Abu Dhabi has been ranked among the fastest-growing destinations in the world, and the fastest-growing destination in the Middle East, in a new report by financial services giant MasterCard.
TUI Group has launched a new content hub: travel.me. The portal aggregates content of the world’s number one tourism group to enhance its visibility and searchability on a joint platform.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced the appointment of Julian Walker as head of market communications and PR. Based in London, and reporting into the strategy and commerce organisation, Walker will have responsibility for market communications, communications strategy and public relations.
As part of the process for the contemplated sale of a majority of HotelInvest – known as Booster project - AccorHotels has entered into discussions with potential investors. In this context, the group has disclosed the updated gross asset value of the Booster Portfolio as of December 31st.
India’s ministry of tourism has welcomed the appointment of C Gangadhar as assistant director at the India Tourism Office in London. Assistant director Gangadhar will accede to the role previously filled by R Sunani, who had established a strong working relationship with the UK and Ireland travel and tourism trade.
Sabre Corporation has appointed two executives for strategic roles in its hospitality business. Brian Jorgenson will serve as senior vice president of product management while Frank Trampert will lead Sabre’s hospitality business in Asia Pacific.
Boeing and SpiceJet have announced a commitment for up to 205 airplanes during an event in New Delhi. Booked at the end of 2016, the announcement includes 100 new 737 MAX 8s, SpiceJet's current order for 42 MAXs, 13 additional 737 MAXs which were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website, as well as purchase rights for 50 additional airplanes.
Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by one percent across the product line, effective from January. This price increase has been calculated according to Airbus’ standard escalation formula over the January 2016 to January 2017 period and takes into account the materials and commodities prices.
Travelport and Al Hashim Travel have announced a new, exclusive, long term agreement. Al Hashim Travel is located in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia, with ten branches in the region. The agency is also set to expand across in Saudi Arabia in 2017.
For the third consecutive year, Las Vegas continued historic visitation growth, setting a new all-time record. The city welcomed 42.9 million visitors in 2016, surpassing 2015’s record-setting 42.3 million.
Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new aircraft, an A321, in a handover ceremony in Toulouse with Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air chairman, and Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Fabrice Bregier. The delivery is the first from a firm order placed by Iran Air in December 2016 for 100 Airbus aircraft (46 single aisle and 54 wide-body jets) to renew and expand its fleet.
Joe Thompson, currently senior vice president of sales and distribution for Virgin Atlantic, has been appointed as managing director of Virgin Holidays. He will take up the role with effect July 2017 following parental leave.