Waldorf Astoria’s Rome Cavalieri - the Grand Dame of Italian hotels - is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment, taking in the public areas, executive lounge, suites and spa at the famous property. As work continues, Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole here chats with Alessandro Cabella, general manager of the hotel, to discuss his ambitions for the project.
San Domenico Palace Hotel has reopened its doors following its acquisition by Italian real estate expert, Statuto Luxury Hotels, last year. The historic hotel is set to host a selection of the world’s political leaders during the upcoming G7 meeting in Taormina in May.
Punta Tragara, Capri reopens on April 13th, as the property celebrates the 130th birthday of legendary architect Le Corbusier. This year would mark the 130th birthday of the Swiss-French architect’s birth.
Milan Bergamo Airport witnessed another year of robust growth throughout 2016, welcoming close to one million more passengers than the year before. Experiencing 7.2 per cent passenger traffic growth, Milan Bergamo was Italy’s third busiest airport last year, handling over 11.1 million passengers – a new record for the gateway.
Rome Cavalieri has appointed Elodie Lacroix to the role of director of business development. Lacroix brings a wealth of luxury hospitality experience to the role, having previously held the position of director of sales and marketing at the Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris and as director of sales for the Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts Group in London.
Lake Como’s luxurious Grand Hotel Tremezzo has signed a new partnership with Superga. The Turin-born brand chose the beautiful hotel on the lake to shoot their new ad campaign for the Superga Panatta Sport model, a remake of 1976 tennis shoe worn by tennis champion Adriano Panatta when he won Roland Garros, Davis Cup and the Rome International grand slams.
An earthquake has struck central Italy killing at least 73 people and leaving dozens more trapped under rubble. Damage from the 6.2 quake was centred on the town of Amatrice, while a family of four are also believed to have been killed by collapsing rubble in the nearby town of Accumoli.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will expand its services to Italy with a daily flight to Venice Marco Polo Airport. The new service will begin from October 30th and be served by an Airbus A319, offering 16 seats in Business and 90 in Economy. Together with Alitalia, its codeshare and equity partner, Etihad Airways will offer 35 weekly flights in and out of Italy, including double daily services to Rome and Milan.
Milan’s Malpensa and Linate airports have stepped into the future with the launch of Milan Airports, a new app providing access to all the Milan airport information passengers require. Boasting a top to bottom app and user interface redesign, Milan Airports delivers new features that make the travel experience even more exciting and interactive.
Ryanair has confirmed its route from Bristol to Venice Treviso will move to Venice Marco Polo from September. This is in addition to the new route to Bucharest and two new winter services to Krakow and Milan announced earlier, which will deliver over 1.7 million customers and support 1,300 jobs at Bristol Airport.
NH Hotel Group has signed a new deal to open its sixth hotel in the Italian capital city of Rome. The new hotel will be operated under the group’s premium brand, NH Collection, and will have 180 rooms, as well as dedicated meeting and event rooms. Due to open at the end of 2015, it will be the company’s third NH Collection-branded hotel in the city and its tenth in Italy.