AAAE Reorganization Creates Government, Meetings/International Business Units To Better Focus On Core Member Needs

Alexandria, Va. — 2012-11-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) CEO Charles Barclay announced today that he is reorganizing AAAE to acknowledge the reality of its growth into significant, varied business lines to better serve the association’s members. The reorganization creates two new business lines, AAAE Gov and AAAE Meetings and International, and names… Read the full press release

FREE VISITBRITAIN IMAGES SITE LAUNCHED FOR PRESS

FREE VISITBRITAIN IMAGES SITE LAUNCHED FOR PRESS

2012-11-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — VisitBritain can today announce the re-launch of its free image library www.visitbritainimages.com where thousands of high quality inspiring images will be available for media and the travel industry.   Press and trade will have access to dedicated areas with a refreshed collection of 3,500 photos. These pages will showcase featured images and Press will… Read the full press release

Australian Tourism Directions Conference – Geoff Dixon Speech

Australian Tourism Directions Conference - Geoff Dixon Speech

Full story My thanks to Martin Ferguson for his leadership of our industry since 2007. 2012-11-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Along with his many achievements, he has been a passionate advocate for quality – in terms of the Australian product, service and, of course, our marketing. These sentiments align perfectly with where Tourism Australia sees the future…. Read the full press release

TAT Welcomes New Zealand Beauties 2012 with a Celebrity Marketing Strategy for upcoming Hi-Season

TAT Welcomes New Zealand Beauties 2012 with a Celebrity Marketing Strategy for upcoming Hi-Season

Bangkok, 2012-11-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Tourism Authority of Thailand’s executives welcomed the group of New Zealand Beauty Contestants 2012; Miss Talia Bennette (Miss Universe New Zealand), Miss Lauren Mann (the First Runner-Up and Miss Wellington), and Miss Jennifer Lambly (The Second Runner-Up and Miss Auckland) while theirvisiting Thailand during 19-25 October 2012. Mr. Suraphon said, “Celebrity… Read the full press release

ZDNet Covers Revinate

ZDNet Covers Revinate

2012-11-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Revinate received some nice press coverage today by Heather Clancy at ZDNet. The article focuses on how Revinate helps small hotels manage their online reputation and includes customer commentary from James Lim at Joie de Vivre, one of our first clients. Read the story at ZDNet. ###  

Liisa Sallinen appointed Airport Manager of Finavia’s Oulu Airport

2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Finavia has appointed Liisa Sallinen as the new Airport Manager at Oulun Airport, starting from 1 November. Sallinen moves to the position from within Finavia. She has previously worked as the Airport Manager at Kuusamo Airport. Sallinen also has considerable experience of developing and implementing airport services at Helsinki Airport. ”Liisa Sallinen has solid… Read the full press release

Marriott International Hosts Revolutionary ‘Lifestyle University’ Program in Bangkok

Renaissance Hotels & Autograph Collection Lead the Way as Company Inspires New Generation of Global Talent 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Sixteen participants representing eight countries and four Marriott International brands including JW Marriott Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels, and Courtyard by Marriott gathered for an exclusive program at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong in Thailand… Read the full press release

AH&LA PARTNERS WITH STR TO LAUNCH FOOD & BEVERAGE STAR BENCHMARK REPORT

Washington, 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and STR have joined forces to create the first Food & Beverage STAR Benchmark Report. Created by the AH&LA Food & Beverage Council to develop a standard language or metric that quantifies hotel F&B revenues, the report eventually will enable hoteliers to benchmark against… Read the full press release

Essential Travel – UK Industry First: No Helmet, No Insurance!

Essential Travel Announce Helmet Wearing Mandatory for Wintersport Insurance Cover 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Research by travel insurance specialist, Essential Travel, has revealed that 77% of skiers/snowboarders are now wearing helmets when they hit the slopes – a 15% increase since 2010 when the “Use Your Head”campaign was launched. The poll also confirmed that of these, 73%… Read the full press release

Jet Group Q2 FY13 operating profit up 355% YoY despite high fuel prices and depreciating rupee; yields up 34 % YoY and 11% QoQ

Editor’s Synopsis (Jet Airways and Jetlite combined): 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Q2 FY13 Total Revenue (combined) of Rs. 46,266 million or US $ 875.3 million up by 24.2%, EBITDAR of Rs.6,668 million or US $ 126.2 million for Q2 FY13 vs. Rs. 1,466 or US $ 29.9 million for same period last year, up by 355%… Read the full press release

WIZZ AIR ANNOUNCES 6TH ROMANIAN AIRPORT: CRAIOVA

CRAIOVA GETS LOW-FARES TO/FROM MILAN 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today announced it will start flying from Craiova to/from Milan Bergamo from 20th May 2013. Wizz Air’s newest Romanian low-fare route, which initially will operate twice weekly (Mondays and Friday), will carry over 30,000 passengers per… Read the full press release

Iberia y GMF AeroAsia firman un contrato para el mantenimiento de los componentes de aviones de Garuda Indonesia

Iberia mantendrá en exclusiva los componentes de la flota CRJ1000 de la compañía aérea Garuda Indonesia El contrato tendrá una duración de cinco años e incluye el acceso al pool de repuestos de Iberia Madrid, 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Richard Budihadianto, presidente y consejero delegado de GMF Aero Asia, la división de mantenimiento de la compañía aérea Garuda Indonesia,… Read the full press release

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES 767-ER300s TAKE TO THE AIR

Port-of-Spain, 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Caribbean Airlines, World Travel Awards winner ‘The Leading Caribbean Airline 2012’ – for the third year in a row, is pleased to announce that its wide-body 767-ER300 aircraft will begin operations between Piarco, Trinidad and Pearson International Airport, Toronto from Saturday 3rd, November 2012. The airline extends thanks to the Trinidad and… Read the full press release

Coworth Park Appoints Food And Beverage Manager

Coworth Park Appoints Food And Beverage Manager

2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dorchester Collection’s 70 room luxury country house hotel and spa, Coworth Park, has today announced the appointment of Andrew Dreverman as food and beverage manager, effective immediately. In his new role at Coworth Park, Dreverman will oversee all food and beverage outlets on the estate with responsibility for two restaurants and bars,… Read the full press release

Christchurch International Airport:AIRPORT STAFF ARE JUST PLANE HAPPY AT WORK

2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL) last night won the award for the New Zealand medium to large company which has most improved its staff engagement, as part of the 13th Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey. CIAL chief executive Jim Boult is delighted his staff are as happy to come to work as he… Read the full press release

Christophe Hilty New Hotel Manager For 45 Park Lane

Christophe Hilty New Hotel Manager For 45 Park Lane

London, 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dorchester Collection today announced the appointment of Christophe Hilty as hotel manager for its contemporary Mayfair hotel, 45 Park Lane, effective from January 2013. Reporting to Roland Fasel, general manager of The Dorchester and regional director UK, Christophe joins from his most recent position as director of hotel operations at One… Read the full press release

WTTC: Travel & Tourism still robust despite uncertain global economic picture

Growth in the global Travel & Tourism industry in 2012 will be broadly in line with expectations set at the beginning of the year 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — In an update of forecasts made at the beginning of the year, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) predicts growth for the Travel & Tourism globally of… Read the full press release

SAS releases preliminary Q3 result and information regarding its financial position

2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Following numerous rumors in Scandinavian media, SAS announces that it will report on 8 November 2012 a positive result for Q3 – with an EBT of 568 MSEK. Passenger revenue growth of 9% and unit cost reduction of 6% In a very difficult and competitive industry environment, the positive development in Q3… Read the full press release

Macau Government Tourist Office-Tourism incentive schemes aim to diversify source markets

Macau, with a unique blend of east and west cultures, is an ideal destination for wedding tourism

2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — To further enrich tourism products and source market profile, Macau Government Tourist Office will launch the “Wedding Incentive Scheme” as well as an enhanced version of “Student Excursion Incentive Scheme” on November 1. In view of the growing popularity of overseas wedding as an ideal wedding style for the new generation, MGTO… Read the full press release

Judges selected to identify innovative pioneers at 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced the judges for its prestigious 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. These 12 independent experts on sustainable tourism will select three finalists for each of the four Award categories: Destination Stewardship Award, Community Benefit Award, Conservation Award and the Global Tourism Business Award. The Awards… Read the full press release

Swissport wins new cargo customers in Copenhagen

Swissport wins new cargo customers in Copenhagen

Zurich, 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground services to the aviation sector, has won cargo handling contracts with two new customers at Copenhagen Airport, adding Lufthansa and Finnair to its cargo customer list. Services for Lufthansa will begin on 1st December, and will include cargo handling for Lufthansa’s multiple daily… Read the full press release

World Tourism Organization UNWTO-Tourism to provide development push to Haiti

Madrid, 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Haiti can capitalize on its natural and cultural resources to get the country back on the world tourism map, thereby contributing to its overall recovery and development. This was the main message of UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, during his first official visit to Haiti (27-30 October 2012). “The role of tourism as… Read the full press release

Traffic Growth Continues to Slow in September

Geneva – 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global traffic results for September showing a continued slowdown in the rate of traffic growth. Demand for passenger traffic was 4.1% above the level of September 2011. For air cargo, demand growth was even weaker at 0.6%. The growth trend in air travel… Read the full press release

Travel Industry Leads Economy in Job Growth, Creates Jobs 16 Percent Faster than Other Sectors

Travel Adds 296,000 Jobs since December 2009, Recovers 59 Percent of Jobs Lost During Recession Washington, D.C. – 2012-11-03 — /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 7.9 percent for October 2012: “Today’s jobs numbers are… Read the full press release

Horizon Air and its Pilots Tentatively Agree on Six-Year Contract Extension

SEATTLE — 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Horizon Air and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced today they have reached tentative agreement to extend the current contract for the carrier’s 610 pilots for six years. “I’m very proud of both negotiating teams for crafting additional improvements to an already excellent existing agreement,” said Gene Hahn, Horizon Air’s… Read the full press release

MPs Vote for APD Review as Eight in Ten Agree APD May be Pricing People out of Flying

2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — ABTA welcomes the outcome of a three hour debate in the House of Commons on the future structure and level of Air Passenger Duty [APD], which saw MPs vote in favour of the Treasury undertaking an economic assessment of the impacts of APD on the UK economy. The debate was brought about by… Read the full press release

EMERGENCY SIMULATION AT BELFAST CITY AIRPORT

2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — On Saturday 3 November and Sunday 4 November 2012 a major emergency will be simulated at Belfast City Airport involving the emergency services and other support agencies. The exercise will simulate a serious incident at the airport. This type of exercise is run on a regular basis and will happen alongside the… Read the full press release

George Airport Launches a Learnership Programme for People with Disabilities

2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — George Airport launched a Learnership Programme aimed at training People with Disabilities on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 at the George Airport Fire Station.The Programme, which is aligned to Airports Company South Africa’s maxim of ‘moving people and changing lives’, aims to provide 12 young individuals from George Airport’s neighbouring communities with a… Read the full press release

Top Airport CEOs to speak at Airports Going Green Roundtable

CHICAGO, 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The 5th Annual Airports Going Green Conference will kick-off on Sunday, November 4 with the Airport CEO Roundtable, open to all conference registrants. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about airport sustainability vision from the highest level! Roundtable speakers include: Jeffrey Fegan, A.A.E., C.E.O., Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Mark Gale,… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Gives Back To The Brave Who Safeguard Our Country With Third Annual Military Heroes Month In November

DALLAS – 2012-11-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is demonstrating how deep patriotism runs in the Company and Employees’ hearts with its third annual month-long celebration dubbed “Military Heroes Month.” To show support for Veterans, service members, and their families across the nation, Southwest will host an array of activities with nonprofit organizations focused on… Read the full press release