Hilton Partners with Club Atlético River Plate to Enhance Hospitality and Fan Experiences

Hilton to serve as club’s preferred hotel partner (IN SHORT) Hilton (NYSE: HLT), a global hospitality leader, has announced a strategic partnership with Club Atlético River Plate, one of Argentina’s premier football clubs. Under this agreement, Hilton becomes the preferred accommodation provider for River Plate’s professional team, offering reliable hospitality during their travels for training… Read the full press release

IHG Hotels & Resorts Achieves MICHELIN Keys for Five Luxury Properties in Japan

(IN SHORT) IHG Hotels & Resorts has proudly garnered MICHELIN Keys for five of its luxury and lifestyle properties in Japan, marking a significant milestone in hospitality excellence. The awarded properties include Six Senses Kyoto, ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa, ANA InterContinental Appi Kogen Resort, InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8, and InterContinental Osaka. Recognized for… Read the full press release

IHG Expands Vignette Collection to Almaty, Kazakhstan, Enhancing Luxury and Lifestyle Portfolio

The hotel joins a pipeline of seven Vignette Collection properties across Europe and a further 23 around the world (IN SHORT) IHG Hotels & Resorts has signed its first Vignette Collection property in Almaty, Kazakhstan, under a franchise agreement with Meliora, a division of HAYAT Construction. Expected to open in early 2027 as part of… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Appoints Rakesh Gangwal to Board of Directors

(IN SHORT) Southwest Airlines has appointed Rakesh Gangwal, co-founder of IndiGo and former CEO of US Airways Group, to its Board of Directors. Gangwal brings extensive airline industry experience, having held key leadership roles at major airlines and technology service providers. His expertise in travel technology and strategic leadership is expected to support Southwest’s growth… Read the full press release

dnata Travel Records 35% Increase in Summer Holiday Bookings for 2024

International stays dominate 90% of overall bookings (IN SHORT) dnata Travel, the UAE’s longest-serving travel provider, has reported a 35% increase in international travel bookings for July and August 2024 compared to last year. The most popular destinations for UAE travelers are Thailand, Maldives, Mauritius, Turkey, and the UK, with Mauritius experiencing significant growth. This… Read the full press release

Ryanair Partners with lastminute.com to Enhance European Travel Packages

(IN SHORT) Ryanair, Europe’s leading airline, has entered into a significant partnership with global online travel agent lastminute.com, enabling the OTA to include Ryanair’s low-fare flights in its dynamic holiday packages and standalone flight offerings. This collaboration ensures that lastminute.com customers benefit from accurate contact and payment information sharing with Ryanair, facilitating seamless access to… Read the full press release

Viking Vesta® Makes a Splash: Newest Ocean Ship Completes Float Out Ceremony

Set to Debut in Summer 2025, the Viking Vesta Meets Water for the First Time (IN SHORT) Viking® announced the successful float out of its newest ocean ship, the Viking Vesta®, at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, marking a crucial construction milestone. This 54,300-ton small ship, featuring 499 staterooms for 998 guests, is scheduled to debut… Read the full press release

Aberdeen International Airport Strengthens Security Measures for Enhanced Passenger Safety

(IN SHORT) Aberdeen International Airport has reinforced its commitment to passenger and staff safety with a comprehensive and collaborative security strategy. Operating 24/7, the airport utilizes advanced technologies such as perimeter detection systems and a vast CCTV network, while highly trained staff employ digital 3D screening for luggage. The airport’s security culture is bolstered by… Read the full press release

Meghan Trainor Named Godmother of Royal Caribbean’s Utopia of the Seas

The GRAMMY-winning artist is revealed as godmother of the newest vacation, and fans have a chance to celebrate with her in concert through an exclusive giveaway, starting Friday, July 5 (IN SHORT) Royal Caribbean International has appointed Meghan Trainor as the godmother of their latest cruise ship, Utopia of the Seas, marking the occasion with… Read the full press release

Blue Islands Awards £25,000 in Free Flights to Support Channel Islanders’ Ambitions

(IN SHORT) Blue Islands has announced the latest beneficiaries of its flight funding programme, which provides free flights to help Channel Islanders pursue their ambitions. This year, 300 flights worth over £25,000 were awarded to individuals in sports, charities, and the arts. Among the recipients is 10-year-old Archie Greier from Jersey, a promising snooker player… Read the full press release

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts: Family-Friendly Destinations Around the Globe

(IN SHORT) Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, known for its family-friendly hospitality, offers unforgettable experiences across over 120 properties in 35 countries. From free ice cream and Chocolate Hour at Mövenpick Hotel Melbourne to pirate-themed kids’ clubs in Bali and family suites in Bangkok, Mövenpick caters to guests of all ages with activities and amenities designed… Read the full press release

Sheraton Lanzhou Anning Opens as the 100th Sheraton Hotel in Greater China

(IN SHORT) Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy, has opened Sheraton Lanzhou Anning in Gansu province’s Anning District, marking its 100th hotel in Greater China. Positioned along the scenic Yellow River and easily accessible from major transport hubs, the hotel embodies Sheraton’s brand spirit of “The World’s Gathering Place” with a modern design… Read the full press release

Marriott International’s Luxury Group Unveils New Insights on Affluent Travelers in Asia Pacific

(IN SHORT) A recent study by Marriott International’s Luxury Group reveals evolving travel preferences among affluent travelers across six key Asia-Pacific markets. The research indicates that 68% of high-net-worth (HNW) individuals plan to increase their spending on leisure travel in the next year, with 74% opting for intra-regional holidays. Australia tops the list of preferred… Read the full press release

InterContinental Table Bay Cape Town: A New Chapter in Luxury Hospitality

Set to open in 2025 after refurbishment, InterContinental Table Bay Cape Town will build on the legacy of the property and write a new era of luxury hospitality in the country. (IN SHORT) IHG Hotels & Resorts will introduce the InterContinental brand in Cape Town with the signing of InterContinental Table Bay Cape Town, set… Read the full press release

Accor Launches Paris 2024 Campaign Celebrating Hospitality and Inclusion

(IN SHORT) Accor, a leading global hospitality brand and a key partner of Paris 2024, has launched an advertising campaign for the upcoming Paris Olympics. Directed by Vincent Lobelle, the campaign focuses on creating cherished memories through the exceptional service of Accor’s Heartists® across its 1,700 hotels in France. Highlighting moments where staff go above… Read the full press release

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Sets Sail for Asia-Pacific with Luxury Superyacht Luminara

(IN SHORT) The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is expanding into the Asia-Pacific region with its new luxury superyacht, Luminara, offering 10 distinct voyages from December 2025 to May 2026. These cruises will visit 28 ports across 10 countries, including Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan, and Thailand, promising exclusive and culturally immersive experiences. The collection aims to redefine… Read the full press release

Cai Feng Lou’s ’10 Bites of 2024′: A Fusion of Tradition and Innovation in Chinese Fine Dining

A trendy, fine dining experience catering to the latest in taste and consumer needs (IN SHORT) IHG Hotels & Resorts’ upscale dining brand, Cai Feng Lou, introduces “10 Bites of Cai Feng Lou 2024”, a new menu featuring ten signature dishes blending traditional Cantonese flavors with regional influences. Launching nationwide on July 15th, these dishes… Read the full press release

Qantas and Jetstar to Launch Expanded Flight Services to Vanuatu, Enhancing Travel Options for Australians

(IN SHORT) Qantas and Jetstar have announced plans to increase their flight offerings to Vanuatu, introducing up to nine return flights per week from Australian cities. Starting in September 2024, Qantas will operate three weekly flights between Brisbane and Port Vila, with potential to expand to five based on demand. Jetstar will begin offering up… Read the full press release

Hyatt Debuts Destination by Hyatt Brand in Latin America with The Legend Paracas Resort in Peru

The opening marks the introduction of the Destination by Hyatt brand in Latin America (IN SHORT) Hyatt Hotels Corporation and El Pardo Hospitality have opened The Legend Paracas Resort, introducing the Destination by Hyatt brand to Latin America. Located on the Peruvian coast between the Paracas Nature Reserve and the Pacific Ocean, the 124-suite resort… Read the full press release

Finnair Unveils New Spacious Lounge at Helsinki Airport

(IN SHORT) Finnair will open a new, more spacious lounge on the Schengen side of Helsinki Airport on July 9, 2024. The lounge, located near gate 21, can accommodate up to 440 guests and includes a special Platinum Corner for Finnair Plus Platinum and Platinum Lumo members. Designed by Studio Joanna Laajisto, the lounge features… Read the full press release

Accor and Global Corporations Form Advisory Council to Shape Future of Corporate Travel

The global hospitality Group and representatives from 17 international corporations form an advisory council to design and shape a new era of corporate travel and meetings for 2025 and beyond (IN SHORT) Accor, a leading global hospitality group, has formed the Accor Global Leadership Council (GLC) in partnership with executive travel managers and buyers from… Read the full press release

Air France-KLM’s Socio-Economic Impact: A Comprehensive Study

The Group generates 1.9% of French GDP and 2.3% of Dutch GDP;  • An estimated 552,570 jobs in France and 267,996 jobs in the Netherlands depend directly or indirectly on Air France-KLM;  • For each job created by Air France-KLM in France, 11 jobs are created in the French economy. For each job created in… Read the full press release

UN Tourism Celebrates Designation of 2027 as International Year of Sustainable and Resilient Tourism

UN Tourism has joined its Members in celebrating the establishment of 2027 as the International Year of Sustainable and Resilient Tourism. (IN SHORT) UN Tourism has designated 2027 as the International Year of Sustainable and Resilient Tourism. The announcement was celebrated at UN Tourism’s Madrid headquarters with ambassadors from 24 Member States, including the Ambassador of Uzbekistan, which… Read the full press release

Christchurch Airport Unveils Major Terminal Revamp Ahead of Busy Summer Season

(IN SHORT) Christchurch Airport has announced a comprehensive refurbishment of its terminal facilities ahead of the busy summer season, marking the largest upgrade since its opening in 2013. The project includes 12 new eateries, expanded retail spaces, upgraded amenities like bathrooms and a children’s play area, and a revamped food court. Local entrepreneurs and global… Read the full press release

Emirates Marks One-Year Milestone of Premium Economy Success on Singapore-Dubai Route

(IN SHORT) Emirates celebrates one year since launching its Premium Economy product on the Singapore-Dubai route, having served 26,000 passengers on nearly 730 A380 flights. Popular among families and solo travelers, the Premium Economy cabin offers enhanced comfort with spacious seating, amenities like in-seat charging, and exclusive beverage options. Emirates plans to continue expanding this… Read the full press release

MSpa International Recognized with Top Honors at Thailand Wellness Asia Summit 2024

(IN SHORT) MSpa International, part of Minor Hotels, received two prestigious awards at the Thailand Wellness Asia Summit 2024 (TWAS) in Bangkok. Founder William E. Heinecke was honored for his contributions to global wellness hospitality tourism, while Sandie Johannessen was recognized for her visionary leadership in spa and wellness excellence. TWAS, a prominent event in… Read the full press release

Auckland Airport and DOC Celebrate New Inter-Terminal Walkway Showcasing New Zealand’s Scenic Trails

Auckland Airport together with the Department of Conservation (DOC) are celebrating the beautiful walks of Aotearoa New Zealand along the airport’s short walk between terminals, known as ‘the green line’ Improved shade and shelter for pedestrians as the walkway route changes to keep travellers safe and make way for construction bringing together domestic jet and… Read the full press release

dnata Strengthens US Footprint with New Operations at Raleigh-Durham Airport

Expansion represents an investment of US$ 2 million and creates 25 new, local jobs with the company (IN SHORT) Global air and travel services provider dnata has expanded its operations to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in the USA. This US$ 2 million investment will create over 25 new local jobs. Lufthansa, operating five weekly flights… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Introduces Enhanced In-Flight Entertainment Options for Short and Medium-Haul Flights

(IN SHORT) Lufthansa has introduced new in-flight entertainment options for short and medium-haul flights, enhancing passenger experience with free access to around 45 German and English-language magazines via the FlyNet® Wi-Fi portal. This service extends to personal electronic devices and seat monitors across all classes, including those on long-haul flights featuring the new Allegris cabin…. Read the full press release

Accor Unveils The Whimsy Hotel & Spa Saint-Martin – MGallery Collection, First of Its Kind in the Caribbean

The Whimsy Hotel & Spa Saint-Martin – MGallery Collection is a Dynamic New Development in the Caribbean (IN SHORT) Accor, in partnership with Terres de Légendes, has announced the development of The Whimsy Hotel & Spa Saint-Martin – MGallery Collection, set to open in 2025. Located in Marigot on the French side of Saint-Martin, this… Read the full press release