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


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

Indianapolis Airport Authority’s Marsha Stone elected to Airports Council International-North America 2013 board of directors

INDIANAPOLIS, 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — During its annual General Membership Business Meeting on Sept. 12, members of Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) elected Marsha Stone, senior director of finance for the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA), as a new member to its board of directors. Her term is effective immediately. ACI-NA is an international trade association representing more… Read the full press release

Hilton Sydney Appoints New Public Relations Manager

SYDNEY, 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Sydney welcomes the appointment of Kimberley Roberts as Public Relations Manager. Reporting to Josh Roberts, director of business development, Kimberley will be responsible for building media relationships, managing all media relations, development of the hotel’s social media channels and leveraging the profile of Hilton Sydney and its outlets amongst national and international… Read the full press release


– Operation Paratus- CALGARY, AB, 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — A mock emergency response training exercise, Operation Paratus, took place this morning at Calgary International Airport (YYC). Operation Paratus, which simulated the collision of fictitious airlines Vega Airlines 123 and Vega Airline 987, provided multiple agencies with the opportunity to practice their emergency response plans and coordinate communication between… Read the full press release

LBA promotes Yorkshire to Global Airline Chiefs

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport’s Commercial Director, promotes the region to leading airlines

2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) will be promoting Leeds and Yorkshire to the World at the 18th World Route Development Forum to be hosted in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) capital of Abu Dhabi between 29 September and 2 October. The Conference is an annual global meeting place for airlines, airports and tourism authorities. … Read the full press release

Pablo Torres Named General Manager Of Hilton Short Hills

Hilton Worldwide announces the appointment of Pablo Torres as the general manager of the AAA Four Diamond Hilton Short Hills located in the metropolitan New York suburban bedroom community of Short Hills, New Jersey. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Accomplished Hospitality Management Veteran with Proven Track Record Spanning 20 Years MCLEAN, Va. 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide announces the appointment of Pablo Torres as the general manager of the AAA Four Diamond Hilton Short Hills located in the metropolitan New York suburban bedroom community of Short Hills, New Jersey. In his new role, Torres will oversee… Read the full press release


Los Angeles, California – 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — John Kinney has been appointed Director of Emergency Preparedness, responsible for developing, administering and coordinating emergency management for all airports within the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) system. “He will be working with Deputy Executive Director Jacqueline Yaft in performing these duties and closely with staff as well… Read the full press release

Competitive intelligence: Canada’s tourism rivals test their ambitions.

A new travel planning tool, fun video and bold target-setting are making noise in the marketplace in this round-up. 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Countries looking to own part of the global tourism marketplace are making bolder pitches. CTC News has ignored the white noise to sift out the nuggets from around the world to keep the Canadian tourism… Read the full press release

ebookers commits to Travelport in France

Migration of www.ebookers.fr successfully completed Langley, 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has announced the successful migration of ebookers, a leading pan-European online travel agency, to their search and shopping product in France.  As a result,  ebookers customers using the French website now have access to the vast array… Read the full press release

Adrian Messerli Appointed Director of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Adrian Messerli Appointed Director of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Sebastien Carre, general manager of Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh announces the recent appointment of Adrian Messerli as Director of Food and Beverage. Adrian grew his passion for the hospitality industry in his family’s hotel in the Swiss Alps. After completing a culinary apprenticeship Adrian followed his roots in… Read the full press release

Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai Signed the First Cooperative Agreement in Tourism

First “Cooperative Agreement in Tourism among Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai” signed in Shenzhen

2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) had a meeting and signed the first cooperative agreement in tourism among the four places with Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong (TICHK), Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Culture, Sport and Tourism and Zhuhai Municipal Bureau of Culture, Sports and Tourism together this… Read the full press release

UNWTO and WYSE Travel Confederation Launch Global Declaration to Promote Youth Travel

San Diego and Madrid, 2012-09-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Global Organisations join forces to Encourage Governments and Businesses to Tap into Huge Potential of Youth Tourism. Over 700 delegates from 63 countries meeting at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) in San Diego, USA have called on governments and businesses worldwide to tap into the potential of… Read the full press release

EPA Honors Hilton Worldwide with Award for Top Renewable Power Purchase

Randy Gaines, vice president of engineering operations for Hilton Worldwide in the Americas is joined by additional members of the Hilton Worldwide engineering and energy sourcing team. Credit: Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide Receives EPA Green Power Partner of the Year Award MCLEAN, Va. 2012-09-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide announced today that it received a 2012 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country’s leading renewable power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development… Read the full press release

HAECO And Cathay Pacific form joint venture to provide inventory technical management services

HAECO Chief Executive Officer Augustus Tang (R) and Cathay Pacific Engineering Director Christopher Gibbs were pictured at the signing ceremony of HAECO ITM Limited

2012-09-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (“HAECO”) and Cathay Pacific Airways have teamed up to form a joint venture company, HAECO ITM Limited (“HXITM”), in Hong Kong to provide inventory technical management services to Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, as well as other airline customers. HAECO ITM services primarily cover provisions and pool management… Read the full press release

Global and Local Partners Line Up to Sponsor 2012 World Routes Development Forum

Key partners, business sponsors, suppliers and media partners support world’s largest event for airlines and airports United Arab Emirates, 2012-09-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) presented the key sponsors of the 18th World Route Development Forum to be held in Abu Dhabi from September 29th to October 2nd at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition… Read the full press release

CTC wraps up its 2013 Global Marketing, Sales and Communications Plan.

Focus on greater destination awareness, demand and conversion in the face of vigorous competition from new and traditional tourism rivals. 2012-09-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has just completed its 2013 Global Marketing, Sales and Communications Plan. The plan, which focuses on leisure travellers, examines the opportunities and challenges for the Canadian tourism industry in the… Read the full press release

Travelport and Gulf Air renew agreement to provide full content for travel agents

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2012-09-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, and Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, have renewed their full content agreement, which will ensure that all travel agents within Travelport’s worldwide network continue to have access to the airline’s full range of published… Read the full press release

Macau Government Tourist Office Provides Retail Sector Training

Director João Manuel Costa Antunes encourages tourism sector personnel to receive training

2012-09-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) will hold four training sessions in four consecutive months to enhance the service quality of tourism and related sectors and promote the Quality Pledge, with the retail sector as the foremost training target. During his speech, Director of MGTO João Manuel Costa Antunes expressed that Macau is… Read the full press release

GBTA Recognises “Innovative and Passionate” Volunteer

Services to European Travel & Meetings Management Appreciated BUDAPEST, Hungary, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — GBTA  today announced Ms. Caroline Strachan, Global Travel Lead for Astra Zeneca and GBTA’s former European advisory board chair, as the winner of the GBTA Luoma Award. The GBTA Luoma Award was created in 2011 in honour of Jutta Luoma, the Executive Director… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest Welcomes Two New Members in Sales and Marketing Team

Veronika Szabo, Public Relations Manager

Public Relations Manager and Director of Sales strengthen the Hotel team. Budapest, Hungary 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest announces the appointment of two new professionals, Veronika Szabo, Public Relations Manager and Drew Clarke, Director of Sales. Based in Budapest, Veronika´s role encompasses managing media relations in both international and local markets, social… Read the full press release

GBTA Forecasts Overall Fall in Business Travel Spend Across Major European Markets in 2012, But Expects Markets to Improve in 2013

Report Finds Strong Correlation Between Job Growth, Exports, and Business Travel Spend Across Western European Markets LONDON, 2012-09-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — GBTA announces the results of its second GBTA BTI™ Outlook – Western Europe report, a semi-annual analysis of the five most critical business travel markets in Europe: Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain. These five markets… Read the full press release

Concur Unveils Enhanced Social and Mobile Capabilities For Concurforce

Concurforce leverages the Salesforce Platform and Concur T&E Cloud to tap the power of social, mobile and open technologies, delivering innovation to help clients maximize each and every business trip Dreamforce, the world’s largest cloud computing and enterprise technology event, invites attendees to connect with customers, partners and employees in entirely new ways with social,… Read the full press release