June 2012: the ins and outs of travel to Canada

Thanks to another big boost in Chinese arrivals, the monthly total of international visitors broke the two-million barrier, says CTC Tourism Snapshot 2012-09-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Passport control was a busy place in Canada in June 2012. More than two million people came from around the world to see our country, a 4% year-on-year increase, reports the… Read the full press release

Lonely Planet Wins 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award For Favorite Travel Guide

LONELY PLANET WINS 2012 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARD FOR FAVORITE TRAVEL GUIDE Oakland, CA, 2012-09-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lonely Planet, the world’s #1 travel publisher*, is proud to announce that it is a winner in the first-ever TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Travel Favorites. Lonely Planet was overwhelmingly chosen as the “Favorite Travel Guide” by those… Read the full press release

Eurostar launches its first ad campaign under AMV BBDO

2012-09-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service linking London and mainland Europe has launched its first advertising campaign from newly appointed pan-European creative agency, AMV BBDO. The UK focused campaign, which plays on the cultural exchange between the UK, France and Belgium, launches an attractive price promotion with return journeys form London to Paris… Read the full press release

Sheraton Maldives and W Maldives participates in ‘Going from Workdays to Holidays’ Resorts campaign by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Asia Pacific

2012-09-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Sheraton Maldives and W Maldives participates in the “Going from Workdays to Holidays” Resorts promotion by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Asia Pacific. Travellers planning their next vacation can book the Resort offer of a 20% savings off Standard Rates with breakfast for two persons. Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa A… Read the full press release

Spa Corner at Maldives Stand during WTM 2012

2012-09-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Maldives to allocate a special space within the stand to promote the wellness tourism segment which is one of the most promising niche markets in the tourism industry today.  The focus would be to attract more visitors to the Maldives stand by giving them the opportunity to seek tranquil refuge for a… Read the full press release

¡Que Bueno Marriott!

2012-09-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Five is the magic number this year as LATINA Style Magazine ranks Marriott number five on its LATINA Style 50 list, which ranks the top 50 companies for Latinas to work.  For the fifteenth year in a row, Marriott is on the ‘top 50’ list and this year is the only hotel… Read the full press release

Maldives holds fam trip for Indian market to boost the arrivals

2012-09-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — 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 Virginia.org website

Virginia Tourism Corporation wins Mercury Award at national conference RICHMOND, Va., 2012-09-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — 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

Silicon Valley’s Airport the Best in the State for On-Time Performance

SAN JOSE, 2012-09-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is ranked the best airport in California for on-time performance for medium to large size airports, according to data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (www.transtats.bts.gov). Oakland International Airport ranked fifth in the state, while San Francisco International Airport came in last with the… Read the full press release

KLM Launches Portuguese Language Service on Facebook and Twitter

2012-09-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Fans and followers of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on Facebook and Twitter can now reach KLM in Portuguese 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customers can use these social media channels 24/7 to put all kinds of travel related questions to KLM. For instance, to select a seat, rebook a… Read the full press release

Sixth Annual Apples to iPods Contest at 20 Apple Orchards

2012-09-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Vermont’s pick-your-own orchards will offer a chance to win an iPod during the “Apples to iPods” promotion that kicks off September 7. In this technology-meets-agriculture contest, one specially marked wooden apple is hidden in an apple tree at 20 Vermont pick-your-own apple orchards. The lucky apple picker who finds a wooden apple… Read the full press release

WTTC Launches 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Global “Call for Entries” Announced 2012-09-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — 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

QATAR AIRWAYS LAUNCHES LATEST GLOBAL SALE AT MIDNIGHT

Three-Day Offering Provides Travellers With Great Savings Fly The World’s Best Airline To More Than 100 Destinations Across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia And The Americas Generous Travel Window Between 10 September 2012 and 13 March 2013 Doha, QATAR, 2012-09-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways is offering customers around the world with great savings to… Read the full press release

A DAY WITH GRANDMA AND GRANDPA AT DUSIT THANI MANILA

2012-08-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dusit Thani Manila puts the “grand” in Grandparent’s Day as the hotel comes alive with an all-out special celebration in honor of Grandma and Grandpa on Sunday, September 9, 2012. Indulge Grandma, Grandpa and the entire family in the Sunday Family Crossover Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and enjoy a… Read the full press release

Go Exclusively to Thailand

Go Exclusively to Thailand

New Delhi, 2012-08-31 — /travelprnews.com/ —  The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) New Delhi office joined hands with Odysseus India Pvt. Ltd. to organise familiarization trips for luxury-end agents to visit Thailand from 4th to 10th August, 2012. A total of ten agents from Delhi, Kolkata, Punjab, and Bangalore participated in the trip. The properties… Read the full press release

New EVA Cargo Mobile App Ready to Download Now, Free Software designed for use on iPhones, iPads and Androids

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, 2012-08-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — EVA Air Cargo is giving shippers and consignees faster, easier access to up-to-the-minute airfreight shipping and shipment status information anytime, anywhere with a brand-new app. The free EVA Air Cargo App for hand-held devices is available in four languages, English, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese and Japanese. Users can download EVA… Read the full press release

Meliá Hotels International redesigns Meeting & Events website

Palma de Mallorca, 2012-08-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Meliá Hotels International continues to innovate in its use of new technologies and has just launched a new version of its website specialising in Meetings & Events, www.melia.com/meetings with improvements to design and accessibility offering users a better online experience and, above all, easy access to special offers and promotions for any… Read the full press release

Be part of Newquay Cornwall Airport 2012 Passenger Survey today!

Win a bottle of Camel Valley Sparkling Wine

Win a bottle of Camel Valley Sparkling Wine 2012-08-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Tell us about your experiences at the airport and be entered in to the prize draw to win a bottle of Camel Valley Sparkling Wine. To start the survey paste the link below in to your internet browser https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NQYS12 Terms and Conditions: All names and… 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 — /travelprnews.com/ — 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

Tourism Australia celebrates 30 years of Great Southern Land

Key facts Tourism Australia has collaborated with ICEHOUSE lead singer, Iva Davies and Qantas to create an online video clip to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Great Southern Land. Iva Davies was inspired to write the song while on a Qantas plane flying over the vast landscape of central Australia on his way to the… Read the full press release

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

Bangkok, 2012-08-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — 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

Virginia Shows It’s All Heart with New Coloring Book for the Youngest of Vacationers

Width: 8" × Height: 11" Resolution: 300dpi Image Format: JPG Credit: Virginia Tourism Corporation Description: The Trip Heartmann Coloring Book.

The Vacation Adventures of Trip Heartmann, the Loveable Heart Who LOVEs Virginia will be free at Welcome Centers or by request RICHMOND, Va., 2012-08-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Virginia is for Lovers is about love – pure and simple.  Nobody knows that better than families who come to Virginia for a great vacation with loved ones.  Moms and dads… Read the full press release

Tourism makes vital contribution to economy of Argentina says President

Buenos Aires, 2012-08-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — 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

Maldives roadshows during fourth quarter of 2012

Maldives roadshows during fourth quarter of 2012

2012-08-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Maldives marketing activities have been strategized to increase arrivals during fourth quarter of 2012 and to cushion market fluctuations in Europe. Investing in potentials areas to diversify markets and maintaining arrivals in traditional markets are key approaches to meet the target of 1 million tourists in 2012.  As a measure to meet… Read the full press release

Chairman Antunes Advances the PATA ‘Next Gen’ Agenda in India

L/R Minister of Tourism of India, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai, PATA Chairman Mr João Manuel Costa Antunes and PATA India Chapter Honorary Secretary Mr Sanjeet

2012-08-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mr. João Manuel Costa Antunes, in his capacity as PATA Chairman, held dialogue with India’s tourism industry leaders in New Delhi, August 28. It was the Chairman’s first official PATA visit since becoming chairman in April. Chairman Antunes, also the Director of the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), visited the Cabinet Minister… Read the full press release

Competitive intelligence: who is playing the strongest hands in the global tourism marketplace?

Apps, David Beckham and the power of social media for travel are some of devices analyzed in this latest bulletin. 2012-08-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — The global tourism marketplace hums with activity 24/7. CTC News has done the rounds of its purveyors to assemble another round-up of the latest happenings from across the globe. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s teammates, partners,… 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 — /travelprnews.com/ — 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

Cathay Pacific appoints new Communications Head

Ms Cecilia Leung General Manager Corporate Communication, Cathay Pacific Airways

2012-08-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways today announced the appointment of Ms Cecilia Leung as General Manager Corporate Communication with effect from 1 September. In her new position, Ms Leung is responsible for the communication strategies of the Cathay Pacific Group and oversees all public and media relations, public affairs, general communication issues and corporate… Read the full press release

Holiday Inn Resort® Kicks Off Back to School Season with “Extra Credit” and Resort Stay Giveaway

Guests get $50 “extra credit” when they stay two consecutive nights up to $250; Free nights are up for grabs on Twitter ATLANTA, 2012-08-29 — /travelprnews.com/ — School is back in session, and teachers aren’t the only ones giving out “extra credit.”  IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today announced the Holiday Inn Resort® “Extra Credit” offer which rewards guests with a $50… Read the full press release

Hilton HHonors Celebrates 25 Years of Member Loyalty

HHonors Members to be Awarded with 25 Million Point Giveaway and 25 Days of Winning Sweepstakes MCLEAN, Va., 2012-08-29 — /travelprnews.com/ — This year, Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, celebrates its 25th anniversary. Since the first member joined in 1987, HHonors has grown to more than 30 million members worldwide,… Read the full press release