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

Shopping Becomes An Art Form – small ordinary shop is Open at the Chicago Cultural Center

A Satellite Performance of Industry of the Ordinary 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Think small; think ordinary!  That’s the plan for the latest installation of Industry of the Ordinary (IOTO), with “small ordinary shop” located in the Michigan Avenue Gallery North in the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, now through January 1, 2013. Industry of the Ordinary:… Read the full press release

QTA Concludes it’s biggest ever Eid Al Adha Celebrations

QTA Concludes it’s biggest ever Eid Al Adha Celebrations

Doha, 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Over the past few days, Qatar witnessed its biggest ever Eid celebration. An extensive festive program engaged a large numbers from different parts of the country. Celebratory activities included folklore games, entertainment contests, crafts, traditional Qatari feasts, art performances, fireworks, heritage exhibitions, concerts as well as other outdoor activities. In the… Read the full press release

Atlantic Nominated as a Finalist in the Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2013

2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Jersey’s Atlantic Hotel has been nominated as a finalist in the Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2013 alongside some of the best hotels, restaurants and spas in Great Britain, Ireland and Continental Europe. The family owned establishment is shortlisted in the category ‘Most Excellent Waterside Hotel’. The winners will be revealed… Read the full press release

Porter Airlines releases October statistics

TORONTO, 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Porter Airlines reported a 59.4 per cent load factor for October. This is a decrease from last year of 8.3 points. Figures for the month show 125 million Available Seat Miles (ASMs) and 74.2 million Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs). ASMs grew 5.5 per cent from 118.5 million and RPMs decreased 7.5 per… Read the full press release

PREMIER HOLIDAYS WIN AT THE BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS 2012

PREMIER HOLIDAYS WIN AT THE BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS 2012

Premier Holidays has been named in the British Travel Awards 2012 as the winner of Best Medium Tour Operator for South East Asia 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Premier Holidays has been named in the British Travel Awards 2012 as the winner of Best Medium Tour Operator for South East Asia. The announcement was made on 1 November… Read the full press release

InterContinental Hotels Group Third Quarter Results to 30 September 2012

2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Solid third quarter performance Financial summary1 2012 2011 Actual % Change YoY CER2 CER & ex. LDs3 Revenue $473m $467m 1% 3% 4% Operating profit $167m $153m 9% 9% 14% Total adjusted EPS 40.6¢ 36.2¢ 12% Total basic EPS4 59.8¢ 61.4¢ (3)% Net debt $472m $644m 1 All figures are before exceptional items… Read the full press release

Huge Chinese Incentive Group to Convene in Thailand in November

Bangkok, 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — More than 10,000 employees of leading Chinese health food supplement company Pro-Health are to be in Thailand between 4-20 November as part of their incentive award for meeting sales targets. The award-winners, who will split their annual conference and associated events between Bangkok, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya and Pattaya, are the… Read the full press release

Revinate Goes Global

Revinate Goes Global with Increased Language Support and Regional Offices to Answer Growing Worldwide Demand for Online Reputation and Social Media Management Revinate Adds 12 of the World’s Most Common Languages to Upgraded Platform; New Release Supports Growing International Customer Base Featuring Top Global Brands in 120 Countries San Francisco, Calif.—2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Revinate, the new… Read the full press release

ENJOY THANKSGIVING FEAST AT THE PARK OR TAKE HOME A CLASSIC THANKSGIVING DINNER

WHY COOK WHEN MRS. KNOTT’S CAN DO THE COOKING Enjoy Thanksgiving Feast at the Park or Take It Home BUENA PARK, Calif. – 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Why spend the time laboring over the Thanksgiving meal when you can have Mrs. Knott’s do the cooking? This Thanksgiving Knott’s Berry Farm will be offering a special Thanksgiving Holiday… Read the full press release

South Florida Hotel Reflagged DoubleTree by Hilton Deerfield Beach – Boca Raton

DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Deerfield Beach, the latest addition to the rapidly expanding portfolio of DoubleTree by Hilton hotels worldwide. Credit: DoubleTree by Hilton

Hotel’s New Identity Reflects Destination’s Warm Hospitality MCLEAN, Va. – 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ —DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Deerfield Beach, the latest addition to the rapidly expanding portfolio of DoubleTree by Hilton hotels worldwide.  Owned by Continental Properties and managed by Ocean Properties, the 220-room hotel, previously a… Read the full press release

Marriott Honors Top Franchisees for 2012

Marriott Honors Top Franchisees for 2012

Prestigious Partnership Circle Award Given to Five Marriott Franchise Companies 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International honored top full service franchise partners at their annual MINA Conference held last week at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort in Florida. Five companies – E.J. Del Monte Corporation, JHM Hotels, PCH Hotels & Resorts, White Lodging Services and… Read the full press release

Holiday Inn Express conversions open in Braintree, Shrewsbury and Birmingham UK

2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — IHG has signed and opened three new Holiday Inn Express hotels in the United Kingdom following their fast track conversion from Hampton by Hilton. The hotels will be managed by Kew Green IHG Chief Development Officer Europe, Robert Shepherd, said the owner’s decision to convert the properties to Holiday Inn Express hotels was… Read the full press release

ST. JOHN’S – Authority’s Latest Attempt to Engage PSAC is Rejected

PSAC shows no interest to resume negotiations despite the Authority’s efforts to engage them  ST. JOHN’S, NL – 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Since the start of the strike at St. John’s International Airport, the Airport Authority has repeatedly stated its willingness to re-start negotiations, and demonstrated flexibility on all outstanding issues. However, its efforts to engage… Read the full press release

Norwegian Reports Solid October Traffic Figures

Norwegian Reports Solid October Traffic Figures

Norwegian’s (NAS) passenger growth continued in October, up 9 percent compared with the same month previous year 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The airline flew 1,646,938 passengers in October. The total passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 11 percent and the total capacity (ASK) increased by 15 percent. The unit revenue also developed positively, with a RASK increase… Read the full press release

Dresden International Airpor Our Gala tip for New Year’s Eve: ‘Flying Silvester’ at the airport terminal

2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dresden International Airport will be seeing in the New Year under the motto ‘Flying Silvester’. The organisers Flair Gastronomie Dresden GmbH will be hosting a festive New Year’s Eve party with a gala buffet, a DJ, and ice cream pyramid at midnight and a fun-packed show programme. Highlights are an ice dance… Read the full press release

Schiphol hosts ACI Airport Exchange 2012

Over 1,500 aviation experts to convene in Amsterdam 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — From Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 November, Schiphol Group will be hosting the Airport Exchange 2012, a leading conference for airports in Europe and Asia, organised in conjunction with Airport Council International. Over 1,500 aviation professionals will be convening at the RAI Conference Centre… Read the full press release

London City Airport Celebrates 25 Anniversary With £15m Terminal Upgrade

London City Airport Celebrates 25 Anniversary With £15m Terminal Upgrade

2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — London City Airport, the only airport actually located in London, is today [Monday November 5] celebrating a quarter of a century in business with the announcement of a £15m investment programme. Plans include the refurbishment of the Western Pier, with new departure gates and improved lounge facilities, re-development of the International Arrivals… Read the full press release

Hartsfield-Jackson introduces Thanks Again loyalty program

Members earn frequent-flier miles with participating airlines for everyday transactions ATLANTA – 2012-11-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Starting today, loyalty is even more rewarding for customers who enroll in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s new Thanks Again program. Consumers who register their debit or credit cards earn frequent-flier miles for parking, shopping or dining at participating merchants at the… Read the full press release

Terra at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe Offers Weekly Market Menus Showcasing Freshest Seasonal Offerings

Terra at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe Offers Weekly Market Menus Showcasing Freshest Seasonal Offerings

Executive Chef Andrew Cooper’s farmer’s market finds inspire tasting menus Santa Fe, U.S.A. – 2012-11-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — A weekly pilgrimage to the farmer’s market in downtown Santa Fe provides inspiration for Executive Chef Andrew Cooper’s Saturday Market Menu in Terra, highlighting “of the moment” produce and locally-raised meats at the new Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe. “My goal is to make the… Read the full press release

Hilton Namhae Golf & Spa Resort Wins Award As ‘Korea’s Leading Resort’ And ‘Korea’s Leading Golf Resort’ At The ‘2012 World Travel Awards’

Stefano A. Ruzza, general manager of Hilton Namhae, accepts the property's awards

NAMHAE, South Korea – 2012-11-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Namhae Golf & Spa Resort, the first international brand resort in Korea, today announced that it has received the awards of ‘Korea’s Leading Golf Resort’ for the sixth consecutive year and ‘Korea’s Leading Resort’ at the recent -‘2012 World Travel Awards’- held on October 18, 2012, in… Read the full press release

Frontier’s Denver-Minot Service Ready for Takeoff

Low fares available at FlyFrontier.com DENVER, 2012-11-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines today expands its service from Denver, Colo. (DEN) with the launch of nonstop service to Minot, N.D. (MOT). The new nonstop flights also provide great access with an easy connection to 15 additional destinations throughout the west, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle…. Read the full press release

Discover the Distinctive Flavours of Turkey at Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano

Discover the Distinctive Flavours of Turkey at Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano

One of the world’s most popular cuisines comes to Byblos in November Alexandria, Egypt – 2012-11-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano will offer a daily Turkish à la carte menu at Byblos Restaurant from November 15 to 24, 2012. In cooperation with Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul, Chef Mehmet Özturk will offer Alexandria the chance to discover… Read the full press release

Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao Appoints Michael Williamson As General Manager

Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao today announced appointment of Michael Williamson as general manager. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

SHANGHAI – 2012-11-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao today announced appointment of Michael Williamson as general manager. Michael’s experience in the hospitality industry spans nearly 30 years, of which the last 17 years with Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Until taking over the helm at Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao, Michael was the general manager of various prestigious… Read the full press release

Fly Frontier to Jackson Hole this Ski Season

Fares as low as $99* each way only at FlyFrontier.com DENVER, 2012-11-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines today announced it will expand on its existing annual summer seasonal nonstop service between Denver, Colo. (DEN) and Jackson Hole, Wyo. (JAC) with the addition of winter season flying beginning Feb. 13, 2013. The Denver-based carrier will operate two… Read the full press release

ABTA Calls on International Community to Join Campaign Against APD

2012-11-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — As the world’s key players in the travel and tourism industry gather at World Travel Market in London, ABTA is calling for the international community to join the campaign against further increases in the UK’s Air Passenger Duty (APD). Britain’s aviation tax is the highest in the world. Since APD was introduced… Read the full press release

August 2012: the long and short of travel to Canada

August 2012 the long and short of travel to Canada

Americans headed north in droves this past summer, according to latest CTC Tourism Snapshot 2012-11-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Those lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer witnessed millions of international visitors to Canada. Approximately 2.5 million travellers came for an overnight trip to Canada in August 2012, reports the new Tourism Snapshot, just off the Canadian Tourism Commission… Read the full press release