Restore, rejuvenate, transform and reactive your inner spark at Aja Malibu. Located in the Malibu Mountains on 23 ocean-view acres once owned by President Roosevelt, Aja Malibu is a luxury-boutique mountain retreat for the health and wellness-seeking connoisseur. Aja incorporates deep earth wisdom with ancient wisdom teachings from around the world to create its signature residential programme, “The Magick Process”.
Chambers Travel Group’s parent company Corporate Travel Management is expanding its US footprint with the acquisition of California-based Montrose Travel. The purchase is expected to make CTM one of the 12 largest travel companies in the US, just three years after entering the market. The company’s total transactional value in North America is now expected to exceed AU$1 billion in the 2016 calendar year following the AU$47.6 million (US$ 34.32m) purchase.
Etihad Airways has welcomed the highly-anticipated arrival of its Airbus A380 service at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The arrival marked the US debut of the airline’s exclusive A380 service, including The Residence by Etihad, the only commercially available three-room suite in the sky. The A380 now serves guests travelling on one of the airline’s two daily flights between Abu Dhabi and New York.
United States ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, and United States customs and border protection commissioner Gil Kerlikowski have announced the expansion of Global Entry to UK citizens at the World Travel Market in London. Global Entry, a CBP Trusted Traveller Program, allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travellers. UK citizens can register for Global Entry beginning December 3rd.
Aviation could be among the losers from a new budget deal agreed following negotiations in the United States congress. In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Democrat and Republican parties agreed a budget for the next two years which should remove the threat of another government shutdown in January.
The Illinois Office of Tourism has appointed three agencies to handle its advertising, public relations, and sales and marketing for the remainder of 2012 and 2013. JWT, who has worked on the account for the past eight years, will continue to handle advertising, Fleishman-Hillard London will take on PR, and Cellet Travel Services will manage sales and marketing to the trade.
Travel PR is delighted to announce that it has been selected to represent Vacations to America, the specialist tour operator to North America which offers an extensive range of fly-drive, escorted and tailor-made tours across the United States. The Hertfordshire-based tour operator has recently built upon its offering of holidays in New England, The Carolinas, California and Florida, with the launch of its 2012 brochure.
United States secretary of the interior, Ken Salazar, has confirmed the Statue of Liberty will close for a year to undergo refurbishments. The $27.25 million renovation – which includes long-planned safety and other critical facility renovations – will begin in late October.
Could there be light at the end of the tunnel for airline passengers? With authorities in the UK yesterday outlining proposals for more “passenger friendly” security screening, it was today the turn of the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to detail its plans to implement risk-based, intelligence-driven security measures.
Hundreds of barrels of oil have leaked into the Yellowstone River in the United States after an ExxonMobil operated pipeline ruptured. As many as 1,000 barrels of oil are feared to have leaked into the river following the accident, which occurred downstream from Yellowstone national park, a major tourist attraction in the US.
Organisers of International Pow Wow estimate that hosting the influential travel convention in San Francisco will generate an extra $350 million from tourism for the city over the next three years. Around 3,500 exhibitors and 450 media attended this year’s event.