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CLIA appoints Ostebo to lead organisation

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Cruise Lines International Association has announced Thomas Ostebo will join the organisation as president and chief executive officer, effective July 6th. Selected by CLIA’s Global Executive Committee, Ostebo will oversee CLIA operations both domestically and internationally, working directly with his senior leadership team to execute the organisation’s vision and work on behalf of CLIA members. → Read More

London welcomes more visitors than ever before

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London welcomed more international visitors than ever before in 2014, with the city’s cultural attractions and world class sporting events proving irresistible draws for millions, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey. The new figures show there were 17.4 million visits to the city in 2014 up 3.5 per cent from the previous record of 16.8million visits in 2013. → Read More

Maldives reports increase in UK visitor numbers

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Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation has announced an increase in visitor arrivals from the UK, with the latest 2015 figures revealing an eight per cent increase in UK tourists during the first three months of 2015. This equates to 25,158 UK tourists visiting the Maldives compared to 23,297 in 2014. In addition to a rise in visitor figures, the Maldives will also be expanding its tourism infrastructure during 2015, including a number of new hotel developments and the introduction of a new luxury seaplane transfer from Male to Dhonakulhi Island. → Read More

Indian partnerships drive Yas Island success in Abu Dhabi

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Farah Leisure Parks Management, which currently manages and operates world-class family attractions Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and YasWaterworld on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, has announced Lama Tours as its Travel Industry Preferred Partner. The phenomenal performance of the leisure segment from India over the past year was a result of strong market presence and strategic partnerships with the Indian travel trade, according to Bruno Wiley, vice president of Sales, Farah Leisure. → Read More

Bravofly Rumbo to rebrand as lastminute.com following acquisition

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European leisure industry giant Bravofly Rumbo Group will change its corporate name to lastminute.com in the course of the year. This decision was approved at the company’s annual general meeting in Amsterdam earlier. At the meeting some 55.63 per cent of Bravofly Rumbo Group’s voting rights were represented and all resolutions proposed by the board were accepted. → Read More

Thomson Airways expands Dreamliner order with addition of 787-9 planes

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Two years on from the delivery of Thomson Airways’ first 787 Dreamliner, the UK’s largest holiday airline has announced it will take delivery of up to four new, larger Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to expand its long-haul programme. Demonstrating its continued commitment to the Dreamliner, Thomson Airways has converted two existing orders for 787-8 (for delivery in summer 2016) to the new larger capacity 787-9 aircraft. → Read More

Etihad Airways welcome UAE foreign minister to Expo 2015

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Etihad Airways and Alitalia have welcomed Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, to their joint pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 this week. The airlines are Official Global Airline Carriers of Expo Milano 2015, which takes place under the theme of ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. A total of 20 million visitors are expected to attend from across the world, with Alitalia and Etihad Airways’ pavilion serving as a highlight of the Expo experience. → Read More

Thomas Cook sees losses narrow as revenue increases

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Thomas Cook has reported strong financial figures for the first half of financial 2015, with the travel agent revealing group revenue increased by £37 million to £2,742 million for the period. Gross margins were maintained at 21.3 per cent, as improved yield management and cost efficiencies compensated for continued competitive pressures. However, underlying EBIT improved by £18 million to a £173 million loss, excluding a £5 million benefit from Easter falling earlier this year. → Read More

Europcar warns renters over DVLA driving licence changes

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On June 8th the DVLA will abolish the paper counterpart of the UK driving licence. From that date the information about an individual’s driving history, including endorsements, etc, will only be accessible directly from the DVLA. However, the DVLA has determined that only certain organisations will be able to access the information direct and that does not currently include vehicle rental companies. → Read More

Legoland Hotel opens at Legoland Florida Resort

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Legoland Hotel at Legoland Florida Resort has opened, marking the expansion of the resort to become an immersive, multi-day experience for families. The grand opening was honoured with thousands of colourful Lego minifigures blasting out of cannons atop the hotel and a child discovering a key to open the hotel built for kids. → Read More

Portman launches new website to UK travel trade

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Portman, one of the UK’s leading travel management companies, has today launched its new website, which complements Portman’s brand values and reputation for market-leading technology and product innovation. Visitors to the new site will find the new contemporary design easy to navigate and rich in quality of content, providing an enjoyable and knowledgeable user experience. The fresh new look reflects the company’s focus on the quality of both its team and service. → Read More

Maldives reaches out to Indian visitors with new advertising campaign

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Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation has tied up with PVR Cinemas pan-India for a two-week video campaign that will run in all major cinema halls of the PVR auditoriums. The promotion had been timed around the beginning of the summer holiday season in India to catch the attention of the holidaymakers; and during the release of the major blockbusters PIKU and Bombay Velvet. → Read More

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