PATA announces AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes as speaker at its Youth Symposium in Macao SAR, September 13

PATA announces AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes as speaker at its Youth Symposium in Macao SAR, September 13   BANGKOK, 2017-Sep-01 — /Travel PR News/ — AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes is set to speak at the forthcoming PATA Youth Symposium in Macao SAR, hosted by the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT). Organised by the Association’s… Read the full press release

Get to know Virginia’s distilled spirits this September

Get to know Virginia’s distilled spirits this September   RICHMOND, 2017-Sep-01 — /Travel PR News/ — Governor Terry McAuliffe declared that September is Virginia Spirits Month. This year marks the second annual celebration with new and exciting promotions intended to educate consumers and travelers about Virginia distilled spirits. “Virginia is the Birthplace of American Spirits… Read the full press release

Visit Bath: TV and radio presenter Martin Roberts launches UK’s first Achieve Expo, 14th-15th October 2017

BATH, UK, 2017-Aug-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Martin Roberts, best known for a broadcasting career spanning three decades and a warm personality, is launching the UK’s first Achieve Expo on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October 2017, at Bath Assembly Rooms in the beautiful Georgian Spa City of Bath, world renowned for its natural hot spa… Read the full press release

Channel 4 and VisitScotland invites viewers to take part in a unique interactive TV campaign

Channel 4 and VisitScotland invites viewers to take part in a unique interactive TV campaign   Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017-Aug-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Channel 4, in partnership with VisitScotland, today (Aug 22, 2017) announces a unique interactive TV campaign that invites viewers to take part in and direct a series of ads across a week…. Read the full press release

Four Highland events to receive funding from EventScotland’s National Funding Programme

Four Highland events to receive funding from EventScotland’s National Funding Programme   Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017-Aug-28 — /Travel PR News/ — A knitting festival and a three-day mountain running race are amongst 14 events across the country benefitting from a share of £145,500 in the latest awards round of EventScotland’s National Funding Programme. Loch Ness Knit… Read the full press release

St Andrews Photography festival to get support from EventScotland’s National Funding Programme

St Andrews Photography festival to get support from EventScotland’s National Funding Programme   Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017-Aug-28 — /Travel PR News/ — A festival celebrating 176 years of Scottish photography has been awarded a funding boost from VisitScotland. St Andrews Photography festival is among 14 forthcoming events taking place across the country to benefit from a… Read the full press release

Enjoy “kids free” incentives in San Diego this October

For the 6th Year in a Row, Families Can Enjoy Special Deals at San Diego Hotels, Attractions, Restaurants, Arts and Culture Venues and More San Diego, CA, 2017-Aug-28 — /Travel PR News/ — During the entire month of October 2017, more than 100 San Diego hotels, restaurants, attractions, museums and transportation companies will offer families with… Read the full press release

VisitEngland: 6.9 million Brits are planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK this August Bank Holiday weekend

LONDON, 2017-Aug-24 — /Travel PR News/ — VisitEngland’s August Bank Holiday Trip Tracker survey published today shows that 6.9 million Brits are planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK this weekend, bringing an estimated £1.7 billion boost to the UK economy. The figures show an increase on last year’s results when 5.1 million adults… Read the full press release

LVCVA: Las Vegas to host Labor Day weekend events Sept. 1-4

LAS VEGAS, 2017-Aug-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Las Vegas will say goodbye to summer with thrilling Labor Day weekend pool parties, concerts, comedians and DJ performances, Sept. 1-4. “The Entertainment Capital of the World” is the ultimate Labor Day weekend getaway, offering a special experience for all visitors. SPLASHING ALLOWED Whether guests prefer to splash… Read the full press release

UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai comments on ‘tourism-phobia’

UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai comments on ‘tourism-phobia’   MADRID, Spain, 2017-Aug-16 — /Travel PR News/ — In recent months, reports from all around the world have spoken of ‘tourism-phobia’, showing us pictures of citizens protesting against the ‘invasion of tourists’ and the expulsion of locals by tourism businesses. As an economic activity, travel and tourism… Read the full press release

2017 Cuisine Good Food Awards: Pacifica named the best restaurant in New Zealand

Pacifica, on the east coast of the North Island has been named the best restaurant in New Zealand. ‍New Zealand, 2017-Aug-13— /Travel PR News/ — Pacifica in Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island has been named the best restaurant in the country in New Zealand’s most prestigious restaurant awards. The 2017 Cuisine… Read the full press release

Paisley’s national festival The Spree to benefit from EventScotland’s National Funding Programme

Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017-Aug-12 — /Travel PR News/ — The Spree – Paisley’s national festival, which this year is from 13 to 22 October – is amongst 14 forthcoming events taking place across the country which are benefitting from a share of £145,500 in the latest awards round of EventScotland’s National Funding Programme. The event, which is… Read the full press release

City of Chicago: Month-long Public Art Festival throughout October

Chicago, 2017-Aug-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will celebrate the Year of Public Art with a month-long Public Art Festival throughout October, culminating with a Public Art Symposium on October 26 and 27 at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). The symposium… Read the full press release

Qatar grants visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries

Number of nationalities eligible to enter visa-free highest in region Qatar considering further enhancements to visa policy, including waiver for holders of visa/resident permit for GCC and Schengen countries, as well as UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand   DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Aug-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI), Qatar Tourism… Read the full press release

Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World upgraded to a four-star grading by VisitScotland

Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017-Aug-08 — /Travel PR News/ — The world’s longest running butterfly house has been upgraded to a four-star grading by VisitScotland. Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World, attached to Scotland’s largest garden centre, was upgraded from three stars by the national tourism organisation’s Quality Assurance (QA) Scheme in recognition of its excellent standards. The… Read the full press release

LAWA: Van Nuys Airport earns level 2 reduction in Airport Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program

Los Angeles, California, 2017-Aug-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Van Nuys Airport (VNY) becomes the only general aviation airport to hold level 2 reduction in Airport Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program furthering the airport’s goal to become a greener, cleaner and more efficient airport for all stakeholders. The Airport Carbon Accreditation program recognizes airports worldwide… Read the full press release

Tourism Australia and BuzzFeed invite the next generation of visual storytellers to join the first ever BuzzFeed Mateship program

World-first partnership gives young travellers from around the world the chance to experience and share the best of Australia Sydney, Australia, 2017-Aug-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Tourism Australia and BuzzFeed Australia are on the hunt for the next generation of visual storytellers from around the world to join the first ever BuzzFeed Mateship program, a once-in-lifetime fellowship… Read the full press release

Lincoln Park Zoo’s 23rd annual ZooLights returns Nov. 24

Support Chicago’s Free Zoo with Holiday Traditions and New Light Maze Chicago, 2017-Aug-05 — /Travel PR News/  – Lincoln Park Zoo’s 23rd annual ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PowerShares QQQ by Invesco returns Nov. 24. In addition to the ongoing public displays, guests can attend several special events throughout the season (please note: only ticket holders may enter the… Read the full press release

UNWTO included in the List of ODA- eligible International Organizations

The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), representing thirty of the main donor countries, has included the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the List of ODA- eligible International Organizations.  MADRID, Spain, 2017-Aug-02 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO’s inclusion in this list implies that countries´ financial contributions to the Organization such as membership fees can now… Read the full press release

A new permanent exhibition at Deal Castle in Kent opens August 2

A new permanent exhibition at Deal Castle in Kent opens August 2   The exhibition will also tell the stories of those who lived and worked at the castle up until the 20th century London, 2017-Aug-01 — /Travel PR News/ — A new permanent exhibition at Deal Castle in Kent will offer new insights into the history of… Read the full press release

Visit Omaha earns DMAP accreditation

OMAHA, NE., 2017-Aug-01 — /Travel PR News/ — Visit Omaha makes the grade and joins a prestigious group honored in Canada at the Destinations International Conference. Visit Omaha was honored for earning its official accreditation by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). The process is a comprehensive review of a Destination Marketing Organization’s (DMO) business… Read the full press release

VisitEngland: The ‘Great West Way’ project receives £1 million from the Discover England Fund

VisitEngland: The ‘Great West Way’ project receives £1 million from the Discover England Fund   London, 2017-Jul-31 — /Travel PR News/ — The ‘Great West Way’ project, led by destination management organisation VisitWiltshire, is set to transform tourism along the 125-mile route. The major investment will develop a new touring route and link a package… Read the full press release

The Westfield Health British Transplant Games gets support from EventScotland’s National Funding Programme

The Westfield Health British Transplant Games gets support from EventScotland’s National Funding Programme   Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017-Jul-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The Westfield Health British Transplant Games – in North Lanarkshire from today, Thursday 27 July to Sunday 30 July – is amongst 14 forthcoming events taking place across the country which are benefitting from a share… Read the full press release

Aberdeen Mela to benefit in the latest awards round of EventScotland’s National Funding Programme

Aberdeen Mela to benefit in the latest awards round of EventScotland’s National Funding Programme   Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017-Jul-28 — /Travel PR News/ — A cultural festival which brings together diverse communities in Aberdeen and the North East is amongst 14 events across the country benefitting from a share of £145,500 in the latest awards round… Read the full press release

The Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships returns to Whistler Blackcomb August 4-6

WHISTLER, British Columbia, 2017-Jul-28 — /Travel PR News/ —Competitors will throw down at the sauciest BBQ battle in the Pacific Northwest for the 16th consecutive year. The Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships returns to Whistler Blackcomb August 4-6. “The Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships give Dusty’s the opportunity to showcase all things BBQ related… Read the full press release

Kansas City International Airport recorded 1,075,686 passengers in June 2017; 4.2% increase from June 2016

Kansas City, 2017-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department reports that 1,075,686 passengers arrived and departed through Kansas City International Airport’s gates in June, a 4.2-percent increase from June 2016. June passenger boardings were up 4.4 percent, with a total of 535,270 boarded. For the year to date,… Read the full press release

easyJet earns Austrian Air Operator Certificate and license; easyJet Europe now operational

New airline “easyJet Europe” now operational  First Austrian-registered aircraft flying from Luton to Vienna this morning Thomas Haagensen appointed Managing Director of easyJet Europe Remaining EU27 based aircraft to be re-registered by March 2019 Luton, United Kingdom, 2017-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — easyJet can confirm that it has been awarded an Air Operator Certificate (AOC)… Read the full press release

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018 festival on 30 December 2017

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018 festival on 30 December 2017   Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017-Jul-19 — /Travel PR News/ —Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018 is better than ever before with new events, including the family friendly Bairns Afore and a new look ceilidh at the foot of the city’s iconic castle, an extended fireworks display which will rival any other city… Read the full press release

Macao Government Tourism Office hosted a successful 5th Macao International Travel Expo

Macao Government Tourism Office hosted a successful 5th Macao International Travel Expo   MACAO, 2017-Jul-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Supported by China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), organized by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and coordinated by Macau Travel Agency Association, the 5th Macao International Travel (Industry) Expo (“the Expo” or “MITE”) adjourned with success on… Read the full press release

Colorado Tourism Office to expand rural tourism development focus with the launch of Destination Development program

The new program will grow the successes of previous Heritage and Agritourism initiatives; expand rural tourism development focus to culinary and agritourism, heritage, cultural, outdoor adventure and cycling Denver, 2017-Jul-10 — /Travel PR News/ — The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) is relaunching its successful Heritage & Agritourism program, which will now be known as Destination Development,… Read the full press release