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Tirso Tromp, Area Director Europe, Aruba @ WTM 2011 from Breaking Travel News
Tirso Tromp on the renovation’s of Aruba’s capital, including the colonial buildings and making the centre pedestrianised. He also covers the construction of “Linear Park” - an 11km boulevard, the longest in the Caribbean.
Justin Cooke, CEO, Fortune Cookie & Rob Define, Director of Product Stratagy, ebookers.com, present Technology seminar @ WTM 2011, looking at how they created one of the world’s first social media travel applications and made it a top 5 iPad app in 82 countries.
Simon Burgess talks about Dusit International’s expansion plans, including new properties in the Maldives (the brand’s first Indian Ocean resort), Abu Dhabi and New Delhi.
Ernst Mayer talks about Jumeirah’s expansion into the Indian Ocean, including the opening of Dhevanafushi in the Maldives, which boasts the largest villas in the islands.
David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC tells BTN why the Authority on World Travel & Tourism have lowered forecasts for growth in 2011 from 4.5% to 3.2% following a turbulent year that has taken its toll on the global Travel & Tourism industry.
Joe Ghayad from Ritz Carlton’s Sharq Village & Spa talks about the rapid changes takes place in Doha, Qatar.
Maradiva Resort & Spa is the only all villa luxury resort in Mauritius. Sanjiv Ramdanee talks about the resort’s new growth markets, including Russia, Switzerland, South America and China.
Josef Forstmayr talks about the plans and policies of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association to boost tourism to the region, including the private and public sector marketing the region under an umbrella organisation.
Alison Whitfield, talks about The Blue Train experience, a 27-hour, luxury rail experience that incorporates of the best of South Africa’s scenery.
Digu Naobeb talks about tools Namibia Tourism is deploying to maintain market share during the global downturn. This includes declaring its entire coastline as a national park.
Peter Laverick talks about what South African Airways is doing to maintain the goodwill generated during the 2010 World Cup, reflected in it winning “Africa’s Leading Airline” at 2011 World Travel Awards.
Nicholas Hardwick outlines Virgin Atlantic’s expansion of a second weekly service to Tobago. The nation is also opening a new hotel, Magdalena Grand, as well as introducing a new policing service to enhance tourism.
Jeremy Jones, Regional Director Eastern Caribbean, Sandals Resorts tells BTN about the recent completion of a major $500 million expansion and refurbishment programme that will ensure that Sandals is still as fresh and innovative as the day it opened its doors 30 years ago.
Victor Krivenstov, Director of Sales, Royal Cliff Hotels Group tells BTN about this unique and totally self contained resort in Thailand which models itself on a holiday village concept, with over 1000 rooms, 11 restaurants, tennis courts, squash, two spas and a range of entertainment for adults and children.
UK Consultant Clive Bishop speaks to Breaking Travel News during World Travel Market about The Netherlands CBI, a division of the Dutch Foreign Office which runs an international development programme in tourism in 37 countries.
As Etihad Airways celebrates its eighth anniversary, Vijay Poonoosamy, Vice president International & Public Affairs, tells BTN just how this Abu Dhabi based carrier has achieved such phenomenal growth – from zero to 70 destinations worldwide with its growing fleet of 63 aircraft – and new routes planned for Dusseldorf…
Breaking Travel News talks to David Thomson, Regional General Manager, Jebel Ali International at World Travel Market 2011
Legendary hotelier Professor Heinz Simonitsch talks about his latest project, Grand Hotel Lienz, Austria, a leading-edge sustainable hotel that uses no gas and no oil, and relies on solar energy, ground-source heat pumps and wood-fired systems.
Jennifer Seif tells BTN about the launch of the first package holiday from the UK to SA that has been designed according to Fair Trade principles and criteria.
Ian Scott talks about the highlights of Dubai’s year, including a new tower opening at Grosvenor House Dubai, plus the new Jumeirah and Kempinski hotels on the Palm.
Hon. John Maginley MP talks about plans for a new airport terminal to serve Antigua & Barbuda. The terminal will cost $45 million and aims to improve the visitor experience. He also talks about his nation’s rich run of form at World Travel Awards when a number of properties picked…
Givemore Chidzidzi talks about Zimbabwe’s booming tourism industry, particularly the growth in arrivals from the US and UK. Emirates has also unveiled plans to launch a service to Harare in February 2012.
Dagmar Marrocco talks about Kuoni UK’s certification by the NGO Fair Trade in Tourism. This allows the tour operator to sell Fair Trade in Tourism packages, which ensure fair wages and fair working conditions for staff and sustainable development.
It’s been a busy year for TAP Portugal with new routes from Lisbon to Manchester and also Ghana, plus a number of routes to Brazil. Carlos Lourenco explains more.
Besak Erel talks about the rapid expansion of Rixos Hotels with a new hotel in Dubai, which will open on the Palm Jumeirah. The Turkish brand is also opening its first city hotel in Istanbul.
James Berresford announces Visit England’s new domestic marketing campaign, which encourages the advantages of holiday at home (the domestic market makes 80 percent of England’s overall tourism market), particularly during the 2012 Olympics.
Rica RWIGAMBA, Head of Tourism, Rwanda tells BTN about how the destination is positioning itself to become a regional hub with new initiatives such as a 227 km trail, a canopy walkway and new hotels including the first Marriott to open in East Africa and new Radisson managed conference facilities.
Austin Frost, Vice President Sales & Marketing Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts reflects on World Travel Market 2011 and updates BTN on the Shangri La’s ambitious expansion plans with its next property set to open in Mumbai next year and over 40 projects in the pipeline for the next 45 years…
Breaking Travel News talks to Cecília Meireles, Secretary of State for Tourism, Portugal at World Travel Market 2011 about Taste Portugal, which highlights the tasty local cuisine that Portugal has to offer as well as a new focus on culture
Ellison ‘Tommy’ Thompson, Deputy Director General, talks about plans for the Bahamas in 2012 including the hosting of CHTA and World Travel Awards.
Sri Lanka is recovering rapidly from the civil conflict that has blighted its tourism industry for so many year, and its national carrier is expanding to new markets to capitalise on these new opportunities, as Kapila Chandrasena explains.
Sharm el Sheikh has demonstrated incredible resilience in 2011, and is serving as a blueprint of the role that travel and tourism can serve in the New Egypt, as Emad Aziz explains during an interview at World Travel Market 2011
Tony Cowles talks about a new Air Mauritius service to Shanghai to capture China’s emerging tourism market, as well as the participation of Mauritius in the inaugural World Island Awards.
Thoyyib Mohamed about the raft of new high-end properties coming online in the Maldives, as well as the shifting source markets from Europe towards Asia.
Claudia Cornejo Mohme tells BTN about the tourist board’s optimistic outlook for tourism growth in the region with new hotel investment which has led to a growth in four and five star accommodation, including the addition of the Westin, the planned opening of Hyatt and Marriott and the expansion of…
Louis Lewis talks about St Lucia’s new offerings including a new wellness retreat, as well as the island’s victory at World Travel Awards Caribbean & The Americas Ceremony 2011 when it picked up “Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” for the ninth year running.
Fred Dixon talks about Brand USA, the first ever campaign to promote the States as an overall destination. He also looks at the rapid hotel development in New York City with almost 90,000 hotel rooms that will be available by the end of 2011 – a rise of nearly 24%…
Dr Karl Mootoosamy talks about Mauritius co-hosting the inaugural World Island Awards, which takes places in Berlin in March. He also covers plans for Miss World to visit Mauritius.
Miss World 2011, Ivian Sarcos from Venezuela, attended WTM for her first official engagement after winning the world’s longest running beauty pageant. She also talks to BTN about what she hopes to achieve during her year-long reign as officially the most beautiful woman in the world.
Nayef Hmeidi Al-Fayad tells BTN about investment opportunities in Aqaba and the Dead Sea as new luxury hotels and resorts are developed
Hon. Edmund Bartlett talks about why South America is the new frontier for tourism to Jamaica. He also talks about his nation’s hopes for 2012, including the London Olympics and how this will serve as a springboard to showcase Jamaica’s range of amazing attractions.
Alan Stocker talks about the rebranding of Waldorf Astoria Maldives, as well as the expansion of seaplane transfers from the capital Male.
Carsten Schieck, General Manager, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island talks to BTN about new and renovated villas, as well as a new private submarine that offers guests an unrivalled glimpse of the underwater world.
Tibor Zsdanyi speaks to BTN about their unique offering for travellers who are looking for that little bit more.
Omer Kaddouri, Executive Vice President & COO, Rotana Hotels talks about new hotel opening across the Middle East, including Bahrain, Jordan and Oman, at World Travel Market 2011
Martin Craigs speaks to BTN about his brand new appointment as CEO of PATA and the challenges ahead for the travel & tourism industry including APD tax and misperceptions following the flooding in Thailand
Gerard Clarke, General Manager, UK, Hong Kong Airlines talks about his airline’s new service to London, its first route outside of Asia.
Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism & Caesar Campbell, Olympic DMC, Turks & Caicos talk to BTN about new runway facilities at T&C airport as well as luxury facilities that are now in place for the upmarket traveller following what has been a tremendous year for the destination.
Tom Jager, Group Marketing & Sales Manager, Shamwari Group tells BTN about the group’s recent split from the Mantis Collection and urges the UK travel industry to focus on the serious problem of rhino poaching in Southern Africa, which results in approximately two rhinos being injured or even killed for…
Hiran Cooray, Chairman, Jetwing Hotels speaks to BTN about the significance of picking up four World Travel Awards this year and plans to build six new hotels in Sri Lanka next year, and entering areas which have not previously been accessible to tourists.
Christoph Schleissing, General Manager, Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa tells BTN about the major $50 million refurbishment the property recently underwent. Christoph claims the hotel is the most unique property in Egypt, with unobstructed views of the Nile, and a brand new spa which measures 1,500 square metres, offering state…
Justin Cooke, CEO, Fortune Cookie & Rob Define, Director of Product Strategy, Car & Insurance, ebookers.com speak to BTN about the recently launched explorer iPad app which acts as a social travel guide. Justin explains how Fortune Cookie came up with the innovative idea and Rob describes the positive reception…
Rob Define, Director of Product Stratagy, Car & Insurance, ebookers.com tells BTN about its new social travel guide iPad app which it launched in conjunction with Fortune Cookie earlier this year, offering enhanced value to its customers.
Royce Chwin, Vice President Marketing, Travel Alberta Canada tells BTN about the launch of the brand awareness campaign and the the level of interest generated by Kate and William’s recent visit to Alberta.
Thilani Nzima, Avis Rent A Car, South Africa tells BTN about innovative ways in which Avis differentiates itself from other car rental companies during tough economic circumstances
Breaking Travel News talks to Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism & Caesar Campbell, Olympic DMC, Turks & Caicos at World Travel Market 2011
Subhash Thaker, Vice President, Sales & Marketing (UK & Europe), updates BTN about new hotel openings across the Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces Group as well as the recent launch of the new brand Vivanta by Taj, which targets young travellers on a budget
William Talbert, President & CEO, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau tells BTN about the expanding opportunities for the community of Miami as it becomes an emerging cultural destination with a new performing arts centre, the new world symphony hall and Miami Park Museum which is currently under construction. Further…
Breaking Travel News talks to Fiona Butcher, Regional Director Europe, South African Tourism Fiona about the positive feedback she has had from trade partners at this year’s WTM with their increased forward bookings as South Africa emerges as an urban destination
Breaking Travel News talks to Alex Walters, Sales & Marketing Manager, Ellerman Villa Ellerman House about being named South Africa’s Leading Villa and plans to build a new three bedroom villa to compliment the existing villa at the property
John Sotirakos, Development Manager of Porto Zante Villas & Spa – which picked up Europe’s Leading Villa Resort at the WTA - tells BTN about the recent opening of the exclusive new presidential spa villas at the property, which provide a lively atmosphere whilst maintaining the privacy and minimal atmosphere…
Yas Viceroy Hotel and Resorts speaks to BTN about the rebranding of the iconic Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi as it joins the Viceroy Hotels & Resorts group of properties
Fiona Jeffery speaks to BTN about an outstanding WTM 2011 despite the current challenges faced by the travel industry.
Mubarak Rashed Al Nuaimi speaks to BTN about their rise in visitor figures as the destination gears up to host three major sporting events
Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, Chairman, Government of Sharjah tells BTN about the significant rise in visitor numbers to Sharjah despite the economic downturn and describes the destination’s focus on culture, heritage and the arts.
Ahmed Abdullah Alnuaimi speaks to BTN about QTA’s great expectations for tourism in Qatar in the build-up to the 2022 World Cup.
Oscar Gonzalez tells BTN about the leading Spanish hotel group’s plans to expand its adults-only offering.
John speaks to BTN about the untapped opportunity that still exists in the online travel space as travel changes at a rapid pace with a growth in mobile technology and the move from shopping to booking online, and the growth in social media.
Terje Pedersen, Marketing & Sales Director, Rikgransen urges skiing enthusiasts to visit this spectacular property in the North of Sweden which offers more than the typical skiing getaway, with extreme wilderness, spectacular views, a heliski, midnight sun and a blue hole that enables guests to view the northern lights.
Rossi tells BTN about Las Vegas’ plans work closely with the MICE market and to attract more non-stop flights to the destination in a bid to boost its international marketshare from 18 – 32%
Astrid tells BTN about the brand new opening of this landmark hotel in Abu Dhabi, which marks the Park Hyatt Group’s entry into the emirate
Ernesto Tito” Orillac, Vice Minister, Panama speaks to BTN about plans to improve airline connectivity to Panama from Europe and describes some of the many attractions available on the Panama Canal, which is currently undergoing an expansion
Marion speaks to BTN about the group’s ambitious expansion plans and urges travellers to keep visiting Thailand despite the recent flooding as the destination is open for business
Herbert Frei speaks to BTN about the opening of the Pikaia Lodge in the Galapogas in 2013 which will enable adventurous, nature loving travellers to stay on the Galapagos Islands for the first time
Annande speaks to BTN about the opening of Saxon’s exclusive villas and their culinary drive with the appointment of an award winning chef
Frank Maduro Vice President of Marketing for Palace Resorts tells BTN about the launch of three new all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel properties Mexico
Breaking Travel News talks to Synthia Bennett Soleman, Vice Minister of Tourism, Honduras about the joint initiative between Central American destinations to focus on sustainable tourism in 2012 as well as new airline connectivity plans.
Lindiwe speaks to BTN about Joburg’s new marketing campaign and the launch of their new travel portal
Breaking Travel News talks to Jesus Parrilla about the unique Explora Lodges in Chile and the recent renovations in the Pategonia Lodge which saw the enhancements of major amenities throughout the property
Claudia talks to BTN about some of the exciting new spa developments underway in the Sonesta Collection
John Jefferis tells BTN about the latest developments underway for Coco Reef and the planned launch of a Fine Art Caribbean gallery which includes a tapas and wine bar in Bermuda.
Anita Hamilton, PR Manager, Hamilton Consulting tells BTN why the Columbia Beach Resort in Cyprus remains such a popular choice for celebrities including the queen’s granddaughter Zara Philips and Sex in the City actress Kim Cattrall.
Allan Fores Moya, Minister of Tourism, Costa Rica tells BTN about ambitious plans to increase visitor figures to Costa Rica in 2012 as eco tourism and adventure tourism come into focus
Breaking Travel News talks to Alper UCAR, General Director, Adam & Eve Hotels Market at World Travel Market 2011 Aabout the significance of events and awards ceremonies in the travel & tourism industry
Jon Barber, Communications Manager, Ferrari World updates BTN on how guests have responded to the first theme park ever to have opened in the UAE and the planned launch of a new Italian themed ride in early 2012
Breaking Travel News talks to Anita Cremer, Director of Sales & Marketing, Emirates Palace at World Travel Market 2011 about the change of management at the Emirates Palace and its fresh focus on cuisine and events
Paul Gardiner speaks to BTN about the award winning Royal Chunda and the Mantis Group’s newly launched one day tours to Antarctica
Breaking Travel News talks to Paul Simmons, Director UK Market, easyJet at World Travel Market 2011 about the low cost carrier’s business travel proposition and the recent launch of easyJet Holidays
Kevin Pretorius tells BTN about the luxury operator’s 20th birthday celebrations and describes some of the life saving community and conservation projects that the group has been involved in.
Breaking Travel News talks to Velma Corcoran, Executive Manager Marketing, Cape Town at World Travel Market 2011 about the international launch of a new marketing campaign which profiles Cape Town as an urban destination, which is affordable and accessible.
Breaking Travel News talks to Claudia Silva Jacobs, Communication Director, Rio de Janeiro Tourism Authority at World Travel Market 2011 about improvements that are being made to the city in time for major international sporting events, including the upgrading and enhancement of transport options
Malcolm Smith catches up with BTN at World Travel Market to talk about about easing the entry process to the USA and enhancing the travelling experience for visitors
Craig Senior, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, The Meydan Hospitality Group talks to BTN about and sporting events in the UAE and Bab Al Sham’s victory at this year’s World Travel Awards
Breaking Travel News talks to Jehan De The, Group E-Commerce Director, Europcar tells BTN about the launch of new mobile apps for Europcar in addition to the launch of a new mobile website planned for next year
Maria Goez Botero, Account Director, W Doha Hotel & Residences tells BTN about hosting the World Travel Awards Grand Final at this stunning property which will take place in January 2012
Chris Nixon tells BTN about Kelkoo’s plans to incorporate flights and car hire into its offering in coming months
Breaking Travel News talks to Steven W Kalczynski, General Manager, Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel about the hotel development and new structure being put in place in Qatar in preparation for the World Cup in 2022
India’s Minister of Tourism, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai, tells BTN about India’s ambitious growth plans to double tourist numbers visiting India by 2013.
Tareq Abdullatif Taha talks to BTN about Regency Tour’s 30% growth in 2011 and looks ahead to 2012 and the group’s plans to open new branches accross the country
Paul Kavanagh, general manager, The George Hotel Lagos talks to Breaking Travel News on Day 3 at World Travel Market 2014.
Ali Z. Abu Monassar, chairman, The Vision Destination Management talks to Breaking Travel News on Day 3 at World Travel Market 2014.
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