Macau is Elected a Council Member of World Tourism Cities Federation

Director João Manuel Costa Antunes signs the World Tourism Cities Federation “Beijing Declaration” on behalf of Macau SAR

2012-09-18 — / — The Inaugural Meeting of the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and the Beijing Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit are held under the theme “Better City Life through Tourism” in China National Convention Centre in Beijing during September 14 – 16, 2012. The Macau Special Administrative Region is elected a city member of the Council… Read the full press release

Pullman and Sofitel join Travelport’s ‘Lowest Public Rate’ Hotel Programme

Langley, UK, 2012-09-18 — / —Travelport has added two new participants to its Lowest Public Rate Programme that guarantees agents access to the lowest publicly available rate. Both Pullman and Sofitel Hotels are part of the Accor Hotel Group and bring more than 190 hotel properties to the programme. “Joining Travelport’s Lowest Public Rate Programme is… Read the full press release

New report urges travel industry to support the move to open systems to unlock innovation

New report authored by leading expert Professor Jim Norton explores the advantages and challenges when moving from closed to open systems Report highlights evolution of open source software and how it is being used by the world’s largest transaction processors from stock exchanges to travel IT   Madrid, Spain, 2012-09-17 — / — A new report… Read the full press release

Travelzoo CFO to Present at the Deutsche Bank’s dbAccess 2012 Technology Conference

NEW YORK, 2012-09-13 — / — Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global Internet media company, announced today that Glen Ceremony, chief financial officer, will present at the Deutsche Bank’s dbAccess 2012 Technology Conference. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. Attendance… Read the full press release

New offices in India, a powerful global campaign and experimenting with Twitter take the headlines in this bulletin.

2012-09-12 — / — No sooner does the ink dry on one round-up, then another torrent of global tourism news prompts another. That’s the pattern for CTC News as it sifts through the headlines to make sure the Canadian tourism industry keeps its finger on the global pulse. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s colleagues, partners, general sales agents and other… Read the full press release

Travel Exports Rise in July as Other Exports Fall

Travel Responsible for 12 Percent of U.S. Export Gains for 2012 Washington, D.C., 2012-09-11 — / — David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s Commerce Department announcement that travel exports were $13.7 billion for July: “The Commerce Department reported today that overall U.S. exports of goods and… Read the full press release

Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International Organize Thailand Visit for Travel Agents from Kolkata, India

In photos: The group of Indian travel agents at Nora Buri Resort & Spa, Ko Samui (top photo); and at Grande Centre Point Ratchdamri in Bangkok (bottom photo).

New Delhi, India, 2012-09-11 — / — The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) New Delhi office and Thai Airways International (Kolkata) jointly organized an Agents’ Educational Trip for Kolkata travel agents to visit Thailand from 07 to 12 August, 2012. The group of 10 agents enjoyed visiting and learning about tourism products in Surat Thani, Ko… Read the full press release

Travel Industry Continues to Put Americans Back to Work

Job Creation Outpaces Rest of Economy by Nearly 30 Percent Washington, D.C., 2012-09-07 — / — David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s August 2012 Labor Department report: “The U.S. travel industry continues to spur our nation’s economic recovery by putting Americans back to work, adding 7,000… Read the full press release


Syndey and the Great Barrier Reef from just £1,899 per person 2012-09-06 — / — Thinking of taking a trip down under but don’t know where to start? Check out leading independent tour operator Premier Holidays’ Australia packages, which are perfect for first time visitors to the destination. There is a package for everyone – from… Read the full press release

ABTA Warns Pilgrims to Avoid Unlicensed Travel Companies when Booking Hajj Trips

2012-09-05 — / — With 25,000 pilgrims estimated to be heading overseas to Saudi Arabia from the UK for Hajj which takes place between 24 & 29 October 2012, ABTA is warning all potential Hajj pilgrims about the dangers of booking with unlicensed travel companies, which every year sees individuals paying for travel arrangements that are… Read the full press release

Maldives holds fam trip for Indian market to boost the arrivals

2012-09-04 — / — Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation jointly with the industry partners organized a fam trip for Indian market from 5-12th August 2012. The fam group includes journalists from travel magazines, mainline publications, newspapers, fashion and lifestyle magazines from various cities in India. During the 6day fam trip, apart from the beauty of the… Read the full press release

Virginia Wins Award for Best State Travel Web Site

ercury Award winning website

Virginia Tourism Corporation wins Mercury Award at national conference RICHMOND, Va., 2012-09-04 — / — The Virginia Tourism Corporation received a singular honor last week from the National Council of State Tourism Directors when it received the Mercury Award for Best Travel Web Site among states. The award was presented last week at the annual United States Travel… Read the full press release

WTTC Launches 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Global “Call for Entries” Announced 2012-09-03 — / — The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is inviting tourism businesses, organisations, and destinations worldwide to apply for its prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Each year, the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise global leadership in sustainable tourism best practices. Due to its rigorous three-step judging process involving… Read the full press release

Brand USA to lead largest-ever delegation of senior U.S. travel representatives to India

Brand USA to lead largest-ever delegation of senior U.S. travel representatives to India India Mission Promotes Travel to the United States New Delhi, 2012-08-31 — / — Brand USA, the new tourism marketing entity responsible for promoting the United States to world visitors, has organized its first-ever travel mission from September 9 to September 14, 2012 in… Read the full press release

Delegates Urged to Book Accommodation Now For 2012 Travel Convention

“Latest Speaker Announced – Lady Cobham, Chairman of VisitEngland” 2012-08-31 — / — ABTA is reminding delegates not to delay booking their accommodation for the 2012 Travel Convention in Turkey. On Wednesday 5 September any unsold discounted accommodation at both the five star Cornelia and Susesi resorts will be released back onto general sale and with… Read the full press release

PATA: Asia Pacific Tourism Arrivals Grow in May, But Slowdown Continues

Bangkok, 2012-08-30 — / — International Visitor Arrivals into Asia Pacific1 destinations during May 2012 showed a collective gain of 3% year-on-year according to preliminary results released today by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). This was the second consecutive month with a declining growth rate and heralds the impact of the various economic contagions across the… Read the full press release

Tourism makes vital contribution to economy of Argentina says President

Buenos Aires, 2012-08-30 — / — The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, has underlined the importance of tourism as a sector able to “generate decent work and wealth across the entire country” on receiving the UNWTO/World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Tourism (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 28 August 2012). “The travel and tourism industry… Read the full press release

Florida Tourism Industry on Pace for Record Year

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., 2012-08-30 — / — According to preliminary estimates* released today by VISIT FLORIDA – the state’s official tourism marketing corporation – 22.1 million visitors came to Florida in the second quarter of 2012 (April-June), an increase of 1.3 percent over the same period in 2011. Direct travel-related employment in Florida also rose 1.1 percent to… Read the full press release

Award Ceremony of 23rd Macau International Fireworks Display Contest Photo and Student Drawing Competition

Group Photo of Guests and Winners of Photo and Drawing Competition

2012-08-30 — / — Macau International Fireworks Display Contest is organized by Macau Government Tourist Office. The Student Drawing Competition and Photo Competition are held annually in conjunction with Macau International Fireworks Display Contest. MGTO hosted the related award ceremony today (August 30) and awarded the prizes to the winners last year. The Ceremony of 23rd… Read the full press release

San Antonio’s Las Americas Summit Week Provides International Visitors with Leisure and Business Opportunities

SAN ANTONIO, TX, 2012-08-29 — / — The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau is positioning Las Americas Summit Week (November 15-23, 2012) as an ideal time for Mexico-based visitors to enjoy San Antonio’s great offerings while enhancing their business relationships through networking opportunities. Las Americas Summit Week is set to be an exciting time to… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association Honors Tourism Marketing Organizations with Awards at ESTO

Diane Shober Named 2012 State Tourism Director of the Year WASHINGTON, D.C., 2012-08-29 — / — Winners of the 2012 Mercury and Destiny awards, State Tourism Director of the Year and DMO Rising Star were announced during the U.S. Travel Association’s annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) conference held in Boston. Mercury and Destiny Awards… Read the full press release

Sabre Hospitality Solutions selected by New World Hotels to Launch Private Label Chain Code

New World Hotels offers special introductory offer to travel agents; 18 percent commission and complimentary internet access through December SOUTHLAKE, Texas, 2012-08-29 — / — Sabre Hospitality Solutions, a global technology company serving the hospitality industry, today announced that Hong Kong-based New World Hotels, managed by New World Hospitality has chosen Sabre Hospitality Solutions to launch its private… Read the full press release

First Joint Tourism Promotion Event of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau in India

Director João Manuel Costa Antunes made a courtesy visit to Chinese Ambassador to India, H.E. Zhang Yan

2012-08-29 — / — Macau Government Tourist Office, Hong Kong Tourism Board and Tourism Administration of Guangdong Province co-organized joint promotion activities in three Indian cities to promote Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau tourism as well as travel itineraries with multi stops among their local media and trade. The event is aimed at developing new visitor… Read the full press release celebrates the Singapore F1 in style: from USD 248 per night!

Aerial view on Singapore Flyer from Marina Bay Sands resort at night

2012-08-29 — / —, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced hard-to-find rooms in some of Singapore’s most stylish hotels for the F1 race weekend. The Singapore F1 is one of the nation’s most exciting and anticipated events. F1 enthusiasts from around the world converge on the… Read the full press release


Regent Street in London welcomes the world to celebrate the Summer games. Flags from all the participating countries were launched on Regent Street today. The Mile of Style and the surrounding streets display brightly coloured national flags to celebrate the sporting spectacular.

2012-08-28 — / — As Paralympic heroes get set to take the stage this week, new research from VisitBritain suggests that receiving a good welcome is likely to see visitors recommend travelling to the UK to others, with 80% of visitors feeling at least ‘very welcome’ in 2011. VisitBritain sponsored a question on the Civil Aviation Authority’s survey… Read the full press release


43% of population inspired to explore more of UK by exciting events of 2012 2012-08-28 — / — 3.6 million Brits (7% of the adult population) will make the most of the forthcoming August Bank Holiday weekend by taking an overnight holiday trip in the UK, with 2.8 million people (6%) taking that trip in England,… Read the full press release

Bath’s local economy to benefit from tourism funding

Bath’s local economy to benefit from tourism funding 2012-08-28 — / — The 3-Year tourism project, ‘Growing Tourism Locally’ will stimulate economic growth and jobs at a local level Bath’s destination marketing organisation, Bath Tourism Plus, (BTP) is set to invest an additional £1million into promoting Bath and North East Somerset over the next 3 years,… Read the full press release

Fall Festival Favorites in Virginia

The Suffolk Peanut Festival Width: 7" × Height: 5" Resolution: 300dpi Image Format: JPG Credit: City of Suffolk. Virginia Tourism Corporation. Description: The annual Suffolk Peanut Festival honors the city's agriculture herigal and devotion to peanuts.

Create new traditions this fall celebrating brilliant foliage, harvest, music, and arts in Virginia RICHMOND, Va., 2012-08-28 — / — Virginia is for Lovers is about love – pure and simple. It’s about spending time with those you love, doing the things you love to do on a great vacation. Visiting Virginia during the fall season is… Read the full press release

Hurricane Travel Trends

PULSE POLL: HURRICANE SEASON TRAVEL TRENDS TRAVEL TIP: KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE STORM EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS: TURNING A TROPICAL VACATION AROUND 2012-08-24 — / — Despite predictions of an above-normal hurricane season in 2012*, 63% of travelers polled still plan to travel to destinations within the hurricane belt during this time. Of those, 36% plan to… Read the full press release

Karma Royal Group Renews with RCI

Kettering, Northampton, U.K., 2012-08-24 — / — Karma Royal Group has signed a new affiliation agreement with RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange. The new agreement incorporates a master affiliation agreement that brings all member companies within the group and RCI together for an extended affiliation term. All the group’s timeshare properties across India, Bali,… Read the full press release