Lufthansa converts Airbus A350-900 named “Erfurt” into a climate research plane

Conversion of “D-AIXJ” at Lufthansa Technik has begun The Lufthansa Group’s most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft becomes a data collector above the clouds Cooperation between aviation companies and research institutes closer than ever before Cologne, Germany, 2021-Apr-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Predicting the weather even more accurately, analyzing climate changes even more precisely, researching even… Read the full press release

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi launches Tel Aviv – Abu Dhabi route

Budapest, Hungary, 2021-Apr-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced that it starts the operation of the Tel Aviv – Abu Dhabi route on 18 April 2021, following the announcement that Israel has been added to the green list, meaning travelers will… Read the full press release

Austrian Airlines launches three times weekly flights to Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine

City in Ukraine to be served three times a week from 17 May Announcement on today’s 30th anniversary of Austrian Airlines in Ukraine Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa complete the Ukraine program in summer Vienna, Austria, 2021-Apr-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Austrian Airlines will fly to Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine from 17 May. The route is… Read the full press release

The Forester, a Hyatt Place Hotel, the first hotel to open in the North Shore suburb since 1929

The first hotel to open in Lake Forest in 92 years, the North Shore destination is now open LAKE FOREST, Ill., 2021-Apr-08 — /Travel PR News/ — A contemporary new hotel located at 200 N. Field Dr. in Conway Business Park, The Forester, a Hyatt Place Hotel developed by Janko Group and operated by Janko… Read the full press release

Accor announces expansion of SLS Hotels & Residences in the Middle East with the opening of SLS Dubai

SLS Dubai is the seventh SLS hotel, with 11 additional properties to open internationally over the next five years Paris, France, 2021-Apr-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Accor, a world-leading hospitality group, today (April 7th, 2021) announced the expansion of the international SLS Hotels & Residences brand to the Middle East with the opening of… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways expands Technical Maintenance facilities with the opening of new state-of-the-art Engine Facility

New 9,000 square foot Technical Engine Facility building will enable the award-winning airline to boost cost efficiencies by more than U.S.$2.2 million annually and improve workflow by an estimated 23,400 man hours per year Qatar Airways continues to rebuild its global network despite the industry-wide challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, planning to operate more… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines named the Airforwarders Association’s Domestic Airline of the Year for the 12th consecutive year

Carrier’s cargo organization recognized during challenging year in commercial aviation history DALLAS, TEXAS, 2021-Apr-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) Cargo is being honored for its consistent work delivering outstanding service for its Customers in 2020. The carrier recently was named the Airforwarders Association’s Domestic Airline of the Year for the 12th consecutive… Read the full press release

Hybrid Meetings by Four Seasons combines creative design with latest audio-visual technology: a reimagined meetings and events offering

Industry-leading multi-broadcast, hub & spoke, video conferencing, and gala to go offerings allow hosts and planners to create memorable experiences, while maintaining guest health and safety every step of the way Toronto, Canada, 2021-Apr-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, a global leader in luxury hospitality, is making it easier to bring… Read the full press release

UNWTO launches new competition to help rural communities recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Apr-08 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a new competition to identify the best ideas that will help rural communities recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Rural Tourism Startup Competition will also support the entrepreneurs and enterprises that can help rural communities seize… Read the full press release

Deutsche Hospitality announces the opening of Steigenberger Resort Ras Soma, Egypt

Steigenberger Ras Soma five-star Luxury Resort on the east coast of Egypt opened on 1 April 2021 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2021-Apr-08 — /Travel PR News/ — A new Steigenberger on the shores of the Red Sea launched on 1 April 2021, when the Steigenberger Resort Ras Soma opened for business. The five-star resort is… Read the full press release

IHG® Army Hotels unveils sustainability tips for military travelers

Embedded focus on conservation and sustainability delivers $1.5 million in savings in recent years   Denham, United Kingdom, 2021-Apr-08 — /Travel PR News/ — IHG® Army Hotels, a unique portfolio of hotels located on 40 military installations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, is encouraging military travelers to focus on conservation and sustainability during Earth Month this… Read the full press release

Marriott Bonvoy’s Marriott Executive Apartments debuts in Qatar with the opening of Marriott Executive Apartments City Center Doha

Marriott Executive Apartments City Center Doha to offer sophisticated longer stays in the heart of the city DOHA, QATAR, 2021-Apr-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Marriott Executive Apartments, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 leading brands, has announced its debut in Qatar with the opening of Marriott Executive Apartments City Center Doha. Owned by… Read the full press release

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announces the opening of 255-room Hyatt Regency Zurich Airport The Circle

The new hotel marks a milestone in Hyatt’s continued growth in Europe CHICAGO, IL, 2021-Apr-07 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today (06 Apr 2021) the opening of Hyatt Regency Zurich Airport The Circle, the first hotel under the Hyatt Regency brand in Switzerland. The 255-room hotel is located directly at… Read the full press release

SFO expands plastic-free policy to prohibit sale of any beverages in plastic bottles

Sodas, teas, juices must be sold in recyclable aluminum, glass or BPI-certified compostable bottles SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2021-Apr-07 — /Travel PR News/ — The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced the expansion of its industry-leading plastic-free policy to prohibit the sale of any beverages in plastic bottles. In August 2019, SFO became the first airport… Read the full press release

IATA welcomes Singapore’s acceptance of IATA Travel Pass

Geneva, Switzerland, 2021-Apr-07 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed Singapore’s acceptance of pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test results on the IATA Travel Pass. From 1 May 2021, passengers traveling to Singapore will be able to use IATA Travel Pass to share their pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test results upon check-in with… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways operates the world’s first fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight

QR6421 will be operated by the airline’s sustainable A350-1000, and will carry only vaccinated crew and passengers on board, with passengers also serviced by fully vaccinated staff at check-in Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport have lead the industry during the pandemic, being the first global airline and first and only airport in the Middle… Read the full press release

Marc Speichert named Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

A recognised leader and innovator with extensive global experience across multiple industries, Speichert will oversee the company’s commercial growth strategy Toronto, Canada, 2021-Apr-07 — /Travel PR News/ — International luxury hospitality leader Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announces the addition of Marc Speichert to its executive leadership team in the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer,… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai presents training experiences by six-time IRONMAN World Champion and Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee Dave Scott

The four-night, five-day experience offers an all-encompassing, detailed curriculum and intimate dinners with Scott and his team Hawaii, Hualalai, U.S.A., 2021-Apr-07 — /Travel PR News/ — Four Seasons Resort Hualalai announces three new dates for its renowned Triathlon Training Experience created exclusively for the Resort by six-time IRONMAN World Champion and Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee Dave Scott. Scott returns… Read the full press release

Jiang-Nan Chun restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore presents Signatures by Chef Albert Lunch Menu

Singapore, 2021-Apr-07 — /Travel PR News/ — Relish a degustation of culinary signatures by Executive Chinese Chef Albert Au of Michelin-starred authentic Cantonese restaurant Jiang-Nan Chun at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. Available at both lunch and dinner, each menu celebrates the art of fine Chinese cuisine that spotlights fresh, seasonal produce and a passion to bring a dynamic perspective to… Read the full press release

Japan Airlines to trial digital health credential apps: CommonPass, VeriFLY, and IATA Travel Pass

JAL will begin independent trials with three industry leading health credential apps in an aim to implement standardized digital health checks on the carrier`s international flights CommonPass trials to be conducted on JAL`s Haneda – Honolulu route on April 2 and on its Narita – Singapore route on April 5 JAL is fast-tracking trials to… Read the full press release

Emirates offers specially curated meal in specially design boxes this Ramadan

Emirates’ signature Ramadan service is expected to begin on 13 April Dubai, UAE, 2021-Apr-07 — /Travel PR News/ — As part of its annual Ramadan service, Emirates offers a specially curated meal served in ready-to-eat boxes to customers fasting during the holy month. This year, the airline’s in-house designers and product design team collaborated with local… Read the full press release

Auckland Airport welcomes first quarantine-free travellers from Australia

Auckland, New Zealand, 2021-Apr-07 — /Travel PR News/ — The arrival of the first quarantine-free travellers from Australia on Monday 19 April will trigger a full operational split of Auckland Airport’s international terminal to handle the physical separation of arrivals heading into managed isolation or quarantine. Auckland Airport Chief Executive Adrian Littlewood said after months… Read the full press release

flydubai announces resumption of services to Eritrea’s capital Asmara

Dubai, UAE, 2021-Apr-07 — /Travel PR News/ — flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has resumed flights to Eritrea’s capital Asmara with a weekly flight service. Flights to Asmara start from 15 April and will operate between Terminal 2, Dubai International (DXB) and Asmara International Airport (ASM). Flights are now available to book on flydubai.com. With the… Read the full press release

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to implement actions to raise standards for workplace racial and cultural diversity

Holistic Review Began in Summer 2020 Following Death of George Floyd; Work Led by Leadership Steering Committee of 10 PA Senior Executives and More than 125 Employee Volunteers Management Training Courses to Add Major Focus on Supporting Diversity and Inclusion Three Initiatives Encourage Upward Mobility in Job Categories with High Proportion of Diverse Employees Through… Read the full press release

Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum opens for 2021 season with exceptional new amenities and energizing programming

Hong Kong, China, 2021-Apr-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Located on the shores of delightful Paradise Bay, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum opens for the season on 1 April, with exceptional new amenities and  energizing programming. The seasonal opening introduces exciting enhancements including augmented dining offers, a tennis academy and innovative fitness training, an expanded shopping boutique featuring luxury… Read the full press release

JdV by Hyatt expands in Canada through new hotels The Anndore House and The Walper Hotel

Hyatt continues to expand brand presence of independent hotels in Canada with new hotel joining JdV by Hyatt brand today and another slated to join later this year CHICAGO, IL, 2021-Apr-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced the continued expansion of the JdV by Hyatt brand with The Anndore House… Read the full press release

Oman Air extends complimentary COVID-19 coverage until 31 December 2021

Muscat, Oman, 2021-Apr-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has extended its complimentary COVID-19 coverage until 31 December 2021. The complimentary coverage is for expenses incurred by medical treatment or quarantine related to the COVID-19 virus, and applies to tickets issued for travel after 1 October 2020… Read the full press release

Emirates Skywards members can now earn Miles while shopping online with more than 50 brands in the UAE

Emirates Skywards has launched skywardsmilesmall.com in the UAE, allowing members to earn Miles while shopping online at more than 50 popular brands. Dubai, UAE, 2021-Apr-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Following the successful launch of skywardsmilesmall.com in the US, and UK, Emirates Skywards members can now earn Miles while shopping online with more than 50 brands in… Read the full press release

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas donates to the Princess Sirindhorn Craniofacial Center at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital through its Dollars for Deeds campaign

Bangkok, Thailand, 2021-Apr-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas has presented a cheque for over THB 500,000 to the Princess Sirindhorn Craniofacial Center at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital as part of the hotel chain’s on-going CSR campaign – Dollars for Deeds.  Honouring HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn – The Princess Sirindhorn Craniofacial Center,… Read the full press release

Celebrate Ramadan Outdoors at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence

The Hotel celebrates Ramadan and invites guests to share the spirit with loved ones, family and friends with an attractive selection of culinary experiences and spa packages that capture the essence of the Holy Month Cairo at The First Residence, Egypt, 2021-Apr-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence unveils delectable… Read the full press release