UNWTO releases guidelines to help tourism sector reopen in a safe, seamless and responsible manner

The United Nations specialized agency for tourism releases guidelines for strong and sustainable recovery Recommendations draw on cross-sector expertise of Tourism Crisis Committee Safe, seamless travel and restoring confidence key priorities UNWTO and Google strengthen partnership to promote digital skills and create new opportunities in recovery phase Madrid, Spain, 2020-May-29 — /Travel PR News/ —… Read the full press release

COVID-19 crisis: IATA, AASA and BARSA call on South African government to provide financial relief to the aviation sector

Johannesburg, South Africa, 2020-May-29 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) and the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (BARSA)  are calling on the South African government to provide specific financial relief to the aviation sector to address the severe impact of the… Read the full press release

SFO elevates its emergency response capabilities with the launch of Text-to-911 service

Airport establishes public safety enhancement for situations where it is not possible to call 911 SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2020-May-29 — /Travel PR News/ — The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) today (May 27, 2020) announced Text-to-911 service for anyone at the Airport to send a text message to reach SFO 911 dispatchers from a mobile… Read the full press release

SAS to resume flights to many destinations from June onwards

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2020-May-29 — /Travel PR News/ — More and more countries are easing their travel restrictions, which enables SAS to resume flights to many destinations from June onwards. This primarily includes domestic flights within and between the Scandinavian countries, but flights to New York, Chicago and Amsterdam from Copenhagen are also set to resume…. Read the full press release

IATA welcomes EASA/ECDC COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol guidelines

Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-May-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the release by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) of the COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol guidelines for the safe restart of air transport in Europe. The EASA and ECDC guidelines are… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways launches codeshare partnership with American Airlines

Launch of codeshare follows signing of strategic partnership in late February 2020 Completion of U.S domestic codeshare rollout will see Qatar Airways code placed on over 1000 American Airlines domestic flights With its plans for gradually expanding its network and strengthening airline partnerships, the airline is continuing its mission to be the airline that travellers… Read the full press release

Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites launches competition to reunite friends and family once it is safe to do so

Doha, Qatar, 2020-May-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites has asked Australians to share what they miss most while practicing social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the three most inspiring stories selected to receive a reunion prize worth $2,000 AUD each, to share with their loved ones once the Federal Government… Read the full press release

Tivoli Hotels & Resorts reinforces several hygiene measures in preparation for the hotels reopening in Portugal

Tivoli Hotels & Resorts implements the “Safe & Clean” Seal of the Portuguese Tourism Board in all properties Brand reinforces several hygiene measures in preparation for the hotels reopening Lisboa, Portugal, 2020-May-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Tivoli Hotels & Resorts is preparing the gradual hotels reopening in Portugal from June onwards and having in mind… Read the full press release

Emirates introduces new measures to ensure high standard of safety and hygiene on board and on the ground

Dubai UAE, 2020-May-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates has unveiled multi-faceted measures for employee and customer care at every step of the travel journey, redefining safety and hygiene standards on board and on the ground. The new measures took effect today (21 May 2020), with the resumption of regularly scheduled passenger flights to nine… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Japan Airlines announces additional service reductions on its domestic network

Tokyo, Japan, 2020-May-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Due to the impact of COVID-19, Japan Airlines today (May 20, 2020) announced additional service reductions on the carrier`s domestic network through June 14, 2020. For customers holding a ticketed reservation, an optional flight will be offered. Based on the demand for cargo services, JAL will continue… Read the full press release

Choice Hotels announces enhanced and expanded Choice Privileges loyalty program benefits

Provides Greater Flexibility with More Time to Redeem Points Offers Status Upgrades, Extensions and Bonuses for Elite Members ROCKVILLE, Md., 2020-May-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) today (May 21, 2020) announces a series of enhancements to expand the benefits of its Choice Privileges loyalty program for its more than 45… Read the full press release

Silversea Cruises to welcome new ship Silver Origin

Demonstrating great resilience and ingenuity, the De Hoop Shipyard overcame unprecedented challenges during the construction of Silver Origin. Monaco, Europe, 2020-May-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Silversea Cruises prepares to take delivery of new ship Silver Origin, following a great display of resilience, determination and fine European craftsmanship from Dutch shipyard De Hoop. Despite of… Read the full press release

SITA becomes a Premium Donor of the Sovrin Foundation

SITA becomes a more active member and supporter of the Sovrin Foundation Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-May-22 — /Travel PR News/ — SITA has stepped up its commitment to developing a permanent digital identity for air travel by becoming a Premium Donor of the Sovrin Foundation, the international non-profit organization focused on the advancement of self-sovereign digital… Read the full press release

CVG again ranked the best regional airport in North America by Skytrax

Erlanger, KY, 2020-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport was again ranked the best regional airport in North America by London-based Skytrax based on a surveys of airport customers worldwide. It’s the seventh year out of nine that CVG has won the award for airports that primarily serve regional traffic. CVG regularly touts the ranking… Read the full press release

SFO wins multiple honors in the 2020 SkyTrax Passengers’ Choice Awards

Airport scores multiple awards in SkyTrax Passengers’ Choice Awards for 2020 SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2020-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has received multiple honors in the SkyTrax Passengers’ Choice Awards for 2020. In the category “Best Airports 2020: 50 to 60 million passengers,” SFO was the highest-rated airport in… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Frankfurt Airport implements measures to minimize the risk of infection and ensure passenger safety

The rule of “safety first” also applies on the ground: air travel while complying with all hygiene prescriptions is feasible – Diverse measures being taken to safeguard passengers and employees Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2020-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Frankfurt Airport is getting ready to ramp up passenger flights… Read the full press release

Travelzoo® to hold its Annual Meeting of Stockholders virtually

NEW YORK, NY, 2020-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ —Travelzoo® (NASDAQ: TZOO), an Internet media company that publishes exclusive offers and experiences for members, announced today (May 12, 2020) that due to the ongoing public health impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to support the health and well-being of its stockholders, the Annual Meeting of Stockholders… Read the full press release

SAS introduced several measures aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus during travel

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2020-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — SAS has introduced a range of measures aimed at meeting new demands in the work to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The safety of passengers and employees always comes first for SAS. Studies show that an extremely small number of infections can be traced to air travel,… Read the full press release

COVID-19: IATA calls for aviation-specific financial relief measures from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2020-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling for aviation-specific financial relief measures from the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to address the severe impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the air transport sector. IATA estimates that revenues generated by airlines in the Saudi… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines gives customers extra boost with extra incentives and a month-long fare sale

DALLAS, TEXAS, 2020-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) is giving back to Customers by providing an extra boost as they plan to get back to the people, businesses, and places they love most. Beginning today, May 12, the airline will support both leisure and business travelers, Rapid Rewards® Members, and small businesses… Read the full press release

Preferred Hotels & Resorts announces 26 new member hotels across 14 destinations

World’s largest independent hotel brand thrives by inviting hotels to enjoy freedom on their own terms; predicts growth in the independent hotel space when travel restrictions ease Newport Beach, Calif., 2020-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Preferred Hotels & Resorts has welcomed 26 new member hotels across 14 destinations in the past four months, from January… Read the full press release

Crowne Plaza® Changi Airport awarded Skytrax World’s Best Airport Hotel for the sixth successive year

Denham, United Kingdom, 2020-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Crowne Plaza® Changi Airport has been awarded Skytrax World’s Best Airport Hotel for the sixth successive year in the 2020 World Airport Awards announced on 11 May 2020. The winners from 2020 World Airport Awards were a result of Skytrax’s global survey conducted from September 2019 to February… Read the full press release

Marriott International announces retirement of its long-time senior executive Dave Grissen

Company Announces New North American and International Leadership BETHESDA, MD, 2020-May-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today (MAY 11, 2020) announced that long-time senior executive Dave Grissen has decided to step down from his position as Group President, the Americas, towards the end of 2020 and retire from Marriott in… Read the full press release

COVID-19: flydubai’s passenger operation remains suspended until Thursday 04 June 2020

Operated 276 cargo-only flights to 26 destinations, transporting 1,651,929 kgs of essential goods Dubai, UAE, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — In line with the updated Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Dubai-based flydubai’s passenger operation remains suspended until Thursday 04 June 2020 as part of the precautionary measures… Read the full press release

Emirates SkyCargo introduces weekly scheduled cargo flights to Sao Paulo

Air cargo carrier introduces scheduled flights to Sao Paulo based on demand Operates special charter flights to Buenos Aires and Santiago Uplifts flowers from Quito to Amsterdam Dubai, UAE, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates SkyCargo has announced that with effect from 3 May 2020, it has introduced weekly scheduled cargo flights on its… Read the full press release

Deutsche Hospitality to adapt exemplary hygiene concept and strict restaurant guidelines as it restarts operations

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ —Management has developed Deutsche Hospitality’s corona exit strategy by drawing up and piloting various scenarios. “We have spent the last few weeks undertaking targeted preparations for the moment when we would be permitted to reopen our hotels,” explained Thomas Willms, CEO, Deutsche Hospitality. “This crisis is… Read the full press release

Heritage Tourism Brands showcases the beauty and diversity of Hong Kong in a new promotional video

Hong Kong SAR, China, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — The Heritage Tourism Brands group, comprising Hong Kong-based luxury hotel brands including Harilela Hotels, The Langham Hotels & Resorts, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Swire Hotels, The Peninsula Hotels, and Wharf Hotels, has launched a promotional video to showcase the beauty and… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Fiji Airways extends all international flight suspensions to the end of June

Nadi, Fiji, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has extended all international flight suspensions to the end of June, due to the prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fiji Airways also expects to reduce its July scheduled services as the COVID-19 crisis continues to decimate travel demand. In March, Fiji… Read the full press release

Hyatt to implement layoffs and to restructure roles across its global corporate functions

CHICAGO, IL, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Due to the historic drop in travel demand and the expected slow pace of recovery, Hyatt has made the extremely difficult decision to implement layoffs and restructure roles across its global corporate functions, beginning June 1, 2020. These actions will impact around 1,300 colleagues around the world…. Read the full press release

CVG named the Best Regional Airport in North America at the Skytrax’s 2020 World Airport Awards

Erlanger, KY, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Today (May 11, 2020), London-based Skytrax announced the 2020 World Airport Awards, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) was named the Best Regional Airport in North America. This marks the seventh year of the last nine that CVG has topped this award category for airports serving… Read the full press release