Register Now for Airports Concessions Open House

Chicago, Illinois 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) will host a Concessions Open House event for operators interested in responding to an upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be issued relating to food and beverage concessions at O’Hare International Airport. Register today by clicking here. Concession categories include: Quick service restaurant, casual dining with… Read the full press release

Carl Newman, A.A. E. Named General Manager for Bush Intercontinental Airport

HOUSTON, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Houston Airport System Director of Aviation, Mario C. Diaz, announces the selection of Carl Newman, A.A.E. as the new General Manager for George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Mr. Newman served as the Assistant Aviation Director of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport prior to his appointment by the City of Houston…. Read the full press release

Signature Flight Support Opens New Terminal Facility at O’Hare

CHICAGO, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is pleased to announce the opening of a new Signature Flight Support Terminal at O’Hare International Airport today. The facility replaces the existing fixed-base operator (FBO) facility, which needed to be relocated as part of O’Hare’s ongoing airfield reconfiguration under the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). The new Signature Flight Support FBO… Read the full press release

Alaska Air Group Reports July Operational Results

SEATTLE, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported July operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis. Detailed information is provided below. ALASKA AIRLINES – MAINLINE Alaska reported an 8.8 percent increase in traffic on an 8.3 percent increase in capacity compared to July 2011…. Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide’s UK Hotels Awarded Carbon Saver Gold Standard

LONDON, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide has been awarded the highly acclaimed Carbon Saver Gold Standard for effective carbon reduction and management at all of its UK hotels, where carbon emissions have been reduced over a three year period. Sustainability is a critical performance measure of the business, just like quality, service, and revenue. Hilton Worldwide… Read the full press release

Travel Industry Outpaces Rest of Economy in Employment Recovery

Washington, D.C., 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s Labor Department report that the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 8.3 percent for July 2012. “The travel industry continues to be one of the prime drivers of the nation’s economy, adding… Read the full press release

Amadeus publishes first half results for 2012

Growth record supported by both Distribution and IT Solutions businesses Year-on-year first half highlights (six months ended June 30, 2012) • Global market share of travel agency air bookings expanded by 1.0 percentage point • Passengers Boarded (PB) lifted by 27.0% to 259.0 million • Revenue grew 8.6%2 to €1,508.9 million • EBITDA rose 6.1%… Read the full press release

Avior Airlines Signs Full Content Agreement with Travelport

Caracas, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, and Venezuelan air carrier, Avior Airlines, have today jointly announced a new agreement. The deal also includes an upgrade to Direct Sell and Seamless Availability which enable real-time reservation and confirmation of bookings, and allow agents to offer the highest level of… Read the full press release

ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS CONTACTING NEARLY 6,500 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ABOUT CAR RENTAL CUSTOMERS’ TRAFFIC FINES

Annual reminder part of effort to help U.S. and Canadian officials address outstanding tickets and revenue shortfalls ST. LOUIS, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — In an ongoing effort to help address outstanding fines for traffic, parking and toll violations by car rental customers, Enterprise Holdings has notified more than 6,500 local governments in the United States and Canada… Read the full press release

NEW UNIFORM TO MARK TRANSASIA AIRWAYS’ EXCITING NEW CHAPTER FOR THE LEADING TAIWANESE AIRLINE

Retro Design pays homage to the airline’s history Singapore, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — As part of its on-going service upgrade initiative unveiled last month, TransAsia Airways today announced the launch of its new uniform, for its over 500 cabin crew and ground staff, including maintenance staff, across all of its domestic and international routes. The new… Read the full press release

ALAMO RENT A CAR AND NATIONAL CAR RENTAL LAUNCH PARTNERSHIP WITH ASIANA AIRLINES

Car Rentals Through Alamo and National Provide Asiana Club Miles St. Louis, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental today announced the launch of a partnership with Asiana Airlines. The agreement will immediately allow members of the Asiana Airlines frequent flier program, Asiana Club, to earn hundreds of miles when renting from any participating Alamo Rent… Read the full press release

Snuggle Up To Marriott Comfort At Home – For Less

ShopMarriott.com Summer Sale Offers Discounts of 20 percent on Bedding, Mattresses. 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Now you can incorporate the dreamy comfort of Marriott guest rooms into your home for less during ShopMarriott.com’s Summer Sale, which includes savings of 20 percent on all bedding and rarely discounted mattresses. From August 2 – August 15, get everything… Read the full press release

Austrian Airlines Results: Operating Loss in the First Half of 2012

• Adjusted operating result of minus EUR 55.2 million, but operating profit of EUR 26.6 million due to one-off effects • Largest domestic airline still in the midst of restructuring • Good passenger figures and restructuring progress are cause for optimism concerning sustainable earnings prospects 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Following an operating result of minus EUR… Read the full press release

Indianapolis Airport Authority appoints Michael Huber senior director of commercial enterprise

INDIANAPOLIS, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) announced today that it has selected Michael Huber to fill the open position of senior director of commercial enterprise. Huber is departing his current role as Indianapolis Deputy Mayor to take the position, which is responsible for managing the Indianapolis International Airport’s (IND) evenuegenerating operations including parking,… Read the full press release

Dolphin Dynamics extends tour operator selling solution to connect seven new accommodation suppliers

London, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Leading travel software provider Dolphin Dynamics has undertaken an intensive development program to integrate new accommodation suppliers into its booking engine during in the first half of 2012. The move has been driven by its growing tour operator customer base that requires access to live inventory to supplement directly contracted inventory… Read the full press release

One year on: Signature Experiences Collection® case studies Vol. 2: Iceberg Quest

Increased international exposure and more bookings are just two of the benefits of SEC membership for this Newfoundland family-operated business 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Time flies when you’re having tourism fun. It’s been a year since the Canadian Tourism Commission(CTC) launched its groundbreaking Signature Experiences Collection® program. It now has 160-plusmembers under its belt and is going from strength to… Read the full press release

Slowing Passenger Growth Trend Continues – Cargo Markets Remain Weak

Geneva, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global traffic results for June showing a continued slowing of growth in the demand for air transport. This is in line with weakness in business and consumer confidence. Year-on-year, demand for air travel in June expanded by 6.2%. Capacity grew by a much more cautious… Read the full press release

Lufthansa brings first-ever Airbus A380 to Texas; Mayor Parker, airport and airline officials to welcome inaugural flight to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Daily A380 service between Houston and Frankfurt begins today – Upgrades to airport’s runway and terminal accommodate world’s largest passenger aircraft 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today, Lufthansa will be the first airline to introduce the Airbus A380, the world’s most technologically-advanced and largest passenger aircraft, to the Lone Star State. To commemorate this historic occasion, Mayor… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Announces Sale of Common Stock by Oaktree

MIRAMAR, Fla., 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines, Inc. (Nasdaq:SAVE) announced today the public offering of 9,394,927 shares of common stock by certain existing stockholders affiliated with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”). Upon completion of the offering, investment funds affiliated with Oaktree will own no shares of common stock of Spirit Airlines. The company will not… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Announces New Nonstop Route Between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport And Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Airline Celebrates New Service with a $139 One-way Sale DALLAS, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today it will begin service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) with two daily nonstop roundtrip flights starting Sept. 30, 2012. To celebrate the new route, the carrier also announced a… Read the full press release

airberlin Modernises Container Fleet

First environmentally-friendly lightweight containers in operation Emission reduction of 1,100 tonnes per year expected 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — airberlin is modernising its container fleet and will be utilising lightweight containers to transport freight and baggage for the first time. Over 750 will be successively changed to lightweight units. Their use reduces the actual flight weight by… Read the full press release

The Lufthansa Group reports upward trend in earnings in the second quarter

Group earns operating profit in the second quarter and reduces its operating loss for the half-year to EUR 20m / Forecast for 2012 confirmed: operating profit in the medium three-figure million euro range 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Deutsche Lufthansa AG reported an upward trend in earnings performance in the second quarter of this year. In the… Read the full press release

ME London, the flagship project of Meliá Hotels International in the British capital, to open in September

Designed by Foster + Partners, it is the fifth hotel for the luxury lifestyle ME by Meliá hotel brand, joining the hotels in Madrid, Barcelona, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas Palma de Mallorca , 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The ME London Hotel, the latest jewel on the urban hotel scene in London, is preparing the final details for… Read the full press release

Jet Airways’ Jetprivilege welcomes Raymond as its newest retail partner

MUMBAI, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege, India’s largest frequent flyer programme, today announced its partnership with The Raymond Shop and Raymond Made-to-Measure in the ever expanding retail category and an opportunity to earn JPMiles for its members. The Raymond Shop is a Premium Retail store offering complete wardrobe solutions for men which includes top-of-the-line… Read the full press release

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Sets New June Passenger Record

Airport Reports 2.19 Million Passengers, Busiest June and Second-Busiest Month Ever for BWI Marshall 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport announced today that 2,189,148 commercial passengers flew through the Airport in June 2012. That figure, an increase of 2.9 percent over June 2011, was a new record for the month of June, and… Read the full press release

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Receives Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings Magazine

DESTIN, Fla., 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is proud to announce it has received the prestigious Pinnacle Award as one of the 2012 Best Hotels and Resorts from Successful Meetings magazine. The Pinnacle Awards are given annually as a mark of excellence for meeting destinations, hotels and conference centers that demonstrate outstanding… Read the full press release

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Receives ‘Greens of Distinction’ Award from Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine

DESTIN, Fla., 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is the proud recipient of the prestigious ‘Greens of Distinction’ award from Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine. This marks the 13th time Hilton Sandestin Beach has received the recognition. Presented to hotels, resorts and conference centers committed to their golf courses, meeting facilities, food and… Read the full press release

NATIONAL CAR RENTAL PROVIDES RETURN ALERTS TO EMERALD CLUB MEMBERS

New Feature Bolsters National’s Award-Winning Service for Frequent Business Travelers Demanding On-the-Go Service ST. LOUIS, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — National Car Rental, the premier rental car brand for business travel, today announced the launch of its new Return Alerts to Emerald Club members to enhance efficiency, choice and convenience in their frequent business travel. The new service –… Read the full press release

Hilton Colon Quito Named Sustainable Tourism Certification by Smart Voyager

World-renowned Certification Agency Smart Voyager Recognizes Sustainable Practices Of Hilton Colon Quito QUITO, Ecuador 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Colon Quito has been honored with the Sustainable Tourism Certification awarded by Smart Voyager. “This prize is a result of the efforts of our entire work team and their dedication to our policy of social responsibility,” commented Patricio… Read the full press release

Airline Signs Above KCI Airport Roadways to be Replaced

Motorists Should Expect Lane Closures 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The aging electronic Welcome to Kansas City, Missouri sign at Kansas City International Airport was replaced with a state-of-the-art message board so visitors are greeted in style. Next on the schedule is replacing the six overhead electronic signs along Cookingham Drive and International Circle to ensure visitors… Read the full press release