TripAdvisor Becomes PATA Strategic Partner

Bangkok, 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) are pleased to announce TripAdvisor™ as a new PATA Strategic Partner. TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, offers trusted advice from real travellers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor has the largest travel community… Read the full press release

Travelport launches new merchandising capability

‘Extra Bags’ feature introduced in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and United Kingdom Auckland, New Zealand, 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announces a substantial merchandising milestone with the introduction of the new Prepaid Extra Bags feature. The new agreement enables Travelport-connected travel agents in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland… Read the full press release

ABTA Issues Guidance on Medhotels Case

Ruling reinforces the need for agents to understand their business practices 2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — ABTA has today updated guidance for Members in response to yesterday’s Court of Appeal ruling on an important test case relating to the tax liabilities of UK travel businesses. The decision of the Court of Appeal in the case between HMRC… Read the full press release

TRAVEL IN STYLE WITH PREMIER HOLIDAYS PRESTIGE SERVICE

Take a luxury break from just £879 per person 2012-12-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The UK’s leading independent tour operator Premier Holidays has launched their new Prestige brochure. This luxury brochure focuses on Far East destinations as well as India, Indian Ocean, South Africa, Middle East, Australia and the USA. Packages start from only £879 per person… Read the full press release

Top Russian consolidator signs new deal with Travelport

Aviacenter extends agreement with Travelport for a further three years Langley, 2012-11-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport and Aviacenter, one of Russia’s leading consolidators, have today announced a new contract extending their relationship until at least 2015. As part of the deal, Aviacenter will use both Galileo Web Services and Travelport SmartPoint App™ to deliver a leading service… Read the full press release

New Internet platform for travel agents: www.steigenbergertravelagents.com

Steigenberger Hotel Group New Internet platform for travel agents

2012-11-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Steigenberger Hotel Group has launched its own dedicated website for travel agents. Individually tailored hotel offers and information are now available to travel agency and tour operator staff at www.steigenbergertravelagents.com. Good news for travel agents, who have been able to book specially designed offers from the Steigenberger Hotel group since 22… Read the full press release

VisitBritain, JAPANESE OUTBOUND TOURISM GROWING ONCE AGAIN

Bond, Manchester United’s Kagawa and GREAT activity lead to 30% increase by 2020 2012-11-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — VisitBritain is leading a tourism delegation to Japan, the home of 1.7 million High Net Worth Individuals second only to US, to build on the profile Britain received in 2012. The national tourism agency will introduce key travel trade… Read the full press release

Serena Beach Hotel & Spa wins Ecotourism Award 2012

Serena Beach Hotel & Spa wins Ecotourism Award 2012

2012-11-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Serena Beach Hotel & Spa is this year’s winner of the coveted Ecowarrior Awards 2012. The resort was given the recognition at a colorful ceremony held on Friday night at the Nairobi Serena Hotel, one that saw several competitive entries in the Ecotourism Enterprise of the Year- Holiday Homes and Villas Category…. Read the full press release

CAA and OFT consult on consumer rights GUIDANCE FOR TRAVEL SECTOR

2012-11-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Holidaymakers booking in the UK should have access to fair, clear and transparent information at the right time according to draft guidance for travel agents, tour operators and price comparison websites published today for consultation by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The joint guidance… Read the full press release

Florida Tourism Industry on Pace for Another Record Year

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – 2012-11-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — According to preliminary estimates* released today by VISIT FLORIDA – the state’s official tourism marketing corporation – 21.9 million visitors came to Florida in the third quarter of 2012 (July-September), an increase of 3.5 percent over the same period in 2011. Direct travel-related employment in Florida also rose 1.5… Read the full press release

ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS APPOINTS JOHN M. SCOTT AS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

2012-11-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. www.orient-express.com today announced that it has appointed John M. Scott III as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director. Mr. Scott, 47, is an experienced operator of luxury hotels who previously served as President and CEO of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, where he oversaw a portfolio of 17… Read the full press release

ABTA Research Shows Popularity of Mobile Devices for Online Bookings

2012-11-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — When it comes to booking holidays online many people are using their mobile devices to book, according to the latest research* from ABTA. When asked what device they used when booking a holiday online in the last twelve months (either through a travel agent, tour operator, bookings engine or direct), nearly a… Read the full press release

Newquay Cornwall Airport, NEWMARKET “DELIGHTED” WITH ANOTHER AWARD WIN!

2012-11-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — Surrey operator picks up ‘Best Tour Operator to Italy’ at BTAs Surrey-based tour operator Newmarket Holidays was “absolutely delighted” after following up 2011’s ‘Best Coach Operator’ win by picking up the ‘Best Tour Operator to Italy’ accolade at this week’s British Travel Awards in London. Speaking immediately after the award of the… Read the full press release

PREMIER HOLIDAYS WIN AT THE BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS 2012

PREMIER HOLIDAYS WIN AT THE BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS 2012

Premier Holidays has been named in the British Travel Awards 2012 as the winner of Best Medium Tour Operator for South East Asia 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Premier Holidays has been named in the British Travel Awards 2012 as the winner of Best Medium Tour Operator for South East Asia. The announcement was made on 1 November… Read the full press release

EnglandExpert.com – Making England the Specialist Subject of Choice

VisitEngland’s New Online Training Scheme Sees 100 sign-ups in its First Week 2012-11-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Earlier this month at the ABTA Convention 2012, VisitEngland demonstrated its commitment to the travel trade by launching a new, comprehensive strategy aimed at inspiring and supporting travel agents and operators to sell more English holidays than ever before. Fundamental… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Industry to Add Nearly 100,000 Jobs By 2013

Domestic Leisure Travel to Increase to Record High for 2013 Washington, D.C., 2012-11-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today projected increases in leisure, business and international inbound travel next year will enable the industry to add 98,800 American jobs by the end of 2013. Leisure travel is expected to rise 1.2 percent, business travel… Read the full press release

BidTravel Group and Travelport reach new strategic partnership agreement

Johannesburg, South Africa, 2012-11-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Africa’s largest travel group, BidTravel, has signed a new, strategic agreement with Travelport which will see its franchise businesses in Southern Africa continue to have access to the Galileo GDS platform as well as other extensive industry-leading technology emanating from the Travelport stable. BidTravel, which operates leading travel management company… Read the full press release

Custom Travel Solutions Designates Travelport as Primary Technology Partner

Atlanta, 2012-10-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announces the details of a new long term agreement with Calgary-based Custom Travel Solutions, and the Associate member of the TSI Travel Network for Canada.   Through the agreement, Custom Travel Solutions has appointed Travelport as its primary technology provider for the… Read the full press release

Kane Pirie, CEO of Travel Republic, Steps Down from ABTA Board

2012-10-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — ABTA – The Travel Association today announced that Kane Pirie, CEO of Travel Republic, has stepped down from the ABTA Board of Directors. Kane joined the ABTA Board in October 2010 as an appointed (non-elected) Director. John McEwan, ABTA Chairman, said: “Kane has been a highly effective and well respected member of… Read the full press release

Travelport signs long term agreement with eTravel

Johannesburg, South Africa, 2012-10-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, announces that is has signed a new, five-year agreement with eTravel, one of the largest and most respected travel consortiums in South Africa. The new agreement, which takes immediate effect, will see the eTravel group continue to use Travelport’s technology. “The… Read the full press release

Accor supports the planting of cherry trees in memory of the victims of the Japan tsunami

Accor has taken part in the Jakko no-mori* project, initiated by Tristan Lecomte, Founder of  Pur Projet and ambassador for Accor’s PLANET 21 sustainable development program. 2012-10-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — This initiative, which includes six others partners, aims to finance a wide reforestation project following the devastating tsunami that hit eastern Japan in 2011. Its purpose is… Read the full press release

Travelzoo Announces Preliminary Financial Results and Growth Plans

NEW YORK, 2012-10-15 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global Internet media company, today announced certain preliminary financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012 and announced that the Company is in negotiations to acquire a hotel booking website. Travelzoo expects to report revenues in the range of $35.0 million to $35.5 million for… Read the full press release

GBTA and Egencia® Study Shows Travel Professionals Gaining Control of Travel Policies in Europe

Report Ranks Top 10 Most Important Factors in Defining Policy  Alexandria, Va., Bellevue, Wash., Paris, London, Munich, 2012-10-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travel professionals are playing an increasingly large and influential role in shaping and controlling business travel policy, aided by online booking tools and fueled by a growing focus on cost-saving efforts, according to a new… Read the full press release

Croatia to Host 2013 Travel Convention

2012-10-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — ABTA today announces that Croatia is to host next year’s Travel Convention in the historic coastal town of Dubrovnik, from 21-23 October 2013. This will be the first time the Travel Convention has been held in Croatia. In the last 12 months Croatia has seen a substantial 22% rise in UK visitor… Read the full press release

Travelport adds to UK & Ireland team

Appointments reflect key areas of strategic focus Langley, 2012-10-9 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has announced several new additions to its UK & Ireland team in a move that will further enhance the services it offers to its travel agent, Online Travel Agent and Tour Operator customers. Jasmeen… Read the full press release

ABTA Welcomes 35 New Members from July to September

2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — ABTA welcomed the following 35 new Members into the Association from July to September 2012, five trading as retailers, 29 as principals and one in both classes of membership. Once Upon a Dream Ltd, Retailer,  ABTA number P5017 joined 2/7/12 Debbie’s Villas Ltd, Principal, ABTA number Y5238, joined 2/7/12 321 Dive Ltd,… Read the full press release

GBTA and Egencia® Study Shows Travel Professionals Gaining Control of Travel Policies in Asia Pacific Region

Report Ranks Top 10 Most Important Factors in Defining Policy Alexandria, VA and Bellevue, WA – 2012-10-3 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travel professionals are playing an increasingly large and influential role in shaping and controlling business travel policy, aided by online booking tools and fueled by a growing focus on cost-saving efforts, according to a new report… Read the full press release

The 18th World Route Development Forum Opens today in Abu Dhabi

The 18th World Route Development Forum Opens today in Abu Dhabi

Over 2,800 senior professionals from airlines and airports around the world visit Abu Dhabi to establish strategic partnerships Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today the 18th World Route Development Forum, one of the largest international civil aviation industry events worldwide, opened in Abu Dhabi. Hosted by Abu Dhabi Airports Company, the 18th World… Read the full press release

ebookers commits to Travelport in France

Migration of www.ebookers.fr successfully completed Langley, 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has announced the successful migration of ebookers, a leading pan-European online travel agency, to their search and shopping product in France.  As a result,  ebookers customers using the French website now have access to the vast array… Read the full press release

Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai Signed the First Cooperative Agreement in Tourism

First “Cooperative Agreement in Tourism among Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai” signed in Shenzhen

2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) had a meeting and signed the first cooperative agreement in tourism among the four places with Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong (TICHK), Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Culture, Sport and Tourism and Zhuhai Municipal Bureau of Culture, Sports and Tourism together this… Read the full press release