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St Petersburg wins top title during World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016

St Petersburg wins top title during World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016

World Travel Awards has recognised St Petersburg’s potential for tourism growth, arguing the Russian destination has a bright future on the international hospitality stage. The city earlier claimed the title of the World’s Leading Cultural City Destination at the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2016.

Ryanair Holidays launches to holidaymakers in UK and Germany

Ryanair Holidays launches to holidaymakers in UK and Germany

Ryanair has launched a package holiday service, offering its customers flights, accommodation and transfer packages, all on the Ryanair.com website and at the lowest prices. The low-cost carrier has partnered with Spain-based tour operator, Logitravel, and accommodation provider, World2Meet, to create Ryanair Holiday,” which launches in the UK, Ireland and Germany, with other markets to follow in 2017.

Vietnam Airlines receives latest Boeing Dreamliner

Vietnam Airlines receives latest Boeing Dreamliner

Boeing and Vietnam Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the flag carrier’s tenth 787-9 Dreamliner. “Vietnam Airlines is proud to welcome our 10th Boeing 787 Dreamliner on behalf of Vietnam Airlines, only 16 months after we took delivery of the first of these state-of-the-art new aircraft,” said Phan Xuan Duc, executive vice president, Vietnam Airlines.

Amsterdam signs new home sharing partnership with Airbnb

Amsterdam signs new home sharing partnership with Airbnb

Amsterdam has announced a new partnership with Airbnb to tackle illegal hotels and promote responsible home sharing. The city was one of the first in the world to introduce a progressive and innovative policy towards home sharing while ensuring that homes remain homes.

Ten million overnight guests expected in Sydney for summer 2016

Ten million overnight guests expected in Sydney for summer 2016

This summer more than ten million overnight and day trip visitors are expected to visit Sydney to make the most of the warm weather, world famous beaches, globally recognised icons, first class dining scene and calendar of events. Over the six month period of October – March Sydney will receive 18 million visitors, with ten million of these expected to visit during summer.

Lufthansa makes new offer to Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union

Lufthansa makes new offer to Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union

Deutsche Lufthansa has made the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union a new offer to resolve the present industrial dispute. The move follows days of strike action in recent weeks with hundreds of thousands of passengers hit by disruption. The airline is now offering a two-step 4.4 per cent increase in remuneration plus a one-off payment.

Boeing slams WTO ruling as subsidy battle rumbles on

Boeing slams WTO ruling as subsidy battle rumbles on

Boeing has rejected a World Trade Organisation claim that it received illegal subsidies for its 777X manufacture programme. In response to the ruling, Boeing argued the WTO had rejected virtually all of the European Union’s challenges to the Washington state tax incentives. On Monday the World Trade Organisation ruled a tax break from Washington state to help Boeing develop its new 777X jetliner was a prohibited subsidy.

Nintendo to bring themed worlds to Universal Parks & Resorts

Nintendo to bring themed worlds to Universal Parks & Resorts

Nintendo-themed areas are coming to Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. These will be expansive, immersive and interactive and will be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants. The new themed areas come as the result of a global partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo – two icons of the entertainment world.

Vereinigung Cockpit calls for two further days of strikes at Lufthansa

Vereinigung Cockpit calls for two further days of strikes at Lufthansa

With the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union having resolved on Sunday evening to call for two further days of strike action, Lufthansa has put special flight schedules into effect for Tuesday and Wednesday. This further strike action will affect all short-haul services from Germany on Tuesday and short-, medium- and long-haul services from Germany on Wednesday.

Changi-led consortium acquires Vladivostok Airport

Changi-led consortium acquires Vladivostok Airport

A consortium comprising Basic Element, one of Russia’s diversified industrial groups, Russian Direct Investment Fund and Changi Airports International has acquired Vladivostok International Airport in Russia’s Far East from Sheremetyevo International Airport. Upon regulatory and corporate approvals, the consortium will own 100 per cent of JSC Terminal Vladivostok which owns and operates the airport terminal building, and 52.16 per cent of JSC International Airport Vladivostok which holds the airport license.

British travellers warned over ‘balconing’

British travellers warned over ‘balconing’

British travellers to Spain have been warned not to take undue risks jumping from balconies when visiting the country. In advice many would hopefully consider, holidaymakers have been warned falling from a hotel room could cause serious injury.

Parot steps up to chief executive role with Europcar

Parot steps up to chief executive role with Europcar

Europcar Group’s supervisory board today announced the appointment of Caroline Parot as chief executive officer, effective immediately. She succeeds Philippe Germond, with a mandate to accelerate the implementation of the group’s strategy of becoming a leader in global mobility solutions.