Accor and LVMH Partner to Redefine Luxury Travel with Orient Express Revival

(IN SHORT) Accor and LVMH have formed a strategic partnership to rejuvenate the Orient Express brand, famous for its luxurious travel experiences since 1883. Under Accor’s ownership, plans include launching new hotels in Rome and Venice, reintroducing historic trains, and unveiling the first Orient Express sailing ship by 2026. LVMH’s investment aims to enhance the… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways Takes Flight as Title Sponsor of Premier Padel Tour

Qatar Airways becomes the new ‘Title Sponsor’, ‘Tour Finals Title Sponsor’ and ‘Official Airline Partner’ of Premier Padel Multi-year partnership will see Official tour renamed ‘Qatar Airways Premier Padel Tour’ and tour finals renamed to ‘Qatar Airways Premier Padel Finals’ (IN SHORT) Qatar Airways has entered into a significant multi-year partnership with Premier Padel, becoming… Read the full press release

Emirates Launches Sustainable Aviation Fuel Initiative at Singapore Changi Airport

Activation of agreement with Neste marks airline’s first SAF investment in Asia (IN SHORT) Emirates has launched its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) initiative at Singapore Changi Airport in collaboration with Neste, marking its first SAF deployment in Asia. Approximately 3.3 million liters of blended SAF have been integrated into Changi Airport’s fueling system. This move… Read the full press release

Minor Hotels Promotes Key Leadership at Koh Samui and Koh Phangan Properties

(IN SHORT) Minor Hotels has announced two key promotions at its properties in Thailand. Ahmed Asim has been appointed as the General Manager of Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas, moving from his role as Resort Manager at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Hotel. Frederic Kolde takes over as General Manager of Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, transitioning… Read the full press release

Minor Hotels Triumphs with 22 Awards at Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024

(IN SHORT) Minor Hotels has achieved remarkable success at the Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024, securing 22 prestigious accolades across various categories. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas led the wins with multiple honors, including recognition for Best Resorts and Best House Reefs in the Maldives. The awards highlight Minor Hotels’ excellence in luxury… Read the full press release

Milestone Celebration: Vienna Airport and Korean Air Cargo Mark Two Decades of Seamless Connectivity

(IN SHORT) Vienna Airport and Korean Air Cargo celebrated 20 years of partnership, commemorating their collaboration in the air cargo sector. The event, held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, brought together key figures from both organizations and over 100 guests. The partnership, which began in April 2004, has facilitated seamless connectivity between Seoul and Vienna,… Read the full press release

Qantas Expands its Reach in Online Travel with Acquisition of TripADeal

(IN SHORT) Qantas is set to acquire the remaining 49% stake in TripADeal, a move aimed at bolstering its presence in the online holiday packages market. With a focus on enhancing Qantas Loyalty’s engagement with travelers and capitalizing on curated tour experiences, the acquisition underscores Qantas’ commitment to delivering value for shareholders. TripADeal’s remarkable growth… Read the full press release

Coco Palms Resort Set to Reopen as a Kimpton Luxury Retreat in 2026

(IN SHORT) Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, in collaboration with Coco Palms Resort, is set to introduce the first-ever Kimpton property in Hawaii, Coco Palms, A Kimpton Resort, in 2026. Situated amidst the stunning landscapes of Kauai’s Wailua valley, the resort will undergo a meticulous restoration to revive its former glory as a haven for Hollywood… Read the full press release

Emirates Airlines Elevates Eid Al Adha Celebrations with In-Flight Culinary Delights and Entertainment Extravaganza

(IN SHORT) Emirates Airlines is gearing up to celebrate Eid Al Adha with a special in-flight experience featuring traditional dishes, artisanal sweet treats, and a diverse entertainment lineup. Passengers can enjoy a culinary journey curated for the festive season, along with a wide array of Arabic movies, TV series, podcasts, and audiobooks through the airline’s… Read the full press release

Hyatt Introduces Caption by Hyatt Concept to Japan with New Osaka Property

Caption by Hyatt Namba Osaka debuts, marking the introduction of the select-service lifestyle brand in Japan (IN SHORT) Hyatt Hotels Corporation has launched Caption by Hyatt Namba Osaka, a lively lifestyle hotel situated in Osaka, Japan. Boasting 167 rooms, the hotel offers a unique guest experience with self-service options, vibrant social spaces, and a modern… Read the full press release

Joint Cargo Venture between Qatar Airways and Malaysia Aviation Group Elevates Global Connectivity

The two cargo carriers will now offer enhanced connectivity across both airlines’ global networks via their key hubs – Hamad International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (IN SHORT) Qatar Airways Group and Malaysia Aviation Group have solidified their longstanding collaboration as oneworld partners with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Qatar… Read the full press release

Novotel and WWF Unveil Three-Year Plan to Drive Sustainable Practices Across 580 Hotels Worldwide

Following a longstanding commitment to support its guests’ pursuit of balance in their lives, Novotel’s three-year agreement with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) will champion the protection and restoration of the world’s oceans, the source of balance for the planet, through science-based action and conservation projects (IN SHORT) Novotel, Accor’s founding brand, has embarked… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways Expands European Network with Resumption of Lisbon Flights

The award-winning airline marks the return of year-round direct flights to Lisbon, with six weekly flights added to the airline’s summer schedule The new route offers passengers a greater range of travel choices with seamless connectivity to more than 170 destinations worldwide, including 47 destinations in Europe (IN SHORT) Qatar Airways announces the resumption of… Read the full press release

Choice Hotels Elevates Extended Stay Experience with Everhome Suites Expansion

Choice Hotels continues to strengthen its leadership position in extended stay with Everhome Suites’ growth (IN SHORT) Choice Hotels amplifies its presence in the extended stay market with the expansion of its Everhome Suites brand, unveiling new properties in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Rochester, New York; and Somerset, New Jersey. Developed in partnership with Highside Companies,… Read the full press release

JAL Group Expands Cargo Network with New Narita-Dalian Route

(IN SHORT) JAL Group announces the expansion of its cargo network with the addition of a new Narita-Dalian route to its FY2024 Summer schedule, operating once a week with Boeing 767 freighter aircraft. This strategic move aims to enhance the airline’s air transport capabilities, catering to the increasing demand for e-commerce, express cargo, and essential… Read the full press release

IHG Pairs Personalized Destinations with Enneagram Personality Types for Summer Travelers

(IN SHORT) IHG Hotels & Resorts partners with Enneagram expert Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober to tailor personalized vacation destinations for travelers based on their Enneagram personality types. From the meticulous Type ONEs finding solace in Kyoto’s Six Senses to adventurous Type SEVENs exploring Miami’s vibrant culture at Atwell Suites Miami Brickell, each destination caters to specific preferences… Read the full press release

Adelaide Airport Set for Enhanced Qantas Lounge Experience

(IN SHORT) Qantas announces plans to enhance the airport experience for travelers passing through Adelaide with the construction of a new lounge precinct, featuring a Domestic Business Lounge inspired by Kangaroo Island’s Flinders Chase National Park, alongside a refurbishment of the current Qantas Club and Chairmans Lounge. The first phase of construction, focusing on the… Read the full press release

Niarra Travel Appoints Lindsey Walter as Managing Director

Lindsey Walter, new Managing Director of Niarra Travel

London, United Kingdom, 2024-Jun-6 — /Travel PR News/ — London-based tour operator Niarra Travel has officially appointed Lindsey Walter as Managing Director, effective immediately. Walter has been serving as Acting Managing Director since October 2023, guiding the company through a crucial phase in its development. As a co-founder of Niarra, Lindsey has played a pivotal… Read the full press release

IHG Hotels & Resorts to Introduce Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo in 2025

Japan’s first Holiday Inn opened in Kyoto in 1973, so the opening heralds a return to the brand’s roots in Japan Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo will be the eleventh hotel under the Holiday Inn brand family in Japan The project is IHG’s second agreement with AXA IM Alts With more than 4,300 open worldwide, Holiday… Read the full press release

Emirates’ A380 Draws Prominent Guests and Trade Visitors at ILA Berlin 2024

(IN SHORT) Emirates showcased its A380 aircraft at ILA Berlin 2024, welcoming prominent guests including German Federal Ministers and regional leaders. The aircraft attracted significant attention, hosting over 1,800 trade guests during the event. Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, Emirates announced a positioning flight from Berlin to Dubai using blended Sustainable Aviation Fuel. With its… Read the full press release

First Class Comes to Miami-Bogotá Route as Emirates Launches Daily Flights

(IN SHORT) Emirates, the renowned airline, has launched its eagerly anticipated services to Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, marking its fourth destination in South America and extending its reach to 19 points across the Americas. The inaugural flight, EK213 from Miami, was greeted with traditional Colombian dance at El Dorado International Airport, where a delegation… Read the full press release

Emirates, Condor Ink Reciprocal Partnership, Boosting Passenger Options

(IN SHORT) Emirates and Condor have inked a reciprocal codeshare partnership starting October 2024, subject to regulatory approvals, offering Emirates customers seamless access to Condor-operated flights via Germany to popular destinations in Majorca, the Canary Islands, North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. Condor will place its marketing code on Emirates-operated flights beyond Dubai,… Read the full press release

Minor Hotels Appoints Gonzalo Aguilar as CEO for Europe & Americas

(IN SHORT) Minor Hotels, a prominent global hotel owner and operator, has announced the appointment of Gonzalo Aguilar as the CEO for Europe & Americas, effective January 1, 2025. Aguilar, joining from Marriott, brings over three decades of industry expertise and a track record of successful leadership. He will succeed current CEO Ramón Aragonés, who… Read the full press release

Iconic Sofitel New York Embarks on Grand Renewal Under Visionary Leadership

A new chapter is unveiled for the iconic Sofitel New York, symbol of the beloved French hospitality brand’s grand renewal led by visionary CEO Maud Bailly (IN SHORT) Sofitel New York, an emblem of French elegance in Manhattan, announces a comprehensive refurbishment project coinciding with the brand’s 60th anniversary, under the leadership of CEO Maud… Read the full press release

Global Wellness Day Celebrations: Swissôtel Redefines Hospitality with Vitality Focus

(IN SHORT) In celebration of Global Wellness Day on June 8th, Swissôtel is spotlighting its diverse wellness offerings across its global properties, showcasing transformative experiences for guests seeking rejuvenation. From Osaka to Almaty, each Swissôtel destination boasts unique opportunities to revitalize the mind, body, and soul. The brand’s dedication to vitality and purposeful living is… Read the full press release

British Airways Celebrates 100 Years in India with Enhanced Flight Schedule

(IN SHORT) British Airways is set to bolster its presence in India with the introduction of a new daily flight between Delhi and London Heathrow starting April 20, 2025. This move, coinciding with the airline’s centenary in India, will increase its weekly flights across the country to 63, servicing five major cities. Operated by the… Read the full press release

Emirates, IATA, and Airbus Collaborate to Enhance A350 Pilot Training

(IN SHORT) In a groundbreaking collaboration, Emirates, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Airbus have announced an advanced Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) programme for the A350 type rating, in preparation for Emirates’ receipt of 65 A350s starting mid-2024. The program, set to commence at Emirates’ Training College in Dubai from July 2024, will… Read the full press release

Minor Hotels Expands Presence in Sri Lanka with Launch of NH Collection and NH Hotels & Resorts

(IN SHORT) Minor Hotels introduces its NH Collection and NH Hotels & Resorts brands to Sri Lanka with the opening of two properties, NH Collection Colombo Hotel and NH Bentota Ceysands Resort, managed in partnership with Softlogic Holdings. NH Collection Colombo Hotel, located in the heart of Colombo, offers 219 rooms and suites with stunning… Read the full press release

JAL Honored as “DX Stocks 2024” for Advancements in Aircraft Maintenance and Air Mobility

(IN SHORT) Japan Airlines (JAL) has been honored with the “DX Stocks 2024” recognition for the second consecutive year by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan. This prestigious accolade acknowledges JAL’s commitment to digital transformation in both deepening existing business models, particularly in aircraft… Read the full press release

IHG Hotels & Resorts Expands Luxury Portfolio with Nine New Signings Across Portugal

Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn Express lead bumper list of signings (IN SHORT) IHG Hotels & Resorts, a global hospitality leader, announces the signing of nine hotels across Portugal, collectively adding 976 rooms to the country’s growing pipeline. These signings encompass two brand collections, luxury, and lifestyle, with notable additions including Kimpton… Read the full press release