Stapleford Park nominated for best spa in the Midlands

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Stapleford Park Luxury Country House Hotel near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire has received a regional nomination for The Good Spa Awards 2012. Stapleford Park will be up against 15 other Spa’s in the region for the title of Best Spa in the Midlands. Among those nominees are Champney Springs and Ragdale Hall. Spas… Read the full press release

Great Website Available for Motorcycling in Arkansas

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Like to ride? If you’re big on motorcycling, the Natural State has what you’re looking for: great expanses of wide open roads through the Delta, challenging curves through the Ozarks and undulating ribbons of blacktop through the Ouachitas. Arkansas is blessed with great terrain for riders of every level. Now you can… Read the full press release

THE NLRB IN CHICAGO FOUND MERIT IN HYATT HOTELS’ CHARGES THAT UNITE HERE NEGOTIATED IN BAD FAITH AND HAS MADE AN ILLEGAL PROPOSAL WHILE HYATT ASSOCIATES WAIT FOR RAISES

Hyatt Calls on Union Leaders to Allow Members to Vote on New Contract So Associates Can Get their Wage and Benefit Increases CHICAGO, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chicago area Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board has found merit in Hyatt’s  unfair labor practice charges that Unite Here locals representing Hyatt associates in the Chicago… Read the full press release

HYATT HONORS DAVIDSON HOTELS & RESORTS WITH ITS INAUGURAL NORTH AMERICAN FULL SERVICE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AWARD

CHICAGO 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hyatt is proud to announce that Davidson Hotels & Resorts is the recipient of Hyatt’s inaugural North American Full Service Strategic Partnership award. Davidson, a leading U.S.-based hotel management company, is being recognized for its notable contributions to the development of Hyatt’s full service hotel franchising platform in North America. Davidson President and Chief Executive Office… Read the full press release

HYATT ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING CHILDREN’S MENU “FOR KIDS BY KIDS” AND THREE-COURSE ORGANIC MENU DEVELOPED BY ALICE WATERS

Developed for Kids, by Kids, Hyatt’s New, Healthier Menu Offers Fun, Fresh and Flavorful items CHICAGO, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hyatt Corporation today announced the launch of a new, innovative menu, “For Kids By Kids,” which provides more nutritious, fresh and interactive offerings for the three million children served annually in all full-service Hyatt hotels and resorts… Read the full press release

HYATT ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR ANDAZ GURGAON AND GRAND HYATT KOCHI FOR A TOTAL OF 56 HOTELS UNDER DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA

CHICAGO, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that Hyatt affiliates signed management agreements for an Andaz hotel in Gurgaon and a Grand Hyatt hotel in Kochi, bringing the total number of announced Hyatt-branded hotels under development in India to 56. “We are focused on creating preference by enhancing distribution of our full-service, extended-stay… Read the full press release

HYATT ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR A PARK HYATT HOTEL ON CARIBBEAN ISLAND OF ST. KITTS

CHICAGO, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that a Hyatt affiliate has signed a management agreement with Range Developments for a Park Hyatt hotel in St. Kitts. Slated to open in 2015, Park Hyatt St. Kitts will be located on the southeast peninsula of St. Kitts in Christophe Harbour, a 2,500-acre master planned community… Read the full press release

Heathrow Talks Sport

Sporting legend Barry Davies takes to the tannoy as Olympic commentator-in-residence 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Heathrow has appointed one of the country’s most distinguished sports commentators, Barry Davies MBE, as its official ‘Voice of London 2012’ – providing passengers with audio commentary on the sporting action taking place in London and across the UK through the… Read the full press release

Hansiko Named to Adventure Travel Trade Association’s First Senior Marketing Post

Seattle, WA, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ —  For the first time since its 2005 re-launch, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), a trade organization encouraging responsible tourism development worldwide with more than 800 businesses and tourism organization members across 82 countries, has introduced the new post of Vice President of Marketing & Communications. The ATTA named marketing and travel… Read the full press release

Mexico’s First Adventure Travel Trade Show Kicks Off in September 2012

Boca del Rio, Veracruz, MEXICO, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mexico’s state of Veracruz announces it will host ATMEX, the country’s first trade and consumer adventure travel fair featuring Mexico’s top adventure travel tour operators and destinations. Taking place September 5-­?9, 2012 at the World Trade Center of the coastal city of Boca del Rio, Veracruz, ATMEX is organized… Read the full press release

MAN at the heart of discussions between UNWTO and AMFORHT

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Philippe FRANCOIS, President of the World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Training (AMFORHT), has met, Marcio FAVILLA, Executive Director and Javier BLANCO, Director of Affiliate Members of the World Tourism Organization, in Madrid, on Monday July 2. The core of the discussion was: put the MAN at the centre of… Read the full press release

Industry update: Canada’s tourism industry maintains social-media momentum.

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Facebook’s stock price might have taken a dip after its controversial stock-market flotation, but its popularity continues among the Canadian travel industry. Naturally, it features in the next edition of the Canadian Tourism Commission(CTC)’s bird’s-eye view of the action in cyberspace. This series highlights the hard graft of CTC’s partners and friends from across… Read the full press release

Messy, Inaccurate, Confusing: Study Finds Corporate Travel Managers Waste Over 400,000 Hours Reconciling Travel Data

GBTA Foundation Study Finds Travel Managers Lack Single Solution to Efficiently Manage Multiple Data Streams Costing Companies Millions Effective Use of Travel Data Can Help Companies Control Travel Spend Alexandria, VA, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travel data can play a key role in helping travel managers control travel spend, increase compliance, negotiate with suppliers and manage safety… Read the full press release

Eurostar reports a resilient performance in the first half of 2012

Passenger numbers up 2% to 4.8 million in H1 2012 Sales revenues up 1% to £425 million Growth in passenger numbers and sales revenues driven by leisure traffic 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Eurostar, the high speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, today reported continuing  growth in passenger numbers and a resilient performance in… Read the full press release

Swissport acquires ground handling activities of Finland’s Inter Handling

Zurich, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground services to the aviation sector, has acquired Finnish ground handling company Inter Handling and sister company Inter Handling Turku, to accelerate the group’s expansion in this important and promising market. Inter Handling offers ground handling services at various airports in Finland, including… Read the full press release

World Committee on Tourism Ethics backs calls for Safe Coastal Tourism

Rome, Madrid, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Eleventh Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics has closed with calls to make “Safe Coastal Tourism” a priority in coastal destinations worldwide (Rome, Italy, 12-13 July,). The Committee heard from invited guest, Caroline Danneels, founder of the non-profit organization “Safe Coastal Tourism”, on the importance of safety precautions at… Read the full press release

Discover More Fun in the Philippines at PTM2012

Bangkok, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines have created exclusive tour itineraries for delegates attending the PATA Travel Mart (PTM2012) in Manila, Philippines, September 25-28. The tours are either complimentary or discounted. Each one gives an in-depth insight into the natural resources, heritage, culture – and fun – of the Philippines. PATA… Read the full press release

EASA welcomes the publication of the final report on the safety investigation of the accident of flight AF 447 on 1 June 2009

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) welcomes today’s publication by the BEA (French Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority) of the Final Report on the safety investigation of the accident of flight AF 447 on 1 June 2009. The lessons learned from this accident will help to advance aviation safety. EASA has already… Read the full press release

News Brief: Strategic Action Plan to Improve Aviation Safety in Africa

Montreal 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) urge Ministers attending the African Ministerial Meeting on Aviation Safety being held in Abuja, Nigeria to endorse and adopt the  Africa Strategic Improvement Action Plan. The plan will enhance safety by addressing deficiencies and strengthening regulatory oversight in… Read the full press release

IATA Welcomes ICAO Progress on a CO2 Standard for Aircraft

Important Milestone in a Comprehensive Global Solution for Aviation Emissions Geneva, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ —  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed an agreement by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) environment committee on a metric to define a CO2 standard for new aircraft. “This major milestone in developing a CO2 standard for new aircraft demonstrates the… Read the full press release

Steak lovers in for a treat at Copenhagen Airport

2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — The opening of MASH – one of the most popular Danish restaurants since 2009 – marks a new chapter of the F&B history at Copenhagen Airport. Food and beverage company SSP is the business partner behind the venture, which is part of Copenhagen Airport’s strategy of offering passengers the right mix of… Read the full press release

New Guidelines Aim to Improve Air Travel Experience for People with Reduced Mobility

2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — ABTA and the CAA today launched new guidelines (Pre-Notification Guidance – for Supporting Passengers with Reduced Mobility), for the travel industry to help deliver a smooth airport experience for people with reduced mobility. The guidelines were drafted by the CAA in conjunction with ABTA and developed by an industry group *. They… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Commends Visa Waiver Program Working Group with Brazil

Announcement Follows U.S. Travel Recommendation Washington, D.C., 2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today commended the Department of Homeland Security for announcing a Statement of Intent to establish a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Working Group with Brazil. The agreement was signed by Secretary Janet Napolitano and Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota. “This is a significant step… Read the full press release

Oman Air’s Business Class Seat Shines at World Airline Awards™ 2012

2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — For the second year running, Oman Air has won ‘Best Business Class Airline Seat’ at the prestigious World Airline Awards™, run by Skytrax. The award recognises Oman Air’s Airbus A330 Business Class seat and was presented to the airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Pearce, at a ceremony held at the UK’s Farnborough… Read the full press release

Helping Heroes – Marriott Rewards Members Donate Points to Help Wounded Warriors

2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — For those injured while serving in the military, having the support of friends and family is crucial.  But the costs of long stays far from home can be prohibitive.  Now Marriott Rewards members can donate points to Fisher House Foundation’s Hotels For Heroes to provide free hotel rooms for ailing military servicemen… Read the full press release

Ryanair: FLY FOR £13 ON OVER 1,000 ROUTES IN AUGUST, SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, announced that from midnight (24:00hrs) tonight, Mon, 16 July, it will release 100,000 seats at fares from £13 for travel on Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur in August, September and October. These “all in” low fares will be available on over 1,000 of Ryanair’s European routes but must be… Read the full press release

Senior Associate Deputy Minister from Industry Canada brings federal expertise to CTC’s board

2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — No sooner did we fold away the welcome banners from David Jovanovic’s arrival, then Simon Kennedy joined the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s board of directors. Kennedy is currently the Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Industry Canada, a position he’s held since Sept. 1, 2010. There, he works closely with the Deputy Minister on policies and programs to hone… Read the full press release

Changes to Dartmoor MoD Danger Area

2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given support to a Ministry of Defence (MoD) plan to alter the way the Dartmoor military Danger Area is managed. Whilst freeing up a substantial amount of Class G airspace for use by general aviation, the new arrangements are not expected to generate any fundamental… Read the full press release

Advantage announced as CAA’s latest ATOL Accredited Body

2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today announced that the Advantage Travel Group is the latest travel organiser to meet the necessary criteria to become an Accredited Body. Under reforms introduced by the Government in April 2012, members of Accredited Bodies can sell ATOL protected holidays without having their own ATOL…. Read the full press release

Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace Prepares for the Month of Ramadan

BEIRUT, Lebanon, 2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace today announced the offering of special menus and attractive offers in the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. Al Shindagah restaurant, at Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace, offers the most delectable Iftar meals, Lebanese delicacies, traditional sweets, Arabic coffee and more. In addition, lavish souhour meals will also… Read the full press release