Royal Caribbean has announced that the Cuban government has granted them approval for cruises to Cuba and they plan to announce their first Florida-Cuba itineraries in the near future. At the same time, Oceania Cruises has revealed its first three inaugural voyages from Miami to Cuba. The first will depart in March 2017.
This December leading UK holiday company, Thomson, will mark its ultimate campaign titled ‘Moments’, airing before Christmas ahead of rebranding to TUI in 2017. Thomson is proud to have led the way since the 1960’s by producing emotive holiday campaigns, with the new creative continuing the legacy theme as the story signifies the importance of enjoying those important holiday ‘moments’ with loved ones.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood has revealed its latest tour addition, from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: The Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts Exhibit. On hand were special guests Dan Fogler, from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Bonnie Wright, of Harry Potter film series fame.
A new milestone in connectivity has been reached in Ecuador, with the inaugural flight of low-cost airline Wingo on the Quito-Bogota route. There was a celebratory atmosphere at Mariscal Sucre Airport before the first passengers boarded the new flight, which will join both capital cities with four weekly flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
TUI Group has reported an operating result of €1.001 billion for the financial year, up from €953 million last year. The figure excludes the specialist unit Travelopia, which is available for sale as announced and is accounted for as discontinued operation.
Qatar Airways has announced that it will offer daily non-stop flights between Doha and Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, commencing June 12th, 2017. Situated on Ireland’s east coast, Dublin features many cultural and historic highlights and has long attracted visitors from all over the world.
Garuda Indonesia will provide the first direct link between Indonesia and India by operating a new route from Jakarta to the Indian metropolis Mumbai, starting December 12th. The new service will be served through Bangkok three times a week by the airline's Boeing 738 aircraft with a two-class cabin configuration.
Betty Radier has been appointed as the new Kenya Tourism Board chief executive following an extensive recruitment process. Announcing the appointment, KTB chairman Jimi Kariuki said the board was confident Radier had the right qualifications to steer KTB and the country’s tourism sector into great new frontiers.
Korean Air has celebrated its inaugural Delhi-Incheon direct flight with a welcome ceremony at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport. Korean Air’s maiden flight from Incheon to Delhi, KE481, touched down at Indira Gandhi Airport and was welcomed with a water canon event prepared by the airport.
Macao is getting ready to host its first ever International Film Festival, which will take place between December 8th-13th. Spanning six consecutive days, the event will showcase the best of Asian and international cinema with a programme of film premieres and screenings for both Asian and Western film, red-carpet presentations, industry events, master classes and an awards ceremony.
Following a competitive pitch process, Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority has appointed leading travel and tourism consultancy Hills Balfour to manage its UK trade relations, consumer marketing and PR strategy. Located in the Persian Gulf, the Kingdom of Bahrain is an island country in the Middle East.
International Airlines Group has criticised a year’s delay in introducing a ten year visa for Chinese visitors that would drive business and create jobs. The plan was announced in October 2015 during the Chinese state visit to the UK. Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, said: “China is the world’s second largest economy and we need to do all we can to encourage these trade links.