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

Thousands enjoy Park Live presented by British Airways

2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Tens of thousands of fans have been visiting Park Live presented by British Airways every day during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Super Saturday (August 4) was one of the busiest days at Park Live with more than 10,000 fans coming down to cheer on the athletes. The parkland area in the Olympic Park offers… 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

Halifax Stanfield to Upgrade Facilities and Services Requires Airport Improvement Fee Adjustment

Halifax, N.S., 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) is preparing to implement the next phase of its current 10-year capital plan to upgrade its facilities, expand current services and enhance the passenger/visitor experience at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. “Halifax Stanfield is one of the most critical pieces of transportation infrastructure in Atlantic Canada,” says… Read the full press release

MAG sells its stake in Humberside Airport to Eastern Group

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The future of Humberside Airport was today secured as the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) sold its 82.7% shareholding to Eastern Group for an undisclosed sum. North Lincolnshire Council will retain its minority stake in Humberside Airport leaving MAG to concentrate on its strategy of maximising the growth opportunities offered by the larger… Read the full press release

MELIÁ NET PROFITS UP BY 24% , EXCEEDING THE MARKET EXPECTATIONS

• RevPAR maintains a positive trend, increasing by 8.5% -practically explained by price increases- and with further margin for improvement • Meliá.com increased its revenues by 34.3% • The globalisation of the company –already representing 80% of the Operating Profit- allows international growth to offset weak demand in Spain • The evolution of the main… Read the full press release

Kenya Airways announces a staff restructuring exercise Move meant to ensure long-term sustainability of the airline’s business

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — National carrier Kenya Airways has announced the modalities of the staff rationalisation programme which will start with a Voluntary Early Retirement programme followed by a redundancy programme in a bid to streamline cost management. Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Dr. Titus Naikuni, said the decision by the airline’s… Read the full press release

Jet Airways’s Chairman’s Speech at the 20th Annual General Meeting on August 3, 2012

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dear Shareholders, I am delighted to welcome all my fellow shareholders this afternoon to the 20th Annual General Meeting of your Company. 2011 was a difficult year for global aviation. The economic uncertainty in Europe and the sluggish growth in the USA and other economies continue to cause concern. > India’s GDP… Read the full press release

Jet Group Reports PAT of INR 364 Million in Q1 FY13, despite high fuel prices and depriciating rupee

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Editor’s Synopsis (Jet Airways and JetLite combined): Q1 FY 2013 Reports profits after 5 consecutive quarters of losses. Profits despite FX losses on account of INR depreciating close to INR 1,703 million or (US $ 31 million). Jet Group Q1 FY13 Total Revenue (combined) of INR 52,748 million (US $ 948.5 million);… 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

New system, improved parking at Budapest Airport

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Budapest Airport launches a new, improved parking system and curbside access from 8th August 2012 at Terminal 2. In full coordination with airport police, road authorities and other partners the new system will enable motorists to access the curbside of both departure and arrival at Terminal 2 free for 5 minutes to… Read the full press release

LOS ANGELES WORLD AIRPORTS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR I-405 FREEWAY CLOSURE; LAUNCHES LAX WEBSITE WITH TIPS FOR TRAVELERS, AIRPORT WORKERS LAX FlyAway® Nonstop Bus Service Will Operate All Routes

Los Angeles, California, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) today announced its general plans for operating its two airports – Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys general aviation (VNY) – located in the impacted area during the weekend of the I-405 Freeway closure on September 29 and 30, 2012.  LAWA also launched its… Read the full press release

TRIO-WIN FOR DORCHESTER COLLECTION’S UK HOTELS IN WINE SPECTATOR’S 2012 RESTAURANT WINE LIST AWARDS

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Three restaurants within Dorchester Collection’s UK properties, The Dorchester, Coworth Park in Ascot and London’s latest, 45 Park Lane, have been acknowledged within Wine Spectator’s 2012 Restaurant Wine List Awards for their notable lists. Wine Spectator’s esteemed awards programme honours 3,795 restaurants every year, across more than 70 countries, for their top-quality… Read the full press release

Bristol Airport wins national car park award

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Bristol Airport’s Silver Zone car park has recently won Essential Travel’s car parking award, which is based on customer reviews of their car parking experience. Thousands of responses were received and these included many nominations for staff who went the extra mile and provided “exceptional service”. Since May 2011 Essential Travel has… Read the full press release

Prestigious Tasting Says SAA has Best Business Class White

JOHANNESBURG, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — South African Airways has won first place in the business class white wine section of Global Traveler’s prestigious “Wine on the Wing” competition and placed second in the red wine section, securing an overall second place for the best business class wine offering on international routes. The announcement was made yesterday by… Read the full press release

PATA Promotes Mam Chotipantawanon

Bangkok, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has announced the promotion of Ms “Mam” Puangthip Chotipantawanon as Director of Operations effective August 1 reporting to Chief Operating Officer Ms Sheila Leong. Mam is responsible for operations across all departments to provide an association-wide support structure to actively and regularly engage with members;… Read the full press release

VAN HEADS EAST BELFAST ARTS FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Organisers of the inaugural East Belfast Arts Festival, in partnership with George Best Belfast City Airport, today unveiled an extensive programme of events from 5-9 September which will culminate in a massive outdoor concert featuring Van Morrison. Over 40 events and exhibitions make up a kaleidoscope of visual arts, music, film, theatre, literature, comedy and magic… Read the full press release

Register Now for Airports Concessions Open House

Chicago, Illinois 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) will host a Concessions Open House event for operators interested in responding to an upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be issued relating to food and beverage concessions at O’Hare International Airport. Register today by clicking here. Concession categories include: Quick service restaurant, casual dining with… Read the full press release

Carl Newman, A.A. E. Named General Manager for Bush Intercontinental Airport

HOUSTON, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Houston Airport System Director of Aviation, Mario C. Diaz, announces the selection of Carl Newman, A.A.E. as the new General Manager for George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Mr. Newman served as the Assistant Aviation Director of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport prior to his appointment by the City of Houston…. Read the full press release

Signature Flight Support Opens New Terminal Facility at O’Hare

CHICAGO, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is pleased to announce the opening of a new Signature Flight Support Terminal at O’Hare International Airport today. The facility replaces the existing fixed-base operator (FBO) facility, which needed to be relocated as part of O’Hare’s ongoing airfield reconfiguration under the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). The new Signature Flight Support FBO… Read the full press release

airberlin – the Family-Friendly Airline

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Next Sunday, 5th August 2012, airberlin’s popular bouncy castle will once again thrill young airport visitors at the Dusseldorf Airport summer festival. In addition, airberlin will offer glitter face painting for children. Germany’s second largest airline will also provide the adults with some entertainment. By entering a promotional competition, participants will be… Read the full press release

Alaska Air Group Reports July Operational Results

SEATTLE, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported July operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis. Detailed information is provided below. ALASKA AIRLINES – MAINLINE Alaska reported an 8.8 percent increase in traffic on an 8.3 percent increase in capacity compared to July 2011…. 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

Topdeal Tickets for airberlin frequent flyers

For one week award flights are available for booking from as little as 3,000 award miles 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frequent flyers are excited: airberlin is once again offering Topdeal Tickets to members of its topbonus frequent flyer program. For the first time, these very attractively priced award flights will be available for booking for one… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide’s UK Hotels Awarded Carbon Saver Gold Standard

LONDON, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide has been awarded the highly acclaimed Carbon Saver Gold Standard for effective carbon reduction and management at all of its UK hotels, where carbon emissions have been reduced over a three year period. Sustainability is a critical performance measure of the business, just like quality, service, and revenue. Hilton Worldwide… 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

FLY FOR £11 IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

RYANAIR £11 SEAT SALE Fly for £11 on over 1,000 routes in September and October 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today Friday (3 Aug) released 100,000 seats at fares from £11 for travel on Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur in September and October.  These “all in” low fares will be available on over 1,000… Read the full press release

Amadeus publishes first half results for 2012

Growth record supported by both Distribution and IT Solutions businesses Year-on-year first half highlights (six months ended June 30, 2012) • Global market share of travel agency air bookings expanded by 1.0 percentage point • Passengers Boarded (PB) lifted by 27.0% to 259.0 million • Revenue grew 8.6%2 to €1,508.9 million • EBITDA rose 6.1%… Read the full press release

Avior Airlines Signs Full Content Agreement with Travelport

Caracas, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, and Venezuelan air carrier, Avior Airlines, have today jointly announced a new agreement. The deal also includes an upgrade to Direct Sell and Seamless Availability which enable real-time reservation and confirmation of bookings, and allow agents to offer the highest level of… Read the full press release

The Penguins of Madagascar surprise at the airport

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Passengers at the departure hall of Helsinki Airport were in for a surprise on Wednesday, 25 July when the familiar penguin characters from the Madagascar movies visited Terminal 2. This was a Flash Mob action, aimed at advertising the Madagascar 3 movie that will have its premier in August. The funny video… Read the full press release