Holiday Inn Celebrates its 60th Anniversary around the World

2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Holiday Inn, one of the world’s most iconic hotel brands, today marks its 60thAnniversary and the start of a global consumer campaign to celebrate the brand’s innovative heritage. Back in the early fifties, vacations were beyond the means of the average American family and many hotels fell short of providing what travellers… Read the full press release

GBTA and ISM Announce New Procurement Symposium

GBTA Procurement Symposium 2012 offers tools for managing a strong business travel program Alexandria, VA & Tempe, AZ,  2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) today announced the GBTA Procurement Symposium 2012 will be held October 23-24, 2012, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza…. Read the full press release

Update: Overnight Effort Resolves Issue Causing Multiple Bookings in Error

2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The overwhelming response from Customers who took advantage of our August 3 limited time offer created website performance issues at various times during the weekend. Our Employees worked tirelessly to resolve the issue and have confirmed that the duplications are no longer occurring. By initiating an “all hands on deck” approach, we… Read the full press release

airberlin: swap autumn for blue skies

2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The best remedy for those autumn blues is simply not to get them in the first place. With airberlin, south is the way to go – and anyone who wants to escape the season of short days and glum faces should book their flight ticket now. “By providing this additional allocation of… Read the full press release

Vacation Never Has to End With a Free Night from Marriott Rewards

2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Take an extra day away with Marriott Rewards popular MegaBonus promotion.  Members will earn one free night for every two paid stays* they make September 15, 2012 through January 15, 2013, up to three free nights during the earning period to use towards a future stay at thousands of category 1-4 hotels around the… Read the full press release

eforea: spa at Hilton at Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa Unveils Discover and Recover Packages

Family Adventures Matched with Relaxing Spa Treatments for a Perfect Getaway SEDONA, Ariz., 2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The first eforea: spa at Hilton, in the Western United States, today announced the addition of Discover and Recover packages to its selection of innovative services. With the Discover and Recover offerings, guests of eforea: spa at Hilton at Hilton… Read the full press release

Travelport Triples its Hotel Content

Over 340,000 hotels now available on Travelport Rooms and More™; Hotelzon and Tourico Holidays now signed up to supply content Langley, 2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has revealed that the number of hotel properties available in its Travelport Rooms and More hotel booking engine has more than tripled… Read the full press release

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts Unveils the Restored Hotel Maria Cristina for Its 100th Anniversary

Following a $25 Million Renovation, Hotel Maria Cristina Joins Iconic Luxury Collection Hotels in Europe to be Restored & Reopened within the Next 12 Months SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), reopens the doors to the historic Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian, following an extensive $25 million restoration…. Read the full press release

North American Hotels Seeing Increases in Bookings Across All Travel Segments into 2013

NEW YORK – 2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The occupancy outlook for Third Quarter 2012 through Second Quarter 2013 is strong, with group committed room nights up 5.7 percent and transient room nights reserved up 7 percent based on current reservations and group commitments on the books in comparison to same time last year, according to data from… Read the full press release

Marriott International Selects Agency Finalists for Marriott Hotels & Resorts Creative Account

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International has selected three agencies as finalists for its creative business for Marriott Hotels & Resorts. The agencies are: Grey New York, JWT New York and the incumbent agency, mcgarrybowen New York. The agency review launched in May 2012 and is expected to conclude with agency appointment in September 2012. “The… Read the full press release

MELIÁ NET PROFITS UP BY 24% , EXCEEDING THE MARKET EXPECTATIONS

• RevPAR maintains a positive trend, increasing by 8.5% -practically explained by price increases- and with further margin for improvement • Meliá.com increased its revenues by 34.3% • The globalisation of the company –already representing 80% of the Operating Profit- allows international growth to offset weak demand in Spain • The evolution of the main… Read the full press release

Brand USA Launches New Submission Site

LONDON, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — (Brand USA UK) — Brand USA, the new tourism marketing body for the United States of America, has announced the launch of a website dedicated to television programme idea submissions. TV.thebrandusa.co.uk has been built specifically to accept confidential television ideas from production partners. In September, a shortlist will be put before… Read the full press release

TRIO-WIN FOR DORCHESTER COLLECTION’S UK HOTELS IN WINE SPECTATOR’S 2012 RESTAURANT WINE LIST AWARDS

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Three restaurants within Dorchester Collection’s UK properties, The Dorchester, Coworth Park in Ascot and London’s latest, 45 Park Lane, have been acknowledged within Wine Spectator’s 2012 Restaurant Wine List Awards for their notable lists. Wine Spectator’s esteemed awards programme honours 3,795 restaurants every year, across more than 70 countries, for their top-quality… Read the full press release

PATA Promotes Mam Chotipantawanon

Bangkok, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has announced the promotion of Ms “Mam” Puangthip Chotipantawanon as Director of Operations effective August 1 reporting to Chief Operating Officer Ms Sheila Leong. Mam is responsible for operations across all departments to provide an association-wide support structure to actively and regularly engage with members;… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide’s UK Hotels Awarded Carbon Saver Gold Standard

LONDON, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide has been awarded the highly acclaimed Carbon Saver Gold Standard for effective carbon reduction and management at all of its UK hotels, where carbon emissions have been reduced over a three year period. Sustainability is a critical performance measure of the business, just like quality, service, and revenue. Hilton Worldwide… Read the full press release

Travel Industry Outpaces Rest of Economy in Employment Recovery

Washington, D.C., 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s Labor Department report that the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 8.3 percent for July 2012. “The travel industry continues to be one of the prime drivers of the nation’s economy, adding… Read the full press release

Amadeus publishes first half results for 2012

Growth record supported by both Distribution and IT Solutions businesses Year-on-year first half highlights (six months ended June 30, 2012) • Global market share of travel agency air bookings expanded by 1.0 percentage point • Passengers Boarded (PB) lifted by 27.0% to 259.0 million • Revenue grew 8.6%2 to €1,508.9 million • EBITDA rose 6.1%… Read the full press release

Dolphin Dynamics extends tour operator selling solution to connect seven new accommodation suppliers

London, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Leading travel software provider Dolphin Dynamics has undertaken an intensive development program to integrate new accommodation suppliers into its booking engine during in the first half of 2012. The move has been driven by its growing tour operator customer base that requires access to live inventory to supplement directly contracted inventory… Read the full press release

Nominations open for UNWTO Ulysses and Lifetime Achievement Awards

Madrid, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Nominations are open for the 2012 UNWTO Awards, recognizing exceptional leaders in the tourism community, as well as the most innovative tourism initiatives. Since 2003, the UNWTO Ulysses Prize and Awards have honored those individuals and tourism initiatives that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of tourism through knowledge creation… Read the full press release

One year on: Signature Experiences Collection® case studies Vol. 2: Iceberg Quest

Increased international exposure and more bookings are just two of the benefits of SEC membership for this Newfoundland family-operated business 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Time flies when you’re having tourism fun. It’s been a year since the Canadian Tourism Commission(CTC) launched its groundbreaking Signature Experiences Collection® program. It now has 160-plusmembers under its belt and is going from strength to… Read the full press release

Slowing Passenger Growth Trend Continues – Cargo Markets Remain Weak

Geneva, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global traffic results for June showing a continued slowing of growth in the demand for air transport. This is in line with weakness in business and consumer confidence. Year-on-year, demand for air travel in June expanded by 6.2%. Capacity grew by a much more cautious… Read the full press release

ME London, the flagship project of Meliá Hotels International in the British capital, to open in September

Designed by Foster + Partners, it is the fifth hotel for the luxury lifestyle ME by Meliá hotel brand, joining the hotels in Madrid, Barcelona, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas Palma de Mallorca , 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The ME London Hotel, the latest jewel on the urban hotel scene in London, is preparing the final details for… Read the full press release

Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! Free Admission to Museums in Arkansas

Free Tickets from Coast to Coast Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! Tickets Now Available for Download New York, NY, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The best free ticket in town is just a click away – starting today, museum-goers can head to smithsonian.com/museumdaylive to download tickets for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! Tickets grant free admission for two people per… Read the full press release

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Sets New June Passenger Record

Airport Reports 2.19 Million Passengers, Busiest June and Second-Busiest Month Ever for BWI Marshall 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport announced today that 2,189,148 commercial passengers flew through the Airport in June 2012. That figure, an increase of 2.9 percent over June 2011, was a new record for the month of June, and… Read the full press release

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Receives Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings Magazine

DESTIN, Fla., 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is proud to announce it has received the prestigious Pinnacle Award as one of the 2012 Best Hotels and Resorts from Successful Meetings magazine. The Pinnacle Awards are given annually as a mark of excellence for meeting destinations, hotels and conference centers that demonstrate outstanding… Read the full press release

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Receives ‘Greens of Distinction’ Award from Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine

DESTIN, Fla., 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is the proud recipient of the prestigious ‘Greens of Distinction’ award from Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine. This marks the 13th time Hilton Sandestin Beach has received the recognition. Presented to hotels, resorts and conference centers committed to their golf courses, meeting facilities, food and… Read the full press release

Hilton Colon Quito Named Sustainable Tourism Certification by Smart Voyager

World-renowned Certification Agency Smart Voyager Recognizes Sustainable Practices Of Hilton Colon Quito QUITO, Ecuador 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Colon Quito has been honored with the Sustainable Tourism Certification awarded by Smart Voyager. “This prize is a result of the efforts of our entire work team and their dedication to our policy of social responsibility,” commented Patricio… Read the full press release

Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona colabora con asociaciones locales para ofrecer empleo a personas con discapacidad

BARCELONA, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — En los tiempos que corren, hay un colectivo quesufre especialmente la difícil situación del mercado laboral: las personas con alguna discapacidad. Afortunadamente, hay iniciativas que reivindican el valor añadido que estas personas aportan a sus puestos de trabajo, sea cual sea el sector. En el ámbito de la hostelería, el equipo… Read the full press release

Enjoy The Taste Of Summer At Hilton Milan With The New Cocktail ‘That’s Milano’

The young bar tender Lieta Vecchiato, aged 27, was inspired by the classical milanese liquors MILAN, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Milan has introduced a new cocktail, ‘That’s Milano’, especially for summer which evokes the tastes of the Lombardy city. It has been created by the young bar tender of the hotel’s Cosmopolitan Bar, Lieta Vecchiato, aged 27…. Read the full press release

Honey I Shrunk The Haggis!!

Scotland’s Most Famous Dish is as Cute as a Cupcake WEST LOTHIAN, Scotland, U.K., 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — With thousands of international visitors expected to descend upon Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Hilton Edinburgh Airport gets set to welcome guests from across the world with Scotland’s national dish in cupcake form. Specially created by the hotel’s sous chef… Read the full press release