Ethiopian Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Flights to China

2012-11-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian Airlines celebrates anniversaries of inaugural flights to 14 destinations in the month of November. Notable among them is the inaugural flight to Beijing operated with Boeing 720 on November 7, 1973, thus marking 30 years of uninterrupted service to China. A pioneer in African aviation, Ethiopian was the first African carrier… Read the full press release

South African Airways (SAA) today announced the winners of it’s competition for wines to be served on board its aircraft in 2013

SAA Names 2013 Trophy Wines Cape Town, 2012-11-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — South African Airways (SAA) today announced the winners of its competition for wines to be served on board its aircraft in 2013. The winning wines will be served on all SAA domestic, regional and international flights and in the airline’s business class lounges. South Africa’s… Read the full press release

Operation Mountains of Love: Vermont Ski Areas to Support Sandy Recovery in NY, NJ, CT Host Boston and Online Fundraising Drive

Boston, MA – 2012-11-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Vermont’s ski resorts are launching a fundraising campaign this week in Boston, and online, to help residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut impacted by super storm Sandy. Dubbed Operation Mountains of Love, 100% of the funds raised will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. “Our… Read the full press release

Dickey’s Slow Smoked Barbecue Heading to Ventura

Dickey’s Slow Smoked Barbecue Heading to Ventura

Ventura, CA, 2012-11-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dickey’s shows no signs of slowing down in its expansion across the country. New locations just keep popping up everywhere and each location brings the slow smoked barbecue that just melts in your mouth. Ventura, CA will soon be able to enjoy Dickey’s unique and authentic taste. The new location… Read the full press release

Holiday Happenings at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Holiday Happenings at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colina

Four Seasons hosts a festive holiday season of gatherings and events Dallas, U.S.A. – 2012-11-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — To celebrate the holidays, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas has put together an amazing calendar of events and activities to get everyone into the holiday spirit. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, guests will enjoy every moment of… Read the full press release

News Brief: Moving the Electronic Air Waybill Forward

Geneva – 2012-11-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the decision by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to approve the use of the electronic master air waybill (e-AWB) for air cargo shipments to and from the US. The action means that the e-AWB will be accepted for shipments at… Read the full press release

Bangkok Airways and Japan Airlines Start Codeshare and Mileage Tie-up

TOKYO, 2012-11-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Japan Airlines (JAL) and Bangkok Airways (PG) today announced the commencement of their codeshare agreement on select flights between three airports in Japan and Bangkok operated by JAL, as well as between Bangkok and four points within the region on PG, effective from November 15, 2012. The new partnership will enable customers of both Japan Airlines and… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Enjoy a special Anniversary Dinner at ekki BAR & GRILL Tokyo at Marunouchi, Japan – 2012-11-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 15, 2012, and to show its gratitude to guests, ekki BAR & GRILL is offering a special 10th Anniversary Dinner Menu. Head Chef Sotiris Ananiadis has selected the… Read the full press release

Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts ‘Return The Kindness’ to Those with the “Spirit To Serve”

Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts 'Return The Kindness' to Those with the “Spirit To Serve”

New Facebook Contest to Award Selfless Volunteers With Vacation and Charitable Support 2012-11-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts is looking to find and reward ten people who embody the “Spirit to Serve,” a philosophy of Marriott International’s corporate platform which includes social responsibility and community involvement, among other philosophies. For the… Read the full press release

agoda.com lights up Thailand with fabulous Loy Kratong deals

agoda.com lights up Thailand with fabulous Loy Kratong deals

2012-11-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), is helping travelers find great deals during Loy Kratong, Thailand’s most romantic and beautiful festival. Falling on the night of the 12th full moon – which this year is November 28th – it’s a tradition that dates back… Read the full press release

Frontier Airlines Reports October 2012 Traffic

INDIANAPOLIS, 2012-11-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings (NASDAQ: RJET), today reported preliminary traffic results for October 2012. For the month, Frontier’s load factor increased one percentage point to 90% compared to October 2011. Frontier’s traffic decreased 9%, to 0.9 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs); capacity decreased 11%, to 1.1 billion… Read the full press release

Ryanair October Traffic Up 4% (+273,000 Pax)

TRAFFIC OVER 7M FOR 7 MONTHS IN A ROW 2012-11-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair today (6 Nov) released passenger and load factor stats for October 2012 as follows: Oct 11 Oct 12 Change Yr to Oct 12 Passengers 7.27M 7.54M +4% 79.3M Load Factor 84% 82% -2% 82% October 2012 was the seventh month in succession… Read the full press release

MRS BEATRICE TOLLMAN RECOGNISED AS EUROPEAN HOTELIER OF THE YEAR 2012

2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mrs Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of the luxurious Red Carnation Hotel Collection has been awarded Hotelier of the Year at the European Hospitality Awards 2012. Bea Tollman has been recognised for continuingly unparalleled levels of service, excellence and luxury across all of the collection’s five and four star properties in Europe,… Read the full press release

Wine Picks from Four Seasons Hotel Austin for a Perfectly Paired Holiday Dinner

Sommelier Mark Sayre

Festive wine suggestions from award-winning sommelier Mark Sayre Austin, U.S.A. – 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — After days of planning and hours of cooking, the last thing anyone wants is a wine that makes the food at their holiday feast fall flat. “Food is typically the star at holiday gatherings such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, but what… Read the full press release

One Billion Tourists: One billion Opportunities – new UNWTO campaign calls on one billion tourists to make their actions count

Madrid,2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Small changes in travel behavior can contribute to positive change throughout the world. With one billion tourists traveling the world in a single year in 2012, transforming these one billion tourists into one billion opportunities is at the heart of the online campaign launched by UNWTO to celebrate this historic milestone. Recalling… Read the full press release

PATA and Travel Industry Criticize UK APD at the House of Commons

PATA and Travel Industry Criticize UK APD at the House of Commons

LONDON, 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) held a politicians’ and travel industry leaders’ dinner in the House of Commons in London, November 5. The aim was to draw attention to unfair taxation and ill thought-out schemes that are hurting the travel industry, especially UK outbound travel to longhaul destinations. The main… Read the full press release

IATA Successfully Developing MENA Aviation

Algiers – 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) outlined five areas in which opportunities exist to further develop aviation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to benefit the region’s economies. “MENA is a growing force in aviation. For example, over the last decade, the Middle East share of global international… Read the full press release

The Promise of a Merry Minty Holiday from Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

The Relaxation Room in The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

The Spa introduces a new holiday treatment, the Merry-Mint Massage Atlanta, U.S.A. – 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The holidays are upon us and amid all the travel, parties, shopping and more, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is encouraging locals and visitors alike to take a moment to relax and enjoy “the most wonderful time of year.” The gift… Read the full press release

LOT wystartował do Stuttgartu!

Warszawa, 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dzisiaj Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT zainaugurowały rejsy do Stuttgartu. Kierunek ten to już drugie w tym roku, obok Hanoweru, połączenie do Niemiec, które są jednym ze strategicznych rynków polskiego przewoźnika. Należący do PLL LOT Embraer 170 o numerach rejestracyjnych SP-LDB wystartował z warszawskiego lotniska o godz. 16:25. Lądowanie samolotu w Stuttgarcie… Read the full press release

airberlin is giving away a dream wedding in the Seychelles on 12.12.12

2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Many register offices are already fully booked six weeks before the last lucky repdigit wedding day. But why get married in the German cold if you can celebrate your big day under palm trees? From now until 11th November 2012 couples ready to tie the knot can enter the competition on facebook.com/airberlin… Read the full press release

Bigger is Better This Thanksgiving: Large Families Feast Effortlessly Buffet-Style at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Chef Kerry Sear unveils first Thanksgiving Buffet

Chef Kerry Sear unveils the first traditional turkey dinner for parties of six or more in the Ballroom Seattle, U.S.A. – 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — A new holiday tradition, that no longer includes dirty dishes or shopping, can be started at the Family Thanksgiving Buffet in the Ballroom at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Parties of six or more can hang-up their aprons… Read the full press release

Condor launches its direct flights between Frankfurt and Cape Town International Airport

Sunday 4 November 2012 marks the inaugural flight for Condor Airline from German to Cape Town 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Condor leaves Frankfurt on a Tuesday and a Saturday evening and arrives in Cape Town on a Wednesday morning and Sunday morning. The airline will be utilising a Boeing 767-300 type aircraft. “This is the… Read the full press release

Chicago Hosts Fifth Annual Airports Going Green Conference

Airport CEOs discuss the airport sustainablity vision. (L-r) Panel moderator Tudor Van Hampton, Engineering News Record; Mark Gale, CEO, Philadelphia International Airport; Jeffrey Fegan, CEO, Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport; Jim Elwood, Aviation Director, Aspen/Pitkin County Airport; John Potter, President and CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority and Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)

CHICAGO, 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The future of airport sustainability, aviation biofuels, green concessions, “net zero” energy strategies, as well as FAA reauthorization and sustainability mandates, are among the key topics of discussion at the Airports Going Green conference hosted by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) in Chicago. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed the conference attendees… Read the full press release

LOT Polish Airlines obtained financing for purchase of Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Warsaw,2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today at the Polish Embassy in Washington Marcin Piróg, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines, Fred Hochberg, Chairman & President of Export-Import Bank of the United States and Jon Byron, Vice-President of Apple Bank for Savings signed the agreement for financing of the first of five Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, covered by the… Read the full press release

airberlin again increases capacity utilization

2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — In October 2012, airberlin increased its capacity utilization to 81.00 percent, i.e. an increase of 1.3 percentage points over the corresponding month of the previous year. Last month, airberlin welcomed 3,177,080 passengers on board. Since airberlin reduced its capacity by 6.6 percent in October 2012 within the framework of its “Shape and… Read the full press release

Marriott, A Dog Wearing a Tie Visits Boulder on a Business Trip and Expenses His Lottery Ticket?

Marriott, A Dog Wearing a Tie Visits Boulder on a Business Trip and Expenses His Lottery Ticket?

Residence Inn provides essential (and not-so-essential) travel tips for road warriors 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — As the busy fall travel season continues into the hectic holiday travel season, Residence Inn by Marriott is making sure that extended-stay travelers are prepared for whatever their trips may bring. By providing road warriors with critical (and not-so-critical) travel tips and… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide Announces Opening of DoubleTree by Hilton in Merida, Mexico’s Yucatan Capital

Former Mansion Welcomes Guests to Historic Experience MCLEAN, Va. and MERIDA, Mexico – 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of a DoubleTree by Hilton in Merida – the largest city and capital of Mexico’s state of Yucatan.  Built around an early 20th century mansion, the four-story DoubleTree by Hilton Merida welcomes guests… Read the full press release

Travelport and Alitalia agree merchandising distribution

Italian carrier to distribute seats, bags, lounge access, insurance… Langley, 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, and Alitalia, Compagnia Aerea Italiana, today announce the implementation of a new agreement for the distribution of ancillary services to Travelport-connected agencies in Italy and worldwide. Fulfilled seamlessly via an electronic miscellaneous document… Read the full press release

Expansion of Accor in a new country with the signing of two hotels in Bangladesh

The Group continues to strengthen its network throughout South Asia 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Accor, the world’s leading hotel operator, announces that it will enter Bangladesh, the Group’s 17th market in Asia-Pacific. Accor will open two properties in the country under management contracts – Novotel Dhaka Gulshan Avenue in the country’s capital and Novotel Chittagong. These developments will add over… Read the full press release

FirstGroup Awarded Prestigious Accreditation for its Supplier Relationship Management Programme

2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The UK’s largest transport operator, FirstGroup, has become just the 25th company and the first public transport operator to be awarded the prestigious British standard, BS11000. BS11000 is the world’s first national standard for ‘collaborative business relationships’.  In achieving BS110000 status, FirstGroup, through its internal Supplier Relationship Management Programme, has formalised and… Read the full press release