The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Brazil presents Meliá Hotels International with the “Sustainability Award 2012”

The hotel company receives the award in the “Contributions to Improvement in Corporate Development” category Palma de Mallorca, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Brazil hosted the third edition of its Sustainability Awards for Spanish companies operating in Brazil that have carried out the best social or environmental protection projects. Meliá… Read the full press release

GBTA Congratulates University of Texas Travel Manager at Austin and GBTA Vice President Kevin Maguire for Travel Manager of the Year Award from Business Travel News

Boston, MA, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the business travel industry, today congratulated Kevin Maguire, CCTE, GLP, GBTA Vice President  and Travel Manager for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Texas at Austin, for receiving the Business Travel News Travel Manager of the Year Award. The award recognizes the… Read the full press release

George W. Bush, Former President of the United States Spoke at 2012 GBTA Convention

Day’s Events Included Pioneering Travel Industry Leaders Gathering to Discuss Future of Business Travel at ‘Luminaries of Travel’ CEO Panel GBTA Unveiled Business Traveler Innovation Awards 2012 and Announced Launch of New GBTA Media Group Boston, MA, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, spoke as the keynote speaker at… Read the full press release

RYANAIR WELCOMES COURT OF APPEAL REJECTION OF BAA’S 7TH APPEAL AGAINST SALE OF STANSTED

CALLS FOR EARLY SALE TO PREVENT FURTHER BAA MISMANAGEMENT AS STANSTED TRAFFIC FALLS BY 600,000 PAX IN H1 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (26 July) welcomed the Court of Appeal rejection of the BAA monopoly’s 7th appeal against the sale of London Stansted Airport, as recommended by the Competition Commission (in… Read the full press release

Airline CEO Panel and “Saturday Night Live” Star Seth Meyers Brings Insight and Entertainment to 2012 GBTA Convention Attendees

GBTA Reveals Findings on Global Spend and Announces GBTA Award Winners Boston, MA, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ —  The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – continued to bring great panel discussions and entertainment to a record breaking number of attendees while also breaking news on the opening day… Read the full press release

Don’t over tax tourism – WTTC tells EU Finance Ministers

2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has written to all 27 Finance Ministers in the European Union urging them to recognise the important role of the industry in stimulating economic growth and jobs, while avoiding unproductive knee-jerk tax hikes at a time of austerity. The letter, written by Dr Michael Frenzel,… Read the full press release

Amadeus launches industry-first open source framework to further innovation

• New technology strategy marks the first time a GDS has opened its library of code to third party developers • Software initiative eases the development of rich and large scale enterprise web applications, addressing the challenges of mobile web development • ARIA™ Templates code already underpins Amadeus’ User Interface (UI) development Madrid, Spain, 2012-07-26 —… Read the full press release

Building the Future of Indian Aviation – An India Inc. Approach

New Delhi, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for an “India Inc.” approach to resolve India’s aviation crisis and improve competitiveness to drive economic and social benefits. “Indian aviation is in a multi-faceted crisis. Before aviation can deliver greater benefits to the Indian economy, this crisis must be resolved with coordinated public… Read the full press release

Commissioner Andolino Gives Keynote Address to the Aero Club of Washington

CHICAGO, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino today gave the monthly keynote address to the Aero Club of Washington in Washington, D.C. Andolino gave a luncheon presentation on “Investing in Airports During Tough Economic Times: Chicago Leads the Way” at the Capital Hilton Hotel to a sold-out crowd of about 200 attendees. Click here to read the Commissioner’s speech…. Read the full press release

Port of Seattle Authorizes Major Renovation of North Satellite at Sea-Tac

Forty-year-old facility to receive estimated $230 million upgrade SEATTLE, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Port of Seattle Commission gave final design authorization today for an estimated $230 million renovation of the north satellite at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to better serve passengers. The project will include modernizing facilities, seismic upgrades, enhanced traveler amenities, three new gates and a… Read the full press release

Jet Airways’ JetEscapes introduces attractive domestic and international travel packages

Attractive group packages for corporate houses, with Conference facilities 1 Night packages for the corporate traveller Exciting monsoon packages to Goa, Kerala, Mumbai and Golden Triangle Luxurious JetEscapes Getaways with The Serai resorts   2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mumbai: Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline has introduced a slew of attractive JetEscapes packages for corporate travellers… Read the full press release

Bulgaria Air Signs Full Content Agreement with Travelport

Agreement secures access to all fares and classes Langley, UK, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has today announced a continuation to its global content agreement with Bulgaria Air.  The agreement sees Galileo, Apollo and Worldspan connected travel agency customers across the globe continue to have full access to… Read the full press release

Air New Zealand’s distinctive aircraft tails go black

2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chief Executive Office Rob Fyfe announced today that the tails of all new aircraft entering the fleet will be painted black and the lettering of the Air New Zealand name is being modernised. “Our iconic symbol, the Koru, will remain but it will be set within our national colour rather than the blue and… Read the full press release

Nebraska Tourism Commission elects leaders, sets meeting

LINCOLN, NEB., 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Nebraska Tourism Commission recently elected its leadership team. Mike Kesselring of Crawford, owner of High Plains Homestead, was elected commission chairman; Jeff Boeka of North Platte, general manager of Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in North Platte, was elected vice chairman; and John Chapo of Lincoln, director of Lincoln… Read the full press release

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Tops J.D. Power and Associates Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study for Luxury Hotel Brands for Third Consecutive Year

Chevy Chase, Md. 2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — T he Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has once again ranked highest in the luxury brand segment, for an impressive third year in a row by J.D. Power and Associates in their 2012 North America Guest Satisfaction Index Study. “It is a tribute to our ladies and gentlemen that they… Read the full press release

SHD Announces New United Express Carrier

SHD Announces New United Express Carrier Silver Airways to Replace Colgan Air Weyers Cave, Virginia – 2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ —  The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Commission is pleased to announce a change in United Express carrier from Colgan Air to their new regional airline partner, Silver Airways. Silver Airways will operate all United flights from SHD… Read the full press release

Galway-Tuam motorway extension a major boost for Shannon Airport passengers

2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Director of Shannon Airport, Mary Considine has described the green-light for the Gort-Tuam motorway under the Government stimulus programme as a significant boost for passengers across the wider West of Ireland. “The announcement by Government that the Gort to Tuam motorway will proceed under its major stimulus programme is very positive… Read the full press release

Shannon enjoys record month for Business Aviation traffic

2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Director of Shannon Airport, Mary Considine has today said that last month’s record number of Business Aviation jets landing in Shannon gives further confidence that this sector can be an area of growth for the airport. A total of 460 ‘Business Aviation jet movements ’ took place at Shannon in June,… Read the full press release

Malaysia Airlines marks the entry of its first A380 into the airline’s fleet by having its 5-Star Airline status renewed

LONDON – 2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — Malaysia Airlines (MAS) marked the entry of its first A380 into the airline’s fleet by having its 5-Star Airline status renewed by SKYTRAX. The recognition comes at a time of great change within the national airline of Malaysia as it embarks upon a series of improvements to repositioning it as… Read the full press release

Skytrax issue rebuttal and refusal to subscribe to a self-appointed critic of user-review sites

London, UK, 2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — A self-appointed critic of review sites that seeks to attract revenue by cajoling websites into paying for their accreditation, has targeted Skytrax by questioning the reliability of our user-created content – going so far as to suggest that Skytrax display fake content. Aside from also having no knowledge or understanding about… Read the full press release

EASYJET INTERIM MANAGEMENT STATEMENT FOR THE QUARTER ENDED 30 JUNE 2012

2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — Highlights: Total revenue per seat was £57.58; an increase of 4.7%, at constant currency, compared to the prior year driven by targeted capacity allocation into higher yielding markets, the success of the ‘europe by easyJet’ campaign and the recently launched mobile app. Revenue per seat growth was 2.8% on a reported basis,… Read the full press release

Travelport announces mobile GDS application

Travelport Mobile Agent Developed by a Travelport Developer Network member Langley, UK, 2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has today announced the launch of Travelport Mobile Agent through its Developer Network. The mobile app, which enables Travelport-connected agencies to gain full access to the Galileo platform directly on… Read the full press release

‘Live With GBTA’ Kicks Off 2012 GBTA Convention With American Airlines Thomas Horton and Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell

Boston, MA, 2012-07-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – kicked off 2012 GBTA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts hosting on stage Thomas Horton, CEO of AMR Corporation and American Airlines as well as Ed Rendell, former Governor of Pennsylvania, author and NBC News Analyst in… Read the full press release

GBTA and Egencia® Research Shows Travel Professionals Gaining Control of Travel Policies

Report Ranks Top 10 Most Important Factors in Defining Policy Alexandria, Va. and Bellevue, Wash., 2012-07-24 — /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 by the… Read the full press release

INFRABEL ET LA SNCB METTENT EN PLACE UNE NOUVELLE PROCÉDURE DE DÉPART DES TRAINS, PLUS SÛRE

2012-07-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Les conseils d’administration de la SNCB et d’Infrabel ont approuvé la mise en oeuvre, à partir de 2015, d’une nouvelle procédure de départ des trains, plus sûre. Situation actuelle Les procédures actuelles obligent l’accompagnateur du train à fermer toutes les portes des ra-mes dès le coup de sifflet de départ, à l’exception… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Increases Second Quarter Adjusted Net Income 35.4% While Lowering Average Base Fare per Flight Segment to $81.06

MIRAMAR, Fla., 2012-07-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines, Inc. (Nasdaq:SAVE) today reported second quarter 2012 financial results. Net income, excluding special items, for the second quarter 2012 increased 35.4 percent to $35.3 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, as compared to pro forma second quarter 2011 net income.1 GAAP net income for second quarter 2012 was $34.6… Read the full press release

Gliding through the air even more efficiently with Sharklets

airberlin is one of the first airlines in the world to equip its new Airbus A320/A321 fleet with fuel-saving Sharklet technology 2012-07-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — The airberlin group is having new fuel-saving wing tip devices fitted on all 14 of the Airbus A320/A321 aircraft which are still on order with the manufacturer. These devices, known as… Read the full press release

ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR’S INTEGRAL ROLE IN LOCAL TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE HIGHLIGHTED AT HOMELAND SECURITY “PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS” CONFERENCE

Enterprise’s Chief Strategy Officer Greg Stubblefield: “We have a unique and great responsibility to take care of our communities, longtime partners and local customers when emergency-preparedness and disaster recovery efforts are priority No. 1.” COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., 2012-07-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — As Greg Stubblefield, chief strategy officer of the world’s largest car rental company, addressed the… Read the full press release

Travelport delivers mobile app for Italian youth travel service CTS

2012-07-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has today announced the development of a mobile app for CTS Viaggi, the Italian member of the WYSET (World Youth Student and Educational Travel) Confederation. The app, called CTS Mobile, is available for users of Apple and Android products and is available… Read the full press release

ATIPAC calls for swift progress on further ATOL reforms

2012-07-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Air Travel Insolvency Protection Advisory Committee (ATIPAC) has welcomed the first phase of ATOL Reform, but says much more must be done to protect holidaymakers. In its annual report, published today, the Committee supports the introduction of Flight Plus sales into ATOL, and the forthcoming production of ATOL Certificates for anyone… Read the full press release