U.S. Travel Welcomes Immediate Fix for Air Travel Process; Warns Potential Funding Source Could Jeopardize Airport Infrastructure

Washington, D.C., 2013-04-26— /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today applauded the swift action and passage of bipartisan Senate legislation to end sequester-induced Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) furloughs that are causing flight delays nationwide, but noted its concern in regards to the potential funding source which would direct funds from needed airport infrastructure projects: “The Senate-passed… Read the full press release

Strategic Partnership signed between UNWTO and PATA to help the continued growth of tourism in Asia

Madrid, Spain/ Bangkok, Thailand, 2013-04-26— /travelprnews.com/ — Advancing economic diversification, cultural and environmental preservation through tourism are the key objectives of a new Strategic Partnership signed between UNWTO and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) on the occasion of the PATA Annual Summit (April 26) in Bangkok, Thailand. The lasting support to the development objectives and… Read the full press release

Helsinki Airport: Global Blue Tax Refund office moves to arrivals hall 2B

2013-04-26— /travelprnews.com/ — Starting on April 29 the export on tax free goods that you would like to check-in will be verified in Global Blue goods control in Arrivals hall 2B. Global Blue tax refund office is located downstairs on the arrivals floor, next to Customs and Starbucks. If you take the tax free goods in your… Read the full press release

RYANAIR OPENS 3 NEW BASES AT MARRAKECH, FEZ AND CHANIA

100,000 seat sale from just £15.99 2013-04-26— /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC), today (26 Apr) celebrated the opening this week of its new bases at Marrakech, Fez and Chania bringing Ryanair’s European base network to 57. Marrakech is Ryanair’s first Moroccan base with two-based aircraft and 22 routes, which will deliver up… Read the full press release

Succeed Through Service by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Engages students around the world in Global Youth Service Day on April 26-28, 2013

2013-04-26— /travelprnews.com/ — Engage. Inspire. Contribute. These are the guiding principles behind Succeed Through Service, the global youth engagement program started by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. as part of its Community Footprints social responsibility commitment. All 82 hotels, as well as The Ritz-Carlton residences and destination clubs, are engaged in Succeed Through Service and partnering… Read the full press release

Philippine Airlines launches 12 new destinations

2013-04-26— /travelprnews.com/ — Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced today (April 26, 2013) the launching of 12 new destinations in Australia, China, Malaysia and Middle East, including a new domestic service to Northern Luzon in the continuing expansion of PAL’s route network. In a kick-off ceremony at Diamond Hotel, Ang unveiled the 12 new destinations – Kuala Lumpur… Read the full press release

Sequestration-Driven Flight Delays Place 83,000 American Jobs and $9 Billion in U.S. Economic Output at Risk

U.S. Travel Association Urges FAA to Insulate Critical Personnel from Budget Cuts; Calls on Congress to Enact Legislative Fix Washington, D.C., 2013-04-25— /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today released a new analysis of the cost of flight delays resulting from announced Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) furloughs of air traffic control personnel in response to budget… Read the full press release

New Full Flight Simulator at Budapest Airport

2013-04-25— /travelprnews.com/ — Construction works are underway at full speed at Budapest Airport with the new flight simulator training center to be installed and inaugurated early May this year. Dutch Flight Simulation Company b.v. (FSC) has signed a ten-year contract to lease the building that will accommodate a state-of-the-art Airbus A320 full flight simulator and a… Read the full press release

The EASA published a proposal to the EC containing rules on qualifications for flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)

2013-04-25— /travelprnews.com/ — The European Aviation Safety Agency today published a proposal to the European Commission containing rules on qualifications for flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). With this so-called Opinion, the Agency puts forward new and more accessible instrument ratings focussed on General Aviation pilots. The proposed changes are expected to increase safety with regard… Read the full press release

South African Airways and Air Seychelles announce code share agreement

Johannesburg, 2013-04-25— /travelprnews.com/ — South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, today announced that it has entered into a codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles. The first phase of the agreement will see South African Airways place its “SA” code on Air Seychelles’ non-stop flights between Johannesburg and… Read the full press release

The 3rd Silk Road Task Force Meeting defines future Silk Road Action Plan

Madrid/Baku, 2013-04-25— /travelprnews.com/ — Delegates from over 15 countries and representatives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Federation of Tourist Guides Associations, gathered around the 3rd meeting of the Task Force of the Silk Road Task Force (22-23 April, Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan). The strong… Read the full press release

Flight safety briefing for pilots attending this year’s AeroExpo event at Sywell Aerodrome

2013-04-25— /travelprnews.com/ — Pilots attending this year’s AeroExpo event at Sywell Aerodrome can receive a personal safety briefing on the Airspace & Safety Initiative (ASI) stand. Safety experts will be on hand to guide private pilots through a virtual flight, highlighting potential risks and advising on good practice to help avoid, in particular, infringements of controlled… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Starts Nonstop Ultra-Low Fare Service on Nine New Routes And Resumes Summer Seasonal Service Favorites

Miramar, Florida, 2013-04-25— /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today starts ultra-low fare service on nine new nonstop routes and also resumes summer seasonal service on a variety of our customers’ favorite routes. Nine New Spirit Airlines Nonstop Routes Starting April 25, 2013: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Cancun, Mexico (CUN) Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Los Angeles… Read the full press release

SAS continues to create innovative solutions that make traveling easier for its customers with the launch of its new App

2013-04-25— /travelprnews.com/ — On April 9, SAS launched its new app which can be used to book trips to all its destinations directly on a smart phone or tablet device. SAS customers can now easily book, check in, choose a seat on board and receive their mobile boarding pass on their phone or device. The SAS… Read the full press release

PATA Youth Forum: Smart Businesses Are Embracing the Youth Travel Segment

Bangkok, 2013-04-25— /travelprnews.com/ — Next Gen travel industry professionals shared their forthright views with over 150 travel industry students and young professionals at the PATA Youth Forum on April 25 at Thammasat University in Bangkok. Interactive sessions debated on how new generations are finding, searching and connecting to travel and tourism industry now and in the… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane Scoops Double Five-Star Ratings at Forbes Travel Guide London Launch

Four Seasons is the only London property to be awarded Five Stars for both the Hotel and its Spa. 2013-04-25— /travelprnews.com/ — Forbes Travel Guide has launched its inaugural London Star Awards naming Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane the only award winner to receive a much-coveted Five-Star rating for both the Hotel and its Spa. Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil… Read the full press release

Hilton Athens 50th Anniversary Celebration

ATHENS, Greece, 2013-04-25— /travelprnews.com/ — In April 1963, exactly 50 years ago, a landmark hotel opened its doors in Athens marking a new era of prosperity and development for the Greek tourism. The official inauguration of Hilton Athens, which took place on the 20th of April 1963 followed by a two-day celebration, attracted distinguished guests from all corners… Read the full press release

The Pacific Asia Travel Association & PolyU released joint publication – Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2013-2017

Hong Kong and Bangkok, 2013-04-25— /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management (PolyU) released their joint publication, the Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2013-2017, today. The new forecasts on the complete visitor economy will make it easier for tourism organisations to anticipate demand trends and… Read the full press release

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Launches 20th Anniversary Spa Package

Hong Kong, 2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Oriental Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, is currently celebrating its 20th year. The spa is regularly acclaimed as one of the best in the world, and guests can now indulge with the 20th Anniversary Oriental Spa Package featuring accommodation, daily buffet breakfast, roundtrip airport transfers and three hours of pampering. The… Read the full press release

2013 VOLVO WORLD MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP TAKES SHAPE AS EUROPE’S RYDER CUP STARS LOOK FORWARD TO DEBUT IN BULGARIA

2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — European Ryder Cup heroes, Ian Poulter, the 2011 Volvo World Match Play Champion, Graeme McDowell, the 2010 US Open Champion, Peter Hanson, six-time European Tour winner and Nicolas Colsaerts, the defending champion, head the latest list of stars to commit to the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship, with many more players… Read the full press release

Safety and Environment Focus for FirstGroup

2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — FirstGroup, the leading transport operator in the UK and North America, last week (16 April) hosted its annual Safety and Environmental Awards Dinner.  The awards reinforce First’s commitment to safety and the environment by recognising the achievements of its people and companies throughout the UK. More than 230 of FirstGroup’s senior management… Read the full press release

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces lineup of performers at the Petrillo Music Shell for the 2013 Taste of Chicago

Petrillo Concert Series Lineup Released 2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the lineup of performers at the Petrillo Music Shell for the 2013 Taste of Chicago. The City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have announced Robin Thicke, Robert Plant, Jill Scott and Neon Trees will join previously announced opening performers… Read the full press release

2nd annual MATATO Maldives Travel Awards will be held early December 2013

2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) have confirmed that the 2nd annual MATATO Maldives Travel Awards will be held at Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort early December 2013. During yesterday’s sponsor signing ceremony at Mookai Suites, President of MATATO Mr. Mohamed Khaleel announced that a number of changes had… Read the full press release

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed four new little ones to the Expedition Congo, African Forest region

POWELL, Ohio, 2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has welcomed not one, not two, but four new little ones to the Expedition Congo, African Forest region in last six weeks. The most recent births were of two red river hog piglets which occurred on April 12. These piglets are the first for two-year-old… Read the full press release

VisitEngland reveals list of high street travel agents and operators signed up to Wallace & Gromit’s ‘Great Adventure’

2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — VisitEngland has revealed the list of high street travel agents and operators signed up to ‘Great Adventure’, a new marketing campaign starring Wallace & Gromit, designed to inspire Britons to take a holiday at home this year. Led by VisitEngland and supported by the home nation tourist boards of Scotland, Wales and… Read the full press release

Jersey’s Atlantic Hotel listed as one of the ‘50 Best British hotels’ by the Independent newspaper

2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Jersey’s Atlantic Hotel is this week celebrating being listed as one of the ‘50 Best British hotels’ by the Independent newspaper. The annual list, which appeared in the Independent’s Saturday Radar Magazine on 20th April, offers the experts’ guide to the nation’s greatest places to get away from it all. Highlighted in… Read the full press release

150 people have made it through to the next stage of Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition

2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — 150 people from 35 countries have made it through to the next stage of Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition, with successful candidates submitting video entries from as far afield as Afghanistan, China, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia and Mexico. Entries have proved extremely diverse and creative, including one Taste Master applicant… Read the full press release

David Guetta Performs in Bangkok this May

Bangkok, 2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is extending public relations support to Retox Sessions of Bangkok for the show of renowned music producer and DJ David Guetta in May. He’s the biggest DJ and producer in the world right now and he’s performing in Thailand with his full production show. Retox… Read the full press release

ROSEWOOD MAYAKOBA AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS AAA FIVE DIAMOND RATING

Riviera Maya, MEXICO, 2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — In a year marked by top awards and recognitions, Rosewood Mayakoba adds one more to the accomplished roster with the coveted AAA Five Diamond Rating. This achievement ranks Rosewood Mayakoba as a premier establishment esteemed by AAA’s professional inspectors, the hospitality industry, and over 53 million AAA members. As… Read the full press release

The fourth annual Hershey Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013

Hershey, Pa., 2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — The fourth annual Hershey Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013. Registration for the event is open to 5,000 participants and will open on May 1 on www.Active.com. The Hershey Half Marathon is presented by Capital BlueCross and all net proceeds from the race will benefit Children’s… Read the full press release