In keeping with maritime tradition, a keel-laying ceremony has been held at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, for Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras. The vessel is scheduled to enter service in August next year.
Whitbread has blamed “weak trading conditions” in the UK economy for a slowdown in sales. The company, the largest hotel operator in the UK, said sales at Premier Inn properties open at least a year fell by 4.6 per cent in the first quarter of the year.
Bombardier Transportation has received an order to supply 30 additional Bombardier Flexity trams to the Brussels Intercommunal Transportation Company in Belgium. This second order is part of a framework contract for up to 175 trams with an initial call off of 60 trams signed in April last year.
Gatwick has reported revenue increased 6.1 per cent to £811 million for the financial year just ended. Combined with careful cost management, this resulted an EBITDA increase of 7.3 per cent, to £441 million, and a profit after tax of £208 million.
The launch of new long-haul services to Tel Aviv and Guangzhou signals the continuing expansion of RwandAir. Yvonne Manzi Makolo, chief executive of RwandAir, said: “The launch of these two major new services to our growing route network demonstrates our continuing commitment to expanding Rwandair to new markets overseas."
Azamara has debuted what it is branding the largest selection of pre- and post-voyage land programs in the cruise industry. As of today, the destination-focused brand offers a total of over 1,700 land program offerings, which complement its immersive voyages.
Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, vice president of Vietnam, and Ali Rashid Lootah, chairman of Nakheel, have held talks to explore a long-term collaboration for real estate development.
British Airways is celebrating its big birthday weekend in August with the first ever Flying with Confidence course at London City Airport. The course celebrates the airline’s centenary on August 25th when it takes off at the Docklands airport for the first time.
Cendyn has announced a strategic follow on investment from Accel-KKR, a leading Silicon Valley based technology-focused investment firm. The investment will enable the business to further scale and innovate its solutions for the hospitality industry.
Avani Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Javier Pardo as vice president of operations. Pardo reports directly to Robert Kunkler, chief operating officer of Minor Hotels, owners of Avani, and is based at the regional office in Bangkok.