NIGHT TIME TOURISM WORTH £66BN TO THE UK ECONOMY

VisitEngland and Association of Town Centre Management Partner to Promote the Opportunity for Destinations After Dark 21 September 2012, 2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — In the run-up to Purple Flag Week (24-30 September), the national tourist Board, VisitEngland, together with the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) have issued guidelines in a publication called ‘The Evening &… Read the full press release

Marriott Completes Acquisition of Gaylord Hotels Brand and Hotel Management Company

Group and Meetings Portfolio Enhanced BETHESDA, Md., 2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) said today that it has completed the transaction announced on May 31 with Gaylord Entertainment Company, now Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP), to acquire the Gaylord brand and hotel management company for $210 million. Gaylord Entertainment’s shareholders approved that… Read the full press release

The 18th World Route Development Forum Opens today in Abu Dhabi

The 18th World Route Development Forum Opens today in Abu Dhabi

Over 2,800 senior professionals from airlines and airports around the world visit Abu Dhabi to establish strategic partnerships Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today the 18th World Route Development Forum, one of the largest international civil aviation industry events worldwide, opened in Abu Dhabi. Hosted by Abu Dhabi Airports Company, the 18th World… Read the full press release

CTC tradeshows build overseas business opportunities and relationships

Events in Mexico and Brazil capitalize on Canada’s growing strength in these two emerging markets. 2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — Tradeshow season is in full swing. The Canadian Tourism Commission(CTC) and its partners have been on the road, leading two important B2B events in Mexico and Brazil. The doors have just closed on a successful Conozca Canada & GoMedia Mexico at the Sheraton… Read the full press release

International Aviation Leaders Land in Abu Dhabi for Global Summit

Over 2,800 senior professionals, including 90 CEOs from airlines and airports around the world to visit Abu Dhabi for World Routes 201 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2012-09-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — The 30th of September will mark the official opening of the 18th World Route Development Forum, the largest annual international aviation event, at the Abu Dhabi… Read the full press release

ROSEWOOD MANSION ON TURTLE CREEK ANNOUNCES NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR

DALLAS, 2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce that Christian Tavelli has been appointed managing director of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. A Rosewood veteran, Tavelli was most recently managing director of Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, a resort located in the heart of an enchanting artists’ village in the mountains… Read the full press release

Warwick International Hotels Hires Global Account Sales Director

2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Angella Vallard has been appointed Global Account Sales Director at Warwick International Hotels. Based in Denver, she will be responsible for reaching monthly, quarterly and annual sales objectives, while ensuring the optimum customer experience and satisfaction for hotel guests and prospective clients. “Angella is an experienced professional known for her excellent organization,… Read the full press release

Puneet Chhatwal appointed as new CEO at Steigenberger

Puneet Chhatwal appointed as new CEO at Steigenberger

2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Steigenberger Hotels AG is very pleased to announce Puneet Chhatwal (48), who has deep and long term international experience in hotel management, as its CEO. Having completed a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Delhi and a diploma in Food Service and Hotel Management, Chhatwal started his career with the India Tourism… Read the full press release

Travelport brings next-gen travel booking to Corporations in Russia

Moscow, Russia, 2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has announced the launch of a new Corporate Booking Tool (CBT) for Corporations and business travel agents in Russia. The new product, TripGate™, has been developed by a leading Polish travel technology company – TravelTech – together with Travelport and brings… Read the full press release

Qantas renews global full content agreement with Amadeus

Qantas renews global full content agreement with Amadeus 2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Amadeus travel agencies worldwide will continue to have guaranteed access to Qantas full range of fares and ancillary services via the Amadeus distribution system Madrid, Spain, 26 September 2012: Amadeus, a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and… Read the full press release

HEATHROW’S GROUND-BREAKING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CENTRE RECOGNISED IN AWARDS

HEATHROW’S GROUND-BREAKING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CENTRE RECOGNISED IN AWARDS

2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Heathrow has secured a prestigious award for ‘Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility’ from The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). This is a global organisation dedicated to promoting best practices in procurement and supply. The shortlist included Balfour Beatty, EDF Energy, The FA Group and LOCOG. The award recognises ‘the highly… Read the full press release

Airports Authority Directors Adopt New Ethics Policies

Board Member Martire Re-seated; Will Serve through October 2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors approved new ethics policies for board members and employees Wednesday in a meeting that also featured approval of an agreement to end legal action between Director Dennis L. Martire, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Airports… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Applauds Selection of Chris Thompson as President and CEO of Brand USA

Washington, D.C., 2012-09-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association applauded today’s announcement by the Brand USA board of directors that Chris Thompson would be its next president and CEO. Thompson is currently president and CEO for VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s destination marketing organization. “Chris Thompson is one of the strongest destination marketing leaders in the country, and he… Read the full press release

Nebraska Tourism Strategic Plan complete

LINCOLN, NEB., 2012-09-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Nebraska Tourism Strategic Plan ordered by the Nebraska Legislature is complete and available for review. This legislation, introduced by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala, called for a study of current conditions and issues facing Nebraska tourism, and a long-term strategy for growth. The statewide plan to grow the economic base of… Read the full press release

ABTA Submits Response to the Draft Aviation Policy Framework

As research reveals majority of MPs believe UK risks being left behind without a comprehensive aviation plan 2012-09-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — ABTA – the Travel Association today submitted its formal response to the Department for Transport (DfT) consultation on the Draft Aviation Policy Framework. The Draft Framework was published by the DfT in July 2012 and… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide Names John Rogers Global Head, Embassy Suites Hotels

Hospitality Industry Veteran Joins Embassy Suites from Hilton in United Kingdom MCLEAN, Va., 2012-09-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide today announced that John Rogers has joined Embassy Suites as global head of the all-suite, upper upscale, full-service brand. In this position, Rogers will oversee all aspects of brand management including global development, brand performance support, brand marketing… Read the full press release

AH&LA FALL CONFERENCE OFFERS WOMEN & UNDER 30 FOCUSED PROGRAMS, SPECIALIZED COMMITTEE MEETINGS, NETWORKING EVENTS

Washington, D.C., 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) 2012 Fall Conference, will be November 9-13, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City held with the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS). The Fall Conference begins Friday with the Welcome Reception at the Waldorf Astoria.  IHMRS, which… Read the full press release

SFO to Conduct Full Scale Emergency Water-Crash Exercise

SAN FRANCISCO, 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — San Francisco International Airport will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise on the morning of Wednesday, September 26, 2012 between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. The exercise will test and evaluate the new Marine Emergency Response Facility (MERF), aka boat house, and will simulate the rescue of passengers involved in a… Read the full press release

The top managers of Sheremetyevo Airport have been recognized as Leaders in the Transportation Industry

2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The managers of JSC Sheremetyevo International Airport took leading positions in the 13th annual rating of the “1000 Most Professional Managers in Russia,” according to the Russian Managers Association and the Kommersant publishing house. Four key managers from Sheremetyevo are represented in this authoritative rating; just as in 2011, this was the best result achieved by any airport in the country. As usual, Mikhail… Read the full press release

Indianapolis Airport Authority’s Marsha Stone elected to Airports Council International-North America 2013 board of directors

INDIANAPOLIS, 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — During its annual General Membership Business Meeting on Sept. 12, members of Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) elected Marsha Stone, senior director of finance for the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA), as a new member to its board of directors. Her term is effective immediately. ACI-NA is an international trade association representing more… Read the full press release

Hilton Sydney Appoints New Public Relations Manager

SYDNEY, 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Sydney welcomes the appointment of Kimberley Roberts as Public Relations Manager. Reporting to Josh Roberts, director of business development, Kimberley will be responsible for building media relationships, managing all media relations, development of the hotel’s social media channels and leveraging the profile of Hilton Sydney and its outlets amongst national and international… Read the full press release

SUCCESSFUL EMERGENCY TRAINING EXERCISE WRAPS UP AT YYC

– Operation Paratus- CALGARY, AB, 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — A mock emergency response training exercise, Operation Paratus, took place this morning at Calgary International Airport (YYC). Operation Paratus, which simulated the collision of fictitious airlines Vega Airlines 123 and Vega Airline 987, provided multiple agencies with the opportunity to practice their emergency response plans and coordinate communication between… Read the full press release

LBA promotes Yorkshire to Global Airline Chiefs

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport’s Commercial Director, promotes the region to leading airlines

2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) will be promoting Leeds and Yorkshire to the World at the 18th World Route Development Forum to be hosted in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) capital of Abu Dhabi between 29 September and 2 October. The Conference is an annual global meeting place for airlines, airports and tourism authorities. … Read the full press release

Pablo Torres Named General Manager Of Hilton Short Hills

Hilton Worldwide announces the appointment of Pablo Torres as the general manager of the AAA Four Diamond Hilton Short Hills located in the metropolitan New York suburban bedroom community of Short Hills, New Jersey. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Accomplished Hospitality Management Veteran with Proven Track Record Spanning 20 Years MCLEAN, Va. 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide announces the appointment of Pablo Torres as the general manager of the AAA Four Diamond Hilton Short Hills located in the metropolitan New York suburban bedroom community of Short Hills, New Jersey. In his new role, Torres will oversee… Read the full press release

LOS ANGELES WORLD AIRPORTS NAMES EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DIRECTOR

Los Angeles, California – 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — John Kinney has been appointed Director of Emergency Preparedness, responsible for developing, administering and coordinating emergency management for all airports within the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) system. “He will be working with Deputy Executive Director Jacqueline Yaft in performing these duties and closely with staff as well… Read the full press release

Competitive intelligence: Canada’s tourism rivals test their ambitions.

A new travel planning tool, fun video and bold target-setting are making noise in the marketplace in this round-up. 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Countries looking to own part of the global tourism marketplace are making bolder pitches. CTC News has ignored the white noise to sift out the nuggets from around the world to keep the Canadian tourism… Read the full press release

ebookers commits to Travelport in France

Migration of www.ebookers.fr successfully completed Langley, 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has announced the successful migration of ebookers, a leading pan-European online travel agency, to their search and shopping product in France.  As a result,  ebookers customers using the French website now have access to the vast array… Read the full press release

Adrian Messerli Appointed Director of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Adrian Messerli Appointed Director of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Sebastien Carre, general manager of Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh announces the recent appointment of Adrian Messerli as Director of Food and Beverage. Adrian grew his passion for the hospitality industry in his family’s hotel in the Swiss Alps. After completing a culinary apprenticeship Adrian followed his roots in… Read the full press release

Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai Signed the First Cooperative Agreement in Tourism

First “Cooperative Agreement in Tourism among Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai” signed in Shenzhen

2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) had a meeting and signed the first cooperative agreement in tourism among the four places with Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong (TICHK), Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Culture, Sport and Tourism and Zhuhai Municipal Bureau of Culture, Sports and Tourism together this… Read the full press release

UNWTO and WYSE Travel Confederation Launch Global Declaration to Promote Youth Travel

San Diego and Madrid, 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Global Organisations join forces to Encourage Governments and Businesses to Tap into Huge Potential of Youth Tourism. Over 700 delegates from 63 countries meeting at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) in San Diego, USA have called on governments and businesses worldwide to tap into the potential of… Read the full press release