Air France names Anne Rigail as CEO

PARIS, France, 2018-Dec-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Subsequent to the proposal of Benjamin Smith, CEO Air France-KLM, and the approval of the Air France-KLM Board of Directors, the Air France Board of Directors has appointed Anne Rigail as CEO of Air France, following their meeting on December 12, 2018. Previously EVP Customer at Air France,… Read the full press release

HUNGARY: EIB and Budapest Airport sign 200 million loan agreement for the continued expansion and upgrades of Liszt Ferenc International Airport

EUR 200 loan agreement between EIB and Budapest Airport allows further expansion of Hungary`s main airport; Activity is backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Investment plan for Europe (or Juncker plan); Passengers to continue experiencing world-class service at the Airport; BUDAPEST, Hungary, 2018-Dec-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Continued… Read the full press release

Siris Capital Group and Evergreen Coast Capital to acquire all the outstanding common shares of Travelport for $15.75 per share in cash

Agreement with Siris Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital Travelport to continue technical innovation under private ownership Guidance updated. Acquisition expected to close Q2 2019 LANGLEY, U.K., 2018-Dec-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Travelport Worldwide Limited (“Travelport”) (NYSE: TVPT), a leading travel technology company, today (10 December 2018) announced that it has entered into a definitive… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver announces the appointment of Evan Morgan as Restaurant Chef, YEW Seafood + bar

“Combine new flavours and change conceptions – food should evolve along with the rest of our culture,” Evan Morgan, Restaurant Chef, YEW Seafood + bar Vancouver, Canada, 2018-Dec-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Evan Morgan joins YEW seafood + bar as the new Restaurant Chef, a position that allows him to bring his skills, passion and creativity as a… Read the full press release

Port of Oakland appoints Rebecca Haggerty as Chief Audit Officer

Santa Clara County Internal Audit Manager Rebecca Haggerty starts next month Oakland, Calif., 2018-Dec-11 — /Travel PR News/ — A longtime Santa Clara County audit and accounting manager becomes the Port of Oakland’s Chief Audit Officer next month.  The Board of Port Commissioners said today ( Dec. 7, 2018) it has appointed Rebecca Haggerty to its top… Read the full press release

Hyatt announces 151-room Hyatt Regency Tirana, Albania expected to open in 2019

Hyatt Regency Tirana will mark continued growth for Hyatt in Southeast Europe CHICAGO, IL, 2018-Dec-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today (December 6, 2018) that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Kastrati Hotels & Tower shpk for the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Albania. The 151-room Hyatt Regency… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines welcomes airline veteran John Kirby as its newest Vice President of Network Planning

MIRAMAR, Fla., 2018-Dec-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) announced today (Dec 7, 2018) it has hired airline veteran John Kirby as its newest Vice President of Network Planning.  Kirby will oversee what is set to be a large network expansion in the coming years for Spirit.  Kirby is a highly experienced, successful and well-regarded leader… Read the full press release

TFE Hotels appoints Antony Ritch as the new Chief Executive Officer

Ultimo NSW, Australia, 2018-Dec-07 — /Travel PR News/ — TFE Hotels is pleased to announce the appointment of Antony Ritch as the new Chief Executive Officer following a global search. Antony will be relocating from Los Angeles, USA to Sydney, Australia and will commence his role at TFE Hotels in February 2019. Antony is an Australian… Read the full press release

Royal Air Maroc joins oneworld airline alliance

Hong Kong, China, 2018-Dec-07 — /Travel PR News/ — Royal Air Maroc is to join oneworld, adding one of Africa’s leading and fastest growing airlines to the world’s premier airline alliance. Its election as a oneworld member designate was announced as the Chief Executives of the alliance’s 13 current member airlines, including Cathay Pacific Chief Executive… Read the full press release

Mainsail Lodging & Development expands franchise agreement with Oakwood to exclusively manage the Georgia and Tennessee markets

TAMPA, FL, 2018-Dec-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Mainsail Lodging & Development, a Tampa-based hospitality company, announced today (Dec 4, 2018) it is expanding its franchise agreement with Oakwood to exclusively manage the Georgia and Tennessee markets. In addition to these new markets, Mainsail will continue to manage the Oakwood and ExecuStay brands across Alabama and… Read the full press release

Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG announces management changes at Central German airports

Leipzig, Germany, 2018-Dec-06 — /Travel PR News/ — “By allocating the responsibilities in a new way, we’ll provide clear structures at the Central German airports, streamline the decision processes and therefore become more efficient. We can then focus on our main tasks more consistently in future, make use of the outstanding growth opportunities in the… Read the full press release

Sunwing Airlines signs new three-year contract with the global aviation services specialist Menzies Aviation

Toronto, ON, Canada, 2018-Dec-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Sunwing Airlines celebrated their new partnership with Menzies Aviation last week at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The carrier has signed a new three-year contract with the global aviation services specialist, who will be responsible for passenger services, ramp handling and cabin cleaning services for all Sunwing… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Supervisory Board creates new Airline Resources & Operations Standards division to improve operational stability and quality of the Lufthansa Group airlines

New Airline Executive Board function Resources & Operations Standards created in order to improve operational stability and quality of the Lufthansa Group airlines COLOGNE, Germany, 2018-Dec-06 — /Travel PR News/ — The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has laid the foundations for improving the operational stability and quality of the Lufthansa Group airlines. With the… Read the full press release

Airports Council International announces Martin Eurnekian as the new Chair of the ACI World Governing Board

Montreal, Canada, 2018-Dec-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Airports Council International (ACI) World has today (December 3, 2018) announced that Martin Eurnekian is the new Chair of the ACI World Governing Board. Mr. Eurnekian is the CEO of Corporación América Airports and President of Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 and just ended his term as President of the… Read the full press release

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport to undertake a national search for a new CEO

Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2018-Dec-04 — /Travel PR News/ — The Gerald R. Ford International Airport will  undertake a national search for a new leader as current CEO and President Jim Gill transitions to a  consulting role. The GFIA Airport Authority Board, which oversees operations of Michigan’s second busiest airport, accepted Gill’s resignation on Nov. 30…. Read the full press release

Swissport to consolidate its existing regional structure to three management regions — EMEA, Americas and APAC

Opfikon, Switzerland, 2018-Dec-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Effective 1 January 2019, Swissport International AG will consolidate its existing regional structure from nine to three management regions. These will be EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Americas (USA, Canada, Latin America) and APAC (Asia-Pacific). The new structure will reduce overheads across the organization and support faster decision… Read the full press release

Carlson Wagonlit Travel gives clients new opportunities to control travel spend with introduction of Predictive Analytics capabilities

Minnetonka, MN, USA, 2018-Nov-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, has introduced Predictive Analytics capabilities, significantly improving the accuracy of forecasts, providing much better visibility over key travel metrics, and giving clients new opportunities to control travel spend. CWT Solutions Group, CWT’s consulting division, has built an advanced… Read the full press release

Amistad Partners and The Hotels Consulting Company strike up strategic partnership

London, UK, 2018-Nov-29 — /Travel PR News/ — Amistad Partners (AP) and THCC (First International Community& Platform of Independent Hotels Owners and Decision Makers), which has offices in Paris, Geneva and London, have entered into a partnership to offer additional representational opportunities to members of THCC. With offices dotted across London, Los Angeles, New York, Mexico,… Read the full press release

Interstate Hotels & Resorts to continue successful management of the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott

ARLINGTON, Va., 2018-Nov-29 — /Travel PR News/ — Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a leading powerhouse in third-party hotel and resort management, has been selected to continue successful management of the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, recently acquired by investment subsidiaries of Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. “As the largest global operator of franchised Marriott… Read the full press release

Norwegian welcomes Helga Bollmann Leknes as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

LONDON, UK, 2018-Nov-29 — /Travel PR News/ — Ms. Helga Bollmann Leknes has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) in Norwegian. “I am very pleased to announce that Helga Bollmann Leknes has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA. She will remain in her current role as Managing Director of Norwegian Air Resources… Read the full press release

Emirates introduces new high tech buses for airside passenger operations

Dubai, UAE, 2018-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — To provide passengers with even more comfortable transfers when they arrive, depart or transit at Dubai international Airport, Emirates has taken the initiative to bring in a fleet of new high tech buses for airside passenger operations. These new dedicated buses will ferry Emirates’ passengers between the… Read the full press release

IATA announces the retirement of Baojian ZHANG, Regional Vice President for North Asia

Geneva, Switzerland, 2018-Nov-26 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announces the retirement of Baojian ZHANG, IATA’s Regional Vice President (RVP) for North Asia effective 14 December 2018. Zhang joined IATA from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in 1994 and founded IATA’s operations in China. Under Zhang’s strong leadership, IATA… Read the full press release

Wizz Air announces possible re-establishment and opening of Wizz Air Ukraine as a Ukrainian carrier

BUDAPEST, Hungary, 2018-Nov-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines, and the leading low-cost carrier in Ukraine, announced today (NOV 21, 2018) that the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the Chief Executive of Wizz Air József Váradi met to discuss the possible re-establishment and opening of Wizz Air Ukraine… Read the full press release

Budapest Airport commences construction of a six-level multi-storey car park

BUDAPEST, Hungary, 2018-Nov-26 — /Travel PR News/ — The construction of a six-level multi-storey car park (MSCP) was ceremoniously started in front of Terminal 2 of Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. In the area closed to the public since 1 October, a multifunctional car park building accommodating 2500 vehicles is to be erected. After handover, drivers… Read the full press release

Regional MICE industry trends for 2019

LONDON, UK, 2018-Nov-26 — /Travel PR News/ — We’ve previously mentioned that we expect 2019 to be a booming year for the meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) industry. With 2018 coming to a close, in today’s AP Voice we look at what trends CWT Meetings & Events thinks will impact the MICE industry globally… Read the full press release

Halifax Stanfield names new roadways after Major Walter Peters and Mabel Hubbard Bell

Roads Recognize Historically Significant Contributions of Major Walter Peters and Mabel Hubbard Bell Halifax, N.S., 2018-Nov-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Halifax Stanfield is pleased to announce that Major Walter Peters and Mabel Hubbard Bell have roadways named after them at Halifax Stanfield, a milestone which was officially recognized earlier today at a reception and ribbon cutting… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto announces the appointment of Steven Tran as new Executive Pastry Chef

Toronto, Canada, 2018-Nov-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Four Seasons Hotel Toronto welcomes Steven Tran as its new Executive Pastry Chef. Tran brings more than a decade of invaluable experience gained from multiple Michelin-starred restaurants across the world to his first appointment with the company. In his new role, Tran oversees a team of 15 chefs working in two… Read the full press release

Scoot to take over SilkAir’s routes ahead of SilkAir’s merger into Singapore Airlines

Singapore, 2018-Nov-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Scoot is to take over a number of SilkAir’s routes over the next two years, ahead of SilkAir’s merger into Singapore Airlines (SIA). Scoot will also be transferring some of its services to existing destinations served by SIA and SilkAir. The changes are expected to take place between April… Read the full press release

SITA selected to transform the management of Heathrow’s vast communication network

New outsourcing agreement leverages innovative technologies and a strong support service  LONDON, UK, 2018-Nov-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Heathrow has signed an innovative outsourcing agreement with SITA, the global IT company, to transform the management of the airport’s vast communication network into a smarter, automated service. Heathrow’s Network Tower supports every aspect of the network,… Read the full press release

Brussels Airport House becomes Aviato; inaugurates new offices at Brussels Airport

Brussels, Belgium, 2018-Nov-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The new offices of Aviato , formerly Brussels Airport House, were inaugurated during a convivial ceremony in the presence of all the partners involved in the initiative and a number of illustrious guests. New offices, a new identity and a new strategy to meet the new employment challenges… Read the full press release