W Maldives Named ‘Best Worldwide Resort Hotel’ at Recent Awards Ceremony

W Maldives Named 'Best Worldwide Resort Hotel' at Recent Awards Ceremony

2012-12-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — W Retreat & Spa Maldives has been named the Best Worldwide Resort Hotel at The Sunday Times Travel Magazine Readers’ Awards 2012 – held in London, 3 December 2012. W Maldives – a private island and luxury playground in a wonderland of white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and breath-taking reefs.  W Retreat… Read the full press release

Czech Tourists Rank Thailand One of Their Top Destinations

Czech Tourists Rank Thailand One of Their Top Destinations

Czech – 2012-12-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — Readership polls conducted by two of the Czech Republic’s popular consumer and travel trade papers have shown that Thailand ranks among the most popular destinations for Czech travellers this winter season. The daily tabloid newspaper Mladá fronta Dnes, in its 3-4 November, 2012, edition, reported that Thailand was one of… Read the full press release

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT KNOTT’S

KNOTT’S INVITES FAMILIES TO START THE YEAR TOGETHER!  THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE BUENA PARK, Calif. – 2012-12-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — Knott’s Berry Farm will have something for the entire family this New Year’s Eve with a variety of dance music, a family friendly comedian magician, Clueless Remix Featuring DJ Reesso and a trip back to the ‘70’s… Read the full press release

The Hershey Story Museum Rocks Around the Clock on New Year’s Eve

Hershey, Pa. – 2012-12-13 — /travelprnews.com/ —In anticipation of the new year, The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue hosts a “Rock Around the Clock” celebration on Monday, December 31. Guests are invited to count down to the new year with different countries around the globe. At 11 a.m., celebrate midnight in the Philippines;… Read the full press release

SSP Group Results for the year ended 30th September 2012

2012-12-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — SSP Group, the leading dedicated operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations, announces its audited financial results for the year ended 30 September 2012. Financial and operational highlights Strong financial performance benefitting from continued recovery in global travel markets: Sales of £1.74bn, +3.2% (on a constant currency basis) Like-for-like sales… Read the full press release

Nebraska, Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop will explore emerging trends

LINCOLN, NEB. – 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Anyone interested in expanding a farm or ranch to include a tourism component or looking to start an ecotourism venture will want to attend the 2013 Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop offered by the Nebraska Tourism Commission. The workshop, Feb. 5-6 at the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte, will show attendees… Read the full press release

AH&LA, Former FDIC Head Sheila Bair Confirmed for Americas Lodging Investment Summit

Washington, 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Honorable Sheila C. Bair, former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), will serve as a featured speaker at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), January 22-24, 2013, in Los Angeles. During her five-year tenure (June 2006 – July 2011) as chair of the FDIC, Bair presided over a… Read the full press release

TripAdvisor Becomes PATA Strategic Partner

Bangkok, 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) are pleased to announce TripAdvisor™ as a new PATA Strategic Partner. TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, offers trusted advice from real travellers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor has the largest travel community… Read the full press release

Korean Air and Amadeus sign global full content agreement

2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Korean Air and Amadeus sign global full content agreementAmadeus travel agencies worldwide will benefit from the highest level of access to Korean Air’s services and content Bangkok, Thailand, 11 December, 2012: Korean Air, South Korea’s flag carrier and Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, have signed a full… Read the full press release

Sabre Hospitality Solutions Helps Hotels Target Growing Chinese Market with Dragon Trail Digital Marketing Agreement

Southlake, Texas, 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Sabre Hospitality Solutions, the industry’s leading global hospitality technology company, and Dragon Trail Interactive, an award-winning digital marketing agency and travel technology company headquartered in Beijing, China, have signed an agreement that will enable Sabre Hospitality Solutions to offer Dragon Trail website, digital marketing and social media services to all… Read the full press release

Accor launches its international women’s network: Women at Accor Generation

Accor aims to account with 50% women hotel managers worldwide, with an intermediary target of 35% by 2015 Paris, 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Accor, the world’s leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe, announced the international launch of its women’s network: Women at Accor Generation (WAAG). WAAG’s aim is to fight against stereotypes and help Accor reach its gender… Read the full press release

VISITENGLAND ANNOUNCES NEW MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO DEVELOP AND PROMOTE ACCESSIBLE TOURISM

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — VisitEngland today unveiled plans for a national marketing campaign to promote accessible tourism in England next year. The national tourist board will work with five destinations to develop exciting itineraries with top class accommodation and attractions that provide a warm welcome for all visitors including those with access needs.  The campaign, a… Read the full press release

Rendezvous Hospitality Group Announces Senior Staff Structure Changes

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Rendezvous Hospitality Group (RHG) has announced six management changes to strengthen the Australian management team. In making the announcement, Chief Executive Officer, Eric Teng said the changes are the latest step in the Company’s commitment to growth. “We are dedicated to being the hotel group of choice for the discerning traveller for… Read the full press release

Wyndham Championship’s “Escape To The Wyndham” Named Best 2012 Advertising Campaign By PGA TOUR

Parsippany, N.J. – 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the nation’s largest hospitality companies, announced today that the Wyndham Championship’s “Escape to the Wyndham” advertising campaign has been named the PGA TOUR’s best of 2012. Contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship is… Read the full press release

HOST HOTELS AND RESORTS DONATES $10,000 TO AH&LEF ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., (NYSE: HST) (Host) contributed $10,000 to the AH&LEF 2012 Annual Giving Campaign, which supports key research and workforce development initiatives for the hospitality industry.  This is Host’s first donation at the Leadership Gift level.  Host has made an annual donation of $5,000 to AH&LEF for the previous… Read the full press release

Two major Mauritian Hotel Groups join Hospitality Plus client base and switch to SynXis Central Reservation System

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hospitality Plus, resellers of Sabre Hospitality Solutions in South-East Africa and Indian Ocean islands, are happy to announce that two major Mauritian-based hotel groups, Sun Resorts and Attitude, have joined its client base and have gone live with SynXis, the leading Central Reservation System and Online Booking Engine developed by Sabre Hospitality… Read the full press release

Maldives participates at the Travel Turkey Izmir Fair

Maldives participates at the Travel Turkey Izmir Fair

2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation together with the Maldives tourism industry is currently participating at the Travel Turkey Izmir fair which started in Izmir, Turkey on the 6th of December and ends today, 9th December 2012.16 co-exhibiting partner companies with 24 representatives from the tourism industry of Maldives are being represented… Read the full press release

RCI Renews Affiliation Agreement for Six Petchey Leisure Properties

Kettering, Northampton, U.K. – 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Petchey Leisure’s six properties in Europe will continue to be a part of the RCI network of affiliated resorts through a new affiliation agreement between Leisure Dimensions Ltd and RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange. Petchey Leisure, one of Europe’s leading timeshare brands, was recently acquired by… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide’s Commitment to Diversity Shines in 2012

National Minority Supplier Development Council Names William F. Kornegay, Jr. to Board of Directors’ Executive Committee MCLEAN, Va. – 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide announced today the appointment of William F. Kornegay, Jr., senior vice president, supply management, to the executive committee of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Board of Directors. In this… Read the full press release

Tourism key for jobs and exports says President of Portugal accepting the UNWTO/WTTC Open Letter on Travel and Tourism

Lisbon – Madrid, 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — The President of Portugal, Anibal Cavaco Silva, has highlighted the importance of tourism to the country’s jobs and exports on the occasion of the presentation of the UNWTO / World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism which aims to rally support for tourism among world leaders… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Announces New Resort in Turkey’s Cesme Peninsula

Kathleen Taylor and Dilek Sabancı

Partnership marks first luxury resort of its kind in the Mediterranean and Aegean basin *Corporate – 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — The world is about to discover one of Turkey’s best kept secrets asFour Seasons Hotels and Resorts announces plans for a new resort property in Cesme, near Alaçati. The picturesque Aegean town, located on the coast of… Read the full press release

TravelClick, Group Travel Growth Flattens

Group Demand and ADR Show Declines NEW YORK – 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — After a large comeback in 2011 and continued growth through the first half of 2012, group room sales and ADR are leveling off,  according to data from the November 2012 TravelClick North American Hospitality Review (NAHR). When looking at Q4 2012 through Q3… Read the full press release

A Culinary Christmas At London Hilton On Park Lane

With three exceptional restaurants under one roof, London Hilton on Park Lane is kicking off the celebratory season with the launch of its Christmas menus. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

LONDON – 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — With three exceptional restaurants under one roof, London Hilton on Park Lane is kicking off the celebratory season with the launch of its Christmas menus. Offering diners the perfect setting for any festive occasion, guests can sample traditional seasonal fare, Michelin-starred cuisine or something a little more exotic. The hotel… Read the full press release

LA SAMANNA REOPENS IN ST.MARTIN WITH THE COMPLETION OF AN EXTENSIVE RENOVATION PROJECT

2012-12-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Located on the French side of St. Martin, La Samanna has completed the second phase of an extensive renovation project. Revitalising its long-standing reputation as the ultimate luxury Caribbean destination, the Orient-Express property now features two new restaurants and a revamped lobby with sea views as part of the redesigned main building,… Read the full press release

Mandarin Oriental, Miami Expands Pool Lounge And Launches New Gourmet Brunch

Hong Kong, 2012-12-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mandarin Oriental, Miami is delighted to unveil its expanded pool lounge area, providing additional space for guests to enjoy the hotel’s infinity-edge swimming pool and balmy South Florida weather. Guests can take in sweeping water and city views at the sleek pool setting, which features an elevated pool deck and vibrant… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide Launches “Early Bird” Meetings Promotion

Event planners can save up to 20 percent off the cost of booking at Hilton.com/earlybird LONDON – 2012-12-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company, has launched the Early Bird meetings promotion offering event planners the opportunity to secure up to 20 percent off the price of their next meeting or event. The… Read the full press release

Domestic overnight holiday trips in England up 13% in August

2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — VisitEngland today released figures revealing that the number of domestic overnight holiday trips taken in England in August rose by 13 per cent compared to 2011, with just under 8 million trips taken in the month.  The latest results from the Great Britain Tourism Survey also show that holiday spend totalled almost… Read the full press release

Nebraska Tourism Commission Names Kathy McKillip Executive Director

LINCOLN, NEB. -2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Kathy McKillip has been hired by the Nebraska Tourism Commission to be the agency’s executive director. McKillip has served as the director of the Nebraska Travel and Tourism Division since October 2011. Prior to that, she was hired by the Department of Economic Development (DED) as interim director and as… Read the full press release

Explore the Sights of the Season with the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights

Explore the Sights of the Season with the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights

2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Article follows the photos. Click on a thumbnail to view and download a high-resolution version of the image. Due to the large file size of the high-res images, they may take a few minutes to appear. You must be logged in to view the high-res images. Want to find out where communities are… Read the full press release

Holidays Filled with Love in Virginia

Holidays Filled with Love in Virginia

Fun-filled parades, luminous lights and heartwarming getaways bring families closer this holiday season  RICHMOND, Va. – 2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Virginia is known for classic holiday traditions from historic hotels to exciting new experiences. The travel packages listed below are sure to bring loved ones closer together this holiday season. Find out more about these and other… Read the full press release