InterContinental Hotels & Resorts partners with National Geographic and UNESCO for Responsible Business Week 2012

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — InterContinental Hotels & Resorts today embarks on a week-long programme of activities around the world to help protect and preserve unique and cultural heritage sites as part of Responsible Business Week 2012. This marks the third year of InterContinental’s Responsible Business Week in partnership with National Geographic. The theme for Responsible Business… Read the full press release

24 HOSPITALITY STUDENTS AND INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS

Industry Suppliers Provide Critical Funding to AH&LEF Washington, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), administers three scholarships on behalf of American Express, Ecolab, and PepsiCo.  These scholarship programs, totaling $44,000, contribute to AH&LEF’s total of $514,500 in academic scholarships… Read the full press release

Air New Zealand to Increase Antarctic Research Support

Air New Zealand announced today that it is contributing more than $1 million toward scientific research in Antarctica. 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The airline has entered into a formal three-year partnership with Antarctica New Zealand and the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI). Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe says the airline is contributing more than $1 million… Read the full press release

TakeCare Run & Walk Benefits Back on My Feet

President and CEO Arne Sorenson (left in gray shirt) joined more than 300 associates for a 5K/1K Run & Walk to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the company’s “TakeCare” Wellness program.

Bethesda, Md. 2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — At Marriott International Headquarters, president and CEO Arne Sorenson (left in gray shirt) joined more than 300 associates for a 5K/1K Run & Walk to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the company’s “TakeCare” Wellness program. As part of TakeCare, Marriott provides tools and resources to associates, partnering with medical plans and wellness… Read the full press release

HispanicBusiness Magazine Names Hilton Worldwide One of the ‘Best Companies for Diversity’

Hilton Worldwide’s Diversity and Recruitment Initiatives Ranked Among Top 20 MCLEAN, Va. 2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide announced today that it was ranked No. 16 on the HispanicBusiness 2012 Best Companies for Diversity list by HispanicBusiness magazine, up from its No. 26 ranking last year. By sector, Hilton Worldwide scored among the highest in restaurants and resorts. The 2012 Best Companies… Read the full press release

TAV Sees Off Hajj Pilgrims In Turkey And Welcomes Them In The Holy Land

2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — TAV Airports, Turkey’s leading airport operator, began welcoming the first group of hajj pilgrims from the early hours of the morning at the airport it has begun operating in Medinah, one of the holy cities of the Islamic World. Departing from Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk, Ankara Esenboga and Izmir Adnan Menderes Airports operated… Read the full press release

O’Hare Plane Pull Raises Nearly $70,000 for Special Olympics

O'Hare Plane Pull Raises Nearly $70,000 for Special Olympics

CHICAGO, 2012-09-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Teams of local law enforcement agencies and the general public participated in a larger-than-life tug-of-war challenge today at O’Hare International Airport, facing off with a 90-ton UPS Airbus A300 aircraft. The Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull event raised nearly $70,000 for Special Olympics Illinois. An all-time high of 37 teams registered for the fourth annual competition at O’Hare…. Read the full press release

At Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, “Greening Meetings” Offers Meeting Planners Sustainable Options at No Additional Cost.

The Hotel's Organic Herb Garden

2012-09-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Meeting planners looking to organize the best possible meeting experience coupled with a sustainable approach will find Greening Meetings a complement to their company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program (CSR). A raft of environmentally friendly options awaits, which can be added to an existing meeting package atFour Seasons Hotel Singapore at no additional cost: Going paperless – all… Read the full press release

BELFAST CITY AIRPORT FUNDS VITAL LATE-NIGHT SUPPORT SERVICE

SOS Bus team leader, Sarah McCandless, talks Chief Executive of Belfast City Airport, Brian Ambrose, through the vital work of the service and its volunteers ahead of the universities’ ‘Freshers’ Week’

2012-09-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — A late-night support service for vulnerable people has received significant funding towards its operations from George Best Belfast City Airport. SOS Bus NI, which operates from Shaftesbury Square and the Odyssey Arena in Belfast every weekend, was awarded the financial support from the airport’s Community Fund.Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of Belfast City Airport… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Named One Of America’s Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces By Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption

DALLAS – 2012-09-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) was named as one of America’s best adoption-friendly companies by the Dave Thomas foundation for adoption. Southwest Airlines offers Employees up to three weeks of paid leave and $2,000 per adopted child with a $4,000 lifetime maximum amount of financial reimbursement. To see the complete list, visit… Read the full press release

Drink Sparkling Pink Cocktails and Enjoy Pink “Cupcakes for a Cause” This October at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills in Honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Proceeds from the specialty pink cocktails, cupcakes and other themed culinary items will benefit breast cancer research for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, U.S.A., 2012-09-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — This October, enjoy pink specialty cocktails and themed culinary treats at Windows Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to support Breast… Read the full press release

Hispanic Business Magazine Names Southwest Airlines To The 2012 Directory Of Best Companies For Diversity

DALLAS – 2012-09-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines has been named one of the Best Companies for Diversity in 2012 by Hispanic Business Magazine, an annual list determined by more than 32 variables that measure the Company’s commitment to Hispanic hiring, promotion, marketing, philanthropy, and supplier diversity. This is the fifth year the Carrier has been included… Read the full press release

Commissioner Andolino to be Honored by Children’s Villages Illinois

CHICAGO, 2012-09-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino will be honored on October 18 by SOS Children’s Villages Illinois at its annual Crafted fundraising event in Chicago. Andolino and Commissioner Andrew Mooney of the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development will each receive a Distinguished Leadership Award. Andolino will be honored for her leadership in serving at-risk children and Commissioner Mooney… Read the full press release

Honor Flight Chicago hosts 95 WWII Veterans at Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Legacy Girls entertain at Midway

CHICAGO, 2012-09-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — While many folks were still sleeping, 95 World War II veterans from the Chicago area showed up extra early this morning at Midway International Airport for a very special day trip to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial sponsored by Honor Flight Chicago. Among those traveling today are brothers Nick and George Collias. Nick, 86,… Read the full press release

Panda Cub’s Eyes Begin to Open During Fourth Exam at San Diego Zoo

Photo taken on Sept. 12, 2012, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

San Diego Zoo Global Will Take Name Submissions Starting Sept. 17 2012-09-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — The panda cub at the San Diego Zoo is starting to take a peek at the great, big world around him. During an exam on Wednesday morning, animal care staff could see the cub’s eyes beginning to open. This is right… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund Aim to Raise USD One Million at Fourth Annual Run of Hope Seattle

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund Aim to Raise USD One Million at Fourth Annual Run of Hope Seattle.

5K Run/3K Walk to be held on September 30 at Seward Park benefits groundbreaking research for children with brain tumours and brain cancer. Seattle, U.S.A. 2012-09-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Run of Hope Seattle, an annual 5K run and 3K walk to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund (PBTRF), will hold its fourth annual Run of Hope on Sunday, September… Read the full press release

13th Annual World Gourmet Festival at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok Raises THB 1.5 million for Charity

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok

Hotel also announces dates for the 14th Annual Festival, to be held from September 2-8, 2013. Bangkok, Thailand – 2012-09-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — The 13th Annual World Gourmet Festival at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, held from September 3-9, 2012, has raised more than THB 1.5 million for the Save A Child’s Life From AIDS project under the auspices of HRH Princess… Read the full press release

Halifax Stanfield Acknowledges Eleventh Anniversary of September 11th

Halifax, N.S. 2012-09-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — It was eleven years ago tomorrow that hundreds of airport employees responded quickly, professionally and with great compassion to the tragic events of a day that changed world history. “This is a time for reflection,” says Tom Ruth, Halifax International Airport Authority President & CEO. “As we pause to appreciate… Read the full press release

Essential Travel’s Top Ten Farmer’s Markets From Around the World

2012-09-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — Farmers’ Markets are trending everywhere at the moment because of the global move towards healthier eating, living and spending. To celebrate this growing movement, Essential Travel has put together their favourite ten farmers’ markets from both the UK, and around the globe. 1. Winchester Farmers’ Market, Hampshire This bi-monthly market exemplifies the… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Hosts 32nd Annual Terry Fox Run at Stanley Park, Sunday, September 16, 2012

Four Seasons Founder and CEO Isadore Sharp and Terry Fox

Event features MC & Global TV news anchor Jill Krop, Vancouver Fire Department warm up, complimentary breakfast and Kids Playzone. 2012-09-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — The team at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is organizing one of Vancouver’s most loved annual charitable events. Terry Fox remains a global hero for his brave and selfless approach to raising awareness and funds… Read the full press release

Advancing Cancer Research: Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Aims to Reach CAD 9 Million Mark at 2012 Wilket Creek Park Terry Fox Run as Part of Continuing Global Commitment to the Cause

Isadore Sharp and Terry Fox

More than 350 corporate and hotel employees will participate in September 16 event in Toronto. Toronto, Canada 2012-09-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Seasons hotels and resorts around the world are participating in Terry Fox Runs and other fundraising initiatives again this year, marking more than three decades of commitment to cancer research. Every year, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto and the… Read the full press release

New 21-kilometre Half Marathon Launched at the Second Annual Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Liberation Walk

2012-09-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, in partnership with O.R. Tambo International Airport and the City of Ekurhuleni, has introduced a 21-kilometre half marathon for the second annual Liberation Walk this year. The race has already attracted significant interest among athletes in provinces such as the Eastern Cape, where OR Tambo was… Read the full press release

Confirmed Speakers Announced for Airports Going Green Conference

CHICAGO, 2012-09-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — The 5th Annual Airports Going Green Conference will be held November 4-7, 2012 at the Westin River North Hotel, Chicago, Illinois. Register today at www.airportsgoinggreen.org and check back often for updates! We are pleased to announce that the Conference will feature the following sustainability leaders from around the globe! Special Sessions: Christa Fornarotto,… Read the full press release

LIFE AFTER LONDON 2012 – VISITENGLAND LOOKS AT THE LEGACY LEFT BEHIND

2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — With dozens of new venues and attractions being specifically constructed and opened for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we take a look at what will happen to these after the storm on this colossal event has settled. From shopping malls to white water rafting facilities, the legacy that London 2012 leaves behind… Read the full press release

For the second consecutive year, Lufthansa wins “Doing it All” honors from Condé Nast Traveler 2012 World Savers Awards

Carrier recognized as world leader in social responsibility; airline’s landmark biofuel study highlighted Lufthansa has once again received top honors among the airline industry, earning the “Doing it All” distinction in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards.  The comprehensive awards program, which recognizes travel companies that are doing the most to save the world,… Read the full press release

Jersey Celtic coin hoard to go on public display

2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — One of the most significant and exciting archaeological discoveries in Jersey’s history is to be put on public display, for a limited period of time. The hoard of Celtic coins unearthed from a field in Grouville in June is currently being held at a secure location by Jersey Heritage. But following intense… Read the full press release

Thailand Medical & Wellness Tourism Trade Fam Trip 2012 Highlights Country’s Leadership as Health & Wellness Destination

Bangkok, 2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Nearly 90 tourism facilitators, health tourism organizations and health insurance companies from 18 countries gathered at the Centara Grand at CentralWorld in Bangkok for the “Thailand Medical & Wellness Tourism Trade Fam Trip 2012” organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni said, “The Thailand Medical &… Read the full press release

Canadian Tour Celebrating the 100th Grey Cup: VIA Rail Canada welcomes the Grey Cup on board its train from Vancouver to Halifax

Vancouver, 2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — VIA Rail Canada is pleased to welcome the Grey Cup on board its train as part of its cross-Canada tour. Celebrating its 100th edition in 2012, yesterday, the Cup began a coast to coast journey to visit one hundred Canadian communities. VIA Rail’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Paul… Read the full press release

FROM THAISPECTIVE: Tourism Authority of Thailand Proudly Presents a Refreshing & Unique Experience Through Thais’ Perspectives

FROM THAISPECTIVE: Tourism Authority of Thailand Proudly Presents a Refreshing & Unique Experience Through Thais' Perspectives

Bangkok, 2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched “FROM THAISPECTIVE”, its latest campaign aimed at showing Thailand from unique and rare angles. Taking a radically different approach from previous campaigns, “FROM THAISPECTIVE” goes beyond sharing experiences from visitor to visitor and instead presents Thailand from the perspective of Thais. Three short… Read the full press release

GUY HARVEY OUTPOST SPLASHES ONTO ST. PETE BEACH

TradeWinds Sandpiper Suites to Become First Guy Harvey Outpost Resort in U.S. ST. PETE BEACH, Fla., 2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Over the next few months, the TradeWinds Sandpiper Suites on St. Pete Beach, Fla. will be transformed into Guy Harvey Outpost – a TradeWinds Beach Resort, becoming the first Guy Harvey Outpost in the United States…. Read the full press release