MELIÁ NET PROFITS UP BY 24% , EXCEEDING THE MARKET EXPECTATIONS

• RevPAR maintains a positive trend, increasing by 8.5% -practically explained by price increases- and with further margin for improvement • Meliá.com increased its revenues by 34.3% • The globalisation of the company –already representing 80% of the Operating Profit- allows international growth to offset weak demand in Spain • The evolution of the main… Read the full press release

Brand USA Launches New Submission Site

LONDON, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — (Brand USA UK) — Brand USA, the new tourism marketing body for the United States of America, has announced the launch of a website dedicated to television programme idea submissions. TV.thebrandusa.co.uk has been built specifically to accept confidential television ideas from production partners. In September, a shortlist will be put before… Read the full press release

TRIO-WIN FOR DORCHESTER COLLECTION’S UK HOTELS IN WINE SPECTATOR’S 2012 RESTAURANT WINE LIST AWARDS

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Three restaurants within Dorchester Collection’s UK properties, The Dorchester, Coworth Park in Ascot and London’s latest, 45 Park Lane, have been acknowledged within Wine Spectator’s 2012 Restaurant Wine List Awards for their notable lists. Wine Spectator’s esteemed awards programme honours 3,795 restaurants every year, across more than 70 countries, for their top-quality… Read the full press release

PATA Promotes Mam Chotipantawanon

Bangkok, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has announced the promotion of Ms “Mam” Puangthip Chotipantawanon as Director of Operations effective August 1 reporting to Chief Operating Officer Ms Sheila Leong. Mam is responsible for operations across all departments to provide an association-wide support structure to actively and regularly engage with members;… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide’s UK Hotels Awarded Carbon Saver Gold Standard

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

Travel Industry Outpaces Rest of Economy in Employment Recovery

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

Amadeus publishes first half results for 2012

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

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

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

Nominations open for UNWTO Ulysses and Lifetime Achievement Awards

Madrid, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Nominations are open for the 2012 UNWTO Awards, recognizing exceptional leaders in the tourism community, as well as the most innovative tourism initiatives. Since 2003, the UNWTO Ulysses Prize and Awards have honored those individuals and tourism initiatives that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of tourism through knowledge creation… Read the full press release

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

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

Slowing Passenger Growth Trend Continues – Cargo Markets Remain Weak

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

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

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

Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! Free Admission to Museums in Arkansas

Free Tickets from Coast to Coast Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! Tickets Now Available for Download New York, NY, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The best free ticket in town is just a click away – starting today, museum-goers can head to smithsonian.com/museumdaylive to download tickets for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! Tickets grant free admission for two people per… Read the full press release

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Sets New June Passenger Record

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

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

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

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

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

Hilton Colon Quito Named Sustainable Tourism Certification by Smart Voyager

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

Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona colabora con asociaciones locales para ofrecer empleo a personas con discapacidad

BARCELONA, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — En los tiempos que corren, hay un colectivo quesufre especialmente la difícil situación del mercado laboral: las personas con alguna discapacidad. Afortunadamente, hay iniciativas que reivindican el valor añadido que estas personas aportan a sus puestos de trabajo, sea cual sea el sector. En el ámbito de la hostelería, el equipo… Read the full press release

Enjoy The Taste Of Summer At Hilton Milan With The New Cocktail ‘That’s Milano’

The young bar tender Lieta Vecchiato, aged 27, was inspired by the classical milanese liquors MILAN, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Milan has introduced a new cocktail, ‘That’s Milano’, especially for summer which evokes the tastes of the Lombardy city. It has been created by the young bar tender of the hotel’s Cosmopolitan Bar, Lieta Vecchiato, aged 27…. Read the full press release

Honey I Shrunk The Haggis!!

Scotland’s Most Famous Dish is as Cute as a Cupcake WEST LOTHIAN, Scotland, U.K., 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — With thousands of international visitors expected to descend upon Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Hilton Edinburgh Airport gets set to welcome guests from across the world with Scotland’s national dish in cupcake form. Specially created by the hotel’s sous chef… Read the full press release

The Great Parliamentary Summer Getaway

“Half Going Abroad with half holidaying at home” 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The third ABTA annual MP Holiday survey reveals today that all of the MPs and Peers who responded will be taking a summer holiday this year with half joining the Prime Minister and his Deputy in going overseas.  David Cameron and Nick Clegg will… Read the full press release

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Enjoys Busy 2012 Awards Season, Honored with Four Prestigious Awards

DESTIN, Fla., 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Northwest Florida’s Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has enjoyed an eventful 2012 awards season, garnering a number of prestigious awards from national industry trade publications. The resort’s recent awards include the Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings, the Greens of Distinction and Award of Excellence from Corporate & Incentive Travel, and the Best… Read the full press release

agoda.com’s Independence Day SALE – save on Bali, Jakarta and more!

2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced fantastic deals to celebrate Indonesia’s biggest holiday. Independence Day falls on a Friday this year, right before Hari Raya, giving Indonesians an extra long weekend to take a break. Offering huge savings on Indonesian resorts and… Read the full press release

PATA: International arrivals increase in April but growth rate slows

BANGKOK, 2012-07-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Collective international arrivals into Asia Pacific1 destinations grew by 4% year-on-year during April 2012, according to preliminary data released today by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). In percentage growth terms, this result was relatively constrained across the region compared to the robust expansion achieved during the first quarter of the year…. Read the full press release

LOT wykona dodatkowe czartery do Egiptu

Warszawa, 2012-07-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT wykonają dzisiaj dwa rejsy czarterowe do Egiptu do miejscowości Sharm El Sheikh. Dodatkowe czartery zabiorą na pokład pasażerów przewoźnika OLT Express Poland, który wczoraj wieczorem zawiesił swoją działalność czarterową. LOT wykona jeden rejs z lotniska Chopina w Warszawie do Sharm El Sheikh o godz. 11.00 (rejs LO… Read the full press release

Iconic Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre Completes $18 Million Transformation

DALLAS, Texas, 2012-07-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre has recently completed a full transformation project consisting of the entire lobby, guest rooms, Lincoln ballroom and Lakeview room. All renovations were complete on July 1. The renovation is part of a larger scope of major projects by individual hotels above standard annual capital expenditures across the global… Read the full press release

Third Tower Construction Begins at Marriott’s Grand Chateau in Las Vegas

2012-07-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott Vacation Club announces the start of construction on the third tower at Marriott’s Grand Chateau, located at 75 East Harmon Avenue just off the world famous Las Vegas Strip. Maintaining the design inspiration of Southern France from the existing two towers, the 37-story, third tower will add 223 one-, two- and three-bedroom… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide to launch new MICE campaign in Asia Pacific to give away 7 million Hilton HHonors points

‘FROM MICE TO MILLIONS’ kicks-off this August in more than 90 regional hotels and resorts SINGAPORE, 2012-07-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide today announced that it will launch a new meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) campaign in Asia Pacific – ‘FROM MICE TO MILLIONS’ – where regional bookers take part in a challenge for a chance to… Read the full press release

May 2012: the nuts and bolts of travel to Canada

Almost a million Americans crossed their northern border: just one of the stellar stats from CTC’s key international markets in the latest CTC Tourism Snapshot 2012-07-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — It was the merry month of May for international travel to Canada. With 1.4 million visitors from around the world—up 2% on 2011—coming to Canada, the latest fact-packed Tourism Snapshot by… Read the full press release

GBTA Announces New Board of Directors at the GBTA Convention

Boston, MA, 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – revealed the results of its annual Board of Directors elections at the 2012 GBTA Convention in Boston. Michelle (Mick) Lee, managing director, head of Global Travel, Citigroup; Bhart A. Sarin, CCTE, C.P.M., Global Procurement—Travel and… Read the full press release