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

PHILIPPINES: Cebu Pacific updates its NAIA Ticket Office with a cloud-based Queue Management System

Pasay City, Philippines, 2018-Nov-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Leading Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific has re-opened its organic Ticket Office at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3, installing an automated customer flow management system to create more customer-centric business processes and operations. The new ticket office also incorporates self-booking kiosks and express counters… Read the full press release

Air France welcomes Benoît Parayre as EVP Communication

Paris, France, 2018-Nov-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Benoît Parayre is joining Air France on December 3, 2018 as EVP Communication, Air France. He will be a member of the Air France Executive Committee and will report to the Air France CEO, a position currently held by Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM, and Alexandre Boissy,… Read the full press release

Leipzig/Halle Airport and Noi Boi International Airport in Hanoi partner to develop air freight traffic between the two airports

Schkeuditz, Germany, 2018-Nov-22 — /Travel PR News/ — As part of a delegation trip to Vietnam headed by the Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, Martin Dulig, Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG acting on behalf of Leipzig/Halle Airport and Noi Boi International Airport in Hanoi signed a memorandum of understanding today (19 November 2018). The… Read the full press release

Port of Oakland announces latest step in its quest to phase out diesel-powered freight hauling

Impact transportation buys $275,000 battery-powered tractor for yard ops. Oakland, Calif., 2018-Nov-21 — /Travel PR News/ — A second trucking firm at the Port of Oakland has turned to battery-powered big rigs.  Impact Transportation said today (Nov. 20, 2018) that it has purchased a $275,000 all-electric truck for yard operations.  It’s the latest step in the… Read the full press release

Port of Oakland, City officials work on improving the quality of life for the area’s residents

Draft plan designed to keep most big rigs away from homes, improve safety Oakland, Calif., 2018-Nov-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Port of Oakland and City officials are circulating a draft plan to reduce the impact of transport trucks on local streets.  Called the West Oakland Truck Management Plan, it’s intended to improve the quality of… Read the full press release

IntercityHotel Dubai Jaddaf Waterfront welcomes new general manager Aylin Nöske

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2018-Nov-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Aylin Nöske has been appointed General Manager of the IntercityHotel Dubai Jaddaf Waterfront with effect from 15 November 2018. 37-year old Ms. Nöske has been with IntercityHotel GmbH since 2008. Her most recent role was at the IntercityHotel in Darmstadt, where she took over the reins… Read the full press release

Schiphol announces the appointment of Tony Chisnall as new Director of the Capital Programme

Schiphol, The Netherlands, 2018-Nov-20 — /Travel PR News/ — As from 19 November 2018, Tony Chisnall will be the new Director of the Capital Programme. The Capital Programme is responsible for managing the construction of the new pier, the new terminal and all related facilities and amenities. Chisnall has previously served as programme director at Abu… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Group announces management changes in Munich

Markus Binkert will become new Chief Commercial Officer of Lufthansa at the Munich hub and will be responsible for Lufthansa Group Marketing Steffen Harbarth will become new Member of the Management Board of Lufthansa CityLine Jörg Eberhart, President and CEO of Air Dolomiti, will intensify his activities in the strategically important Italian market COLOGNE, Germany,… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Group names Sebastian Riedle as Managing Director of Miles&More GmbH

COLOGNE, Germany, 2018-Nov-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Sebastian Riedle (40), currently Senior Director Online Sales Lufthansa Group, will become Managing Director of Miles&More GmbH from January 1, 2019. He succeeds Roland Adrian, who is leaving the company. Riedle started his career as a business economist in 2002 in the marketing department of Germanwings and moved… Read the full press release

IHG announces the promotion of Christian Hempell to Senior Vice President of Global Loyalty and Partnerships

5-year IHG marketing leader appointed to head up new Global Loyalty & Partnerships team Denham, United Kingdom, 2018-Nov-19 — /Travel PR News/ — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the promotion of Christian Hempell to Senior Vice President of Global Loyalty and Partnerships. In this new role, Hempell leads a team… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti welcomes Justin Stevens as Resort Manager

Serengeti, Tanzania, 2018-Nov-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti has announced Justin Stevens as Resort Manager. With ten years of African safari experience to his name, Stevens now joins the team at the Lodge in the heart of the Serengeti National Park, where he will oversee all day to day operations at the property. Hailing… Read the full press release

Gonçalo Monteiro appointed opening General Manager of the all-new Four Seasons Hotel Montreal

Montreal, Canada, 2018-Nov-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Seasoned hotelier Gonçalo Monteiro has been appointed opening General Manager of the all-new Four Seasons Hotel Montreal.  He arrives from China, where he was most recently Hotel Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip. “With his international background and flair for outstanding service, Gonçalo is the perfect person to… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines announces Leadership promotions

DALLAS, TX, 2018-Nov-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today (Nov 16, 2018) announced several Leadership promotions. To view Officers’ biographies or download headshots, visit www.swamedia.com. These changes are effective immediately. Southwest has promoted Marilyn Post to Managing Director, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In her new role as Managing Director, Deputy General Counsel, Post will report… Read the full press release

Radisson Hotel Group expands its presence across the Sultanate of Oman with two new hotel signings

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2018-Nov-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Radisson Hospitality AB, publicly listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Sweden and part of the Radisson Hotel Group, is pleased to announce two new hotel signings in Oman; Radisson Hotel Apartments, Muscat Hills and Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Apartments, Salalah. This brings the group’s portfolio to 84 hotels and… Read the full press release

Travelzoo names Stephan Keschelis as its General Manager, Spain

BARCELONA, Spain and NEW YORK, 2018-Nov-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Travelzoo® (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global publisher of offers and experiences for members, has appointed Stephan Keschelis as its General Manager, Spain, effective November 26. He will be based in Travelzoo’s Barcelona office. Prior to joining Travelzoo, Stephan served as Vice President of E-Commerce & Digital Transformation at the NH Hotel Group. Under his leadership,… Read the full press release