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STR: Mecca leads way in Ramadan hospitality bookings

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An STR analysis of the first half of Ramadan 2016 indicates that Mecca, Saudi Arabia, was the only major hotel market in the Middle East to experience an increase in revenue per available room during the first two weeks of the holiday. STR compared preliminary daily data for six hotel markets in the Middle East from June 6th-20th, 2016, with the June 18th through July 2nd Ramadan time period last year. → Read More

Restrata aviation security deal to boost Egyptian tourism industry

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Leading British aviation security firm, Restrata, has been appointed to deliver an aviation security programme for airports across Egypt, including Sharm el-Sheikh. The announcement is the latest step in Egypt’s upgrading of its security: ensuring a long-term, high level of security at all airports. → Read More

Buffalo Tours launches MICE division in Asia

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Buffalo Tours has launched Buffalo Events – a MICE division to support corporate clients and MICE agents in crafting meaningful events and incentives. Buffalo Tours’ expansion to incorporate a dedicated MICE division follows the demand from clients to provide small group specialist event services focusing on unique experiences and CSR objectives. → Read More

United Airlines strikes deal with Association of Flight Attendants

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United and the Association of Flight Attendants announced earlier they have reached an agreement on terms of a joint contract that would bring the airline’s more than 25,000 flight attendants together into a single work group. The agreement is subject to approval by the Joint Master Executive Council, including all local presidents, after which it will become a tentative agreement and will be put out for ratification by flight attendants. → Read More

Lotus takes Palladium Hotel role in UK

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Travel PR and marketing agency Lotus has been appointed to carry out travel trade representation for Palladium Hotel Group in the United Kingdom. Account manager at Lotus, Maria Costa Lobo, will be responsible for the travel trade representation of Palladium Hotel Group in the UK market. Palladium is a Spanish hotel chain with over forty years of experience. → Read More

UK traveller boom for Tenerife in early 2016

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The latest figures from the Tenerife Tourism Corporation indicate that over 800,000 visitors from the UK travelled to Tenerife between January and May 2016, representing an increase of 20.8 per cent on the previous year. These statistics are all the more remarkable considering that 2015 saw a total of 1,765,216 visitors from the UK market, which already represented an uplift of 4.8 per cent on the previous year. → Read More

CatchOn takes Edition portfolio in Asia

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Edition has appointed CatchOn Communications to develop and drive the international hotel brand’s PR strategy in the region. CatchOn will be responsible for providing strategic counsel and media relations services for the Edition brand, with a focus on the upcoming opening of the brand’s first property in Asia Pacific – The Sanya Edition, slated to open in fall 2016. → Read More

Zimbabwe joins Pacific Asia Travel Association to promote Chinese tourism

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The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has become the first national tourism organisation from the continent of Africa to join the Pacific Asia Travel Association. The two organisations signed a letter of agreement during the annual Sanganai World Tourism Expo in Bulawayo. The agreement reinforces Zimbabwe’s determination to increase the numbers of international arrivals from influential source markets across the Asia Pacific region. → Read More

Tourism bodies seek to quell consumer fears over Brexit

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With the peak travel season about to begin, British holidaymakers are set to discover the immediate effects of the vote to the Leave the European Union, with the pound falling and prices increasing abroad. ABTA has assured travellers that there will be no immediate change in European regulations in the face of the UK vote to exit the European Union, claiming: “People due to travel this summer will see little changes to their holiday. → Read More

Sabre boss Tom Klein to step down in December

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Tom Klein, president and chief executive of Sabre Corporation, will resign from Sabre and its board of directors at the end of the year. He will remain in position until December 31st as the board conducts a formal search for his successor. → Read More

Britain votes to leave European Union

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British and European hospitality organisations rushed to assess a new reality this morning, as the UK voted to leave the European Union. With the final results now declared, some 52 per cent of voters chose to leave the EU. Better than expected showings for the Leave campaign in most areas of England and Wales outweighing strong Remain showings in London, Scotland and Northern Ireland. → Read More

CHTA calls for Caribbean-US tourism dialogue

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Officials from the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association have presented a paper to attendees at a Capitol Hill Briefing in Washington DC urging the creation of a Caribbean-US public-private sector dialogue and a framework for a Caribbean-United States tourism action agenda to strengthen Caribbean engagement with the United States. → Read More

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