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Travel PR News http://travelprnews.com Travel Press Release Distribution & Newswire Service Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:58:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Calgary Airport Authority hosts art piece ‘Canadian Pride’ by artist Ted Flower to raise funds for local food banks in Alberta http://travelprnews.com/calgary-airport-authority-hosts-art-piece-canadian-pride-by-artist-ted-flower-to-raise-funds-for-local-food-banks-in-alberta-7484558/travel-press-release/2017/07/24/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:48:57 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62213 Read the full press release]]>
Calgary Airport Authority hosts art piece ‘Canadian Pride’ by artist Ted Flower to raise funds for local food banks in Alberta

 

Calgary, AB, 2017-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — The Calgary Airport Authority announced today (July 20, 2017) that it will host a unique art piece in its new International Terminal at YYC Calgary International Airport over the next couple of months. Titled ‘Canadian Pride’ by artist Ted Flower, the piece was unveiled in a partnership with the Government of Alberta, the Calgary Stampeders, Purolator and ATB Financial, in support of the Calgary Food Bank.

At one time in his life, Alberta Artist Ted Flower relied upon the local food bank. This support gave him the inspiration to use his artistic talents and create a piece in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Having benefited greatly from the charitable support he received, he decided to donate the piece to raise funds for local food banks in Alberta. In learning about Ted’s story and initiative, The Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, became a significant driver in bringing Ted’s dream to life.

Canadian Pride was revealed to the public today in its new home at YYC and will greet passengers and visitors to the airport from around the world. Guests will also have the opportunity to make contributions to the initiative. After the piece concludes its visit at YYC it will make the trip to Ottawa for its final stop – the Grey Cup.

“In its new home here at YYC, this artwork will be enjoyed by thousands of travellers, guests and employees that come through our airport each day,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. “As one of Canada’s busiest airports, we play a significant role in making our community a better place to live, work and play, which is why we are happy to be a part of today’s initiative.”

To kick off today’s fundraising, the Calgary Stampeders and ATB Financial donated funds of $5,000 respectively. And this Saturday, as partners in the Purolator Tackle Hunger Program, the Calgary Stampeders will also be collecting food for the Calgary Food Bank at their game against the Saskatchewan Rough Riders.

Canadian Pride can be found on display in the International Terminal at YYC in the Departures Check-in Hall prior to going through security. Donation bins are on site for those visitors and travellers who would like to donate to the food bank.

ABOUT THE CALGARY AIRPORT AUTHORITY

The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital organization, incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act, and is responsible for the safe, secure and efficient management of the YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Springbank Airport (YBW) under long-term lease from the Government of Canada. YYC’s mandate is to advance economic and community development by providing improved airline and transportation services for the benefit of the public. The Authority has invested over $4 billion into the continued development of YYC, opening Canada’s longest runway in 2014 and a new International Terminal in 2016. YYC is a key economic driver for Calgary and Alberta, generating more than $8 billion in economic activity annually and creating 48,000 jobs.

Media Relations:

The Calgary Airport Authority
P: 403 735 5899
media@yyc.com

Source: Calgary International Airport

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London City Airport: Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Dublin, Zurich and Frankfurt — the most popular destinations this summer http://travelprnews.com/london-city-airport-edinburgh-amsterdam-dublin-zurich-and-frankfurt-the-most-popular-destinations-this-summer-684858855/travel-press-release/2017/07/24/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:36:37 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62211 Read the full press release]]> LONDON, 2017-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — London City Airport is preparing for a surge in passengers over the peak summer season as international events such as the Edinburgh International Festival and Dublin Horse Show bolster traditional business and holiday routes.

The most popular destinations this summer are Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Dublin, Zurich and Frankfurt. International arts and sporting events over the school holiday period are driving demand at London City Airport, which is also preparing to launch a string of new routes in the autumn.

The only airport actually in London is expecting 26,000 people to fly this weekend (July 21-23), when most state schools in England break up for the summer holidays.

Forward bookings suggest the busiest week of the season is expected to be the week commencing September 18th as business travellers, city-breakers and late sun-seekers converge to produce a surge in bookings.

The busiest week so far this summer was the week commencing June 12th, when airlines enjoyed a surge in bookings. British Airways increased its leisure routes in the second half of June. The airline launched a new seasonal Skiathos service on 26 June and announced on Tuesday 18 July that it would launch new routes to Paris Orly, Prague and Reykjavik from London City Airport in October. In April TAP Portugal also announced its arrival at London City and a new service to Lisbon from October.

Declan Collier, Chief Executive of London City Airport, said: “Leisure routes are really taking off this summer as city-breakers and arts lovers make the most of the summer season. Our airport investment programme means that millions more passengers will be able to enjoy the speed and convenience of using the airport in the coming years.”

Construction is due to begin later in the year on a £350 million expansion programme. The project will enable an additional 2 million passengers per year to use the airport by 2025 and add up to 30,000 permitted flights per year.

London City offers a variety of leisure routes to appeal to sun seekers, including Ibiza, Nice, and Bergerac in the Dordogne, with British Airways, and seasonal CityJet services to Toulon on the Côte D’Azur and Avignon in Provence.

A record 4.5 million passengers flew from London City Airport in 2016, driven by new routes and investment in new facilities.

For general media enquiries please email us at media@londoncityairport.com

Source: London City Airport

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Bahrain Airport Company received travel carts as donation from Bahrain Credit and National Motor Company http://travelprnews.com/bahrain-airport-company-received-travel-carts-as-donation-from-bahrain-credit-and-national-motor-company-83948485/travel-press-release/2017/07/24/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:26:49 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62209 Read the full press release]]> Bahrain Bay, Bahrain, 2017-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the operator and managing body of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), received a donation of 3 eight-seat travel carts from Bahrain Credit and National Motor Company. The donation took place at the airport and was attended by Bahrain Airport Company Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, Bahrain Credit Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Adel Hubail, and National Motor Company (NMC) General Manager, Ramzi Barakat.

Bahrain Airport Company Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah said: “We are grateful for this generous donation, which is a welcome addition to the airport’s facilities. Such facilities give us more transportation options, further adding to the friendly and boutique nature of the BIA, which is one of its key features.”

Bahrain Credit Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Adel Hubail said: “We at Bahrain Credit pride ourselves on our social partnerships and corporate social responsibility initiatives, which aim to serve the Bahraini community. These partnerships, which endeavour to strengthen links between different sectors, are a vital part of our CSR strategy to contribute to the Kingdom socially, developmentally, and economically.”

BAC is the authority responsible for enhancing BIA and increasing the airport’s contribution to the local economy in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030. In its operational role, BAC is responsible for elevating the airport’s operations, infrastructure and services. This is set to improve BIA’s capabilities and cater to the growing number of passengers as well as the changing demands of stakeholders.

PRESS CONTACTS:

Veronika Szabo
Director of Public Relations and Communications
Bahrain Bay, PO Box 1669
Manama,
Kingdom of Bahrain
veronika.szabo@fourseasons.com
(973) 1711 5000

Source: Bahrain International Airport

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Bahrain Airport Company hosted a Ghabga at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain to thank its partners http://travelprnews.com/bahrain-airport-company-hosted-a-ghabga-at-the-four-seasons-hotel-bahrain-to-thank-its-partners-7383848/travel-press-release/2017/07/24/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:17:11 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62207 Read the full press release]]> Bahrain Bay, Bahrain, 2017-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) has recently hosted a Ghabga at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain for its partners in the private and public sectors, airlines that operate from Bahrain International Airport (BIA) and the media representatives.

The event comes as a token of appreciation for the continuous support of BAC partners in ensuring efficient and secure passenger and cargo movements at Bahrain International Airport alongside the media for their devoted year-round coverage of the company’s events and activities..

Chief Executive Officer of BAC Mr. Mohamed Yousif Al- Binfalah received the guests including Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications, senior officials from organizations in the private and public sectors, Country and Airport Managers of Airlines operating at BIA and local and international media. This is in addition to representatives from cargo operators and airport tenants, as well as members of the Board of Directors and the executive management at BAC.

“Ramadan is the month of giving and social solidarity and it provides the perfect opportunity to socialize and meet our partners in a personal setting away from the work environment,” said Chief Executive Officer of BAC Mr. Mohamed Yousif Al- Binfalah.  He also added, “It has been our pleasure to host this Ghabga which is a great opportunity for us to extend our thanks and appreciation to the airlines, stakeholders and media members and we hope they found it to be an entertaining evening.”

BAC is the authority responsible for operating and managing Bahrain International Airport as a world-class airport. As part of its’ operator role, BAC is responsible for elevating the airport’s infrastructure and services. This set to improve the Kingdom‘s aviation capabilities; and to cater for the growing number of passengers as well as the changing demands of the airport’s stakeholders.

PRESS CONTACTS:

Veronika Szabo
Director of Public Relations and Communications
Bahrain Bay, PO Box 1669
Manama,
Kingdom of Bahrain
veronika.szabo@fourseasons.com
(973) 1711 5000

Source: Bahrain International Airport

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Swissport Cargo opens 138,000-square foot facility at Chicago O’Hare Airport http://travelprnews.com/swissport-cargo-opens-138000-square-foot-facility-at-chicago-ohare-airport-83945955/travel-press-release/2017/07/24/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:03:32 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62205 Read the full press release]]> Opfikon, Switzerland, 2017-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — On July 20th 2017, a grand opening event of a new state-of-the-art facility was held at the North Cargo Area of Chicago O’Hare Airport. The ceremony was attended by airlines, the local forwarding community, O’Hare Airport and city officials, along with Swissport USA’s management team and local employees. With a special focus on safety and efficiency, the 138,000-square foot facility was designed by a team of Swissport Cargo experts to address customer needs and aimed to continue developing Swissport into the best cargo and ground handler in the industry.

The automated material handling system makes it first of its kind in the region and can accommodate over 120 10-ft units (unit load devices) at a time using pallet platforms and electric ULD movers. All ULDs can be handled to the highest industry standards without touching the floor. The warehouse operates with two cold storages: 2-8 degrees Celsius and 18-25 degrees Celsius. Both have been designed to meet the IATA CEIV requirements. The facility also has 35 truck docks able to handle the peak seasons and features adjacent aircraft parking with in-ground fuelling and power units to reduce overall handling time of the aircraft on the ground. In addition, the material handling system is integrated with the back ramp where ULD’s are directly stored into the system or delivered to the customer. These specifications allow Swissport to handle fully-built units from the aircraft to the truck in a considerably short time.

“This new investment highlights our commitment towards our customers’ needs. We raised the bar to become the new operation standard of Swissport Cargo in the US. This is the first of many steps as we are committed to further invest in our people, facilities and equipment.” said Dany Nasr, CEO Swissport USA.

Swissport International Ltd. provides ground services for more than 230 million passengers and handles 4.3 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 835 client-companies in the aviation sector. With a workforce of more than 62,000 personnel, Swissport is active at more than 280 stations in 48 countries across five continents, and generates consolidated operating revenue of EUR 2.7 billion. www.swissport.com

For more information please contact:

Corporate Communications
P.O. Box
CH-8058 Zürich-Flughafen
corporate.communications@swissport.com
+41 43 815 00 00

Source: Swissport International Ltd.

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Southwest Airlines announces flights most likely to experience maximum effects of the August 21st eclipse http://travelprnews.com/southwest-airlines-announces-flights-most-likely-to-experience-maximum-effects-of-the-august-21st-eclipse-84888595/travel-press-release/2017/07/24/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:55:26 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62203 Read the full press release]]> DALLAS, TX, 2017-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ —  Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today (Jul 21, 2017) celebrated the beginning of a one-month countdown to an exciting moment in the lives of millions of Americans: a total solar eclipse visible in a coast-to-coast celestial shadow that temporarily will envelop Southwest cities from Portland, Ore., to Charleston, SC. The carrier has identified scheduled flights most likely to experience maximum effects of the August 21st eclipse and will bring Customers on those flights some commemorative flare with special viewing glasses, offering cosmic cocktails, and social media engagement across the atmosphere on Southwest’s gate-to-gate WiFi.

“Not to throw too much shade but with 3,857 flights scheduled to operate that day using our all-Boeing 737 fleet, we’ll be unmatched in offering hundreds of seats in the air over the continental U.S. that morning with a potential view of the rare sight,” said Warren Qualley, Manager Meteorology for Southwest. “We plan to showcase the glow of our everyday Hospitality in a different light on these celebratory flights in our summer flight schedule and our team of Meteorologists is working hard to provide clear viewing of this solar spectacle from our flights! The next total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. won’t occur until Apr. 8th, 2024, so don’t miss this opportunity!”

*Looking directly at the sun is never recommended, but one can safely observe an eclipse with specialty-rated solar filters.

Network & Schedule Planners modeled the operational day against projections of the umbra and penumbra–shadows cast by the moon’s eclipse of the sun. On August 21, the scheduled Southwest flights with the greatest likelihood of offering those in the air the best view are:

Southwest flight 1375       departing Seattle-Tacoma at 09:05am PDT for St. Louis
Southwest flight 1368       departing Portland at 09:05am PDT for St. Louis
Southwest flight 1577       departing Denver at 10:20am MDT for St. Louis
Southwest flight 301         departing Denver at 10:20am MDT for Nashville
Southwest flight 1969       departing Denver at 09:50am MDT for Atlanta

To book any open seats on the 3,857 Southwest flights scheduled to operate on Aug. 21, 2017, or any day through March 7, 2018, Customers may visit Southwest.com.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
In its 47th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 55,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually.  Southwest proudly operates a network of 101 destinations in the United States and nine additional countries with more than 4,000 departures a day during peak travel season. Service to Turks and Caicos is expected to begin Nov. 5, 2017, subject to requisite government approvals. On Sept. 5, 2017, Southwest will cease service to Varadero and Santa Clara to concentrate its future Cuba service in Havana.

Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent data, Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. The Company operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world, the majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi providing gate-to-gate connectivity. That connectivity enables Customers to use their personal devices to view video on-demand movies and television shows, as well as nearly 20 channels of free, live TV compliments of our valued Partners. Southwest created Transfarency®, a philosophy which treats Customers honestly and fairly, and in which low fares actually stay low. Southwest is the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free®  to everyone (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply, some airlines may allow free checked bags on select routes or for qualified circumstances), and there are no change fees, though fare differences might apply. The airline proudly unveiled a bold new look:  Heart. A new logo, aircraft livery, interior design featuring a new seat and Flight Attendant galley, Employee-designed uniforms, and an updated airport experience all showcase the dedication of Southwest Employees who connect Customers with what’s important in their lives.

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic whenever the carrier enters new markets. With 44 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2016 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at SouthwestOneReport.com.

Book Southwest Airlines’ low fares online at Southwest.com or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.

Media Contacts:
Visit the Southwest Newsroom at swamedia.com for multi-media assets and other Company news
Media Relations Team: 214-792-4847, option 1

Source: Southwest Airlines Co.

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Four Seasons Hotel Seoul announces the appointment of Jaeyoung Lee as new Executive Chef http://travelprnews.com/four-seasons-hotel-seoul-announces-the-appointment-of-jaeyoung-lee-as-new-executive-chef-88384885/travel-press-release/2017/07/24/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:46:11 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62200 Read the full press release]]>
Four Seasons Hotel Seoul announces the appointment of Jaeyoung Lee as new Executive Chef

 

Seoul, Korea, 2017-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Four Seasons Hotel Seoul announces the appointment of Jaeyoung Lee as new Executive Chef. Jaeyoung is the first Korean Executive Chef in Four Seasons history and will lead the culinary operation of the Hotel’s extensive dining offerings with seven restaurants and bars as well as its sizable banquet operations and in-room dining.

Originally from Gyeongju on the southeast coast of Korea, Jaeyoung discovered his talent and passion for cooking during his military years when he helped out in the kitchen. “My specialties were Western, Korean and Japanese cuisine and they were always well-received. I knew then I wanted to do much more.”

Since then, Jaeyoung had a long and successful career as a chef in Korea and is well-versed on the dining scene in Seoul from working at Park Hyatt Busan, Park Hyatt Seoul, Hyatt Regency Hakone Japan and The Ritz Carlton Seoul. In May 2015, he joined Four Seasons Hotel Seoul as Executive Sous Chef and was instrumental in building the Hotel’s strong culinary team with his extensive knowledge of openings, having launched three hotels in the past.

“Jaeyoung has been a huge support to the success of the culinary team since pre-opening and has shown everyone that he is more than capable of being a great leader by taking on additional responsibility. It is with immense pride and honour to promote Jaeyoung to the role of Executive Chef and I am certain that he will continue to demonstrate outstanding leadership and further strengthen the kitchen team,” says Vinod Narayan, Director of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul.

“I am honoured to be named Executive Chef at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul,” says Jaeyoung. “We have a talented group of international chefs leading each of the specialised areas and I am privileged to be able to lead the best culinary team in Seoul.”

Contact:
Carrie Yoon
Director of Public Relations
97 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu
Seoul, 100-210
Korea
carrie.yoon@fourseasons.com
+82 (2) 6388-5000

Source: Four Seasons Hotel

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New mountain biking trails in the Creekside Zone of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park underway http://travelprnews.com/new-mountain-biking-trails-in-the-creekside-zone-of-the-whistler-mountain-bike-park-underway-63848885/travel-press-release/2017/07/24/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:37:26 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62198 Read the full press release]]> WHISTLER, British Columbia, 2017-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ —After many years in the planning and approval process, crews finally broke ground on 15 kilometres of new mountain biking trails in the Creekside Zone of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Once complete, the first phase of the Creekside expansion will include five new trails, designed to appeal to a variety of ability levels and riding styles, and will increase the amount of lift accessible riding in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park by 20 per cent. It is anticipated that all five new Creekside trails will be ready to ride for next summer’s planned opening of the Creekside Gondola in June 2018.

“The new trails in the Creekside Zone are being built to be suitable for both all-mountain and downhill mountain bikes,” says Brian Finestone, Whistler Mountain Bike Park manager. “The goal is to create a variety of experiences that will be welcoming for intermediate riders as well as trails that are challenging enough to keep advanced riders coming back for more.”

The new expansion will be split between three of the world’s premier trail building teams. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew will be tackling the main machine-built low intermediate trail as well as teaming up with Gravity Logic on a low footprint machine-built single track. Gravity Logic will build two additional trails including a hand-built single track and another low footprint single track trail accessed from Highway 86. Joyride Bike Parks will be taking the final trail and making it a machine-built intermediate freeride. The purpose of this all-star build team is to ensure the trails are built with individual flavours allowing for the most diversity and a fresh approach. Each will be uniquely built giving riders a new experience on each one.

The long-term Master Plan for the Creekside expansion includes 56km of trails that stretch from the tree line to the valley floor. Riders will have multiple options to connect into and out of the existing park and it will be possible to reach the Creekside trail network from the top of the Whistler Village Gondola and the Peak Chair. In anticipation, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park trail crew are developing several new trails within the existing bike park for this purpose.

Riders arriving to Whistler this season can currently access the Whistler Mountain Bike Park from the Creekside Gondola and take advantage of free, secure underground parking, delicious BBQ at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ, bike repair and shopping at Garbanzo Bike and Bean Creekside, and fewer lift lines.

For more advanced riders, the iconic Top of the World trail is set to open July 22 and will provide an additional access point in to the Creekside Zone.

For more information about the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, please visit http://bike.whistlerblackcomb.com/

Guests looking to plan a trip to the consistently rated No. 1 Mountain Resort in North America can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/purchase/deals-packages or call 1-888-403-4727.

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which, combined, offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receive on average 1,170 centimetres (461 inches) of snow annually, have one of the longest ski seasons in North America, and are a part of the premier mountain resort network, Vail Resorts. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.

Proud to be a venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Media Notes:  Whistler Blackcomb is pleased to provide high resolution photographs available for editorial use, downloadable at the following link: http://ww1.whistlerblackcomb.com/media/photos/photos.asp

Please credit – Photographer Listed, Location: Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia.

All Whistler Blackcomb e-mail communications are sent by Whistler Blackcomb on behalf of Whistler Mountain Resort Limited Partnership, Blackcomb Skiing Enterprises Limited Partnership, Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. and Crankworx Events Inc. Whistler Blackcomb’s address is 4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, B.C., V0N 1B4. If you wish to stop receiving emails from Whistler Blackcomb, please email unsubscribe@whistlerblackcomb.com.

Source: Whistler Blackcomb

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The North Face Valley to Peak trail running race returns to Whistler Mountain on September 2, 2017 http://travelprnews.com/the-north-face-valley-to-peak-trail-running-race-returns-to-whistler-mountain-on-september-2-2017-57484853/travel-press-release/2017/07/24/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:29:27 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62196 Read the full press release]]> WHISTLER, British Columbia, 2017-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Outdoor fitness enthusiasts and trail runners should mark their calendars for September 2, 2017, when The North Face Valley to Peak trail running race returns to Whistler Mountain. Now in its third year, The North Face Valley to Peak challenges trail runners with over 1,800 meters of elevation gain over a 22.5 kilometre course from the valley to the alpine on Whistler Mountain. New for this year will be a shorter 10 kilometre course designed to showcase the beautiful alpine trails on Whistler Mountain. Discounted early bird registration is available until August 15, 2017, and gives participants access to a free orientation clinic hosted by new event partner, The North Face. The orientation clinic will take place on July 23, 2017, featuring a trail running tech talk, 5 kilometer guided trail run at the top of Whistler Mountain along with a nutrition talk.

“‘The North Face is very excited to begin its partnership with Whistler Blackcomb to host the Valley To Peak trail run,” says Carl Bissonnette, marketing manager at The North Face Canada. “The challenging terrain complimented with world class views will definitely make this another memorable event.”

The 22.5 kilometre course begins at the base of Whistler Mountain in Skiers Plaza and climbs through the Whistler Mountain Bike Park towards the Roundhouse Lodge. It then follows the full length of the iconic High Note Trail, which leads runners to the Top Of The World Summit at the Peak of Whistler Mountain. The final stage of the race will feature a downhill dash to the finish line outside of the Roundhouse Lodge. The 10 kilometer course will start at the Roundhouse Lodge, taking competitors down towards Harmony Lake on route to Harmony Ridge, up the Half Note Trail to the Peak of Whistler Mountain, finishing with a descent down Matthew’s and Pika’s Traverse to the Roundhouse Lodge.

“The North Face Valley to Peak race showcases Whistler Blackcomb’s extensive trail network and rewards competitors with a unique way to experience all of Whistler Mountain, from old growth forests to high alpine vistas,” says Seb Fremont, events manager for Whistler Blackcomb. “The new 10 kilometre course is great addition this year, allowing a broader group of competitors to enjoy the alpine trail running conditions on some of the best single track Whistler has to offer.”

Participants and spectators are invited to the North Face Store in Whistler Village after the race for music and draw prizes from 3 pm – 5 pm. CLIF Bar, Whistler Blackcomb’s official energy bar, will also support The North Face Valley to Peak providing samples throughout the day.

Discounted early bird registration is $35 for solo racers competing in the 10 kilometre race and $50 for competitors tackling the full 22.5 kilometre course. For more information, or to sign up, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/events-and-activities/events/2017/09/valley-to-peak.

Guests looking to plan a trip to the consistently rated No. 1 Mountain Resort in North America can visit whistlerblackcomb.com/purchase/deals-packages or call 1-888-403-4727.

About The North Face®

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company’s products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains.

About Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which, combined, offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receive on average 1,170 centimetres (461 inches) of snow annually, have one of the longest ski seasons in North America, and are a part of the premier mountain resort network, Vail Resorts. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.

Proud to be a venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Media Notes:  Whistler Blackcomb is pleased to provide high resolution photographs available for editorial use, downloadable at the following link: http://ww1.whistlerblackcomb.com/media/photos/photos.asp

Please credit – Photographer Listed, Location: Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia.

All Whistler Blackcomb e-mail communications are sent by Whistler Blackcomb on behalf of Whistler Mountain Resort Limited Partnership, Blackcomb Skiing Enterprises Limited Partnership, Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. and Crankworx Events Inc. Whistler Blackcomb’s address is 4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, B.C., V0N 1B4. If you wish to stop receiving emails from Whistler Blackcomb, please email unsubscribe@whistlerblackcomb.com.

Source: Whistler Blackcomb’s

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Hyatt opens its first hotel in Central America — the Hyatt Centric Guatemala City http://travelprnews.com/hyatt-opens-its-first-hotel-in-central-america-the-hyatt-centric-guatemala-city-547859629/travel-press-release/2017/07/24/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:16:00 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62194 Read the full press release]]> CHICAGO, 2017-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), in conjunction with LATAM Hotel Corporation and GHL Hotels, today (July 20, 2017) announced the opening of Hyatt Centric Guatemala City, the brand’s first hotel in Central America. The 138-room hotel is located along 2nd Avenue in the heart of Guatemala City’s Zona 10, known locally as “Zona Viva,” which is considered one of the city’s most upscale commercial areas and provides a perfect launch pad for guests to explore and discover the diverse offering of shopping, dining and entertainment options.

“This hotel is a prime destination in Guatemala City, allowing guests to begin their journey of the country’s economic, governmental, and cultural center,” said George Vizer, vice president of franchise operations, Hyatt. “We are confident Hyatt Centric Guatemala City will deliver on the brand’s commitment to put guests in the middle of the action and inspire them to explore Guatemala’s capital city.”

As the first Hyatt Centric hotel in Central America, the hotel is designed to make guests feel welcome and connected to the heart of Guatemala City and all it has to offer. From Hyatt Centric Guatemala City, guests can meander through the National Museum of Archeology, shop for handmade textiles at the Plaza Mayor, and experience the Historic Center and National Palace. Additionally, La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala’s passenger and cargo hub, is only 10 minutes away from the hotel.

“Hyatt Centric is a globally recognized brand – we are confident that Hyatt Centric Guatemala City will serve as a terrific launch pad for guests, but will also be a great gathering point for the local community. Furthermore, the location of the hotel in Zona Viva will position Hyatt Centric Guatemala City as an outstanding hotel in the city,” said Fernando Paiz, president of Latam Hotels Corporation.

“We are delighted to open Hyatt Centric Guatemala City, which will set a new standard for hospitality, service and facilities in Guatemala City. Hyatt Centric is a globally recognized brand, and whether traveling for leisure or business, our guests will have the opportunity to explore a full service lifestyle hotel and have a wonderful experience,” said Jorge Londoño, president of GHL Hotels.

Guestrooms

Modern explorers can relax and recharge in one of the hotel’s 138 guestrooms and suites, each complete with floor-to-ceiling views of Guatemala City or the hotel’s atrium. Design features include vintage artwork highlighting Guatemalan culture and desired conveniences such as complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and an airport shuttle to La Aurora International Airport are provided with your stay.

Dining and Drinking

Food lovers can discover local flavors at the hotel’s distinct dining outlets. Starting with the hotel’s main restaurant, Zamat brings a unique open kitchen concept offering a delicious mix of modern inspirations and classic dishes prepared with local ingredients. Decorated with organic materials such as wood and the colorful textiles from Guatemala, Zamat features a display wall with the traditional masks of Guatemala as a central point of the restaurant. Adding to its character and a sense of place, an artisanal cocktail menu featuring local plants enhances the experience and atmosphere.

When the sun starts to set over Guatemala City, guests will find themselves at Zielo. This unique rooftop restaurant with a central open kitchen is the perfect place to relax or spend time with friends, family, and colleagues while being in the middle of the action. Enjoy tropical cocktails, live music once a week and a casual menu consisting of pizzas, small bites, and other sharing plates.

Additional food and beverage outlets include the exclusive Bar Zeis and Ezprezzo Corner, which serves delicious coffees from different regions of Guatemala with gourmet pastries.

Wellness and Recreation

The rooftop fitness center at Hyatt Centric Guatemala City pulls out all the stops to motivate your workout. Guests can enjoy skyline views while getting their heart rate going on a treadmill or stationary bike. Additionally, guests can round out their workout with a suite of strength-training equipment.

Pet Friendly

Guests are welcomed to join us with their favorite four-legged friend during their stay in Guatemala City. Up to one dog per room weighing up to 40 pounds. The hotel offer beds, bowls, toys, and treats, free of charge.

For more information, please visit www.hyattcentricguatemalacity.com.

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

The Hyatt Centric Experience

Hyatt Centric is a brand of full-service lifestyle hotels located in prime destinations. Created for millennial-minded travelers who want to be in the middle of the action, Hyatt Centric hotels are thoughtfully designed to enable exploration and discovery. The lobby lounge is a launch pad providing guests with information about the most sought after food, nightlife and activities the destination has to offer. The bar and restaurant are local hot spots where great conversations, locally inspired food and signature cocktails can be enjoyed. Streamlined modern rooms focus on delivering everything guests want and nothing they don’t, including Beekind’s environmentally conscious bath products, Bluetooth-enabled electronics and salon-grade blowdryers. A team of colleagues is always available to recommend local hidden gems to launch guests’ discovery of the destination. For more information please visit hyattcentric.com. Follow @HyattCentric on Facebook and Instagram, and tag photos with #HyattCentricExplorer.

About Latam Hotel Corporation

A company focused in the development of mix-used properties by building and operating real estate development and hotels of select service for the Hyatt Place brand, as well as lifestyle hotels for the Hyatt Centric brand and recently the corporation introduced Latam Hotel as their own brand.

About GHL Hotels

A leading hotel operator and developer, based in Colombia with more than 52 years of experience in the tourism market. It operates over 70 hotels in 13 countries in Latin America with their own brands and international franchises such as Sheraton, Hyatt Place, Four Points by Sheraton, Sonesta, Howard Johnson, GHL Collections, GHL Style, Hilton Garden Inn, among others.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 13 premier brands. As of March 31, 2017, the Company’s portfolio included 708 properties in 56 countries. The Company’s purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to create value for shareholders, build relationships with guests and attract the best colleagues in the industry. The Company’s subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences and vacation ownership properties, including under the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Andaz®, Hyatt Centric®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt™, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™ and Hyatt Residence Club® brand names and have locations on six continents. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Carla Santiago
Hyatt – Latin America
+1 305 779 2207
carla.santiago@hyatt.com

Source: Hyatt

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CVG welcomes Frontier Airlines’ nonstop services to six new destinations http://travelprnews.com/cvg-welcomes-frontier-airlines-nonstop-services-to-six-new-destinations-8363/travel-press-release/2017/07/23/ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:39:34 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62187 Read the full press release]]> Kentucky, U.S., 2017-Jul-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Frontier Airlines is growing its CVG service again with the addition of six nonstop destinations, including Seattle, Miami, San Antonio, Austin, Jacksonville and Raleigh/Durham.

All six destinations will be served by Frontier’s A320 family of aircraft. Flights to Miami will begin October 5th, 2017 and operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Flights start at $34 each way for Discount Den members and $49 for non-members.

Flights to Seattle, San Antonio, Austin, Jacksonville and Raleigh/Durham will start in the spring 2018 with ticket sales beginning in late August.

“With today’s announcement, Frontier now offers our Low Fares Done Right to even more destinations from Cincinnati,” said Mark Mitchell, chief accounting officer. “Customers traveling from Cincinnati now have more low-cost options in these markets, and with The WORKS and The PERKS bundles, we offer the best value in U.S. air travel.”

Frontier began service from CVG in May of 2013 with one daily flight to Denver. Four years later, Frontier celebrated its two-millionth customer at CVG (May 2017) by awarding that passenger and a guest with free travel on Frontier for one year.

“The growth of Frontier at CVG over the last four years has been incredible,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, CVG. “Frontier will now provide nonstop service to 22 different destinations on a seasonal or year-round basis. CVG is proud to be among the largest markets on the Frontier network. This success would not have been possible without the support of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community.”

SOURCE: CVG

MEDIA CONTACT:
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San Francisco International Airport launches new food donation program “SFO Unites Against Hunger” http://travelprnews.com/san-francisco-international-airport-launches-new-food-donation-program-sfo-unites-against-hunger-7162/travel-press-release/2017/07/23/ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:55:28 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62182 Read the full press release]]> SFO Partners with Waste No Food to connect airport restaurant donors with local charities

San Francisco, 2017-Jul-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced the launch of a new food donation program, titled “SFO Unites Against Hunger”, which partners with web-based marketplace Waste No Food to connect airport restaurants who have excess food to donate with local charities in need of such resources.  To support the donation process, the Airport constructed four purpose-built donation rooms around the Airport, complete with industrial-size refrigeration units.  SFO has secured participation from eight airport tenants, operating a total of 38 food and beverage locations around the Airport.  SFO began accepting donations on July 10, 2017.  In the first week of operation, approximately 250 meals were donated to the St. Anthony Foundation, and other charities will be added in the near future.

“We are proud to launch our ‘SFO Unites Against Hunger’ food donation program,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero.  “Our goal is to be an exceptional Airport in service to our communities, and this effort takes our commitment to a new level.  We appreciate the innovative solution provided by Waste No Food, and we are grateful for the participation of so many restaurant operators at SFO.”

“This program will make a huge dent in hunger within our community,” said Waste No Food Executive Director Kiran Sridhar.  “If we can reduce food waste by just thirty percent, we can feed every hungry person in our community—and in the nation.  And because we leverage technology, our solution is adaptable, portable, and scalable to airports across the country.  It is fitting that San Francisco Airport – the transportation hub of the Bay Area – is at the vanguard of innovation in helping to eradicate hunger.”

“St. Anthony’s serves more than 800,000 meals each year to homeless and low income San Franciscans,” said Corporate Relations Manager Dolores Gould.  “We can only do that with the support of community partners like SFO and their wonderful team of airport tenants who do such a great job of serving passengers and staff.”

Studies have shown that as much as one-third of all food from farms, restaurants, and grocery stores goes to waste.  Waste No Food is a registered non-profit organization that provides a web-based “marketplace” allowing excess food to be donated to the food service industry to qualified charities.

The program currently makes donations three times per week to the St. Anthony Foundation and Life Moves.  The frequency of donations may be expanded based on the strong initial showing.

The Airport is currently only accepting pre-packaged food for the donation program.  Food donated under the program must be pre-packaged with an “use by” date, and must be delivered to one of the Airport donation sites a minimum of three days before the “use by” date.

About San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 49 international cities on 41 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with 83 cities in the U.S. on 13 domestic airlines.  SFO is proud to offer upgraded free Wi-Fi with no advertising.  For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com. Follow us on www.twitter.com/flysfo and  www.facebook.com/flysfo.

SOURCE: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Doug Yakel
Public Information Officer
External Affairs Office
San Francisco International Airport
650.821.4000
Doug.Yakel@flysfo.com
SF-17-44

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IATA and Airlines for America launch campaign on baggage tracking http://travelprnews.com/iata-and-airlines-for-america-launch-campaign-on-baggage-tracking-765/travel-press-release/2017/07/23/ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:49:35 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62178 Read the full press release]]>

IATA and Airlines for America launch campaign on baggage tracking

Montreal, Canada, 2017-Jul-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines for America(A4A), have launched a year-long global campaign related to baggage tracking with the goal of reducing mishandled bags in addition to increasing efficiency in baggage operations.

Annually, more than 4 billion bags are carried by airlines globally. Less than 0.43 percent do not arrive with their owners. The industry is determined to do even better and has agreed to Resolution 753 (R753). By June 2018, airlines have committed to being able to track a bag when it is accepted at the airport, loaded onto the aircraft, transferred to the arrival system or put into the transfer system for carriage by another airline. Airlines should also be able to share this tracking information with interline carriers as needed.

“Arriving without a bag is a very frustrating experience for our customers. Over the last decade we have reduced mishandled baggage by 54% with improved processes. The next step is to realize the full benefits of baggage tracking to further improve performance. In the rare cases when a bag does not arrive with the passenger there will be much more information available to facilitate a quicker reunion. And the benefits don’t stop there. Tracking bags will, enable proactive reporting, speed up aircraft readiness for departure, facilitate the automation of baggage processes and also reduce fraud,” said Andrew Price, IATA’s Global Head of Baggage.

“Implementation of baggage tracking is a collaborative effort between airlines and airports to improve the passenger experience,” said Managing Director of Passenger Services at A4A Patty Edwards. “Airlines and airports are working together to ensure the infrastructure is available to provide this enhanced service to our customers.”

The baggage tracking campaign will help airlines prepare for the R753 June 2018 implementation deadline with a series of initiatives tailored to various stakeholders. These include regional workshops for key aviation entities and an awareness campaign for travelers. An implementation guide developed by industry partners is also available. In addition, IATA is offering member airlines a readiness certificate to recognize them when they develop their implementation plan for R753.

About A4A

Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. Airlines for America(A4A) vigorously advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.

A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor groups, Congress and the Administration to improve air travel for everyone.

SOURCE: IATA

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Corporate Communications
Tel: +41 22 770 2967
Email: corpcomms@iata.org

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IATA moves toward implementing the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems http://travelprnews.com/iata-moves-toward-implementing-the-new-generation-of-iata-settlement-systems-123/travel-press-release/2017/07/23/ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:23:36 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62174 Read the full press release]]>

IATA moves toward implementing the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems

Montreal, Canada, 2017-Jul-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced key milestones toward implementing the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS). Edenred and Multiservice Technology Solutions (MSTS) were selected to implement the IATA EasyPay payment solution for travel agents in more than 100 markets. IATA also announced that Featurespace was selected to provide a risk management and fraud protection solution. NewGen ISS is a program launched by IATA to ensure the continued relevance and value of the IATA Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) to travel agent and airline customers.

IATA EasyPay

IATA EasyPay is a dedicated e-wallet that IATA-accredited travel agents can set-up and fund to pay for airline tickets issued through the BSP. This voluntary “pay as you go” method will be in addition to traditional cash remittances and credit cards. Funds are secured at the time of ticket issuance.

In addition to providing greater payment flexibility, IATA EasyPay will enable the introduction of a new, simpler form of agent accreditation. It also will allow agents to reduce their financial security requirements with IATA and to safely sell beyond their cash capacity. For airlines, IATA EasyPay represents a fast, secure and cost-effective payment solution.

Edenred and MSTS will partner with IATA to facilitate the global delivery of the IATA EasyPay system. IATA EasyPay is expected to be piloted in the first BSP markets in the Nordic countries during the third quarter of 2017.

“We are pleased to join with Edenred and MSTS to deliver IATA EasyPay which is a cornerstone of NewGen ISS. Working together, we will be able to provide a convenient pay-as-you-go option to more than 58,000 IATA-accredited travel agents, enabling them to take advantage of new and more efficient forms of electronic payments,” said Aleks Popovich, IATA’s Senior Vice President of Financial and Distribution Services.

Learn more about the IATA EasyPay.

SOURCE: IATA

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Corporate Communications
Tel: +41 22 770 2967
Email: corpcomms@iata.org

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IATA calls on Mexico to apply global standards for the management of airport slots http://travelprnews.com/iata-calls-on-mexico-to-apply-global-standards-for-the-management-of-airport-slots-6253/travel-press-release/2017/07/23/ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:04:08 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62168 Read the full press release]]>

IATA calls on Mexico to apply global standards for the management of airport slots

Montreal, Canada— /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on Mexico to apply global standards for the management of airport slots to maximize the country’s air infrastructure and ensure its flourishing air industry remains competitive.

The recently-proposed slot system by Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission COFECE deviates from global standards in the following ways:

  • The auctioning of slots to the highest bidder by the regulator could limit competition by preventing less well-established and smaller air carriers from entering or expanding in the marketplace, because they may lack the financial wherewithal to acquire slots. Limiting competition in this way will have an adverse impact on consumers by reducing choice and potentially increasing fare levels.
  • The confiscation of 10% of existing slots from air carriers at congested airports will weaken route networks, reducing air traveler options in terms of frequency and destinations, while imposing real financial damage on airlines.
  • The withdrawal of slots based on punctuality criteria undermines the ability of airlines to make long term commitments to serve markets and ignores the tremendous competitive and financial incentives that airlines have to maintain on-time operations. Moreover, there is no evidence that linking punctuality to slots will improve punctuality at an airport. Uncontrollable delays will always exist, and therefore the biggest likely outcome will be disruption to established schedules.
  • The imposition of a “use-it-or-lose-it” threshold of 85% is inconsistent with the global standard of 80% utilization to retain a slot.

Worldwide Slot Guidelines

Consumer interests are served by airlines operating efficiently based on global standards. The IATA Worldwide Slot Guidelines(WSG), are the global standard for slot allocation and use. The WSG ensures that individual airlines can operate their schedules under the same set of rules on all of the routes in their network. And that assurance translates into consumer benefits through efficient and reliable operations.

“The full implementation of WSG is needed to manage the precious capacity at the key Mexico City hub as well as other Mexican airports. WSG brings efficiencies that are critical for all airports—especially those with severe capacity constraints such as Mexico City. Aviation is vital to Mexico—contributing a million jobs and $38 billion annually to the country’s economy. The full and immediate implementation of WSG is critical to ensure that Mexico can benefit even more from aviation,” said Peter Cerda, IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Americas.

SOURCE: IATA

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Corporate Communications
Tel: +41 22 770 2967
Email: corpcomms@iata.org

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Kansas City International Airport recorded 1,075,686 passengers in June 2017; 4.2% increase from June 2016 http://travelprnews.com/kansas-city-international-airport-recorded-1075686-passengers-in-june-2017-4-2-increase-from-june-2016-9474/travel-press-release/2017/07/22/ Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:48:26 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62163 Read the full press release]]> Kansas City, 2017-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department reports that 1,075,686 passengers arrived and departed through Kansas City International Airport’s gates in June, a 4.2-percent increase from June 2016. June passenger boardings were up 4.4 percent, with a total of 535,270 boarded. For the year to date, total passengers in and out total 5,594,462, up 5.2 percent. Year-to-date passenger boardings are 2,804,761 up 5.3 percent.

“June marked our 38th consecutive month of year over year growth and our busiest month in a decade,” said Kansas City Director of Aviation Pat Klein. “We are on pace to serve more than 11.3 Million passengers this year.”

Air cargo tonnages, which consist of both freight and mail transported by air, for all carriers at KCI were down 4.1 percent in June with a total of 17.5 million pounds handled. Year to date, 100.7 million pounds have been handled, down 2.0 percent. Air freight handled at KCI during June amounted to 16.7 million pounds, which represents a year-over-year decrease of 5.1 percent. Year to date, air freight is down 3.8 percent with a total of 96.3 million pounds handled. Air mail for June was up 24.1 percent from June 2016 with 762,297 pounds handled. Air mail is up 63.9 percent year to date with 4.5 million pounds handled.

The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for June 2017 was 176. Service was offered to 48 nonstop markets. There was an average of 42,516 arriving and departing seats available in the market each day. The all-cargo carriers reported 6 daily departures for June.

The Kansas City Airport System is an Enterprise Fund Department of the City of Kansas City, Mo., and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general fund tax revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation, or maintenance of the airports in the system. Visit flykci.com for more information. Find us on Twitter and Facebook.

SOURCE: Kansas City International Airport

MEDIA CONTACT:

Joe McBride
Joe.McBride@kcmo.org
816.243.3164

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easyJet earns Austrian Air Operator Certificate and license; easyJet Europe now operational http://travelprnews.com/easyjet-earns-austrian-air-operator-certificate-and-license-easyjet-europe-now-operational-765/travel-press-release/2017/07/22/ Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:59:54 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62156 Read the full press release]]>

easyJet awarded AOC in Austria

New airline “easyJet Europe” now operational 

First Austrian-registered aircraft flying from Luton to Vienna this morning

Thomas Haagensen appointed Managing Director of easyJet Europe

Remaining EU27 based aircraft to be re-registered by March 2019

Luton, United Kingdom, 2017-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — easyJet can confirm that it has been awarded an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by Austro Control and an airline operating licence by Austria’s Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) which means that easyJet Europe is now operational.

The first aircraft registered to easyJet Europe, OE-IVA, will operate from London Luton to Vienna, departing Luton 07:00 UK time and landing at 10:35 local time today.

easyJet will phase the re-registering of the remaining  aircraft, around 110 planes, that are required for its EU based operations into easyJet Europe over the next two winters.  This process will be completed in advance of the UK leaving the EU.

easyJet Europe’s principal place of business will be in Vienna and the management of easyJet Europe will have full operational control and financial oversight of the company. Thomas Haagensen, currently easyJet’s Country Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland has been appointed to the role of Managing Director for easyJet Europe.

Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO:

“Today’s announcement is the result of an extensive and thorough regulatory process in Austria and I am pleased to confirm that easyJet Europe is now flying with its first flight touching down in its new headquarters of Vienna this morning.

”Austria’s aviation regulator Austro Control was selected as it is the best fit for easyJet. Austro Control has a rigorous approach to safety regulation, contributing to EASA’s drive towards shaping future safety regulation with an emphasis on performance based safety regulation. I would like to thank the Austrian Government, bmvit and Austro Control for their support during this process and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with them.

“easyJet Europe has a strong management team in place, led by Thomas Haagensen, who will oversee the transfer of the planes and people to the airline. This will ensure easyJet can continue to operate flights both across Europe and domestically within European countries after the UK has left the EU.”

“In addition, like all other European airlines, we continue to lobby for an EU UK aviation agreement which, as a minimum, will enable flights between the EU and the UK.”

Thomas Haagensen, Managing Director easyJet Europe:

“As the process of re-registering easyJet’s EU27 aircraft to the Austrian AOC continues over the coming months, I look forward to working with my team and Austro Control to ensure that easyJet Europe’s operations continue to meet the highest operational and safety standards.”

About easyJet

easyJet is Europe’s leading airline offering a unique and winning combination of the best route network connecting Europe’s primary airports, with great value fares and friendly service.

easyJet flies on more of Europe’s most popular routes than any other airline. easyJet carries 78 million passengers annually, of which around 20% are travelling on business. easyJet flies over 270 aircraft on more than 800 routes to over 140 airports across 31 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour’s drive of an easyJet airport.

easyJet aims to be a good corporate citizen, employing people on local contracts in seven countries across Europe in full compliance with national laws and recognising their trade unions. The airline supports a number of local charities and also has a corporate partnership with UNICEF which has raised over £9m for the most vulnerable children since it was established in 2012.

The airline takes sustainability seriously. easyJet invests in the latest technology, operates efficiently and fills most of its seats which means that an easyJet passenger’s carbon footprint is 22% less than a passenger on a traditional airline, flying the same aircraft on the same route.

SOURCE: easyJet

MEDIA CONTACTS:
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Gatwick Airport advises passengers to use only airport-approved car parking operators http://travelprnews.com/gatwick-airport-advises-passengers-to-use-only-airport-approved-car-parking-operators-32425/travel-press-release/2017/07/22/ Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:39:31 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62153 Read the full press release]]> Closure of the parking company, unaffiliated to the airport, left many passengers without vehicles

Passengers strongly advised to avoid unapproved off-site meet and greet parking firms

Gatwick says on-airport parking or approved off-airport operators should always be used

London, 2017-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Gatwick Airport has advised passengers to use only airport-approved car parking operators when parking before they travel, after a non-approved company failed to return vehicles to over a hundred passengers.

Gatwick First Parking, a meet-and-greet parking company with no connection to Gatwick Airport, reportedly ceased trading last week with no prior warning, leaving vehicles abandoned and their rightful owners unable to retrieve them.

The airport has since used its own number plate tracking system to help trace many of the missing cars, and has reissued parking guidance to passengers which strongly recommends the use of either official on-airport parking or companies registered with Gatwick’s off-airport Approved Operators Scheme.

Run in partnership with the British Parking Association, the scheme was introduced to offer Gatwick passengers more confidence when choosing off-airport parking, and only features suppliers that have adhered to the approval processes of Trading Standards’ Buy with Confidence programme.

More information about Gatwick’s Approved Operators Scheme can be found at www.gatwickairport.com/parking/other-parking-options/operator-scheme/.

Chris Banford, Senior Commercial Operations Manager at Gatwick Airport, said:

“We sympathise with any of our passengers who put their trust in Gatwick First Parking and have been affected by its abrupt collapse and the lack of information provided in the aftermath.

“This company had absolutely no affiliation to Gatwick Airport and we strongly recommend that passengers should avoid non-approved firms going forward.

“By using official on-airport parking or companies in our Approved Operators Scheme instead, passengers will eliminate the risk of experiencing a distressing incident like this in the future.”

About London Gatwick

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 228 destinations in 74 countries for 45 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the UK contributing £5.3 billion to national GDP and generating 85,000 jobs nationally, with around 24,000 on the wider airport campus alone. The airport is south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.

SOURCE: Gatwick

MEDIA CONTACTS:
GATWICK AIRPORT PRESS OFFICE
+ 44 (0) 1293 505000
gatwickmedia@gatwickairport.com

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Swissport’s operational activities in the Netherlands awarded with the IATA CEIV pharma certification http://travelprnews.com/swissports-operational-activities-in-the-netherlands-awarded-with-the-iata-ceiv-pharma-certification-2645/travel-press-release/2017/07/22/ Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:52:37 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62148 Read the full press release]]>

Swissport’s operational activities in the Netherlands awarded with the IATA CEIV pharma certification

Opfikon, Switzerland, 2017-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — With the increasing flow of Life Science & Healthcare shipments over the past few years, maintaining a stable and secure supply chain requires specific equipment, storage facilities, harmonized handling procedures and above all, strong cooperation among the cool chain partners. Swissport The Netherlands started to develop a dedicated product line for the handling of Life Science & Healthcare shipments. With the recent acquisition of Terminal 9, the scope for this product line was broadened and today, all of Swissport’s operational activities in the Netherlands (both Terminal 9 and 11) are successfully awarded by the IATA CEIV certification.

“The certificate is a validation of the hard work that our team put in the pharma product”, said Jeroen Giling, Director Cargo at Swissport The Netherlands. “But that is not where we stop. In cooperation with our valued customers, we believe that the pharma product is a product line with continuous improvement cycles. This means that we will keep investing in training our staff, maintaining the best controlled pharma facilities and further develop procedures to ensure a secure and high quality pharma chain.”

Swissport International Ltd. provides ground services for more than 230 million passengers and handles 4.3 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 835 client-companies in the aviation sector. With a workforce of more than 62,000 personnel, Swissport is active at more than 280 stations in 48 countries across five continents, and generates consolidated operating revenue of EUR 2.7 billion. www.swissport.com

SOURCE: Swissport

MEDIA CONTACTS
Swissport International Ltd.
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P.O. Box
CH-8058 Zürich-Flughafen
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British Airways new pre-flight safety video features some of Britain’s best-loved personalities http://travelprnews.com/british-airways-new-pre-flight-safety-video-features-some-of-britains-best-loved-personalities-73949494/travel-press-release/2017/07/20/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:10:47 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62142 Read the full press release]]>
British Airways new pre-flight safety video features some of Britain’s best-loved personalities

 

London, 2017-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ — A team of top celebrities including Gordon Ramsay, Rob Brydon, Sir Ian McKellen and Thandie Newton make appearances in British Airways’ entertaining new pre-flight safety video, which launches in September.

The new film features some of Britain’s best-loved personalities and has been designed to help customers absorb important safety messages, while boosting fund-raising for ‘Flying Start’, the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and CEO, said: “It’s extremely important to us that customers engage with our safety video, and involving some of the nation’s most well-known personalities has given us the chance to create something fun that we hope people will watch from start to finish – and remember.

“We’ve worked with Comic Relief since 2010 and our customers have already helped us generate £16.5 million for great causes. We hope the new video will enable us to exceed our goal of raising £20 million by 2020.”

Ten celebrities are seen auditioning in humorous sketches in front of comedian Asim Chaudhry, as his People Just Do Nothing character Chabuddy G, for a coveted part in the safety video, while simultaneously demonstrating the safety features and procedures on the aircraft.

In a characteristic section at the end of the video, Rowan Atkinson comically fumbles around his seat for loose change to place in a Flying Start envelope, which are available to customers on flights to enable them to make donations to Comic Relief.

For further information, please contact the British Airways press office at press.office@ba.com

Notes to editors:

* The ‘director’s cut’ version of the safety video is a slightly shortened version of the real BA inflight video.

The celebrities that feature in the video are:

Gordon Ramsay

Rob Brydon

Sir Ian McKellen

Rowan Atkinson

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Jim Broadbent

Thandie Newton

Gillian Anderson

Warwick Davis

Jess Glynne

Chabuddy G (Asim Chaudhry)

About Flying Start

Since British Airways’ partnership with Comic Relief began in 2010 it has raised £16.5 million to help children around the world living incredibly tough lives. The airline aims to raise £20 million by 2020. For further information visit: http://www.ba-flyingstart.com/

More information about British Airways and responsible flying: https://ecp-prelive.baplc.com/en-gb/information/about-ba/responsible-flying

About Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a UK charity which aims to create a just world, free from poverty – where everyone is safe, healthy, educated and empowered. Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1 billion. That money has helped, and is helping, people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world.

For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit www.comicrelief.com

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

For the latest news, statements and exclusive content direct from the Comic Relief Press Office follow @ComicReliefNews

Contact Details:

For more information please contact press.office@ba.com

Source: British Airways

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British Airways launches new routes from London City Airport to Paris, Prague and Reykjavik in October http://travelprnews.com/british-airways-launches-new-routes-from-london-city-airport-to-paris-prague-and-reykjavik-in-october-93848488/travel-press-release/2017/07/20/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:55:50 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62139 Read the full press release]]>
British Airways launches new routes from London City Airport to Paris, Prague and Reykjavik in October

 

London, 2017-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ — British Airways is to launch new routes from London City Airport to three European capitals, Paris, Prague and Reykjavik, in October.

The new services to the three popular cities will mean British Airways will fly to 30 destinations from London City this winter.

The Orly flights are being transferred to London City Airport from Heathrow, offering customers a choice of two London airports from Paris. Flights to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris will continue to operate from Heathrow.

It will be the fifth French route served by British Airways from the Docklands airport. The launch of Prague and Reykjavik routes will be the first time British Airways has flown to the Czech Republic or Iceland from London City.

Reykjavik will be a winter-only service, replacing flights to Granada, Spain which will continue as a summer-only service resuming next year.

Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: “Paris and Prague are two great additions to our schedule at London City. Well timed flights and a quick and easy journey through the airport will give business customers another option to reach either capital city, which are of course also two of the most popular leisure destinations in Europe. Reykjavik is a leisure route, and gateway to some of the most dramatic scenery and skiing that Iceland has to offer.”

There will be three flights a day to Orly during the week and one a day at weekends, six flights a week to Prague and two a week to Reykjavik.

Flights will operate on modern Embraer jets with a choice of Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins and two-abreast seating so that every customer can have either a window or aisle seat.

Flights go on sale today (July 18) with each way hand baggage only fares to Orly available from £49, to Prague from £49 and to Reykjavik from £59 are available to book on www.ba.com/londoncity

Customers flying in Euro Traveller benefit from allocated seats, a generous hand-baggage allowance and loyalty points which can be used to buy food and drink on board flights or towards other trips

Club Europe customers receive complimentary food and drinks on board, a generous free baggage allowance and free seat selection and on-line check-in.

Notes to editors:

  • The Orly flights will transfer from Heathrow to London City on October 29, 2017 and will operate similar departure times. There is a commercial policy in place for those customers who are booked on Heathrow to Orly flights to transfer to London City or receive a full refund

London City to Orly timetable

Flight No Depart Arrive Days
BA8751 08.40 11.00 Mon-Sat
BA8755 16.30 18.50 Mon-Fri
BA8757 20.20 22.40 Mon-Fri, Sun

Orly to London City timetable

Flight No Depart Arrive Days
BA8752 07.50 08.10 Mon-Sat
BA8754 11.40 12.00 Mon-Fri
BA8754 14.00 14.20 Sun
BA8758 19.30 19.50 Mon-Fri

London City to Prague timetable

Flight No Depart Arrive Days
BA7339 11.15 14.10 Mon-Fri
BA7339 15.15 18.10 Sun

Prague to London City timetable

Flight No Depart Arrive Days
BA7338 14.50 15.45 Mon-Fri
BA7338 18.50 19.45 Sun

London City to Reykjavik timetable

Flight No Depart Arrive Days
BA2228 09.10 12.30 Thur
BA2228 13.00 16.20 Sun

Reykjavik to London City timetable

Flight No Depart Arrive Days
BA2229 13.15 16.25 Thur
BA2229 17.05 20.15 Sun

Source: British Airways

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Qatar Airways increases frequency between Doha and Moscow to 21 flights per week http://travelprnews.com/qatar-airways-increases-frequency-between-doha-and-moscow-to-21-flights-per-week-73848585/travel-press-release/2017/07/20/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:45:48 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62137 Read the full press release]]>
  • Additional summer frequency to Russian capital brings total daily flights to three
  • Airline celebrates 14 years of award-winning service to Moscow this August
  • DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways is pleased to announce that it has added additional flights to its Moscow route, bringing the total frequency to 21 flights per week between Doha and the Russian capital. Commencing 2 August, the award-winning airline will introduce an extra daily flight on the Doha-Moscow route to meet growing demand to Moscow, a destination popular with both business and leisure travellers. The additional frequency will be served by an Airbus A320 aircraft.

    Moscow is renowned for its stunning architecture and iconic historical landmarks such as the Kremlin and Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Russian capital is a cultural treasure trove, famous for its symphonies, classical music, theatre and ballet, offering visitors a vast array of enriching activities to choose from.

    Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “In celebration of going to Moscow together for 14 years, and as part of Qatar Airways’ ongoing efforts to expand our presence in Eastern Europe, we are very pleased to offer an additional frequency to this iconic city. Passengers from the Russian capital will have even more flexibility in travelling seamlessly through our Doha Hub, Hamad International Airport, to any of our destinations across our growing network, while travellers from all over the world will now have the opportunity to taste the delights of the Russian capital, as well as experience our renowned world-class service.”

    The airline, which in August will celebrate 14 years of direct service to Moscow, first began flying to the Russian capital in 2003. The launch of the additional frequency to Moscow comes at a time when Qatar Airways is expediting its expansion plans in Eastern Europe, with service to Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; and Prague, Czech Republic  set to commence by the end of August.

    The additional frequency will be served by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class. The aircraft offers individual seatback television screens providing all passengers with the next-generation, interactive on board entertainment system, Oryx One, featuring a choice of more than 3000 entertainment options.

    The 2017 Airline of the Year, as awarded by Skytrax, has a host of exciting new destinations planned for the remainder of this year and 2018 including; Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Francisco, U.S.; and Santiago, Chile, to name a few. A total of 25 new destination launches will take place throughout 2017-2018.

    Qatar Airways has received a number of accolades this year, including Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the world’s best airline. In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

    Flight Schedules:

    Doha – Moscow

    Daily

    Doha (DOH) to Moscow (DME) QR 213 departs 02: 40 arrives 07: 50

    Moscow (DME) to Doha (DOH) QR 214 departs 09: 50 arrives 14: 55

    Notes to Editors:

    About Qatar Airways

    Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including Dublin, Nice, Skopje, Sarajevo and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 200 aircraft.

    A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was recently named Airline of the Year by the 2017 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named World’s Best Business Class, Best Airline in the Middle East, and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

    Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

    Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

    Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

    Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

    For further information, please contact:

    Qatar Airways Group
    Corporate Communications Department
    Tel: +974 4022 2200

    Source: Qatar Airways

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    Qatar Airways starts service from Doha to Skopje, Macedonia http://travelprnews.com/qatar-airways-starts-service-from-doha-to-skopje-macedonia-63838393/travel-press-release/2017/07/20/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:36:53 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62134 Read the full press release]]> VIP guests hosted by award-winning airline and entertained by Macedonian star Jana Burceska

    DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways celebrated the arrival of its inaugural flight to Alexander The Great Airport, Skopje on 17 July with a press conference and gala dinner at the Marriott Hotel Skopje. The events were hosted by Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ehab Amin, who welcomed VIP guests including the Republic of Macedonia’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr. Goran Sugareski; TAV Macedonia General Manager, Mr. Alp Er Tunga Ersoy; Macedonian Ambassador to Qatar, Mrs. Vukica Krtolica Popovska, and Qatari Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Hassan Bin Abdullah Zaid Al Mahmoud.

    The gala dinner invitees, including Macedonian and Qatari VIPs, honoured guests from the travel industry and media, all enjoyed a dazzling line-up of entertainment and a headline performance by famous Macedonian singer Jana Burceska.

    Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ehab Amin, said at the press conference: “I am delighted to be here today to celebrate the launch of Qatar Airways flights to Skopje, our new gateway into Eastern Europe from our hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha. Qatar Airways is proud to bring the five-star experience to the Macedonian capital, which is so rich in culture and history.”

    General Manager of Airport TAV Macedonia, Mr. Alp Er Tunga Ersoy, said: “Doha, known as the Pearl of the Arabian Gulf, will be an exciting travel opportunity for Macedonian citizens, both in terms of leisure and business, but it will also enable Macedonians who live in Australia and New Zeland to visit their motherland. We hope that the Republic of Macedonia, with its natural beauty and cultural-historical heritage, will be an interesting destination for Qatari tourists and business travellers. The presence of Qatar Airways in the Republic of Macedonia as a brand will make Skopje Airport even more attractive as a market, opening new possibilities for its development, while additionally contributing to further traffic growth.”

    Qatar Airways is expediting its expansion in Eastern Europe, with service to Prague, Czech Republic and Kyiv, Ukraine set to commence by the end of August. The award-winning airline is committed to bringing more visitors to Eastern Europe by adding a further level of choice for passengers travelling to or from Croatia, Hungary, Azerbaijan, and other Eastern European destinations.

    In response to increasing demand, flights to Zagreb increased to a 10-weekly service last year, while Budapest and Baku both increased to a 12-weekly service in June 2017. Inbound tourism to Eastern Europe is expected to grow after the airline’s route launches of Serbia, Armenia, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria in recent years.

    The new route to Skopje will also provide the people of the Republic of Macedonia the opportunity to connect to more than 150 destinations on the airline’s global network via its hub, Hamad International Airport, in Doha.

    Qatar Airways will operate the four-times weekly service to Skopje with the award-winning Airbus A320, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class. Both Economy and Business Class passengers can enjoy the airline’s relaunched superior entertainment system, offering up to 3,000 entertainment options.

    In addition, the commencement of air cargo service to Skopje by Qatar Airways Cargo will promote air trade growth in Republic of Macedonia by connecting the country with its major importers in North East Asia via the airline’s state-of-the-art Doha hub. The cargo carrier’s newly launched Climate Control Centre enhances its seamless cool chain solutions and offers perfect transit services to support the exports of fruits and fresh produce out of Skopje to various destinations across its global network.

    Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, this year celebrates 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 destinations business and leisure destinations. One of the world’s fast growing airlines will continue to add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017 and 2018, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 200 aircraft.

    Doha – Skopje Flight Schedules:

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sundays

    Doha (DOH) to Skopje (SKP) QR305 departs: 06:50 arrives: 11:15

    Skopje (SKP) to Doha (DOH) to QR306 departs: 12:15 arrives: 18:15

    About TAV Airports

    TAV Airports, one of the world’s leading airport operators, operates Istanbul Atatürk, Ankara Esenboğa, Izmir Adnan Menderes, Milas Bodrum and Alanya Gazipaşa airports in Turkey. Tbilisi and Batumi airports in Georgia, Monastir and Enfidha-Hammamet airports in Tunisia, Skopje and Ohrid airports in Macedonia, Madinah Airport in Saudi Arabia and Zagreb Airport in Croatia are also operated by TAV Airports. The Holding also provides service through its subsidiaries in other areas of airport operations including duty-free, food and beverage services, ground handling services, IT, security and operation services. Within the same context, TAV Airports also operates duty free, food and beverage and other commercial areas at Riga Airport in Latvia. Together with its subsidiaries, the Company provided services to 808.000 flights, serving more than 104 million passengers in 2016.

    Notes to Editors:

    About Qatar Airways

    Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including Dublin, Nice, Skopje, Sarajevo and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 200 aircraft.

    A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was recently named Airline of the Year by the 2017 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named World’s Best Business Class, Best Airline in the Middle East, and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

    Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

    Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

    Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

    Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

    For further information, please contact:

    Qatar Airways Group
    Corporate Communications Department
    Tel: +974 4022 2200

    Source: Qatar Airways

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    Qatar Airways Cargo transported the Qatar’s first two shipments of 330 Holstein cows from Europe http://travelprnews.com/qatar-airways-cargo-transported-the-qatars-first-two-shipments-of-330-holstein-cows-from-europe-538484844/travel-press-release/2017/07/20/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:25:49 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62131 Read the full press release]]>
    Qatar Airways Cargo transported the Qatar’s first two shipments of 330 Holstein cows from Europe

     

    The cargo carrier has swiftly and safely flown its first two bovine shipments from Europe, launching the country’s newest industry

    DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways Cargo, the cargo division of the State of Qatar’s national carrier, is pleased to announce that it has transported the country’s first two shipments of 330 Holstein cows from Europe on a Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777 freighter. These initial shipments are part of a 4,000-head herd that marks the launch of a completely new industry for the State of Qatar.

    Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo said, “It is with utmost pride that we were given the opportunity to offer our expertise and services to support this momentous project. We are truly a part of history, helping launch the country’s newest industry, producing dairy products to meet local demand. The cattle charters involve a great deal of skill and coordination to ensure the flight from the points of origin to Doha was smooth and safe.

    “With our extensive freighter fleet and state-of-the-art cargo facility at our Doha hub, we were able to meet our client Baladna Farm’s requirements with tailor-made solutions to transport the cattle from various continents swiftly into Doha. Our dedicated team at Qatar Airways Cargo is well-trained and our QR Live product is fully-compliant with IATA’s Live Animal Regulations to ensure safe and comfortable air transportation of live animals.”

    The cargo carrier has been appointed to charter more than 20 cattle shipments from Europe, the U.S. and Australia in the next few weeks. Upon arrival at Hamad International Airport (HIA), the cattle are carefully and efficiently transferred to Baladna Farm, a huge livestock farm in Qatar.

    Power International Holding Chairman Mr. Moutaz Al Khayyat said: “We are proud to expand the dairy industry in the State of Qatar, and are thankful to Qatar Airways Cargo for the expedient, safe and secure transportation of the cattle that have now safely arrived at their new home, Baladna Farm. With the arrival of the dairy cows, we aim to meet 30-35 per cent of the imported milk demand in the country within two months.”

    Baladna is a subsidiary of Power International Holding, a well-diversified Qatari company. Baladna has built special cowsheds with a temperature control system to ensure a comfortable environment for the cattle. Baladna Farm, built over 700,000 sqm, includes 40,000 Awassi sheep able to withstand high temperature and produce high-quality milk. The farm also houses 5,000 goats and an animal feed mill yielding 100 tonnes per day.

    Qatar Airways Cargo recently attracted well-deserved attention for undertaking the massive airlift of food and grocery items when the illegal blockade was initiated by neighbouring countries on 5 June. This undertaking, arranged entirely by Qatar Airways Cargo, lasted several weeks and used its own fleet, as well as other leased aircraft. The cargo airline continues to connect its global customers’ businesses to over 150 destinations on 200 passenger and freighter aircraft.

    Ranked the world’s third-largest international air cargo carrier, Qatar Airways Cargo has made significant investments in its fleet, network, its hub and products in recent years, as part of its strategy and commitment to improve and enhance its product offering for the benefit of customers globally. Qatar Airways Cargo’s charter product performed outstandingly well, with a 150 per cent increase in tonnage in 2016-17 over 2015-16. The cargo carrier also performed charters for a variety of products such as horses, cattle, pharmaceuticals, odd-size shipments, oil and gas products, art, concerts and exhibitions, machinery, mining and humanitarian relief goods.

    Notes to Editors:

    About Qatar Airways

    Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including Dublin, Nice, Skopje, Sarajevo and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 200 aircraft.

    A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was recently named Airline of the Year by the 2017 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named World’s Best Business Class, Best Airline in the Middle East, and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

    Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

    Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

    Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

    Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.

    For further information, please contact:

    Qatar Airways Group
    Corporate Communications Department
    Tel: +974 4022 2200

    Source: Qatar Airways

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    The Garrison Hotel joins the Ascend Hotel Collection http://travelprnews.com/the-garrison-hotel-joins-the-ascend-hotel-collection-63949944/travel-press-release/2017/07/20/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:13:13 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62129 Read the full press release]]> DOVER, N.H., 2017-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ — The Garrison Hotel, a new boutique property in the city of Dover, N.H., is the latest independent hotel to join the Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s leading hotel companies.

    The 66-room upscale boutique hotel was inspired by the rich history of Dover, N.H. and takes its name from the city’s historic garrison buildings. Throughout the hotel, the area’s colorful history comes to life through design and décor. As soon as guests enter the lobby, they can learn more about Dovership building, mercantilism, and the colonial era through exhibits on display from The Woodman Institute, a Dover museum dedicated to preserving local history.

    The Garrison offers travelers a range of guest room types, fitness center and indoor pool, business center, free wireless internet, free breakfast, pet-friendly accommodations, and local area recommendations to help make your stay more enjoyable. The hotel lobby features a communal table, comfortable sitting areas, a large fireplace, and an outdoor patio and lawn area with plans for a fire pit for year-round gathering.

    The hotel is less than one mile from Dover’s bustling downtown center and a short drive from the University of New Hampshire and downtown Portsmouth. The Garrison also serves as a pleasant stopping point along the way to the scenic White Mountains and Lakes Region. One hour from Boston, Portland, Maine, New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, and within 30 minutes from New Hampshire beaches, Dover offers activities year round and is an ideal destination for travelers.

    Known for inspiring individuality, the Ascend Hotel Collection is the first and largest global soft brand, featuring best-in-class unique, boutique and historic hotels and resorts with more than 230 properties open or under development worldwide. The Port Hospitality Group also owns and operates two other Ascend Hotel Collection properties in Portsmouth, NH and Kennebunk, ME.

    The Garrison Hotel participates in the award-winning Choice Privileges loyalty rewards program, rated no. 1 in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards list. Membership is free, offers fast rewards, instant perks, and exclusive member rates when booking directly at www.choicehotels.com. Members can redeem points towards free nights, airline miles and more while staying at any of Choice’s global hotel properties.

    Ascend Hotel Collection: let the destination reach you.
    The Ascend Hotel Collection is a global portfolio of unique, boutique and historic independent hotels and resorts and is part of Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s leading hotel companies. Recognized as the hotel industry’s first “soft brand” concept, Ascend has more than 170 properties open and operating worldwide, including in France, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, Australia, Canada, and the Caribbean region. Membership with the Ascend Hotel Collection enables distinctive, independent properties to gain a global presence while maintaining their local charm. For more information, visit www.choicehotels.com/Ascend.

    About Choice Hotels
    Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is one of the world’s largest hotel companies. With approximately 6,500 hotels franchised in more than 40 countries and territories, Choice Hotels International represents more than 500,000 rooms around the globe.  As of March 31, 2017, 795 hotels were in our development pipeline. Our company’s Ascend Hotel Collection®, Cambria® Hotels, Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Sleep Inn®, Quality®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge®, Rodeway Inn®, and Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels® brands provide a spectrum of lodging choices to meet guests’ needs. With more than 32 million members and counting, our Choice Privileges® rewards program enhances every trip a guest takes, with benefits ranging from instant, every day rewards to exceptional experiences, starting right when they join.  All hotels and vacation rentals are independently owned and operated. Visit us at www.choicehotels.com for more information.

    Contact:

    Sarah Lee
    Tel: 301-628-4397
    Email: Sarah.Lee@choicehotels.com

    SOURCE: Choice Hotels International, Inc.

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    SkyTeam introduces new two-stop option for its popular Go Round the World Pass http://travelprnews.com/skyteam-introduces-new-two-stop-option-for-its-popular-go-round-the-world-pass-83948485/travel-press-release/2017/07/20/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:03:32 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62127 Read the full press release]]> SkyTeam introduces two-stop Go Round the World Pass

    AMSTERDAM, 2017-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ — SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has introduced a new two-stop option for its popular Go Round the World Pass. Perfect for regular travelers who require multi-destinations itineraries, the two-stop Pass is the most flexible and convenient way to travel.

    Available from today, the two-stop Go Round the World Pass, has been launched to accommodate the needs of the frequent flyer. The Pass can be booked up to seven days in advance, for travel on any of SkyTeam’s 20 member airlines, which serve 1,062 destinations in 179 countries.

    The Pass is the perfect solution for those with important meetings in one country, one afternoon, and a presentation in another the same week. Fares are available for all classes, Economy, Business and First. For example, travelers could start in New York, head to Paris, then Shanghai before landing back in New York from just USD 5,650* in Economy.

    The two stop option is the latest addition to SkyTeam’s established Go Round the World Pass, which offers travelers of all types flexible solutions to suit budget, destination and purpose of travel. The Go Round the World Pass offer customers two to 15 stops, for more information, to plan a trip, or for the full terms & conditions please visit www.skyteam.com/en/round-the-world-planner

    Notes to Editors

    *Including taxes and surcharges

    www.skyteam.com / www.facebook.com/skyteam / www.youtube.com/user/skyteam

    About SkyTeam:

    Founded 17 years ago on June 22, 2000, SkyTeam is the global airline alliance with 20 member airlines working together to offer seamless travel on an extensive global network.  From top hubs around the world, SkyTeam members provide reliable and comfortable journeys to over 1,060 destinations. SkyTeam customers can unwind in 672 lounges as they travel, earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles. SkyTeam Elite Plus customers are eligible for SkyPriority services. The 20 members airlines are: Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. SkyTeam welcomes over 700 million customers each year on more than 16,000 daily flights to over 1,000 destinations in 179 countries.

    Media Contacts:

    SkyTeam communications team 
    E: media@skyteam.com 

    Klara Zakis
    Manager PR & Internal Communications
    E: Klara.Zakis@Skyteam.com
    T: 020-333-3063

    Source: SkyTeam

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    IHG opens the largest Holiday Inn Express property in the Americas, the 596-room Holiday Inn Express® Waikiki http://travelprnews.com/ihg-opens-the-largest-holiday-inn-express-property-in-the-americas-the-596-room-holiday-inn-express-waikiki-89495995/travel-press-release/2017/07/20/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:48:26 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62123 Read the full press release]]>
    IHG opens the largest Holiday Inn Express property in the Americas, the 596-room Holiday Inn Express® Waikiki

     

    Denham UK, 2017-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ — InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today (18 JULY 2017) announces the opening of the 44-story, 596-room Holiday Inn Express®  Waikiki hotel—the largest Holiday Inn Express property in the Americas region.

    Located just three blocks from Waikiki Beach, two blocks from Luxury Row shopping and four blocks from the Hawaii Convention Center, this hotel is well-suited for both business and leisure travelers visiting Waikiki.

    Jennifer Gribble, Vice President, Holiday Inn Express® Brand, IHG, said: “Holiday Inn Express is the largest hotel brand in the world in its segment, and we’re excited to add another property to the Hawaiian Islands. At Holiday Inn Express, we are committed to helping our guests Be The Readiest by delivering more where it matters. This is something that will continue to ring true at our largest property in the region, and we look forward to welcoming travelers to this fun and exciting destination.”

    The hotel features the brand’s newest design solution which includes a new modern design scheme, ample access to outlets and charging ports and more community workspaces for travelers looking to get work done outside of their guest room.  Additionally, the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki hotel features 4,700 square feet of flexible space with nearly 1,500 square feet of outdoor seating, and a spacious fifth floor Sky Deck with games like giant chess, 9-hole mini golf, a video game room, shuffleboard, foosball and ping pong. For travelers looking to relax and enjoy Waikiki, the property has an outdoor pool, sun deck and cabanas as well as a 24-hour fitness center.

    The complimentary Express Start® breakfast bar offers a full range of breakfast items including egg white omelets every day, Chobani® yogurt, whole wheat English muffins, oatmeal, cereal and a new and improved pancake flavor from the brand’s signature one-touch pancake machine. Additionally, the breakfast bar continues to offer a wide variety of other hot and cold options including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, fruit, the brand’s proprietary cinnamon roll and Smart Roast coffee.

    Jernell Mendonca, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express Waikiki said: “With our convenient location, we are confident that the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki hotel will provide guests with unmatched comfort and resort-like amenities at a great value. We look forward to serving our guests with the hospitality they expect while visiting Hawaii.”

    The hotel is located at 2058 Kuhio Avenue. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY or by going to IHG.com/HolidayInnExpress. The Holiday Inn Express brand participates in IHG® Rewards Club. The industry’s first and largest hotel rewards program is free, and guests can enroll at IHGRewardsClub.com, by downloading the IHG® App, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s more than 5,100 hotels worldwide. The hotel also participates in IHG Green Engage®and offers unique programs to ensure sustainability.

    About IHG®

    IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Resort®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

    IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,200 hotels and 770,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with nearly 1,500 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.

    InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.

    Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit: www.ihgplc.com/media and follow us on social media at: www.twitter.com/ihgwww.facebook.com/ihg and www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

    For further information please contact:

    Abby Jensen
    abby.jensen@ihg.com
    +1 (770) 604 2475

    Source: IHG

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    Marriott International announces the opening of the Four Points by Sheraton Venice Mestre http://travelprnews.com/marriott-international-announces-the-opening-of-the-four-points-by-sheraton-venice-mestre-63884884/travel-press-release/2017/07/20/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:34:39 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62121 Read the full press release]]> Milan, Italy, 2017-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ —

    POINT 1: Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) today (07/18/2017) announces the opening of the Four Points by Sheraton Venice Mestre as part of a franchise agreement with the Italian management company DHotels. Located in the urban area of Mestre, the hotel represents a strategic conversion following a complete renovation and is the fifth addition to the Four Points portfolio in Italy.

    POINT 2: “We are thrilled to collaborate with DHotels and introduce the Four Points brand, designed for today’s modern traveller, to the Greater Venice area,” said John Licence, Vice President Premium & Select brands, Marriott International Europe “The hotel will appeal to both business and leisure guests looking for stylish comfort, genuine service and direct train access to the city centre.”

    POINT 3: The hotel is conveniently located in Mestre inside the Greater Venice area, one of the most economically developed regions of Italy. The property features 168 rooms and suites, including one of the largest suites in Mestre with a surface of 200 sq. m, a full service-dining restaurant, a meeting room of 200 sq. m, a gym, a beautiful garden and convenient indoor parking facilities.

    Reflecting the brand’s promise to provide what matters most to today’s independent travellers, the hotel offers the brand’s defining elements, including the Four Points signature bed, Wi-Fi in all public areas, an energizing breakfast and the brand’s signature Best Brews™ program, helping guests to enjoy their day from start to finish.

    POINT 4: “DHotels is pleased to be working with Marriott International to launch Four Points by Sheraton Venice Mestre. The strength of the Four Points brand and its business structure gives us great confidence and we are excited to move forward with this project” said François Droulers, owner of DHotels.

    Marriott International has a total of 47 hotels in Italy operating under 14 brands. The Four Points by Sheraton Venice Mestre joins the Four Points brand’s robust portfolio in the country which includes the Four Points by Sheraton Padova, Four Points by Sheraton Milano and Four Points by Sheraton Bolzano.

    About Four Points
    About Four Points Four Points by Sheraton, part of Marriott International, Inc., includes more than 220 hotels in nearly 40 countries and territories. At Four Points, travel is reinvented and guests can find the timeless style and comfort they’re looking for with genuine service and everything that matters most, all around the world.  Four Points hotels can be found in big urban centers, by the airport, near the beach, and in the suburbs. Each hotel offers a familiar place with an authentic sense of the local, and friendly genuine service where guests can relax and unwind, watch local sports, and enjoy the brand’s Best Brews and BBQ™ program. Four Points is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest®. Members can now link accounts with Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. To learn more, visit us online and stay connected to Four Points on Facebook.

    Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,100 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 124 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visitwww.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

    About DHotels
    Established by François Droulers in 2010, the Company develops and operates mid & upper scale cluster of Hotels into major Italian destinations. It currently operates two Hotels in the Venice greater area and has a pipeline of 4 properties to be opened in Northern Italy in the next 3 years. For more information please visit Dhotels.it

    Contact:
    Sara Migliore
    Director of Communications Italy
    T. +39 02 6336 3641
    E. sara.migliore@starwoodhotels.com

    Source: Marriott International Inc.

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    Host Hotels & Resorts announces the appointment of A. William (Bill) Stein to its Board of Directors http://travelprnews.com/host-hotels-resorts-announces-the-appointment-of-a-william-bill-stein-to-its-board-of-directors-78485885/travel-press-release/2017/07/20/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:25:40 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62119 Read the full press release]]> BETHESDA, Md., 2017-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HST) today (July 18, 2017) announced the appointment of A. William (Bill) Stein to the Company’s Board of Directors.  Mr. Stein has also been appointed to serve on the Audit Committee, effective August 15, 2017.  With the addition of Mr. Stein, the Company’s Board expands to eleven members, nine of whom are independent.

    Mr. Stein currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR).  Prior to being named Chief Executive Officer in 2014, he held the roles of Interim Chief Executive Officer from March 2014 to November 2014, Chief Financial Officer from July 2004 until April 2015, and Chief Investment Officer from July 2004 until April 2014.  Mr. Stein has served on the Executive Board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) since November 2015, and is a member of the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics Policy Advisory Board. He is also a member of the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Global Advisory Council (CGAC).

    “We are thrilled to have Bill Stein join the Board,” said Richard Marriott, chairman of the Host Hotels Board of Directors. “His wealth of knowledge, acquired through his many years of leadership roles in the real estate industry, will prove invaluable as we further sharpen Host’s strategic focus and advance our mission to drive shareholder value.”

    “I am very pleased to welcome Bill to our Board,” said James F. Risoleo, president and chief executive officer.  “His deep understanding of real estate and the broader technology landscape, based on his more than 32 years of financial, investment and operational experience, will be a great benefit to Host and its shareholders.”

    “It is a privilege to join the Board of Directors of Host Hotels & Resorts,” said Mr. Stein.  “As a long-time member of the REIT community, I have deep respect for Host’s leadership position in the lodging industry and the broader REIT sector.  Host has a strong foundation led by an excellent management team and Board, and I am excited to help Host continue to capitalize on its position as the premier lodging REIT and deliver superior returns for shareholders.”

    About Mr. Stein
    Mr. Stein has more than 32 years of investment, financial and operating management experience in both large company environments and small, rapidly growing companies. Prior to joining Digital Realty, Mr. Stein provided turnaround management advice to both public and private companies. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Stein served as Co-Head of VentureBank@PNC and Media and Communications Finance at The PNC Financial Services Group where he was responsible for directing the delivery of PNC’s products and services to VentureBank’s high technology and emerging growth client base.

    Before joining PNC, Mr. Stein was President and Chief Operating Officer of TriNet Corporate Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust, which was acquired by Starwood Financial Trust (now called iStar Financial) in 1999. Prior to being named President of TriNet, Mr. Stein was its Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary.

    Before joining TriNet in 1995, Mr. Stein held a number of senior investment and financial management positions with Westinghouse Electric, Westinghouse Financial Services and Duquesne Light Company. Mr. Stein practiced law for eight years, specializing in financial transactions and litigation. Mr. Stein has previously served as a member of the board of directors of Wesdome Gold Mines LTD, a public company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

    Mr. Stein received an A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.S. with Distinction from the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Mellon University.

    About Host Hotels & Resorts
    Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is an S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company and is the largest lodging real estate investment trust and one of the largest owners of luxury and upper-upscale hotels. The Company currently owns 89 properties in the United States and 7 properties internationally totaling approximately 53,500 rooms. The Company also holds non-controlling interests in seven joint ventures, including one in Europe that owns 10 hotels with approximately 3,900 rooms. Guided by a disciplined approach to capital allocation and aggressive asset management, the Company partners with premium brands such as Marriott®, Ritz-Carlton®, Westin®, Sheraton®, W®, St. Regis®, Le Meridien®, The Luxury Collection®, Hyatt®, Fairmont®, Hilton®, Swissôtel®, ibis®, Pullman®, and Novotel® as well as independent brands in the operation of properties in over 50 major markets worldwide. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.hosthotels.com.

    *This press release contains registered trademarks that are the exclusive property of their respective owners. None of the owners of these trademarks has any responsibility or liability for any information contained in this press release.

    Contact:
    Bret D.S.McLeod
    Senior Vice President
    240.744.5216

    Gee Lingberg
    Vice President
    240.744.5275

    Source: Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc./globenewswire

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    Nisbet Plantation Beach Club listed No. 26 among the Top 50 Hotels in the World by Travel + Leisure http://travelprnews.com/nisbet-plantation-beach-club-listed-no-26-among-the-top-50-hotels-in-the-world-by-travel-leisure-85888664/travel-press-release/2017/07/19/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:12:01 +0000 http://travelprnews.com/?p=62114 Read the full press release]]>
    Nisbet Plantation Beach Club listed No. 26 among the Top 50 Hotels in the World by Travel + Leisure

     

    NEVIS, West Indies, 2017-Jul-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Nisbet Plantation Beach Club is honored once again to be named as one of the Top Hotels in the World and Top Resorts in the Caribbean by the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine.

    In the Travel + Leisure 2017 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey, the intimate, 36-room Nevis resort is ranked No. 3 in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas and is the only resort on the two-island
    federation of St. Kitts and Nevis to make the coveted list.

    In addition to being recognized among the best in the region, Nisbet Plantation is listed No. 26 among the Top 50 Hotels in the World. With private cottage-style accommodations, gourmet dining and attentive service, Nisbet Plantation scored high marks with the magazine’s affluent readers and had an overall score of 97.00.

    “It is a great honor for our intimate resort on our special island home of Nevis, itself a winner in the survey for top islands, to be once again recognized on the world stage by thousands of discerning travelers,” says Tim Thuell, General Manager at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. “This speaks to the dedication of the ladies and gentlemen of Nisbet Plantation, who provide a memorable, authentically Caribbean vacation experience to our guests.”

    “Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards provide a picture of what the world’s most discerning travelers are finding most satisfying in travel right now. What’s clear to me this year is how much they are drawn to experiences that aren’t just enjoyable but provide something richer—cultural immersion, mental and physical wellbeing, a true sense of adventure,” said Travel + Leisure Editor in Chief Nathan Lump. “It’s not easy to satisfy this group, but the destinations, hotels, and companies that are doing it know that today’s traveler cares about a lot more than creature comforts.”

    The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards are based on the annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best survey, where 300,000 readers shared their opinion of their favorite travel providers and experiences. In the 22nd annual survey, readers rated hotels based on room and facilities, location, service, restaurants and food, and value.

    Learn more or plan a visit by calling 869-469-9325 or going online at NisbetPlantation.com.

    About Nisbet Plantation Beach Club
    Intimate and relaxing, Nisbet Plantation Beach Club is the Caribbean’s only historic plantation inn located on the beach. The 36 cottage-style accommodations set across 30 tropical acres on Nevis invite romance and privacy allowing guests to truly feel perfectly at ease. Old-world Caribbean charm is blended with modern-day conveniences including Wi-Fi and hiker GPS. Nisbet Plantation’s idyllic setting, personal service and fine dining at the Great House, c. 1778, have made it one of the world’s best resorts. TripAdvisor® once again honored the resort in 2016 as one of the Top Resorts in the World for Romance and one of the Top Resorts in the Caribbean. Heralded by the most influential travel outlets including Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, Nisbet Plantation is revered for service excellence.

    Media Contact:
    Amy Kerr & Erica Hammett
    MP&A Digital & Advertising
    amy@madiganpratt.com
    erica@madiganpratt.com
    757-645-3113

    Source: Nisbet

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