Brussels Airport announced 18.7% increase of passengers in August 2014 compared to August 2013

BRUSSELS, 2014-9-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Brussels Airport recorded a total of 2.329 million passengers throughout August 2014, which is an increase of 18.7% compared to August 2013. With more than 4.7 million passengers in July and August combined, summer 2014 ended with a new record for Brussels Airport. These two months exceeded the… Read the full press release

The Cedar Rapids Airport Commission officially names Don Swanson as Interim Airport Director

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 2014-9-12 — /Travel PR News/ — The Cedar Rapids Airport Commission has officially named Don Swanson as Interim Airport Director. Tim Bradshaw, the previous airport director for The Eastern Iowa Airport, accepted a new position as the executive director of the Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport in Roanoke Virginia. Don Swanson, Director of Finance at… Read the full press release

Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation launches global advertising campaign with BBC to promote the Maldives as a tourism destination

MALDIVES, 2014-9-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) have launched a global advertising campaign with BBC to promote the Maldives as a tourism destination.  The campaign which will run from September to October 2014 will feature the unique aspects of the Maldives tourism product under the tag line “Sunny side… Read the full press release

dnata signs agreement to purchase the entire issued share capital of Stella Travel Services

DUBAI, U.A.E., 2014-9-12 — /Travel PR News/ — dnata announced today it has signed an agreement to purchase the entire issued share capital of Stella Travel Services. Stella Travel Services is one of the UK’s leading travel businesses and includes five brands: TravelBag, Travel2, Sunmaster, Global Travel Group and Triton Rooms. “The addition of Stella Travel… Read the full press release

PATA announced BBC Global News Ltd as the new PATA Premier Media Partner

News From APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting in Macau SAR MACAU SAR, 2014-9-12 — /Travel PR News/ —  The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce BBC Global News Ltd., the owner and operator of BBC World News and bbc.com/news, as the new PATA Premier Media Partner. As a membership association advocating for the responsible… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle co-hosts the sixth annual Run of Hope Seattle in conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Events and special cocktails benefit Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund and Susan G. Komen of Puget Sound Seattle, U.S.A., 2014-9-11 — /Travel PR News/ — This fall, join Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, The Spa and ART Restaurant for a season of charitable giving. From Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September to Breast Cancer Awareness Month in… Read the full press release

Aidan Chung named Director of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip

With a dynamic, multi-cultural hospitality background, Aidan brings proven results in division performance and guest satisfaction to the heart of Macau Macau, China, 2014-9-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip announces the appointment of Aidan Chung as its Director of Food and Beverage. In this multi-faceted role, effective as of July… Read the full press release

Dubai Airports welcomed the announcement by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum endorsing the US$ 32bn expansion of Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central

Dubai, UAE, 2014-9-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Dubai Airports today welcomed the announcement by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai endorsing the AED120bn (US$ 32bn) expansion of Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) which will ultimately accommodate more than 200 million… Read the full press release

Toronto Pearson International Airport to offer certified halal Middle Eastern cuisine to travelers with the opening of the first of two restaurants by HMSHost and Paramount Fine Foods

Toronto favorite Paramount Fine Foods offers certified halal Middle Eastern cuisine to travelers TORONTO, 2014-9-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Toronto Pearson International Airport is set for a restaurant renaissance over the next year with several new dining options scheduled to open by global restaurateur HMSHost. Local favorite Paramount Fine Foods, in partnership with HMSHost, has opened… Read the full press release

Wizz Air announces further expansion in Romania

IASI BECOMES 8TH WIZZ AIRPORT Bucharest, Romania, 2014-9-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe*, today announced further expansion in Romania. This news follows theannouncement of 13 new routes and additional based aircraft in Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara just a month ago. The airline will deploy 1 new… Read the full press release

Auckland Airport nominates Christine Spring to stand for election as an independent non-executive director at its 2014 annual meeting

Auckland, New Zealand, 2014-9-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Auckland Airport has announced that its Board has unanimously nominated Christine Spring to stand for election as an independent non-executive director at its 2014 annual meeting. Sir Henry van der Heyden, Auckland Airport’s chair, says the nomination is a result of an extensive domestic and international search…. Read the full press release

The Hay-Adams announces the appointment of Ahmet Hacikara as the Director of Restaurants

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2014-9-10 — /Travel PR News/ — The Hay-Adams, one of the world’s leading luxury hotels, is pleased to announce that Ahmet Hacikara has joined the team as Director of Restaurants. In this role, the international hospitality professional will be in charge of the hotel’s Lafayette Restaurant, Off The Record Lounge, and in-room dining. Hacikara,… Read the full press release

Baymont Inn & Suites® offers amateur athletic teams the chance to win $5,000 and 500,000 Wyndham Rewards points with its “Home Team Hospitality” contest

Community-focused hotel brand offers local teams a chance at $5,000 for gear and travel PARSIPPANY, N.J., 2014-9-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Baymont Inn & Suites®, the midscale hotel brand that prides itself on its “Hometown Hospitality” service promise – treating guests like friends, family and neighbors – and its history of community involvement, is offering amateur… Read the full press release

Essential Travel research reveals over 60% of Brits fund their entire backpacking trip themselves

62% of Brits refuse financial help from their parents Just 7% of the UK has never backpacked Nearly three quarters of Brits have no regrets about their trip KENT, UK, 2014-9-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Brits are backpacking-addicts according to new research from Essential Travel. The vast majority of adults in the UK (93%)… Read the full press release

PATA supporting partner of the Brisbane Global Cafe – Tourism’s New Frontiers, ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, November 12-16, 2014

BANGKOK, 2014-9-10 — /Travel PR News/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is honoured to be a supporting partner of the Brisbane Global Cafe – Tourism’s New Frontiers, ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane. The week-long events in Brisbane, Australia will take place from November 12-16, 2014. Brisbane’s hosting of the 2014 G20 Leaders… Read the full press release

British Airways’ Boeing 747s to receive cabin refresh including state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system

LONDON, 2014-9-9 — /Travel PR News/ — Some of British Airways’ much-loved Boeing 747s are to receive a cabin refresh including a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system. Customers travelling on the 18 selected 747s will be treated to double the choice of TV programmes and films thanks to the installation of Panasonic’s next generation eX3 entertainment… Read the full press release

British Airways gives its Club World customers the chance to experience its luxurious First cabin and tailored service

LONDON, 2014-9-9 — /Travel PR News/ — British Airways will be giving its Club World customers the chance to sample the high life with free upgrades to First on selected flights from September 4 to December 12, 2014. The offer will enable customers travelling in British Airways’ Club World cabin to upgrade on one leg… Read the full press release

Airports Company South Africa commits to educating its employees and the community about environmental management during Arbor Week, 1 – 7 September 2014

Johannesburg, 2014-9-9 — /Travel PR News/ — Airports Company South Africa is committed to educating its employees and the community about environmental management during Arbor Week, from 1 – 7 September 2014 by making a difference in areas within close proximity to its airports. Arbor Week is recognised as a national initiative aimed at providing and… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways sponsored last Sunday’s Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille in France

More than 500 cars exhibited in the Domaine de Chantilly “Tribute to Bugatti” prize presented by Qatar Airways Domaine de Chantilly, FRANCE, 2014-9-9 — /Travel PR News/ — Last Sunday, Qatar Airways, the only airline sponsor of the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, welcomed classic car enthusiasts and collectors at the spectacular venue of the Château… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines announces its preliminary traffic results for August 2014

MIRAMAR, FL, 2014-9-9 — /Travel PR News/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today reported its preliminary traffic results for August 2014. Traffic (revenue passenger miles) in August 2014 increased 14.4 percent versus August 2013 on a capacity (available seat miles) increase of 15.8 percent. Load factor for August 2014 was 89.6 percent, a decrease of 1.1 pts… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Co. flew 9.6 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in August 2014

DALLAS, 2014-9-9 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 9.6 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in August 2014, a 4.9 percent increase from the 9.2 billion RPMs flown in August 2013.  Available seat miles (ASMs) remained relatively flat compared to the August 2013 level of 11.3… Read the full press release

Oakwood Worldwide® adds 184-unit apartment complex in Sunnyvale, California to their global portfolio through its joint venture with Singapore-based Mapletree Group

First Oakwood® Branded Property Acquired Following its Joint Venture with Mapletree Group LOS ANGELES, 2014-9-8 — /Travel PR News/ — Oakwood Worldwide®, the global leader in corporate housing and serviced apartment solutions, has added a 184-unit apartment complex in Sunnyvale, California, to their global portfolio through its joint venture with Singapore-based Mapletree Group. The garden-style community, newly… Read the full press release

QantasLink creates new jobs with the upgrade and expansion of its heavy maintenance facility in Tamworth

Sydney, Australia, 2014-9-8 — /Travel PR News/ — QantasLink today announced it is upgrading and expanding its heavy maintenance facility in Tamworth, creating new jobs and strengthening its commitment to the region. The upgrade of its existing hangar and expansion into a new hangar will create 25 new engineering roles in Tamworth. QantasLink Chief Executive Officer… Read the full press release

Amadeus and United Airlines launch Amadeus’ Airline Ancillary Services Solution using NDC-XML (v1.0) connectivity

* Launch marks the travel industry’s first NDC-XML (v1.0) enabled connectivity for travel agency distribution in North America * Amadeus subscribers in the U.S. can now easily and efficiently book the carrier’s extra-legroom seating Madrid, Spain and Chicago, IL, USA, 2014-9-5 — /Travel PR News/ — Amadeus and United Airlines today announced the successful launch… Read the full press release

South African Airways and its franchisees select Amadeus Passenger Revenue Accounting

SAA becomes the first Star Alliance member and third major airline to select Amadeus Passenger Revenue Accounting Madrid, 2014-9-5 — /Travel PR News/ — South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national carrier, and Amadeus, a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry, today announce a landmark agreement that will see the… Read the full press release

Mandarin Oriental New York welcomes Leon Pellicer as Food & Beverage Director

Hong Kong, 2014-9-5 — /Travel PR News/ — Mandarin Oriental, New York is delighted to welcome Leon Pellicer as Food & Beverage Director. Pellicer will oversee the food & beverage programme at the Five-Star, Five-Diamond luxury hotel, which includes the 90-seat signature restaurant Asiate, casual dining outlets Lobby Lounge and MObar and the 244 rooms and… Read the full press release

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group honoured with the ‘Most Trusted Spa Brand’ award at the SpaChina Awards

Hong Kong, 2014-9-5 — /Travel PR News/ — At the most recent SpaChina Awards Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group was honoured with the ‘Most Trusted Spa Brand’ award. In addition, Mandarin Oriental, Macau won the ‘Grand Jury Award’, Mandarin Oriental, Sanya won the ‘Best TCM Treatment of the Year’, and The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong… Read the full press release

Agoda.com Travel Smarts survey reveals business travelers spend least amount of time comparing hotels before making their booking

SINGAPORE, 2014-9-5 — /Travel PR News/ — Agoda.com, one of Asia’s leading hotel booking sites and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has released the results of its latest Travel Smarts survey, which reveals that when it comes to choosing accommodation, business travelers spend the least amount of time comparing hotels before making their booking…. Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association President Roger Dow issues statement on survey released by Open Allies for Airfare Transparency

Washington, D.C., 2014-9-5 — /Travel PR News/ — U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on a survey released by Open Allies for Airfare Transparency finding that large numbers of consumers want more upfront information about ancillary airline ticket fees: “Quite simply, the travel industry is all about policies that get more people… Read the full press release