Advantage Travel Partnership has appointed the former general manager of the Freedom Travel Group, Kelly Cookes, as leisure director. The role is a newly created board position within the UK’s largest consortia of independent travel agents.
TUI has added an additional two million seats to holiday favourites including Turkey, Greece, Balearics, Canaries, Egypt, Mexico and Florida. Alongside its commitment to provide holiday packages, TUI Airways will create jobs for over 100 pilots and over 200 cabin crew.
Hays Travel has reached an agreement with receivers working on the liquidation of Thomas Cook to acquire the entire retail estate of the collapsed travel agent. The deal will see Hays Travel acquire a total of 555 stores around the UK.
Wego has collaborated with Azerbaijan Tourism Board to invite travellers from the GCC to take another look at the country and experience its wide array of sights and activities. Azerbaijan is one of the top three destinations in Europe for MENA-based travellers.
A high-level delegation from the United States department of state has met with head of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation as the country moves closer to re-joining the agency.
The World Travel & Tourism Council has saluted the Portuguese government for recognising the importance of the sector to the overall economy. Making tourism a priority has resulted in the sector growing 8.1 per cent in 2018, contributing €38.4 billion to the nation’s economy.
The Travel Corporation has announced a new ‘Make Travel Matter’ pledge. Guided by the TreadRight Foundation, the pledge serves as the next step in a long-standing commitment to sustainable tourism and conscious travel.
Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has officially opened the inaugural edition of the World Travel & Tourism Council Middle East & North Africa Leaders Forum. The one-day event is taking place at Al Hamra International Exhibition & Conference Centre.
Adam Hickmott has been appointed head of sales and marketing for luxury tour operator Scott Dunn in Europe. This latest addition to the growing company follows the recent appointment of a new senior management team led by chief executive, Sonia Davies.
CoStar Group has entered into an agreement to acquire STR, a leader in data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights for global hospitality sectors. The transaction, valued at $450 million in cash, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to customary conditions.
This winter, holidaymakers can take advantage of a new month-long promotion from the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority. Running until the end of October, sun seekers can book a holiday in Saint Lucia and enjoy some winter sun or book ahead for their summer holiday.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority is putting its final preparations in place to host the World Travel & Tourism Council Middle East & North Africa Leaders Forum next week.