Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong To Celebrate 50 Fantastic Years

Hong Kong, 2012-11-03 — / — Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong will be celebrating ‘50 Fantastic Years’ throughout 2013, with a host of special promotions to honour this milestone achievement. The year-long offerings will commemorate the iconic hotel’s past 50 years as well as the next 50 years, here in the heart and hearts of Hong Kong…. Read the full press release

Liisa Sallinen appointed Airport Manager of Finavia’s Oulu Airport

2012-11-03 — / — 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

China Airlines Becomes First Airline to Display Carbon Footprint and Calories for In-flight Delicacies

2012-11-03 — / — Starting from October 2012, China Airlines (CAL) flights from Taipei to Frankfurt will serve in-flight delicacies labelled with their carbon footprint and calorie content. The new initiative will rise environmental awareness of passengers by providing information on in-flight meals’ environmental and health effects. CAL is the first airline in the world to… Read the full press release

Warwick Champs-Elysees Hotel Welcomes Julia Child Sweepstakes Winner

NEW YORK – 2012-11-03 — / — Chuck Purrington, the winner of the Julia Child 100th Anniversary Sweepstakes, is saying au revoir to Fountain Valley, California, and bonjour to Warwick Champs-Elysées Hotel in Paris. As part of the month-long celebration of the mealtime matriarch held at U.S.-based Warwick Hotels, Purrington is receiving a 5-night complimentary stay… Read the full press release

Wyndham Worldwide Completes $275 Million Term Securitization

PARSIPPANY, N.J., 2012-11-03 — / — Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) today announced that it has completed a term securitization transaction involving the issuance of $275 million of asset-backed notes. Sierra Timeshare 2012-3 Receivables Funding LLC issued $209 million of A rated notes and $66 million of BBB rated notes. The notes were backed by vacation ownership loans… Read the full press release

IHG’s Hotel Indigo® Brand Knows that When it Comes to the Untold Story of a Neighborhood, “Locals Know Best”

The upscale boutique hotel brand invites consumers to share photos of their local favorites for a chance to win a Hotel Indigo neighborhood experience ATLANTA – 2012-11-03 — / — Every neighborhood has a story, from the “Visual Music” of Midtown Atlanta and “The Scent of Style” in New York’s Chelsea to the “Vaulted Treasures” of London’s Tower Hill. IHG’s upscale boutique hotel brand, Hotel… Read the full press release

Finavia invests in services aimed at departing passengers in Oulu

2012-11-03 — / — Finavia Corporation continues to develop the airport terminal in Oulu. Finavia will begin renewing the services and facilities for departing passengers at Oulu airport in the New Year. The aim is to improve customer service by improving the efficiency of the airport’s departure hall. The estimated cost of the project is approximately… 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 — / — 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

EVA’s 1st Airbus 321-200 Delivered Ceremony staged in Hamburg

2012-11-03 — / — EVA Air and Airbus held a delivery ceremony for the carrier’s first A321-200 (registration number B-16201) in Hamburg today. Airbus especially arranged a traditional German dancing performance in the event. EVA President K.W. Chang, Airbus Senior Vice President (Asia), Jean-Francois Laval, GE Aviation General Manager of Greater China and Mongolia, Weiming Xiang,… Read the full press release

China Airlines’ CI006 Celebrates US Visa Waiver Program for Taiwan

China Airlines’ CI006 Celebrates US Visa Waiver Program for Taiwan

2012-11-03 — / — Starting from November 1, Taiwanese passport holders are eligible to travel to the United States for tourism or business purpose, for stays of 90 days or less under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). As China Airlines flight CI006 departing for Los Angeles at 17:10 was the first direct flight from Taiwan to… Read the full press release


Washington, 2012-11-03 — / — 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 — / — 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

SWEDISH CULINARY WEEK AT HOTEL ICON Michelin-honoured Swedish Chef Henrik Norström comes back to Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 2012-11-03 — / — To the delight of local foodies, Hotel ICON will welcome the return of renowned Swedish Chef Henrik Norström, Michelin-honoured and silver place winner of the culinary world’s most prestigious competition, Bocuse d’Or. Supported by the Consulate General of Sweden and the Swedish Trade Council in Hong Kong, Chef Norström will revisit Hong Kong… Read the full press release

SIA To Increase Copenhagen Services As SAS Joint Venture Wins Final Approval

2012-11-03 — / — Singapore Airlines will increase services between Singapore and the Danish capital Copenhagen, following final regulatory approval for a joint venture with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). SIA currently operates three weekly flights between Singapore and Copenhagen. Subject to airport slot availability, frequency will increase to five flights per week from 31 March 2013. Star… 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 — / — 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


CRAIOVA GETS LOW-FARES TO/FROM MILAN 2012-11-03 — / — 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


Washington, 2012-11-03 — / —  The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) annual Big Apple Auction, which includes more than 350 items, is live (  The auction will remain open for bidding through Tuesday, November 13, at 3 pm (EDT). Held in conjunction with the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS), at booth #3157… 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 — / — 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

Hartsfield-Jackson invites travelers to enjoy ‘A Walk Through Atlanta History’

Art exhibit leaves unforgettable impression of city’s rich history ATLANTA – 2012-11-03 — / — Have you ever wished you could turn back the hands of time? Well, travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport now can explore eight decades of Atlanta’s past in “A Walk Through Atlanta History,” a unique, multimedia exhibit in the Transportation Mall between… Read the full press release

Bristol Airport teams up with BeepTreat to give passengers mobile discounts

Bristol Airport teams up with BeepTreat to give passengers mobile discounts

2012-11-03 — / — Bristol Airport is teaming up with food travel experts, Select Service Partners, and local entrepreneurs, BeepTreat, to trial new technology in the terminal’s cafés, bars and restaurants. The BeepTreat system gives passengers access to offers and discounts using their mobile smartphone and enables loyalty points to be collected in the process. Available… Read the full press release


Port-of-Spain, 2012-11-03 — / — 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


2012-11-03 — / — Kenya Airways releases its operating results for the second quarter ended 30th September 2012. The company put into the market capacity totalling 3,817m seat kilometres which was 4.9% above last year’s level.  There were new destinations launched: Delhi (India) – May 2012, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) – Oct 2011 and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) –… Read the full press release

SIA To Acquire Strategic Stake In Virgin Australia

2012-11-03 — / — Singapore Airlines is to acquire a 10% stake in Virgin Australia in an agreement that will further strengthen ties between the two partner airlines. The strategic stake will be acquired through a placement of new shares by Virgin Australia Holdings. Singapore Airlines will purchase 245.57 million shares at 42.88 Australian cents per… Read the full press release

flydubai touches down in beautiful Bucharest

New route cements low-cost airline’s position as the Middle East’s number one carrier serving Central & Eastern Europe Dubai, UAE, 2012-11-03 — / —  flydubai, Dubai’s innovative low-cost airline, has inaugurated services to its latest destination in Central & Eastern Europe – Bucharest, the capital of Romania. The inaugural flight, FZ797, departed Dubai Terminal 2 at… Read the full press release

Jet Airways offers guests attractive JetEscapes holidays to the Dubai Shopping Festival 2013

MUMBAI, 2012-11-03 — / — Jet Airways’ has introduced exciting JetEscapes holidays for guests travelling to Dubai for the famed Dubai Shopping Festival, for travel effective January 3rd to February 3, 2013. Guests to Dubai, a veritable shopper’s paradise and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, may choose between two attractive holiday… Read the full press release


NEW LOW-FARE ROUTES TO/FROM ALGHERO, GENEVA AND OSLO 2012-11-03 — / — Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today announced further route and passenger growth for Romania by launching 3 new low-fare routes at its Bucharest base to/from Alghero (Sardinia), Geneva and Oslo Torp. Wizz Air now offers over 55… Read the full press release

Air New Zealand enters Middle-earth air space with safety video inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Hobbits, Dwarves and Wizards will take flight as Air New Zealand launches its latest on board safety video, ‘An Unexpected Briefing,’ today 2012-11-03 — / — The safety video is inspired by the upcoming fantasy adventure The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), which is the first in a trilogy of… Read the full press release

Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta Launches Luxury Packages

Hong Kong, 2012-11-03 — / — The new Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, located in the city’s prestigious Buckhead neighborhood, is offering an array of exciting luxury packages for guests looking for weekend breaks, shopping perks and a romantic celebration. Shop and Play The Shop and Play package combines luxurious accommodation and shopping perks at the nearby Neiman Marcus… Read the full press release


Navigate the Fall Conference, IHMRS, BDNY Washington, 2012-11-03 — / — The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has released a mobile app for smartphones.  The free app debuts in time for the annual AH&LA Fall Conference held with the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show, November 9-13, in New York City. The app will provide… Read the full press release

Iberia promociona los mejores vinos españoles entre sus clientes business

Iberia promociona los mejores vinos españoles entre sus clientes business

De noviembre a enero, la compañía ofrecerá en la clase Business de sus vuelos de largo radio, tintos de Rioja, Ribera del Duero y Navarra; y blancos de Rueda y las Rías Baixas Madrid, 2012-11-03 — / — Iberia, de la mano de Todovino, el especialista en vinos españoles que gestiona su bodega, acaba de renovar la carta… Read the full press release