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Rocco Forte to open second hotel in Rome

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A second Rocco Forte hotel will open in Rome in 2018, following the ongoing success of the existing Rocco Forte hotel in the city, Hotel de Russie. Rocco Forte Hotels, which is 23 per cent owned by the Gruppo Cassa Depositi e Prestiti through CDP Equity, will work with the real estate division of Reale Group to renovate and upgrade the Hotel De La Ville. → Read More

BookLogic partners with Skyscanner to boost hotel sales

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BookLogic has partnered with Skyscanner to expand exposure and sales reach for its hotel clients through the leading meta search engine. The hotel revenue management technology company is offering a direct connection to the meta search engine to help its hotel clients reach a wider market. → Read More

Lisbon takes top title at World Travel Awards

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Lisbon has been named Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination by the World Travel Awards. These accolades, announced at the Europe Gala Ceremony held in Sardinia, honour the quality of services and the facilities for cruise passengers available in the sunny Portuguese capital. Paula Oliveira, executive director of Turismo de Lisboa, said: “We are extremely proud to have received these two new awards for our city." → Read More

FCM signs ANZ Bank as latest global partner

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FCM Travel Solutions been awarded the global travel contract for ANZ Bank. General manager for FCM Australia, James Kavanagh, said of the win that it was a true organisation-wide approach, leveraging international expertise from colleagues around the world as well as a key team from Australia to secure the business. → Read More

Fiji Hotel & Tourism Association partners with STR

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STR has partnered with the Fiji Hotel & Tourism Association to advance performance growth for the hotel industry in the destination. “We have great expectations for our partnership with the FHTA,” said Jesper Palmqvist, STR area director for the Asia Pacific region. → Read More

Qatar to boost stopover potential with visa overhaul

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Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar Airways and Qatar’s ministry of interior have announced a revised tourism visa scheme available to passengers transiting through Doha in a move to promote Qatar as a world-class stopover destination. The new transit visa structure now allows passengers with a minimum transit time of five hours in Hamad International Airport, to stay in Qatar for up to 96 hours (four days), without the requirement to apply ahead of time for an entry visa. → Read More

PATA redevelops website to offer universal accessibility

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On the occasion of World Tourism Day 2016, under the theme of ‘Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility’, the Pacific Asia Travel Association has announced the relaunch of its official website. PATA.com has be redesigned for universal accessibility. → Read More

WTTC calls on the tourism sector to be more accessible

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David Scowsill has called for the tourism sector to be more accessible, during a speech at World Tourism Day celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. The president and chief executive of the World Travel & Tourism Council said: “Tourism needs to take accessibility requirements seriously." → Read More

Marriott to offer 30 brand portfolio following Starwood deal

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Marriott International has expanded to include 30 of the most desirable and prestigious hotel brands with the addition of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts portfolio. At a time when travellers place even greater emphasis on enriching and personal experiences, they can now choose from the most diverse selection of hotel brands ever. With more than 5,700 hotels and 1.1 million rooms in over 110 countries across the globe, guests now have access to the best hotels and resorts wherever they travel. → Read More

Africa nominates Mzembi to head UNWTO

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African nations have nominated a Zimbabwean, Walter Mzembi, as their candidate to become the new head of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. Should Mzembi get the post, it will be the first time in the organisation’s 43-year history that an African would head the organisation. → Read More

Azores Airlines to add Airbus A321neo to long-haul fleet

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Azores Airlines is modernising its short-haul and transatlantic fleet with the A321neo and by 2019 with the longer range A321LR. The decision follows a growth strategy to expand into new transatlantic routes. Azores airlines has been an Airbus customer since 1999 operating seven A310, A320 and A330 Airbus aircrafts across Europe, Canada and North America. → Read More

Record month for UK tourism in July

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Figures released today show that July was the highest month ever for inbound tourism to the UK with 3.8 million visits, up two per cent on July last year. Overseas visitors to the UK spent £2.5 billion in July, four per cent up on the same month last year. The Office for National Statistics figures show that it was a record July for inbound visits from EU countries, the UK’s largest visit-generating region, with 2.3 million visits, three per cent up on last year. → Read More

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