Organisations & Operators News

Carlson Wagonlit Travel appoints Vipservice as Russia partner

Carlson Wagonlit Travel appoints Vipservice as Russia partner

Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced that Vipservice, based in Russia, will be appointed to join CWT’s Global Partner Network. It is expected that Vipservice will join the CWT Global Partner Network later this month, once the proposed sale of CWT’s wholly owned Russian subsidiary to Vipservice is complete.

China-based MTR signs on for South West Trains franchise

China-based MTR signs on for South West Trains franchise

The British department for transport has announced First MTR South Western Trains has been awarded the South Western franchise. First MTR is a partnership between China-based MTR and First Group. The new organisation will take over from Stagecoach, which currently runs South Western Trains services across south west England to and from London Waterloo.

MICE tourism drives visitors to Vienna in 2016

MICE tourism drives visitors to Vienna in 2016

The city of Vienna last year welcome 567,000 event delegates, up seven per cent on the previous year. These visitors participated in a total of 4,084 congresses, corporate events and incentives, up 11 per cent on 2015, with the resulting number of bed-nights increasing two per cent to around 1,718,000.

Ras Al Khaimah proves a hit with visitors

Ras Al Khaimah proves a hit with visitors

Ras Al Khaimah is celebrating further success this year as the emirate welcomes the results of its first visitor satisfaction survey, revealing that the majority of visitors to the region’s fastest growing destination were very satisfied, or satisfied, with their holiday in Ras Al Khaimah.

Valletta unveils European Capital of Culture 2018 programme

Valletta unveils European Capital of Culture 2018 programme

Valletta has launched a preview of its 2018 European Capital of Culture programme. A collection of artistic, cultural, and community projects as well as festivals and carnivals, the island is thrilled to be showcasing its eclectic history and heritage.

New sales leadership for PortAventura in UK

New sales leadership for PortAventura in UK

PortAventura World Parks & Resort has appointed Mark Hopper as the new sales director for UK & Ireland. He joins less than a month before the opening of PortAventura’s latest theme park, Ferrari Land.

African travel agency Wakanow launches in Europe

African travel agency Wakanow launches in Europe

Africa’s fastest-growing online travel agent, Wakanow, has launched in the UK market. The online travel agent will provide a one-stop-shop for travel to Africa, offering a diverse range of competitively-priced flights and hotels for key destinations including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Seychelles, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Uganda, DRC, and Gambia.

Travelport signs new Bin Ham Travel Group partnership

Travelport signs new Bin Ham Travel Group partnership

Travelport has signed a new, multi-year agreement with Bin Ham Travel Group. Established in 1979, the group comprises three leading travel management companies: Al Amaan Travel & Holidays; Al Ain Express Travel; and Bin Ham Travel.

Axis to head UK PR for Tourism Nova Scotia

Axis to head UK PR for Tourism Nova Scotia

Following a competitive pitch process, Tourism Nova Scotia has appointed tourism consultancy Axis Travel Marketing to manage its UK trade relations and PR strategy. Located in eastern Canada and almost completely surrounded by ocean, Nova Scotia welcomes some 2.2 million visitors each year.

The Travel Corporation signs global partnership with Me to We

The Travel Corporation signs global partnership with Me to We

The Travel Corporation and four of its award-winning brands are to launch a global partnership with ME to WE by offering a selection of immersive volunteer trips. In partnership the organisation, travellers have a unique opportunity to visit two iconic destinations: India and the Ecuadorian Amazon, via volunteer trip extensions.

ABTA launches new Alternative Dispute Resolution to members

ABTA launches new Alternative Dispute Resolution to members

ABTA is launching a new, independent Alternative Dispute Resolution scheme for personal injury. The conciliation scheme is a simple and cost effective means for members and consumers to resolve personal injury claims, including holiday sickness claims, up to £10,000.