Croatia to Host 2013 Travel Convention

2012-10-12 — / — 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


Talented Vancouver chef joins esteemed culinary team at historic hotel VANCOUVER, BC – 2012-10-12 — / — 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 — / — 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 — / — 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 — / — 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 — / — 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 — / — 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 — / — 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


2012-10-10 — / — 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 — / — 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 — / — 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 — / — 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


Dallas, Texas, 12-10-8 — / — 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 — / — GetThere (, 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 — / — 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


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 — / — 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

Culina, Modern Italian at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Announces Chris Bradford as New Wine Director

Wine Director Chris Bradford

Bradford will continue to develop Culina’s unique wine program, which features more than 200 labels, with a majority from Italy and available by carafe Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, U.S.A. – 2012-10-5 — / — Culina, Modern Italian, located on the lobby level of Four SeasonsHotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, announces Chris Bradford as the new Wine Director… Read the full press release

The Board of Directors of JSC “AEROFLOT”

Moscow – 2012-10-5 — / — JSC “Aeroflot” Board of Directors ordinary meeting was held today chaired by Kirill Androsov. The Board of Directors considered results of execution of consolidated budget figures of Aeroflot Group according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the first 6 months of 2012. Provided data persuasively confirms position of the Group… Read the full press release


2012-10-4 — / — Christchurch Airport is hailing the contribution made by Air New Zealand’s deputy CEO as he announces his intention to leave the airline next year. Norm Thompson will step down from his role next June, after almost 45 years with the national carrier. Jim Boult, Christchurch Airport CEO, says he enjoys his association… Read the full press release


Outlook At as 25 July 2012 IMS Revised Outlook Capacity growth 1 +7% +7% Revenue per seat (constant currency) 1 Low to mid-single digits +5% to 5.5% Cost per seat ex fuel (constant currency) 1 +1% to 2% +1.5% to 2% Full year pre–tax profit (PBT) £280m to £300m £310m to £320m 2012-10-4 — / — Trading update for… Read the full press release

Budapest Airport Highly Commended at 2012 World Routes Awards

Budapest Airport Highly Commended at 2012 World Routes Awards

Budapest Airport was highly commended as one of the top three airports in Europe last night in the prestigious World Routes Awards, voted for exclusively by airline judges*. 2012-10-4 — / — “To win such recognition on the world stage after experiencing a difficult year with the loss of Malev is especially pleasing for us,” noted… Read the full press release

Global Business Travel Association Appoints Top Indian Buyer to Its Asia Advisory Board

Bangkok, Thailand, 2012-10-4 — / — GBTA is thrilled to announce that Mr. Indriyajit Sethi  vice president, Group Strategic Sourcing for the TATA Group has accepted a position on GBTA’s Asia Advisory Board.  Mr. Sethi manages a TATA group aggregated buying shared services unit, reporting to Mr Ishaat Hussain (Director TATA Sons and member Group Corporate… Read the full press release

CTC intercepts and scores with travel plans on social media

Pilot project adds Canada to UK and Aussie travellers’ itineraries in the US; TripAdvisor and Les Clefs d’Or partnerships raise awareness. 2012-10-4 — / — Surprise, surprise! A new Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) pilot project gave travellers from the UK and Australia an added bonus on top of their planned trips to the US—a chance for Canadian adventures. Their amazement at the change… Read the full press release

Digital Native Shows the Way for GBTA Europe Delegates in Budapest

London, 2012-10-4 — / — GBTA, the voice of the global business travel industry treated delegates at GBTA Europe’s Annual Conference in Budapest last week to an insight to Generation Y and its use of social media by the event’s 17-year-old Digital Native speaker, Max Keegan, in his talk – ‘The Importance of Impatience’. Prior to the… Read the full press release

Marriott International Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Listen to the quarterly earnings review at (click “recent and upcoming events” tab and click on the quarterly conference call link). THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS • Diluted earnings per share (EPS) totaled $0.44, a 52 percent increase over prior year adjusted results; • During the third quarter, the company completed the sale of its equity interest in the Courtyard… Read the full press release

InterCity West Coast franchise

2012-10-4 — / — The Secretary of State for Transport has announced today, 3 October, that the InterCity West Coast franchise competition has been cancelled. A Virgin Rail Group spokesperson  said: “We welcome today’s frank announcement by the Secretary of State, acknowledging the flaws in the way the InterCity West Coast competition was assessed and… Read the full press release

Brenda McLaughlin appointed as SVP and General Manager of Lonely Planet Americas

Lonely Planet Announces New Leadership in the Americas Brenda McLaughlin appointed as SVP and General Manager of Lonely Planet Americas 2012-10-4 — / — Lonely Planet announced today the appointment of Brenda McLaughlin as the new Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lonely Planet Americas. Reporting to Stephen Palmer, Lonely Planet’s Managing Director of Publishing,… Read the full press release

GBTA and Egencia® Study Shows Travel Professionals Gaining Control of Travel Policies in Asia Pacific Region

Report Ranks Top 10 Most Important Factors in Defining Policy Alexandria, VA and Bellevue, WA – 2012-10-3 — / — 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 report… Read the full press release

Andolino Discusses Aviation Industry Outlook at World Route Summit

CHICAGO, 2012-10-2 — / — 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 — / — 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