Friday, 31 May 2013

LAN Airlines presented 2012 Sustainability Report

 For the third year running, LAN presented its Sustainability Report, becoming one of the first airlines in the region to complete one and present it in 100% digital format, fully interactive.

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WHISK, the destination for wine lovers and connoisseurs alike

 Michelin-recommended WHISK undergoes a metamorphosis with a bold attitude to stun all the wine aficionados and stimulate true wine appreciation. 

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Boeing and China Southern Airlines Celebrate Delivery of First 787 to China

 Boeing and China Southern Airlines today celebrated the delivery of the carrier's first 787 Dreamliner. China Southern is the first Chinese airline to take delivery of the game-changing airplane.   

Boeing Completes 2 Test Milestones for NASA Commercial Crew Program

By successfully completing two significant tests of the integrated Commercial Crew Transportation System, Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) have moved the United States closer to regaining its capability to return humans to space.

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Chesapeake Lodging Trust Acquires Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf

 Chesapeake Lodging Trust (the "Trust") announced today that it has purchased the fee simple interest in the 313-room Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf from an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corporation ( for $103.5 million, or approximately $331,000 per key. 

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New Holiday Inn Hotel Opens Minutes from Baltimore-Washington International Airport

 InterContinental Hotels Group  one of the world’s largest hotel companies, announces the opening of the Holiday Inn® Baltimore - BWI Airport Area, located just minutes from Baltimore Washington Thurgood International Airport (BWI). 

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Airport team 'Celebrate' for the third time

 In June, for the third year running, Aberdeen International Airport will be taking part in the 'Celebrate Aberdeen' parade.

Malta Pilgrimage Travel Supplement distributed in the UK

 The History and Culture Segment within the Marketing Directorate at the Malta Tourism Authority and the MTA’s UK Office have recently worked together to produce ‘The Sacred Islands in the Heart of the Mediterranean’. 

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Tourism minister says it's all about service

 Improving Malta as a tourist destination does not only depend on the quality of the product, but the service provided is equally important, tourism minister Karmenu Vella said.

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Travel Industry Leaders Discussion At Toronto LTS

 Travel executives from Best Western International, Hotel Association of Canada and the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) forecast moderate steady growth in the leisure travel industry at the eight annual Leisure Travel Summit in Toronto. 

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Singapore Airlines to order up to 50 more A350 XWBs

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that it will purchase up to 50 more A350 XWB aircraft. The agreement covers a firm order for 30 more A350-900s plus options for a further 20 aircraft.

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High-flying judges check-in for global Airbus student challenge

The leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus has today unveiled a high calibre international panel to judge the final of the 2013 Fly Your Ideas student challenge.

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Station footbridge restoration to be entered for national railway heritage award

 A station footbridge restoration project in Wiltshire is to be entered into this year's National Railway Heritage Trust awards when it is completed.

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Wyndham Hotel Group Launches Super 8 Hotel Brand in Turkey

 Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,380 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the signing of an exclusive development agreement with İlbak Turizm İşletmeleri Ve Yatirim A.Ş. for 20 Super 8® hotels in Turkey over the next 10 years.  

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

SkyWest Resumes Daily Delta Connection Flights between Salt Lake City and West Yellowstone June 1

 SkyWest Airlines is excited to bring daily Delta Connection flights back to West Yellowstone, Mont. (WYS) for the 2013 summer season! These flights from Salt Lake City, Utah to West Yellowstone provide the best and most convenient travel option for thousands of Yellowstone National Park visitors.

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Air Canada Gift Cards Now Taking Off - First Airline in Canada to offer the Gift of Travel through a genuine and convenient Gift Card

 Giving the freedom of travel is now easier than ever with the launch today of the Air Canada Gift Card.  Available in both the traditional plastic gift card or in electronic form, Air Canada Gift Cards can be purchased in Canadian or US dollar denominations with values starting as low as $25. 

Doctor Who stops in Sydney for 50th Anniversary this Saturday

 The projection will showcase an amazing visual feast of colour, light and movement as Doctor Who travels through space and time, pursued by some of his greatest enemies.

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SIA To Order US$17 Billion Worth Of Aircraft From Airbus & Boeing

 Singapore Airlines has agreed to order 30 more Airbus A350-900s and 30 Boeing 787-10Xs in deals valued at more than US$17 billion.

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EVENT Hotels Announces Second New York City Property Signing

 IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today announces the signing of the second EVEN™ Hotels property in New York City, with an ownership group led by Frank Chan and Lance Steinberg. 

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Wingate by Wyndham Makes Getting Around Easier

Fighting for a cab in an unfamiliar, bustling city can often be daunting. Wingate by Wyndham® is making that job easier for those attending the 35th Annual New York University (NYU) International Hospitality Investment Conference in New York City next week with a $20 discount on their first ride with on-demand car service provider Uber.

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SkyWest Airlines Earns Top Reliability Honors

 SkyWest Airlines, a subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. has once again been recognized by Bombardier for delivering exceptional reliability with the manufacturer’s top honor: the 2012 annual Airline Reliability Performance Award. 

National Restaurant Association Continues Strong Objection to Swipe Fee Settlement

 The National Restaurant Association today announced a decision to continue its strenuous objection to a proposed settlement in ongoing litigation over credit card interchange swipe fees.

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Etihad Cargo and Atlas Air partner to operate round-the-world freighter service

 Etihad Cargo has announced its first round-the-world freighter routing in conjunction with Atlas Air Worldwide.

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Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town: A Leading Light in Energy Conservation

 The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town in South Africa is Rezidor’s most energy efficient property across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Boeing Celebrates Delivery of 50th 747-8

Boeing celebrated the 50th delivery of a 747-8 today. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the launch customer of the passenger version, took delivery of the milestone aircraft almost one year after the first revenue flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental.

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Honor, Salute, Celebrate: American Airlines And The USO Thank Our Servicemen And Women During Summer Patriotic Holidays

To recognize the summer patriotic holidays and in support of all who serve, American Airlines is partnering with the USO (United Service Organizations) to offer customers a special AAdvantage® bonus mile promotion to benefit our nation's servicemen and women.

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Nominations Open For 2013 Tasmanian Tourism Awards

 Nominations are now open for the 2013 Tasmanian Tourism Awards, with local tourism operators being encouraged to nominate.

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Malaysia Airlines Halves Operating Loss in Q1 2013 with 17% Traffic, 14% Revenue Improvement & Positive Cash Balance

 Kuala Lumpur – National carrier Malaysia Airlines registered a significant improvement in its operations by reducing operating loss by 46% to RM165 million for the first three months ended 31 March 2013 compared with RM307 million in the same quarter in 2012.

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Austrian Airlines' First Flight to Chios Took Off from Vienna Today

 The first flight of Austrian Airlines to Chios took over punctually today from Vienna Airport at 5:45 a.m. Thus shortly before the start of the summer season Austrian Airlines has expanded its offering with an additional destination in Greece, namely the island of Chios.

Last Minute Deals on Malaysia Airlines Nationwide Sales Campaign

 In conjunction with the upcoming Gawai and Kaammatan harvest festivals, Malaysia Airlines will be extending its domestic promotion on the Nationwide Sales Campaign that started from 6 May 2013 – 24 May 2013, to now until 10 June 2013.

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MTA project promotes language and intercultural learning

 Fourteen tourism front-liners working in various hotels, tourism information centres and visitor attractions were recently sent to France on a two-week intercultural training programme promoted by the Malta Tourism Authority and funded by the Leonardo da Vinci programme. 

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Top Dutch Tour Operator Enjoys Special 'Gathering' in South West of Ireland

 To mark their 50th year selling holidays to the island of Ireland, the sales staff of leading Dutch tour operator, BBI Travel, flew to Cork at the weekend, to take part in their very own ‘Gathering’.

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Hawaiian Airlines Announces Closing of $444,540,000 Aircraft Financing under Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates

 Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (the "Company"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. 

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HTA'S 2013 Hawai'i Tourism Conference To Be held On Aug. 22-23

 The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), the state's tourism agency, will hold its annual Hawai‘i Tourism Conference, ‘Aha ‘Oihana Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i, on Aug. 22-23, 2013 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. 

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Network Rail announces reduced bonuses for its directors

 A year that saw some successes as well as some targets missed has resulted in a significantly reduced annual bonus for Network Rail’s five executive directors.

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JW Marriott and Christie's Exhibit Celebrated Vershbow Rare Book Collection in London

 W Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Christie’s are pleased to announce the 13th exhibition in their ongoing series of cultural events across the globe, and their second collaboration in London.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Doha Improves Its World Ranking of the Most Popular Convention Cities

Doha strengthens its ranking amongst the world’s most popular convention destinations. The city moved up by 49 positions to share the 111th position with Florence, Riga and San Juan, in a list of over 360 participating cities in the recently released ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) 2012 Country and City Rankings. 

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Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa celebrates Soller's Orange Harvest

 This June, the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, located on the rugged northwest coast of Mallorca, plans to celebrate one of the most popular and important events in the Soller Valley; the festival of the orange harvest. 

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QNCC Wins the "Best Events Venue" at the Middle East Event Awards 2013

A celebration is in the air at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). The Centre took home the much-coveted award for the Best Events Venue at the Middle East Event Awards 2013 – a major achievement for a venue that is only in its second year in operation.

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UNWTO Executive Council recommends Taleb Rifai for Secretary-General for the period 2014-2017

 The 95th session of the UNWTO Executive Council, meeting in Belgrade, unanimously recommended Taleb Rifai as a nominee for the post of Secretary-General for the four-year-period starting January 2014 (Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, 28 May 2013).

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Jumeirah Group Appoints New General Manager at Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has appointed John Roberts as General Manager of Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai.

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Increase in tourist arrivals, bed nights

 Total arrivals and nights spent in hotels, apart-hotels, guesthouses and hostels (collective accommodation) in March advanced by 0.6 and 11.9 per cent respectively, when compared to the same month a year ago, the National Statistics Office said.

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Hyatt Place Seoul To Open in 2016

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with KY Development Co., Ltd., a Seoul based manufacturing and distribution company, for a Hyatt Place hotel in Seoul.

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Tourism Ireland Comment on CSO Figures for February-April 2013

Commenting on the CSO figures issued today for overseas visitor numbers to Ireland for the three-month period February to May 2013, Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s figures from the CSO, showing growth of +4% for the period February to April, suggest a positive start to 2013, as we head into the high season. 

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Renaissance Hotels Opens New Gem in the Heart of Johor Bahru

Renaissance Hotels, a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International portfolio, celebrated the opening of its newest gem in Malaysia today with the inauguration of the Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel, officiated by the Tunku Temenggong Johor, Y.A.M Tunku Idris Iskandar Ibni Sultan Ibrahim.

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International superstar Jessie J Returns to the global stage at Isle of MTV in Malta

 Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom  and the Malta Tourism Authority today announced that British singer songwriter and global superstar Jessie J has been added to the stellar line-up for this year’s Isle of MTV in Malta, the annual, free outdoor music extravaganza taking place in Floriana’s spectacular Il-Fosos Square on 26th June.

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"Now's the Time" is the theme for San Francisco Travel Association's 103rd Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, June 18

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the 103rd Annual Luncheon of the San Francisco Travel Association on Tuesday, June 18, at Moscone West, 800 Howard St., San Francisco. 

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Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

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Now Brewing: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Introduces Exclusive In-Room Collection For Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree By Hilton And Embassy Suites Hotels

Guests staying in more than 740 Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton and Embassy Suites Hotels properties across the Americas will wake up to a new exclusive collection of in-room coffee and teas beginning this summer.

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Malaysia Airlines Adds Daytime Service to Mumbai

 Malaysia Airlines is increasing its frequency from Kuala Lumpur into Mumbai to12 times weekly effective 3 June 2013. 

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PIN UP Starlet Claire Sinclair Celebrates Birthday

Las Vegas’ newest Strip starlet, PIN UP’s Claire Sinclair, is celebrating her 22nd Birthday on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Fans of PLAYBOY’s 2011 Playmate® of the Year are invited to wish her happy birthday during several special events.

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Malaysia Airlines is offering great deals for packages to Ho Chi Minh City

 Malaysia Airlines is offering great deals for packages to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. For only RM880 per person, customers can purchase a 3D/2N Sensational to Ho Chi Minh City from Kuala Lumpur. 

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