Hilton Honors Top Achievers at 2023 Americas Development Awards

(IN SHORT) Hilton celebrates the achievements of owners, development partners, and hotel teams across the Americas with the announcement of the 2023 Americas Development Awards. Recognizing resilience and commitment in hospitality, these awards acknowledge outstanding contributions to hotel development and operations. With 52 winners selected based on criteria like project quality, community impact, and brand… Read the full press release

Cathay Cargo Commends Hong Kong Airport’s Global Cargo Dominance

Celebrating the city’s achievement and reaffirming its commitment to contributing to its home hub’s continued success (IN SHORT) Cathay Cargo extends congratulations to Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for securing its position as the world’s busiest cargo airport for the 13th time in 14 years, as per the latest data from Airports Council International (ACI)…. Read the full press release

Japan Airlines Continues Reign as 5-Star Airline, Sets Standards for Customer Experience

Recognized as the World’s Top-Quality Airline (IN SHORT) Japan Airlines (JAL) has maintained its prestigious “5-Star Airline” status for the seventh consecutive year, as awarded by Skytrax. This recognition underscores JAL’s commitment to delivering exceptional service and products to its customers. The airline’s approach, centered around the concept of “Design Your Story,” emphasizes tailoring the… Read the full press release

Munich Airport’s Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport Awarded Skytrax 5-Star Rating

(IN SHORT) Munich Airport International GmbH (MAI) and its subsidiary, Munich Airport NJ LLC (MANJ), proudly announced that Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) has been awarded a prestigious 5-Star Airport Terminal Rating from Skytrax, recognizing it as a world-class facility delivering exceptional customer experiences. Terminal A, opened in January 2023, offers travelers… Read the full press release

Hilton Named No. 1 Best Company to Work For in the U.S. for Ninth Consecutive Year

Recognition marks the third time Hilton has topped the U.S. list and follows No. 1 ranking as the World’s Best Workplace (IN SHORT) Hilton has once again secured the top spot on the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S. list by Great Place to Work and Fortune, marking its ninth consecutive year… Read the full press release

AdventureSmith Explorations Founder Todd Smith Named 2024 Top Travel Specialist by Condé Nast Traveler

Truckee, CA, USA, 2024-Apr-3 — /Travel PR News/ — AdventureSmith Explorations Founder Todd Smith Named 2024 Top Travel Specialist by Condé Nast Traveler This year marks the 11th time editors have recognized Smith for his expertise in the small-ship adventure cruise industry Todd Smith, founder and president of Truckee-based AdventureSmith Explorations and a pioneer in… Read the full press release

Emirates Reigns Supreme: Global Winner of Best Inflight Entertainment Award

(IN SHORT) Emirates has secured the prestigious title of the global winner of the ‘Best Inflight Entertainment Award’ in the Airline Ratings 2024 Airline Excellence Awards. Recognized for its unparalleled inflight entertainment system, Emirates offers passengers access to a staggering 6,500 channels of high-quality content, making it the world’s largest entertainment library in the sky…. Read the full press release

Minor Hotels Achieves 20 Platinum Certifications in Sustainable Hospitality

(IN SHORT) Minor Hotels, a prominent global hotel owner and operator, attains a significant milestone with 20 of its properties earning the prestigious Green Growth 2050 Platinum Certification, showcasing the company’s steadfast dedication to sustainability and corporate responsibility. Anantara Chiang Mai Resort in Thailand marks the 20th property to achieve this accolade, joining others across… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong Regains Eight Michelin Stars in Culinary Triumph

(IN SHORT) Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong celebrates its remarkable culinary success with the reinstatement of its prestigious eight Michelin stars status in the recent Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2024. Caprice shines brightly with three Michelin stars for the sixth consecutive year, while Lung King Heen and Noi elevate their status to two Michelin… Read the full press release

Belfast City Airport Earns Top Spot as UK’s Most Punctual Hub for 2023

(IN SHORT) Belfast City Airport proudly announces its recognition as the UK’s Most Punctual Airport for 2023, according to the latest data released by the Civil Aviation Authority. Analyzing both scheduled and chartered flights, the report reveals Belfast City Airport’s exceptional punctuality, surpassing 24 other UK airports surveyed. Mark Beattie, Chief Operating Officer, attributes this… Read the full press release

Ethiopian Airlines Receives Ethiopian Institutional Achievement Award for COVID-19 Response

(IN SHORT) Ethiopian Airlines Group has been awarded the esteemed ‘Ethiopian Institutional Achievement Award’ by the Federal Government of Ethiopia, recognizing its exceptional contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Acknowledged for maintaining vital air connectivity and facilitating global distribution of medical supplies and vaccines, the airline’s agility and resilience have been pivotal in earning this recognition…. Read the full press release

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Achieve IEnvA Sustainability Certification, Strengthening Hub’s Global Position

Further strengthening Hong Kong’s position as the world’s leading air cargo hub (IN SHORT) Cathay Cargo Terminal and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) have become the first cargo handling companies in Asia to achieve the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) certification. IEnvA assesses aviation stakeholders’ commitment to improving environmental and… Read the full press release

Qantas Launches $2 Million Grants Program for Australian Regional Community Groups

(IN SHORT) Australia’s national carrier, Qantas, has announced the commencement of its Qantas Regional Grants program, inviting regional community groups across the country to apply for a share of its multi-million dollar grants program. With $2 million allocated for this year and a total of $10 million set aside over five years, the program aims… Read the full press release

dnata Achieves IATA CEIV Accreditation for Lithium Battery Handling Across 11 Global Stations

(IN SHORT) dnata, a prominent global air and travel services provider, has obtained the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) accreditation for the safe handling of lithium batteries. After initiating the process in April 2023, dnata has swiftly become the first ground services provider to certify 11 of its… Read the full press release

Indianapolis International Airport Named Best in North America for 12th Consecutive Year

(IN SHORT) For the 12th consecutive year, Indianapolis International Airport (IND) has been recognized as the Best Airport in North America by Airports Council International (ACI) World. This prestigious accolade, based on surveys of nearly 600,000 travelers, highlights IND’s exceptional performance across various categories including ease of navigation, check-in processes, dining options, and overall cleanliness…. Read the full press release

Emirates and Butterfly Aero Training Honored with IATA CBTA Center Innovation Awards

(IN SHORT) The International Air Transport Association (IATA) bestowed the IATA Competency-Based Training and Assessment Center (CBTA Center) Innovation Awards upon Emirates and Butterfly Aero Training. Butterfly Aero Training received recognition for its AI ChatBot, offering personalized, interactive learning experiences, while Emirates was lauded for its Li-Battery Acceptance App, providing immediate guidance on transporting lithium… Read the full press release

Glamour and Prestige at World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2024

(IN SHORT) The prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) Europe Gala Ceremony 2024 took place at the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, gathering luminaries from the tourism industry to celebrate excellence across the continent. Greece emerged as ‘Europe’s Leading Destination’, while Portugal shone with accolades for Madeira, Braga, and the Azores. Notable winners included The Peninsula London as ‘Europe’s… Read the full press release

Aer Lingus Supports Irish Talent Ahead of Oscars

(IN SHORT) Aer Lingus announces its support for Irish talent ahead of the 96th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 10th. Continuing its tradition of hosting receptions for Oscar nominees departing from Dublin Airport, Aer Lingus will carry esteemed Irish film talent, including cinematographer Robbie Ryan nominated for his work on ‘Poor Things’, on… Read the full press release

Li’ An Chinese Restaurant at Conrad Hangzhou Earns Esteemed One Diamond Award in 2024 Black Pearl Restaurant Guide

(IN SHORT) Li’ An Chinese Restaurant at Conrad Hangzhou receives the prestigious One Diamond award in the newly released 2024 Black Pearl Restaurant Guide, marking the fourth consecutive year of recognition for Executive Chef Owen Xue’s innovative cuisine. Situated on the hotel’s 50th floor, Li’ An offers modern Hangzhou cuisine in a stunning setting inspired… Read the full press release

MATAR Wins Best Use of Big Data Award at Qatar Digital Business Awards 2023

(IN SHORT) MATAR, the Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management, clinched the Best Innovative Use of Big Data and Analytics award at the Qatar Digital Business Awards 2023 for its implementation at Hamad International Airport (DOH). This recognition highlights MATAR’s commitment to innovation through data-driven solutions, particularly in enhancing employee development and passenger experience…. Read the full press release

TUI Unveils Top 100 Hotels Worldwide as Guests’ Choice Awards Approach

The Top 100 are selected through careful evaluation of feedback provided by TUI hotel guests All hotels are eligible for a category award at the TUI Global Hotel Awards 2024 (IN SHORT) Ahead of the annual TUI Global Hotel Awards in Berlin on March 4th, TUI, the world’s leading tourism company, reveals the Top 100… Read the full press release

Choice Privileges Named Among America’s Best Loyalty Programs for Fourth Consecutive Year

Leading hotel rewards program continues to earn accolades for delivering valuable opportunities and experiences for members (IN SHORT) Choice Privileges, the rewards program of Choice Hotels International, Inc., has been recognized as one of America’s Best Loyalty Programs for the fourth consecutive year by Newsweek and Statista. This accolade, based on an independent survey of… Read the full press release

ARK Holdings CEO, Azim Saju, Honored as 2023 Franchisee of the Year by IFA

Owner of various Choice Hotels’ properties across Florida was recognized at IFA’s Annual Conference (IN SHORT) Azim Saju, CEO of ARK Holdings, has been named the 2023 Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association (IFA) at their 64th Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Recognized for his exceptional leadership and contributions to the franchise… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Receives FAA’s Prestigious Diamond Award of Excellence for Sixth Consecutive Year

(IN SHORT) Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) has once again secured the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) highest honor for aviation maintenance technician safety, marking the sixth consecutive year of achieving the “Aviation Maintenance Technician Diamond Award of Excellence.” This recognition underscores Spirit’s unwavering commitment to safety and continuous investment in training programs aimed at ensuring the… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Earns Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for Ninth Consecutive Year

(IN SHORT) Southwest Airlines proudly announces its ninth consecutive perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), highlighting the airline’s unwavering commitment to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Joining 545 major U.S. businesses with top marks, Southwest’s dedication to inclusivity is underscored by its comprehensive policies and practices. The CEI’s record-breaking… Read the full press release

Bangkok Flight Services (BFS) Achieves Pharma Handling Certification at Suvarnabhumi Airport

(IN SHORT) Bangkok Flight Services (BFS), a joint venture between Bangkok Airways and Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), has obtained Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification for its dedicated pharmaceutical handling facility at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. This certification, granted by independent audit body Escem/TüV Rheinland, attests to BFS’s adherence to international standards for the safe… Read the full press release

Brussels Airport Honors Excellence in Aviation with Annual Awards Ceremony

(IN SHORT) Brussels Airport held its annual Aviation Awards ceremony, recognizing airlines and partners for outstanding performance in punctuality, network development, safety, and environmental sustainability. Among the winners were Finnair for short-haul punctuality, Hainan Airlines for long-haul punctuality, Qatar Airways Cargo for cargo airline performance, ACIC for the Brucargo Award, Nippon Express for logistic service… Read the full press release

Auckland Airport Achieves Top Sustainability Recognition with Level 4 Airport Carbon Accreditation

(IN SHORT) Auckland Airport has been granted Level 4 Airport Carbon Accreditation by the Airports Council International (ACI), placing it among the leading airports globally in sustainability efforts. Acknowledging the significance of this achievement, Mary-Liz Tuck, Auckland Airport’s Chief Sustainability and Master Planning Officer, emphasizes the airport’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and aiding… Read the full press release

Capital A Earns Top Sustainability Ratings in Aviation Industry

(IN SHORT) Capital A, the parent company of AirAsia, has received prestigious sustainability ratings affirming its commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices. AirAsia was awarded the GOLD Environmental Sustainability rating by the Centre for Aviation, highlighting its efficiency and environmental performance post-pandemic. Additionally, Capital A ranked 15th out of 124 airlines in the… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Recognized on Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies™ 2024 List

(IN SHORT) Southwest Airlines Co. celebrates its inclusion in the Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies™ 2024 list, ranking No. 39 overall. This marks the airline’s consistent presence on the prestigious list since 2009. CEO Bob Jordan expressed gratitude for the recognition, attributing the company’s success to its dedicated employees and unique approach to business. The… Read the full press release