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Europcar opens latest branch in Richmond, London

Europcar opens latest branch in Richmond, London

Europcar has opened its latest location at the Richmond Homebase on Manor Road, Richmond. Visiting the new branch – which puts vehicle rental right in the heart of the community – local MP, Zac Goldsmith, welcomed local Europcar Agents, Tony Baugh and Simon Westbury.

Uber sells Chinese operations to Didi Chuxing

Uber sells Chinese operations to Didi Chuxing

Uber has agreed to sell its Chinese business to rival Didi Chuxing. The taxi-booking app will retain separate branding in the country, with Uber also taking a 5.9 per cent stake in the combined company. Didi Chuxing - which is backed by internet giants Tencent and Alibaba - dominates the taxi-booking sector in China with nearly 90 per cent of the market.

Expedia expands European partnership with Travelport

Expedia expands European partnership with Travelport

The Expedia group and Travelport have today announced an expanded European partnership which sees Expedia extend its use of Travelport’s Travel Commerce Platform in multiple European countries. As part of the agreement, Expedia and its brands, including its corporate arm, Egencia, will continue to use Travelport’s industry-leading Universal Application Programming Interface to access unrivalled hotel and car content and to power new services that will give their customers a greater level of information, choice and flexibility when it comes to booking online travel.

Vote of confidence for South Africa tourism

Vote of confidence for South Africa tourism

South Africa’s hotel industry is set for steady growth in the next five years driven by an increase in the number of foreign visitors into the African continent. Pietro Calicchio, industry leader of hospitality and gambling, PwC Southern Africa explained: “Although the South African economy has weakened considerably, the overall outlook for hotels in South Africa is expected to remain positive.”

bmi regional expands codeshare deal with Brussels Airlines

bmi regional expands codeshare deal with Brussels Airlines

bmi regional has added seven new routes to its network thanks to an agreement extending the carrier’s codeshare partnership with Brussels Airlines. Routes from the Great Britain, Northern Ireland and France will go on sale via bmi regional’s website and call centre from today.

dusitD2 Khao Yai opens in Thailand

dusitD2 Khao Yai opens in Thailand

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Dusit International has opened a new mountain resort, dusitD2 Khao Yai. Located on the fringe of Thailand’s famed Khao Yai National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site just a two-hour drive from central Bangkok, dusitD2 Khao Yai provides the perfect springboard to a host of adventures such as hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, biking, and feeding alpacas.

Qatar Airways increases IAG stake to 20 per cent

Qatar Airways increases IAG stake to 20 per cent

Qatar Airways has announced that it now holds 20.01 per cent of International Airlines Group. While Qatar Airways’ interest in IAG is purely financial, the increased shareholding reflects the strength of commercial and strategic ties between the companies and evidences the continued support for the on-going strategy of IAG.

Carnival unveils name of newest ship

Carnival unveils name of newest ship

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Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed that Carnival Horizon will be the name of its new 133,500-ton ship scheduled to be delivered in March 2018. urrently under construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Carnival Horizon will be the line’s second Vista-class ship, with the namesake vessel in the series, Carnival Vista, having entered service in May 2016.

United Continental appoints new board member

United Continental appoints new board member

United Continental has confirmed that Edward "Ted" Philip is joining its Board of Directors. Philip brings to United nearly three decades of leadership across the technology, health care and financial services sectors.

First Hard Rock Hotel to open in the Middle East

First Hard Rock Hotel to open in the Middle East

Hotel 

The Hard Rock Hotel Dubai Marina is set to open its doors marking the group's first hotel in the United Arab Emirates. The property is located in Dubai's second tallest building, the Marina 101 development, featuring 288 decked out rooms in the first 33 floors of this 101-story masterpiece.

Starwood unveils first luxury hotel in Tokyo

Starwood unveils first luxury hotel in Tokyo

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The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts is opening The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, marking Starwood's first-ever luxury hotel in Japan's capital city. Managed by Prince Hotels, the dproperty is situated in the Kioicho neighborhood, part of Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho, a mixed-use development comprised of commercial, residential, retail and entertainment spaces.