Silversea Launches New Foreign Language Tools for Corporate and Incentive Travel Partners

2012-08-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ultra-luxury cruise specialist Silversea has launched an array of new foreign language tools to assist corporate and incentive travel planners around the globe. The centrepiece of the resources is a new e-brochure, now available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian languages. The stylish and colourful 34-page brochure… Read the full press release

What’s Your Travel Type?

Marriott Rewards Facebook Game “What’s Your Travel Type?” Offers Chance to Win a Tailored Dream Vacation 2012-08-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Are you an Urban Explorer, Luxury Lover, or a Weekend Wanderer?  Discover your unique travel type with Marriott Rewards by playing the “What’s Your Travel Type?” The game will run from now through August 31, 2012…. Read the full press release

Introducing Canada’s ‘A team’ for meeting planners.

New brochure for meetings, conventions and incentive travel customers shows CTC’s country-wide expertise 2012-08-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — You can judge this book by its cover: the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has just taken the wraps off a new brochure for its meetings, conventions and incentive travel (MC&IT) team. The brochure ties in with the new MC&IT brand platform as well as… Read the full press release

Published This Month: All-New Edition of Australia & NZ’s Number-One City Guide to NYC

2012-08-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — “Start spreading the news…”  This month, global travel authority Lonely Planet has published an all-new edition of its New York City Guide – Australia and New Zealand’s number-one best-selling city guide to NYC. This is the eighth edition of Lonely Planet New York City, and its highlights include: 843 acres of Central Park (plus map) 247 hand-picked restaurants 176 ways… Read the full press release

Wyndham Rewards Hotel Loyalty Program Expands in Middle East and Asia Pacific

PARSIPPANY, N.J., 2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Wyndham Rewards®, the world’s largest lodging loyalty program with almost 7,000 participating hotels, today announced its expansion into countries throughout the Middle East and Asia Pacific, providing its members with broader access to the Wyndham Hotel Group portfolio of brands. The expansion of the program is part of Wyndham Rewards’ strategy to provide… Read the full press release

ESSENTIAL TRAVEL RAISES ITS AFFILIATE COMMISSION RATES

Be an Essential Travel affiliate this summer and earn more commission than ever before 2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — This summer, members of the travel trade can now earn more commission than ever before by being an Essential Travel affiliate. Commission rates for affiliates referring sales for Airport Parking, Travel Insurance, Hotel Stays, Airport Lounges and Car… Read the full press release

Vacation Never Has to End With a Free Night from Marriott Rewards

2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Take an extra day away with Marriott Rewards popular MegaBonus promotion.  Members will earn one free night for every two paid stays* they make September 15, 2012 through January 15, 2013, up to three free nights during the earning period to use towards a future stay at thousands of category 1-4 hotels around the… Read the full press release

North American Hotels Seeing Increases in Bookings Across All Travel Segments into 2013

NEW YORK – 2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The occupancy outlook for Third Quarter 2012 through Second Quarter 2013 is strong, with group committed room nights up 5.7 percent and transient room nights reserved up 7 percent based on current reservations and group commitments on the books in comparison to same time last year, according to data from… Read the full press release

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