Hyatt to sell 38 hotels to company organized by Lone Star Funds for approximately $590 million

CHICAGO, 2014-9-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that Hyatt affiliates have agreed to sell 38 hotels to a company organized by Lone Star Funds (the “Purchaser”) for approximately $590 million. The portfolio of 38 hotels (the “Hyatt Portfolio”) consists of Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels totaling 4,950 rooms. As… Read the full press release

Bahrain Airport Company to participate in the 20th World Routes Development Forum and Exhibition, 20th – 23rd September 2014 in Chicago

Muharraq, Bahrain, 2014-9-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the manager and operator of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), is once again gearing up to participate in the upcoming 20th World Routes Development Forum and Exhibition taking place in Chicago, USA from the 20th – 23rd September 2014. In addition to attending the summits… Read the full press release

Cargo complex Sheremetyevo implements range of infrastructure solutions to ensure the temperature control for pharmaceutical goods arriving by AirBridgeCargo

MOSCOW, 2014-9-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Since September 2014 “Cargo complex Sheremetyevo” implemented a range of infrastructure solutions designed to ensure the temperature control for pharmaceutical goods arriving by “AirBridgeCargo” from Basel to the International airport Sheremetyevo (SVO, Moscow) Commercial Director of “Cargo complex Sheremetyevo” Dmitry Sudosiev shared the details of innovations: “The willingness of the air freighter to ensure to the customer the… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide named the winner of 33 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards across its portfolio of brands

Honoring the best in the travel industry, Hilton Worldwide takes home 33 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards MCLEAN, Va., 2014-9-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) today was named the winner of 33Travel Weekly Magellan Awards across its portfolio of brands. Nine brands within the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio took home awards honoring the best in… Read the full press release

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to renovate Departure Lounge 2 scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015

Schiphol, 2014-9-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is today launching a complete renovation of Departure Lounge 2. With a new layout, the lounge will increase its retail and Food & Beverage capacity by around 20%. Located beyond passport control, Departure Lounge 2 is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015. A welcoming… Read the full press release

Air China’s PhoenixMiles program members to earn up to 1,600 miles when staying at select properties within Preferred Hotel Group’s portfolio

BEIJING, 2014-9-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Preferred Hotel Group™ today announced a new partnership with Air China that allows members of Air China’s PhoenixMiles program to earn up to 1,600 miles* when staying at select properties within Preferred Hotel Group’s portfolio of more than 650 independent hotels and resorts worldwide. The strategic alliance is the latest… Read the full press release

Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf welcomes Holger Jackisch as new head chef

Frankfurt am Main, 2014-9-18 — /Travel PR News/ — After 48 years of service, including 35 in the Steigenberger Group and 21 years at the Steigenberger Parkhotel on Königsallee in Düsseldorf, Michael Görres has taken his well-deserved retirement. He can now devote himself to the more relaxing aspects of life whilst looking back on an… Read the full press release

InterContinental Hotels Group announces the opening of the Staybridge Suites® Phoenix-Chandler hotel

New Staybridge Suites hotel opens in diverse and quickly-growing Chandler community  ATLANTA, 2014-9-18 — /Travel PR News/ — InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], announces the opening of the Staybridge Suites®Phoenix –  Chandler hotel, located close to the city of Phoenix and just a short distance from numerous prominent businesses such as Intel®, Bank of… Read the full press release

InterContinental Hotels Group opens Staybridge Suites® Houston NW Willowbrook hotel

Property opening adds to brand’s growing portfolio in Texas  ATLANTA, 2014-9-18 — /Travel PR News/ — InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], announces the opening of the Staybridge Suites®Houston NW Willowbrook hotel, located just off Highway 249. With this addition to IHG’s Houston hotels, there are now more than 30 Staybridge Suites hotels in… Read the full press release

Wizz Air announces sale and leaseback agreement with Goshawk Aviation Limited for seven new Airbus A320 aircraft

Budapest, Hungary, 2014-9-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced today that it had entered into a sale and leaseback agreement with Goshawk Aviation Limited (‘Goshawk’) for seven new Airbus A320 aircraft. The airplanes are planned for delivery between November 2014 and June 2015. This… Read the full press release

Marriott International to open 202-room Marriott Hotel in Guayaquil in 2016

Quito, Ecuador, 2014-9-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Marriott International’s (NASDAQ: MAR) signature brand, Marriott Hotels, announced plans to open the 202-room Marriott Hotel in Guayaquil in 2016, The Guayaquil Marriott will be the company’s third property in Ecuador and is being developed by Hotecapsa, overseen by Mr. Angel P. Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez is a major local… Read the full press release

Travelport announces new agreement with GOGO Worldwide Vacations

Canadian Travel Agents Now Have Direct Access to New Hotel Content and Sales Choices ATLANTA, 2014-9-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry, today announced a new agreement with industry-leading vacation package wholesaler GOGO Worldwide… Read the full press release

TravelClick and mobile travel agent roomlia partner to provide hotels with two-way connection via TravelClick Channel Management to provide rates and inventory on the OTA

TravelClick Channel Management Provides Hotels with Connections to Traditional and Mobile OTAs    NEW YORK, 2014-9-17 — /Travel PR News/ — TravelClick, a global provider of innovative cloud-based solutions that enable hotels to grow revenue, has announced a partnership with roomlia, a streamlined, design-driven mobile app offering two-way connections for instant hotel-bookings. The mobile travel agent… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Group to modernise its aircraft fleet with the acquisition of 15 Airbus A320neo and 10 Airbus A320ceo aircraft

Renewal of SWISS and Eurowings fleets Frankfurt, Germany, 2014-9-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The Lufthansa Group is systematically pursuing the modernisation of its aircraft fleet. At the recommendation of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG under CEO, Carsten Spohr, the Supervisory Board approved the purchase of 15 state-of-the-art aircraft from the Airbus A320neo (New… Read the full press release

Deutsche Lufthansa AG Supervisory Board extends Simone Menne’s appointment as the Group’s CFO and Executive Board member for five years

Frankfurt, Germany, 2014-9-17 — /Travel PR News/ — At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG extended Simone Menne’s appointment as the Group’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board member for five years from the earliest possible date. It has thereby confirmed the duration of her contract, which is running from 1 July… Read the full press release

dnata and City Sightseeing partner to showcase Dubai’s sights

DUBAI, UA.E.,2014-9-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Visitors to Dubai will soon be able to see the world’s largest mall, tallest building, and other iconic city attractions in a new way, thanks to dnata and City Sightseeing WorldWide. dnata, the Middle East’s largest travel services provider, and City Sightseeing, the world’s leading open top bus… Read the full press release

The Accor group welcomes Christian Flaesch as its Senior Vice president Safety and Security

PARIS, 2014-9-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Christian Flaesch is joining the Accor group as Senior Vice president Safety and Security. His key assignments will be to head up the Group’s safety and security policy, to develop preventive measures regarding employees and properties and to coordinate prevention and risk management. He will report to Sven… Read the full press release

Tourism Australia names Adele Labine-Romain as its new Executive General Manager Strategy and Research

Sydney, Australia, 2014-9-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Tourism Australia has confirmed the appointment of Adele Labine-Romain as its new Executive General Manager Strategy and Research. Ms Labine-Romain replaces Nell Anderson who recently announced her intention to resign from Tourism Australia, after having spent six years working for the national tourism organisation. Adele is currently Executive… Read the full press release

LAWA and Southwest Airlines kick-off construction of the $508-million Terminal 1 Modernization Program at Los Angeles International Airport

The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti Throws Ceremonial Earth to Commence Terminal 1 Construction, with Anticipated Completion in 2018 LOS ANGELES, 2014-9-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines ® (NYSE: LUV) helped kick-off construction of the $508-million Terminal 1 Modernization Program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) today with a groundbreaking ceremony… Read the full press release

Hotel ICON awarded the “Excellence Award” by Hong Kong Management Association’s Award for Excellence in Training and Development 2014 for two specific training programs

Hong Kong, 2014-9-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Aiming to better serve tourism, benefit the community and showcase the best of our city, Hotel ICON was awarded the “Excellence Award” by Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) Award for Excellence in Training and Development for two specific training programs: (1) Work-Integrated-Education under the Skills Training Category and… Read the full press release

Wyndham Rewards® gives its loyal members the opportunity to earn up to 10,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points to mark its 10-year anniversary

Wyndham Hotel Group’s loyalty program marks tenth anniversary PARSIPPANY, N.J., 2014-9-16 — /Travel PR News/ — To celebrate its milestone 10-year anniversary, Wyndham Rewards®, the free-to-join guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group and the world’s largest lodging loyalty program as measured by number of participating hotels, is offering its most loyal members the opportunity to… Read the full press release

Norwegian awarded three prizes at the Passenger Choice Awards 2014 in California

Fornebu, Norway, 2014-9-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Norwegian scooped three prizes at the prestigious Passenger Choice Awards 2014 in California last night. It won the categories Best in Region: Europe and Best in Inflight Connectivity & Communications. It also won an Avion Award in the category Best Single Achievement in Passenger Experience for its moving… Read the full press release

Govia and Gatwick to work together to provide more seamless transition for passengers between rail and air

Gatwick’s partnership with Govia will transform rail services to and from Gatwick Airport Brand new Gatwick Express and Thameslink trains plus more reliable services will connect even more people to Gatwick and the region Gatwick will be ‘second runway ready’ by road and rail by 2021 LONDON, 2014-9-16 — /Travel PR News/ — The launch… Read the full press release

Bahrain Airport Company launched new initiative to gauge passenger’s satisfaction levels with the introduction of HappyOrNot® kiosks at the departure and arrival halls

Muharraq, Bahrain, 2014-9-16 — /Travel PR News/ — In line with its on-going commitment to deliver service excellence and improve passenger experience, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) recently launched a new initiative to gauge passenger’s satisfaction levels with the facilities and services provided at Bahrain International Airport (BIA) by introducing HappyOrNot® kiosks at the departure and arrival… Read the full press release

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer: International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2014

MADRID, 2014-9-16 — /Travel PR News/ — International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Destinations worldwide received some 517 million international tourists between January and June 2014, 22 million more than in the same period of 2013. Growth was strongest in the… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines announces daily roundtrip service between Baltimore/Washington and Costa Rica beginning March 7, 2015

Nonstop Flights Between Baltimore/Washington and Costa Rica to Begin March 7, 2015 Subject to Government Approval DALLAS, 2014-9-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today that it has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to add its first destination in Central America with daily roundtrip service between Baltimore/Washington… Read the full press release

The PATA Foundation to host the Inaugural PATA Foundation Gala Dinner at the Global Tourism Economy Forum on October 28, 2014 at the Galaxy Macau

Attendees of the PATA Foundation Gala Dinner get the chance to be a part of the many success stories BANGKOK, 2014-9-16 — /Travel PR News/ — The PATA Foundation, in conjunction with the Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF), will host the Inaugural PATA Foundation Gala Dinner on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Galaxy Macau. Under… Read the full press release

IATA to host the fourth annual World Passenger Symposium, 15-17 October in San Diego, California

Geneva, 2014-9-16 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will host the fourth annual World Passenger Symposium (WPS 2014), 15-17 October in San Diego, California. More than 700 high-level delegates from airlines, global distribution systems and travel technology providers, airports and travel management companies are expected to attend the event. “2014 marks… Read the full press release

Bombardier’s Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircrafts receive full type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency

Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft granted full type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency on September 12, 2014 EASA-registered customers to start taking delivery of the new aircraft Montréal, 2014-9-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Bombardier, the world’s leading business aircraft manufacturer, announced today that the Learjet 70 andLearjet 75 aircraft have received… Read the full press release

Winnipeg Airports Authority harvested their vegetable garden grown for Winnipeg Harvest’s Grow-A-Row program marking their 19th year participating in program

Veggies harvested for Winnipeg Harvest’s for Grow-A-Row program Winnipeg, Canada, 2014-9-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Today (September 10, 2014), staff at Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) harvested their vegetable garden grown for Winnipeg Harvest’s Grow-A-Row program, marking their 19th year participating in program. This year’s garden produced 3,612 lbs of vegetables, bringing WAA’s grand total… Read the full press release