Friday, 25 January 2013

IATA brings World Passenger Symposium 2013 to Convention Centre Dublin

 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is bringing its World Passenger Symposium to The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) as part of The Gathering Ireland in October 2013.

New Zealand becomes an unavoidable destination with UK Flight Centre promotion!

 Destination New Zealand is set to take-over the shop-fronts of 87 Flight Centre stores throughout the UK in the next two weeks.

Edinburgh Airport commits 15 million to capital city route development fund

 Scotland’s largest airport will today (Thursday) announce the launch of a new £15m route development fund, to drive competition and bring new airlines and new routes to Edinburgh.

Tourism New Zealand targets western traditional market!

 A raft of activity has been kicked off in the United Kingdom and Germany to target visitors from the traditional western and long haul markets.

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ETOA's workshop MAMA to sell British Isles to the world

 European Tour Operators Association’s (ETOA) workshop March Marketplace (MAMA) selling the British Isles to the world will be held on March 18-19 in Wembley stadium, London.

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IATA Cargo symposium to be held at Doha in March!

The International Air Transport Association's (IATA) 7th World Cargo seminar will be held from March 12 to 14 at the Sheraton Doha Hotel. Qatar Airways will be hosting the three-day symposium.

European cities travel workshop City Fair 2013 to be held in London

European cities travel workshop City Fair 2013 will be held on June 24 at Wembley Stadium, London. Organised by European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) City Fair offers European tourist boards, convention bureaus, DMCs and destination suppliers a chance to individually meet qualified buyers personally in pre-arranged meetings.

INVESTOUR 2013 to shed light on Investment, development and air connectivity

Air connectivity between Africa and the European continent, regional development and the possibilities for investments in the tourist sector will be the main issues on the fourth edition of INVESTOUR.

ITB Berlin - "How to get started" for industry newcomers

 The travel industry follows its own rules, something that many startups and established companies new to this sector discover. Despite this, the level of interest shown by investors and startups is high.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines sponsors 'World Indoor Bowls Championships' for the second time

 Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is enjoying a second year as the title sponsor of the ‘World Indoor Bowls Championships’, which is running until 27th January 2013 at the five-star Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton on Sea, Norfolk.

The Oberoi, Amarvilas Agra to offer lucrative deals this Republic Day

On the occasion of celebration of Republic Day, The Oberoi, Amarvilas in Agra has unveiled its Republic Day Weekend offer to attract domestic as well as global tourists. The hotel group has announced a discount of 50 % on second night stay along with an additional room for children at 50 % of the price of parents’ room.

airberlin launches satellite-based precision approaches in Salzburg

airberlin is now the first German airline in Salzburg to use satellite-based precision approaches with its Boeing fleet in accordance with the RNP-AR procedure, thereby further developing its technical leadership role. Since January 2012, airberlin has been using the RNP-AR procedures for approaches and take-offs in Innsbruck.

CN announces 15 per cent increase in quarterly cash dividend

CN announced that its Board of Directors has approved a 15 per cent increase in the Company's quarterly cash dividend.

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

SeatGuru Re-Launched the Website To Make Air Travel Planning Easier Than Ever!

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - SeatGuru, the ultimate online guide to air travel, revealed several site enhancements that further help flyers find the best seats and flights. The iconic color-coded airline seat maps have been updated with a fresh look, a more intuitive layout, and additional content such as user submitted photos. Furthermore, travelers can now shop for flights and quickly identify itineraries that offer the best onboard experience with the new "Guru Factor" rating system.

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Melia Hotels launched its online product store!

Meliá Hotels International has become the first Spanish hotel company to launch its own online store with the opening of through which customers can buy a collection of bedroom and bathroom products that Meliá, an expert in helping guests rest, uses in its hotels, allowing them to recreate the comfort and relaxation experience in their own homes. This idea is a response to the requests from thousands of satisfied guests who have asked about the possibility of buying the range of first class products for their homes.

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Alaska Airlines Named Torque Zubeck as the Managing Director of Financial Planning and Analysis!

Alaska Airlines' Torque Zubeck has been named managing director of financial planning and analysis. Zubeck, a 13-year veteran of the airline, previously served as managing director of Alaska Air Cargo. Prior to that, Zubeck held positions in marketing/planning, financial planning and managed the commercial relationships with Alaska Airlines' codeshare partners.

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Experts to take the stage at new AIME Knowledge seminars

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - Personal and professional development will be a major focus of the 2013 Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) with the announcement of a refreshed education program – AIME Knowledge - now offering two streams of insightful sessions over the two days of the show. 

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New MD appointed for London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL)

Arriva and MTR, joint shareholders of London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL), have announced the appointment of Peter Austin as Managing Director.

LOROL operates London Overground rail services under contract to Transport for London (TfL).

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Jetstar Japan added three new domestic destinations!

Jetstar Japan has announced it will start flying to Oita, Nagoya and Kagoshima as the airline ramps up its domestic network over the next few months.

The new services, adding up to 25,000 seats per week, will commence with twice daily return services on Tokyo-Oita, Fukuoka- Nagoya and Sapporo-Nagoya routes from 31 March with return flights to Kagoshima from Tokyo and Nagoya starting on 31 May.

Global Wellness and Spa Tourism Monitor 2012 Goes Live!

Global Wellness and Spa Tourism Monitor 2012 is the first and unprecedented initiative launched by The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa (an initiative from Xellum). 

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Upload your travel photo on Expedia's Twitter page to win a trip coupon worth USD250!

To celebrate the awesome photography skills of their favorite travel fans, Expedia has started picking a Twitter follower's travel photo each month to use as their background on their Twitter profile page. 

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Delta Air Lines Announced December Quarter Profit!

Delta Air Lines reported financial results for the December 2012 quarter.

Key points include:

    -Delta's net income for the December 2012 quarter was $238 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, excluding special items1.   Results include the $100 million negative impact of Superstorm Sandy on airline and refinery operations.

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Dubai Airports inviting bids for Concourse D advertising concession!

Dubai Airports is inviting specialist advertising companies to submit expressions of interest to be awarded the official concession for Concourse D, currently under construction at Dubai International.

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Great offers from Malaysia Airlines as the Airbus A380 commence service to Paris!

Malaysia Airlines will commence A380 services on its Kuala Lumpur-Paris route beginning 1 March 2013. The French capital is the second European destination after London in the national flag carrier’s long haul network to be operated by the superjumbo.

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Cultural cradle of Canada, Winnipeg beckons nature lovers

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - Known as cultural cradle of Canada, Winnipeg, the capital city of Manitoba is a perfect recreational place where the bustling city also has ample opportunities for tourists who love to explore nature. Home to Fort Whyte Alive, an environmental, education and recreation center, this outdoor lover’s playground is just a stone’s throw from the heart of the bustling city where the bison roam and the humans have fun all day.

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Aero India airshow 2013 to experience new jets from Bombardier!

Bombardier Aerospace announced that it will showcase two of its class-defining jets at this year’s Aero India airshow in Bangalore, India from February 6 to February 11, 2013. On display will be the Challenger 605 and Global 6000 business jets.

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Travelport signed a new agreement with a leading travel agency of Hong Kong!

Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, announced a new multi-year agreement with Morning Star Travel Service Ltd, one of the leading travel agencies in Hong Kong.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Starwood Sees Strong Growth Momentum in North America in 2013

 From the 2013 American Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced today that it opened 23 hotels in North America in 2012 and signed more new deals than in the previous two years, including 21 conversions. Looking ahead to 2013, Starwood anticipates its strongest year of openings in North America since before the global economic crisis with 28 scheduled openings.

Loews Hotels & Resorts Purchases The Back Bay Hotel in Boston

 Loews Hotels & Resorts, a wholly owned-subsidiary of Loews Corporation, today announced that the company has entered into an agreement to purchase The Back Bay Hotel in Boston from The Doyle Collection. The acquisition is expected to close in February 2013.

Accor launches Smart Meetings Deals

A 20% discount on the total invoice is offered to meeting planners booking meeting rooms. In addition to this discount, holders of the Le Club Accorhotels Meeting Planner card will double their points. 

The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum presents Owl Prowl

 The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum presents Owl Prowl, choose either Friday, February 1 from 7 p.m. -9 p.m. at the Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson or Saturday, February 2 from 7 p.m. - 9p.m. at the Outdoor Discovery Center on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road. Join Environmental Educator Carl Heitmuller either evening for some exciting owl facts and fiction. Bundle up as you venture outdoors into the woods to search for these birds of the night. Learn to recognize the calls of our native owls plus meet one of the museum’s live owls.

Malaysia voted amongst world's top three places ideal to spend time after retirement

Making retirement plans soon and thinking of living overseas? Well, consider Malaysia as an exotic but highly affordable option. Malaysia has been recognised by’s newly-released Annual Global Retirement Index 2013 as among the top ten places to retire to in the world. Coming in at number three after Ecuador and Panama, Malaysia is the only Asian nation that made it into the top ten list besides Thailand (at number nine). 

It's Time for Valentines at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

 Those who wish to surprise their soulmate this Valentine's Day needn't worry, because Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon has taken care of everything. Instead of offering traditional gifts such as chocolates or roses, sweethearts can be dazzled with a romantic dinner at Varanda Restaurant.

SeatGuru Re-Launches Website To Make Air Travel Planning Easier Than Ever

SeatGuru®, the ultimate online guide to air travel, today revealed several site enhancements that further help flyers find the best seats and flights. The iconic color-coded airline seat maps have been updated with a fresh look, a more intuitive layout, and additional content such as user submitted photos. Furthermore, travelers can now shop for flights and quickly identify itineraries that offer the best onboard experience with the new "Guru Factor" rating system.

Mazaltan Carnival in Mexico beckons global tourists to enjoy local traditions

Mexico may be a land of carnivals which comes to life in the months of February-March but the main festival which will give the global tourists a feel of the indigenous culture is the Mazaltan Carnival. The main festival in this state of Sinaloa is just as lively and pompous as any other in the country, and, unlike other carnivals, it is full of culture and traditions.

Celebrate Groundhog Day at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

On Saturday, February 2 at 10 a.m. Sharp!, come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, for an old fashioned Groundhog Day Celebration. Meet a live Groundhog for a prognostication at 10am sharp and join Master of Ceremonies, Carl Heitmuller, to determine if there will be an early spring. Learn about these furry prognosticators and the history behind this age-old tradition.

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Mexico tourism eyeing to attract global tourists via Campeche carnival

 Mexico’s oldest carnival begins with the funeral procession and the burial of the bad mood in Campeche. The Campeche carnival is just one among the many popular festivals, which date back to distant times and places and have taken root among the people living in Latin America.

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Glasgow Airport lands Tunisian tour operator

 Glasgow Airport is to further strengthen its 2013 summer schedule with the addition of Just Sunshine to its long list of airlines and tour operators.

London Southend Airport rated highest by easyJet's passengers

easyJet's latest customer satisfaction survey has revealed that the airline's newest base – London Southend Airport – has topped a survey of customer satisfaction across its European airports. More than 26,000 passengers were surveyed with London's newest airport recording an overall satisfaction score of 92%.

easyJet comment on the sale of Stansted Airport

 Commenting on the news that Manchester Airports Group will be the new owner of Stansted Airport, Hugh Aitken, easyJet UK Commercial Manager welcomed the decision. 

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Hampton Hotels Exhibits Continued Growth and Stability with 22 Property Openings in Q4 2012

 Hampton Hotels, the international brand of nearly 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels, today announced the results of an impressive fourth quarter, which marked the opening of 22 new properties and the addition of 2,437 new guestrooms.  Collectively in 2012, 71 new properties opened their doors, bringing the brand's guestroom count to more than 185,500 rooms globally.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

2013 is the year of the aurora - Scandic will help their guests experience the natural phenomenon

 2013 is the year of the aurora and the best chance to see this natural phenomenon is in the north of Sweden. The activity of the sun is larger than normal this year creating more auroras. Scandic Ferrum in Kiruna will therefore offer their guests a service that will alert the user where and when the aurora appears.

Acclaimed Red Sea Resort Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh Named #1 for Service in TripAdvisor's 2013 Travellers' Choice Awards

 Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh has been name the #1 Hotel for Service in Egypt, as well as #1 Hotel for Service in the Middle East, in 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Presents Chef Fest - Made in America 3

 Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu, the first and only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort on Hawaii Island, in collaboration with Lucy Lean, noted author of Made in America: Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food,     announces Chef Fest - Made in America 3. A celebration of high-profile dinners, interactive cooking classes and culinary experiences, the series of events will be held at the Resort February 26 - March 3, 2013 and features some of today’s top chefs coming together to cook, teach and entertain in an intimate and relaxed beach setting.

Etihad Airways to increase capacity on Dublin Flights

 Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will increase capacity on its Dublin flights, deploying a Boeing 777-300ER on the route from 2 July 2013.
The B777-300ER offers Etihad Airways’ new Pearl Business Class product. It is configured to carry 412 passengers, with 28 seats in Pearl Business Class and 384 in Coral Economy Class.

Wet and Wild - Celebrating Thai New Year with Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok

 Imagine a place where it's completely acceptable to ambush strangers with a bucketful of water over the head, where it's fine to squirt your boss, no problem at all to spray passing tourists, and where it's all done with a friendly smile. Sounds unlikely? Well, this is exactly what happens throughout Thailand during the hottest season each year - and visitors are invited to join in the fun.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Promoting the Island of Ireland in Germany

 Ten tourism organisations from around the island of Ireland travelled to Stuttgart to join Tourism Ireland for this year’s CMT (Caravan, Motor & Tourism Fair), the largest consumer holiday promotion in Germany.

FITUR GET-AWAYS: Visitors Can Take Advantage of Some Exclusive Travel Offers on the Weekend

 As a new feature on this occasion, within the framework of FITUR participating companies are now able to offer a series of exclusive discounts, promotions and benefits to the general public. The International Tourism Trade Fair, which is due to take place between 30th January and 3rd February 2013, seeks to boost its most commercial dimension on this occasion. In this respect, as a new feature, the companies and bodies taking part at FITUR will be able to sell and market their products and services to visitors on the days on which the show is open to members of the general public (Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February 2013). 

BA and BAFTA Partner to Help British Talent Take Off

 British Airways is proud to announce its partnership with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) as part of its commitment to helping British talent take off.To mark the launch, British Airways and BAFTA are hosting an invite-only ‘Silent Picturehouse’ at Vinopolis in London from February 17 – 19, introduced by Edith Bowman and George Lamb. The evening will showcase the five ‘Outstanding British Films’ nominated for a BAFTA at this year’s Orange British Academy Film Awards.

Aeroports de Paris Record year with 88.8 million passengers handled in 2012

2012 was a record year for Aéroports de Paris with 88.8 million passengers handled, up 0.8% compared to the previous year (88.1 million passengers in 2011). Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport welcomed 61.6 million passengers (+1.1%) and Paris Orly airport 27.2 million passengers (+0.3%). Traffic increased by 2.0% during the 1st half of 2012 and remained almost stable (-0.2%) during the 2nd half of the year.

Hivernage Hotel and Spa in Marrakech offers the Terrake treatment brand

 Located in the heart of Hivernage district, Hivernage Hotel & Spa is a short walk from the famous Jemaa El Fna square and the Medina, close to the landmarks of the city and only 10 minutes from the airport.

A Tasty Sunday Begins a Happy Week at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus

 Aqua, inspired by the beautiful Bosphorus, presents a delicious brunch every Sunday with selected dishes of Italian and Turkish cuisine at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus.

Valentine's Day menu at Quest is homage to six romantic films

 Quest, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers’ signature modern Asian cuisine restaurant headed by Chef de Cuisine Benjamin Whatt, will create a special signature Valentine’s Day menu that has been inspired by some of the world’s most celebrated and cherished love and comedy-romance movies.

IHG Opens Crowne Plaza Kochi

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announced the opening of the Crowne Plaza Kochi. Inaugurated by the Ministers of the State and other dignitaries, the Kochi hotel is the sixth Crowne Plaza to open in the South West Asia region.

Romance Comes Alive This Valentine's Day at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

 Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza plays Cupid this Valentine’s Day with special offers created to inspire lifelong memories.

Boeing Winnipeg unionized employees approve landmark early contract extension

 Boeing Winnipeg has negotiated a landmark early contract extension with its 1,147 union members that will help ensure employment stability at the site through to 2018. Canadian Automotive Workers (CAW) Local 2169 employees today voted in favor of the collective bargaining agreement extension.

KQ's new E-Jet to boost African presence

 Kenya Airways has boosted its fleet with the latest arrival of a new Embraer E-190 jet as it expands with an eye on the lucrative African market.It is the sixth out of ten fully owned E-190 jets that Kenya Airways expects to take delivery by mid this year. The new aircraft is suited for short regional routes within the Africa continent, where the airline is keen on boosting its presence. 

Enjoy The First Round Of The 2013 Davis Cup With A Luxury Package At Mandarin Oriental, Geneva

 Mandarin Oriental, Geneva has launched an exclusive package for serious Tennis fans to enjoy the World Group first round of Davis Cup between Switzerland and the Czech Republic in premium VIP seats at Geneva’s Palexpo this February.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Etihad Airways offers free flights for 10 Year olds in the UAE

 Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is offering free flights for 10-year-old guests* as a part of a year-long celebration of the airline’s tenth anniversary.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Slogan by Medical tourists: Sun, Sea and Surgery!

More and more Europeans are going abroad not only for sun and sea holidays but for surgery. The number of people travelling to other countries for operations and medical treatment is increasing rapidly and looks likely to grow strongly in the years ahead due to a combination of personal, financial and legal reasons, according to experts at the 20th World Travel Monitor Forum.

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Travel Advisory: Indian tourist destination Kashmir affected by heavy snofall, tourists stranded

 One of the most popular Indian tourist destinations, Kashmir was adversely affected by heavy snowfall on Friday leaving hundreds of visitors/tourists stranded and isolating the region from the rest of the world. The overnight snowfall triggered the closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway, thereby blocking the usual route adopted by visitors. 

Ryanair's 1 Bag Rule Is Driven By Safety, Not Revenue

Ryanair explained that its 1 carry-on bag rule is necessary for safety reasons. Ryanair also rejected many of the false claims made by a number of poorly briefed MEP’s in the European Parliament yesterday.

Asia drives world tourism growth as China leads from the front!

Asia remains the powerhouse for world tourism growth this year with strong growth of 7% in outbound travel as incomes rise and consumers are able to travel more. The outlook for 2013 is even stronger as China and Japan promises surging global travel trends, experts said at the World Travel Monitor Forum in Pisa.

WTM Latin America Officially Opens Applications for Hosted Buyer Programme

 World Travel Market Latin America has officially opened applications for the International Hosted Buyer Programme.
The first edition of WTM Latin America will take place in São Paulo, Brazil, 23-25 April 2013 attracting visitors and exhibitors from around the world. 

UNWTO and ITB-Berlin promise development of tourism along the Silk Road!

Together with UNWTO ITB Berlin will be paying special attention to the development of tourism along the Silk Road. Following its successful launch last year a second edition of the Silk Road Ministers‘Meeting is taking place on 6 March 2013. In Hall 7.2.b Azerbaijan, the Convention & Culture Partner of ITB has information about the natural beauty as well as on developments along the famous Silk Road.

LGBT convention and Vienna Gay Cafe promises new market for exhibitors at ITB-Berlin!

 The Gay & Lesbian Travel section in Hall 2.1 is also set to expand. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travel (LGBT) has long ceased to be a niche market. The fact that the Pink Pavilion in Hall 2.1 at ITB-Berlin is booked up is the proof of this.

Heathrow Airport Holdings announces sale of Stansted Airport

 Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited today announces that it has agreed to sell its 100% interest in Stansted Airport Limited to Manchester Airports Group for £1,500 million in cash, payable in full at closing.

TripAdvisor Names Four Seasons Resort Hualalai #1 Hotel in the World

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu, the first and only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort on Hawaii Island, has been named the #1 Hotel in the World in the 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.

New destinations galore at ITB Berlin 2013

Good news from South America as well: all of its nations are represented at the travel trade show. Newcomers to ITB Berlin 2013 include South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011 and is represented alongside other African countries. 

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 Worldwide demand for floor space at ITB Berlin is high. The Travel Technology Hall (Hall 6.1) is already booked up and features leading companies in this market. At the eTravelWorld experts will be giving lectures and workshops debating the latest social media and mobile travel services topics.

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet Honoured in the 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, reveals Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet as the 9th in the Top 25 Hotels in the World, and the #1 Hotel in Turkey in the 2013 Travelers’ Choice Awards.

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Friday, 18 January 2013

ITB Berlin 2013: high demand from the Middle East, Asia and South America

 Worldwide demand for floor space at ITB Berlin is high, no more so than from exhibitors representing Arab and Asian countries and South America. The Travel Technology Hall (Hall 6.1) is already booked up and features leading companies in this market.

Carnival Cruise Lines named Mark Jackson as their Vice- President!

Mark Jackson – a 24-year veteran of the United States Coast Guard with extensive experience in nautical engineering, maritime repair and refurbishments, and ship operations – has been named vice president – technical operations at Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise operator.

Air Malta's Travel Arrangements for Maltese Abroad

As announced, Air Malta is making travel arrangements for eligible Maltese voters currently abroad to travel on its services to enable them to vote in the forthcoming General Election of the 9th March 2013.Apart from offering seats on its scheduled services, the airline has also announced it will be operating 6 extra flights on Luxemburg, Dublin and Manchester as per the following schedule:

Norwegian Cruise line announced their opening price for their public offering!

 Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (the "Company" and together with NCL Corporation Ltd., "Norwegian"), announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 23,529,412 of its ordinary shares at a price of $19.00 per share. In addition, the Company has granted underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 3,529,412 additional ordinary shares at the initial public offering price. The shares are expected to begin trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on January 18, 2013 under the symbol "NCLH".