Breaking Travel News: Reports

Breaking Travel News: Reports

Reporting from some of the world’s most exciting tourism destinations and speaking to the people who matter, Breaking Travel News’ journalists here bring viewers everything they need to know about the fast moving hospitality industry.

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Spain launches new tourism advertising campaign

Spain launches new tourism advertising campaign

13 April 2018

The Spanish Tourist Office has launched a new campaign entitled ‘Spain in ten seconds’ spearheaded by 12 prominent Spanish personalities from the fashion, culture, sports and entertainment sectors.

FCM Travel Solutions expands artificial intelligence assistant

FCM Travel Solutions expands artificial intelligence assistant

28 March 2018

FCM Travel Solutions has announced that it is enhancing its artificial intelligence pocket travel assistant application, Sam, with extra features for use by travel managers. This is in response to client demand for greater visibility of their travellers in-trip and dovetails with the global travel management company’s FCM Connect technology strategy to meet the needs of managers, bookers and travellers.

Visit Greenwich unveils new plans for Woolwich

Visit Greenwich unveils new plans for Woolwich

27 March 2018

A new tourism plan for Woolwich has been announced by Visit Greenwich. The new plan for Woolwich has high ambitions to double the value of tourism for the area by 2020, with a potential to generate over £35 million to the local economy and the creation of 900 new jobs.

Symphony of the Seas delivered to Royal Caribbean

Symphony of the Seas delivered to Royal Caribbean

26 March 2018

Thirty-six months, 4,700 shipbuilders and crew, and one common goal: to deliver the ultimate family adventure. Royal Caribbean International honoured the instrumental project team of Symphony of the Seas during the highly anticipated delivery event at STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France earlier.

Spectrum of the Seas inches closer to completion

Spectrum of the Seas inches closer to completion

22 March 2018

Having undergone a unique construction process, Spectrum’s floating engine room unit mega-block, which was built in Rostock, travelled 296 nautical miles down the River Ems to the Meyer Werft shipyard to be joined with the rest of the ship.

Hotel of tomorrow opens in Budapest

Hotel of tomorrow opens in Budapest

19 March 2018

The hotel of tomorrow has opened in Budapest, Hungary. The 40 room, four-star KViHotel, controlled by the TMRW Hotels application, uses the most innovative solutions of the 21st century; it literally hands over control to the guests through the TMRW Hotels smartphone application, from booking to checkout.

Team Iceland gears up for World Cup 2018

Team Iceland gears up for World Cup 2018

15 March 2018

With less than 100 days until their first ever World Cup match, on June 16th, Iceland has kicked off the celebration with a special message delivered by the president and the first lady.

Silver Spirit cut in two for lengthening process

Silver Spirit cut in two for lengthening process

13 March 2018

A great spectacle of naval engineering, Silversea’s Silver Spirit has been cut in two at Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo as part of her planned lengthening. A prebuilt 49-foot segment has been inserted and the ship is now being reconnected.

New TV advertising campaign from Israel

New TV advertising campaign from Israel

1 March 2018

The Israel Ministry of Tourism has announced the launch of a new TV advert, which airs this week. The £2 million campaign, which includes TV, video on demand and online spend, was produced by LAPAM – Israel’s government advertising agency, with creative design from Allenby Concept House.

Raffles City Chongqing begins to take shape

Raffles City Chongqing begins to take shape

28 February 2018

CapitaLand has written a new world record as it embarks on the complex crowning process for Raffles City Chongqing, the new 1.12 million-square-metre urban district located on Chongqing’s famed Chaotianmen riverfront. 

Symphony of the Seas nears debut

Symphony of the Seas nears debut

23 February 2018

Royal Caribbean has released a new video, Tour of Symphony of the Seas Under Construction, showcasing what is set to become the world’s largest cruise ship as she nears completion.

Norwegian Bliss floats out in Papenburg, Germany

Norwegian Bliss floats out in Papenburg, Germany

22 February 2018

Norwegian Bliss, the third of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus class, emerged from the Meyer Werft building dock in Papenburg, Germany earlier, representing a major milestone in the vessel’s construction.

Virgin launches first v-hub arrivals lounge in Dubai

Virgin launches first v-hub arrivals lounge in Dubai

13 February 2018

Virgin Holidays is launching its v-hub arrivals lounge, a facility designed to improve the first day abroad. The v-hub is located in the Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis the Palm - the most iconic hotel in the Dubai region that welcomes tens of thousands of British travellers each year.

Plans unveiled for Scenic Eclipse II

Plans unveiled for Scenic Eclipse II

4 February 2018

Following interest in Scenic’s soon-to- launch six-star Scenic Eclipse, the company has announced its flagship will be joined by a sister ship, Scenic Eclipse II. Scenic Eclipse II will further strengthen Scenic’s position as the leading innovator in the cruise industry, setting an unparalleled benchmark in design, luxury and technology.

Ras Al Khaimah debuts longest zipline in the world

Ras Al Khaimah debuts longest zipline in the world

1 February 2018

The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has welcome the opening of the world’s longest zipline - Jebel Jais Flight. The official certification was handed over to sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, by Hoda Khachab, the official adjudicator from Guinness World Records, earlier. 

Eva Air launches creative new safety video

Eva Air launches creative new safety video

18 January 2018

Eva Air is bringing art to the skies with its new inflight safety video. Combining the talents of award-winning director Robin Lee and internationally celebrated choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava, the five-minute, 26-second video is now available on all Eva flights worldwide and on international flights operated by its regional affiliate, Uni Air.

Shaq takes up new CFO role with Carnival Cruises

Shaq takes up new CFO role with Carnival Cruises

16 January 2018

NBA hall of famer Shaquille O’Neal – also known as Shaq – has announced on TNT Inside the NBA that he has been given a new title, joining Carnival Cruise Line as their newly appointed CFO.

VisitEngland launches Blue Monday ad campaign

VisitEngland launches Blue Monday ad campaign

15 January 2018

VisitEngland has today, launched a digital campaign to promote round-the-clock activities and experiences across the UK, encouraging Brits to beat the January blues by taking a holiday at home. Today, January 15th, has been identified by the tourism body as Blue Monday, nominally the most depressing day of the year.

Kenya Airways prepares to launch new route to New York

Kenya Airways prepares to launch new route to New York

11 January 2018

Kenya Airways today marked a great milestone, with the launch of a non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York. The national carrier starts selling today tickets for the inaugural flight - scheduled for October 28th.

Royal Yacht Britannia celebrates successful 2017

Royal Yacht Britannia celebrates successful 2017

5 January 2018

As the Royal Yacht Britannia, in Edinburgh, prepares to mark 20 years since opening its doors to the public in 1998, the team is also celebrating a remarkable achievement, ending 2017 with a phenomenal 390,482 visitors.

Air New Zealand turns to Pixel Buds to overcome language barrier

Air New Zealand turns to Pixel Buds to overcome language barrier

22 December 2017

Air New Zealand is turning to technology to tackle the language barriers that often arise during travel. The airline is one of the first corporates globally to trial a customer service use case for Google’s wireless Bluetooth Pixel Buds headphones which enable live translation of 40 languages via Google’s Pixel handset.

Delta: Push for Prosecco

Delta: Push for Prosecco

8 December 2017

Delta Air Lines has created a new world first – an interactive billboard dispensing prosecco to Londoners in the run up to Christmas. The campaign has been built to celebrate Delta’s latest on-board main cabin offering of prosecco for its international customers.

World Travel Awards celebrates African hospitality in Rwanda

World Travel Awards celebrates African hospitality in Rwanda

26 November 2017

World Travel Awards welcomed the elite of African hospitality to Rwanda for its annual Africa Gala Ceremony. The event, hosted by the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, saw Rwandan capital Kigali, the Land of a Thousand Hills, recognised as Africa’s Leading Destination.

Anthony Joshua boxing in highest ring in the world

Anthony Joshua boxing in highest ring in the world

23 November 2017

Anthony Joshua put his weight behind Dubai’s drive to become the most active city in the world today, as he took part in a vigorous training session on the helipad of the iconic Burj Al Arab.

Heathrow launches new festive advert

Heathrow launches new festive advert

20 November 2017

Heathrow has today unveiled its second-ever Christmas advert, showing the 50-year-long love story of Doris and Edward Bair, the airports much-loved teddy bears, who were shown in the airports first Christmas television ad last year.

Qatar Airways renews US subsidy debate with new television ad

Qatar Airways renews US subsidy debate with new television ad

14 November 2017

Qatar Airways has released its latest TV commercial and social media campaign, highlighting the airline’s contribution to the US economy and taking its message directly to the American people: “Our success is also America’s shared success.”

Etihad celebrates opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi with fly-by

Etihad celebrates opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi with fly-by

13 November 2017

Hundreds of visitors from around the world, attending the official public opening celebrations of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, were treated to a low-level fly-by of the Jean Nouvel designed museum by one of Etihad Airways’ flagship Airbus A380 aircraft.

Breaking Travel News interview: Ammar Hilal, general manager, Fairmont Dubai

Breaking Travel News interview: Ammar Hilal, general manager, Fairmont Dubai

30 October 2017

Appointed to the role of general manager in June, Ammar Hilal has taken leadership of Fairmont Dubai at an exciting time for the property. As the hotel takes the Middle East’s Leading Hotel Service Award at the World Travel Awards, Hilal here sits down with Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole to discuss just what it is that separates Fairmont Dubai from its competitors in the United Arab Emirates.

Philippine Airlines launches new ad campaign ahead of Heathrow take-off

Philippine Airlines launches new ad campaign ahead of Heathrow take-off

28 October 2017

Philippine Airlines launches its first print campaign in the UK since 2013 this week and a new London radio campaign next week as part of a new global brand equity campaign ‘Experience the Heart of the Filipino,’ which introduces travellers to the airline’s enhanced product and services.

Marriott launches recruitment chatbot on Facebook Messenger

Marriott launches recruitment chatbot on Facebook Messenger

26 October 2017

Marriott International has enhanced the job search and apply experience with the launch of MC – the Marriott Careers chatbot for Facebook Messenger. Powered by data-driven logic and specialised algorithms, the hospitality industry’s first virtual assistant for job seekers creates a more personalised and efficient experience while delivering several other benefits to users who have an interest in a Marriott career.

Breaking Travel News interview: Mystifly chief executive, Rajeev Kumar

Breaking Travel News interview: Mystifly chief executive, Rajeev Kumar

25 October 2017

With supplier network spread across 70 or more countries and an airfare inventory of 900 airlines, today Mystifly is a global leader in airfare consolidation. Here Breaking Travel News talks with Mystifly chief executive, Rajeev Kumar, to find out more about the company and its ambitions for the future.

Emirates prepares to receive milestone Airbus A380

Emirates prepares to receive milestone Airbus A380

20 October 2017

Emirates is set to receive its milestone 100th A380 aircraft on November 3rd. Over 80 million passengers have flown on the superjumbo in the nine years since it first joined Emirates’ modern fleet.

Airbus launches C Series partnership with Bombardier

Airbus launches C Series partnership with Bombardier

17 October 2017

Airbus and Bombardier are to become partners on the C Series aircraft programme. An agreement signed earlier brings together Airbus’ global reach and scale with Bombardier’s newest, state-of-the-art jet aircraft family, positioning both partners to fully unlock the value of the C Series platform and create significant new value for customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders.

Lithuania unveils new tourism marketing video

Lithuania unveils new tourism marketing video

17 October 2017

Next year marks an important milestone in Lithuania’s history as the country celebrates the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the state. In celebration of this the Lithuania State Department of Tourism has released a new marketing video to showcase the beauty and diversity of the country.

Matthew Weihs, managing director, Bench Events

Matthew Weihs, managing director, Bench Events

12 October 2017

Matthew Weihs, managing director, Bench Events, talks to Breaking Travel News about the group’s new event, SPACE, and what it will bring to the hospitality sector in Africa.

Iberostar launches new mobile app

Iberostar launches new mobile app

9 October 2017

In line with the digital transformation of the hospitality industry and the brand’s commitment to providing guests with the most innovative products, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts launched its new app.

Air New Zealand launches new global ad campaign

Air New Zealand launches new global ad campaign

6 October 2017

Award-winning airline Air New Zealand is launching its first ever global brand campaign in the UK today. Featuring acclaimed New Zealand actor Sam Neill, the campaign will showcase to travellers why the airline is a better way to fly to New Zealand.

South African Tourism unveils new brand video

South African Tourism unveils new brand video

6 October 2017

South African Tourism has unveiled a new ten-minute brand film which places the people of South Africa and the country’s many varied cultures at the heart of the story.

FICO Eataly World to open in November

FICO Eataly World to open in November

2 October 2017

FICO Eataly World is set to open in Bologna in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy on November 15th. Developed by the Italian Farming Factory in collaboration with Eataly, the Italian food destination co-owned by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, the park will showcase every aspect of Italian food, from production to consumption, over twenty acres of land.

Musk promises travel to any city on earth in one hour

Musk promises travel to any city on earth in one hour

29 September 2017

Travellers will soon be able to fly from city to city within minutes, according to entrepreneur Elon Musk. Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, Musk said he is refocusing SpaceX to work on just one type of vehicle - known as the BFR.

World Travel Awards president Cooke welcomed to St. Petersburg

World Travel Awards president Cooke welcomed to St. Petersburg

29 September 2017

World Travel Awards president Graham Cooke has been welcomed to St. Petersburg ahead of the Europe Gala Ceremony 2017. The red carpet event will take place in the prestigious Marble Hall in the Russian Museum of Ethnography tomorrow evening, September 30th.

Mexico Tourism Board launches new global ad campaign

Mexico Tourism Board launches new global ad campaign

27 September 2017

The Mexico Tourism Board has unveiled a new global campaign, A World of Its Own. The campaign represents the next chapter in the destination’s global tourism positioning and focuses on the vibrant, multi-faceted experiences that keep visitors coming back to Mexico and its hundreds of destinations, time and again.

Dalai Lama joins Richard Gere at Bagni di Pisa, Tuscany

Dalai Lama joins Richard Gere at Bagni di Pisa, Tuscany

27 September 2017

The Italian Hospitality Collection has revealed that Bagni di Pisa, Tuscany, was chosen as the headquarters for a three-day event in Tuscany exploring Buddhist philosophy and psychology, led by his holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama.

Nessie returns to VisitBritain ad campaign

Nessie returns to VisitBritain ad campaign

27 September 2017

A VisitBritain campaign using the legend of the Loch Ness Monster is returning to entice international visitors to visit Inverness and Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands outside the summer season. The six-week digital and social media campaign gets underway this week in France and Germany, two of Britain’s largest and most valuable inbound visitor markets, and the Netherlands. 

Chubb Travel Smart launches in Asia Pacific

Chubb Travel Smart launches in Asia Pacific

26 September 2017

Chubb has launched a travel application for the first time in the Asia Pacific to help employers adequately prepare and support employees on business travel.

British Airways introduces Mototok tugs at Heathrow

British Airways introduces Mototok tugs at Heathrow

26 September 2017

British Airways has become the first airline worldwide to introduce high-tech remote-controlled devices to push back aircraft across its short-haul operation. The airline is modernising its operation to maintain and further improve punctuality for its customers.

New ship to join Cunard fleet in 2022

New ship to join Cunard fleet in 2022

25 September 2017

Luxury cruise brand Cunard today announced it is adding a fourth ship to its fleet. Carnival Corporation - the world’s largest cruise company and parent of the Cunard brand - has signed a memorandum of agreement with Fincantieri, Italy, to build a new ship that will join the Cunard fleet in 2022.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World launches Invited loyalty programme

Small Luxury Hotels of the World launches Invited loyalty programme

20 September 2017

Small Luxury Hotels of the World has launched a new loyalty programme – Invited. The free-to-join programme replaces The Club of SLH and offers all members access to exclusive rates, guaranteed benefits and ‘Small Luxuries’ right from their first stay at any of its 500 small, independently minded hotels worldwide.

Tourism Québec launches new promotional video

Tourism Québec launches new promotional video

20 September 2017

Tourism Québec has a launched a new promotional video, ‘A room with many views’. The film that follows a couple as they journey throughout Québec in a room that offers a different view every morning.

Hostelworld opens first all-sand hostel in Australia

Hostelworld opens first all-sand hostel in Australia

19 September 2017

Gold Coast residents this morning woke up to discover the world’s first beachfront hostel made entirely of sand. Hostelworld and Gold Coast Tourism commissioned world champion sand sculptor Dennis Massoud, or ‘Sandman’ as he is known, to create this impressive structure straight out of the very golden sand the area is famed for.

Andrew O’Brian recognised as Latin America’s Leading Travel Personality

Andrew O’Brian recognised as Latin America’s Leading Travel Personality

15 September 2017

Andrew O’Brian, president and chief executive of Mariscal Sucre International Airport, has been recognised as Latin America’s Leading Travel Personality by the World Travel Awards here chats with Kaye Holland of Breaking Travel News about how it feels to have taken the prestigious honour.

Rancho San Lucas prepares for winter debut

Rancho San Lucas prepares for winter debut

12 September 2017

Luxury resort and real estate development Rancho San Lucas is well underway and ready to debut in Cabo this winter. The 834-acre master-planned community will include two hotels under Solmar Group’s five-star brand, Grand Solmar (now accepting reservations), a Greg Norman designed 18-hole golf course and Club House, Greg Norman designed beachfront Estates and condominiums, single family residences and more.

KLM becomes first airline to launch WhatsApp Business account

KLM becomes first airline to launch WhatsApp Business account

7 September 2017

WhatsApp and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have started a unique test for a new service on WhatsApp. KLM now offers her customers around the world booking confirmation, check-in notification, boarding pass, flight status updates and asking questions in ten different languages on WhatsApp via the official WhatsApp Business application.

Rifai lays out UNWTO General Assembly objectives

Rifai lays out UNWTO General Assembly objectives

5 September 2017

Chengdu, China, will host the UNWTO General Assembly this month. The bi-annual event will discuss how to advance the contribution of tourism to the Sustainable Development Goals and define the actions of the organisation for the period 2018-2019.

Virgin Atlantic goes fleet wide with Wi-Fi offering

Virgin Atlantic goes fleet wide with Wi-Fi offering

4 September 2017

Virgin Atlantic has become the first airline in Europe to offer Wi-Fi across its entire fleet – ensuring customers can remain connected across flights to and from the US, Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Take a tour of Seabourn Ovation

Take a tour of Seabourn Ovation

4 September 2017

Seabourn has marked a major construction milestone with a traditional coin and launch ceremony for its newest ship, Seabourn Ovation. The ceremony took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri, Italy.

London mayor Sadiq Kahn launches new tourism strategy

London mayor Sadiq Kahn launches new tourism strategy

1 September 2017

London mayor Sadiq Kahn has launched a new vision to accelerate the capital’s status as a world-class tourist destination. Tourism numbers in London are set to rise sharply, with more than 40 million people expected to visit the city annually by 2025, an increase of 30 per cent on the 31.2 million visitors who came to the capital in 2016.

UNWTO launches Travel.Enjoy.Respect campaign

UNWTO launches Travel.Enjoy.Respect campaign

23 August 2017

The World Tourism Organisation is launching a consumer-oriented campaign aimed at raising awareness of the value and contribution that sustainable tourism can make towards development. The ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign wants to engage tourists in making the sector a catalyst for positive change.

Inside a Virgin Atlantic engine change

Inside a Virgin Atlantic engine change

15 August 2017

Virgin Atlantic has given a sneak peek into a side of aviation that holidaymakers don’t usually get to see - through a time lapse video recorded at the airline’s London Heathrow hangar.

Marriott launches new Golden Rule ad campaign

Marriott launches new Golden Rule ad campaign

15 August 2017

Marriott International has launched a new landmark ad campaign. For the first time Marriott is focusing on brand categories, versus relying on individual campaigns for its 30 brands.

Breaking Travel News interview: John Cole, executive director, Link ME Asset Management

Breaking Travel News interview: John Cole, executive director, Link ME Asset Management

14 August 2017

An asset management company for hospitality-led projects, Link ME has been a key played in the Middle Eastern market for more than a decade. Here executive director John Cole speaks to Breaking Travel News’ Anjjelo San Buenaventura about the experience and what it is that separates the company he leads from competitors in the region.

New ad campaign from Secret Escapes

New ad campaign from Secret Escapes

10 August 2017

Secret Escapes has created a dramatic campaign to reinforce their ‘Luxury Travel for Less’ positioning. The new campaign, which has been developed by newly appointed advertising agency, Droga5 London, comprises of three separate films set in beautiful holiday locations, where two strangers discuss how lucky they are to be there.

Garden station debuts in Angers Saint-Laud, France

Garden station debuts in Angers Saint-Laud, France

10 August 2017

This summer, passengers travelling through Angers Saint-Laud in western France can admire an installation of trees suspended from the ceiling of the station and positioned on the ground in the forecourt as part of a project initiated by SNCF Gares & Connexions.

Mumm brings first floating bar to Hula Hula Beach Club, Croatia

Mumm brings first floating bar to Hula Hula Beach Club, Croatia

2 August 2017

For two unforgettable late afternoons – on August 8th-9th – Maison Mumm will be taking Croatia’s iconic beach club, in Hvar, to sea with its exclusive Mumm floating bar. For lucky guests, this innovative offer is a cool new way to celebrate summer.

Saudi Arabia unveils plans for The Red Sea development

Saudi Arabia unveils plans for The Red Sea development

1 August 2017

His royal highness Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, crown prince and deputy prime minister of Saudi Arabia, and chairman of the Public Investment Fund, has announced the launch of an international tourism project called The Red Sea.

Take a tour of the First Wing at London Heathrow

Take a tour of the First Wing at London Heathrow

26 July 2017

Since The First Wing opened in April, the new exclusive check-in area for British Airways’ First, Gold Executive Club and oneworld Emerald customers at Heathrow Terminal 5 has welcomed nearly 200,000 travellers through the dedicated security channel leading directly into the Galleries First lounge and Concorde Room.