Former iconic Byblos Hotel in Mijas to be redeveloped into a luxury resort; will mark the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Southern Spain

The iconic Andalusian resort will join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand and mark the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Southern Spain following extensive renovations CHICAGO, IL, 2020-Jul-31 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today (July 30, 2020) that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with a wholly owned… Read the full press release

IATA calls for harmonized biosafety measures for passengers across the Middle East as aviation restarts

Amman, Jordan, 2020-Jul-31 — /Travel PR News/ — IATA has called on governments in the Middle East to harmonize biosafety measures for passengers across the region as aviation restarts. A global framework for restarting aviation while protecting public health has been agreed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and published in the Take-Off  guidance. However, inconsistent… Read the full press release

IATA calls on African governments to unblock bottlenecks in financial relief for air transport and tourism

Amman, Jordan, 2020-Jul-31 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging African governments to unblock bottlenecks so that urgently needed financial relief pledged for air transport and tourism reaches the distressed businesses it is meant to help and implement the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-Off guidance to ensure a safe restart… Read the full press release

New study: Germans’ interest in travel abroad remains high despite Covid-19 pandemic

Berlin, Germany, 2020-Jul-31 — /Travel PR News/ — ITB Berlin is to publish a special study by IPK on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on international travel behaviour – Germans’ interest in travel abroad remains high despite no vaccine being available – Car journeys and holidays close to nature are regarded as very safe… Read the full press release

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. now known as Royal Caribbean Group

MIAMI, FL, 2020-Jul-31 — /Travel PR News/ — When a company is known for raising the bar on design and innovation, nothing is exempt from the mantra of continuous improvement—not even the company’s own name. That’s why Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is now known by a new moniker: Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL). “The name is simpler,… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines wins four awards in the 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice™ Awards for Airlines

DALLAS, TEXAS, 2020-Jul-31 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today (Jul 28, 2020) that it was recognized by Tripadvisor as a winner of four awards in the 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice™ Awards for Airlines. Awards are based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews. Award winners are known for consistently receiving… Read the full press release

Dr. Calvin Johnson appointed Global Head, Public Health and Chief Medical Officer at Royal Caribbean Group

Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health to lead strategic planning and operation of global health program Miami, FL, 2020-Jul-29 — /Travel PR News/ — Royal Caribbean Group has named Dr. Calvin Johnson as Global Head, Public Health and Chief Medical Officer. In this new role, Johnson will lead the Group’s global health and wellness policy, manage… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways announces resumption of flights to Helsinki

Resumption of three weekly Helsinki flights will see Qatar Airways operate a total of 22 weekly flights to the Nordics The Nordics are a strategically important market for Qatar Airways with the airline providing uninterrupted services to Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm throughout the crisis Helsinki route will be operated by the airline’s modern, fuel-efficient Airbus… Read the full press release

Emirates restarts Stockholm flights from 1 August

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Jul-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates will resume passenger services to Stockholm with weekly flights from 1 August, expanding its network in Europe to 22 cities, and connecting customers from Europe to the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. The restart of Stockholm flights means that all Emirates gateways in Scandinavia will have… Read the full press release

Minor Hotels adds Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai Hotel to its portfolio of hotels and resorts in the UAE

Doha, Qatar, 2020-Jul-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Minor Hotels, together with Seven Tides Limited, are pleased to announce the launch of Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai Hotel in the United Arab Emirates. Located in the Jebel Ali area of Dubai and in close proximity to the Expo 2020 Dubai site, the 396-key property and… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal reopens its doors to guests

Montreal, Canada, 2020-Jul-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Four Seasons Hotel Montreal reopens its doors today (July 20, 2020), bringing back Montreal’s premiere destination in luxury and style.  The recently-opened Hotel continues to make a splash with its sleekly modern accommodations, legendary Four Seasons service, hot spot MARCUS Restaurant by celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson and an… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island now accepting reservations exclusively for its Private Retreats Experience

New residential experience embraces Lead With Care, an enhanced health and safety program now being implemented at Four Seasons properties worldwide Seychelles, Desroches Island, 2020-Jul-23 — /Travel PR News/ — In the tropics of the Outer Amirantes, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is far removed from the day to day, inviting relaxation through daily adventures and… Read the full press release

SITA and NEC Corporation partner to develop secure walk-through travel experience at airports

Tokyo and Geneva, 2020-Jul-23 — /Travel PR News/ — NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and SITA today (21 July 2020) announced a global partnership to develop market-leading solutions that enable a secure walk-through travel experience at airports, leveraging NEC’s I:Delight identity management platform together with SITA Smart Path and SITA Flex. The partnership comes as airports and airlines increasingly look… Read the full press release

SITA’s ‘Runway for Future Operations’ report outlines its vision for the immediate future of air travel

SITA’s Runway for Future Operations paper maps out the critical steps needed for the air transport industry to recover Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — SITA, the technology provider for the air transport industry, today (21 July 2020) released a new paper outlining the company’s vision for the immediate future of air travel…. Read the full press release

Hyatt hotels in the U.S. and Canada to require face coverings within indoor public areas

CHICAGO, IL, 2020-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — At Hyatt, the safety and security of our colleagues and guests is always a top priority. Guided by our purpose – to care for people so they can be their best – and following medical expert guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, beginning Monday, July 27,… Read the full press release

KLM announces the appointment of Eelco van Asch as Executive Vice President Information Services & CIO

Amstelveen, Netherlands, 2020-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — KLM announces today (21 July 2020) that Eelco van Asch will be appointed Executive Vice President Information Services & CIO with effect from 1 September 2020, when he will also be joining the Executive Team. He succeeds Paul Elich, who will be retiring on the same date…. Read the full press release

KLM expands its network with new services to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia

Amstelveen, Netherlands, 2020-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — From 28 September 2020, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will adjust the schedule for flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the Gulf States in the Middle East. KLM will also expand its network with the opening of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh is an entirely new destination for… Read the full press release

Bristol Airport welcomes TUI UK’s summer 2020 holiday programme

LONDON, UK, 2020-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ —TUI UK today (21st Jul 2020) reveals its summer 2020 holiday programme starting on 25 July from Bristol Airport, with flights to Greece and Spain. The UK’s largest holiday company is ready to take people on holiday again to 10 destinations between 25 and 31 July, including Alicante,… Read the full press release

Hotels joins the Thai Government to launch ‘Rao Thiew Duay Kan’ or ‘Let’s Travel Together’ campaign

Doha, Qatar, 2020-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Avani Hotels is pleased to join hands with the Thai Government to launch ‘Rao Thiew Duay Kan’ or ‘Let’s Travel Together’ campaign. Applicable to all travel bookings made by Thai nationals from now until October 2020, the campaign offers Thai citizens up to a 40% rebate up… Read the full press release

The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko introduces a new level of luxury to the destination amidst a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Japan

The highly anticipated luxury hotel offers a pristine haven in the historic mountain region of Nikko, where a rich untouched natural environment entwines with centuries-old traditions NIKKO, JAPAN, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C today (JULY 15, 2020) announced the opening of the latest hotel to join its luxury Asia… Read the full press release

Lendlease and IHG® Army Hotels announce the opening of the largest Candlewood Suites in the world

New hotel is the largest Candlewood Suites® in the world  Denham, United Kingdom, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Lendlease and IHG® Army Hotels announce the opening of the new Candlewood Suites® hotel on Fort Gordon – the largest Candlewood Suites in the world. The hotel is the latest example of the successful collaboration between the U.S. Army, Lendlease and IHG Army Hotels,… Read the full press release

Deutsche Hospitality launches new “H Rewards” loyalty programme

New loyalty programme launches in July 2020 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Deutsche Hospitality is presenting its new “H Rewards” loyalty programme. The hotel company will be offering a significantly expanded package of benefits to guests of all of its five brands – Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, MAXX by Steigenberger,… Read the full press release

Heathrow kicked off a number of pioneering technologies to provide long-lasting protection from COVID-19

Heathrow rolls out raft of anti-viral measures at key touchpoints to protect passengers, reducing the risk of transmission when travelling Some of the measures being rolled out include UV cleaning robots, anti-viral disinfecting wraps and sealants and 100 hygiene-technicians The airport has conducted an overhaul of the entire passenger journey setting out plans for more… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways resumes flights to the Maldives

Airline will also resume flights this month to Addis Ababa, Antalya, Bodrum, Djibouti, Helsinki and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen The airlines’ network will expand to more than 450 weekly flights to over 70 destinations by the end of July Maldives joins a number of popular summer holiday destinations that Qatar Airways has already resumed flights to, including… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines announces total of 12 new routes from Los Angeles International Airport

New service from Los Angeles includes flights to Florida, Hawaii, Montana and Oregon SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Alaska Airlines announced today (July 16, 2020) seven new routes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to further connect its guests between Southern California and key markets around the country, including the first nonstop service from the… Read the full press release

PATA announces the launch of expanded and revamped PATA Crisis Resource Center

BANGKOK, THAILAND, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is excited to announce the launch of the expanded and revamped PATA Crisis Resource Center (CRC) to aid in the rapid, robust and responsible renewal of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. The updated resource was created with the support of the Asian Development… Read the full press release

Hyatt announces the opening of Wyndhurst Manor & Club and Miraval Berkshires

Two distinct travel destinations open side-by-side today in Lenox, Mass. CHICAGO, IL, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Today (July 15, 2020) Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced the introduction of the internationally acclaimed Miraval spa and wellness brand to Lenox, Mass., with the opening of Miraval Berkshires. This opening marks the Miraval brand’s third… Read the full press release

Emirates announces A380 services to Amsterdam and resumes A380 flights to London and Paris

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates will deploy its iconic A380 on its daily Amsterdam service, and add a second daily A380 service to London Heathrow starting from 1 August. This announcement follows the Emirates A380’s return to the skies today with EK001 to London Heathrow taking off from Dubai International airport… Read the full press release

Emirates resumes flights to Tehran, Guangzhou, Addis Ababa and Oslo

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates has announced it will resume flights to Tehran (from 17 July), Guangzhou (from 25 July), Addis Ababa (from 1 August), and Oslo (from 4 August), expanding connectivity for customers with these latest cities rejoining its network across the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa, and Europe. This… Read the full press release

dnata launches innovative new products and services and donates high-nutrition meals amid COVID-19 challenges

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — dnata has continued to deliver reliable and safe air services and taken on new roles to support and create value for airline customers and local communities amid COVID-19 challenges. Cooperating closely with government authorities, customers and suppliers, the company’s dedicated teams have worked around the clock to… Read the full press release