MMPRC, ‘Sunnyside in Frames’ photography competition deadline extended

MMPRC, ‘Sunnyside in Frames’ photography competition deadline extended

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) extends the deadline of ‘Sunny Side in Frames’ photo competition until 25 June 2013 before 1430hrs. The main purpose of extending the time limit is to allow more photographers to join the competition and to allow them to pool of new destination pictures. This is… Read the full press release

VISITENGLAND ANNOUNCES NEW MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO DEVELOP AND PROMOTE ACCESSIBLE TOURISM

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — VisitEngland today unveiled plans for a national marketing campaign to promote accessible tourism in England next year. The national tourist board will work with five destinations to develop exciting itineraries with top class accommodation and attractions that provide a warm welcome for all visitors including those with access needs.  The campaign, a… Read the full press release

Ryanair’s Future Secure At Brussels Charleroi – No Moves To Zaventem

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline today (11 Dec) rejected recent speculation emanating from the Belgian Government and/or Brussels Airlines that there was some prospect that Ryanair would move to Brussels Zaventem when Brussels Airlines disappears due to its catastrophic losses. Ryanair has rejected this idle speculation and confirmed its commitment to its base… Read the full press release

Qatar welcomes the world at EIBTM, Barcelona

Qatar welcomes the world at EIBTM, Barcelona

Qatar, Doha,  2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Taking part in the global meeting and events exhibition, EIBTM (Exhibition for the Incentive Business Travel and Meetings), Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) will be participating in the 25th anniversary of the event at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, from the 27th till the 29th of November 2012. Hosted by… Read the full press release

Aberdeen Airport, High five as passenger growth continues

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Aberdeen Airport enjoyed a near 5% growth in passenger numbers last month, with both domestic and international traffic posting strong growth. Latest figures show the number of passengers using Aberdeen Airport increased by 4.8% in November 2011. Domestic traffic numbers enjoyed the strongest growth, up by 9.1%. International passenger numbers grew by… Read the full press release

Rendezvous Hospitality Group Announces Senior Staff Structure Changes

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Rendezvous Hospitality Group (RHG) has announced six management changes to strengthen the Australian management team. In making the announcement, Chief Executive Officer, Eric Teng said the changes are the latest step in the Company’s commitment to growth. “We are dedicated to being the hotel group of choice for the discerning traveller for… Read the full press release

Vueling to launch services to two new destinations out of Copenhagen

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — In March and June 2013, the Spanish airline will open two new routes out of Copenhagen, to Florence and Malaga, respectively, bringing the number of Vueling routes out of Copenhagen to four. Vueling opened its first two routes out of Copenhagen Airport less than a year ago. Next year, the airline will… Read the full press release

Ryanair Criticises Aer Lingus-Virgin Lease Deal

BELIEVES IT’S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF AER LINGUS’ COMMERCIAL FAILURE 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Ireland’s favourite airline, today (10 Dec) criticised the Board and Management of Aer Lingus for their latest “wet lease” agreement with Virgin Atlantic, which Ryanair believes is yet another example of Aer Lingus’ commercial failure and lack of any independent future. Ryanair… Read the full press release

Heathrow traffic and business commentary November 2012

British Airways Boeing 747 400

Record passenger numbers for the month 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — 5.4 million passengers passed through Heathrow in November, a record for the month and up 3.1% on November 2011. Part of the percentage increase was due to the late half term, as well as disruption in November last year. Taking these and other factors in to… Read the full press release

Crowne Plaza® Costa Mesa Orange County Opens

Hotel features 9,000 square feet of meeting space, pool, terrace, lounge, and wine salon 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] today announces the opening of the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County, following a conversion from an independent brand, The Hotel Hanford. A 224-room property in the heart of Orange County,… Read the full press release

Travelport launches new merchandising capability

‘Extra Bags’ feature introduced in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and United Kingdom Auckland, New Zealand, 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announces a substantial merchandising milestone with the introduction of the new Prepaid Extra Bags feature. The new agreement enables Travelport-connected travel agents in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland… Read the full press release

Working Group to Depart Aerosvit Airlines’ Passengers is Operating at Sheremetyevo Airport

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today, on the 11th of December, Sheremetyevo airport will serve the passengers of Aerosvit Airlines Sheremetyevo International Airport has created a working group to deal with the issues of departure, information, catering and accommodation of Aerosvit Airlines’ passengers. A special zone for working with passengers of the Ukrainian air company has been established in E terminal. Sheremetyevo International Airport announces that today, on the… Read the full press release

WIZZ AIR ADDS NEW AIRCRAFT TO GROW 20% AT BUDAPEST IN 2013

7 AIRCRAFT, 30 ROUTES, UP TO 2.2 MILLION PASSENGERS AND TAILORED BUSINESS SERVICES 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced today it will base a new Airbus A320 in Budapest to grow passenger traffic by 20% up to 2.2 million at its Budapest base next year…. Read the full press release

HOST HOTELS AND RESORTS DONATES $10,000 TO AH&LEF ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., (NYSE: HST) (Host) contributed $10,000 to the AH&LEF 2012 Annual Giving Campaign, which supports key research and workforce development initiatives for the hospitality industry.  This is Host’s first donation at the Leadership Gift level.  Host has made an annual donation of $5,000 to AH&LEF for the previous… Read the full press release

Iberia, La desconvocatoria de la huelga puede ser un primer paso para resolver las divergencias por la vía de la negociación y no del conflicto

El diálogo y la negociación son la única vía razonable para resolver los problemas actuales de la compañía aérea Madrid, 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Para Iberia, “la desconvocatoria de la huelga puede y debería ser un primer paso en el camino necesario del diálogo y la negociación, que es la única vía razonable para resolver los problemas… Read the full press release

General Manager Appointed At Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5

Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 has appointed a new general manager, effective from this month. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

LONDON – 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 has appointed a new general manager, effective from this month. Meredith Bevan will join the hotel from Hilton London Paddington where he was the general manager. An industry stalwart, Meredith has more than 26 years hotel and hospitality experience, with 18 of those being… Read the full press release

Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. Welcomes Harvey’s to the Airport Arrivals Hall

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Winnipeg Airports Authority is pleased to welcome Harvey’s to its pre-security location at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. Located in the arrivals hall adjacent to Liquor Mart Express, Harvey’s is now open and ready to serve. “Harvey’s is a welcomed addition to the food services offered at the airport,” said Barry… Read the full press release

Sheremetyevo terminates provision of services to Aerosvit Airlines

Passengers shall directly address to the Airlines 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Aerosvit’s total debt owed to JSC “MASH”, TZK Sheremetyevo and AeroMASH-Aviation Security CJSC exceeds 165,500,000 roubles Sheremetyevo International Airport notifies its passengers and commercial partners that servicing of Aerosvit Airlines’ flights will be terminated after 00.00 MSK of December 11, 2012. This is due to Aerosvit Airlines’ default in the performance of its obligations to pay… Read the full press release

Ribbon cutting held for first duty free store at San Diego International Airport

Symbol of increased international service at airport SAN DIEGO – 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today officially opening the first duty free store at San Diego International Airport. Operated by Duty Free Americas, the store reflects significant growth in international service at the airport, which now connects San Diego nonstop to Asia, Europe, Canada and… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide Signs Agreement with Travellers International Hotel Group Inc. for Hilton Hotels & Resorts Expansion Into the Philippines

Hilton Worldwide signed a management agreement with Travellers International Hotel Group Inc. to manage Hilton Manila in Newport City in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

MANILA, the Philippines and MCLEAN, Va. – 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide today signed a management agreement with Travellers International Hotel Group Inc. to manage Hilton Manila in Newport City in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. The agreement will bring the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel to Manila. Scheduled to open in… Read the full press release

SAA arranges a fun time for precious cargo

Unaccompanied minors travelling during holidays will be entertained with educational activities Johannesburg, 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — South African Airways (SAA) is planning a memorable travel experience for unaccompanied minors during the December and January holidays. Every year, the airline transports close to 6000 unaccompanied minors during the school holidays. These children are between the ages of… Read the full press release

Hilton London Metropole Appoints Two Senior Sales Managers

Hilton London Metropole, one of the largest conference hotels in the UK and Europe, welcomes two new senior members to its sales team. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

LONDON – 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton London Metropole, one of the largest conference hotels in the UK and Europe, welcomes two new senior members to its sales team. The appointments of Jackie Boughton, director of sales, and Paul Weild, MICE sales manager, strengthen further the hotel’s highly regarded conference, meeting and events team with both… Read the full press release

AIR FRANCE WILL LINK STRASBOURG TO ITS HUB AT PARIS-CHARLES DE GAULLE BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN AS FROM 2 APRIL 2013

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — As from 2 April 2013, Air France will link Strasbourg to its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle by rail services with an Air France flight number, in collaboration with the SNCF French Railways. Air France will offer four daily frequencies between Strasbourg and the station located at the heart of Paris-Charles de… Read the full press release

EASYJET ADDS EXTRA FLIGHTS TO BIRMINGHAM

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — easyJet, Northern Ireland’s largest airline, is to increase its flights between Belfast International Airport and Birmingham in response to high demand. A second Sunday flight departing at 13.25 from Belfast and 14.50 from Birmingham will be added to the schedule from 31 March 2013. Flights are now on sale at www.easyJet.com with fares from £22.99, one way including taxes. easyJet… Read the full press release

South African Airways and Air Canada Sign Code Share Agreement

Seamless bookings, connections enhance travel between Canada and South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa, 2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — South African Airways (SAA), the most awarded airline in Africa, and Air Canada are pleased to announce today a code share agreement that will make it substantially easier for customers to travel between South Africa and Canada. With immediate… Read the full press release

Two major Mauritian Hotel Groups join Hospitality Plus client base and switch to SynXis Central Reservation System

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hospitality Plus, resellers of Sabre Hospitality Solutions in South-East Africa and Indian Ocean islands, are happy to announce that two major Mauritian-based hotel groups, Sun Resorts and Attitude, have joined its client base and have gone live with SynXis, the leading Central Reservation System and Online Booking Engine developed by Sabre Hospitality… Read the full press release

CAA conducts flight inspection of new helideck lighting

2012-12-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — An innovative new lighting system for use on off-shore helidecks has undergone a successful flight inspection by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The new system, developed under a CAA research project and manufactured by Orga BV in the Netherlands, is designed to radically improve visibility for approaching pilots. The first production… Read the full press release

Maldives participates at the Travel Turkey Izmir Fair

Maldives participates at the Travel Turkey Izmir Fair

2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation together with the Maldives tourism industry is currently participating at the Travel Turkey Izmir fair which started in Izmir, Turkey on the 6th of December and ends today, 9th December 2012.16 co-exhibiting partner companies with 24 representatives from the tourism industry of Maldives are being represented… Read the full press release

UNIQUE CHEF EXCHANGE PROGRAMME SPONSORED BY QATAR AIRWAYS BRINGS AUTHENTIC ARABIC AND POLISH FLAVOURS TO HYATT HOTELS IN DOHA AND WARSAW

Celebrating the launch of a new chef exchange programme between Qatar Airways and Grand Hyatt properties in Doha and Warsaw following the airline’s newly-started flights linking the two capital cities are from left: Chef Witold Drobny from the Hyatt Regency Warsaw; His Excellency Robert Rostek, Ambassador of Poland to the State of Qatar; Qatar Airways’ Vice President Commercial, Qatar Ehab Amin; and Grand Hyatt Doha General Manager, Garry Friend.

2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — In a true meeting of cultures, the Grand Hyatt Doha, Qatar and Hyatt Regency Warsaw, Poland have embarked on a unique exchange to celebrate Qatar Airways’ route launch between Doha and the Polish capital Warsaw. The two Hyatt properties, together with Qatar Airways, are organising a unique 10-day chef exchange programme to… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific expresses disappointment at union remarks and decision

2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific is greatly disappointed by the Flight Attendants Union’s (FAU) recent remarks and decision today to take industrial action. Such action will have a negative impact on the general public and our colleagues. No response from FAU to meet Cathay Pacific sent a letter to the FAU Chairlady last Friday (7… Read the full press release