Marriott International Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Listen to the quarterly earnings review at http://www.marriott.com/investor (click “recent and upcoming events” tab and click on the quarterly conference call link). THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS • Diluted earnings per share (EPS) totaled $0.44, a 52 percent increase over prior year adjusted results; • During the third quarter, the company completed the sale of its equity interest in the Courtyard… Read the full press release

InterCity West Coast franchise

2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Secretary of State for Transport has announced today, 3 October, that the InterCity West Coast franchise competition has been cancelled. A Virgin Rail Group spokesperson  said: “We welcome today’s frank announcement by the Secretary of State, acknowledging the flaws in the way the InterCity West Coast competition was assessed and… Read the full press release

Brenda McLaughlin appointed as SVP and General Manager of Lonely Planet Americas

Lonely Planet Announces New Leadership in the Americas Brenda McLaughlin appointed as SVP and General Manager of Lonely Planet Americas 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lonely Planet announced today the appointment of Brenda McLaughlin as the new Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lonely Planet Americas. Reporting to Stephen Palmer, Lonely Planet’s Managing Director of Publishing,… Read the full press release

Demand Slowdown Continues

Geneva – 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported global traffic results for August showing demand for air transport continuing to flatten-out, but with significant regional variations. Freight volumes shrank as business and consumer confidence continued to slip. Demand for air travel expanded by 5.1% in August compared to the same month in… Read the full press release

GBTA and Egencia® Study Shows Travel Professionals Gaining Control of Travel Policies in Asia Pacific Region

Report Ranks Top 10 Most Important Factors in Defining Policy Alexandria, VA and Bellevue, WA – 2012-10-3 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travel professionals are playing an increasingly large and influential role in shaping and controlling business travel policy, aided by online booking tools and fueled by a growing focus on cost-saving efforts, according to a new report… Read the full press release

Actions sociales ce 3 octobre: d’importantes perturbations du trafic sont à craindre

2012-10-3 — /travelprnews.com/ — Les organisations syndicales ont déposé un préavis de grève pour la période du 2 octobre 22h au 3 octobre 2012 22h. Suite au risque de fortes perturbations, la SNCB conseille à ses clients de ne pas compter sur les seuls trains pour se déplacer ce mercredi 3 octobre. Dans le cadre des débats… Read the full press release

airberlin strengthens its ancillary offering to travel agents with the Amadeus solution

Travellers can book preferred seats, meals and extra baggage through Amadeus travel agencies as well as on the carrier’s website, amongst other channels. Madrid, Spain, 2012-10-3 — /travelprnews.com/ — airberlin, the second largest carrier in Germany and one of Europe’s leading airlines, has adopted Amadeus Ancillary Services (AAAS) to distribute its ancillary offering to travel agencies,… Read the full press release

ADAC welcomes the inaugural flight of RAK Airways

ADAC welcomes the inaugural flight of RAK Airways

Four flights a week between Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2012-10-3 — /travelprnews.com/ — Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) welcomed today the inaugural flight of RAK Airways at Abu Dhabi International Airport, to be the first domestic flight from the airline. RAK Airways, the main carrier of Ras Al… Read the full press release

agoda.com releases early-bird deals for the 112th Canton Fair

agoda.com releases early-bird deals for the 112th Canton Fair

2012-10-3 — /travelprnews.com/ — agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), has announced early-bird hotel specials in Guangzhou, China in preparation for the China Import and Export Fair, the largest and oldest trade fair in the country and a major event for importers, exporters, and manufacturers worldwide. Also known… Read the full press release

Andolino Discusses Aviation Industry Outlook at World Route Summit

CHICAGO, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino was one of many industry experts who spoke at the opening day of the World Route Development Strategy Summit on September 30 in Abu Dhabi. Leaders from airlines, airports, governments, network planning, travel and tourism, air cargo and economic development authorities attended the summit to discuss the… Read the full press release

Alaska Air Group to Announce Financial Results

SEATTLE — 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK), the parent company of Alaska Airlines Inc. and Horizon Air Industries Inc., will announce its third quarter 2012 financial results on Thursday, Oct. 25. A conference call is scheduled at 9 a.m. Pacific time/12 p.m. Eastern time. Interested parties may listen to the call via… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Continues Denver Growth With Opening Of New Flight Crew Bases And Line Maintenance At Denver International Airport (DIA)

New Domiciles at Denver International Airport (DIA) Will be Home to Nearly 400 Pilots and 400 Flight Attendants DENVER – 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today officially opens the carrier’s newest Pilot and Flight Attendant crew bases at Denver International Airport (DIA). The new crew domiciles, which will be the airline’s ninth,… Read the full press release

Frontier Airlines Reports September 2012 Traffic

INDIANAPOLIS, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings (NASDAQ: RJET), today reported preliminary traffic results for September 2012. For the month, Frontier’s load factor increased two percentage points to 88% compared to 86% in September 2011. Frontier’s traffic decreased 13%, to 0.9 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs); capacity decreased 15%, to… Read the full press release

AER LINGUS ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL AIRLINE SPONSORSHIP OF ULSTER RUGBY FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS

Pass master Declan Kearney, Aer Lingus Director of Communications, is helping Ulster Rugby prepare to spin another success story this season after the signing of a new sponsorship deal. The package will see Aer Lingus become the official airline for Ulster Rugby over the next two years. Admiring Declan's technique are Ulster stars Johann Muller, John Afoa and Jared Payne.

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — ULSTER Rugby’s flying start to the season has been given a turbo charged boost with the signing of a major new sponsorship deal with Aer Lingus. Details of the two-year support package were unveiled at a signing ceremony held at Ravenhill this afternoon. As part of the new relationship, the airline will provide… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways To Extend Footprint In Iraq

Qatar Airways To Extend Footprint In Iraq

Scheduled Flights To Najaf Begin January 2013 Adds To Iraqi Destinations In Network – Capital Baghdad & Northern City Of Erbil Doha, QATAR – 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways continues its network expansion with the announcement of scheduled flights to Najaf – its third route in the Republic of Iraq, effective January 23. The southern… Read the full press release

Alaska Air Group Announces $250 Million Share Repurchase Program

Completes previous $50 million repurchase program SEATTLE, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) announced today that its board of directors has approved a stock repurchase program authorizing the company to buy up to $250 million of its common stock. The program does not have an expiration date, however, Air Group is targeting completion by… Read the full press release

JAPAN AIRLINES AND BRITISH AIRWAYS ANNOUNCE START OF JOINT BUSINESS

TOKYO, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ —Japan Airlines (JAL) and British Airways will begin a joint business agreement with the two airlines sharing revenue on applicable flights between Europe and Japan. The joint business, which starts on October 1, 2012, will benefit customers by providing better links between Japan and Europe, greater choice of flights to more destinations, enhanced… Read the full press release

LOT among the safest airlines in the world!

Warsaw, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — LOT Polish Airlines have been ranked among the safest airlines in the world, having fully met the requirements of the safety audit conducted by IATA (International Air Transport Association). The auditing organization conducted a five-day safety audit (the so-called IOSA, i.e. IATA Operational Safety Audit) in all of LOT’s operational areas…. Read the full press release

NEW SELF-SERVICE KIOSKS SAVE TIME FOR ALAMO, ENTERPRISE AND NATIONAL CUSTOMERS

Hassle-Free Car Rental Process Cuts Check-In Time in Half ST. LOUIS, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelers cancut their check-in time in half and hit the road faster, thanks to new self-service car rental kiosks rolling out in the top 50 airport locations throughout the United States. Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental – which are owned and operated… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Applauds Addition of Taiwan to U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Secretaries Clinton and Napolitano Meet with Travel Industry Leaders Washington, D.C. – 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today applauded an announcement by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano that Taiwan is being added to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Today’s announcement was made at the Travel and Tourism Conference, part of the State Department’s… Read the full press release

Accor: Motel 6 disposal completed

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Accor today announces the completion of the sale of its Motel 6 / Studio 6 hotels in North America to an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII, for an amount of US 1.9 billion dollars¹. This transaction allows Accor to reduce its adjusted net debt by c. €780m. Following the divestment,… Read the full press release

Estonian Air carried 687 427 passengers in the first nine months

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — In September Estonian Air carried 83 784 passengers, out of which 83 631 on regular flights. The number of passengers on regular flights in Tallinn increased 41.3% compared to the same period last year. The load factor of Estonian Air regular flights was 72.6%. In the first nine months Estonian Air carried… Read the full press release

Accor reaches a secured pipeline of 90 contracts in Brazil

Group has ambitious plans to reach 250 hotels in the country by 2016. Accor partners are committed to invest $1.5 billion. 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Accor, the world leader hotel operator and market leader in Brazil, announces a record secured pipeline of 90 contracts to be delivered by 2016. The Group network in Brazil will increase… Read the full press release

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Welcomes Its First All-Inclusive Five Star Resort in Mexico

Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort, its first all-inclusive resort in Mexico. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort Opens Today PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort, its first all-inclusive resort in Mexico. Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort features 259 luxury rooms and suites and is owned and managed by Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe. “With our focus on Hilton Resorts and leisure… Read the full press release

Frontier Airlines Announces Executive Changes

Denver-based carrier appoints chief information officer DENVER, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines today announced the appointment of Amit Agarwal as chief information officer of the Denver-based carrier. Frontier also announced the departure of Cliff Van Leuven, the airline’s vice president of customer service since 2004. Jan Fogelberg, currently Frontier’s vice president of commercial technology, will… Read the full press release

Terminal 1 Expansion Creates New Capacity for Up to Six / Million Passengers Yearly – Exclusive Utilization by / Lufthansa and Star Alliance – Five New Lufthansa Lounges

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frankfurt Airport’s (FRA) new Pier A-Plus – the 800 meter-long westward expansion of Terminal 1 – opened on schedule after about four years of construction. Flight operations begin on October 10 at the new pier, allowing Germany’s biggest hub to serve up to six million additional passengers per year – thus a… Read the full press release

MGALLERY ADDS A PRESTIGIOUS NEW FRENCH ADDRESS TO ITS COLLECTION: LA BASTIDE DE GORDES & SPA

Located in the heart of the Luberon Mountains, La Bastide de Gordes & Spa is the third MGallery establishment in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, where it also operates the Grand Hotel Beauvau in Marseille and the Grand Hotel Roi René in Aix-en-Provence. High-end hotel Collection of Accor group, MGallery embodies the spirit of new luxury:… Read the full press release

SWISS serves “La Castagnata” specialities aloft

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — SWISS Business travellers will be enjoying some special inflight fare between 3 and 9 October: to mark the “La Castagnata” chestnut festival in Southern Switzerland, SWISS will be serving them cold cuts with chestnuts, brasato with polenta and sugar-snap peas and a chestnut mousse with plum sauce alongside the usual culinary offerings… Read the full press release

Raffles Hotels & Resorts 125th Anniversary Around the World

Raffles Hotels & Resorts 125th Anniversary Around the World

2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — Evening in Singapore. The scent of frangipani and the soft hum of conversation drift across the Palm Court at Raffles Hotel. Is it 1887 or 2012? The doormen, looking crisp in their distinctive Gieves & Hawkes uniforms, welcome arriving travellers. Somewhere deep in the hotel a butler swoops in from a teak… Read the full press release

Estonian Air announced Airline of the Year Silver Award winner

2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — European Region Airline Association (ERA) recognized Estonian Air for its excellence and achievements with Airline of the Year 2012/2013 Silver Award. It is the first time the carrier has won an ERA Award. Estonian Air was recognised as an outstanding example of a successful link between an airport and a regional carrier,… Read the full press release