Swissport International Ltd. reports 10% revenue growth in 2012

Zurich, 2013-02-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — Swissport International Ltd. (Swissport), the world’s leading provider of ground and cargo services to the aviation industry, is reporting total revenue of CHF 1.9 billion for the year 2012. This represents a 10% increase in revenue compared to 2011 which is reinforcing the market leading position of the company. The results… Read the full press release

Amadeus mid office partnership makes a splash in Australian market

2013-02-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, has today announced a strategic partnership with Dolphin Dynamics, as the latest addition to Amadeus’ comprehensive mid and back office offering in Australia and New Zealand, alongside Travelog, Tramada®, VTO and Amadeus Agency Manager. The partnership agreement sees Amadeus offer pre-sales, training… Read the full press release

PATA Appoints Daniela Wagner as PATA European Coordinator

Bangkok, 2013-02-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has appointed Ms Daniela Wagner as PATA European Coordinator, effective February 22, 2013. Mr Martin J Craigs, PATA CEO said: “I am delighted to welcome Ms Daniela Wagner to the PATA family. Her long and relevant career experience will add value as we build the PATA… Read the full press release

EASA welcomes ICAO agreement on new aircraft CO2 and noise standards

2013-02-22 — /travelprnews.com/ — The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) welcomes progress made by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) at their 9th Meeting on 4-15 February in Montreal. Agreement was reached within CAEP on a new aeroplane CO2 certification requirement, as well as a new global noise standard that… Read the full press release

Jay Miller Named Director of Golf at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

New director is 17-year resident of Costa Rica, 8-yearFour Seasons veteran, tropical turfgrass specialist and award-winning conservationist. 2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Jay Miller has been promoted to Director of Golf at Four SeasonsResort Costa Rica. He was previously Director of Golf Operations at the Resort since the opening of the Arnold Palmer signature golf course in 2005. “We are grateful… Read the full press release

AIRPORTS COMPANY SOUTH AFRICA TO SHOWCASE ITS UNIQUE INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY ATTRIBUTES AND FEATURES AT AIR CARGO AFRICA EXHIBITION

2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Airports Company South Africa’s nine airports provide vital connectivity, accessibility and location benefits for air cargo links between South Africa, Africa and rest of the world Johannesburg, 21 February 2013 – Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is showcasing its unique connectivity attributes at the Air Cargo Africa exhibition and conference taking place… Read the full press release

airberlin records profit in 2012

Positive operating result (EBIT) of EUR 70.2 million – an improvement of more than EUR 300 million over the previous year Net profit of EUR 6.8 million Group revenue of EUR 4.31 billion, capacity utilization increased from 78.21 to 79.80 per cent, Yield improved by 7.7 per cent to EUR 120.05 “Shape & Size” efficiency… Read the full press release

The ATPI Group and Travelport extend long-term partnership

Langley, UK, 2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Leading business travel and events company, the ATPI Group, has confirmed a substantial contract extension with Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry. The partnership between the two businesses allows the ATPI Group access to Travelport’s travel booking technology in a multitude of countries.  Travelport is now the… Read the full press release

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel Unveils $30 Million Guest Room Redesign

Washington, DC, 2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, situated at 999 9th Street at K Street, NW,  announced the completion of the redesign of its 807 guest rooms and suites, a 30 million dollar investment by its owners, Sunstone Hotels.   Renaissance Hotels is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:… Read the full press release

Heathrow to pilot new noise insulation scheme

Heathrow is to trial a new noise insulation scheme, designed to provide more effective and tailored assistance for people affected by aircraft noise. 2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — The ‘Quieter Homes Initiative’ has been developed following a consultation about the existing noise insulation schemes on offer and research into schemes offered by other major airports around the… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association Launches 2013 “Travel Blitz”

Grassroots initiative will coordinate travel supporters to engage Members of Congress and reveal travel’s deep economic impact in communities nationwide Washington, D.C., 2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Elected officials across the country will hear of travel’s broad and significant economic contributions thanks to a new program the U.S. Travel Association is launching called Travel Blitz. “Those of… Read the full press release

Martin Travel Strikes New Technology and GDS Partnership with Travelport

Atlanta, 2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announces a new long-term GDS and technology services agreement with Martin Travel, LLC, western Virginia’s leading leisure and business travel services provider. Through the agreement, Martin Travel has gained access to end-to-end travel management technologies, and comprehensive GDS content and services… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Group profitable in difficult environment

Operating profit in 2012 totals 524 million euros / Sale of equity investments lifts net profit to 990 million euros / Executive Board proposes to suspend dividend payment 2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — According to last year’s preliminary consolidated financial statements, Lufthansa Group posted revenues totalling 30.1 billion euros (+4.9 per cent) and generated an operating profit… Read the full press release

Dusit Thani Maldives named Asia Pacific Hotel of the Year

2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Budgies & Travel Awards, held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore earlier this month, have named Dusit Thani Maldives Asia Pacific’s Hotel of the Year. The Budgie$ & Travel Awards celebrate the leadership efforts, accomplishments and ingenuity of Asia’s low cost aviation and travel industries. The awards are held in… Read the full press release

Grand City Hotels and Wyndham Hotel Group Strike Strategic Alliance to Brand 43 Hotels

Deal brings first Wyndham-branded hotels to Germany Majority of properties located in key German cities Branding of first 33 locations to start by 1 March 2013  BERLIN, 2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Grand City Hotels, Germany’s second largest hotel management company has entered into a strategic partnership with Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with over… Read the full press release

VISIT FLORIDA Welcomes New Chief Marketing Officer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., 2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today (February 19, 2013), VISIT FLORIDA – the state’s official tourism marketing corporation – announced the hiring of Paul Phipps as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Phipps has 37 years of experience in sales, marketing, promotions and management having served in such high-profile positions as General Manager for Seminole IMG Sports… Read the full press release

Raffles Hotels & Resorts Welcomes New President, Mr Peter French

2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Raffles Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Peter French as President, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, with effect from 1 January 2013. Mr French succeeds Mr John Johnston, who has held this role since 2009. Mr Johnston who has been with parent company Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) since 1998 will… Read the full press release

Rendezvous Hospitality Group Welcomes New Associate Director, Distribution And Revenue Management

2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Rendezvous Hospitality Group (RHG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Lynch to the newly created position of Associate Director, Distribution and Revenue Management. Christopher commenced the role on 14 January 2013. An experienced distribution and revenue management professional, Christopher was previously the Regional Revenue and Yield Manager (NSW) with Mirvac… Read the full press release

Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Surpasses 100,000 Vacation Properties Globally

Parsippany, N.J., 2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Wyndham Vacation Rentals®, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, announced today that its portfolio surpassed more than 100,000 properties in approximately 600 unique destinations around the world. Part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), Wyndham Vacation Rentals features more than 30 established brands in Europe and… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association: Flight Delays, Long Lines Predicted for Travelers Due to Sequester

U.S. Travel Association Urges Congress to Act on Looming Budget Cuts; Launches Mobile Messaging Campaign to Empower Travelers to Make their Voices Heard 2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Washington, D.C. – Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today issued strong remarks on the potential impact of looming federal budget cuts on the travel… Read the full press release

ADAC Signs Service Level Agreement with Abu Dhabi Customs from Department of Finance

An ADAC and Customs initiative to ensure higher levels of passenger services Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2013-02-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Abu Dhabi Airports Company announced today that it has signed a service level agreement with Abu Dhabi Airport Customs ensuring the implementation of high level services at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The signing ceremony was held… Read the full press release

RCI Welcomes Hotel Shevaroys, Yercaud, to its Portfolio of Affiliated Resorts in India

Bangalore, India, 2013-02-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — RCI Welcomes Hotel Shevaroys, Yercaud, to its Portfolio of Affiliated Resorts in India RCI, the global leader in the vacation exchange industry, today announced an affiliation with Hotel Shevaroys in Yercaud, nestled amidst several acres of lush green coffee plantations on the Servaroyan Hills of Tamil Nadu. “We are honored to be a… Read the full press release

Frontier Airlines Provides Travelers with Flexibility Due to Winter Storm

Airline allows passengers to change travel plans and waives change fees for travel to, from or through Chicago Midway, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Omaha, and St. Louis DENVER, 2013-02-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Due to the expected impact of a winter storm, Frontier Airlines has enacted guidelines for travel to, from or through Chicago… Read the full press release

TAV Gallery Hosts The “History Of Commercial Aviation In Turkey” Exhibition

2013-02-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Located at Istanbul Ataturk Airport International Terminal, the culture-art platform TAV Gallery hosted an opening ceremony to present passengers the oil paintings produced by the famous painter Cumhur Koralturk featuring the history of the commercial aviation in Turkey. The opening reception was attended by Ataturk Airport Civilian Administration Manager Ali Bakoglu, DHMI… Read the full press release

LOS ANGELES WORLD AIRPORTS AUTHORIZES ALLOCATION OF $9.2 MILLION TO CITY OF EL SEGUNDO FOR RESIDENTIAL SOUNDPROOFING

Los Angeles, California, 2013-02-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners today authorized staff to enter into a Letter of Agreement with the City of El Segundo for its Residential Sound Insulation Grant Program and to release $9,225,000 for its eligible noise mitigation project. The LAWA grant, combined with a $5 million from… Read the full press release

Houston Gains New Downtown Enrollment Center for Global Entry Program in Partnership Between City of Houston and Customs and Border Protection

HOUSTON, 2013-02-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Due to strong international trade and commerce, the City of Houston marks the opening of a satellite enrollment center for the Global Entry program on the mezzanine level of the historic City Hall Visitor’s Center. Houston Mayor Annise Parker embraced the new satellite center not only as Houston’s Mayor, but also… Read the full press release

AFTER LARGEST GUEST LISTENING EXERCISE IN ITS HISTORY, HYATT MAKES FIRST STEP IN EVOLUTION OF GUEST EXPERIENCE

Insights From Women Inspire Launch of New Amenities and Services CHICAGO, 2013-02-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Guest request communication cards, a service providing frequently forgotten items, and new healthy, balanced menu offerings are a sampling of new features available at Hyatt hotels and resorts around the world as a result of Hyatt’s effort to listen more to guests and… Read the full press release

Agoda.com partners with Philippine Airlines to bring great hotel deals to airline customers

2013-02-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has teamed up with Philippine Airlines (PAL) to offer customers of the Philippines’ flagship carrier access to Agoda.com’s inventory of over 100,000 hotels worldwide. As the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia, Philippine Airlines has been carrying people… Read the full press release

Tercera jornada de huelga: se cumplen los servicios mínimos sin incidencias

A las 20:00 habían operado 116 vuelos, todos los previstos a esta hora. Madrid, 2013-02-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — La tercera jornada de huelga en Iberia está transcurriendo sin incidencias en los aeropuertos y cumpliéndose los servicios mínimos. Hasta las 20:00 horas han operado 116 vuelos -el 100% de los previstos a esa hora-, y hoy se espera… Read the full press release

Marriott International Reports on Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012

BETHESDA, Md., 2013-02-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2012 results, including the following highlights: • Fourth quarter diluted EPS totaled $0.56, a 22 percent increase over prior year adjusted results.  Full year 2012 diluted EPS increased 31 percent over 2011 adjusted results to $1.72; • North American… Read the full press release