CTC wraps up its 2013 Global Marketing, Sales and Communications Plan.

Focus on greater destination awareness, demand and conversion in the face of vigorous competition from new and traditional tourism rivals. 2012-09-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has just completed its 2013 Global Marketing, Sales and Communications Plan. The plan, which focuses on leisure travellers, examines the opportunities and challenges for the Canadian tourism industry in the… Read the full press release

Travelport and Gulf Air renew agreement to provide full content for travel agents

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2012-09-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, and Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, have renewed their full content agreement, which will ensure that all travel agents within Travelport’s worldwide network continue to have access to the airline’s full range of published… Read the full press release

Macau Government Tourist Office Provides Retail Sector Training

Director João Manuel Costa Antunes encourages tourism sector personnel to receive training

2012-09-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) will hold four training sessions in four consecutive months to enhance the service quality of tourism and related sectors and promote the Quality Pledge, with the retail sector as the foremost training target. During his speech, Director of MGTO João Manuel Costa Antunes expressed that Macau is… Read the full press release

Online Registration Closes TODAY for Contractor Open House

CHICAGO, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Online pre-registration will close today for the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Contractor Open House. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL. The Contractor Open House provides an excellent opportunity for firms interested in… Read the full press release

GBTA Recognises “Innovative and Passionate” Volunteer

Services to European Travel & Meetings Management Appreciated BUDAPEST, Hungary, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — GBTA  today announced Ms. Caroline Strachan, Global Travel Lead for Astra Zeneca and GBTA’s former European advisory board chair, as the winner of the GBTA Luoma Award. The GBTA Luoma Award was created in 2011 in honour of Jutta Luoma, the Executive Director… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest Welcomes Two New Members in Sales and Marketing Team

Veronika Szabo, Public Relations Manager

Public Relations Manager and Director of Sales strengthen the Hotel team. Budapest, Hungary 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest announces the appointment of two new professionals, Veronika Szabo, Public Relations Manager and Drew Clarke, Director of Sales. Based in Budapest, Veronika´s role encompasses managing media relations in both international and local markets, social… Read the full press release

Macau Government Tourist Office Promotes Macau across Mainland China

Tourism Department Heads of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau at the joint booth

2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Deputy Director of Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes visited Guangzhou and Shanghai to attend China (Guangdong) International Tourism Industry Expo (CITIE2012) and Shanghai Tourism Festival 2012 respectively to promote Macau and the joint tourism of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. MGTO set up a booth around the… Read the full press release

GBTA Forecasts Overall Fall in Business Travel Spend Across Major European Markets in 2012, But Expects Markets to Improve in 2013

Report Finds Strong Correlation Between Job Growth, Exports, and Business Travel Spend Across Western European Markets LONDON, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — GBTA announces the results of its second GBTA BTI™ Outlook – Western Europe report, a semi-annual analysis of the five most critical business travel markets in Europe: Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain. These five markets… Read the full press release

Massport Board Confirms Thomas Glynn As New CEO

Massport Board Confirms Thomas Glynn as New CEO BOSTON 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today confirmed Thomas Glynn to serve as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Port Authority overseeing Boston Logan International Airport, the public container and cruise terminals in the Port… Read the full press release

Tourism in Russia contributes more to GDP than automotive manufacturing

2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Travel & Tourism industry in Russia is bigger than the size of automotive manufacturing industry and directly supports almost as many jobs as the financial sector. This is according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) sponsored by American Express and TUI AG, released today during a… Read the full press release

Virgin Trains does the business

2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — On the same day as MPs at Westminster were debating the Government’s decision not to award the new West Coast franchise to Virgin Trains, readers of Business Traveller magazine have for the sixth year in succession voted the company Best UK Domestic Rail Operator. Tony Collins, Chief Executive Virgin Rail Group, said… Read the full press release

Hainan set to rival Singapore, Malaysia and Italy by 2021

2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chinese province of Hainan is on track to become one of the world’s leading tourist resort destinations by 2021. According to a report, ‘Hainan: Travel & Tourism Development Potential 2011 – 2021’ released today by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), by 2021 tourism expenditure in Hainan will be roughly… Read the full press release

Massport Holds the Line on Logan Rates and Charges

Massport Holds the Line on Boston Logan Rates and Charges Free Silver Line Service to Continue through New Year BOSTON, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Massachusetts Port Authority Board today approved a series of rates and charges for airlines at Boston Logan International Airport.  The rates are in effect from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013,… Read the full press release

GBTA and IATA Announce Collaboration, Starting With Corporate Data Study

Alexandria, VA, USA & Geneva, Switzerland, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — GBTA announced its collaboration with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on a GBTA Foundation study on the use of corporate data by business travel aggregators. The report is the first step in gaining a better understanding of this issue, which is of great importance to GBTA… Read the full press release

Tourism in India contributes more to GDP than automotive manufacturing

2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Travel & Tourism industry in India is almost three times bigger than the size of automotive manufacturing industry and generates more jobs than the chemical manufacturing, automotive manufacturing, communications and mining sectors added together. This is according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) sponsored by American… Read the full press release

Association of ATOL Companies and Dolphin Dynamics host ATOL Forum

Association representing leading ATOL travel companies and travel technology company conduct a dedicated ATOL Reform event supported by the CAA. Highlights the need for back office systems to be ready and for ATOL certificate to be issued when money is received. London, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Members of The Association of ATOL Companies (AAC) and customers… Read the full press release

Countdown to World Tourism Day 2012

Madrid, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — With less than one week to go to World Tourism Day (WTD) on September 27, preparations for the official celebrations in host country Spain are well underway. In the presence of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Maspalomas, one of Spain’s famed seaside towns on the island of Gran… Read the full press release

Strengthening Japan’s Aviation Competitiveness – Reducing Cost of Infrastructure

Tokyo, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on Japan to capitalize on the economic benefits of air transport by improving the sector’s competitiveness. “I am a Japan optimist. And in the case of aviation, these last few years have seen some of the most promising changes in Japanese air transport,” said… Read the full press release

Savvy Business Travellers Rank Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong #1 in the World

A home away from home in Hong Kong

Hotel wins Best Business Hotel Worldwide at 2012 Business Traveller Awards 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Readers of Business Traveller (UK) have just named Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong the Best Business Hotel Worldwide in the annual Business Traveller Awards, and also voted Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts the #1 Business Hotel Chain Worldwide. Whether a final destination or a stopover on the way to… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris Voted Best Business Hotel in Western Europe by Readers of Business Traveller

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris Voted Best Business Hotel in Western Europe by Readers of Business Traveller

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts also voted #1 Business Hotel Chain Worldwide, and #1 Luxury Hotel Chain. 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — The readers of the UK magazine Business Travellerhave again voted to elect their favourite hotels in the 2012 edition of the Business Traveller Awards, published annually.Four Seasons Hotel George V was voted for the third consecutive year Best Business… Read the full press release

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre Managed By Hilton Celebrates International Housekeeping Week

DEAD SEA, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — In recognition of the fundamental role of housekeeping team members, Hilton King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center celebrated international housekeeping week. This week aims at recognizing the dedicated housekeeping professionals who have done a fantastic job with ensuring a clean, healthy, and safe environment at the center at all times. As… Read the full press release

Amadeus debuts on Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) as a worldwide Support Services leader

• Amadeus has scored the highest amongst peers in our sector, becoming the leader for the Support Services sector • The company enters both the European and World indexes 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, will debut on Monday September 24 on… Read the full press release

New Signature Flight Support Facility Celebrates Opening With Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at O’Hare International Airport

(Left to right) Geoff Heck, Regional VP, Signature; Mark Costa, Chicago Area Dir., Signature; CDA Commissioner Andolino; Maria Saster, COO, Signature; John Manning, Kraus Manning Construction and Hank Mook, Gen. Mgr., Signature O'Hare.

CHICAGO, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today marked the official grand opening of the new Signature Flight Support terminal at O’Hare International Airport. The facility replaces the existing fixed-base operator (FBO) facility, which needed to be relocated as part of O’Hare’s ongoing airfield reconfiguration under the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). The celebration, hosted by Signature, included a reception at the new building… Read the full press release

TravelClick Drives Bookings for its Hotels in Partnership with Room Key

NEW YORK, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — TravelClick, the leading provider of revenue generating solutions for hoteliers across the globe, announced today that their hotels are live on Room Key (www.roomkey.com).  Thousands of TravelClick’s web booking engine hotel customers can now display real-time, best available rates and inventory on the Room Key website. Room Key, an innovative online… Read the full press release

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