Gatwick Airport to develop options for a new runway

· Gatwick to undertake new runway options work · A new runway at Gatwick has advantages over expansion at Heathrow and Stansted, and the building of an Estuary airport · Remains committed to the 1979 legal agreement: no runway to be built before 2019 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Gatwick Airport Limited is beginning detailed work on… Read the full press release

Sustainable tourism central to the future of Africa’s Parks

Arusha – Madrid, 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Tourism is one of the most effective ways to preserve Africa’s national parks and protected areas while creating jobs and income for local communities. This was one of the main conclusions of the First Pan-African Conference on Sustainable Tourism in African National Parks, organized by UNWTO and the Government… Read the full press release

Stansted’s Traffic Falls Again As BAA Admit Any New Owner Can Run It Cheaper

2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, the UK’s favourite airline, today (19th October) condemned Stansted Airport owner BAA/Ferrovial for again running down traffic at the airport during September. Stansted handled 4% less passengers in September 2012 than it did in the same month last year. While Stansted’s traffic continues to decline, the BAA has also admitted that… Read the full press release

News Brief: Industry Group Adopts Foundation Standard for New Distribution Capability

Abu Dhabi – 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the IATA Passenger Services Conference (PSC) adopted a Resolution on a Foundation Standard for a New Distribution Capability (NDC), during a meeting at the World Passenger Symposium in Abu Dhabi this week. The NDC will enable airlines to offer more options… Read the full press release

Spa Goers Vote Spa & Hammam at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus Their Favourite Spa in Turkey for Three Consecutive Years in SpaFinder Wellness 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards

Spa Goers Vote Spa & Hammam at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus Their Favourite Spa in Turkey for Three Consecutive Years in SpaFinder Wellness 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards

Prestigious tenth annual awards honour spa-goers’ favourite spas across the globe Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Turkey – 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — SpaFinder Wellness, the global spa and wellness resource, has named the Spa & Hammam at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus as winner of the prestigious 2012 Country Award for Turkey. This recognition is given annually to the top spa in… Read the full press release

QATAR AIRWAYS CEO CALLS FOR LONDON HEATHROW RUNWAY EXPANSION FOR UK TO REMAIN GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker delivers the keynote address to more than 250 guests at the prestigious Aviation Club in London.

Akbar Al Baker Stressed Airport Growth Was A Necessity Not An Option During Keynote Address To Industry Professionals At Aviation Club Lunch In London Airline Boss Stresses Gulf Carriers Playing Pivotal Role In Global Aviation London, UNITED KINGDOM – 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker has called on the British… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Announce College Students Selected for Annual Travel Program

DALLAS – 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines,(NYSE: LUV), in conjunction with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), today announced students selected to receive the annual “Lanzate/Take Off” Education Travel Award. Applications for this year’s program, the theme of which is “Dandole Alas a Tu Exito/Giving Flight to Your Success,” began in March. More than… Read the full press release

Dragonair Introduces Latest Seasonal Menus with Crab Roe Delicacies and Hot Pot Rice for Autumn

Dragonair launches a new round of seasonal inflight menus

HONG KONG, 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dragonair today announced a new round of its seasonal inflight menus featuring crab roe and hot pot rice dishes, which have been well received by passengers in previous years. Crab roe dishes were first introduced on Dragonair flights in 2009. For the latest version of the menu, which is being… Read the full press release

Seasonal Rejuvenation at Qin The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai

Qin The Spa

Pamper and rejuvenate this autumn with blissful massages Shanghai, China – 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Autumn is the right time to nourish and nurture the skin before the coming of winter. Qin The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai invites guests to come pamper themselves with a choice of luxurious massages using organic essential oils to deeply soothe the body and soul…. Read the full press release

Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental Brands Enter Uruguay Market

Franchise Agreement with Olecram Expands Travelers’ Options in Montevideo and Punta Del Este MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Enterprise Holdings today announced that it is franchising the use of its Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands to Olecram SA, a leading transportation company based in Montevideo, Uruguay. This agreement will bring the Alamo and National brands… Read the full press release

Screenings of Spielberg’s LINCOLN Scheduled for November 8 in Richmond and Petersburg

Screenings of Spielberg's LINCOLN Scheduled for November 8 in Richmond and Petersburg

-Movie was filmed entirely in Richmond and Petersburg areas – RICHMOND, Va., 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Legendary producer/director Steven Spielberg’s major motion picture LINCOLN, filmed entirely in the Richmond/Petersburg area in 2011, will be shown in a pair of special by-invitation-only advance screenings in Richmond and Petersburg on November 8th. The screenplay was adapted from the… Read the full press release

Liberation Group are Beer Champions

2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Liberation Group, the Channel Islands leading pub, bars and drinks business, has scooped another major industry award. Last night, at the British Beer and Pub Association dinner, the company was crowned Beer Champions in front of industry peers and influential journalists. It is the first time the accolade has been awarded and… Read the full press release

Japanese Ambassador to visit Jersey

2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Japanese Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Mr Keiichi Hayashi, will visit Jersey next week on 22 and 23 October 2012. He will be accompanied by his wife, Mrs Hiroko Hayashi, and the Embassy’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Yosuke Kawakami. During his stay in the Island, the Ambassador will meet… Read the full press release

Hilton Columbus Downtown Announces Opening

Hilton Columbus Downtown Exterior

532-Room Property is Situated in the Center of the City’s Popular Neighborhoods COLUMBUS, Ohio – 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today Hilton Hotels & Resorts announces the official opening of Hilton Columbus Downtown, poised to be a top destination in the heart of the city. The 532-room property is located at 401 North High Street, conveniently positioned in… Read the full press release

The HR Team at Brown’s Hotel are proud winners of the SME HR Initiative of the Year Award

2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — We are pleased to announce that Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel was last night awarded the ‘SME HR initiative of the year Award’ (for small and medium enterprises), at the 2012 CIPD People Management Awards.  Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel prides itself on its unrivalled service and wanted a training programme to reflect this. … Read the full press release

New Unique Hampton Inn & Suites Opens, Keeping Austin Stylishly Weird

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 137-room Hampton Inn & Suites Austin @ The University/Capitol located at 1701 Lavaca Street. Credit: Hampton Hotels

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Michael V. Harrell and co-owner Robert M. Rogers open 158th Hampton hotel in Texas MCLEAN, Va. – 2012-10-19 — /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 137-room Hampton Inn… Read the full press release

Vision Hospitality Group’s Hampton Inn & Suites Becomes First Silver LEED Certified Hotel in Chattanooga

Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for New Construction on Sept. 25, distinguishing the property as the first to achieve this status in the City of Chattanooga. Credit: Hampton Hotels

CHATTANOOGA, TN – 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Vision Hospitality Group’s Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanoooga/Downtown received Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for New Construction on Sept. 25, distinguishing the property as the first to achieve this status in the City of Chattanooga. LEED is a rating system used by the United States… Read the full press release

RIU Hotels & Resorts to Adopt Travelife Across its Entire Portfolio

2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelife is delighted to announce that RIU Hotels and Resorts has announced a commitment to audit its entire property portfolio against the Travelife Sustainability System by the end of 2014. The hotel group has already started phase one of the project with the first seven RIU Hotels & Resorts achieving Travelife Gold… Read the full press release

Hilton Pattaya Announces ‘Meat The Reel Australia’ Exquisite Wine Dinner At Flare Restaurant

Hilton Pattaya today announced its latest exquisite wine dinner promotion at Flare restaurant. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

PATTAYA, Thailand – 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Pattaya today announced its latest exquisite wine dinner promotion at Flare restaurant. The promotion is held in partnership with a true veteran of the Australian wine industry, Leigh Gilligan, and will feature vintages from Australia’s premier region, McLaren Vale. Guests can enjoy delicious Australian cuisine such as aged… Read the full press release

ED MCHALE NAMED TO KINGS ISLAND HALL OF FAME

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Former Kings Island executive Ed McHale will be inducted as the newest member of the 364-acre amusement and waterpark’s Hall of Fame. McHale will be inducted as the lone member of the 2012 Hall of Fame class Saturday, October 27 at Kings Island during a 10:45am ceremony on… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Brings Innovation and Variety to In-room Dining

The popular Young Hollywood Salad

Menu items include healthy, indulgent, and ethnic dishes that give guests a taste of the world without leaving Los Angeles Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, U.S.A. – 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lights! Camera! Devour! Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has introduced a new show stopping in-room dining menu that is stealing the attention and appetite… Read the full press release

Ryanair Calls On DAA & CAR To Confirm That Pension Bill Will Not Be Passed On To Passengers

2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Ireland’s No1 airline, today (19 Oct) called for confirmation from the DAA airport monopoly and the Commission for Aviation Regulation that any unjustified contribution to the DAA’s pension scheme will not be passed on to passengers in the form of higher airport charges, but will be funded instead from the sale… Read the full press release

IHG is Asia’s Leading Business Hotel Brand with 18 World Travel Awards wins across the region

IHG is Asia's Leading Business Hotel Brand with 18 World Travel Awards wins across the region

Singapore, 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) took home 18 accolades at the 2012 World Travel Awards (WTA), which took place at the InterContinental Singapore last night. IHG took home the title for Asia’s Leading Business Hotel Brand, as well as a slew of awards across its brands for properties across Asia, Australasia and the… Read the full press release

Kuusamo selected as Airport of the Year for 2012

Finavia has chosen Kuusamo Airport as the airport of the year for 2012. The main selection criteria were financial effectiveness and customer satisfaction 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — “Kuusamo Airport has successfully improved key financial figures and the efficiency of operations. In addition, operating as a customer-oriented service organisation during the past year has been a good… Read the full press release

Festive Celebrations and New Year’s Eve Party at Four Seasons Hotel Prague

Festive Celebrations and New Year’s Eve Party at Four Seasons Hotel Prague

It’s snowing crystals atFour Seasons this holiday season in Prague Prague, Czech Republic – 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The holidays are a special time in Prague as the entire city celebrates the festive season. Christmas markets, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, Christmas cookies and special sweets, choirs and concerts create a magical atmosphere in this cultural heart of… Read the full press release

Ryanair Rejects False Italian Tax Claims

Ryanair, 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — confirmed that it has complied, and continues to comply, with Irish and EU tax legislation in respect of its pilots and cabin crew, who are covered by EU regulations applicable to mobile transport workers in respect of their employment, which takes place on Irish registered aircraft (which is defined under EU… Read the full press release

Marriott Hotels & Resorts Signs New Strategic Partnership with The German Golf Association

Marriott Hotels & Resorts Signs New Strategic Partnership with The German Golf Association

Three-Year Partnership Makes Marriott Hotels & Resorts the Official Hotel Partner of the DGV. Frankfurt – 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott Hotels & Resorts yesterday signed a three year strategic partnership with the German Golf Association (DGV), the umbrella organization representing over 800 golf clubs in Germany.  The partnership, effective from 1st January 2013, makes Marriott… Read the full press release

CARIBBEAN AIRLINES NAMED “LEADING CARIBBEAN AIRLINE 2012” BY WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS

Port-of-Spain, 2012-10-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Caribbean Airlines was voted the “Leading Caribbean Airline” by World Travel Awards recently held in Montego Bay, Jamaica. For the third consecutive year, Caribbean Airlines has been given the nod as the “Leading Caribbean Airline” by World Travel Awards, the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought after awards programme in the global travel and… Read the full press release

Spice Up The Holidays With Festive Culinary Offerings at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Spice Up The Holidays With Festive Culinary Offerings at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Executive Chef Ashley James has added modern twists such as a Mozzarella Mixologist station to the brunch menus Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, U.S.A. – 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Celebrate the holidays with family and friends at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for an elegant and unforgettable Thanksgiving and Christmas brunch or dinner, prepared by Executive… Read the full press release

KCI Airport Terminal A Roadwork to Close Curb Saturday Night

2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Work is underway on the Terminal A loop road at Kansas City International Airport, including milling, full-depth repairs, paving, striping, and curb repairs. This extensive work has required the closure of some traffic lanes. To minimize inconvenience to travelers, work that requires terminal curb closure will be done in large sections during… Read the full press release