Marriott International Selects Agency Finalists for Marriott Hotels & Resorts Creative Account

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International has selected three agencies as finalists for its creative business for Marriott Hotels & Resorts. The agencies are: Grey New York, JWT New York and the incumbent agency, mcgarrybowen New York. The agency review launched in May 2012 and is expected to conclude with agency appointment in September 2012. “The… 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

Southwest Airlines Reaches Three Million Facebook Fans

Airline Offers Fans an Amazing Deal to Celebrate! DALLAS – 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The LUV airline is easy to LIKE!  Southwest Airlines is celebrating the Three Million Fan milestone with a special discount offer and a signature “concept” plane dedicated to our fans! Southwest Airlines was the first airline to reach a million Facebook Fans back… 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

NEW UNIFORM TO MARK TRANSASIA AIRWAYS’ EXCITING NEW CHAPTER FOR THE LEADING TAIWANESE AIRLINE

Retro Design pays homage to the airline’s history Singapore, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — As part of its on-going service upgrade initiative unveiled last month, TransAsia Airways today announced the launch of its new uniform, for its over 500 cabin crew and ground staff, including maintenance staff, across all of its domestic and international routes. The new… Read the full press release

Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts to Give Away 100 Room Nights Through “Spot the Sun” Social Media Campaign

Facebook Fans Can Win Stays at the Resort of Their Choice NEW YORK, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts is celebrating the summer by giving away 100 free room nights over the next thirty days through the launch of its first-ever “Spot the SunSM” campaign on Facebook. Beginning on August 1, fans of… 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

World’s biggest “tweet” takes to the air

The tweet ‘The best part of every trip is sharing it with you” will crisscross the skies for two months displayed on an Iberia A340-600 More than 3,800 people submitted their ideas in Iberia’s highly original contest on the social networks Madrid, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The world’s largest “tweet” took off from Madrid-Barajas airport today en… 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

Marriott International Announces Significant Expansion of Global Sales Network in Spain

New Global Sales Office Will Support Marriott’s Growth in Spain. LONDON, 2012-07-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International’s recent growth in Spain has led to a major expansion of its global sales network in the country.  The company’s new global sales office in Madrid, Spain is based at the AC Hotel Cuzco and is now open, complementing our… 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

Cathay Pacific expands flagship inflight magazine, Discovery, into a multi-channel communication platform

2012-07-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it is expanding its flagship inflight magazine,Discovery, into the digital environment, employing a number of new channels to enrich the airline’s existing customer communication platforms. Digital Discovery, scheduled to go live on 2 August 2012, will be available for download as a digital magazine, as an app… Read the full press release

Courtyard Survey Reveals Route to Ideal Journey

2012-07-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Courtyard by Marriott partners with engaged travel bloggers Johnny Jet and Natalie Bahadur to highlight destinations and travel tips for couples Courtyard by Marriott is encouraging men and women across the U.S. to pack their bags and do something with their significant others that they rarely get a chance to do—take a… 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

Cooperation agreement between Iberia and Santander Group

Covers Iberia’s inclusion as partner in Santander’s loyalty programmes, and specific actions in more than 20 countries Madrid, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Iberia Airlines and the Santander banking Group have signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement intended to benefit the customers of both, chiefly in Latin America. Iberia will become a strategic partner in the Santander Group’s loyalty programmes, and the… 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

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

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

RYANAIR GUARANTEES 500 £12 GOLDEN TICKETS FOR EVERY BRITISH GOLD MEDAL WON AT THE LONDON OLYMPICS

2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra low cost airline, today (26 July) announced it will release 500 £12 Golden tickets for every gold medal won by Great Britain during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Ryanair wished the British Olympic team the best of luck for the Games and encouraged them to win as… Read the full press release

GBTA Congratulates University of Texas Travel Manager at Austin and GBTA Vice President Kevin Maguire for Travel Manager of the Year Award from Business Travel News

Boston, MA, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the business travel industry, today congratulated Kevin Maguire, CCTE, GLP, GBTA Vice President  and Travel Manager for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Texas at Austin, for receiving the Business Travel News Travel Manager of the Year Award. The award recognizes the… Read the full press release

RYANAIR GUARANTEES 500 €15 GOLDEN TICKETS FOR EVERY IRISH GOLD MEDAL WON AT THE LONDON OLYMPICS

2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra low cost airline, today (26 July) announced it will release 500 €15Golden tickets for every gold medal won by Ireland during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Ryanair wished the Irish Olympic team the best of luck for the Games and encouraged them to win as many of… Read the full press release

Essential Abu Dhabi: exclusive benefits for airberlin passengers

2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — airberlin passengers can now enjoy a fantastic range of discounts at hotels, spas, golf courses and more in Abu Dhabi thanks to Etihad Airways’ innovative ‘Essential Abu Dhabi’ program. Reductions of up to 50 per cent are available to airberlin passengers who present their flight boarding pass, within seven days, to participating… Read the full press release

Air New Zealand’s distinctive aircraft tails go black

2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chief Executive Office Rob Fyfe announced today that the tails of all new aircraft entering the fleet will be painted black and the lettering of the Air New Zealand name is being modernised. “Our iconic symbol, the Koru, will remain but it will be set within our national colour rather than the blue and… Read the full press release

RYANAIR SEEKS PARTNER FOR 2013 CABIN CREW CHARITY CALENDAR

CHARITY TO RECEIVE €100,000 PROCEEDS FROM WORLD FAMOUS CREW CALENDAR 2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (25 July) began its search for a charity partner to receive the entire sales proceeds (up to €100,000) from the 2013 edition of the world famous Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar. Sales from Ryanair’s 2013… Read the full press release

Skytrax issue rebuttal and refusal to subscribe to a self-appointed critic of user-review sites

London, UK, 2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — A self-appointed critic of review sites that seeks to attract revenue by cajoling websites into paying for their accreditation, has targeted Skytrax by questioning the reliability of our user-created content – going so far as to suggest that Skytrax display fake content. Aside from also having no knowledge or understanding about… Read the full press release

Competitive intelligence: Canada’s tourism rivals make a summer splash.

Videos, merchandise and business-travel stats: just some of the promotions other international tourism destinations are carrying out 2012-07-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Pay attention, trendwatchers. CTC News is back with another collection of notable activities in the global tourism marketplace to share with the Canadian tourism industry. Thanks again for all the hot tips passed on by our colleagues,… Read the full press release

WWW.AIRFRANCE.COM RECEIVES A MAKEOVER FOR CUSTOMERS’ BENEFIT

The newly-redesigned www.airfrance.com local websites offer a new graphic interface featuring inspirational visuals on the homepage. For enhanced legibility, the functional aspect of the website has been optimized to facilitate access to the main tools (reservation, check-in, flight times, etc.) and rich, dynamic content. A section is dedicated to Air France activity on the social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,… Read the full press release

EASYJET LAUNCHES MOBILE OPTIMISED WEBSITE

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — easyJet has this week launched its first mobile optimized website across Europe. Accessed through http://m.easyjet.com the new mobile site gives customers the ability to search & book flights, check flight information on the go, manage flight bookings and access FAQs through Blackberry, Windows 7, iPhone and Android devices. Supporting six languages, English, French, German,… Read the full press release