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Enterprise Rent-A-Car takes exotic car collection into Switzerland

Enterprise Rent-A-Car takes exotic car collection into Switzerland

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has launched its new Exotic Car Collection in Switzerland, giving locals and visitors the opportunity to rent high-end, luxury vehicles in the heart of Zurich. Whether it’s a Maserati, Mercedes, Porsche, or Ferrari, customers can now rent a supercar from the specialist Enterprise Exotic Car Collection branch perfectly situated to serve Zurich’s financial district, and just a short distance away from high-end shops, restaurants and hotels.

Carnival to bring Fathom brand to Cuba

Carnival to bring Fathom brand to Cuba

Carnival Corporation has announced that Cuba has granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba starting on May 1st, 2016. Following authorisation in the United States, granted in July 2015, Carnival Corporation is now cleared to operate the 704-passenger MV Adonia to Cuba through its newest brand Fathom. This marks the first time in over 50 years a cruise ship is approved to sail from the United States to Cuba.

American Airlines to bring Dreamliner to Manchester-Chicago route

American Airlines to bring Dreamliner to Manchester-Chicago route

American Airlines has introduced the latest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, into service from Manchester Airport to Chicago O'Hare International Airport. American’s 787-8 features a state-of-the-art on-board experience including satellite Wi-Fi to keep customers connected while travelling, as well as higher humidity and pressurisation, leaving customers more refreshed after their flight.

Accor signs with Jovago for African distribution deal

Accor signs with Jovago for African distribution deal

Jovago and AccorHotels have announced the signing of an innovative partnership to incorporate all AccorHotels established on the African continent on the Jovago platform - Africa’s top online hotel booking website. The partnership would firstly involve the incorporation of 30 AccorHotels hotels located in 13 countries on the Jovago platform and then, the overall hotels of the group in Africa.

H10 Cubik opens to Barcelona travellers

H10 Cubik opens to Barcelona travellers

H10 Hotels has opened a new property in Barcelona: the H10 Cubik. The hotel stands in the city’s historical centre, just a stone’s throw from the cathedral, and offers 101 rooms. Located at number 69 Via Laietana, the road that joins Plaça d’Urquinaona to the seafront and marks the limit of the Gothic Quarter, the H10 Cubik is within close walking distance from the city’s main tourist attractions, including the Cathedral, Plaça de Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia and the Born neighbourhood.

‘Many’ feared dead following Brussels explosions

‘Many’ feared dead following Brussels explosions

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel has said “many” people are feared dead following a series of explosions in the capital Brussels. Two explosions struck Zaventem airport on the outskirts of the city early this morning, with a third following an hour later at the Maalbeek metro station.

Air Europa welcomes first Boeing Dreamliner to fleet

Air Europa welcomes first Boeing Dreamliner to fleet

Air Europa is celebrating the delivery of the carrier's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Air Europa takes delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner following a ceremony held at Boeing's 787 assembly site in North Charleston, South Carolina. Air Europa leased its first 787 through an agreement with SMBC Aviation Capital.

Marriott back in the driving seat for Starwood merger

Marriott back in the driving seat for Starwood merger

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Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have confirmed that the companies have signed an amendment to their definitive merger agreement that creates the world’s largest hotel company. Under the terms of the amended merger agreement, Starwood shareholders will receive $21 in cash and 0.80 shares of Marriott International Class A common stock for each share of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide common stock.

Downtown Rotana, Manama, opens in Bahrain

Downtown Rotana, Manama, opens in Bahrain

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Downtown Rotana, Manama has officially opened its doors and is welcoming guests to its slick-city property in the heart of the Bahraini capital. Set against the iconic backdrop of the Manama ‘souq’ and the city’s central business and financial district skyline, the new 26-storey property is the third new property opening in Bahrain for Rotana.

Amadeus signs Taxi Tender for global deal

Amadeus signs Taxi Tender for global deal

Dutch-based company Taxi Tender will soon provide global access to pre-arranged discount airport taxis through Amadeus booking solutions. This partnership allows travellers to book airport taxis in advance when they are booking their trips through travel agents, on airline websites, or on airport websites.

Record year for Costa Rican tourism

Record year for Costa Rican tourism

Last year proved to be a record year for inbound tourism to Costa Rica with revenue from tourism up by nine per cent - an increase of approximately three times that of the country’s GDP which was up by 2.8 per cent. International tourist numbers hit an all-time high, with 2,665,608 visitors arriving in 2015 through all ports of entry - an increase of 5.5 per cent on 2014.

WTTC: Tourism worth $7.2tr to global economy

WTTC: Tourism worth $7.2tr to global economy

The World Travel & Tourism Council has launched its annual Economic Impact Report 2016, revealing tourism added 7.2 million jobs to the global economy and contributed over USD$ 7.2 trillion in GDP. The Economic Impact Reports, WTTC’s flagship annual research, provide economic data on the contribution of the tourism sector on a global level as well as for 184 countries and 24 regions.