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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Flight Centre Travel Group has appointed Leanne Broutta as its new destination owner for Australia and New Zealand. Broutta joins Flight Centre from Trailfinders, where she was responsible for managing the company’s Australasia product.