Hampton Hotels Activates 200 Team Members during Inaugural Global Week of Service

Hampton Hotels engaged more than 200 employee-volunteers from three countries in more than 800 hours of service during Hilton Worldwide's inaugural Global Week of Service, held November 11-18. Credit: Hampton Hotels

Hampton hotels from around the world give back through the new Hampton Helps program MCLEAN, Va. – 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hampton Hotels engaged more than 200 employee-volunteers from three countries in more than 800 hours of service during Hilton Worldwide’s inaugural Global Week of Service, held November 11-18. Throughout the Global Week of Service, Hampton… Read the full press release

Abu Dhabi Air Expo to double exhibition space for 2013 event

Abu Dhabi Air Expo to double exhibition space for 2013 event Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013, hosted by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), will be doubling its exhibition space in its second year running, to accommodate the increasing number of exhibitors that are keen to take advantage of… Read the full press release

Travel Industry Adds Jobs for Twelfth Consecutive Month in November; Employment Growing 17 Percent Faster than Rest of Economy

Washington, D.C. – 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s Labor Department report that the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent for November 2012: “Similar to recent months, today’s Labor Department report indicated a modest increase of 146,000 jobs added to non-farm… Read the full press release

Marriott International Introduces Two New Brands to the Brazilian Hotel Market

Marriott International Introduces Two New Brands to the Brazilian Hotel Market

Bethesda, MD –2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) announced today plans to introduce two of its mid-market hotel brands, the Fairfield Inn and Courtyard by Marriott brands in Brazil. The company will open a new 165-room Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, and a 160-room Fairfield Inn by Marriott… Read the full press release

Aberdeen Airport Inchgarth scoops £50,000

An Aberdeen community centre is set to benefit to the tune of £50,000. 2012-12-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Inchgarth Community Centre has been announced as the winner of the Aberdeen Airport Trust Challenge Fund 2012. Members of the Airport Community Panel were on hand at a special meeting of the centre’s membership last night to give them… Read the full press release

O’Hare “Airport Watch” Recognized by National Law Enforcement Group

O'Hare "Airport Watch" Recognized by National Law Enforcement Group

CHICAGO, 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Safety and Security Division, Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Bensenville, IL Police Department recently received the inaugural 9/11 Commendation Award from the InterPort Police organization. The award was presented in New York City on November 28, 2012 for the “Airport Watch” Program at  O’Hare International Airport. The program, based on… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Applies For Additional Slots At Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport To Serve Houston Hobby

Airline Launches Website For Travelers to Voice Their Support DALLAS – 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today announced it has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for slot exemptions that would allow Southwest to offer nonstop service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).  The proposed… Read the full press release

Commissioner Andolino Discusses Sustainability and Technology at Latin American & Caribbean Summit

CHICAGO, 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino was a guest speaker today during a plenary session at the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Summit in Miami, FL. During the session, entitled “Aviation IT Management/Green Technologies in the LAC Region”, Andolino discussed sustainable initiatives that the CDA currently has in place and is… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Invites Food and Drink Aficionados to Taste New Epicurean Website

Heirloom apple and lobster carpaccio

Interactive site offers gourmands, amateur cooks and culinary voyeurs a new meeting place to share the love of all things delicious *Corporate – 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Imagine an apple as it travels the globe; stopping first in Boston where it’s transformed into a Berkshire pork taco with honey crisp apples, then on to Riyadh where it matures into… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways Flies Into Poland

Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight to Warsaw arrives in the Polish capital, its 32nd European destination

Carrier Launches Flights From Doha To Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport Latest Route Becomes Carrier’s 32nd Destination Across Europe Warsaw, POLAND – 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways today launched scheduled flights to Poland, its latest entry into Central Eastern Europe and 12th new route of the year. Despite wintry weather, the Airbus A320 operating flight number… Read the full press release

New partnership to bolster Australia’s wine and tourism marketing push

Wine Australia

Key facts International marketing of two of Australia’s biggest export sectors – wine and tourism – is about to be bolstered by a new three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Tourism Australia and Wine Australia, announced today. The three year agreement will see the two Australian Government agencies partner to promote wine and tourism in… Read the full press release

Digital Dominance: Four Seasons Cements Digital Content Leadership with Award Winning Website and Social Media Programs

Digital Dominance: Four Seasons Cements Digital Content Leadership with Award Winning Website and Social Media Programs

Latest developments include epicurean website Taste and new luxury and lifestyle sites *Corporate – 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — As the list of awards and accolades for the re-imagined and redesigned fourseasons.com grows, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts continues to expand its digital universe with fresh content in the luxury lifestyle category, broader and deeper social media presence, and new synergies… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Reports November Traffic

DALLAS – 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today reported November 2012 consolidated traffic results for Southwest Airlines and AirTran.  AirTran became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co. (“the Company”) on May 2, 2011.  For purposes of comparability, year-to-date 2011 traffic results presented in the accompanying table include the combined results of Southwest… Read the full press release

Woodland Park, Zoo’s Draft Annual Plan for 2013 available for public review

2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Woodland Park, Zoo’s Draft Annual Plan for 2013 available for public review WHAT Woodland Park Zoo’s Draft Annual Plan for 2013 is available to the public beginning December 3, 2012 to midnight, January 2, 2013. The Annual Plan describes programmatic changes, capital improvements or planned fee changes for the upcoming year. HOW… Read the full press release

Estonian Air carried 834 070 passengers in the first eleven months

2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — In the first eleven months Estonian Air carried altogether 834 070 passengers, out of which 832 510 on regular flights. The load factor of Estonian Air regular flights was 71.3%. In November Estonian Air carried 67 347 passengers, all on regular flights. In the first eleven months Estonian Air operated 18 307… Read the full press release

Accor accelerates the dynamic around its brands and reorganizes its operational teams

A new business model for each of the brands: Pullman, MGallery, Mercure, Novotel, Suite Novotel, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis budget 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Accor announces a new brand-based organization of its operations in Europe, effective as of January 1st, 2013, with the aim of anticipating trends in the hotel sector and strengthening its brands. The hotel market… Read the full press release

Enterprise Holdings affiche ses Ambitions de Croissance en Europe avec L’integration de Citer et Atesa sous sa Marque (France – French)

2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Avec le rebranding de Citer et Atesa, Enterprise Holdings passe un nouveau cap dans son développement européen Dès février 2013, le réseau global d’Enterprise Rent-A-Car sera renforcé avec les 350 agences des réseaux Citer et Atesa Enterprise Holdings prévoit des investissements en France pour l’ouverture de nouvelles agences tout au long de… Read the full press release

Manila Hotel on Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 20 Hotels in Southeast Asia

2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Manila Hotel, the Grand Dame of the Philippines, was named one of the top 20 hotels in Southeast Asia in a poll conducted by Condé Nast Traveler. The Hotel earned a rating of 82.5 from the 46,476 readers for the 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards securely placing on the list’s anchor position… Read the full press release

Thai Tourism Industry Pursues High Net-Worth Visitors at Luxury Travel Mart

Thai Tourism Industry Pursues High Net-Worth Visitors at Luxury Travel Mart

CANNES, France – 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Eighteen Thai exhibitors selling products and services targeted specifically at the rich and famous participated in the International Luxury Travel Mart 2012 (ILTM) held between 3-6 December, 2012, at Palais des Festivals et des Congres, Cannes, France. Organised by Reed Exhibitions annually since 2002 amidst the backdrop of the… Read the full press release

FirstGroup, Statement re: ScotRail Franchise

FirstGroup, Statement re: ScotRail Franchise

2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — FirstGroup plc, the leading transport operator in the UK and North America, welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government today that the ScotRail franchise will continue until 31 March 2015, from its current end date of 9 November 2014. ScotRail will continue to deliver improvements for passengers throughout this period, and play… Read the full press release

IHG Continues Asian Expansion with Third Holiday Inn in South Korea

SINGAPORE, 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, today announced the signing of Holiday Inn Incheon Songdo, in partnership with OK Center Development Co. Ltd, jointly held by Incheon Development & Tourism Corporation (City of Incheon affiliate) along with TWG Group USA… Read the full press release

The Perfect Holiday Gift: Cooking Classes at Four Seasons Hotel Boston

The Perfect Holiday Gift: Cooking Classes at Four Seasons Hotel Boston

Register now for Executive Chef Brooke Vosika’s 2013 Cooking Classes, open to the public Boston, U.S.A. – 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Seasons Hotel Boston Executive Chef Brooke Vosika is excited to announce the all-new winter and spring 2013 lineup for his popular cooking classes. Known as Boston’s best cooking classes, these monthly sessions are open to the public and cater… Read the full press release

Tourism Australia unveils new logo

New Tourism Australia logo

Key facts Tourism Australia has today confirmed that it is evolving its current logo, “to stay relevant and to reflect the organisation’s changing culture and identity.” The new logo will still feature the iconic kangaroo but with a more modern design and vibrant colourful palette reflecting the rich and varied landscape of Australia. Tourism Australia… Read the full press release

TAT, Sukothai Turns Back the Clock

TAT, Sukothai Turns Back the Clock

Rim Yom Market, Kong Krai Las District, circa 1894 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Miss Saratwadee Asasupakit, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Sukhothai Office, together with the Kong Krai Las sub-district of Sukhothai, would like to invite you to the Rim Yom Market to look back on life and commerce in the year 1894. This… Read the full press release

Rocco Forte Hotels, Stuart Johnson named Hotelier of the Year 2012 by Caterer and Hotelkeeper

London, 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Rocco Forte Hotels is pleased to announce that Stuart Johnson, General Manager of Brown’s Hotel, has been named 2012 Hotelier of the Year by Caterer and Hotelkeeper. Johnson was presented with this prestigious award by the magazine’s Editor, Mark Lewis at celebratory lunch at Cameron House which was attended by more… Read the full press release

Enterprise Holdings Marks European Growth Intentions with Rebrand of Citer and ATESA as Enterprise (France – English)

Rebrand of Citer and ATESA, as Enterprise takes next steps in company’s European expansion. 350 locations added to global Enterprise Rent-A-Car network from February 2013 Investment in new branches planned in France throughout  2013 Programme to increase and develop French employee base Paris, 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Enterprise Holdings, the world’s largest car rental provider, has… Read the full press release

VisitEngland to award Bath Christmas Market with a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction Plaque

The first Christmas Market in the UK to receive such accreditation Chairman of VisitEngland, Viscountess Penelope Cobham to present Bath Tourism Plus with Quality Rose Marque 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Bath Tourism Plus, the destination marketing organisation for Bath and the surrounding area, is to receive a Quality Rose Marque from National Tourist Board VisitEngland for… Read the full press release

Wyndham Hotel Group Names Luis Mirabelli VP of Development, Latin America

Luis Mirabelli, vice president of development for Latin America, Wyndham Hotel Group

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — In support of its steadfast commitment to further expand its hotel offerings in Latin America as the region continues to experience strong economic growth and development opportunities,  Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with nearly 7,260 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the appointment of… Read the full press release

Ryanair £14 Winter Seat Sale

Fly From Just £14 On Over 1,000 Routes Across Europe In Jan 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, announced that from midnight (24:00hrs) tonight, Thur 6 Dec, it will release 100,000 seats across its European network, at prices starting from £14 for travel on Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur in January. These “all… Read the full press release

DUSIT THANI MANILA HOLDS TREE PLANTING

DUSIT THANI MANILA HOLDS TREE PLANTING

Makati, Philippines – 2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — As part of its commitment in helping create a greener world, Dusit Thani Manila, an award winning luxury green hotel under the Dusit International Group, recently conducted a Tree Planting activity at the La Mesa Watershed Area in cooperation with ABS- CBN’s Bantay Kalikasan. 120 trees of Kalantas, Narra,… Read the full press release