GBTA Forecasts Continued Growth in Brazilian Business Travel Spending Despite Challenging Global Economic Conditions

Business travel spending remains positive despite global economic ripple effect September 11th, 2012: Sao Paulo, Brazil – GBTA has released its second GBTA BTI™ Outlook report on Brazil as part of its semiannual series. The report, sponsored by Visa, includes the GBTA BTI™, an index of business travel spending which provides a way to distill market… Read the full press release

International tourism on track to hit one billion by end of 2012

Madrid, 2012-09-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — With a record 467 million tourists traveling in the first half of 2012, international tourism remains firmly on track to reach one billion tourists by the end of the year. Despite concerns over the global economy, international tourism demand continues to show resilience. The number of international tourists worldwide grew by 5%… Read the full press release

TravelClick Wins 20 Awards for Excellence in Website Development

WEB MARKETING ASSOCIATION’S 16TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL WEBAWARD COMPETITION AWARDS TRAVELCLICK CLIENT, PUENTE ROMANO, BEST HOTEL AND LODGING WEBSITE NEW YORK – 2012-09-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — TravelClick, the leading provider of revenue generating solutions for hoteliers across the globe, earned 20 awards from the Web Marketing Association’s 16th annual international WebAward Competition, to include the Best Hotel… Read the full press release

DOHA RESIDENT IS NEWEST QATAR DUTY FREE MILLIONAIRE

Indian National Wins US$1 Million With Ticket Bought At Doha International Airport

Indian National Wins US$1 Million With Ticket Bought At Doha International Airport Doha, QATAR 2012-09-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Duty Free, a subsidiary of Qatar Airways, has drawn the winner of its latest dollar millionaire draw promotion, with Indian national Satheesa Babu claiming the coveted cash prize. Qatar Duty Free staff at Doha International Airport are… Read the full press release

InformationWeek Names Sabre Red App Centre as a Top 20 Great Idea for 2012

Sabre Holdings Makes InformationWeek Top 100 List of Leading Technology Innovators for 10th Consecutive Year SOUTHLAKE, Texas – 2012-09-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Sabre Holdings, a global travel technology company, picked up two wins last night, after being recognized for the 10th consecutive year by InformationWeek as one of the top technology innovators in the U.S. Sabre was listed… Read the full press release

Enter Marriott Vacation Club’s Live the Good Life Sweepstakes for a Chance at $10,000

2012-09-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — For more than 28 years, Marriott Vacation Club has been making vacation dreams come true. So far this year, Marriott Vacation Club’s Live the Good Life sweepstakes has given dream vacations to two families who won quarterly travel prizes and a chance at the sweepstakes grand prize – a $10,000 VISA gift card. Register online by… Read the full press release

New offices in India, a powerful global campaign and experimenting with Twitter take the headlines in this bulletin.

2012-09-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — No sooner does the ink dry on one round-up, then another torrent of global tourism news prompts another. That’s the pattern for CTC News as it sifts through the headlines to make sure the Canadian tourism industry keeps its finger on the global pulse. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s colleagues, partners, general sales agents and other… Read the full press release

Frontier Airlines Introduces FlyFrontier.com as New URL

FlyFrontier.com for more choice, more perks and more value DENVER, 2012-09-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines today unveiled FlyFrontier.com as the airline’s new website address. The announcement comes as the Denver-based carrier continues to improve and further differentiate the products offered through its website, making FlyFrontier.com the best place to book Frontier travel for more choice, more perks and more value…. Read the full press release

Travel Exports Rise in July as Other Exports Fall

Travel Responsible for 12 Percent of U.S. Export Gains for 2012 Washington, D.C., 2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s Commerce Department announcement that travel exports were $13.7 billion for July: “The Commerce Department reported today that overall U.S. exports of goods and… Read the full press release

Viva Florida 500: Sunshine State Quincentennial in 2013

For STORY IDEAS, IMAGES, FAQs and MEDIA ASSISTANCE, click here: VISIT FLORIDA Viva 500 Media Site OVERVIEW Tallahassee, Fla., 2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida — America’s first tourist. In 2013, “Viva Florida 500” will celebrate that meeting of Old and New worlds by showcasing Florida’s native… Read the full press release

Winnipeg Airports Authority Honoured to Receive Service Excellence Award in Recognition of Goldwing Ambassador Program

2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Winnipeg Airports Authority is honoured to receive the Service Excellence Award in recognition of the Goldwing Ambassador program from Travel Manitoba. The Manitoba Tourism Awards were presented last night in recognition of outstanding contributions to the provincial tourism industry, including promoting Manitoba as a quality year-round destination, ensuring an exceptional visitor experience… Read the full press release

TownePlace Suites by Marriott is #1 Midprice Extended-Stay Brand

TownePlace Suites by Marriott is #1 Midprice Extended-Stay Brand

TownePlace Suites is at the top of its tier according to Business Travel News’ 2012 Hotel Chain Survey. 2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — For a second year in a row, TownePlace Suites by Marriott is the number one ranked hotel brand in the midprice extended-stay tier. Once again, TownePlace Suites scored highest in each of the individual… Read the full press release

Maldives Ranked Asia’s Fourth Best Holiday Destination by SmartTravelAsia.Com Readers

Maldives Ranked Asia’s Fourth Best Holiday Destination by SmartTravelAsia.Com Readers

2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Maldives has been ranked the 4th place in the BEST IN TRAVEL POLL 2012, voted by readers of SmartTravelAsia.com, the only dedicated travel magazine for Asia which has consistently high search engine rankings.  This is a worldwide poll with SmartAsiaTravel.com’s frequent traveler readers voting from Europe, USA, and Asia, where voting was… Read the full press release

Heathrow’s Olympic effort recognised

2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Heathrow has won ‘Best arrivals experience’ at this year’s Future Travel Experience Awards, held in Vancouver on Friday 7th September. Heathrow has won ‘Best arrivals experience’ at this year’s Future Travel Experience Awards, held in Vancouver on Friday 7th September. Now in its 2nd year, the awards celebrate outstanding efforts by organisations… Read the full press release

FROM THAISPECTIVE: Tourism Authority of Thailand Proudly Presents a Refreshing & Unique Experience Through Thais’ Perspectives

FROM THAISPECTIVE: Tourism Authority of Thailand Proudly Presents a Refreshing & Unique Experience Through Thais' Perspectives

Bangkok, 2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched “FROM THAISPECTIVE”, its latest campaign aimed at showing Thailand from unique and rare angles. Taking a radically different approach from previous campaigns, “FROM THAISPECTIVE” goes beyond sharing experiences from visitor to visitor and instead presents Thailand from the perspective of Thais. Three short… Read the full press release

VISITBRITAIN QUICK OFF THE BLOCKS WITH GLOBAL MARKETING PUSH

2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — You’ve seen us on TV, now ‘come and make your own memories’. That’s the message VisitBritain will take overseas today, as it uses the end of London 2012 Games to launch the next stage of the multi-million pound GREAT campaign and sets its sights on Britain breaking visitor records. Long before the… Read the full press release

Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International Organize Thailand Visit for Travel Agents from Kolkata, India

In photos: The group of Indian travel agents at Nora Buri Resort & Spa, Ko Samui (top photo); and at Grande Centre Point Ratchdamri in Bangkok (bottom photo).

New Delhi, India, 2012-09-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) New Delhi office and Thai Airways International (Kolkata) jointly organized an Agents’ Educational Trip for Kolkata travel agents to visit Thailand from 07 to 12 August, 2012. The group of 10 agents enjoyed visiting and learning about tourism products in Surat Thani, Ko… Read the full press release

KINGS ISLAND TAKES HOME TOP HONORS FOR BEST KIDS’ AREA IN THE WORLD

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio, 2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — And the Golden Ticket goes to … Kings Island! The Golden Ticket Award – the amusement and theme park industry’s equivalent of the Academy Award – has again gone to Kings Island for the “Best Kids’ Area in the World” category. Kings Island has now won the “Best Kids’… Read the full press release

Palm Springs’ Boutique Spas Participate in National Spa Week

Palm Springs, CA, 2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Palm Springs spas and a salon are participating in Spa Week, a national wellness event scheduled for October 15-21, 2012, promoting a healthy lifestyle and the benefits of spa visits. During Spa Week, visitors and residents can take advantage of select signature spa treatments for only $50.00 at… Read the full press release

SFO Wins Gold and Silver Magellan Awards

Travel Weekly Lauds SFO as Sustainability Leader and Recognizes Its Social Media Program SAN FRANCISCO, 2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travel Weekly, a business-to-business resource for the travel industry, recently announced the winners of its annual Magellan Awards, and in this Olympic year, San Francisco International Airport came away with both a gold award and a silver… Read the full press release

Marriott Rewards Members Can Now Combine Cash + Points To Book Rooms Online

2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — It’s now easier for Marriott Rewards members to book their stays online.  Cash + Points, a new Marriott.com booking tool, allows members to combine nights paid with cash and redemption nights within a single reservation at over 3,600 hotels worldwide. When members go online to make a reservation, a member will be… Read the full press release

Food tourism an important pillar for tourism growth along the Silk Road

Baku, 2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Food plays a crucial and growing role in tourism development and can be a pillar for growth for the countries of the Silk Road, said experts meeting at the Flavours of the Silk Road: International Conference on Food, Culture and Tourism Conference (Baku, Azerbaijan, 6-7 September). Experts from the areas of tourism,… Read the full press release

PATA Stages ‘Thrilla in Manila’ Debate in PTM Week, PATA Next Generation ‘Walks the Talk’ at Youth Forum

Bangkok, 2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is to break new ground in the conduct and content of industry forums globally by holding the first-ever debate on the future of travel and tourism between the PATA CEO and a leading regional travel journalist. To focus on the topic, “The Future of Travel… Read the full press release

Travel Industry Continues to Put Americans Back to Work

Job Creation Outpaces Rest of Economy by Nearly 30 Percent Washington, D.C., 2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s August 2012 Labor Department report: “The U.S. travel industry continues to spur our nation’s economic recovery by putting Americans back to work, adding 7,000… Read the full press release

2012 Florida Tourism Industry Awards Announced

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., 2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — During the 45th Annual Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism, held September 5-7 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, VISIT FLORIDA announced the 2012 Florida Tourism Hall of Fame inductee, as well as the winners of the Flagler and Iris Larson Awards. Annually, leaders in Florida tourism are chosen by a… Read the full press release

UK Media Familiarisation Tour to Maldives 2012

2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation coordinated a familiarisation tour to the Maldives for a group of 3 journalists representing various media targeting the general consumer via daily papers covering and online magazine versions from 26th August – 3rd September 2012. The main purpose of arranging such media fam trips is… Read the full press release

VisitEngland’s response to the Cabinet Reshuffle

2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Jeremy Hunt’s support for tourism led to delivery of the biggest ever domestic tourism marketing campaign in the build-up to the unprecedented events of this year.  He worked hard to engage with our industry to better understand their ambitions and challenges and to ensure a lasting legacy for domestic tourism. As Minister… Read the full press release

Americans Want to Fly Wireless

NEW YORK, 2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Fly.com™, the world’s easiest-to-use airfare search engine, today released the results of a new consumer survey that shows Americans don’t want to unplug from their portable communication devices when flying. Fly.com’s survey, which questioned 500 U.S. travelers this summer, found that 80 percent of respondents want the option to connect… Read the full press release

Former Australian cricket great now plays for Australian tourism in growing India

Key facts Former Australian Test, One Day and Twenty20 cricketing great, Brett Lee, is joining Tourism Australia’s ‘Friends of Australia’ advocacy program to promote the country’s tourism experiences to a growing market of Indian travellers. In his debut as a Friend of Australia, Brett Lee welcomed on Wednesday evening more than 70 of India’s leading… Read the full press release

Visitors to Thailand Urged to Ask for “Miracle Thailand Card” for Discounted Shopping

Bangkok, 2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Visitors to Thailand this high season should make it a point to ask their travel agents and tour operators for a “Miracle Thailand Card” to help them take advantage of discounted shopping during their stay. TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni said the TAT is supporting this initiative, launched by one of Thailand’s leading banks,… Read the full press release