Qantas: the startups and scaleups selected to participate in the AVRO Accelerator program announced

Sydney, Australia, 2017-Jun-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Qantas today announced the inaugural group of startups and scaleups selected to participate in the AVRO Accelerator program. Designed in partnership with leading corporate accelerator Slingshot, AVRO gives entrepreneurs the chance to work with Qantas Group business units to develop, incubate and scale their businesses. Six start up… Read the full press release

The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre to help develop the new approach of Qantas to long haul travel

Sydney, Australia, 2017-Jun-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Qantas passengers are set to benefit from a world first collaboration between the airline and one of Australia’s leading academic institutions to reshape the travel experience. The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre (opens in new window) will work with Qantas to help develop the airline’s new approach… Read the full press release

Qantas reveals the names for its fleet of eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Sydney, Australia, 2017-Jun-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Qantas customers will take to the skies on Waltzing Matilda, Boomerang and Quokka as the airline today revealed the names for its fleet of eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. More than 60,000 suggestions were put forward and 45,000 votes cast in selecting the names of the aircraft that… Read the full press release

IHG® opens Staybridge Suites® Jeddah Alandalus Mall

IHG debuts its renowned extended-stay brand in the Kingdom Denham UK, 2017-Jun-24 — /Travel PR News/ — InterContinental Hotels Group® (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced today the opening of Staybridge Suites® Jeddah Alandalus Mall, one of the most important shopping destinations in Jeddah with an annual visitor rate exceeding 13 million… Read the full press release

ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa in Japan: InterContinental’s first onsen resort scheduled to open in 2019

ANA InterContinental® Beppu Resort & Spa will be a destination for both Japanese and overseas visitors, blending luxury hotel and traditional Japanese spa experience. Denham, UK, 2017-Jun-24 — /Travel PR News/ — The city of Beppu, on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, has long been a favourite with locals as an onsen retreat. Today, the… Read the full press release

IHG® to launch a new, high-quality midscale brand at its 2017 Americas Conference in Las Vegas

New Brand Will Serve Unique, Growing Midscale Traveler in Market Worth $20 Billion Denham UK, 2017-Jun-24 — /Travel PR News/ — InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading global hotel companies, revealed plans to launch a new, high-quality midscale brand at its 2017 Americas Conference this week in Las Vegas. It will target more… Read the full press release

Wizz Air celebrates new passenger record and achievements of four years of operations at Tuzla Airport

Budapest, Hungary, 2017-Jun-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s leading airline, celebrated today a new passenger record along with remarkable achievements of four years of operations at Tuzla Airport. WIZZ’s lucky 1 millionth passenger was travelling from Mulhouse to Tuzla and was… Read the full press release

DMAI announces 10 industry leaders to be inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame

10 travel industry leaders to be inducted into the DMAI Hall of Fame during the Annual Convention in July Washington DC, 2017-Jun-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Chairman Gary C. Sherwin, CDME and President and CEO of Newport Beach & Company and President and CEO Don Welsh today announced the… Read the full press release

flydubai launches seasonal flights to Batumi in Georgia, Qabala in Azerbaijan and Tivat in Montenegro this summer

Batumi, Qabala and Tivat provide passengers with a variety of new options for summer Visa on Arrival for UAE nationals and residents entering Batumi and Tivat Dubai, 2017-Jun-17 — /Travel PR News/ — With more than 90 destinations in 44 countries, flydubai’s diverse network provides numerous opportunities to experience culture, history, beautiful surroundings and adventure… Read the full press release

Аeroflot marks 15th year anniversary of its cargo operations in Europe

Moscow, Russia, 2017-Jun-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Аeroflot marked 15 years of cargo operations in Europe with a gala celebration at its Regional Cargo Representation (RCR) in Germany for business partners and industry media. Festivities at the historic town of Traben-Trarbach were led by Oleg Korolev, Director of Aeroflot’s Cargo Department. Senior representatives from Aeroflot’s… Read the full press release

Aeroflot announces lump-sum signing bonuses for flight-crew employees

Moscow, Russia, 2017-Jun-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Aeroflot’s management has taken the decision to introduce new financial incentives for flight-crew employees in the form of lump-sum signing bonuses. The Management Board will implement one-time payments for those joining PJSC Aeroflot in the amount of RUB 650,000 for captains and RUB 350,000 for first officers. These… Read the full press release

W Hotels launches hotel industry’s first ever video game, Belle the Bear to power up the forthcoming opening of W Bellevue

Bethesda, Maryland, 2017-Jun-17 — /Travel PR News/ — To power up the forthcoming opening of W Bellevue, W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), is taking the hotel guest experience to the next level – literally. With the brand’s newest hotel set in the heart of one of the country’s renowned tech hubs,… Read the full press release

Marriott International to support Asian University for Women (AUW)

Marriott International pledges to support a total of 100 students at the Asian University for Women Marriott will provide mentorships, internships, fundraising scholarship and jobs over two years Bethesda, Maryland, 2017-Jun-17 — /Travel PR News/ — As part of its global commitment to develop and empower future women leaders, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced… Read the full press release

Wizz Air marks its 13th anniversary

WIZZ Youth Challenge Winners 2017, Anniversary Seat Sale – Discount Up To 30%* Budapest, Hungary, 2017-May-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Wizz Air celebrates today the 13th anniversary of its very first flight. In the years that have passed since then, WIZZ has gone on to become the largest low cost airline in Central and Eastern… Read the full press release

Wizz Air started operations from Osijek Airport

Budapest, Hungary, 2017-May-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today started operations from Osijek Airport. The maiden flight took off to Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (EuroAirport). Wizz Air’s newest service will be operated with two weekly flights, on Mondays and Fridays, providing customers with a convenient schedule for weekend… Read the full press release

DMAI and European Cities Marketing to provide members with an enhanced offer and wider range of services

Washington DC, 2017-May-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and European Cities Marketing (ECM) recently announced a Memorandum of Understanding that will promote and deliver key research and educational resources to respective members while working together to build the value of each organization. “With this alliance, European and American DMOs establish… Read the full press release

DMAI recognized Medellín Convention & Visitors Bureau with Destination Leadership Award

Washington DC, 2017-May-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) honored the Medellín Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) with the Destination Leadership Award at the 2017 Worldwide Meetings and Incentive Travel Exhibition (IMEX) Gala Dinner and Awards. This prestigious award is given to a destination organization that demonstrates significant leadership and support… Read the full press release

SIA Cargo to become the ‘Cargo Division’ of Singapore Airlines

Singapore, 2017-May-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) wholly-owned subsidiary, SIA Cargo, is to be re-integrated as a Division within SIA, in a move intended to improve efficiency through greater synergy with the wider SIA Group. The re-integration is expected to be completed in the first half of 2018, when SIA Cargo will… Read the full press release

London City Airport becomes the first UK airport to build and operate a digital air traffic control tower

London City Airport is to become the first UK airport to install a digital air traffic control tower – operational in 2019 The digital solution is a multi-million pound investment  utilising state-of-the-art 360° HD cameras and sensors on a newly constructed tower A live feed with a panoramic view of the airfield, along with sensory… Read the full press release

IATA sets outs strategic partnership and long-term cooperation agreement the Kyrgyz Republic

Montreal, Canada, 2017-May-21 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA), announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Civil Aviation Agency of the Ministry of Transport and Roads of the Kyrgyz Republic. The MoU sets out a strategic partnership and long-term cooperation agreement between the government and IATA. It… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways hosted successful IATA Cabin Operations Safety Conference in Doha, Qatar

IATA Cabin Operations Safety Conference 2017 highlighted best safety practices Doha, Qatar, 2017-May-21 — /Travel PR News/ — The IATA Cabin Operations Safety Conference (COSC), the pivotal global conference for cabin safety across the aviation industry, concluded its three-day programme last week in Doha, Qatar. Hosted by Qatar Airways, the event brought together more than… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific announces new codeshare agreement with oneworld partner Iberia

New partnership between the two oneworld airlines will provide more options for Cathay Pacific customers travelling between Hong Kong, Spain and Portugal Hong Kong, 2017-May-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Cathay Pacific today announced a new codeshare agreement with oneworld partner Iberia, which will see its customers benefit from extensive new connections to destinations in the… Read the full press release

Air Berlin PLC appoints Henning zur Hausen, Kevin Knight, Dr Matthias Kloepper and Thilo Schmidt as new board members

Germany, 2017-May-21 — /Travel PR News/ — The Air Berlin PLC Board of Directors has appointed Henning zur Hausen, Kevin Knight, Dr Matthias Kloepper and Thilo Schmidt as new members. Airberlin CEO Thomas Winkelmann said: “We welcome our new board members and  look forward to them further stimulating airberlin’s repositioning. The board will benefit from the varied… Read the full press release

JetBlue to move from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminal 3 to Terminal 5 on May 17

JetBlue to Offer A-List Experience for All Customers Traveling Through LAX Terminal 5  May 17 Move to Terminal 5 Gives JetBlue Customers Access to Premium Concessions, Modern Terminal Design, and Free Terminal-wide Wi-Fi Move Comes Amid JetBlue’s West Coast Growth and Increasing Popularity of Mint Starting This Summer, Customers Will Benefit From JetBlue’s Popular Self-Service… Read the full press release

Passengers can now travel with surfboards on Metrolink trains

All Metrolink trains now have a specially designed surfboard storage area Southern California, 2017-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — The surf is up, as passengers can now travel with surfboards on Metrolink trains. Beginning this past weekend, Metrolink train now include surfboard storage netting on all its Bike/Surfboard Cars. Officials anticipate the modified cars will be… Read the full press release

Typewriter technology exhibition at Terminal 2 of San Francisco International Airport

New exhibition highlights typewriter technology through more than a century of design San Francisco, 2017-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — The typewriter is one of the great inventions of the modern world.  A marvel of industrial engineering and ingenuity, it revolutionized communication and was an essential tool for countless writers.  To comprehend the typewriter’s impact,… Read the full press release

Viking River Cruises’ new ship Viking Ra will sail the Nile River on a new Egypt cruisetour in March 2018

All-Suite Viking Ra Will Begin Sailing New Nile River Cruisetour in Spring 2018 Los Angeles, 2017-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Viking River Cruises (www.vikingrivercruises.com) today announced details of the newest addition to its river fleet, Viking Ra™. Recently acquired, the vessel has been stripped down to the steel to undergo a complete renovation that… Read the full press release

Royal Caribbean International: Empress’ Western Caribbean and Havana sailings open for bookings

Expanded Sailings Introduce 58 New Cruises, Including 28 Havana Overnights through March 2019 Miami, 2017-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — The world’s most adventurous cruise line is giving adventure-seekers more opportunities than ever to explore the vibrant island destination of Cuba with new sailings to Havana on Empress of the Seas.  Royal Caribbean International’s newly refreshed… Read the full press release

SAA Cargo voted Best Cargo Airline-Africa by the readers of Air Cargo News

Johannesburg, 2017-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — South African Airways Cargo (SAA Cargo) is proud to have bagged another international award within a short space of time at the 2017 Air Cargo Airline of the Year awards hosted by Air Cargo News.  SAA Cargo was voted Best Cargo Airline-Africa by the readers of Air Cargo News…. Read the full press release

Phumeza Nhantsi appointed South African Airways (SAA) new CFO

Johannesburg, 2017-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — South African Airways (SAA) has announced the appointment of Ms Phumeza Nhantsi (39) as SAA’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The appointment is effective from 1 May 2017. Ms. Nhantsi was appointed as SAA’s Interim CFO in November 2015 after the position was left vacant following the departure of… Read the full press release