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VisitEngland chairman Lady Cobham receives CBE from Prince of Wales

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VisitEngland chairman Lady Cobham has been awarded a CBE for services to tourism and received the honour from HRH the Prince of Wales. She joined VisitEngland in 2009 when the tourist board was created and has been instrumental in driving forward the objectives of England’s Strategic Framework for Tourism to maximise tourism’s contribution to the economy, employment and quality of life in England. → Read More

UK arrivals to Namibia surge ahead in 2013

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The Namibia ministry of tourism has released its arrival figures from 2013 showing a total of 23,185 arrivals from the UK - a 10.2 per cent increase year on year. In 2012 UK arrival had fallen by 2.5 per cent, with depletion in numbers to 21,035. In contrast in 2013 the UK market showed positive signs of growth, evident by the acceleration of visitors. → Read More

The Els Club Teluk Datai recognised by World Golf Awards

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Ernie Els’ Malaysian masterpiece, The Els Club Teluk Datai, has been named the ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ at the inaugural World Golf Awards, hosted in Portugal. Just two weeks after its official grand opening, the four-time Major winner’s stunning Langkawi layout, which sits amidst a tropical rainforest stretching to the shores of the Andaman Sea, scooped the much-coveted accolade, voted upon by golf travel executives and members of the media. → Read More

Thomas Cook signs on for Amadeus Altéa solutions

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Amadeus and Thomas Cook group airlines have announce an agreement which will see the latter become the first leisure carriers to adopt the Amadeus Altéa solutions. Four of Thomas Cook group airlines based in Germany, the UK, Scandinavia and Belgium adopt Amadeus’ Altéa suite as a single platform to manage reservations, inventory and departure control. By unifying its IT systems across the group, Thomas Cook group airlines will be able to implement a customer-centric strategy offering a single consolidated customer touch point with comprehensive real-time information. → Read More

Chambers Travel Group signs up to Concur’s new Preferred Partner Programme

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Chambers Travel Group has broken ground by becoming the first travel management company to be appointed as a partner in Concur’s new Preferred Partner Programme across Europe. Concur, the global leader in integrated travel and expense management, launched its Preferred Partner Programme in the US last year where it has grown to include 23 travel management companies. → Read More

Colombian tourism promotion body rebrands as Procolombia

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The Colombian trade, investment and tourism promotion body Proexport has completed its rebrand to Procolombia following an eight-month process led by its president Juan Manuel Santos Calderón. The move, which takes immediate effect, comes after a survey of Colombian and foreign entrepreneurs concluded that the name Proexport did not reflect either the body’s connection to Colombia or its broad remit, which covers promoting investment and tourism as well as exports. → Read More

New South America leadership for Kuoni Travel Experts

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Kuoni Group Travel Experts has appointed Mel Lorenzo to lead its activities in Latin America. Based in Brazil, she takes charge of building and maintaining relationships with travel business interested in arranging group tours around the world. → Read More

Luxury sector drives visitor numbers in Dubai

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The new tourism season is an exciting one with a number of world class and internationally renowned hotel brands coming up in Dubai. During 2014 the emirate experienced a 10.6 per cent visitor increase from the 11 million guests in 2013. By building more hotels that suit all kind of tourists, Dubai is on track to meet their target of 20 million visitors by the year 2020. → Read More

Illusions showcases offering in new animated short

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Illusions Online has released a new animated video revealing to potential buyers what its services offer. The clip, released today, explains in simple terms what Illusions can do for travel companies - including tour operators, destination management companies and travel agencies - and how it can elevate businesses to a whole other level. → Read More

Wayn.com signs strategic partnership with Booking.com

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Wayn.com has signed a strategic partnership with Booking.com, the world’s leader in booking accommodations online. The deal will enable Wayn.com to offer the most comprehensive accommodation search service for its 22.7 million plus members and will be accessible here. According to Jerome Touze, Wayn co-founder: “Providing a hotel search option to WAYN members is a logical step for us. → Read More

Expedia acquires Wotif for $700m

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US online travel giant Expedia has completed the $703 million acquisition of Australia's Wotif Group. The total consideration of A$703 million was comprised of a A$51 million special dividend distributed by the Wotif Group to its shareholders before closing and A$652 million in cash from Expedia. → Read More

Puerto Rico Tourism Company launches agricultural tourism programme

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Executive director for the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, has announced the start of the agency’s Agricultural Tourism Program with the official certification of Hacienda Tres Ángeles in the municipality of Adjuntas, located at the Island’s central mountainous region. Agricultural Tourism is a form of sustainable tourism, in which the visitor has the opportunity to learn about agricultural areas, tasks, local products, native foods and the region’s everyday life, as well as the destination’s cultural heritage and traditions. → Read More

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