Etihad Airways launches high-tech ambulance service for its employees in Abu Dhabi

Senior Etihad Airways and National Ambulance executives pose with the new ambulance.

Abu Dhabi, 2014-8-28 — /Travel PR News/ — An ambulance service for Etihad Airways began operations in Abu Dhabi today, as part of the airline’s commitment to provide world-class medical emergency response for its employees. Based at the Etihad Airways Medical Centre in Etihad Plaza, the high-tech ambulance provides a 24/7 emergency medical service for the airline’s… Read the full press release

Etihad Airways reaffirmed its commitment to start Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operations in December 2014

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A380 to operate triple-daily London flights, Sydney confirmed as second destination B787 flying to Düsseldorf, Doha, Washington DC, Mumbai, Brisbane and Moscow Comprehensive training program underway for airline’s pilots and cabin crew Aircraft will debut The Residence, plus new First, Business and Economy products Abu Dhabi, 2014-8-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Etihad Airways, the national airline… Read the full press release

Etihad Airways opens new Al Ain contact centre facility to provide 24/7 assistance to the airline’s guests

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Abu Dhabi, 2014-8-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has completed the final phase in the development of its Al Ain contact centre facility, with the opening of a second contact centre, bringing to three the number of centres within the UAE, and a total of four… Read the full press release

Emirates and Arik Air to develop and expand their existing commercial relationship and explore further areas of cooperation

From left, Chris Ndlulue, Arik Air’s Managing Director, and Adnan Kazim, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Planning, Aeropolitical and Industry Affairs

DUBAI, U.A.E., 2014-8-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates, a global connector of people and places, and Arik Air, West Africa’s leading airline, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and expand their existing commercial relationship and explore further areas of co-operation. Emirates and Arik Air currently have a one-way interline agreement, whereby Emirates passengers… Read the full press release

Tarek Nour appointed new Hotel Manager for Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh

Tarek Nour appointed new Hotel Manager for Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2014-8-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh welcomes Tarek Nour as its new Hotel Manager. A Four Seasons veteran who has 12 years of international hospitality experience, Nour arrives in the Kingdom from Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, where he spent two years as Director of Rooms. “Tarek’s experience will be invaluable to Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh with his… Read the full press release

Embraer: Japan Airlines orders 27 E-Jets estimated at USD 677 million

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São José dos Campos, Brazil, 2014-8-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Embraer S.A. has signed a firm order with Japan Airlines (JAL) for a total of 15 E-Jets comprising the E170 and the E190 jets models, as well as for an additional twelve E-Jets family options. The value of the firm order is estimated at USD… Read the full press release

Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings returns to The Village at Squaw Valley on Sept. 5 to benefit the Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences

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Olympic Valley, Calif., 2014-8-28 — /Travel PR News/ — A battle of epic proportions is coming to Squaw Valley on Friday, Sept. 5 with the return of Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings. Seven restaurants, including new participant PlumpJack Cafe and Bar, and seven bands will go head to head from 6-10 p.m. in The Village at Squaw Valley… Read the full press release

New World Hotels appointed by New Coast Hotel, Inc. to manage New World Manila Bay Hotel effective 1 January 2015

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MANILA, Philippines, 2014-8-28 — /Travel PR News/ — New World Hotels has been appointed by New Coast Hotel, Inc. to manage New World Manila Bay Hotel effective 1 January 2015. The hotel, currently the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Casino Manila, will be the second hotel for the brand in the capital, joining New World Makati Hotel…. Read the full press release

Las Vegas to welcome variety of special events and programming specific to the LGBT community this fall

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LAS VEGAS, 2014-8-28 — /Travel PR News/ — This fall, Las Vegas continues to welcome a wide-variety of special events and programming specific to the LGBT community. From one end of the Strip to the other, Las Vegas is unassuming and welcomes the LGBT community, providing each person the opportunity to experience the trip of a lifetime…. Read the full press release

Metrolink to operate late night trains back to L.A. Union Station from Los Angeles County Fair on Saturday and Sunday nights throughout September

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LOS ANGELES, 2014-8-28 — /Travel PR News/ — As part of its annual service, Metrolink will operate late night trains back to L.A. Union Station on both Saturday and Sunday nights from the Los Angeles County Fair (LACF), the largest county fair in the country. The service will begin this weekend and continue on Saturdays and Sundays… Read the full press release

Marco Polo opens its newest hotel in Changzhou, China

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Changzhou, China, 2014-8-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The newest Marco Polo will open in Changzhou, China on 28 August, 2014.  With 19 acres of lush gardens, Marco Polo Changzhou will be an exclusive urban oasis and the city’s prime address for events and meetings. Located in the Xinbei District just one hour from Shanghai by high-speed… Read the full press release

29 year old wombat virgin Patrick received 258k ‘likes’ helping Tourism Australia’s Facebook page reach six million fans

29 year old wombat virgin Patrick received 258k 'likes' helping Tourism Australia's Facebook page reach six million fans

Sydney, Australia, 2014-8-27 — /Travel PR News/ — A 29 year old, wombat virgin has helped Tourism Australia’s Facebook page reach six million fans, making it the most followed tourism body on Facebook globally. Yesterday morning, Tourism Australia’s social media team posted a birthday greeting and photo of ‘Patrick the Wombat’ from Ballarat Wildlife Park on its… Read the full press release

Tourism Australia selects an elite group of China-based travel agencies to lead high yield China tourism strategy

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Sydney, Australia, 2014-8-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Tourism Australia has selected an elite group of China-based travel agencies to spearhead a new, high yield distribution network focused upon selling high quality Australian holiday packages to China’s rapidly growing middle classes. A total of 31 specialist travel agents have been selected to join the new Key Distribution… Read the full press release

The Pacific Asia Travel Association PATA announces extension of its strategic partnership with TripAdvisor

Celebrating Enhanced Partnership at Review Meeting in London. From L/R: Helena Egan, Head of Destination Marketing Sales, EMEAA, TripAdvisor; Sarah Mathews, Destination Marketing Senior Sales Manager APAC, TripAdvisor; Martin Craigs, CEO, PATA; Daniela Wagner, European Coordinator, PATA.

BANGKOK, 2014-8-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the extension of its strategic partnership with TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, offering trusted advice from real travellers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor has the largest travel community in… Read the full press release

Shannon Airport welcomes Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe on his first official visit to the airport and county since his appointment in July

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Shannon, Ireland, 2014-8-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe, TD, was welcomed to Shannon Airport today by its Chairman Rose Hynes and CEO Neil Pakey on his first official visit to the airport and county since his appointment in July to the post. The Minister was in Shannon as… Read the full press release

Eurostar launches thirteen day express sale from 28 August to 9 September

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LONDON, 2014-8-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Eurostar, the high-speed passenger rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe, is launching a thirteen day express sale from 28 August – 9 September with three amazing offers for autumn and winter getaways: Offers 135,000 seats available, with return fares from only £59 for standard travel from London,… Read the full press release

Adventure Travel World Summit expects nearly 700 delegates from around the globe to Killarney, Ireland on October 6, 2014

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Seattle, WA, 2014-8-27 — /Travel PR News/ — On October 6, nearly 700 delegates from around the globe will enter Killarney, Ireland to begin the sold-out Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS). Over 150 of those delegates, international tour operators and media, will be coming back from intense adventure experiences across Ireland’s wild landscape, while the other 500 delegates will… Read the full press release

The Adventure Travel Trade Association: the industry lacks a global standard for adventure travel guiding

Lodge owner Silvio describes the delicate nature of the river flora to visitors. Photo © Cameron L. Martindell / http://offyonder.com

SEATTLE, 2014-8-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA; www.adventuretravel.biz) has spent the past several months researching global adventure guide qualification and performance standards and training programs. The initial findings, presented in a webinar to members of the association, confirm that the industry lacks a global standard for adventure travel guiding. ATTA’s president, Mr…. Read the full press release

Etihad Airways names Mr Gianni Tronza as its General Manager for Switzerland

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Abu Dhabi, 2014-8-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has appointed Mr Gianni Tronza as its new General Manager for Switzerland effective immediately. In his new role, Gianni Tronza will be based in Zurich, where he will lead Etihad Airways’ expanded commercial operations in Switzerland following the… Read the full press release

LA/Ontario International Airport’s passenger numbers rose 2.7% from January 2014 through July 2014 compared to the same period last year

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Ontario, California, 2014-8-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Passenger numbers at LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) rose 2.7 percent from January 2014 through July 2014, compared to the same period last year.  ONT airlines served 2,366,198passengers compared to 2,303,947 travelers during the same period in 2013. International traffic continues its upward climb compared to last year.  This year’s activity from January through July reflects a 68.7 percent increase… Read the full press release