Van Nuys Airport Earns National Award for Airport Training Excellence

Van Nuys, CA., 2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Van Nuys Airport has earned an ANTN Digicast Excellence in Airport Training award for training completed in calendar year 2012. The award, presented by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), signifies that Van Nuys Airport’semployees have completed a specified amount of federally mandated airport-specific and continuing education training using ANTN Digicast’s… Read the full press release

Bristol Airport helps raise a smile for local children’s hospice

2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Bristol Airport has got 2013 off to a flying start for a local charity by announcing that over the last year it has raised £20,000 for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). Airport employees nominated CHSW as their charity of the year for 2012, with staff organising a variety of fundraising activities throughout the… Read the full press release

oneworld adds more benefits for top tier frequent flyers

2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — oneworld® today unveiled two more benefits for the most regular customers of its member airlines, as part of its strategy of positioning itself as the first choice airline alliance for frequent international travelers. From midnight tonight, frequent flyer cardholders with oneworld Emerald status will be entitled to: An extra checked baggage allowance, above the standard… Read the full press release

KLM adds capacity on Bristol-Amsterdam service

Embraer 190 will bring extra seats and enhanced product  2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Bristol Airport’s link with award winning European hub, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is set to be strengthened this spring when Dutch airline, KLM, introduces additional capacity on its four-times daily service between Bristol and Amsterdam Schiphol. KLM will increase capacity by over 12% from the… Read the full press release

GBTA Announces New RFP Guide To Strategic Meetings Management

Alexandria, VA, 2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — The GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) today announced the creation of  a new RFP Guide to Strategic Meetings Management (SMM). This guide will represent a standard set of topics for an organization to ask vendors to address when soliciting vendor bids for an SMM… Read the full press release

EASA updates European roadmap to tackle aviation safety risks

2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has just released an updated roadmap to tackle key aviation safety risks. Released in a document known as the European Aviation Safety Plan (EASp), 86 key safety actions to tackle operational, systemic and emerging aviation safety issues are identified for implementation until 2016. The EASp creates a… Read the full press release

Passenger Demand Grew as Air Cargo Declined in 2012

Geneva, 2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year traffic data for 2012 showing a 5.3% year-on-year increase in passenger demand and a 1.5% fall for cargo. The 5.3% increase in passenger demand was slightly down on 2011 growth of 5.9% but above the 5% twenty-year average. Load factors for the year were… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis Named to TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the United States List

Hotel also named to Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best, and achieves AAA Five Diamond status for fifth consecutive year. 2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — On the heels of retaining AAA Five Diamond status for the fifth consecutive year, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has been named one of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the United States by TripAdvisor, the world’s most popular and largest online… Read the full press release

Best Western International Named 2012 eMarketer of the Year

Best Western Awarded for Integrated Use of Multiple Digital Marketing Platforms to Drive Bookings and Brand Engagement NEW YORK, 2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Best Western International (http://www.bestwestern.com/), was named the 2012 eMarketer of the Year at the Adrian Awards gala in New York City, held Monday, January 28. The eMarketer of the Year award honors excellence in hospitality… Read the full press release

Летище София с нови ежедневни полети до Берлин

2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Пътниците на Летище София получават още една възможност за достъп до международната маршрутна мрежа. На 28 януари (понеделник) от столичния аеропорт излетя първият самолет на авиокомпанияairberlin до столицата на Германия. Новата линия е важно допълнение на полетите от Източна Европа. С прекачване в Берлин пасажерите могат да пътуват до дестинации от цял свят. В комфортните самолети… Read the full press release

QR PICKS UP TWO KEY TRAVEL AWARDS IN POLAND WITHIN WEEKS OF WARSAW LAUNCH

Carrier Makes Huge Impression In Polish Market….. …..As It Prepares For Increase In Warsaw Frequency To Daily Services And The Opening Of A New Call Centre In Wroclaw Creating Over 100 Jobs Warsaw, POLAND,  2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways picked up two key travel awards within weeks of the airline’s Warsaw route launch, making a resounding… Read the full press release

Double miles offer to frequent flyers as Malaysia Airlines joins

2013-01-31 — /travelprnews.com/ — A special double miles offer is being made to cardholders of alloneworld® member airlines’ frequent flyer programmes – including those of Malaysia Airlines’ Enrich – to mark the addition of the Malaysian flag carrier to the alliance today. Members of Malaysia Airlines’ Enrich loyalty scheme will receive double Enrich award miles when flying between… Read the full press release

Malaysia Airlines joins oneworld

World’s premier airline alliance adds another leading award-winning Asian carrier oneworld network expanded in one of world’s fastest growing regional economies Malaysia Airlines aircraft unveiled in oneworld livery as part of marketing drive oneworld Visit Malaysia pass offered to encourage tourism throughout Malaysia Double miles promotion for frequent flyers to celebrate New benefits added for top… Read the full press release

Chicago Department of Aviation Receives “Public Body of the Year” Award from CISCO

CHICAGO, 2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) was honored by the Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) with a “Public Body of the Year” award at the labor management association’s annual meeting in Schaumburg on January 25. According to CISCO, the CDA was chosen as its 2012 “Public Body” award recipient for its… Read the full press release

QATAR AIRWAYS UNVEILS “TO MALDIVES, WITH LOVE. QATAR AIRWAYS” INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA COMPETITION

Amazing Sweetheart Holiday Packages To Be Won To The Exotic Indian Ocean Business Class Tickets To Exotic Islands With One-Night Stopover At W Doha… …3 Nights At W Retreat Maldives And Sea-Plane Transfer To Luxury Resort Contest Goes Live From Today Until Feb 13 On Facebook.com/qatarairways And Qatarairways.com/maldiveswithlove Doha, QATAR, 2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways… Read the full press release

Travelport unveils latest innovations from Travelport Developer Network at Travel Technology Europe (TTE) exhibition

Langley, United Kingdom, 2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, is set to unveil the latest innovations from Travelport Developer Network at this year’s Travel Technology Europe exhibition at Earls Court on 5th and 6th February. Travelport Developer Network brings together experienced developers, creating technology solutions for 67,000 travel agency… Read the full press release

Abu Dhabi International Airport Records AED 809.5 Million Retail Revenue in 2012

Retail revenue registers 24% increase over 2011 to 809.5 m AED Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the operator of Abu Dhabi’s five airports, revealed today that Abu Dhabi Duty Free retail revenue reached AED 809.5 million in 2012, with an increase of 24% over 2011, setting a new… Read the full press release

San Antonio Recognized as a Destination Worth Visiting

2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — San Antonio is widely known as a favorite vacation destination, with 28 million people visiting the city each year. The city’s rich culture and history, burgeoning culinary and cocktail scene, world-class hotels, resorts and meeting spaces, exciting attractions, unique events, affordability – and more – have received praise from established organizations and… Read the full press release

Travelport Enhances Mid Back Office Solution

CrossCheck Travel Enterprise v12.2 launched in Australia and New Zealand Sydney, 2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has today announced the release of CrossCheck Travel Enterprise (CCTE) v12.2. Travelport’s CCTE is a flexible, comprehensive and easy to use client management, fulfillment and financial management system, designed around the workflow… Read the full press release

Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. 2012 Fourth Quarter Results (Unaudited)

2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Fourth quarter passenger traffic at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport increased by 1.64% over the same period last year. “Our community’s new airport received a great deal of international attention this past quarter as a result of being named one of the World’s Most Stylish Airports,” said Barry Rempel, President and… Read the full press release

Travelport and Al Tayyar Travel Group join forces to drive developments in Saudi travel industry

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai, UAE, 2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the travel industry, and Al Tayyar Travel group – one of the largest travel companies in Saudi Arabia – have strengthened their partnership with the signing of a new multi-year agreement, which will see Travelport expand its current business and enter… Read the full press release

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Receives Honors for Thirty-Two Properties in the 2013 Edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotel Rankings

2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — An impressive 32 hotels within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. have been named award winners in the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotel Rankings. To qualify for this distinguished accolade, U.S. News & World Report identifies the best hotels using an unbiased methodology centered on three components: reputation among… Read the full press release

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa Welcomes Indian Wedding Planners

PHUKET, Thailand, 2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, in partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand from Mumbai and Delhi, recently welcomed 12 wedding planners from India and introduced the group to the resort’s wedding facilities and amenities for Indian couples. Phuket is one of the leading destinations for Indian weddings, having received more… Read the full press release

British Airways – Flying High

2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — British Airways has been given two prestigious awards in January, after being recognised for its responsible business ethic. The airline received the Business Travel Award 2013 for Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme and has been recognised for its leadership role in addressing its impact on deforestation by the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project…. Read the full press release

Sabre Hospitality Solutions and Passkey join forces to streamline group reservations for meeting planners, hotels and event attendees

Waltham, MA, 2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Sabre Hospitality Solutions, the industry’s leading global hospitality technology company, and Passkey, the world’s leading provider of group reservation technologies, today announced a new connectivity that will allow group reservations booked through Passkey’s GroupMAX platform to be delivered to a hotel’s Property Management System (PMS) electronically via Sabre’s SynXis Central Reservation… Read the full press release

CTC teams up with Brewster to attract travel agents for training

2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — International travel-trade pros get opportunity to improve their Canada knowledge and obtain member discounts. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has joined forces with Brewster to give its international army of travel agents more strings to their bows in selling Canada. Brewster has just rolled out a “private-label” version of CTC’s Canada Specialist Program… Read the full press release

New General Manager Appointed For Hilton Auckland And Hilton Lake Taupo

Roger Brantsma has been appointed as the new general manager for Hilton Auckland and Hilton Lake Taupo. AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Hotels & Resorts announced the appointment of Roger Brantsma as general manager for Hilton Auckland and Hilton Lake Taupo. With a career at Hilton Worldwide that spans more than 17 years, Roger… Read the full press release

Travelport enters into an agreement with one of the world’s largest online travel training companies

New reseller agreement makes the latest online GDS courses more accessible to both the travel trade and general public Langley, United Kingdom, 2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announces a significant new reseller relationship with OTT Group Ltd (OTT) that will see one of the world’s largest resources for… Read the full press release

RYANAIR – 3rd Quarter Results 2013

RYANAIR REPORTS Q3 PROFIT OF €18M (UP 21%) TRAFFIC UP 3%, AVG FARES UP 8% – F.Y. GUIDANCE RAISED TO €540M 2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost carrier today (Jan 28) announced Q3 profits of €18m, up €3m on last year despite an €81m increase in fuel costs. Revenues rose 15% to €969m as traffic… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Applauds Confirmation of Sen. John Kerry as U.S. Secretary of State

Washington, D.C., 2013-01-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, released the following statement on the confirmation of John Kerry as U.S. Secretary of State: “We congratulate Sen. John Kerry on his confirmation as Secretary of State. Sen. Kerry has long appreciated the value of travel as an economic and diplomatic… Read the full press release