Andolino Discusses Aviation Industry Outlook at World Route Summit

CHICAGO, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino was one of many industry experts who spoke at the opening day of the World Route Development Strategy Summit on September 30 in Abu Dhabi. Leaders from airlines, airports, governments, network planning, travel and tourism, air cargo and economic development authorities attended the summit to discuss the… Read the full press release

Maldives local travel agents honours the country’s first Travel and Tourism Awards

Maldives local travel agents honours the country’s first Travel and Tourism Awards

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Maldives Association for Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) honoured the travel and tourism industry with first ever Maldives Travel Awards. The grand awarding ceremony was held on 28th September 2012 at Paradise Island Resort. Awards for 21 categories including resorts, hotels, liveaboards and aviation were awarded trophies. The event began with… Read the full press release

Marcus Stewart Appointed Executive Sous Chef of Four Seasons Resorts Lanai

Marcus Stewart Appointed Executive Sous Chef of Four Seasons Resorts Lanai

Hawaii, Lana’i at Manele Bay, U.S.A. – 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marcus Stewart has been named Executive Sous Chef of Four Seasons Resorts Lanai. In his new role, Chef Stewart will assist Executive Chef Kevin Erving in overseeing all culinary operations and menu development for the seven restaurants and bars at Manele Bay and The Lodge at Koele. “Chef Marcus… Read the full press release

Accor: Motel 6 disposal completed

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Accor today announces the completion of the sale of its Motel 6 / Studio 6 hotels in North America to an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII, for an amount of US 1.9 billion dollars¹. This transaction allows Accor to reduce its adjusted net debt by c. €780m. Following the divestment,… Read the full press release

Maldives to hold roadshow in Mumbai and Chennai on 27th and 28th September

Maldives to hold roadshow in Mumbai and Chennai on 27th and 28th September

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Maldivian airline together with Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) will hold a two city road-show in Mumbai and Chennai on 27th and 28th September. The delegation led by Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Hon. Mohamed Maleeh Jamal will comprise of members drawn from  15 companies both hoteliers and… Read the full press release

Accor reaches a secured pipeline of 90 contracts in Brazil

Group has ambitious plans to reach 250 hotels in the country by 2016. Accor partners are committed to invest $1.5 billion. 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Accor, the world leader hotel operator and market leader in Brazil, announces a record secured pipeline of 90 contracts to be delivered by 2016. The Group network in Brazil will increase… Read the full press release

Frontier Airlines Announces Executive Changes

Denver-based carrier appoints chief information officer DENVER, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines today announced the appointment of Amit Agarwal as chief information officer of the Denver-based carrier. Frontier also announced the departure of Cliff Van Leuven, the airline’s vice president of customer service since 2004. Jan Fogelberg, currently Frontier’s vice president of commercial technology, will… Read the full press release

Raffles Hotels & Resorts 125th Anniversary Around the World

Raffles Hotels & Resorts 125th Anniversary Around the World

2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — Evening in Singapore. The scent of frangipani and the soft hum of conversation drift across the Palm Court at Raffles Hotel. Is it 1887 or 2012? The doormen, looking crisp in their distinctive Gieves & Hawkes uniforms, welcome arriving travellers. Somewhere deep in the hotel a butler swoops in from a teak… Read the full press release

Concur Showcases Commitment to Helping Colleges and Universities Drive Down the Costs of Travel and Expense Management

Industry-leading innovation, partnership with Huron Consulting Group and higher education successes all on display at 2012 SCTEM Conference REDMOND, Wash., 2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today, at the Society for Collegiate Travel and Expense Management Conference, Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR) announced that the company continues to see success addressing the travel and expense management needs of the higher education community through… Read the full press release

VISIT FLORIDA CEO Chris Thompson Tapped to Head Brand USA

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., 2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today, VISIT FLORIDA – the state’s official tourism marketing corporation – held a Board of Directors meeting to establish a formal process for filling its soon-to-be vacant President and CEO position. This vacancy was created when Chris Thompson was officially announced as Brand USA’s new President and CEO, effective November… Read the full press release

Maldives holds a Road Show in Japan

Maldives holds a Road Show in Japan

2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation (MMPRC) together with the tourism industry successfully completed a road show in major two cities, Fukuoka and Osaka in Japan on Sunday 9th September 2012. More than 90 different Japanese tour operators participated in this road show. The main objective of holding a road show is… Read the full press release

NIGHT TIME TOURISM WORTH £66BN TO THE UK ECONOMY

VisitEngland and Association of Town Centre Management Partner to Promote the Opportunity for Destinations After Dark 21 September 2012, 2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — In the run-up to Purple Flag Week (24-30 September), the national tourist Board, VisitEngland, together with the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) have issued guidelines in a publication called ‘The Evening &… Read the full press release

Marriott Completes Acquisition of Gaylord Hotels Brand and Hotel Management Company

Group and Meetings Portfolio Enhanced BETHESDA, Md., 2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) said today that it has completed the transaction announced on May 31 with Gaylord Entertainment Company, now Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP), to acquire the Gaylord brand and hotel management company for $210 million. Gaylord Entertainment’s shareholders approved that… Read the full press release

The 18th World Route Development Forum Opens today in Abu Dhabi

The 18th World Route Development Forum Opens today in Abu Dhabi

Over 2,800 senior professionals from airlines and airports around the world visit Abu Dhabi to establish strategic partnerships Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today the 18th World Route Development Forum, one of the largest international civil aviation industry events worldwide, opened in Abu Dhabi. Hosted by Abu Dhabi Airports Company, the 18th World… Read the full press release

CTC tradeshows build overseas business opportunities and relationships

Events in Mexico and Brazil capitalize on Canada’s growing strength in these two emerging markets. 2012-10-1 — /travelprnews.com/ — Tradeshow season is in full swing. The Canadian Tourism Commission(CTC) and its partners have been on the road, leading two important B2B events in Mexico and Brazil. The doors have just closed on a successful Conozca Canada & GoMedia Mexico at the Sheraton… Read the full press release

International Aviation Leaders Land in Abu Dhabi for Global Summit

Over 2,800 senior professionals, including 90 CEOs from airlines and airports around the world to visit Abu Dhabi for World Routes 201 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2012-09-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — The 30th of September will mark the official opening of the 18th World Route Development Forum, the largest annual international aviation event, at the Abu Dhabi… Read the full press release

ROSEWOOD MANSION ON TURTLE CREEK ANNOUNCES NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR

DALLAS, 2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce that Christian Tavelli has been appointed managing director of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. A Rosewood veteran, Tavelli was most recently managing director of Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, a resort located in the heart of an enchanting artists’ village in the mountains… Read the full press release

Warwick International Hotels Hires Global Account Sales Director

2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Angella Vallard has been appointed Global Account Sales Director at Warwick International Hotels. Based in Denver, she will be responsible for reaching monthly, quarterly and annual sales objectives, while ensuring the optimum customer experience and satisfaction for hotel guests and prospective clients. “Angella is an experienced professional known for her excellent organization,… Read the full press release

Puneet Chhatwal appointed as new CEO at Steigenberger

Puneet Chhatwal appointed as new CEO at Steigenberger

2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Steigenberger Hotels AG is very pleased to announce Puneet Chhatwal (48), who has deep and long term international experience in hotel management, as its CEO. Having completed a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Delhi and a diploma in Food Service and Hotel Management, Chhatwal started his career with the India Tourism… Read the full press release

Travelport brings next-gen travel booking to Corporations in Russia

Moscow, Russia, 2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has announced the launch of a new Corporate Booking Tool (CBT) for Corporations and business travel agents in Russia. The new product, TripGate™, has been developed by a leading Polish travel technology company – TravelTech – together with Travelport and brings… Read the full press release

Qantas renews global full content agreement with Amadeus

Qantas renews global full content agreement with Amadeus 2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Amadeus travel agencies worldwide will continue to have guaranteed access to Qantas full range of fares and ancillary services via the Amadeus distribution system Madrid, Spain, 26 September 2012: Amadeus, a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and… Read the full press release

HEATHROW’S GROUND-BREAKING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CENTRE RECOGNISED IN AWARDS

HEATHROW’S GROUND-BREAKING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CENTRE RECOGNISED IN AWARDS

2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Heathrow has secured a prestigious award for ‘Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility’ from The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). This is a global organisation dedicated to promoting best practices in procurement and supply. The shortlist included Balfour Beatty, EDF Energy, The FA Group and LOCOG. The award recognises ‘the highly… Read the full press release

Airports Authority Directors Adopt New Ethics Policies

Board Member Martire Re-seated; Will Serve through October 2012-09-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors approved new ethics policies for board members and employees Wednesday in a meeting that also featured approval of an agreement to end legal action between Director Dennis L. Martire, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Airports… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Applauds Selection of Chris Thompson as President and CEO of Brand USA

Washington, D.C., 2012-09-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association applauded today’s announcement by the Brand USA board of directors that Chris Thompson would be its next president and CEO. Thompson is currently president and CEO for VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s destination marketing organization. “Chris Thompson is one of the strongest destination marketing leaders in the country, and he… Read the full press release

Nebraska Tourism Strategic Plan complete

LINCOLN, NEB., 2012-09-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Nebraska Tourism Strategic Plan ordered by the Nebraska Legislature is complete and available for review. This legislation, introduced by Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala, called for a study of current conditions and issues facing Nebraska tourism, and a long-term strategy for growth. The statewide plan to grow the economic base of… Read the full press release

ABTA Submits Response to the Draft Aviation Policy Framework

As research reveals majority of MPs believe UK risks being left behind without a comprehensive aviation plan 2012-09-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — ABTA – the Travel Association today submitted its formal response to the Department for Transport (DfT) consultation on the Draft Aviation Policy Framework. The Draft Framework was published by the DfT in July 2012 and… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide Names John Rogers Global Head, Embassy Suites Hotels

Hospitality Industry Veteran Joins Embassy Suites from Hilton in United Kingdom MCLEAN, Va., 2012-09-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide today announced that John Rogers has joined Embassy Suites as global head of the all-suite, upper upscale, full-service brand. In this position, Rogers will oversee all aspects of brand management including global development, brand performance support, brand marketing… Read the full press release

AH&LA FALL CONFERENCE OFFERS WOMEN & UNDER 30 FOCUSED PROGRAMS, SPECIALIZED COMMITTEE MEETINGS, NETWORKING EVENTS

Washington, D.C., 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) 2012 Fall Conference, will be November 9-13, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City held with the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS). The Fall Conference begins Friday with the Welcome Reception at the Waldorf Astoria.  IHMRS, which… Read the full press release

SFO to Conduct Full Scale Emergency Water-Crash Exercise

SAN FRANCISCO, 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — San Francisco International Airport will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise on the morning of Wednesday, September 26, 2012 between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. The exercise will test and evaluate the new Marine Emergency Response Facility (MERF), aka boat house, and will simulate the rescue of passengers involved in a… Read the full press release

The top managers of Sheremetyevo Airport have been recognized as Leaders in the Transportation Industry

2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The managers of JSC Sheremetyevo International Airport took leading positions in the 13th annual rating of the “1000 Most Professional Managers in Russia,” according to the Russian Managers Association and the Kommersant publishing house. Four key managers from Sheremetyevo are represented in this authoritative rating; just as in 2011, this was the best result achieved by any airport in the country. As usual, Mikhail… Read the full press release