SIA To Sell Virgin Atlantic Stake For US$360 Million

2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Singapore Airlines has agreed to sell its 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic Ltd to Delta Air Lines. Under the agreement, Delta will pay US$360 million in cash for Singapore Airlines’ entire shareholding in the UK-based airline group. The agreement is subject to regulatory approvals being obtained in Europe and the United States…. Read the full press release

Jet Airways announces the induction of two new Airbus a330-300 into its fleet

Mumbai, 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, today announced the planned induction of four new state-of-the-art Airbus A330-300 series aircraft into its fleet. The airline took delivery of one of these new aircraft today, from the manufacturer’s headquarters in Toulouse, France. The airline is expected to take delivery of an additional, brand… Read the full press release

Nebraska, Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop will explore emerging trends

LINCOLN, NEB. – 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Anyone interested in expanding a farm or ranch to include a tourism component or looking to start an ecotourism venture will want to attend the 2013 Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop offered by the Nebraska Tourism Commission. The workshop, Feb. 5-6 at the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte, will show attendees… Read the full press release

Aeroflot Jubilee Onboard Menu with Michelin Stars

MOSCOW, 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — On December 11, 2012 Aeroflot gathered airline’s frequent flyers, top managers, key partners and celebrities to take part in a new anniversary onboard menu tasting ceremony. The menu was especially designed with a help of Michelin starred chefs — Pierre Gagnaire, Alain Llorca (both from France) and Bjorn Franzen from Sweden to celebrate the 90-th Aeroflot jubilee. For the coming 2013 spring season… Read the full press release

CTC, One year on: Signature Experiences Collection® case studies Vol. 2: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre

CTC, One year on: Signature Experiences Collection® case studies Vol. 2: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre

The Saskatchewan museum is welcoming increasing numbers of local visitors looking to learn about this living slice of Canadian history. 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Eyes right! The Mounties are a true Canadian icon and are embedded in our culture. They’ve played a substantial role in creating the Canadian national identity that is recognized the world over…. Read the full press release

ABTA Unveils Guidance on Financial Protection Requirements

Guidance saves ABTA Members money and helps them stay within the law 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — With significant regulatory changes in 2012 to the ATOL scheme of financial protection, affecting the way ABTA Members run their businesses, ABTA has comprehensively updated key guidance documents for Members. Exclusively available to ABTA Members, the updated guidance provides travel… Read the full press release

Ryanair Announces 3 New Swedish Airports From 2013

90,000 PAX & JOBS AT ANGELHOLM, JONKOPING & KALMAR 100,000 SEATS FROM JUST £12 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (12 Dec) announced it will launch routes at three new Swedish airports, Angelholm, Jonkoping and Kalmar in 2013, which will deliver over 90,000 passengers p.a. and sustain over 90 “on-site” jobs*… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association Urges Policymakers to Avert the Fiscal Cliff

Washington, D.C. – 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today strongly urged President Obama and Congressional leaders to agree on a balanced approach that averts the “fiscal cliff” before the end of 2012.  Roger Dow, president and CEO, issued the following statement: “The U.S. travel industry is a national economic driver, supporting 14.4 million… Read the full press release

Agoda.com offers film fans special deals in beautiful New Zealand

Agoda.com offers film fans special deals in beautiful New Zealand

2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), is celebrating the growing number of international travelers that are choosing New Zealand as their tour destination by offering special hotel deals in some of the world’s most picturesque locations. New Zealand’s increasing visibility on the global tourism… Read the full press release

AH&LA, Former FDIC Head Sheila Bair Confirmed for Americas Lodging Investment Summit

Washington, 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Honorable Sheila C. Bair, former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), will serve as a featured speaker at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), January 22-24, 2013, in Los Angeles. During her five-year tenure (June 2006 – July 2011) as chair of the FDIC, Bair presided over a… Read the full press release

Iberia cita de nuevo a los sindicatos para iniciar las negociaciones sobre el Plan de Transformación

La compañía ha programado diferentes reuniones con todos los colectivos para el próximo jueves, 13 de diciembre. Madrid, 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Después de la desconvocatoria de huelga, Iberia pretende iniciar cuanto antes las negociaciones sobre el Plan de Transformación. El próximo jueves, 13 de diciembre, la compañía ha convocado a distintas reuniones a los representantes de… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh Unveils a Brand New Look and Dining Options at The Grill Restaurant

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh Unveils a Brand New Look and Dining Options at The Grill Restaurant

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre has opened its doors to a newly renovated The Grill restaurant, featuring a delectable new offering. The Grill reflects the spirit and energy of the flourishing commercial hub and international business city of Riyadh. Contemporary in design, the restaurant now features a central majlis, a… Read the full press release

Royal Netherlands Air Force Nieuw Milligen air base starts operational use of EUROCONTROL MUAC’s air traffic control system

Civil and military aircraft share the same sky.

2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Nieuw Milligen, the Netherlands – An initial operational capability, comprising eleven military controller positions and two supervisory positions, has been established between the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF)’s Nieuw Milligen Air Operations Control Station (AOCS) and the Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC)’s air traffic control system. One RNLAF radar approach control… Read the full press release

New Freight Center opened at Rotterdam The Hague Airport Business Park

2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — On Monday 3 December, the Freight Center at Rotterdam The Hague Airport Business Park was officially opened by André van den Berg, Director of Schiphol Real Estate. The new freight building contains 4,550 m2 of industrial space and 1,650 m2 of office space; there is also an outside area of over 5,000… Read the full press release

Hartsfield-Jackson’s international terminal earns LEED Gold certification

Achievement reflects focus on sustainability in construction, operation of facility ATLANTA – 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has achieved the coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. The 1.2 million-square-foot terminal and concourse were built with recycled and/or regionally produced construction materials, and… Read the full press release

Turkish Airlines adds Buenos Aires (Argentina), Sebha (Libya), Niamey (Nijer), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Yaounde (Cameroon), Douala (Cameroon), Isfahan (Iran) to its growing network…

Already having the world’s 7th largest flight network and flying to 209 flight destinations in 92 countries, Turkish Airlines nonetheless continues to expand 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Beginning December 11th, 2012, roundtrip flights between Istanbul and Sao Paulo– Buenos Aires will be operated 4 times per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Introductory round trip… Read the full press release

LUFTHANSA BRINGS FIRST-EVER BOEING 747-8 INTERCONTINENTAL PASSENGER SERVICE TO U.S. WEST COAST AT LAX

Los Angeles, California – 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lufthansa initiated commercial service Monday of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental along the airline’s Frankfurt (FRA) to Los Angeles (LAX) route.  Flight LH456 departed Frankfurt touched down at LAX at 1:15 p.m.  The City of Angels is just the second destination in the U.S. and fourth in the world designated for… Read the full press release

Brussels Airport: decrease in passenger numbers compensated by long haul traffic

2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Brussels Airport: decrease in passenger numbers compensated by long haul traffic Passengers In November Brussels Airport welcomed 1,351,000 passengers, down 1.9% on the corresponding period last year. This decrease is largely due to a general decline in the economy. Contrary to the overall slightly downward trend we notice a steady general increase… Read the full press release

SAS Group Year-end Report January-October 2012

2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Positive income before tax and nonrecurring items – New aggressive plan launched – First decisive step implemented · The measures launched at the beginning of the year are now making an impact –     MSEK 23 in income before tax and nonrecurring items for January-October 2012 –     Passenger revenue up 5.6% (currency-adjusted for… Read the full press release

Agoda.com and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer partner to offer KrisFlyer miles

Agoda.com and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer partner to offer KrisFlyer miles

2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), is partnering with Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer to bring even greater rewards to its frequent flyer members when they book hotels with Agoda.com. Founded in 1972, Singapore Airlines is a multi-award winning airline in the global air travel market,… Read the full press release

Enterprise Holdings, Big Wake-Up Call for Car Sharing and Urban Mobility

Enterprise Sustainability Blog: Independent research challenges “romanticized view of collaborative consumption” ST. LOUIS, 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ —  A recent independent study, as reported in ScienceDaily.com, confirms affordability and convenience are the primary factors for customers’ participation in car-sharing programs. The study – “Access Based Consumption: The Case for Car Sharing” by Northeastern University’s Fleura Bardhi and… Read the full press release

U.S.Travel Exports Edge Down Slightly in October; Remain Strong Overall for 2012

Washington, D.C. – 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — David Huether, senior vice president of research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s Commerce Department announcement on October 2012 international trade: “Overall U.S. exports fell $6.8 billion in October while imports fell $4.9 billion, resulting in the trade deficit edging up slightly to $42.2… Read the full press release

Swissport appoints VP Corporate Communications & Marketing

Swissport appoints VP Corporate Communications & Marketing

Zurich, 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground services to the aviation sector, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sabine Meinitz as Vice President for Corporate Communications and Marketing, with effect from 10th December 2012. Sabine has many years of experience in senior communications and marketing roles at international companies… Read the full press release

Nieuwe vergaderzalen voor Hilton Rotterdam

Hilton Rotterdam sluit de tweede fase van de grootscheepse verbouwing af met de oplevering van zeven nieuwe vergaderzalen, die geschikt zijn voor 10 tot 350 personen. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Hilton Rotterdam voltooit tweede fase renovatie ROTTERDAM – 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Rotterdam sluit de tweede fase van de grootscheepse verbouwing af met de oplevering van zeven nieuwe vergaderzalen, die geschikt zijn voor 10 tot 350 personen. In combinatie met elkaar kunnen er nu evenementen voor maximaal 1400 personen tegelijkertijd worden georganiseerd. De “state of… Read the full press release

CAA, Leading aviation figures call for radical improvements to UK airspace to increase capacity and efficiency, and reduce environmental impacts

2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Proposals to enhance the UK’s airspace system, through the Future Airspace Strategy (FAS), that will increase airspace capacity, improve flight efficiency, and reduce aviation’s environmental impact were discussed today at a London conference organised by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Airspace is a key part of the UK’s transport infrastructure and… Read the full press release

Korean Air and Amadeus sign global full content agreement

2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Korean Air and Amadeus sign global full content agreementAmadeus travel agencies worldwide will benefit from the highest level of access to Korean Air’s services and content Bangkok, Thailand, 11 December, 2012: Korean Air, South Korea’s flag carrier and Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, have signed a full… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Amman Wins Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award

Four Seasons Hotel Amman Wins Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award

#4 in the Middle East, #1 in Jordan Amman, Jordan – 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Seasons Hotel Amman has been honoured in theCondé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, as the #4 Top Hotel in the Middle East, and #1 in Jordan. It is an honour to be included in this prestigious list with a reader satisfaction rating of 88.4 out of… Read the full press release

From Making Beds to Making Money: Marriott Offers Unprecedented Access to CNBC

“Hotel: Behind Closed Doors” Premieres Wednesday, December 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT BETHESDA, MD – 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Have you ever wondered what goes into operating a global hotel empire spanning more than 70 countries, nearly 3,800 properties, 645,000 rooms and 18 brands, ranging from Marriott Hotels & Resorts to Courtyard to The Ritz-Carlton? On… Read the full press release

Hawaii Residents Invited to Vote for Their Favorite Design in Paint the Plane Contest

HONOLULU — 2012-12-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Starting today, Hawaii residents are invited to vote for their favorite design that best represents the unique culture of the Aloha State in Alaska Airlines’ “Paint the Plane” contest. The public can visit www.alaskaair.com/hawaii until Dec. 18 to cast their vote, which will help Alaska Airlines determine the winner of the statewide… Read the full press release

Heathrow confirms Terminal 2 airline occupancy

T2 Roof

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Heathrow Airport today announced that the new Terminal 2 will be home to STAR Alliance and Aer Lingus flights as well as Virgin Atlantic’s domestic routes when it opens in 2014. The new Terminal 2 will give Heathrow the best passenger facilities of any major hub in Europe. 75% of passengers at… Read the full press release