Abu Dhabi Airports Company welcomed Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo’s newly launched flight operations to Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) welcomed on the 14th of June the newly added Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo flight to Abu Dhabi International Airport. The aircraft arrived to Abu Dhabi International Airport at 2305 local time, where it was saluted with the traditional water cannons. This flight is the… Read the full press release

Excess Baggage Company to join Heathrow’s Terminal 2 when it opens in 2014

New shops and left luggage facilities to enhance the retail offer at the UK’s newest terminal 2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — When Heathrow’s Terminal 2 : The Queen’s Terminal opens in summer 2014, two new outlets from Excess Baggage Company will be among the offers at the new development. In the departures area, a bright and contemporary… Read the full press release

Enterprise Holdings to acquire US largest ride-matching business Zimride

Enterprise: “Perfect Complement to Our Existing Car-Sharing, Vanpooling and Car Rental Services” ST. LOUIS, 2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Enterprise Holdings today announced that it is acquiring the business of Zimride, an online service that efficiently connects drivers, passengers and partners with colleges and universities to facilitate sustainable transportation-management solutions. Zimride is the largest ride-matching program in the United States… Read the full press release

Enterprise Holdings streamlines fleet sales with launch of tablet-based Vehicle Sales Mobile (VSM) app

New Tablet-based Vehicle Sales Mobile App Puts Virtual Fleet Sales Showroom in Dealers’ Hands ST. LOUIS, 2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Filling car dealership lots with quality used vehicles just got a whole lot easier. Enterprise Holdings is streamlining its fleet sales with the launch of its Vehicle Sales Mobile (VSM) technology – a new app that… Read the full press release

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) Global Tourism Watch report finds outbound travel market gained strength in South Korea in 2012

2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — South Korea bounced back strongly from the global economic crisis in 2010 to see its outbound travel market break new records in 2012 with more than 14.9 million trips. The won is expected to appreciate against the Canadian dollar in 2013, making trips to Canada more affordable, says the Global Tourism Watch (GTW) summary report just… Read the full press release

Travelport unveils investment plans for east Africa, in response to region’s projected 7% GDP growth

GDS provider reinforces commitment to the region in response to projected 7% GDP growth Nairobi, Kenya, 2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, a leading distribution services and e-commerce provider for the global travel industry, has unveiled its investment plans for east Africa, in response to projected 7% growth in the region’s GDP. According to recent research from Euromonitor… Read the full press release

SpringHill Suites by Marriott introduces fresh approach to complimentary hotel breakfasts in the upper moderate tier

SpringHill Suites’ takes on a new spin to help create distinct experiences Bethesda, MD, 2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — From picking new and exciting destinations to selecting the right hotels, people today are looking for ways to create their own unique travel experience that is tailored to their distinctive interests and tastes. SpringHill Suites by Marriott understands this need… Read the full press release

Marriott Rewards and United MileagePlus teamed up to provide their most loyal members with unprecedented travel benefits

Marriott and United join to offer unmatched recognition and benefits Bethesda, Md. and Chicago, 2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott Rewards® and United MileagePlus, two of the biggest names in travel, have joined forces to provide their most loyal members with unprecedented travel benefits.  Starting today, “RewardsPlus” offers Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite members MileagePlus Premier Silver status, featuring some… Read the full press release

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority marked its 100-year anniversary at Marriott International

2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International welcomed members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., (DST) to the nation’s capital as it marked the 100-year anniversary of the organization.  To help celebrate the milestone and thank a great customer, Marriott hosted the sorority’s national executive board for a luncheon event, where DST National President Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, (pictured… Read the full press release

Finland’s Slot Machine Association RAY opens gaming lounge at Helsinki Airport

2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Finland’s Slot Machine Association RAY has opened a gaming lounge at the Helsinki Airport providing passengers with another fun way to spend time while waiting for their flight. Game Lounge features various slot machines and an electronic roulette. The new gaming venue also supplements Helsinki Airport’s service selection for transit passengers. “Gambling… Read the full press release

Helsinki Airport announced new route: Helsinki – Cherepovets Russia starting from 17 July

2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Severstal Aircompany (D2) will commence direct connections from Cherepovets, Russia, to Helsinki on Wednesday, 17 July. This is the only direct connection from Cherepovets to Europe. Flights are operated three times per week with a 50-seat CRJ200 (Canadian Regional Jet). For connections, please visit Finavia’s schedule service. ###

Israel-based charter company Arkia Israel Airlines launched connections from Tel Aviv to Helsinki

2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Arkia Israel Airlines, an Israel-based charter company, launched connections from Tel Aviv to Helsinki on 5 July. In the summer season, the company will bring tourists (of an Israel-based travel agency) to Finland until 30 August. The company flies from Tel Aviv with a 265-seat Boeing B753 once a week on Fridays…. Read the full press release

Ryanair improves booking system for passengers of reduced mobility

2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC), today (15 July) launched an online chat facility for passengers that require additional help when booking special assistance on Ryanair’s Irish and UK website, as part of an improved PRM (passengers of reduced mobility) booking system. The new service will provide even easier assistance access… Read the full press release

Matthew Taverner appointed General Manager of Australia’s foremost luxury resort qualia

2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hamilton Island has today named Matthew Taverner as the new General Manager of Australia’s foremost luxury resort; qualia. Commencing 1 August 2013, Taverner has 28 years experience in the hospitality and tourism industries, including over 20 years in managerial roles. His skill, knowledge and expertise transverses three continents, with positions previously held… Read the full press release

The Perfect China Leadership Seminar 2013 delegates to make record breaking visit to Sydney

2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Perfect China Leadership Seminar 2013 takes delegates to new heights More than 3,000 Chinese delegates from leading health and personal care direct selling company Perfect China will descend on Sydney this week for their annual Leadership Seminar, to motivate and reward high performing staff. Proving Sydney, Australia is still a firm… Read the full press release

Airports Council International (ACI) and Aéroports de Montréal (AdM) partner to promote excellence in airport management

2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Airports Council International (ACI) and Aéroports de Montréal (AdM) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC), in the presence of Montréal International and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), to promote excellence in airport management and operations at airports worldwide through ACI’s Airport Excellence (APEX) Programme. ACI formally launched its APEX in… Read the full press release

Hong Kong International Airport reports air traffic growth for H1 2013

HONG KONG, 2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reported sustained growth in all three traffic categories for the first half of 2013. During the first six months of the year, passenger volume grew to 28.9 million, marking a 4.7% increase over the same period in 2012. Cargo tonnage increased 2% to 2 million… Read the full press release

Airport Authority Hong Kong to host exhibition and public forum sessions on Environmental Impact Assessment for planned three-runway system project

HONG KONG, 2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) today announced that it will host a four-day exhibition and two public forum sessions on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the planned three-runway system project at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), to be held from 1 to 4 August 2013 at the Hong Kong… Read the full press release

Auckland Airport applauds Wellington Airports reconsideration of its future airport prices

2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Auckland Airport welcomes the announcement from Wellington Airport that it will review its charges in consultation with its airline customers.  Wellington Airport’s decision follows a report on its pricing from the New Zealand Commerce Commission that its charges were too high. Adrian Littlewood, Auckland Airport’s Chief Executive says, “It’s great to see… Read the full press release

Winners of Auckland Airport ‘2013 Airline of the Year Award’ and ‘2013 Aeronautical Service Provider Award’ announced

2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Judy Nicholl, General Manager Aeronautical Operations, says the annual awards recognise excellence by the service providers and airlines at Auckland Airport. “The Aeronautical Service Provider Award recognises the achievements of border and government agencies and ground handlers, all of whom play a critical role in the passenger experience and operational success of… Read the full press release

Dubai Airports opens Concourse D to food and beverage operators and retail-service providers

Dubai, UAE, 2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dubai Airports is inviting bids from food and beverage operators and selective retail-service providers for the award of concessions in Concourse D at Dubai International. Construction of Concourse D is well underway with the facility’s opening slated for 2015. The opportunity is available to food and beverage providers in the… Read the full press release

Singapore Changi Airport unveiled its latest themed garden

SINGAPORE, 2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Singapore Changi Airport unveiled today its latest themed garden that boasts a dramatic display of vibrant colours and interactive technology – a first for Changi Airport, which has pioneered the concept of airport gardens since its opening in 1981. Located within Terminal 2’s Departure Transit Mall, the new ‘Enchanted Garden’ –… Read the full press release

Inflight calls and Internet introduced on Philippine Airlines flights

2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Passengers of Philippine Airlines can now make phone calls and browse the internet while inflight with the installation of OnAir cutting-edge connectivity equipment on PAL’s long-range aircraft. The novel service, called PAL iN AiR, is made possible with the installation of the first inflight connectivity hardware, called GSMConneX, on a PAL Boeing… Read the full press release

Philippine Airlines issues statement on the European Union ban lift on PAL

2013-07-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — The lifting by the European Union of the ban on Philippine Airlines (PAL) to fly to Europe is another testimony to PAL’s reputation as a safe airline. Credit goes to the Philippine government for all its efforts and hard work in successfully addressing this significant concern hounding our aviation industry for years…. Read the full press release