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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Oasis of the Seas arrives in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Oasis of the Seas arrives in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

2 days ago

For Oasis, one of the world’s largest cruise ships, arriving to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands can be daunting. With narrow waterways, sailboats anchored in the harbour, a tight turn and just six feet of clearance below the keel, the water around this popular port is one of the most difficult to manoeuvre.

Ten years in the sky for Emirates A380

Ten years in the sky for Emirates A380

1 August 2018

Since its first flight to New York from Dubai on August 1st, 2008, the Emirates A380 has carried more than 105 million passengers, clocking in more than 1.5 billion kilometres on 115,000 flights, equivalent to 39,000 trips around the globe.

Travelodge Plus launches to UK market

Travelodge Plus launches to UK market

2 July 2018

Travelodge has launched its new hotel format - Travelodge Plus. This new hotel format is designed around the needs of the budget traveller who wants that little bit more style and choice. 

British Airways launches second Comic Relief safety video

British Airways launches second Comic Relief safety video

30 June 2018

Iconic celebrities including Michael Caine, Olivia Colman and Joanna Lumley have come together to create the second instalment of British Airways’ star-studded pre-flight safety video, which launches on board from July.

FIFA World Cup at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

FIFA World Cup at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

29 June 2018

Tickets for the 2018 World Cup Russia matches may have been sold out, but there is no better or bigger place in Dubai to catch all the action live from Russia than the World Cup Fan Zone at Atlantis, The Palm.

Busiest day of the year at the busiest airport in the world

Busiest day of the year at the busiest airport in the world

26 June 2018

At Dubai International, an airport where close to 90 million passengers are expected to visit this year, every day is a busy one, but there are peak times where operations are stretched and even the busiest airport in the world needs additional preparation to ensure a smooth journey for all customers. Find out how the airport prepares to greet its thousands of visitors.

New, improved Mariner of the Seas arrives in Miami

New, improved Mariner of the Seas arrives in Miami

22 June 2018

Royal Caribbean’s Mariner now boasts new features such as Sky Pad, a first-of-its-kind virtual reality bungee trampoline experience at sea, glow-in-the-dark laser tag, a tiki-chic lounge and a wide range of dining experiences.

Guests enjoy Ramadan tent at Bab Al Qasr

Guests enjoy Ramadan tent at Bab Al Qasr

14 June 2018

The Ramadan tent at Bab Al Qasr beautifully transformed the hotel into a marvellous Iftar celebration, with a sprawling buffet that offered signature Ramadan dishes and traditional delicacies.

Ramadan at Armani Hotel Dubai

Ramadan at Armani Hotel Dubai

14 June 2018

Hosted in the ballroom of the famous Armani Hotel Dubai, this annual Ramadan offering showcased a world of culinary delights.

Studio Black Tomato unveils first brand video for onefinestay

Studio Black Tomato unveils first brand video for onefinestay

11 June 2018

Marketing agency Studio Black Tomato has seen the launch of its first brand video for onefinestay. Targeting high-net-worth consumers the ‘Summer is…’ video launch is the first in a series of videos due to drop later this year.

Five-star Ramadan at Emirates Palace

Five-star Ramadan at Emirates Palace

4 June 2018

Emirates Palace’s custom-built Ramadan pavilion features a new design and continues to offer an exclusive Iftar and Suhoor in Abu Dhabi.

Atlantis, the Palm celebrates Ramadan with Asateer Tent

Atlantis, the Palm celebrates Ramadan with Asateer Tent

4 June 2018

Atlantis, the Palm has announced the invigoration of its renowned Asateer Tent, with the addition of culinary delights from celebrity chef restaurants, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and Giorgio Locatelli’s, Ronda Locatelli.

Hertz launches first Cinema Car

Hertz launches first Cinema Car

1 June 2018

Hertz has launched the world’s first Cinema Car, one of the largest family cars in its fleet transformed into a fully equipped movie theatre on the go.

Rwanda unveils new brand identity

Rwanda unveils new brand identity

23 May 2018

Rwanda has unveiled its new brand identity and logo – Visit Rwanda – as part of a wider strategy designed to attract more tourists and greater business investment.

The Spa debuts onboard Celebrity Edge

The Spa debuts onboard Celebrity Edge

21 May 2018

Celebrity Cruises has unveiled The Spa on Celebrity Edge. With more than 22,000 square feet for guests to renew, restore, and reinvigorate, The Spa was inspired by nature, and masterfully designed by world-renowned designer Kelly Hoppen, and features an awe-inspiring selection of treatments in collaboration with industry-leading partners.

Universal Studios Hollywood announces new Jurassic World ride

Universal Studios Hollywood announces new Jurassic World ride

14 May 2018

In 2019, colossal, dimensional dinosaurs will once again roam the earth and astound guests when Universal Studios Hollywood debuts an all-new technologically-advanced epic adventure inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster film franchise: welcome to the Jurassic World Ride.

Jamaica Tourist Board launches new campaign

Jamaica Tourist Board launches new campaign

10 May 2018

The Jamaica Tourist Board has launched a new campaign, entitled #JoinMeInJamaica, which sees local Jamaicans give their own unique perspective on why Jamaica is so special to them and an insight into their life on island.

New livery for Thomas Cook planes this summer

New livery for Thomas Cook planes this summer

3 May 2018

From this summer, Thomas Cook aircraft will fly the flag for two of the company’s own-brand hotels as part of the holiday company’s strategy to raise awareness of its hotel portfolio.

Atlantis Sanya receives official opening in Hainan, China

Atlantis Sanya receives official opening in Hainan, China

30 April 2018

Atlantis Sanya, the first resort from the brand located in China, has received its official opening. The destination promises to redefine holidaymaking in China and propel Hainan Island into a new era of world-class hospitality and culinary experiences.

Hilton Resort Salalah: Going Green

Hilton Resort Salalah: Going Green

23 April 2018

Having become the first Hilton property to receive Green Globe accreditation in the Middle East, Mehdi Othmani, general manager at the Hilton Salalah Resort, tells Breaking Travel News about the importance of sustainability in the hospitality industry.

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.