Rezidor Hotel Group AB to evaluate HNA Tourism Group Co, Ltd.’s public offer to acquire all shares in Rezidor

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2016-Dec-23 — /Travel PR News/ — HNA  Tourism Group Co, Ltd. (“HNA”) has yesterday announced a mandatory public offer  to the shareholders in Rezidor Hotel Group AB (publ) (“Rezidor”) to acquire all  shares in Rezidor for a cash consideration of SEK 34.86  per share (the “Offer”). HNA owns, directly  and indirectly, 51.3% of all… Read the full press release

The Rezidor Hotel Group to exit six hotel contracts under Full Repairing and Insuring lease in UK

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2016-Dec-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The Rezidor Hotel Group will strategically exit six hotel contracts under Full Repairing and Insuring lease in the UK in 2017. The hotels are located in regional markets and have been unprofitable for Rezidor due primarily to above-market rental level of the leases. As part of the exit,… Read the full press release

2nd Radisson Blu in Gran Canaria: The five star Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Gran Canaria Mogan now open

Brussels/Madrid, 2016-Dec-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The five star Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Gran Canaria Mogan is now open. Located just one kilometer from the center of Puerto de Mogan – also known as “Little Venice” due to its charming canals reminiscent of those found in Venice, Italy – the resort offers stylish and… Read the full press release

Bristol Airport implements BlipTrack passenger queue and flow management solution from Denmark-based BLIP Systems

BRISTOL, England, 2016-Dec-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Bristol Airport, one of UK´s fastest growing airports, is implementing a queue and flow management solution from Denmark-based BLIP Systems to help enhance the passenger experience and improve operational efficiency. The solution, called BlipTrack, measures passenger flow and dwell times, which enables the airport to understand how travellers… Read the full press release

SAS appoints Mats O. Eklund as VP and responsible for SAS Commercial IT & Digital Development

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2016-Dec-23 — /Travel PR News/ — SAS, already a digital leader in Scandinavia, is taking the next step by building a new IT & Digital Innovation Organization. As a vital part in the new organization Mats O. Eklund has been appointed as Vice President and responsible for SAS Commercial IT & Digital Development. – I… Read the full press release

Gatwick Airport to move its three major airlines in January as part of its strategic transformation programme

easyJet to move to the North Terminal from 24 January British Airways and Virgin Atlantic switch terminals from 25 January The transition has been planned for two years – Gatwick is ready  LONDON, 2016-Dec-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Three of Gatwick’s major carriers will move terminals in January. British Airways will move to the South… Read the full press release

Gatwick Airport announces the appointment of Stephen King as Head of Airline Relations

New Head of Airline Relations Stephen King is responsible for developing Gatwick’s existing airline relationships to their full potential and growing the airport’s carrier base – the airport already flies to 200 destinations in 80 countries Previous experience at Virgin Atlantic heading up the airline’s Asia Pacific team based in Hong Kong and also General… Read the full press release

O’Hare International Airport expands and enhances efficiency of its cargo operations with the opening of O’Hare Northeast Cargo Center

CHICAGO, 2016-Dec-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Ginger S. Evans, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and Erin Gruver of Aeroterm, LLC today to announce the opening of the first phase of the O’Hare Northeast Cargo Center, a more than $220 million development project at O’Hare International Airport that expands… Read the full press release

CDA expects more than 4.5 million passengers for Christmas and New Year holiday travel period

CHICAGO, 2016-Dec-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) expects more than 4.5 million passengers to travel through O’Hare and Midway International Airports for the Christmas and New Year holiday travel period beginning Tuesday, December 20 through Friday, January 6, 2016. Airlines anticipate an increase in passenger volume at both airports over… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways with Hasbro launches new range of plush toys, children’s activity kits and in-flight lunch boxes

New keepsake branded plush toys, activity kits and lunch boxes launched on board DOHA, Qatar, 2016-Dec-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways, in partnership with Hasbro Inc. has updated its range of plush toys, children’s activity kits and in-flight lunch boxes designed to entertain and delight the global airline’s youngest travellers. Plush infant toys Elefun… Read the full press release

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announces its 2016/2017 IncentOvate Program grant recipients

Competitive Grants Totaling $550,000 Awarded to Eight Cultural Projects in Chicag CHICAGO, 2016-Dec-21 — /Travel PR News/ — The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce its 2016/2017 IncentOvate Program grant recipients: the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Media, Illinois Humanities, the Museum of Contemporary Art… Read the full press release

Wyndham Worldwide marks its highest rating in the HACR Corporate Inclusion Index

Global hospitality company consistently recognized for demonstrating leadership and commitment to equality PARSIPPANY, N.J., 2016-Dec-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN) has been recognized by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) for the Company’s efforts to include Hispanics in employment, procurement, philanthropy and governance. Attaining a score of 90, this year marks… Read the full press release

Hyatt Place opens its second hotel in London — Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport

CHICAGO, 2016-Dec-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport opens today, marking the second Hyatt Place hotel in London and the fifth Hyatt branded hotel in the United Kingdom. The hotel is managed by Cycas Hospitality under a franchise agreement with M+L Hospitality. The 358-room hotel joins four Hyatt Place hotels in Europe,… Read the full press release

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announces the opening of Andaz Delhi

Hyatt Announces Opening of Andaz Delhi in Aerocity CHICAGO, 2016-Dec-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the opening of Andaz Delhi, marking the Andaz brand’s first hotel in India and 16th worldwide. Represented in world-class cities like London, New York, Tokyo and Shanghai, Hyatt’s luxury lifestyle brand celebrates local culture… Read the full press release

British Airways rolls out TV ad campaign to promote their biggest sale of the year

LONDON, 2016-Dec-20 — /Travel PR News/ — British Airways is launching a major marketing campaign, headlined by the airline’s first new BA Holidays television advertising campaign in four years, to promote their biggest sale of the year. The sale begins on December 20 and runs until January 31 with huge discounts on flights and holidays to… Read the full press release

IATA and ICTS Europe Systems Limited (ICTS) settled their dispute

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2016-Dec-20 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and ICTS Europe Systems Limited (ICTS) have settled their dispute concerning use by ICTS of IATA’s Timatic database and the Travel Information Manual (TIM). The publication of travel documentation requirements for the benefit of the global air travel industry is one… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways awarded three honours by Global Traveller magazine

Readers of Global Traveller continue to choose Qatar Airways as the Best Airline for International First Class, Best First-Class Seat Design and Best Airline in the Middle East LOS ANGELES, CA, 2016-Dec-20 — /Travel PR News/ — In a magnificent reception held by Global Traveller magazine, Qatar Airways was awarded three honours: Best Airline for International… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways receives industry award for exceptional on-board catering innovation from the Mercurys Awards

The airline was presented with the prestigious industry award for exceptional on-board catering innovation DOHA, Qatar, 2016-Dec-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways has been awarded Best Premium Service Concept 2016 for exceptional on-board catering innovation from the Mercurys Awards. The accolade was presented to the airline during a ceremony held at the Shangri-La Abu… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways rolls out innovative features to its mobile functionality

Passengers can now track baggage, manage their booking and manage stages of their journey through “My Trips” and relevant push notification DOHA, Qatar, 2016-Dec-20 — /Travel PR News/ — In keeping up with passenger need for continuous engagement during their pre- and post-flight experience at their fingertips, Qatar Airways has rolled out innovative features to its… Read the full press release

Royal Caribbean’s SVP of Sales and Trade Support and Service Receives Michelle Morgan Leadership Award

Royal Caribbean’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Trade Support and Service Receives Prestigious Michelle Morgan Leadership Award MIAMI, 2016-Dec-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Culminating a successful year for Royal Caribbean International, Vicki Freed, senior vice president of Sales and Trade Support and Service for the cruise line, is the recipient of the beloved… Read the full press release

Four Seasons strengthens presence in Southeast Asia with the announcement of Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Four Seasons strengthens presence in Southeast Asia with first urban property in Malaysia Toronto, Canada, 2016-Dec-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, and Venus Assets Sdn Bhd (“Venus”), an internationally renowned property developer, today announced plans for Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, set to open in… Read the full press release

Oman Air Cargo recognized the achievements of its partners and presented future development plans at its first Oman Air Cargo Awards

Muscat, Oman, 2016-Dec-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Oman Air Cargo, one of the leading national air cargo carriers in the region, held its first Oman Air Cargo Awards, on December 14th 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Muscat. The event was to recognize outstanding achievements among the cargo division’s local agencies, and to highlight its… Read the full press release

The Lufthansa Group appoints Heike Birlenbach as the new SVP Sales Lufthansa Hub Airlines and CCO Hub Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany, 2016-Dec-19 — /Travel PR News/ — The Lufthansa Group has appointed Heike Birlenbach (50) as the new Senior Vice President Sales Lufthansa Hub Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Hub Frankfurt. She will succeed Jens Bischof, who has been appointed to the position of Managing Director of the airline SunExpress, effective 1 January 2017…. Read the full press release

Deutsche Lufthansa AG takes over 100% of SN Airholding; Brussels Airlines will continue to operate under the umbrella of Eurowings Group

Deutsche Lufthansa AG takes over 100 percent of SN Airholding Brussels Airlines to be fully integrated into the Lufthansa Group as of 2018 and joining the Eurowings Group Attractive home markets Belgium and Brussels and well-established Africa network will further strengthen the Lufthansa and Eurowings Group market position Advantageous cost-structure allowing Brussels Airlines to successfully… Read the full press release

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to let Transportation Network Companies operate at the passenger terminal

New Options Compliment Gateway’s ‘Just Plane Easy’ Services MESA, Ariz., 2016-Dec-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has revised its ground transportation rules and will allow Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s), such as Lyft and Uber, to operate at the passenger terminal.  With this announcement, passengers arriving at Gateway Airport can be picked up from… Read the full press release

Whistler Blackcomb recognizes partners across variety of channels, mediums and activations at its Fifth Annual Partner Marketing Awards

CORPORATE PARTNERS AWARDED FOR BEST ACTIVATIONS ON AND OFF THE MOUNTAINS WHISTLER, BC, 2016-Dec-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Monster Energy, Clif Bar, GORE-TEX® Products, GMC, GoPro, DC Shoes and Oakley were awarded top marks at Whistler Blackcomb’s Fifth Annual Partner Marketing Awards held on December 7, 2016. Categories included: Most Innovative Activation, Best Employee Engagement,… Read the full press release

Metrolink announces Holiday TrainFest and Toy Drive at Los Angeles Union Station on Dec. 17

Public invited to share holiday cheer at free event on Dec. 17 supporting Toys for Tots, featuring historic steam locomotive, rail car display and visit from Santa. LOS ANGELES, 2016-Dec-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Santa will trade in his sleigh and eight tiny reindeer for vintage rail cars and an 874,346-pound steam locomotive decked… Read the full press release

Expedia and Airlines Reporting Corporation release study of worldwide air travel trends: New Heights for Air Travel

Falling ticket prices and surging capacity yielding a bounty of flight options for today’s traveler BELLEVUE, Wash., 2016-Dec-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), in partnership with Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and other industry sources, today released a comprehensive study of worldwide air travel trends: New Heights for Air Travel. Expedia and… Read the full press release

Bombardier confirms its turnaround plan is on track

Targets EBIT growth before special items(1) of approximately 50%, to $530 million – $630 million Anticipates year-over-year free cash flow usage(1) improvement by approximately $400 million, to $750 million – $1.0 billion Expects low single digit revenue growth Affirms revised 2016 guidance and 2018-2020 financial objectives All amounts in this press release are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise… Read the full press release

Bombardier: CS300 and CS100 aircrafts now both approved by Transport Canada, EASA and the US FAA

Montréal, 2016-Dec-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that its CS300 airliner has been awarded its Type Validation by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This most recent approval means that both the CS300 aircraft and the smaller CS100 aircraft are now approved by Transport Canada, the European Aviation Safety Agency… Read the full press release