Ataturk Airport Employees Learn Sign Language

2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Employees at Istanbul Ataturk Airport operated by TAV Airports has started getting training to learn sign language in order to assist hearing impaired passengers to benefit from all services offered at the airport. The training provided by TAV Academy in collaboration with the Federation of Hearing Impaired will be expanded to cover… Read the full press release

Travel Conference will recognize tourism achievements

Lt. Gov. Sheehy, two state senators to attend LINCOLN, NEB.- 2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Winners of the Nebraska Tourism Industry Awards will be announced during the Nebraska Travel Conference Oct. 24-25 at the Gering Civic Center in Gering. The awards recognize the year’s outstanding tourism campaign, outstanding tourism association, best events in small and large communities,… Read the full press release

Hartsfield-Jackson honored for contribution to Gateway Center

Atlanta Regional Commission cites rental car center, ATL SkyTrain in project’s success ATLANTA – 2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport received a Development of Excellence Award Honorable Mention/“Exceptional Merit for a Public-Private Partnership” from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) at its State of the Region breakfast on Friday. The award honored the Airport and other… Read the full press release

Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners Awards Construction Contract for Rehabilitation of Van Nuys Airport’s Main Runway 16R

Van Nuys, California – 2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) approved a $13,908,464 contract to Security Paving Company, Inc., for rehabilitation of the main runway (16R/34L) at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The total amount of the project, which includes all cost elements, is estimated at $20,483,076. Ninety percent of… Read the full press release

Hilton HHonors Offers Members a Chance to Win Weekend Getaway to London

Hilton HHonors and Radio Monte Carlo Partner to Bring Travel Experience to Sweepstakes Winners MILAN – 2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, is partnering with Radio Monte Carlo to offer Hilton HHonors members the chance to win a special weekend getaway to London. From now through… Read the full press release

A NEW CUSTOMER AND RESULTS-ORIENTED ORGANIZATION TO ACCOMPANY THE ROLL-OUT OF TRANSFORM 2015

2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France, has presented to Company managers the project for the new Air France organization, supporting the implementation of Transform 2015, in an aim to restore the Company’s competitiveness and place the customer at the heart of its strategy. A GROUP ORGANIZED INTO 8 BUSINESS… Read the full press release

Bringing Greater Value to Air Travel – IATA Calls for a Collaborative Approach to Boost Efficiency

Abu Dhabi – 2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called upon aviation stakeholders to work together to create greater value for customers across the travel experience while enabling greater efficiency for industry participants. “Airlines expect to carry some 3 billion passengers in 2013. And that number will double by 2030. Connectivity is… Read the full press release

CAA enrol external executives to monitor modernisation programme

2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has taken on the services of two leading executives to provide support to a major review of its processes and procedures. Keith Bogg, Group IS Director of insurance company Catlin, will chair a Risk and Assurance Board that has been set up to monitor the modernisation… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Names Senior Vice President of Labor Relations

VETERAN PILOT AND INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EXPERT IN AVIATION AND LABOR RELATIONS RANDY BABBITT JOINS CARRIER’S EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM DALLAS – 2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) proudly welcomes J. Randolph “Randy” Babbitt as Senior Vice President of Labor Relations to direct and oversee the carrier’s labor related activities.  Babbitt will report directly to Chief Operating… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific releases combined traffic figures for September 2012

2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for September 2012 that show passenger numbers, load factor and capacity all declining year on year. However, cargo and mail tonnage showed positive growth for the first time this year. Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,245,995 passengers… Read the full press release

Concur Study Reveals Road Warriors Packing More Mobile Apps Than Ever, But Are They The Right Ones?

As the busy fall business travel season heats up, survey finds vast majority of travelers embracing mobile apps, yet still looking for tools to reduce stress and increase job satisfaction REDMOND, Wash. – 2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Business travel got you down? You’re not alone. A recent study conducted by Concur (NASDAQ: CNQR), a leading provider of integrated… Read the full press release

Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 Unveiled

New Cultural Plan was Developed Over Months of Meetings with Stakeholders and Community Members Across Chicago; Community Input Led Directly to a New Initiative to Develop an Arts Education Plan for Chicago Public Schools Mayor’s Press Office    312.744.3334 press@cityofchicago.org CHICAGO – 2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events… Read the full press release

AIANTA selects AOT Staffer for Excellence in Customer Service Award

2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dawn Melvin, the Arizona Office of Tourism’s (AOT) Tribal Tourism Relations Manager, has been recognized as the recipient of the Excellence in Customer Service award by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA). AIANTA is a nonprofit association of American Indian tribes and tribal businesses organized in 1999 to advance Indian Country tourism…. Read the full press release

Amadeus launches mobile booking app and new UI for its online corporate travel booking tool

• Amadeus e-Travel Management helps corporations achieve a higher adoption rate possible thanks to its new workflow redesign and improved look and feel • The new mobile booking app enables efficiency and continuity of service for travellers on the road Madrid, Spain, 2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel… Read the full press release

CONSULTATION LAUNCHED ON AMBITIOUS GROWTH PLAN FOR TOURISM

2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — VisitBritain has launched a consultation on a growth strategy for inbound tourism to Britain, with an ambition to reach 40 million visitors by 2020, a 3% year on year increase. The strategy shows how aligning marketing and Government policy can deliver an economic legacy, building on Britain’s successful hosting of the 2012… Read the full press release

Travelport Appoints Industry Leader Damian Hickey as Vice President of Distribution Sales and Services for Asia-Pacific

Singapore- 2012-10-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has announced the appointment of Damian Hickey as its Vice President, Distribution Sales and Services for the Asia-Pacific region.  In his role, Hickey will have overall responsibility for travel content provider relationships in the region such as airlines and rail companies, which… Read the full press release

Millennium Hilton Bangkok Welcomes Denis Richter As Hotel Manager

Millennium Hilton Bangkok today announced the appointment of hotel manager Denis Richter. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

BANGKOK – 2012-10-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Millennium Hilton Bangkok today announced the appointment of hotel manager Denis Richter. A seasoned professional of the hotel industry with nearly 20 years of global experience, Richter is set to bring crucial expertise and fresh ideas to the role. Before joining Millennium Hilton Bangkok, Richter worked extensively around the world,… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide Signs Management Agreement With Orix Real Estate Corporation To Mark Re-Entry Of Hilton Hotels & Resorts Brand In Okinawa

OKINAWA, Japan and MCLEAN, Va., 2012-10-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a management agreement with Chatan Hotel and Resort Corporation, a subsidiary of Orix Real Estate Corporation, to manage Hilton Okinawa Chatan in central Chatan, Okinawa, Japan. Scheduled to open in 2014, the 346-room Hilton Okinawa Chatan is located in… Read the full press release

Massport Schedules October Board Meeting

Massport Schedules October Board Meeting 2012-10-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — The next meeting of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at Massport’s Executive Offices located at the Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, MA. A draft agenda will be posted prior to the Board Meeting. View… Read the full press release

GBTA and Egencia® Study Shows Travel Professionals Gaining Control of Travel Policies in Europe

Report Ranks Top 10 Most Important Factors in Defining Policy  Alexandria, Va., Bellevue, Wash., Paris, London, Munich, 2012-10-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travel professionals are playing an increasingly large and influential role in shaping and controlling business travel policy, aided by online booking tools and fueled by a growing focus on cost-saving efforts, according to a new… Read the full press release

Travelport announces Commercial Team changes

New commercial management structure aligned to global business objectives Langley, 2012-10-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announces a number of commercial team changes, all designed to further build on the delivery of its ongoing strategic business objectives. Focusing on accelerating the execution of Travelport’s strategic plan, the new… Read the full press release

Marriott Named Top Company for Supplier Diversity

Marriott Named Top Company for Supplier Diversity

Hotel leader has spent nearly $4 billion with diversity suppliers 2012-10-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — During its Special Awards & Top Regional Companies event, DiversityInchonored Marriott International as the top company for supplier diversity. The company was recognized for demonstrating its strength in four areas– CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational communications and supplier diversity. Over the… Read the full press release

Croatia to Host 2013 Travel Convention

2012-10-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — ABTA today announces that Croatia is to host next year’s Travel Convention in the historic coastal town of Dubrovnik, from 21-23 October 2013. This will be the first time the Travel Convention has been held in Croatia. In the last 12 months Croatia has seen a substantial 22% rise in UK visitor… Read the full press release

KEN NAKANO APPOINTED HEAD CHEF AT ROSEWOOD HOTEL GEORGIA

Talented Vancouver chef joins esteemed culinary team at historic hotel VANCOUVER, BC – 2012-10-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver’s most historic hotel, is delighted to announce the appointment of Chef Ken Nakano as Head Chef responsible for directing the hotel’s five in-house dining elements Reflections, Room Service, Banqueting, 1927 and Prohibition. Chef Ken Nakano… Read the full press release

Entrepreneur Magazine Ranks Hampton Hotels as Top Global Franchise

Hampton Hotels, recently named the top global franchise by Entrepreneur magazine, is known for the value and quality it provides to both franchisees and guests alike. All Hampton hotels feature a free, hot breakfast, free high-speed Internet access, the Clean and Fresh Hampton Bed, modern amenities, proactive, friendly customer service and, by end of 2012, a newly redesigned and renovated Perfect Mix Lobby. The Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Halifax-Dartmouth in Nova Scotia, Canada (shown above) features the brand’s signature Perfect Mix Lobby design, which is intended to create an inviting space that ultimately becomes an extension of the guest room. Credit: Hampton Hotels

Hampton Hotels earns No. 1 franchise spot based on size, growth and financial strength MCLEAN, Va. – 2012-10-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hampton Hotels today announced that it has been named the top global franchise by Entrepreneur magazine out of 200 franchisors listed in the publication’s October issue.  The international ranking follows two consecutive years as the No. 1 franchise… Read the full press release

EASA updates its Code of Conduct

2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has updated the Code of Conduct for its staff, including an overarching policy on the Prevention and Mitigation of Conflict of Interest. A similar policy is also being adopted by the Members of EASA’s Management Board. The objective of the Code of Conduct is to maintain… Read the full press release

SAA CEO Tenders Resignation

Johannesburg, 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — South African Airways (SAA) confirms that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ms Siza Mzimela resigned today (8 October 2012). She tendered her resignation to the chairperson of the board of directors, Mr Vuyisile Kona at the airline’s head office, Airways Park in Johannesburg. The resignation has been accepted by the board… Read the full press release

Putting SES Back on Track – Europe’s Top Aviation Priority

Geneva – 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reacted positively to statements made today by Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission, asserting that delivering a fully functioning Single European Sky (SES) is Europe’s top aviation priority. “IATA fully supports Vice President Kallas in his efforts to put the long-delayed SES… Read the full press release

Statesman migrates latest travel management acquisition to Travelport

Langley, 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, and the rapidly-expanding Statesman Travel Group, have announced the successful migration of Commodore International’s business travel division, which was acquired by Statesman in October 2011. “This has been a hugely successful migration that was achieved in an ambitious timescale,“ said Sarah Bark,… Read the full press release

The Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, a future flagship for the brand, to be refinanced through a management contract

The hotel will benefit from a €47m renovation plan in 2013/2014 2012-10-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — As part of its asset management and restructuring strategy, Accor announces the refinancing of the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel through a management contract. The Group, which took over the hotel in early 2009 under a fixed lease agreement, will continue to operate the… Read the full press release