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

NEW WORLD HOTELS SIGNED TO MANAGE NEW WORLD ZHENGZHOU HOTEL OPENING 2015

2012-10-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hong Kong-based New World Hotels has signed an agreement with Henan Shengrun Group to manage New World Zhengzhou Hotel, opening 2015. New World Zhengzhou Hotel will be located in west Zhengzhou, only five minutes from city government offices.  As part of a complex including office buildings, residences and a shopping mall, the… Read the full press release

Lars Jønstrup Dollerup new CFO in Copenhagen Aiport

2012-10-9 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lars Jønstrup Dollerup has been appointed new Chief Financial Officer of Copenhagen Airports A/S (CPH). He takes up his new position with immediate effect. Lars Jønstrup Dollerup is a state-authorised public accountant. He has been with CPH for more than six years, holding various management positions in the CPH Finance Department, most… Read the full press release

Travelport adds to UK & Ireland team

Appointments reflect key areas of strategic focus Langley, 2012-10-9 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has announced several new additions to its UK & Ireland team in a move that will further enhance the services it offers to its travel agent, Online Travel Agent and Tour Operator customers. Jasmeen… Read the full press release

Guoman Hotel Management Limited Achieves Carbon Trust Standard

2012-10-9 — /travelprnews.com/ — Guoman Hotel Management (UK) Limited is delighted to be awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Standard which recognises the approach to saving energy and successfully reducing carbon emissions across all 36 Guoman and Thistle hotels in the UK during the period 2009 to 2011. Guoman Hotel Management (UK) Limited has undertaken and implemented… Read the full press release

G6 HOSPITALITY, LLC ESTABLISHED AS MANAGEMENT COMPANY FOR MOTEL 6, STUDIO 6 BRANDS

Dallas, Texas, 12-10-8 — /travelprnews.com/ — Following the successful completion of the acquisition of the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands by Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII from Accor, the brands will be managed and operated by G6 Hospitality, LLC. The newly-established firm is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and led by Jim Amorosia, CEO. “G6… Read the full press release

Guy Snelgar appointed GetThere managing director in EMEA

LONDON, UK – 2012-10-8 — /travelprnews.com/ — GetThere (http://www.getthere.com), the world’s leading travel and collaboration management solution, has promoted Guy Snelgar to managing director of its business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He steps up from the role of business development manager and will now oversee GetThere’s sales, service and operations across the… Read the full press release

Alaska Air Group Names New Vice President of Human Resources

SEATTLE — 2012-10-8 — /travelprnews.com/ — Tammy Young has joined Alaska Air Group as vice president of human resources. Young will oversee employee benefits, compensation, training and development, recruitment, workers compensation and the employee travel services department at Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. “Tammy is a seasoned human resource professional whose leadership and commitment to diversity… Read the full press release

QATAR AIRWAYS CEO AKBAR AL BAKER DELIVERS INSPIRING LEADERSHIP SPEECH AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Students, faculty and guests of Carnegie Mellon University Qatar attend the Lecture Series event on the university campus where Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker delivered an address on the airline’s vision and its success story.

More Than 500 People Attend Lecture As Airline Chief Shares Story Behind Company’s Success Doha, QATAR – 2012-10-8 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker today delivered an inspiring speech on leadership and the airline’s success story during a lecture at Carnegie Mellon University in Doha. Al Baker’s address, attended by over… Read the full press release