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

FirstGroup Backs ‘Bus for Jobs’ Initiative

2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — More than 800,000 unemployed jobseekers will be granted free bus journeys across the country in January next year as part of a new industry initiative, Bus for Jobs. Greener Journeys – the campaign to promote sustainable travel – has forged a deal with the UK’s leading bus companies to enable jobseekers, especially… Read the full press release

MMPRC holds a meeting with the Airlines

MMPRC holds a meeting with the Airlines

2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation (MMPRC) held a meeting yesterday with all the major airlines to discuss the Marketing Activities planned for the coming year 2013. Meeting was held at MMPRC at 10:00am. The main objective of holding a meeting is to inform the managers of the airlines the opportunities of… Read the full press release

Porter Airlines climbs higher in Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards

TORONTO, 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Porter Airlines has received top grades for two years running as the second best airline in the world in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Top Small Airlines category. As the highest rated Canadian airline, Porter also placed fourth overall among the Top 25 Airlines across all categories, up from its sixth… Read the full press release

Herodion Hotel in Athens, Greece, joined the Warwick International Hotels’ Collection

2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Herodion Hotel is a superior hotel with a contemporary atmosphere. It integrates seamlessly with the historic environment, at the heart of Athens, which offers cultural unique sites. Its exceptional location close to the new Acropolis Museum in Athens residential area, surrounded by many galleries, cafes and restaurants is not the least of… Read the full press release

Paradisus Resorts Launch Mobile iPhone & Android Application

Revolutionary App Will Allow Users To Digitally Interact With Palma de Mallorca , 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Paradisus Resorts, the luxury all-inclusive hotel brand part of Meliá Hotels International’s premium portfolio, announced today the launch of its own cutting-edge mobile application, furthering guests comfort and ease from the moment they check-in through the remainder of their stay. … Read the full press release

Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele Introduces Sustainable Menu at the Dining Room

Chef Junior Ulep adds the finishing touches to his dish.

Menu focuses on ocean/farm-to-table concept comprised of 100% Hawaiian ingredients Hawaii, Lana’i, Lodge at Koele, U.S.A. – 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Dining Room, the acclaimed restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele, introduces its new menu, which features rustic Hawaiian cuisine with a farm-to-table and ocean-to-table concept. The menu is comprised of 100 percent local and sustainable… Read the full press release

Amway delegates make Australian history in Melbourne

Key facts More than 4,000 Indian delegates arrived in Melbourne today for the Amway India Leadership Seminar 2012 in what will be the largest Indian incentive group ever to be hosted in Australia. A global leader in direct selling with over three million independent business owners (IBOs) in over 80 countries, Amway will use the… Read the full press release

Hampton Hotels Treats Guests to Even Sweeter Stay

Hampton Hotels today announced the launch of an updated guest appreciation initiative that will add a uniquely delicious feature to each of its U.S. hotels within its nearly 1,900 property portfolio worldwide this fall, enhancing the guest experience and rewarding loyal Hampton guests and Hilton HHonors members. Credit: Hampton Hotels.

Enhanced guest appreciation initiative thanks frequent travelers and Hilton HHonors members for staying at Hampton hotels MCLEAN, Va. – 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hampton Hotels today announced the launch of an updated guest appreciation initiative that will add a uniquely delicious feature to each of its U.S. hotels within its nearly 1,900 property portfolio worldwide this fall, enhancing… Read the full press release

Hershey Lodge Announces New Executive Chef

Hershey, Pa, – 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hershey Entertainment & Resorts has announced that Bart Umidi has been appointed as Executive Chef of Hershey Lodge. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Bart has an impressive culinary background in both Banquet and a la Carte dining. He comes to Hershey from The Westin Hilton Head Island… Read the full press release

Warwick International Hotels Finalizes Purchase of Paradise Island Harbour Resort, Nassau, Bahamas

2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Warwick International Hotels is pleased to announce the acquisition of the 250-room Paradise Island Harbour Resort.  The transaction was completed Dec. 6, 2012. Warwick International Hotels will be undertaking a complete and extensive renovation of the resort, which is planned to begin in the latter part of 2013. With easy access from… Read the full press release

RCI Renews Affiliation Agreement for Six Petchey Leisure Properties

Kettering, Northampton, U.K. – 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Petchey Leisure’s six properties in Europe will continue to be a part of the RCI network of affiliated resorts through a new affiliation agreement between Leisure Dimensions Ltd and RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange. Petchey Leisure, one of Europe’s leading timeshare brands, was recently acquired by… Read the full press release

St. John’s International Airport, PSAC Ignoring Authority’s Latest Proposal

Authority’s latest offer of a 4.8% weighted average wage increase each year over a 7 year term receives no response from PSAC ST. JOHN’S, NL – 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — On November 21, 2012, the Authority presented to PSAC a new collective bargaining proposal that includes a 33.8% weighted average wage increase over 7 years, or… Read the full press release

MELIA HOTELS INTERNATIONAL PROMOTES TONY CORTIZAS TO VP GLOBAL BRAND MARKETING

• FORMER VP OF MARKETING FOR MELIA HOTELS INTERNATIONAL’S PREMIUM PORTFOLIO, CORTIZAS’ NEW ROLE EXPANDS TO ALL BRANDS UNDER THE COMPANY’S UMBRELLA Palma de Mallorca , 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Melia Hotels International announces the promotion of Tony Cortizas to VP Global Brand Marketing effective immediately. Previously acting as the VP Brand Marketing – Premium Portfolio &… Read the full press release

SKYTRAX Airline Star Ranking is poised to announce upgrade for several Airline Star Ranking levels in early 2013

London, UK , 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Official Skytrax Airline Star Ranking programme is the Quality Analysis system that ranks airline product and service standards worldwide, with professional evaluation conducted by Skytrax airline audit specialists. Before a Star Rating level is awarded, SKYTRAX conduct a detailed Quality analysis across more than 800 different areas of product… Read the full press release

Iberia cambia su política comercial y de rutas para recuperar la rentabilidad y asegurar su futuro

La nueva política comercial y de rutas es vital para que Iberia vuelva a ser rentable y pueda mantener su liderazgo. El Plan de Transformación contempla que Iberia se centre en las rutas más estratégicas, rentables y en las que hay mayor margen de crecimiento. Potenciará las conexiones de largo radio donde pueda ofrecer un… Read the full press release

HYATT ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION IN TRAINING PROGRAM TO PROMOTE URBAN SUSTAINABILITY IN CHINA

CHICAGO, 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced a sponsorship arrangement with The Paulson Institute, which is partnering with the China Association of Mayors to enhance urban sustainability practices and policies in China.  The collaboration signifies Hyatt’s commitment to furthering China’s sustainable urban growth and underscores Hyatt’s commitment to local contributions that tackle global… Read the full press release

Reunión Iberia-sindicatos: La compañía volverá a convocarles para la próxima semana

El SIMA ha citado a las partes para una mediación el próximo lunes Esta huelga agrava la de por sí difícil situación de la compañía. Madrid, 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — A lo largo de esta mañana, la dirección de Iberia ha mantenido reuniones con el Comité de Huelga y las Comisiones Negociadoras del Convenio Colectivo de Tierra… Read the full press release

London City Airport, Time Is Money For Airport Passengers

London City Airport Apron

2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — It’s a well-known saying that time is money, and now we know how much for business travellers. Research by London City Airport [LCY] has found that the average person travelling through the airport values one hour of their time at £189.25. That’s roughly the price of a return flight to Paris, dinner… Read the full press release