Southwest Airlines And AirTran Airways Begin Connecting Networks

Southwest and AirTran Offer Customers More Flight Options on a Single Itinerary; Achieve Another Important Milestone in the Ongoing Integration DALLAS, 2013-02-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Luv is in the air! Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today that it is taking the next step in its marriage with subsidiary, AirTran Airways. Customers are now able to purchase a… Read the full press release

Canadian Tourism Commission: Tourism industry stands tall in Canada’s social-media conversations

Award-winning apps, fresh bloggers and a new provincial hub are the stars of 2013’s first round-up. 2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Despite all the white noise on social networks, Canada’s tourism industry is a prominent voice in the conversations, as the latest newsgathering demonstrates. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) sits alongside our Canadian industry partners on many… Read the full press release

Loews Hotels & Resorts Completes Acquisition of the Back Bay Hotel in Boston

Rebranded Loews Boston Back Bay Hotel NEW YORK, NY, 2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Loews Hotels & Resorts, a wholly owned-subsidiary of Loews Corporation (NYSE: L), today announced that the company completed the acquisition of the 225-room Back Bay Hotel in Boston. Located at the corner of Berkeley and Stuart Streets, the former Doyle Collection property has… Read the full press release

VisitBritain: 2012 SPEND HIGHEST IN INBOUND HISTORY

2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — The contribution of inbound tourism to the UK economy has continued to grow in 2012, with latest figures showing a record £19bn in spend, a four per cent rise on 2011.  Figures from the ONS(1) also confirmed that visits were up on 2011 with over 31 million international tourists enjoying a holiday… Read the full press release

Cornell and Sabre offer emerging marketing course to students

Ithaca, NY, 2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA) is again collaborating with Sabre Hospitality Solutions to present the course “Hospitality Marketing with Evolving Media: Social, Mobile, and Search,” which is being offered during the 2013 spring semester. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students at Cornell. Information about a similar… Read the full press release

FirstGroup Announces £76m Bus Order

2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — FirstGroup, the UK’s leading bus and rail operator, today revealed that its bus division has ordered 464 new vehicles worth £76m for delivery in the 2013/14 financial year. This order will bring First’s investment in new buses to around £240m in three years. First also confirmed that more than 95% of its… Read the full press release

Columbus Zoo Announces New President and CEO

Powell, Ohio, 2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Board of Directors of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is pleased to announce the unanimous selection of Tom Stalf to the position of President and CEO of the Zoo and its other entities: Zoombezi Bay, Safari Golf Club and the Wilds conservation center. Stalf joined the Columbus Zoo in… Read the full press release

Ryanair Buys New Dublin Offices

2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC), today (14 Feb) announced the purchase of a new office building in Airside Business Park in Swords, Co Dublin, which will become Ryanair’s new Dublin office. The 100,000 sq ft building will house all of Ryanair’s Irish operations, including its commercial, customer service, finance, IT,… Read the full press release

Hilton Pattaya Announces Participation In Hilton Worldwide’s Dream Resorts Promotion

Guests Can Save 30% Off Bed And Breakfast at This Stylish Hotel PATTAYA, Thailand, 2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Pattaya together with Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of hotels and resorts today kicked off its Dream Resorts Promotion which allows guests to save 30% off Bed and Breakfast rates at participating properties.* To take advantage of this deal,… Read the full press release

BRITAIN SEEN AS A ROMANTIC LOCATION ACROSS THE WORLD

2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — It seems us Brits aren’t the only hopeless romantics. VisitBritain’s post-2012 Games research(1) indicates that along with our world renowned culture and heritage, Britain is seen across the globe as a great place to wine and dine your loved ones. The findings come from a survey where fifteen countries were asked to choose… Read the full press release

Hyatt Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

CHICAGO, 2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (“Hyatt” or the “Company”) (NYSE: H) today reported fourth quarter 2012 financial results as follows: Adjusted EBITDA was $147 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $143 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of 2.8%. Net income attributable to Hyatt was $16 million,… Read the full press release

AH&LEF RELEASES 2012 LODGING TAX STUDY

Provides data on state lodging taxes and tax collections 2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — The 2012 Lodging Tax Study, commissioned to provide current information on state lodging tax structures, total lodging tax collections, and lodging taxes in the largest cities, has been released by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF).  The study was funded by… Read the full press release

Iberia pone en marcha un plan de contingencia para atender a todos sus clientes durante la huelga

La compañía ha flexibilizado las tarifas para facilitar los cambios o reembolsos a los clientes afectados por estas jornadas de huelga. También ha alcanzado acuerdos de protección de clientes con numerosas compañías aéreas, para disponer de más alternativas para los clientes. Durante los próximos días la compañía española comunicará el listado de vuelos de las… Read the full press release

Reckitt Benckiser to move to WTC Schiphol Airport

2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Reckitt Benckiser and WTC Schiphol Airport signed a long-term lease for office space at WTC Schiphol. A leading manufacturer of home cleaning, healthcare and personal care products, Reckitt Benckiser will be establishing its European and North American headquarters here. The company is renting a total of 2,560 m2 of office space in… Read the full press release

The airline world is in need of new business models – Experts discuss change in aviation at the Hamburg Aviation Conference

2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Michael Eggenschwiler, Chief Executive Officer of Hamburg Airport, is certain that “the world of the established airline is in need of new business models.” Many traditional airlines, including Lufthansa and Air France, are already looking for new ways of commercially viable operation and are launching low-cost subsidiaries for the short and medium-haul… Read the full press release

New deal for London Gatwick better for passengers and airlines

Gatwick puts forward a new seven-year ‘Contracts & Commitments’ framework to replace the current system of regulation The new deal will deliver better outcomes for airlines and passengers in terms of the quality of airport facilities, service levels and price Gatwick proposes to keep up the pace of change with a further £1 billion investment… Read the full press release

Buyers Expect Better Year for Business Travel, but Rising Rates and Tough Negotiations Loom

Big Jumps Anticipated for International Airfares and Hotel Rates Alexandria, VA,  2013-02-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Companies in North America are more optimistic about business travel in 2013 but also bracing for higher travel costs only partially offset by modest budget increases.  Hotels, airlines and meetings venues will capitalize on growing demand to wield more power in… Read the full press release

Ministry of Tourism uploads two Sound and Light shows on you tube: First Tourism Authority in the World to do So

2013-02-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — The entire 58 minute sound and light show at Red Fort, Delhi is now available for free viewing on You Tube. This has been done on the directions of Shri K Chiranjeevi, Union Minister for Tourism. The Minister had last month directed that the audio tracks of all 23 sound and light… Read the full press release

S7 Airlines и JAL открывают совместные рейсы

S7 Airlines и JAL открывают совместные рейсы

2013-02-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — S7 Airlines и авиакомпания Japan Airlines (JAL) заключили код-шеринговое соглашение, предусматривающее выполнение совместных рейсов из России в ключевые города Японии. Теперь пассажиры S7 Airlines, путешествующие рейсами авиакомпании из Хабаровска и Владивостока в Токио (аэропорт Нарита), смогут с удобной стыковкой добраться в пять крупных городов Японии – Саппоро, Нагоя, Осака, Фукуока и Окинава. Совместные… Read the full press release

Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi Is Now Open

Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi Is Now Open

Official blessing and inauguration held by His Holiness The Dalai Lama on Christmas Day Geneva, 2013-02-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — Europe’s oldest luxury hotel brand, Kempinski, has reinforced its commitment to India by launching its first independently managed hotel in the commercial district of Shadara in East Delhi – Kempinski Ambience Delhi. The Buddhist spiritual leader and… Read the full press release

NEW INTERCITYHOTEL IN INGOLSTADT

New InterCityHotel in Ingolstadt

2013-02-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — At the end of 2013, a new InterCityHotel will be opening its doors in Ingolstadt in Bavaria, an important centre of the German automobile industry. The hotel will be located close to the city’s main railway station and will offer 144 rooms of the latest InterCityHotel design generation, each of which will be at… Read the full press release

Holiday Inn Lavasa to open in Mugaon, India by 2015

Lavasa (District Pune), 2013-02-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lavasa Corporation recently signed an agreement with IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms to open Holiday Inn at Mugaon, the second town under development at Lavasa. Holiday Inn Lavasa, Mugaon, a 200-room mid-scale hotel is expected to open by 2015. Lavasa, India’s first planned hill… Read the full press release

Iberia presenta a los representantes sindicales un ERE para 3.807 empleados y un Plan de Acompañamiento Social

En los términos que recoge la legislación laboral vigente. Dicho expediente se negociará con los sindicatos durante los próximos 30 días. La compañía ha presentado también un Plan de Acompañamiento Social, que contempla reducciones salariales, congelaciones, medidas de productividad y de flexibilidad. Iberia ha perdido más de 850 millones de euros entre 2008 y septiembre… Read the full press release

South African Airways Certified as a 4-Star Airline for 11 Years in a Row

SAA Chairperson meets unions, staff Johannesburg, 2013-02-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — Acting SAA Chairperson, Ms Dudu Myeni, today met the airline’s management teams and union representatives to share with them the progress that is being made by the group as it works closely with the shareholder to deliver a winning long-term strategy for the airline. Ms Myeni… Read the full press release

Aero Club selects Travelport in Russia

Russia’s leading travel management company focuses on future growth Moscow, Russia, 2013-02-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, and Aero Club, Russia’s leading travel management company (TMC), have today announced that the TMC will move part of their business to the Travelport platform.  As part of this agreement, Aero Club… Read the full press release

Sofia Airport Extends the Pier of Terminal 2

2013-02-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — Sofia Airport launched construction works on the extension of the T2 Pier. The reconstruction will lengthen this facility northwards by approximately 6 m. The event was attended by the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications -Ivaylo Moskovski, the Deputy Minister of Interior – Dimitar Dimitrov, the Executive Director of Bulgaria Air – Captain Yanko Georgiev, the Manager of АТ Engineering 2000 – Iliyan Terziev, and MPs. Minister… Read the full press release

Driving ATM Improvements, Delivering the Single European Sky

Madrid – 2013-02-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for action to improve air traffic management (ATM) efficiency and costs, put forward key objectives for a better-performing global ATM system, and set out a vision for achieving the goals of the long-delayed Single European Sky (SES). “It is time for action on… Read the full press release

Searidge Surface Surveillance Solution Selected for Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport

MADRID, Spain. 2013-02-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — World ATM Congress, Stand #826 – Searidge Technologies, provider of intelligent video solutions to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and airports, announced that their ATC-grade video system and intelligent video platform, IntelliDAR™ have been selected to enhance Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower situational awareness at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International… Read the full press release

The Personal Touch: New Task Force Leader Shares Plans for the Future of Spa at Four Seasons

Simon Casson

Simon Casson talks trends and innovation, plus details of a new global spa promotion Corporate – 2013-02-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — When Simon Casson refers to the personal touch, he’s talking about more than his leadership style, or even the literal interaction between spa therapist and client. “What sets Four Seasons Spas apart is a sense of caring and the intuitive… Read the full press release

SOUTH WEST TRAINS STATIONS ACHIEVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY

24 stations re-accredited with Secure Station status Passenger satisfaction with safety and security continues to grow 2013-02-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Passengers using South West Trains have been given a further boost after 24 more locations on the network were re-accredited with Secure Station status, taking the total number with the nationally recognised safety mark to more… Read the full press release