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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Heathrow launches new festive advert

Heathrow launches new festive advert

2 days ago

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.

Nats prepares for summer holiday rush

Nats prepares for summer holiday rush

21 July 2017

UK air traffic control service Nats expects to handle a record-breaking 8,800 flights today and more than 770,000 overall during the course of the summer. The figures beat numbers seen last year by 40,000 and the previous high set in 2007, with significant growth across many UK airports.

New celebrity-led safety video from British Airways

New celebrity-led safety video from British Airways

18 July 2017

A team of top celebrities including Gordon Ramsay, Rob Brydon, Ian McKellen and Thandie Newton make appearances in British Airways’ entertaining new pre-flight safety video, which launches in September.

New ski services from Eurostar prepare for launch

New ski services from Eurostar prepare for launch

18 July 2017

Skiers and snowboarders seeking effortless travel to the slopes can book their winter escape with Eurostar, as tickets go on sale for high-speed travel from London St Pancras and Ashford International to the heart of the French Alps.

Qantas chatbot launches on Facebook

Qantas chatbot launches on Facebook

12 July 2017

Qantas has launched Qantas Concierge, a Facebook Messenger bot that gives customers in the United Kingdom personalised travel inspiration.

Brighton Dome refurbishment project

Brighton Dome refurbishment project

28 June 2017

Due for completion in late 2018, the transformation of the Grade I listed Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, formerly the Prince Regent’s Riding house, will reveal and restore stunning and previously hidden heritage features as well as providing increased capacity seating to 500 and an impressive new viewing gallery.

Paris Airshow 2017 - A birds eye view

Paris Airshow 2017 - A birds eye view

20 June 2017

The 52nd edition of the International Paris Air Show has opened at Le Bourget with both Airbus and Boeing looking to increase their market share, reports Phil Blizzard.

New advertising campaign from Costa Rica

New advertising campaign from Costa Rica

16 June 2017

The Costa Rica Tourism Board has established a partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and CNN International to launch a new campaign. Under the title “Essential Costa Rica. My choice, naturally,” the campaign will launch on July 3rd.

Airlander 10 makes successful flight over UK

Airlander 10 makes successful flight over UK

15 June 2017

Airlander 10 - the world’s longest aircraft - has continued its pioneering test flight programme by successfully completing another flight over Bedfordshire. Each flight sees operator Hybrid Air Vehicles push its envelope a little further and increase its understanding of the new aircraft.

Tru by Hilton makes international debut

Tru by Hilton makes international debut

13 June 2017

Hilton is celebrating the grand opening of the first-ever Tru by Hilton - the company’s 5,000th hotel - at Tru by Hilton Oklahoma City Airport.

Expo 2017 opens in Kazakhstan

Expo 2017 opens in Kazakhstan

11 June 2017

Nursultan Äbishulliy Nazarbayev, president of the Republic of Kazakhstan, has officially opened Expo 2017. With five million visitors expected to visit the site over the coming months, the Expo will be one of the biggest tourism events on earth.

The wonder of flying at Heathrow

The wonder of flying at Heathrow

7 June 2017

Heathrow has launched its latest online film ‘Wonderers’, celebrating the wondrous possibility of flying and the closeness that air travel can bring to people from all corners of the globe.

Dry cleaning an Airbus A380 with Emirates

Dry cleaning an Airbus A380 with Emirates

4 June 2017

On the occasion of World Environment Day, Emirates is showcasing an environmentally friendly aircraft cleaning technique that enables the airline to save millions of litres of water every year, reports Phil Blizzard in Dubai.

Ramadan at Bab Al Qasr, Abu Dhabi

Ramadan at Bab Al Qasr, Abu Dhabi

4 June 2017

Breaking Travel News takes a tour of the Ramadan offering at Bab Al Qasr, one of the most luxurious hotels in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Sweden lists entire country on Airbnb

Sweden lists entire country on Airbnb

24 May 2017

From the southernmost Smygehuk headland to the wilderness around the Three-Country Cairn in the north, through freedom to roam, the entire country of Sweden has been added to Airbnb. Visit Sweden has partnered with Airbnb to turn the entire country on the site.

Behind the scenes: Cunard refits Queen Victoria

Behind the scenes: Cunard refits Queen Victoria

19 May 2017

Cunard recently announced plans for a £34 million refurbishment of Queen Victoria. Today the luxury cruise line has revealed a behind the scenes video of the stunning aft lido sun deck being lifted into place at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy.

David Haigh, chief executive, Brand Finance

David Haigh, chief executive, Brand Finance

18 April 2017

Brand Finance has recognised Russian carrier Aeroflot as the most powerful airline brand in the world and the most powerful Russia brand, in any industry, in the world. Here Breaking Travel News talks with chief executive David Haigh during the presentation in London to discover more about the methodology behind the decision.

Richard Arnold, managing director, Manchester United

Richard Arnold, managing director, Manchester United

18 April 2017

Corporate valuation company Brand Finance this morning recognised Russian carrier Aeroflot as the most valuable airline brand in the world. Here Richard Arnold, managing director at Manchester United, talks to Breaking Travel News about the club’s partnership with Aeroflot and how it allows Manchester United to expand its fan base around the world.

Kempinski Hotels celebrates 120th anniversary

Kempinski Hotels celebrates 120th anniversary

11 April 2017

Kempinski Hotels this month celebrates 120 years of delivering rich and meaningful experiences to its guests with Ignite the Night, a series of festivities designed to enchant and delight guests. Here we join the party in Ajman, United Arab Emirates.

Virgin Holidays joins Amazon Alexa

Virgin Holidays joins Amazon Alexa

2 March 2017

Virgin Holidays has launched a brand-new skill for Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, Alexa. The integration allows holidaymakers to ask Alexa to search Virgin Holidays for their next trip through devices including Amazon Echo and Echo Dot – hands-free speakers that are controlled by your voice.

Emirates to reveal new on-board lounge for Airbus A380

Emirates to reveal new on-board lounge for Airbus A380

23 February 2017

Emirates will launch a series of new cabin products and enhancements in 2017 for both its A380 and Boeing 777 fleet.  The multi-million dollar cabin interiors upgrade programme includes an enhanced on-board Lounge for its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft.

Discover Los Angeles launches new international ad campaign

Discover Los Angeles launches new international ad campaign

21 February 2017

In a break with the traditional tourism advertising formula, Discover Los Angeles – the official destination marketing organisation for LA – isn’t selling the city in its latest global brand campaign. Instead, it’s selling the feeling of the city.

Dubai to welcome drone transport later this year

Dubai to welcome drone transport later this year

14 February 2017

Dubai will welcome new drone transport from July this year, according to the Roads & Transportation Agency. The Chinese model eHang 184 has already had test flights in the emirate, according to agency head Matt al-Tayer.

TripAdvisor launches Storyboard for Restaurants

TripAdvisor launches Storyboard for Restaurants

8 February 2017

TripAdvisor has made it easier for owners and operators to help enhance their restaurant listings by telling their own story through the use of vivid imagery with Storyboard for TripAdvisor.

Farrokh Khambata, owner, Jaan at the Penthouse

Farrokh Khambata, owner, Jaan at the Penthouse

2 January 2017

Breaking Travel News here catches up with the owner of Jaan at the Penthouse, Farrokh Khambata. Based at the Sofitel Dubai Downtown, the restaurant brings Indian flavours to the United Arab Emirates in a new and refreshing way.

Dubai Parks & Resorts

Dubai Parks & Resorts

28 December 2016

Dubai Parks & Resorts has marked the completion of its third and final theme park, Motiongate – meaning the destination is now completely open to the public. Here Breaking Travel News takes a tour of the new ‘must see’ destination in the Middle East.

Utkarsh Faujdar, general manager, Hulhule Island Hotel, Maldives

Utkarsh Faujdar, general manager, Hulhule Island Hotel, Maldives

12 December 2016

As Hulhule Island Hotel is recognised as the World’s Leading Airport Resort at the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News here chats with general manager, Utkarsh Faujdar, about what is on offer at the property and how important it is to the hospitality market in the Maldives.

Josef Burger, chief executive, Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel

Josef Burger, chief executive, Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel

25 November 2016

Josef Burger, chief executive of Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel, talks to Breaking Travel News during preparations for the 2016 World Ski Awards Gala Ceremony. Speaking from the famous starters hut at the top of the Hahnenkamm race course, he tells Breaking Travel News about the significance of the ski season to the destination, how the organisation continues to drive visitor numbers ever higher, and what his hopes are for the winter ahead.

Michael Huber, president, Kitzbühel Ski Club

Michael Huber, president, Kitzbühel Ski Club

25 November 2016

Michael Huber, president of the Kitzbühel Ski Club, is the man charged with leading preparations for the Kitzbuhel Downhill, part of the Hahnenkamm race weekend, each year. One of the most prestigious events on the global ski circuit, it brings an international crowd numbering in the tens of thousands to the Alpine resort. Here he talks to Breaking Travel News during the World Ski Awards about the significance of the event.

Emirates is now an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet

Emirates is now an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet

12 November 2016

Dubai based Emirates airline has become the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights, reports Phil Blizzard from the emirate.

Emirates repaints an Airbus A380 in just 15 days

Emirates repaints an Airbus A380 in just 15 days

30 June 2016

Video: The Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre, the world’s largest aircraft painting facility owned by an airline, has completely stripped and repainted 33 aircraft last year, or 13% of its fleet, reports Phil Blizzard in Dubai. This timelapse shows the repainting of one of their A380s.