AIR FRANCE, KLM, DELTA AND ALITALIA LAUNCH AGENTCONNECT.BIZ, A WEBSITE DEDICATED TO TRAVEL AGENTS

2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Air France, KLM, Alitalia and Delta are launching today “AgentConnect.biz”, the new joint website dedicated to travel agents. This website provides them with the necessary tools and information to meet customer requirements, 24/7. Originally launched in 8 countries in Northern Europe, (Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Denmark, Sweden), AgentConnect.biz replaces afkl.biz… Read the full press release

Academy awards arrive in London at 45 Park Lane

Academy awards arrive in London at 45 Park Lane

45 Park Lane celebrates the 85th Academy Awards with a special award season menu 2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Located in Dorchester Collection’s latest London property, celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane will be offering diners the chance to celebrate the 85th Academy Awards in true Hollywood style. A special menu will be created… Read the full press release

140% more seats on Bristol service

2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Blue Islands are responding to the overwhelming passenger demand on the Bristol service and will be significantly increasing the capacity on the route. The remarkable success of the Bristol service, launched 18 months ago, means more seats are required to meet the increased demand. Capacity will increase by 140% in February 2013… Read the full press release

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. Announces First Hotel in Kazakhstan with the Development of The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty

Chevy Chase, 2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has announced the expansion of its luxury hotel portfolio in the CIS with the development of the first hotel in Kazakhstan. The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty is owned by a subsidiary of Capital Partners L.L.C. The 145 room hotel is located in the 37 storey Esentai Tower… Read the full press release

A New Chapter For Hilton Surfers Paradise

Hilton Surfers Paradise has officially appointed Chris Partridge to the role of general manager following the announced departure of the hotel’s founding general manager, David Kelly. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Hotel Announces New General Manager As David Kelly Departs For China SURFERS PARADISE, QLD, Australia – 2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Surfers Paradise has officially appointed Chris Partridge to the role of general manager following the announced departure of the hotel’s founding general manager, David Kelly. David will depart the hotel bound for Beijing where he… Read the full press release

IATA, FABs Need to Deliver Results

Brussels – 2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the European Commission, EU member states and Europe’s Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) to ensure that Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) are delivering real results. The call came on the deadline date for European states to set up agreements grouping Europe’s 27 ANSPs… Read the full press release

JAL Starts First Scheduled Nonstop Flight between San Diego and Asia Today

JAL Starts First Scheduled Nonstop Flight between San Diego and Asia Today

SAN DIEGO, 2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Japan Airlines (JAL) celebrated the opening of its seventh gateway in North America with the first ever scheduled nonstop flight between San Diego and Asia today. Flight JL066 -departed Tokyo (Narita) today carrying a full load of passengers on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It landed in San Diego International Airport… Read the full press release

Ryanair To Grow 400,000 Pax & 400 Jobs In Scotland In 2013

6 NEW ROUTES, 1.8M PASSENGERS (1,800 JOBS) AT EDINBURGH 2 NEW ROUTES, 1.4M PASSENGERS (1,400 JOBS) AT PRESTWICK 2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (4 Dec) announced significant summer 2013 growth in Scotland, with 38 routes (6 new) at Edinburgh and 27 routes (2 new) at Glasgow Prestwick, which will deliver… Read the full press release

Mitt Romney Rejoins Marriott International Board

Mitt Romney Rejoins Marriott International Board

2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — W. Mitt Romney has rejoined the board of directors of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR), the company said.  Gov. Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for U.S. president, begins his board term today. J.W. Marriott, Jr., the company’s executive chairman, said, “We are delighted that Gov. Romney has agreed to rejoin our board,… Read the full press release

QATAR AIRWAYS TO SERVE SIXTH GATEWAY IN CHINA

Qatar Airways Airbus A330 To Serve Chengdu

Airline Announces Thrice-Weekly Flights To Chengdu In Sichuan Province China Frequency Rises To 41 Services A Week With New Route From Doha Doha, QATAR – 2012-12-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways today announced plans to launch scheduled flights to Chengdu – its sixth gateway in the People’s Republic of China, beginning March 19 next year. The… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach Treats Deluxe Suite Guests to Exotic and Super Luxury Cars

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach Treats Deluxe Suite Guests to Exotic and Super Luxury Cars

Offering the style and glamour of Palm Beach in partnership with Lou La Vie Palm Beach, U.S.A. – 2012-12-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — At Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, the Deluxe Oceanfront Two-Bedroom Suites, as close to the beach as one can get with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, just got even better. In partnership with Lou La Vie, a luxury car… Read the full press release

Iberia pone en marcha un nuevo servicio de información al cliente ante incidencias, “Iberia Conecta”

Iberia pone en marcha un nuevo servicio de información al cliente ante incidencias, "Iberia Conecta"

Los clientes podrán registrarse ante la compañía para recibir información de primera mano sobre su vuelo La aerolínea ha decidido adelantar el lanzamiento de este servicio debido a la convocatoria de huelga, y con el objetivo de poder informar mejor y de una forma más ágil y rápida a los clientes. Se trata de la… Read the full press release

Silicon Valley’s Airport Receives Partnership Award from Transportation Security Administration

Team Effort to Protect Nation’s Air Transportation System SAN JOSE – 2012-12-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) was honored with the TSA Partnership Award 2012 at a ceremony in the Transportation Security Administration San Jose Field Office on November 28, 2012. On behalf of SJC staff, Director of Aviation Bill Sherry accepted the award… Read the full press release

Cityjet announce two new routes into Germany – Dresden and Paderborn

CityJet Fokker 50 Aircraft

2012-12-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — CityJet, the airline that flies from the heart of London, will launch two new routes this summer into Germany – Dresden and Paderborn from April 2013. Flights to Dresden will commence from 1 April 2013 and services to Paderborn will commence on 22 April 2013. Bookable from today at www.londoncityairport.com  fares include all taxes… Read the full press release

Agoda.com makes mobile booking even easier with its app for iPad

Agoda.com makes mobile booking even easier with its app for iPad

2012-12-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), has built on the success of its iPhone app with the release of its brand new iPad app, designed specifically to take advantage of Apple’s groundbreaking portable tablet. Available now for free in the iTunes store, the iPad… Read the full press release

Oslo Airport, Temporary border control for international travel

Oslo Airport, Temporary border control for international travel

2012-12-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — In connection with the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the EU on 10 December 2012, the Norwegian authorities have decided to temporarily reinstate border control for travel within the Schengen area during the period 3 – 12 December 2012. The objective is to ensure public order and domestic security, including preventing… Read the full press release

SAS Group refinances three Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a new USD 125 million secured credit facility

2012-12-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Following on from recent announcements concerning steps taken to improve the SAS Group’s financial position, a new USD 125m secured loan facility covering three A330-300 aircraft has been entered into with an East Asia-based Global Insurance Company as sole facility provider-The tranches covering two aircraft have been drawn down as the initial ECA-backed… Read the full press release

New Hampton Inn Opens in Iowa City

93-room property brings Hamptonality to Iowa IOWA CITY, Iowa – 2012-12-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hampton Hotels, the global brand of nearly 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels, today announced the official opening of its newest property, the 93-room Hampton Inn Iowa City/University Area located at 4 Sturgis Corner Drive…. Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific reiterates position on pay increments in light of Flight Attendant Union action

2012-12-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways reiterated that the company has already taken into account a wide range of factors when considering the latest salary increments for its staff. These factors include the airline’s business performance, job market conditions in Hong Kong and the economic outlook in the various markets it serves. Cathay Pacific Chief… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Arrives in Tanzania: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti Now Open

Four Seasons Arrives in Tanzania: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti Now Open

Serengeti, Tanzania, 2012-12-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Following a rebrand and an extensive upgrade, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania officially opened its doors today. The Serengeti National Park is considered by many as the best in Africa and is one of Tanzania’s most famous natural wonders. The Lodge is the first Four Seasons in Sub-Saharan Africa and marks the introduction… Read the full press release

Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme enhancing the future of Hong Kong Aviation – 2013 Programme Opens for Application

Director General of Civil Aviation Norman Lo (eighth from right, middle row), Dragonair CEO Patrick Yeung (seventh from right, middle row), Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps Commanding Officer Group Captain Lee Kwok-wing (sixth from left, middle row), and Dragonair General Manager Operations Captain Peter Sanderson (sixth from right, middle row) with graduates of the 2012 Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme.

HONG KONG, 2012-12-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Twenty-four Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme 2012 graduates were honoured at a special event organised by the airline as the programme concluded successfully last Friday. The programme, a major initiative under the Dragonair Youth Aviation Academy, aims to motivate and inspire young Hong Kong people aged 18 to 25 who aspire to… Read the full press release

Hilton Hotels & Resorts To Open Its Second Hotel In Alexandria, Egypt

Hilton Hotels & Resorts To Open Its Second Hotel In Alexandria, Egypt

New Signing Represents 19th Hilton Worldwide Property in Egypt DUBAI, U.A.E and MCLEAN, Va. – 2012-12-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide is set to further strengthen its presence in Egypt following the signing of a management agreement with Delta for Tourism & Hotels Company to introduce a new Hilton Hotels & Resorts property to the city… Read the full press release

Ryanair Calls On Minister Varadkar To Reverse Airport, Train And Bus Price Hikes To Stop “The Gathering” Becoming “The Grabbing”

2012-12-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair today (3 Dec) called on Minister Leo Varadkar to reverse the recently announced 2013 price increases at the DAA airport monopoly and the Government-controlled CIE train and bus monopolies to prevent visitors coming to Ireland for “The Gathering” in 2013 being ripped-off by the Government-owned, high-priced transport providers. Speaking at an… Read the full press release

PIA and Travelport Sign Full Content Agreement

New content deal to benefit Galileo and Worldspan users across Europe, Middle East and Africa Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Karachi, Pakistan, 2012-12-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has announced that is has reached a breakthrough Full Content Agreement with Pakistan’s national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). The new… Read the full press release

Woodland Park Zoo works to stem global turtle extinction phenomenon

Woodland Park Zoo works to stem global turtle extinction phenomenon and celebrates recent hatchlings from two turtle species, the Egyptian tortoise and western Washington pond turtle.

2012-12-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Woodland Park Zoo works to stem global turtle extinction phenomenon WHAT More than 50 percent of the world’s known turtle species are facing extinction, making the reptiles one of the most endangered groups of animals on the planet. Woodland Park Zoo, in partnership with local and international conservation leaders, is playing an… Read the full press release

VIA Rail Canada publishes its Third Quarter 2012 Results

Montréal, 2012-12-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — VIA Rail Canada’s Board of Directors today released the Corporation’s third quarter 2012 results. Between July and September 2012, VIA Rail’s ridership and revenues were lower than last year for the same period, due partially to challenges faced by the travel industry. However, as a result of stringent cost management measures,… Read the full press release

Accor, Sale of the Sofitel Paris La Défense under a €22m Sale & Management-Back agreement

2012-12-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — As part of its asset management strategy, Accor announces the sale of the Sofitel Paris La Défense under a sale and management-back agreement, for a total value of €22m (€144,000 per room). The hotel will continue to be operated by Accor under a long-term management agreement. The acquisition is carried out jointly by Amundi… Read the full press release

Maritime Bus and VIA Rail Canada Join Forces

Montréal, 2012-12-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — A new operating partnership between Maritime Bus and VIA Rail Canada will greatly improve service and add options for Maritimes travellers. The two companies will share the existing VIA Rail stations in Halifax, Truro, and Moncton as at December 1st, 2012. This partnership is wonderful news for our customers,” says Mike… Read the full press release

KINGS ISLAND TO BEGIN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2013 SEASON

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – 2012-12-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Kings Island will begin accepting applications December 1 online at visitkingsisland.com to fill more than 4,000 seasonal positions for the 2013 operating season, which begins April 27. A diverse range of job opportunities are available and associates needed in all areas of park operation including admissions, call center, cash control,… Read the full press release

Brussels Airport invests heavily in logistics

2012-12-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Since two years Brussels Airport is implementing a new strategy to play a key role as intercontinental air cargo hub. Compared to other transport sectors, air cargo provides an exceptional added value to our economy. Worldwide cargo development has a growth potential that is much higher than our domestic economic growth rate,… Read the full press release