Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-South highlights brand’s move into urban, downtown locations CHICAGO, 2013-03-14 — / — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), Chesapeake Lodging Trust (NYSE: CHSP) and Real Hospitality Group today announce the opening of Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-South, marking the first Hyatt Place property to debut in New York City. The new Midtown Manhattan location represents a… Read the full press release

Oslo Airport largest Scandinavian airport in February

2013-03-14 — / — This February saw Oslo Airport pass Copenhagen for the first time, making it the largest airport in Scandinavia this month. – This is something we have eagerly anticipated. This is excellent news for us and we’re very proud. At the same time, we are aware that Copenhagen will be the largest airport… Read the full press release

MGTO hosts spring banquets in Taiwan for exchange and promotion

2013-03-14 — / — Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) holds spring banquets today and tomorrow in Taiwan for Macau tourism promotion and exchange with local travel trade. MGTO hosts the local trade and media representatives for spring banquets in Taipei and Taichung on February 14 and 15 consecutively. Exchange and networking are enhanced during the banquets,… Read the full press release

IATA Establishes New Office to Serve Gulf Region

Abu Dhabi, 2013-03-14 — / — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the conclusion of an agreement with the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the establishment of its Gulf Area office in Abu Dhabi, effective 1 June. “We are very pleased to be moving to our new home in Abu Dhabi. Today’s… Read the full press release

EASA certifies the Airbus A400M

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today handed over a type certificate for the Airbus A400M to Airbus Military. 2013-03-14 — / — This type certificate supersedes a restricted type certificate that was issued by EASA in April 2012 for the same type. It follows the satisfactory completion of a functioning and reliability flight testing campaign… Read the full press release

Lufthansa on course with its SCORE programme

The Lufthansa Group increases revenue by 4.9 per cent to EUR 30.1bn in 2012 SCORE delivers earnings contribution of EUR 618m in its first year Operating profit falls to EUR 524m (-36.1 per cent) due to higher fuel prices The Lufthansa Group expects to make further progress with SCORE and to improve its operating result… Read the full press release

Marriott Soars into Top Ten of Best Big Companies to Work for UK

London, 2013-03-14 — / — Marriott International is once again one of the best big companies to work for in the UK, according to The Sunday Times.  For the sixth consecutive year, Marriott features on the “25 Best Big Companies to Work For” list, this year climbing 5 places to 7th place overall.  This distinction maintains… Read the full press release

Best Jobs in the World competition begins to work its magic

2013-03-13 — / — Tourism Australia today confirmed that it has already received more a quarter of a million ‘job applications’ since unveiling its ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition just one week ago. A total of 275,000 expressions of interest have been submitted by 150,000 individuals from 196 countries in the seven days since the… Read the full press release

Royal Geographical Society and Silversea Cruises Announce Partnership

A perfect discovery for Silversea travellers: The Royal Geographical Society to enrich Silversea Expeditions with knowledge collated from decades of scientific exploration 2013-03-13 — / — The renowned Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), founded nearly 200 years ago to advance geographical science, is to enhance Silversea voyages even further by providing detailed… Read the full press release

GBTA Forecasts a Return To Double Digit Growth for Brazil’s Business Travel Spend In 2013

Brazil Currently Ranks 8th in the Business Travel Global Index Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2013-03-13 — / — The Global Business Travel Association (“GBTA”), the world’s premier business travel and corporate meetings organization, has released its latest GBTA BTI™ Outlook report on Brazil as part of its semiannual series.  Sponsored by Visa, key highlights include: GBTA BTI™… Read the full press release

Sheremetyevo International Airport is the best European airport in passenger service quality

2013-03-13 — / — Today, on March 12, 2013 an annual press conference of Mikhail Vasilenko, General Director of Sheremetyevo International Airport, has been held, dedicated to the results of year 2012 and prospective plans for the airport development. The press conference began with announcement of results on Sheremetyevo Airport participation in ACI ASQ, an independent and the most prestigious research programmes on Airport Service Quality, which were presented by Olivier… Read the full press release

El acuerdo entre Iberia y los sindicatos permite a la compañía recuperar la normalidad y significa un paso importante para asegurar su futuro

Iberia insiste en su compromiso de seguir negociando con los sindicatos el detalle de las medidas de productividad para lograr que la compañía retome cuanto antes la senda de la rentabilidad y su liderazgo en el sector. Una vez desconvocada la huelga, la compañía se va a volcar en recuperar a todos los clientes que… Read the full press release

LEED Gold certification awarded to airport facility

Recognition for Receiving & Distribution Center is a world first SAN DIEGO, 2013-03-13 — / — A newly constructed Receiving and Distribution Center (RDC) at San Diego International Airport (SDIA) has received LEED Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for its wide range of sustainability features and benefits. LEED stands for Leadership in… Read the full press release

Air France: Normal Flight Operations Expected to Return Tomorrow, Thursday 14 March 2013

2013-03-13 — / — Air France expects to return to normal flight operations tomorrow, Thursday 14 March 2013. This evening, Air France flight operations remain disrupted with some delays. Air France teams are still doing all they can to limit any inconvenience caused by these bad weather conditions. Since Tuesday 12 March, Air France has sent close… Read the full press release

New Format for European Conference Announced by Global Business Travel Association

Event To Provide Key Insights for Forward Planning Prague, Czech Republic, 2013-03-13 — / — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – has released details of a new format and underlying theme for their annual European conference in 2013. The event, for approximately 400 industry professionals, will… Read the full press release

IATA Disappointed with EC’s Proposed Revisions to EC261

Geneva, 2013-03-13 — / — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reacted with disappointment to the European Commission’s proposed revisions to its passenger rights legislation (EC Regulation 261 or EC 261). There are some positive aspects to the Commission’s review but overall the package of proposed changes will still leave major deficiencies in the legislation. Many… Read the full press release

UNESCO joins UNWTO to advance Silk Road tourism development

Berlin, 2013-03-13 — / — The development of a ‘Silk Road Heritage Corridors’ tourism strategy for Central Asia and China is among the main outcomes of the 3rd UNWTO Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting held at ITB Travel Trade Show. (Berlin, Germany 6 March 2013). With the support of ITB Berlin, the 3rd Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting brought together Ministers… Read the full press release

Patrick Ky appointed as new EASA Executive Director

The Management Board of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today announced the appointment of Mr. Patrick Ky as Executive Director of EASA with effect from 1 September 2013. 2013-03-13 — / — Mr. Patrick Ky is currently Executive Director of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking and has driven the… Read the full press release

Cape Town International Airport awarded Best Airport in Africa!

2013-03-13 — / —  Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town International Airport has for the third consecutive year been awarded the first place ranking in the Best Airport by Region: Africa category as part of Airports Council International’s 2012 ASQ Awards. Upington Airport scooped best Airport by region serving fewer than 2 million passengers. Also,… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines’ February 2013 Traffic

Miramar, Florida, 2013-03-13 — / — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today reported its preliminary traffic results for February 2013. Traffic (revenue passenger miles) in February 2013 increased 18.1 percent versus February 2012 on a capacity (available seat miles) increase of 20.8 percent. Load factor for February 2013 was 83.2 percent, a decrease of 2.0 points as… Read the full press release

Travel Guard Offers Tips for Making the Most of Spring Travel

A Leading Provider of Travel Insurance Solutions Says Families Should Watch the Weather and Be Prepared Before Taking Off on Spring Break Stevens Point, Wisc. 2013-03-12 — / — With school breaks on the calendar and a desire for winter to end setting in, many families in need of fun in the sun will be taking off… Read the full press release

Winnipeg Airports Authority Proud to be Recognized by Airports Council International with 2012 Service Quality Awards

2013-03-12 — / — Winnipeg Airports Authority is pleased to be globally recognized with a 5th place Best Airport by Size Award and 1st place ranking in the Best Improvement: North America category as part of ACI’s 2012 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. “Exceeding customers’ expectations is a priority and the service quality awards confirm the… Read the full press release

British Airways sets two Guinness World Record titles

2013-03-12 — / — British Airways has today (March 10) set two Guinness World Record titles including the ‘Highest Harlem Shake’ and ‘Highest Concert’ in the sky, with Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde performing their hits on a red-nosed Boeing 767 aircraft at 43,000ft for Comic Relief. Celebrating 25 years of Red Nose Day, the airline… Read the full press release

Heathrow traffic and business commentary February 2013

Record passenger numbers for February 2013-03-12 — / — Heathrow saw 4.85 million passengers in February, a record for the month and up 1.0% on February 2012. Adjusting for the fact that 2012 was a leap year, traffic was up 4.6%. BA’s acquisition of bmi contributed to the increase, which was driven by a 1.8% rise… Read the full press release

Magnolia Hotel Omaha Named 2012 “Property of the Year” in Stout Street Hospitality Collection

Denver, Colo., 2013-03-11 — / — Leigh Hitz, president and chief operating officer for Stout Street Hospitality, today announced that Magnolia Hotel Omaha was recently named the company’s 2012 “Property of the Year.” The award was granted based on a combination of factors including guest service scores, employee satisfaction and retention, property revenue and more. “We… Read the full press release

The Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism has launched a new website for film makers and producers

Palm Springs, Calif., 2013-03-11 — / — The Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism has launched a new website,, for film makers and producers sourcing locations in Palm Springs for upcoming movies, television commercials and advertising photo shoots. The new “virtual film office” features an image library, a free film permit application and procedures and a directory… Read the full press release

Schiphol Group supports KLM with the launch of its biofuel-powered intercontinental flights

2013-03-11 — / — Today ( March 8), Schiphol Group together with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and leading global air carriers KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines, announced the launch of a first-ever series of intercontinental KLM flights, powered by second-generation biofuel. This second-generation biofuel is made from processed… Read the full press release

London City Airport on Mission to Reduce Carbon Emissions

2013-03-11 — / — London City Airport has been recognised for its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.  The only airport in the city of London, it has become just the fourth in the UK to become Airport Carbon Accredited by the only independent, institutionally-endorsed carbon standard for airports. LCY has been awarded Level 1 accreditation… Read the full press release

Single European Sky Performance Scheme Targets Set to Disappoint Again

Geneva, 2013-03-11 — / — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) criticized the decision of the European Single Sky Committee to endorse weakened Performance and Charging Scheme regulations for air navigation services over the period 2015-2019. The decision was made on 8 March and impacts the calendar years 2015-2019 (known as Reference Period 2 or RP2)…. Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Converts AirTran Airways Service, Adding 79th Destination To Route Map

Airline Offers Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas Customers Low Fares and More Destinations 2013-03-11 — / — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is excited to announce that LUV has officially landed in Branson, Missouri! The Branson Community rolled out the red carpet today as Congressman Billy Long joined the Branson Airport in welcoming Southwest’s first Customers to… Read the full press release