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Oman Air launches new route to Mashhad, Iran

Oman Air launches new route to Mashhad, Iran

Oman Air is to launch a brand-new service between Muscat and the Iranian city of Mashhad from tomorrow. This is Oman Air’s second destination in Iran, following the launch of flights to Tehran in 2012. The carrier will operate daily flights aboard Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Travelport signs partnership with Movida of Brazil

Travelport signs partnership with Movida of Brazil

Travelport has launched a new next-generation XML connection solution for its car rental customers and, Movida, one of the largest car rental companies in Brazil, is the first supplier to go live with this innovative new offering. This news means that all Travelport-connected travel agencies across the world can now access additional car content via the Travel Commerce Platform.

Allegri takes up leadership role with Le Bristol Paris

Allegri takes up leadership role with Le Bristol Paris

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Frank Marrenbach, chief executive of Oetker Collection, has announced the recent appointment of Luca Allegri to the role of managing director of Le Bristol Paris. Allegri will take over the leadership of the award-wining Parisian palace in August 2016. He will take over from Philippe Perd who has been assigned this function temporarily on top of his role of managing director of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes.

Railway workers take strike action in France

Railway workers take strike action in France

Railways workers in France have walked out on strike in a dispute over labour reforms in the country. Unions are concerned over proposed plans to make it easier to hire and fire employees. The strikes are expected to cause disruption across the French rail network today.

Costa Cruises to launch day tours to Moscow

Costa Cruises to launch day tours to Moscow

Costa Cruises is to launch a new summer cruise on board the Costa Luminosa, allowing guests the unique opportunity to visit Moscow for a day. The ‘Jewels of the Baltic’ itinerary is available throughout August 2016, with weekly sailings from Stockholm. Costa Luminosa calls at Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Tallinn, before returning to Stockholm

Flybe relocates customer contact centre

Flybe relocates customer contact centre

Flybe has successfully completed the relocation of its Customer Contact Centre to the Belgrade office of SITEL, in a move that has helped to reduce the airline’s unit operating costs and improve customer service.

Park Hotel Group expands in Malaysia

Park Hotel Group expands in Malaysia

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Park Hotel Group is expanding into a new destination with its first hotel in Malaysia. In a hotel management contract with a subsidiary of Jaya Mapan Sdn. Bhd., the Group will manage Park Hotel Melaka, slated to open in the first half of 2019.

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts plans expansion in United States

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts plans expansion in United States

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Iberostar Hotels & Resorts will make its debut in the United States with the opening of two new hotels in New York City and Miami as part of the company's commitment to expanding its reach to the US market, delivering top hotel offerings worldwide and providing quality services to its guests. Scheduled to open June 15th, the new hotel located at 70 Park Avenue will be a four-star boutique hotel in the heart of Manhattan with 205 rooms spread across 16 floors.

PATA elects new exectutive board

PATA elects new exectutive board

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has elected Andrew Jones, Guardian – Sanctuary Resorts, Hong Kong SAR, as Chairman of the Association's Executive Board. He replaces Kevin B Murphy who was elected Chairman in April 2015 and who remains a member of the Executive Board as Immediate Past Chairman.