Virgin Galactic Breaks Speed Of Sound In First Rocket-Powered Flight Of SpaceShipTwo

Sir Richard Branson witnesses vehicle-proving milestone as company sets year-end goal for spaceflight MOJAVE, Calif. 2013-04-29 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJS, completed the first rocket-powered flight of its space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2). The test, conducted by teams… Read the full press release

150 people have made it through to the next stage of Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition

2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — 150 people from 35 countries have made it through to the next stage of Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition, with successful candidates submitting video entries from as far afield as Afghanistan, China, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia and Mexico. Entries have proved extremely diverse and creative, including one Taste Master applicant… Read the full press release

Applicants for ‘Best Jobs in the World’ have until April 10 to submit their video entries

2013-04-05 — /travelprnews.com/ —  With the closing date just a week away, potential candidates for Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition are being warned not to leave it too late to upload their video entry. Applicants have until April 10 to submit their 30 second video and convince the judges why they should be considered for one… Read the full press release

CONSERVATION WINS ON &BEYOND MNEMBA ISLAND, ZANZIBAR

2013-04-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Located on a private atoll, 1.5 kilometres in circumference, off the coast of Zanzibar, &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge has notched up several research and conservation successes over the past 12 months: The Island is one of only two protected nesting sites in Zanzibar for the endangered green turtle.  Since 1996 the Lodge has been… Read the full press release

GEORGE WHITESIDES, VIRGIN GALACTIC’S CEO, ON THE SIGNING OF THE SPACE FLIGHT INFORMED CONSENT BILL

2013-04-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — “This is an important day for the future of commercial space flight in the state of New Mexico. This bill, SB 240, will significantly improve the competitiveness of Spaceport America and help create jobs for New Mexicans. The signing of this bill by Governor Susana Martinez represents a vital milestone for commercial… Read the full press release

Agoda.com offers great Sri Lanka deals to celebrate the Sinhalese New Year

2013-04-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is offering new deals on the striking island of Sri Lanka to celebrate the Sinhalese New Year, a major event for the ethnic population and the biggest holiday of the year. Similar to other astrologically-determined New Year celebrations in… Read the full press release

Three Tour Operators To Earn Scholarships for the 2013 Adventure Travel World Summit

Seattle, WA, 2013-04-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Providing financial support to early-stage adventure tourism enterprises is the purpose behind the Tour Operator Scholarships launched today by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and the  legal office of Rome McGuigan, P.C., adventure travel legal specialists. Deserving scholarship winners for 2013 will gain access to the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s global network… Read the full press release

Australians urged to get entries in for Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition

2013-03-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — Adventure seeking Australians hoping to win one of Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ have less than a month to apply and submit their 30 second video and convince judges why they deserve A$100,000 to land one of six dream jobs. The ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition is already proving… Read the full press release

Matt Moran kicks off the world’s first blogger race around Australia

2013-03-25 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Three of Australia’s top bloggers rose to Matt Moran’s gastronomic challenge this morning to mark the start of the T-QUAL Tick Race, a campaign that will see the bloggers racing around Australia to visit some of the country’s quality tourism experiences. During the eight day race, the bloggers from Mummy Smiles (Natalie Birt), YTravel (Caroline… Read the full press release

COLORADO FOR THE BIRDS: BIRDWATCHING TRAILS AND FESTIVALS

DENVER, 2013-03-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — From the snow-capped Rocky Mountains to the dry grasslands of the short-grass plains, more than 450 species of birds inhabit Colorado’s diverse landscape. Visitors can explore 27 designated birding trails that also highlight the state’s beautiful scenery and enjoy festivals celebrating various avian species across the state. A sampling of birding… Read the full press release

Adventure Travel Trade Association and PAN Parks today announced the recent signing of Partnership for Europe’s Wilderness

Seattle, WA., 2013-03-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Partnering for the benefit of Europe’s wilderness and its visitors, the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s (ATTA) and PAN Parks today announced the recent signing of the ATTA Association Partnership Program, committing each organization to shared networking, cooperative marketing and collaboration to enhance the contribution of the tourism sector to the protection of… Read the full press release

Adventure Travel Trade Association Recognizes Values Statement Commitment as “Cost of Entry” to Adventure Tourism Industry Sector

Seattle, WA., 2013-03-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Setting precedent for the global adventure tourism sector, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) today has released a Values Statement — a new prerequisite of membership in the near 900-member global community representing more than 80 nations — to ensure members of its community put effort towards nurturing, protecting and professionalizing sustainable… Read the full press release

Lonely Planet’s Best Trips series has a whole new look and feel– and three brand new titles for road trip ideas in Europe

2013-03-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lonely Planet’s Best Trips series has a whole new look and feel– and three brand new titles for road trip ideas in Europe. California’s Best Trips, New England’s Best Trips and Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips are second editions of the successful series, packed with the best road trips for each region to suit any itinerary or interest…. Read the full press release

Nebraska Tourism Commission announces 2013 tourism marketing grants

LINCOLN, NEB. 2013-03-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Nebraska Tourism Commission today (March 15, 2013) announced 23 tourism marketing grants totaling nearly $125,000 for entities across the state. Grant funds are used to promote attractions and activities in Nebraska. “The grant program helps Nebraska communities spread the word about what Nebraska has to offer potential travelers,” said Nebraska… Read the full press release

Ireland’s Best Trips

2013-03-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ahead of St Patrick’s Day, Lonely Planet is releasing a brand new book to Ireland which is perfect for travellers who enjoy exploring a destination by road. Ireland’s Best Trips is a full-colour guide to the country’s top journeys. It contains 34 trips throughout Ireland with Lonely Planet’s team of expert authors providing… Read the full press release

EL Questro Wilderness Park Re-Opens For the 2013 Season

Australia, 2013-03-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — One of Australia’s most spectacular destinations, El Questro Wilderness Park, will re-open its gates again from 29 March 2013 to welcome visitors to the magnificent Kimberley region in far north Western Australia. Re-emerging after the glorious annual wet season El Questro Homestead will re-open on 29 March, followed by The Station on… Read the full press release

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013 offered as free ebook to celebrate 1,000,000 fans each on Twitter and Facebook

2013-03-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lonely Planet, the world’s #1 guidebook publisher, reached 1 million fans each on both Twitter and Facebook this week. To celebrate, and thank its loyal community, the publisher has launched its “Thanks a Million” campaign. As part of the campaign, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013, the latest edition of the annual series… Read the full press release

Adventure Travel Emerges at ITB as Sector to Watch

Seattle, WA., 2013-02-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — Adventure travel will feature prominently at ITB-Berlin this year, as evidenced by the presence of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) in the opening congress, Corporate Social Responsibility Day, during a panel and the ATTA’s new AdventureConnect Peer-to-Peer exchange in Hall 4.1 – Adventure Stage. And, for the first time, IPK’s ITB World Tourism Monitor report 2012/2013, includes a… Read the full press release

Manal Kelig Joins the Adventure Travel Trade Association as Executive Director of Middle East and North Africa

Seattle, WA., 2013-02-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) announced today that Ms. Manal Kelig, an expert in community development and tourism in the Middle East and Northern Africa, has joined the ATTA global team. Over the last three years the ATTA has created executive director positions in targeted regions across the globe in order to… Read the full press release

ODZALA WILDERNESS CAMPS: OPENING AND OPERATING SCHEDULE FOR 2013 SEASON

2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Wilderness Collection is excited to announce a 1.5 million Euro renewed investment into the plant and premises of Odzala Wilderness Camps in the Republic of Congo. The success of our debut operating season during 2012, combined with lessons learnt then as well as during the current off season, has resulted in a reinvestment programme… Read the full press release

INTERNATIONAL GOURMET STARS ‘HOOKED’ ON ABU DHABI’S EMIRATES PALACE ‘CATCH & COOK’ EXPERIENCE

International masterchefs, Shinichiro Takagi of Japan and German master patissier Ernst Knam, took time off from their starring roles in the Gourmet Abu Dhabi culinary festival to try their hand at a ‘Catch & Cook’ experience organised by the UAE capital’s super-luxurious Emirates Palace. 2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — The culinary duo – self-confessed angling novices –… Read the full press release

Canadian Tourism Commission: Tourism industry stands tall in Canada’s social-media conversations

Award-winning apps, fresh bloggers and a new provincial hub are the stars of 2013’s first round-up. 2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Despite all the white noise on social networks, Canada’s tourism industry is a prominent voice in the conversations, as the latest newsgathering demonstrates. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) sits alongside our Canadian industry partners on many… Read the full press release

Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa Announces A Family Spring Break Spectacular

Located in “the most beautiful place in America,” according to USA Today, Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa will host a range of family friendly events and activities throughout Spring Break, March 23 – April 6, 2013. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Guests Will Enjoy Two Weeks of Adventure, Family Fun and Relaxation at Noted Northern Arizona Resort SEDONA, Ariz. – 2013-02-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — Located in “the most beautiful place in America,” according to USA Today, Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa will host a range of family friendly events and activities throughout Spring Break, March 23 –… Read the full press release

&BEYOND APPOINTS FOX BROWNE CREATIVE

2013-02-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Leading luxury experiential travel company &Beyond has appointed Fox Browne Creative to help implement an extensive programme aimed at maintaining and improving its 32 safari lodges in India and Africa’s most iconic natural destinations. Fox Browne Creative (www.foxbrowne.com) is well known for their many successful projects offering advice and assistance in the development of… Read the full press release

A Beautiful Way to Beat the Bulge

2013-02-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Get ready to jet set your way to an A list body this spring because the fitness experts at Boot Camp Jersey have created the ultimate luxury workout break for getting into shape. Boot Camp Jersey has teamed up with a selection of luxurious four and five star hotels on the island… Read the full press release

Celebrate National Elephant Day at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand

A very special day for the gentle giants. 2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Each year in Thailand, March 13 is designated National Elephant Day, a day to pay respect to this national symbol and to draw attention to the importance of elephants in Thai culture, as well as to the challenges that still exist in elephant conservation today. While… Read the full press release

Unique Thai Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the “Month of Love”

Bangkok, Thailand, 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — To mark the Valentine season in February 2013, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is proud to present a number of unique and memorable ways for wedding and honeymooning couples to either tie the knot or enjoy the honeymoon of a lifetime. In recent years, Thailand has become one of the world’s… Read the full press release

Families Who’d “LOVE to Go There” Can Get There for Free in Virginia

New “I’d LOVE to Go There” Sweepstakes Offers Four Fantastic Prize Trips RICHMOND, Va. 2013-02-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — For anyone who has ever said “Oh, I’d love to go there”, now’s the chance to get there, with the family, for free. Virginia has just launched the “I’d LOVE to Go There” Vacation Sweepstakes, offering families the chance to… Read the full press release

CELEBRATE PRESIDENTS’ DAY WITH “THE MOTHER OF PRESIDENTS,” VIRGINIA

New LINCOLN Movie Trail, travel packages and special events make for a great weekend getaway RICHMOND, Va., 2013-02-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Home to eight U.S. Presidents (including the first!) – more than any other state – and long-hailed the “Mother of Presidents,” Virginia is the ideal destination for a Presidents’ Day weekend getaway. With historic hot spots… Read the full press release

Kempinski Opens Olare Mara Kempinski, Masai Mara Tented Camp

Luxurious 12 Tent Camp in the Olare Orok Conservancy – Complete with over two million wildebeest, zebras and the world’s largest lion population Geneva, Switzerland, 2013-01-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Kempinski Hotels today (January 15, 2013) opened the doors (or rather tent flaps) to its all-inclusive Olare Mara Kempinski, Masai Mara Tented Camp. As the company’s… Read the full press release