Luxury Travel Advisor’s Awards of Excellence named Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Best Luxury Beach Resort Worldwide

2013-06-26 — / — Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora was named the Best Luxury Beach Resort Worldwide in this year’s Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence. The magazine’s advisory board, an invitation-only panel of those influential travel advisors who have graced the cover of Luxury Travel Advisor, selected each of the nominees across several categories. The magazine’s readers then voted exclusively… Read the full press release

£6M transformation at London’s Largest Hotel Hilton London Metropole converted the lobby into Whisky Lounge

LONDON, 2013-06-26 — / — The £6 million lobby transformation at Hilton London Metropole has created Whisky Lounge, a new west London destination bar. Open to guests, delegates and outside visitors, the intimate Whisky Lounge offers a wide selection of whiskies from around the world. The 22 cover Whisky Lounge boasts 72 varieties of whisky including the exclusive… Read the full press release

Harvard Business School authored and Amadeus commissioned study finds big data is set to shape the future of travel

2013-06-26 — / — Study, authored by Harvard Business School professor Thomas H. Davenport, finds that big data is set to shape the future of travel, with potential benefits for both travel companies and travellers alike Harnessing high volumes of new, unstructured data offers the promise of better decision-making, greater product innovation and stronger customer relationships,… Read the full press release

UK Civil Aviation Authority study reveals loss of control responsible for 40 per cent of air accidents

2013-06-26 — / — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published a study of recent world-wide air accidents. The CAA said the findings of its Global Fatal Accident Review 2002-2011 will help it identify major safety issues and trends allowing it to develop key safety initiatives in co-ordination with UK airlines. The CAA’s Global… Read the full press release

Kiwi celebrity chef Al Brown hosts new show ‘Dishing up Australia with Al Brown’ aimed at New Zealand viewers

2013-06-26 — / — The unique local and indigenous culinary delights of the Top End are set to entice visitors to the territory as part of a new travel series currently airing in New Zealand that showcases some of Australia’s finest food experiences. Kiwi chef Al Brown hosts the new show, ‘Dishing up Australia with Al… Read the full press release

Hong Kong International Airport posted record 2012/2013 financial figures

HONG KONG, 2013-06-26 — / — Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) today announced that Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) continued to deliver record financial performances during the fiscal year ended 31 March 2013. Profit attributable to the equity shareholder rose 5.4% to HK$5,624 million during the year, while revenue increased 8.1% to HK$13,134 million. AAHK declared… Read the full press release

The world’s second busiest international passengers airport Dubai International announced 18.9 per cent traffic increase in May 2013

Dubai, UAE, 2013-06-26 — / — Dubai International, the world’s second busiest airport for international passengers, racked up another month of double-digit growth with 18.9 per cent increase in passenger numbers recorded in May, according to a traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports on Wednesday. Passenger traffic in May reached 5,218,832, an increase of 18.9… Read the full press release

Scottish Government agency Historic Scotland announced spectacular jousting returned to Linlithgow Palace Peel

2013-06-26 — / — Our daring knights are returning to the stunning setting of Linlithgow Palace Peel, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, to stage an unforgettable display of horsemanship and skill. They will be appearing on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June and the following weekend, Saturday 6th July and Sunday 7th July 2013 from 12:30 – 4:30… Read the full press release

London Gatwick Airport released Q1 2013 financial results

2013-06-26 — / — London Gatwick Airport has delivered financial results in line with expectations as challenging economic conditions continue. The airport has performed well operationally, building volume with its existing carriers, competing to attract new airlines and routes, and delivering record passenger satisfaction. Key highlights of the year: Traffic of 34.2 million passengers reflects 1.2%… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways expands its Boeing 787 services to Europe with three Scandinavian routes

Doha-Based Airline To Operate Dreamliners To Stockholm, Copenhagen & Oslo Carrier Announces New 787 Routes At The End of Paris Air Show Paris, FRANCE, 2013-06-26 — / — Qatar Airways has announced an expansion of its Boeing 787 services to Europe with the new state-of-the-art aircraft being deployed on three Scandinavian routes. The Doha-based carrier will… Read the full press release

Two New appointments at airberlin Cabin Crew Operations and Crew Operations

2013-06-26 — / — From now on Thomas Klappert (52) will take over the role of Vice President Cabin Crew Operations and will be responsible for the Cabin Crew Team at airberlin. His area of responsibility will include, for example, the recruitment and training of flight attendants. Klappert will report directly to Helmut Himmelreich, Chief Operation… Read the full press release

Holiday Inn signed Holiday Inn Madrid – Las Tablas, planned to open in Q3, 2013

2013-06-26 — / — InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) Holiday Inn brand continues to grow in Spain, with the signing of Holiday Inn Madrid – Las Tablas. Holiday Inn Madrid – Las Tablas due to open at the beginning of quarter three this year will operate under a franchise agreement with Gestion T3 Hotels who operate four… Read the full press release

Cold War iconic aeroplane joins the Classic Air Force visitor centre at Newquay (Cornwall) Airport

2013-06-26 — / — The Classic Air Force visitor centre – which is gearing up for its first summer season at Newquay (Cornwall) Airport – has taken delivery of one of the most instantly recognisable aeroplanes in the world. The Harrier ‘Jump Jet’ is an icon of the Cold War, the Falklands War and one of… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis named in St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s 2013 Top Workplace

2013-06-26 — / — Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has been selected by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a 2013 Top Workplace, ranking second in the category for workplaces with 150-499 employees. Only 90 companies in total were bestowed this honour. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces were selected from the results of an employee survey measuring qualities such as company leadership,… Read the full press release

London Gatwick submitted its revised offer to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on new deal for the airport between 2014 and 2021

Contracts & Commitments will provide a better outcome in terms of the quality of airport facilities, service levels and price than regulation could ever achieve Gatwick puts forward an improved offer for airlines and passengers with a price of RPI+ 1.5% over seven years Gatwick believes the pace of change at the airport should continue… Read the full press release

The Holiday Inn Express partnered with Comedian Jason Jones for the launch of its Smart Thinking platform

ATLANTA, 2013-06-26 — / — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], one of the world’s leading global hotel companies, today announced the launch of the Holiday Inn Express® brand’s new Smart Thinking platform which revolves around, an online hub where consumers are invited to engage with the brand by showcasing their smarts in a light-hearted and amusing way through videos,… Read the full press release

Hungarian professional strong man Sinka “Popeye” Zsolt pulled Airbus with his teeth at Budapest Airport

2013-06-26 — / — Hungarian professional strong man Sinka “Popeye” Zsolt performed a stunt worthy of making it to the Guinness book of records: applying his bodily strength – more precisely, his teeth – he pulled a 180-seater Airbus A 320 aircraft of Hungarian carrier Wizz Air on the apron of Terminal 1 of Budapest Airport… Read the full press release

Living Wall at Christchurch Airport has become the backdrop for photos of visitors and staff alike

2013-06-26 — / — A wall has come to life at Christchurch Airport. Christchurch Airport CEO Jim Boult says a Living Wall in the baggage reclaim hall is already very popular with visitors and has become the backdrop for photos of visitors and staff alike. “We’ve literally breathed life into our airport, by installing a huge… Read the full press release

Tourism Authority of Thailand volunteer tourism marketing campaign won digital Innovation Asia Award

BANGKOK, 2013-06-26 — / — A global marketing campaign launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to promote Volunteer tourism was one of the winners of the first Digital Innovation Asia Awards conferred at a ceremony on June 10. Conferred the “MOST IMPACTFUL CAMPAIGN” award, it was designed to tap into a growing industry trend known as Voluntourism… Read the full press release

Banff National Park, the Town of Banff and the hamlet of Lake Louise open for visitors after last week’s storm

Banff National Park, Alberta, 2013-06-26 — / — Banff National Park, the Town of Banff and the hamlet of Lake Louise were fortunate to have escaped many of the direct impacts of last week’s storm. Spirits are up and Banff is OPEN for business. The recent severe weather triggered flooding in many communities across southern Alberta,… Read the full press release

Kings Island Ohio prepares one of the region’s largest and most impressive Independence Day fireworks displays on the Fourth of July

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio, 2013-06-26 — / — Kings Island lights the fuse on one of the region’s largest and most impressive Independence Day fireworks displays on the Fourth of July. This colorful pageant in the sky set against the backdrop of the park will be 10 times the size and score of the traditional nightly fireworks at the… Read the full press release

WestJet launched Canada’s newest regional airline WestJet Encore

Inaugural WestJet Encore flights set for Nanaimo, Fort St. John, Vancouver, Victoria, Saskatoon 2013-06-26 — / — WestJet today launches WestJet Encore, Canada’s newest regional airline, with service to Fort St. John, Nanaimo, Vancouver, and Victoria, British Columbia and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. WestJet Encore features a new fleet of Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. “Our inaugural flights across western Canada today represent… Read the full press release

The American Hotel & Lodging Association issued statement on US supreme court NLRB appointments appeal review

2013-06-26 — / — The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) issues the following statement in response to this morning’s announcement by the United States Supreme Court that the justices have granted the request for review of National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning: “In the past six months, both the U.S. Court of Appeals for… Read the full press release

Emirates is the World’s Best Airline in 2013 World Airline Awards announced at Paris Air Show on June 18th, 2013

2013-06-26 — / — Edward Plaisted of Skytrax described the World Airline Awards event at Paris Air Show on Tuesday 18th June 2013 “as a massive success, attended by the top Management of airlines from across the world. We were delighted to welcome so many airline Presidents, Chairman, CEO’s and others who dedicated their time to… Read the full press release

Singapore Airlines to introduce illycaffè coffee on board, for Suites, First Class and Business Class customers

2013-06-26 — / — Singapore Airlines is proud to introduce world-renowned illycaffè coffee on board, for Suites, First Class and Business Class customers across the SIA network. SIA will be the first airline worldwide to serve the single-origin Monoarabica beans in its premium cabins.  The original illy blend of high quality coffee, made of nine kinds of… Read the full press release

Carefully choreographed four-handed massage is the ultimate Spa Treatment at Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta, Indonesia

Carefully choreographed four-handed massage is the ultimate indulgence. 2013-06-26 — / — The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta introduces a new treatment entitled theHarmony Massage. This ritual involves two experienced massage therapists mirroring each other’s moves. With the leader and follower method of performance, the therapists use shiatsu – meaning “finger pressure” – and the Hawaiian lomi-lomimassage technique to restore the guest’s… Read the full press release

Guinness World Records recorded Iceland Water Park event supported by RAK Airways

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 2013-06-26 — / — Ras Al Khaimah is undoubtedly the growing emirate of the United Arab Emirates and RAK Airways is the ‘flying ambassador’ of destination Ras Al Khaimah.  Being the primary force for tourism, RAK Airways is conscious of its corporate social responsibility towards educating and enhancing knowledge and awareness  to… Read the full press release

IHG’s boutique brand Hotel Indigo and World Photography Organisation partner in national student programme to recognise next generation of UK-based photographers

2013-06-26 — / — Hotel Indigo is InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) boutique brand. Taking its art credentials to a new audience Hotel Indigo has partnered with the renowned World Photography Organisation (WPO), which supports professional, amateur and student photography and lends a global platform for the photographic industry. The partnership sees Hotel Indigo develop a nationwide student programme to recognise and… Read the full press release

Thailand expects record number of Vietnamese tourists in 2013

Bangkok, 2013-06-26 — / — Despite Vietnam’s currently sluggish economy that is expected to have a GDP growth 5.04% to 5.35% this year, Vietnamese tourist arrivals to Thailand are on pace to surpass arrivals in 2012. More than 618,000 Vietnamese came to Thailand last year. The first five months of 2013 saw Thailand receiving 260,621 Vietnamese visitors,… Read the full press release

Travelport, Galileo Vietnam announce renewal of their multi-year distribution partnership

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2013-06-26 — / — Travelport, the leading provider of critical transaction processing solutions and data for the global travel industry, has today announced the renewal of a multi-year distribution partnership with Galileo Vietnam. The re-signing of this significant agreement sees Galileo Vietnam continue as the national distribution company (NDC) for Travelport’s… Read the full press release