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

Chengdu Will Host PATA Travel Mart 2013

Bangkok ,2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) announced that PATA Travel Mart 2013 (PTM2013) and PATA Board Meeting will be hosted by the City of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China in September 2013, at its PATA’s Executive Board Meeting on July 28, at the Hotel ICON, in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Mr Martin J Craigs, PATA CEO,… Read the full press release

Airports Going Green Agenda Announced — Register Today

CHICAGO, 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Don’t miss the fifth annual Airports Going Green conference in Chicago this fall! The conference will be held Nov. 4-7, 2012 at the Westin River North Hotel in Chicago. Register today at www.airportsgoinggreen.org  and take a look at the exciting, informative agenda below. Airports Going Green is the aviation industry’s leading sustainability forum and will offer the opportunity to hear about sustainability… Read the full press release

Five Star Carrier’s Specially Designed Iftar Boxes And Carefully Selected Meal Options Offer Passengers A New Gastronomical Experience This Ramadan

Doha, QATAR, 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Qatar Airways will bring a taste of Qatari hospitality to the skies by offering guests who are fasting with a specially designed Iftar box. The box consists of traditional and local gastronomical delights traditionally associated with breaking of the fast. Qatar Airways Iftar Boxes In… Read the full press release

Marriott’s Select Service and Extended Stay Brands Celebrate Their Superstars

2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International’s select service and extended stay brands; Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott and TownePlace Suites by Marriott gathered in Washington, D.C. last week to recognize and honor 26 of its top general managers. Coming as far as China and Russia, the… Read the full press release

Hilton New Delhi-Noida-Mayur Vihar Launches ‘Pizza Academy’ at Infinity the All Day Dining Restaurant

Learn the Tricks of Preparing Authentic Italian Pizzas from Executive Chef Theodor Rudifieria NEW DELHI, 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton New Delhi-Noida-Mayur Vihar has introduced a unique opportunity to learn how to prepare authentic Italian pizzas under the direction of Executive Chef Theodor Rudifieria, at the spacious open kitchen of Infinity, the all-day dining restaurant at the hotel…. Read the full press release

Hilton Aberdeen Treetops Announces £425K Summer Spruce-up

ABERDEEN, U.K., 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Aberdeen Treetops today announced it will undergo a £425,000 refurbishment programme, expected to be completed by autumn 2012. The hotel will remain in operation throughout the works. Hilton Aberdeen Treetops located on Springfield Road will receive a complete overhaul of its bedroom corridors. 30 bedrooms including eight of the property’s deluxe… Read the full press release

Star Alliance builds new lounge at Los Angeles’ upgraded Tom Bradley International Terminal

Air New Zealand to Lead the Project / Lounge to Open in May 2013 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Star Alliance member carrier Air New Zealand has been selected to design and manage the Alliance’s new lounge at Los Angeles International Airport. The creation of this facility has been made possible by the US$ 1.7 billion redevelopment… Read the full press release

Abu Dhabi International Airport Welcomes over Seven Million Passengers in First Half of 2012

Airport sees 22.8% increase in the first six months compared to same period in 2011 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,  2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced today that Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed 7,050,646 passengers during the first half of 2012, a significant increase of 22.8% compared to the same period in… Read the full press release

Cozmo Travels becomes first Middle East travel agency to sign up for Travelport Universal Desktop™

Dubai, United Arab Emirates,  2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has today announced a new agreement with Cozmo Travels, a leading travel management company in the Middle East, which has seen comprehensive testing of Travelport’s ground-breaking Universal Desktop begin at the agency this month. With operations across… Read the full press release

Heathrow Airport: Games media update – Monday 30 July

2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — A busy day at the airport with 229,644 passengers expected in the terminals – 111, 299 of which are arrivals. Around 560 members of the Games Family* are expected to arrive at Heathrow today, with a further 180 departing A busy day at the airport with 229,644 passengers expected in the terminals… Read the full press release

Neues Konzept Nach Der Sommerpause: Brasserie Des Hilton Mainz Jetzt Als Veranstaltungs-Location Buchbar

MAINZ/MÜNCHEN, Germany 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Neue Ausrichtung, neues Konzept: Die Brasserie des Hilton Mainz steht für köstliche Speisen und Weine lokaler Anbieter. Doch künftig wird das Restaurant mit dem atemberaubenden Rhein-Blick exklusiv für Mainzer und Mainz-Besucher als Veranstaltungs-Location buchbar sein. Ob für kleinere Gruppen oder private Feiern mit bis zu 120 Personen – mit dieser… Read the full press release

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre Managed By Hilton Offers Special Wi-Fi Services To Its Visitors

DEAD SEA, 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Middle East’s biggest convention center is adding to its extensive range of guest services by introducing complimentary Wi-Fi to its 26 halls across three floors. King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center‘s visitors can now stay connected during their time at the convention center enjoying free Wi-Fi access on their mobile… Read the full press release

Pool Party at Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

VENICE, 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Hilton Molino Stucky Venice will be hosting an exclusive pool party on Saturday 28th July, to celebrate the summer season. The party will take place at Rooftop Pool, located on the 8th floor of Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, offering stunning views over Venice, including the Giudecca Canal and the Venetian Lagoon. Guests will… Read the full press release

Amazing Race Australia Comes to Alberta – A Race to the Canadian Rocky Mountains

Sydney, AU, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Seven Network’s The Amazing Race Australia has announced its next leg on Canadian soil: Alberta, Canada. After wrapping up episode 9 in Vancouver, British Columbia, new challenges and drama await in the Western Canadian province of Alberta. Promotions for the Alberta episode share glimpses of a Rocky Mountain winter wonderland… Read the full press release

Governor Corbett Tours Point State Park, Concludes Kayak Tour

Pittsburgh, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Governor Tom Corbett today toured Point State Park in Pittsburgh, concluding his three-day kayak tour through western Pennsylvania to promote Pennsylvania’s vast natural resources. Accompanied by First Lady Susan Corbett, the Governor toured the Pittsburgh state park to which he shares a personal connection. A long-time resident of Pittsburgh, Corbett’s father moved… Read the full press release

Cranberry cocktails and pie sliders: Thanksgiving at 45 Park Lane

Celebrate Thanksgiving this year with true American flavours at 45 Park Lane 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Located in Dorchester Collection’s new Mayfair hotel, Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane will be offering customers the chance to celebrate in true American style with a quintessential Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey with all the trimmings, a cranberry and… Read the full press release

Governor Corbett Tours Johnstown’s Whitewater Park, Discusses the Importance of Supporting Pennsylvania’s Natural Resources

Johnstown, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Governor Tom Corbett, joined by First Lady Susan Corbett, today visited Whitewater Park in Johnstown during his three-day kayak tour through western Pennsylvania to promote our vast natural resources and array of recreational opportunities. “It’s an amazing thing to look at this place, a stretch of pure whitewater coursing down a river… Read the full press release

South West’s Swiss link to continue into 2013

 Helvetic Airways confirms commitment to Bristol-Zurich service 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Helvetic Airways has confirmed its continued commitment to the South West and Wales by announcing its schedule of flights from Bristol Airport to Zurich for winter 2012/13. The three-times weekly service to the Swiss financial centre has operated since December 2011, and has proved popular… Read the full press release

Governor Corbett Tours Western Pennsylvania on Three-Day Kayak Trip

Tidioute, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Governor Tom Corbett today began a three-day kayak tour through Western Pennsylvania to promote Pennsylvania’s vast natural resources and array of recreational opportunities. Gov. Corbett will be joined on the water by First Lady Susan Corbett and representatives of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Department of Environmental… Read the full press release

President Bill Clinton Speaks at Final Day of 2012 GBTA Convention

Successful Convention Concluded with Record Breaking Attendance and Travel Industry Leaders Discussing Radical Ideas for Innovative Business Practices Boston, MA, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the 42nd President of the United States spoke as the final keynote speaker at the annual 2012 GBTA Convention in Boston. The… Read the full press release

Hit the slopes this winter with Eurostar

Eurostar’s direct ski services open for sale on Monday 31 July 2012 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Eurostar’s popular direct ski services from St Pancras International and Ashford International to the heart of the French Alps, will open for sale at 9am on Monday 31 July 2012. The direct day and night services carry ski and snowboarding… Read the full press release

PATA Launches The PATA Hong Kong Chapter

Bangkok, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the launch of the new PATA Hong Kong Chapter on July 27, 2012 at the Hotel ICON, in Kowloon, Hong Kong on the eve of its Executive Board meeting. Eng João Manuel Costa Antunes, PATA Chairman said: “The PATA family is very… Read the full press release

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Announces First Hotel in Vietnam, with Development of The Ritz-Carlton, Saigon

HONG KONG, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., the leader in luxury hospitality, has announced the brand’s first hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), marking another step in the group’s expansion in Asia. The Ritz-Carlton, Saigon is owned by the Bitexco Group, one of Vietnam’s most prestigious property developers. The 250-room hotel… Read the full press release

Forbes: Houston the Coolest City to Live in the U.S.

2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The writers at Forbes get what makes a city cool. It’s the interesting people and quirky places, innovative arts groups and multiculturalism. And, oh yes, a vibrant economy. So when the writers set out to select the coolest city to live in the U.S., it was clear Houston had this one in the… Read the full press release

Qunar teams up with Lonely Planet to launch “Vote China’s Best Hotels” Campaign

Beijing, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qunar.com, the world’s most popular Chinese travel website, announced today that it is collaborating with Lonely Planet to launch a “Vote China’s Best Hotels” Campaign. Qunar, partnering with Lonely Planet travel experts, will develop hotel rankings aimed to promote a consumer-driven hotel review standard in China. Each ranking will be based on… Read the full press release

EXOTIC CAR COLLECTION BY ENTERPRISE EXPANDS LUXURY CAR RENTAL TO LAX

Premium Selection and Unparalleled Customer Service offered in Various Locations LOS ANGELES – 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the newest location to offer the Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise. The Collection, available in select cities throughout the United States, offers more than 50 makes and models of fully loaded luxury and high-performance… Read the full press release

The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Brazil presents Meliá Hotels International with the “Sustainability Award 2012”

The hotel company receives the award in the “Contributions to Improvement in Corporate Development” category Palma de Mallorca, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Brazil hosted the third edition of its Sustainability Awards for Spanish companies operating in Brazil that have carried out the best social or environmental protection projects. Meliá… Read the full press release

Meliá Hotels International welcomes launch of standardised approach to carbon measurement

Palma de Mallorca, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Meliá Hotels International has announced the adoption of the system recently standardized by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) for calculating its carbon footprint. From now on, the company will also adopt the HCMI 1.0 methodology to measure and report carbon emissions in… Read the full press release