow offers support to proposed Western Rail Link

Heathrow offers support to proposed Western Rail Link

Heathrow is urging supporters of Network Rail’s proposed Western Rail Link to make their views heard in a public consultation. The rail link is an important part of the airport’s plans to ensure that even if the airport were to expand, there would be no more airport-related vehicles on the road in 2030 compared to today. Western Rail Link has the potential to remove up to one million car journeys from local roads, and save 30 million road miles of carbon emissions in the first year of service alone.

Vietjet signs $3bn engine deal with Pratt & Whitney

Vietjet signs $3bn engine deal with Pratt & Whitney

Vietjet has signed an agreement with Pratt & Whitney to provide PurePower Geared Turbofan engines for the airlines order of 63 Airbus A320neo and A321 aircraft. “We are very pleased to choose the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine for our Airbus A320neo and A321neo fleet,” said Madam Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, president, Vietjet.

Queensland to explore Brisbane cruise terminal

Queensland to explore Brisbane cruise terminal

Carnival Australia has welcomed the government of Queensland’s decision to allow further investigation of a new dedicated cruise terminal for Brisbane. The government has granted an exclusive mandate to Port of Brisbane to investigate the development of a new terminal at Luggage Point.

Hilton launches biggest ever campaign

Hilton launches biggest ever campaign

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Hilton Worldwide has revealed that Hilton HHonors members can now receive an exclusive discount on room rates by booking directly through its brand websites, Hilton HHonors mobile app and reservation call centers, or through preferred corporate travel partners and approved travel agents. This guaranteed discount is available at more than 4,500 hotels around the world.

Courtyard by Marriott expands in Chhattisgarh

Courtyard by Marriott expands in Chhattisgarh

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Courtyard by Marriott Raipur joins the growing portfolio of more than 1,000 Courtyard by Marriott hotels in more than 40 countries worldwide. Located in the capital city of Chhattisgarh, Courtyard by Marriott Raipur is the 14th property for the brand in India, and the second in the state joining Courtyard by Marriott Bilaspur.

Expedia CruiseShipCenters plans growth in 2016

Expedia CruiseShipCenters plans growth in 2016

Expedia CruiseShipCenters ended 2015 on a high note with substantial growth into new U.S. markets in addition to being named a top franchise opportunity. In 2015, the retail travel company met 33 percent year-over-year distribution channel growth when it awarded a record 40 new travel agency franchises. The brand looks to propel growth plans even farther in 2016.

MTT appoints new chief executive

MTT appoints new chief executive

David Moran has today been named as Chief Executive Officer of MTT, the specialist in mobile travel commerce and digital travel services. Acquired by Travelport in July last year, MTT provides sophisticated mobile applications and digital services to some of the best known brands in the global travel industry. Based in MTT’s Dublin headquarters, David will join the company on March 1, 2016.