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Dawe takes up role with London & Partners

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Sandie Dawe, the former chief executive of VisitBritain, has been appointed as a board member of London & Partners, the mayor’s official promotional company for the city. Dawe, who was at VisitBritain for 23 years, brings with her a wealth of experience in the tourism sector and takes up the position today. → Read More

Online marketing push from Oman Tourism

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Oman Tourism has unveiled a new and improved online agent training program to better support trade partners with destination knowledge and itinerary planning. Released around the Early Bird specials for 2015 the agent training consists of four concise modules, which should take less than 30 minutes to complete successfully, and can be accessed on mobile, iPad and desktop. → Read More

Sixth United Arab Emirate signs up for WTM 2014

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World Travel Market has signed another emirate from the United Arab Emirates, meaning six out of the seven states will be represented at WTM 2014. Exhibiting at the event for the first time this year will be the Ajman Tourism Development Department. → Read More

Craigs to step down as PATA chief executive

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Pacific Asia Travel Association chief executive Martin Craigs is expected to announce his retirement from the role today. PATA is presently meeting at its Travel Mart 2014 event in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with the board of the organisation reportedly selecting a new leader for the organisation. → Read More

CHTA appoints leadership for new biennium

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Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association president Emil Lee has enhanced his executive committee by adding three Caribbean tourism industry professionals who will serve as regional vice presidents during his presidency. Lee has appointed Sanovnik Destang, executive director of Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, founder of Bedford Baker Group in the Bahamas, and Warren Binder, president Creative Travel Consultants in Florida. → Read More

TUI AG thrashes out details of TUI Travel takeover

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TUI AG has reached agreement on the terms of a recommended all-share nil-premium merger of TUI Travel and TUI AG, which is to be implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement of TUI Travel. Under the merger, TUI Travel Shareholders (other than TUI AG and certain connected parties) will receive 0.399 New TUI AG Shares for each TUI Travel Share held by them at the scheme record time. → Read More

Australia’s Nature Coast pushes for growth in UK market

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Sunshine Coast Destination and Fraser Coast Opportunities continue to join forces and will expand their marketing push of Australia’s Nature Coast into the UK, a key international market for both regions. Just over 12 months old, the ANC initiative is designed to showcase the environmental assets of the neighbouring regions, in order to increase international appeal. → Read More

WTTC criticises Latin America for failure to develop tourism infrastructure

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Latin America is set to miss out on economic and social benefits from tourism unless it invests sufficiently in its lagging infrastructure. That is according to World Travel & Tourism Council president David Scowsill, who stresses that weaknesses in the current state of tourism infrastructure in Latin America pose a threat to realising the growth potential of the sector within the region. → Read More

Travelport initial public offering values company at $1.9bn

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Travelport has announced it has commenced an initial public offering of 30 million of its common shares, priced at $14 to $16. The deal, which seeks to raise $480 million, would value the company at $1.9 billion at the top end of expectations. → Read More

BBC World News signs partnership with PATA

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The Pacific Asia Travel Association is has revealed BBC Global News, the owner and operator of BBC World News and bbc.com/news, as the new PATA Premier Media Partner. As a membership association advocating for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry, the partnership will provide PATA the opportunity to reach more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 389 million households and 1.81 million hotel rooms. → Read More

Scowsill urges South American governments to wake up to tourism potential

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Lack of recognition of the economic role of tourism continues to hinder the sector’s growth potential and governments need to wake up and take action. That is one of the messages from the chief executive of the World Travel & Tourism Council at the opening ceremony of WTTC’s 2014 Americas Summit in Peru. → Read More

Sabre appoints Gonzalez executive vice president and General Counsel

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Sabre Corporation, a global technology provider to the travel and tourism industry, has appointed Rachel A. Gonzalez as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, effective September 22. → Read More

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