Travel Employment Rebounds In January

Washington, D.C., 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s Labor Department report on January 2013 employment numbers: “The travel industry continues to drive our nation’s economic recovery, adding 2,300 jobs last month, driven primarily by increases in the amusements, gambling and recreation… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide and Bayview Hospitality Group to Convert Downtown Toronto Metropolitan Hotel to DoubleTree by Hilton Brand

TORONTO and MCLEAN, Va., 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide and Bayview Hospitality Group (BHG) today announced that the landmark Metropolitan Hotel Toronto, which BHG recently acquired along with the hotel’s two restaurants, will become downtown Toronto’s first DoubleTree by Hilton. BHG will continue to operate the hotel when it converts to a DoubleTree by Hilton later this… Read the full press release

Rezidor announces the Park Inn by Radisson Troyitska, Kyiv, Ukraine

2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, announces the Park Inn by Radisson Troyitska, Kyiv in Ukraine. The property will be located in the very centre of Kiev adjacent to the Olympic Stadium and feature 199 keys – it… Read the full press release

Tourism Minister of India meets President of Catalonia Province of Spain

2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Union Tourism Minister Shri K Chiranjeevi called on Mr. Artur Mas, President of Catalonia province of Spain in Barcelona, Spain today. Both the leaders acknowledged that tourism sector has immense potential for cooperation and discussed the possibility of enhancing inter-alia trade, scientific, tourism, civil aviation and people to people contacts. When Mr. Artur… Read the full press release

VisitEngland and Cottageline partner to promote Countryside and Coastal Short Breaks

2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — VisitEngland, the national tourist board, and holiday cottage group Cottageline have today launched a joint marketing campaign to inspire British holidaymakers to take a self-catering break in England this year. The campaign will run throughout February, with print, digital and social media activity all aimed at encouraging consumers to visit www.cottageline.co.uk/visitengland, and ‘Book with a local’…. Read the full press release

The Registry Collection® Program Celebrates 19 New Affiliated Properties in 2012

Parsippany, N.J., 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Registry Collection is celebrating the close of a big year of accomplishments in 2012. In the program’s 10th anniversary year, it added 19 additional affiliated properties to its luxury network of affiliated resorts and unveiled a redesigned website. “This year was especially significant for The Registry Collection as we celebrated a decade… Read the full press release

OAKWOOD WORLDWIDE® EXPANDS GLOBAL OPERATIONS WITH OPENING OF CANADA OFFICE

LOS ANGELES, 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Oakwood Worldwide, the global leader in corporate housing and serviced apartment solutions, has expanded its Canadian operations with the opening of a Toronto-based office and the hiring of 20-year corporate housing veteran, Elle Crane, to support the company’s corporate housing partners and continue to strengthen Oakwood Worldwide’s footprint in Canada. Oakwood… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas Tops US News & World Report’s 2013 List of the Best Hotels in Nevada

Luxury Las Vegas hotel ranks #1 in Nevada following major guest room renovation. 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — The recently renovated Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas has ranked #1 on US News & World Report’s 2013 list of Best Hotels in Nevada. The 2013 Best Hotels rankings recognize hotels with a record of high customer satisfaction and an exceptional reputation among published travel… Read the full press release

Jet Airways Group Operating profits (EBITDAR) up by 244% despite higher fuel prices and rupee depreciation

Higher yields, cost & network initiatives help Jet Airways Group post PAT of INR 931 million for Q3FY13 vs. loss of INR 1,228 million in Q3FY 12. Editor’s Synopsis (Jet Airways and Jetlite combined): 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Jet Group reported Profit after tax of Rs. 931 million or US $ 16.9 million for Q3 FY13 versus… Read the full press release

Silicon Valley’s Airport Staff Serve Not Your Ordinary Plane Food to Family Supportive Housing Residents

Meal Inspired by Airport Employee Published Cookbook SAN JOSE, 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) teams up with Family Supportive Housing today to prepare and serve dinner to residents with a meal inspired by Airport Family Cookbook: Not Your Ordinary Plane Food, a collection of family and favorite recipes from SJC employees. As part of… Read the full press release

Simply the Best! Hartsfield-Jackson voted no.1 for amenities and more

ATLANTA, 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the best U.S. airport for passengers searching for dining, amenities and business traveler services, according to Travel Leaders Group’s annual Travel Trends Survey. Hartsfield-Jackson also soared to the top of the list as the best place for passengers with a connecting flight. “Hartsfield-Jackson is more than a busy… Read the full press release

Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring

Punxsutawney, 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley was in attendance as thousands of fans watched as Phil made his highly anticipated weather prognostication, commemorating 127 years of Pennsylvania’s unique Groundhog Day tradition. Pennsylvania’s world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early spring after emerging from his burrow without seeing his shadow this morning in the Pennsylvania… Read the full press release

We’re looking to build on the retention of train franchise

2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — In the article below Gary Iddon, appointed as General Manager, North and Scotland for Virgin Trains in January 2013, looks back on a dramatic 2012 for the company and sets out his vision for 2013 and beyond. The article is reproduced with the kind permission of the Lancashire Evening Post. It was published by… Read the full press release

JAL Group Announces Consolidated Financial Results for the First Three Quarters of Fiscal Year 2012

TOKYO,  2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — The JAL Group (JAL) announced today, the consolidated financial results for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2012 (year ending March 31, 2013). During this nine-month reporting period, post-quake restoration demand continued to drive the Japanese economy; however, the economic rebound was blunted by a slowdown in the global economy. Recently, signs of… Read the full press release

GBTA Australia & New Zealand Sells Out in Advance of Inaugural Symposium

Canberra, Australia, 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)—the voice of the global business travel industry – today announced that the inaugural Government Travel Symposium has sold out for delegate attendees. The Symposium will open on Tuesday March 5th with the Fundamentals of Business Travel Management Education and Buyer-Sponsor networking and follows by five dedicated … Read the full press release

La SNCB et la NS agissent ensemble: train direct entre Bruxelles et La Haye à partir du 18 février

L’offre sera augmentée jusqu’à 8 connexions à partir du 11 mars Les chemins de fer belges et néerlandais proposent à partir du 18 février une nouvelle connexion directe entre Bruxelles et La Haye. La décision prise par la SNCB et NS intervient deux semaines après la suspension, pour une durée indéterminée, du train à grande… Read the full press release

PATA Launches Crisis Rapid Recovery Taskforce

Bangkok, 2013-02-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) officially launched its Rapid Recovery Task Force (PRRT) at the association’s Engagement Hub at its head office in Bangkok on January 31. The PRRT is a standing task force of the PATA CEO and seven volunteers who will collectively try to help PATA member destinations during… Read the full press release

Families Who’d “LOVE to Go There” Can Get There for Free in Virginia

New “I’d LOVE to Go There” Sweepstakes Offers Four Fantastic Prize Trips RICHMOND, Va. 2013-02-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — For anyone who has ever said “Oh, I’d love to go there”, now’s the chance to get there, with the family, for free. Virginia has just launched the “I’d LOVE to Go There” Vacation Sweepstakes, offering families the chance to… Read the full press release

Travelport starts 2013 with a win in Poland

INT Travel, a leading IATA accredited agency in southern Poland, switches to Travelport Warsaw, Poland, 2013-02-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has today announced a new multi-year agreement with INT Travel, one of the largest independent IATA accredited travel agencies in the southern part of Poland. As part of the… Read the full press release

BDRC Continental Crowns Hilton Hotels & Resorts UK’s Number One Provider Of Meetings Services

2012 UK MeetingsMetrix Research from BDRC Continental Puts Hilton Ahead of the Pack LONDON and MCLEAN, Va., 2013-02-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the iconic hotel brand with 70 properties in the UK, has been awarded the title of the country’s number one provider of meetings services. The findings were revealed by renowned market research provider… Read the full press release

November 2012: the ins and outs of Canada travel

Astonishing growth in Brazilian visitor numbers kept total international arrivals to Canada on the up in November 2012, says CTC Tourism Snapshot 2013-02-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travellers from around the world reached for the skies again in November 2012. According to the Tourism Snapshot hot off the presses from the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s Research department, more than… Read the full press release

Marriott to Double in Size in Thailand: Signs Landmark Deal with TCC Hotels Group for Seven Hotels

Marriott International expects to add 3,000 rooms to its existing portfolio of hotels in the country from 2016. BANGKOK, THAILAND, 2013-02-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International today announced the signing of seven management agreements with TCC Hotels Group which will see the US hospitality company operating seven TCC hotels across Thailand. These agreements make the TCC Hotels… Read the full press release

CAA statement on passenger rights claims

2013-02-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Following this week’s rulings in both the UK and European courts, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today reiterated its advice to passengers affected by flight delays and cancellations. Passengers whose flights are delayed or cancelled are entitled to assistance from the airline such as food, drinks and accommodation where necessary. In… Read the full press release

The Loews Regency Hotel Announces Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group As Partner for Hotel’s Two New Restaurants

Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group to open two new restaurants in the historic NYC hotel, which will re-open its doors after its first-ever full renovation in the fall of 2013 New York, NY, 2013-02-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Loews Regency Hotel announced today a partnership with Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group to open and manage two new restaurants in… Read the full press release

First Great Western and First Capital Connect rail franchises

FIRSTGROUP PLC STATEMENT RE: FIRST GREAT WESTERN AND FIRST CAPITAL CONNECT RAIL FRANCHISES 2013-02-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — In response to the announcement by the Department for Transport (‘DfT’) today, FirstGroup, the leading transport operator in the UK and North America, confirms the following with regard to its First Great Western and First Capital Connect rail franchises. The First… Read the full press release

Hull Trains achieves record score for overall customer satisfaction

2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Figures released today by Passenger Focus, the independent rail industry passenger champion and watchdog, reveal that First Hull Trains scored 95 per cent in overall customer satisfaction – a seven per cent improvement on the autumn 2011 survey, and two per cent better than the score achieved in spring 2012. The figures put… Read the full press release

Attractions and Tour Operations at Royal Caribbean Private Destination CocoCay Certified to a Globally Recognized Sustainable Tourism Standard

Royal Caribbean Island Awarded STEP Gold-Level Eco-Certification Portland, Oregon, 2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — The attractions and tour operations at CocoCay, a private cruise destination managed by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., have been awarded the Sustainable Tourism Education Program™ (STEP) Gold-Level Eco-Certification for its attractions and tour operations. This certification is a flagship program of Sustainable Travel International, a… Read the full press release

Loews Hotels Returns to Washington D.C. and Celebrates the Golden Anniversary of The Madison Hotel

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Loews Hotels & Resorts returns to Washington, D.C. with a new running mate, the Loews Madison Hotel. The hotel, which recently completed a dramatic $23 million renovation, is celebrating 50 years as one of the most distinguished hotels in the nation’s capital. With fifty years of unprecedented success, past presidents, D.C…. Read the full press release

First Capital Connect passenger satisfaction score rises for third year running

2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Latest results of a survey by industry rail watchdog Passenger Focus show that overall satisfaction with First Capital Connect (FCC) services has grown for the third year in a row. Of those customers surveyed in autumn 2012, 81% said they were satisfied or very satisfied (a 1% increase year on year, which is… Read the full press release

Gilles Bonnier is appointed Head of Accor’s new Property Management Department

Accor continues to adapt its organization structure and is creating a Property Management Department. 2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — As announced by Chairman and CEO Denis Hennequin at the presentation of the half-year results, Accor is redefining its organization structure to create a less capital intensive, more effective business model. Gilles Bonnier is appointed Global Chief Asset and… Read the full press release