Four Seasons Hotel Amman Appoints Roa’a Khreis as New Manager of Asia Restaurant

Four Seasons Hotel Amman Appoints Roa'a Khreis as New Manager of Asia Restaurant

Six-year hotel veteran continues to rise. Amman, Jordan, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Seasons Hotel Amman announces the success of the first female Jordanian food and beverage manager in the Hotel since the opening almost ten years ago: Roa’a Khreis, who is now the Manager of Asia restaurant. Khreis has been with the Hotel for more than six years and… Read the full press release

Iconic Marriott Hotels & Resorts Brand Chooses Grey as its New Advertising Agency of Record

2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — As part of its campaign to reimagine hospitality, Marriott Hotels & Resorts (MHR), the signature brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), today announced it has chosen Grey New York as its lead creative agency of record.  Grey is expected to officially begin working for the brand next month, pending a signed contract…. Read the full press release

LOT chosen the best airline in Central and Eastern Europe!

Warsaw, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Readers of the British prestigious magazine – “Business Traveller” – have appreciated the LOT Polish Airlines again. The Polish airlines received an award in the category of the best airline in Central and Eastern Europe. The ceremony of giving the statues was held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London… Read the full press release

Lufthansa uses innovative feature of the iPhone iOS 6 operating system

2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Following the launch of the new Passbook app for the iPhone iOS 6 operating system, Lufthansa passengers can have their boarding pass issued in the appropriate format. From now on, they can also opt to have their mobile boarding pass delivered via the Passbook function on their iPhone. Once passengers have successfully… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific statement on its restrictive carriage policy on sharks and shark-related products

2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific today reiterated that the decision to stop shipping unsustainably sourced sharks and shark-related products was made based on sustainable development considerations. The decision was made public two weeks ago. Under the airline’s new restrictive carriage policy, it will only accept shipments when shippers provide proof that the products to be… Read the full press release

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Paints Global Picture for Philadelphia

PCVB shares its international sales, marketing and messaging strategy PHILADELPHIA, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Amid the backdrop of the Van Gogh Up Close exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB) last night showcased its strategies for attracting business to Philadelphia through its global marketing efforts and how local businesses can… Read the full press release

JW Marriott Luxury Brand to Open First Hotel in Panama

2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International’s world-class luxury hotel brand, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, announced today plans to convert the existing 118-room Bristol Buenaventura, making it the first resort and first hotel for the brand in Panama. The future JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort will be located within the master-planned Buenaventura beachfront community,… Read the full press release

Contract signed at Innotrans 2012: SBB becomes the single-source contractor for cleaning services on the Zentralbahn.

Zentralbahn was looking for a single-source contractor to take over all its cleaning services. SBB Passenger Operating rose to the challenge, submitted an attractive bid, and was awarded the contract. Since SBB is attending Innotrans 2012, the two companies signed the contracts in Berlin on 20 September 2012. 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — As the single-source contractor, SBB will take… Read the full press release

New Marketing and Communications Manager Appointed for Hilton Auckland and Hilton Lake Taupo

Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the appointment of Jo Marsh as Marketing and Communications Manager for Hilton Auckland and Hilton Lake Taupo. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Jo Marsh Appointed As Marketing And Communications Manager For Hilton Auckland And Hilton Lake Taupo AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ —Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the appointment of Jo Marsh as Marketing and Communications Manager for Hilton Auckland and Hilton Lake Taupo. In her new role Jo will be responsible for the hotels’ marketing and communication strategies,… Read the full press release

Autograph Collection Continues Global Expansion with Three New Hotels in Europe

2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s (NYSE: MAR) evolving portfolio of independent hotels, continues its global growth with plans to debut three new European hotels by the end of the year. Opening in key gateway cities including Lisbon, Portugal; Rouen, France; and Lille, France; the new additions will expand the current portfolio to 12… Read the full press release

Concur Unveils Enhanced Social and Mobile Capabilities For Concurforce

Concurforce leverages the Salesforce Platform and Concur T&E Cloud to tap the power of social, mobile and open technologies, delivering innovation to help clients maximize each and every business trip Dreamforce, the world’s largest cloud computing and enterprise technology event, invites attendees to connect with customers, partners and employees in entirely new ways with social,… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide Announces 2011 LightStay™ Sustainability Results

Achieves Waste Goal within Three Years; More than Doubles Savings to $147 Million MCLEAN, Va., 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide announced the 2011 results of LightStayTM, the company’s proprietary sustainability measurement system. Overall, the program has been a tremendous success with over $147 million in cumulative savings from efficiency projected for hotels reporting through LightStay.  Additionally, Hilton Worldwide… Read the full press release

Metrolink schedule adjustments to go into effect first week of October

San Bernardino, Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County lines to be affected LOS ANGELES, 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — On Monday, Oct. 1, Metrolink will implement a schedule change to three weekday trains. San Bernardino Line train 302 will complete its route in San Bernardino, Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., five minutes later than its current schedule…. Read the full press release

Travelport appoints interim General Manager for Saudi Arabia

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the travel industry, has announced the appointment of Ghulam Al Balooshi as interim General Manager for its Galileo operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Al Balooshi took the post in Jeddah earlier this month. He takes over from Faris Azzee, who… Read the full press release

Eight in Ten Consumers Recognise the ABTA Logo

Positive Associations with the Brand Continue to Improve 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — ABTA continues to be by far the most recognised travel industry trade body among UK consumers with a 78% public recognition factor, according to new research conducted by Arkenford for ABTA*. After ABTA, ATOL is the most recognised travel trade industry brand (47%) followed… Read the full press release

Metrolink Board of Directors Names Transit Industry Veteran Michael P. DePallo as new Chief Executive Officer

DePallo brings over 30 years of experience with a focus on safety, security and customer service LOS ANGELES, 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — At its monthly meeting, the Metrolink Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Michael P. DePallo, a veteran transit leader with over 30 years of experience, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  DePallo currently serves as… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide and Global Soap Project “Best Partnership” Finalist in 2012 Corporate Citizenship Award

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center Names Finalists, Initiates Public Vote for Winner MCLEAN, Va., 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide and nonprofit partner, the Global Soap Project, are finalists for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center’s Best Partnership Award, a category in the Center’s prestigious annual Corporate Citizenship Awards program. The Best Partnership category focuses… Read the full press release

PORTER AIRLINES AND SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS ANNOUNCE NEW INTERLINE AGREEMENT

Travelers now able to purchase tickets and access easy connections between 12 Porter Canadian destinations and SAA’s 44 African destinations via Washington Toronto, CANADA, 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Canada-based Porter Airlines and South African Airways (SAA) announced a new interline agreement that will open up connection opportunities for passengers traveling between Canada and West and Southern Africa… Read the full press release

MP Kramp and VIA Rail Officially Open New Belleville Station

Belleville, ON, 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Earlier today, as part of the ongoing modernization of VIA Rail Canada, Mr. Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings on behalf of the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), officially opened the new Belleville train station, overhead walkway and island platform. “Our government is proud to support… Read the full press release

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Executive Director Lynn F. Kusy Announces Retirement

Served 20 years as the Airport’s sole Executive Director MESA, Ariz. 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport’s Executive Director, Lynn F. Kusy announced his retirement plans at Monday’s Board of Directors meeting. His final day of employment is expected to be March 15, 2013. “I have been honored to be a part of Gateway’s success… Read the full press release

Industry update: Canada flies the flag in meetings, conventions and incentive travel sector.

Canada pavilion tops the bill at ASAE annual meeting, plus CTC’s inaugural SEE event in Montréal 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Those who work in the world of meetings, conventions and incentive travel (MC&IT) rack up the air miles each year. Joining them in transit is the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s MC&IT team, which criss-crosses North America and the… Read the full press release

Gateway Airport Announces Michael Merk Manager – Real Estate and Business Development

Oversees airport property management, terminal advertising and concessions, leasing, and real estate development MESA, Ariz., 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has named Michael Merk as its new Manager of Real Estate and Business Development – responsible for airport property management, terminal advertising and concessions, leasing, and real estate development “The expansion of our Business Development… Read the full press release

Interstate Hotels & Resorts Announces Management of a Portfolio of Eight Upper Tier Full-Service Hotels

Additions Expand Interstate’s Managed Portfolio by 2,096 Rooms ARLINGTON, Va., 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Interstate Hotels & Resorts today announced it has transitioned management of an eight-hotel portfolio owned by an affiliate of Investcorp International, Inc., a leading provider and manager of alternative investment products. The portfolio aggregates to 2,096 rooms and consists of one Hilton, five… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Applauds White House Progress Report on National Travel and Tourism Strategy

Obama Administration Removing Barriers to Travel and Economic Growth Washington, D.C. 2012-09-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today applauded the White House for achieving several milestones mandated by an Executive Order earlier this year. The achievements were announced in a progress report released by the Obama Administration earlier today. “Today’s progress report shows that important steps have been… Read the full press release

VIP famil to entice cruise operators to Australia

Key facts Senior cruise company executives arrive in Sydney this week to take part in a famil which will include all Australian states and territories. The famil is part of the Australian tourism industry’s continued focus on increasing the country’s share of the lucrative international cruise market. Key quotes “Cruising is one of the fastest… Read the full press release

TfL signs partnership with VisitBritain for international distribution of the Visitor Oyster card

Transport for London (TfL) has appointed VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, as their management agent for the promotion and distribution of the Visitor Oyster card internationally.

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — VisitBritain will act as the single point of contact for all distribution partners and for the sale of the highly popular transport smartcard to trade partners outside of London. The partnership means inbound visitors will be able to have their Oyster card ready to go prior to arriving in London, reducing queues… Read the full press release

Travel Guard Update – International Travel Trends

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Welcome to the September edition of TRAVEL GUARD UPDATE, a monthly review designed to provide you with up-to-date information on the latest travel trends. This month, we polled travel agents to learn about international travel trends among their clients. We’ll also touch upon how a travel insurance plan can come in handy… Read the full press release

Marriott Rewards Launches Largest Ad Campaign in Program’s History

Marriott Rewards Extended Stay Ad

Highlights Global Breadth of Leading Frequent Travel Program’s 13 Brands. 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — This Fall, Marriott Rewards is launching the largest ad campaign in the program’s history.  The campaign includes in-home advertising in some of the country’s most popular publications and out-of-home advertising in major airports across the US and Asia Pacific. The new campaign… Read the full press release

Lufthansa to build new logistics centre at Frankfurt

Supervisory Board approves investment at home base 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lufthansa has announced plans to build a modern logistics centre at Frankfurt Airport. At its meeting today, the Lufthansa Group Supervisory Board approved the investment in the necessary infrastructure for Lufthansa’s cargo business. The building, which will replace the existing over 30-year-old Lufthansa Cargo Center,… Read the full press release

New Hampton Inn & Suites Opens in Astoria

Hampton Hotels, the global brand of nearly 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels, today announced the official opening of its newest property, the 87-room Hampton Inn & Suites Astoria located at 201 39th Street. Credit: Hampton Hotels.

87-room property brings Hamptonality to Oregon ASTORIA, Ore., 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hampton Hotels, the global brand of nearly 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels, today announced the official opening of its newest property, the 87-room Hampton Inn & Suites Astoria located at 201 39th Street. “Hampton combines quality, innovation, comfort and… Read the full press release