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British visitors flock to Mauritius as airlift soars

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In August 2014, Mauritius welcomed 11,857 arrivals from the UK, a 20.5 per cent increase year on year compared to August 2013; higher than any other month in the past five years. The August arrival figures have had a positive effect on the cumulative arrivals to date, bringing the UK to an overall increase of 11.75 per cent over the period of January to August 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. → Read More

Worldhotels expands into West Africa with Azalaï deal

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Worldhotels has announced its expansion into Africa by joining forces with the Azalaï Hotels Group – the first African private hotel chain in West Africa. As part of the agreement, six Azalaï Hotels in Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali and Guinea-Bissau have joined Worldhotels’ global network of almost 500 hotels worldwide, taking advantage of the group’s 360° solution, which offers everything from technology to branding. → Read More

Illusions expands US operations with new sales appointment

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Illusions has signalled its intention to corner the US market by appointing a business development guru dedicated to growing the travel tech firm’s presence in the Americas. The Dubai-headquartered company has recruited Scott Fluhrer as vice president sales – North America, who commands extensive experience in the online travel and distribution fields. → Read More

World Golf Awards welcomes Laurent-Perrier as Platinum Partner

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World Golf Awards has announced the singing of premium champagne brand Laurent-Perrier as a Platinum Partner for its 2014 Gala Ceremony. The only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the golf hospitality industry, World Golf Awards inaugural showcase will take place at the Conrad Algarve, Portugal, from November 13th-16th. → Read More

Job losses expected as TUI UK pulls out of Coventry

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TUI UK & Ireland, which operates holiday brands Thomson and First Choice, has announced the decision to close its Coventry office by December 2015. The company also confirmed it has entered into a consultation process with staff based at the office as it announces proposals regarding the future operating model of its contact centres, which includes the relocation of roles to other UK sites. → Read More

Thomson makes youth push with new brand

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Thomson’s collection of Scene hotels, launched for summer 2014 as the perfect choice for sun seekers looking for a smart holiday base in some of the coolest party destinations, has significantly increased with the integration of the ‘2wentys’ youth brand into the range. The new look Thomson Scene will provide holidaymakers aged 18-35 with the perfect break in 86 hotels in 34 resorts in 20 destinations, combining chilled pool days with lively nights out. → Read More

Hoseasons moves UK breaks upscale with new Bouja brand

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A new range of luxury breaks designed to appeal to holiday park customers looking for that little bit extra has been unveiled as the latest specialist innovation from domestic holiday brand Hoseasons. Due to launch at the start of next year, Bouja will offer families, friends and couples the very best in affordable luxury getaways at six stunning countryside and coastal locations across Devon, Wales and Hampshire. → Read More

Egypt to sponsor registration at World Travel Market

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World Travel Market has confirmed the Egyptian State Tourism Office will sponsor the registration for World Travel Market 2014. The sponsorship is part of Egypt's marketing campaign for the UK, one of its most important inbound markets. Egypt's logo and its tag line "Where it all begins…" will appear on all online and direct mail promotional materials. → Read More

Breaking Travel News investigates: Golf tourism in the Middle East

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Breaking Travel News tees off with a series of golf tourism reports ahead of the debut World Golf Awards to be held in Portugal in November. Phil Blizzard here plays a round at Cityscape Global, Dubai in order to look at golf developments in the region. → Read More

Travelport expands commercial relationship with Carlson Wagonlit

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Travelport and Carlson Wagonlit Travel, one of the world’s leading travel management companies, have announced an expanded multi-year, global agreement. The agreement builds upon the two companies’ already long standing relationship and creates a long-term commercial framework to lead and define the working partnership between the two organisations through to the next decade. → Read More

FCm Travel Solutions records significant growth in SmartSTAY

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FCm Travel Solutions’ added-value hotel initiative SmartSTAY has seen rapid growth since its launch in mid-2013 and now boasts over 300 properties worldwide participating in the corporate extras programme. SmartSTAY gives FCm clients year-round access to complimentary benefits such as room upgrades, wi-fi, late check-out, early check-in, breakfast, car parking, use of hotel meeting space, laundry services and local restaurant discounts. → Read More

New York welcomes completed High Line park

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New York city, state, and federal officials have joined with Friends of the High Line to celebrate the realisation of a dream to preserve the full length of the High Line, from Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District, north to 34th Street, where the historic rail line terminates at Hudson Yards. The opening of the northernmost section marks 15 years of advocacy for Friends of the High Line, which began in 1999 when Joshua David and Robert Hammond, two neighbourhood residents, had a vision to preserve the High Line and create a new, innovative public space for New Yorkers and visitors. → Read More

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