AHLA and HTNG launch annual award to recognize innovation in hospitality technology

WASHINGTON, DC, 2023-Apr-26 — /Travel PR News/ — The American Hotel & Lodging Association and its technology committee, HTNG, announced the inaugural AHLA Technology Acceleration Award, a new program to recognize companies that are advancing innovation in hospitality technology. The award program will be held annually, and winners of this year’s event will be announced… Read the full press release

PATA Gold Awards 2023: Celebrating Excellence and Innovation in Asia Pacific Tourism Industry

BANGKOK, THAILAND, 2023-Mar-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Organisations and individuals making outstanding contributions towards the successful promotion of the travel and tourism industry throughout the Asia Pacific region are encouraged to submit entries to the PATA Gold Awards 2023. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2023. Now in its 39th year and sponsored… Read the full press release

Iberia’s revamped Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan focuses on promoting diverse talent and boosting internal innovation

Between 2018 and 2022, the airline has increased its percentage of women in senior positions from 18 to 34% Iberia redesigned and relaunched its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan with a new approach that covers, in addition to gender, other groups: generational, cultural (nationalities), LGTBIQ+ and people with disabilities One of Iberia’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan is… Read the full press release

Vancouver Airport Authority and BCIT sign MOU to drive innovation through Digital Twin and Smart Campus Development

Richmond, B.C., 2023-Feb-23 — /Travel PR News/ — MOU will support development, advancement and implementation of innovation initiatives, including the airport’s Digital Twin and BCIT’s Smart Campus Development. Today (February 21, 2023), Vancouver Airport Authority and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This new MOU strengthens… Read the full press release

BCD Travel expands partnership with Amadeus to drive global growth and productivity improvement

Innovative travel management company will utilize suite of Amadeus solutions to drive accelerated growth and enhanced productivity Madrid, Spain, 2023-Feb-22 — /Travel PR News/ — BCD Travel has expanded its agreement with Amadeus as the forward-looking travel management company (TMC) refines its global technology approach to best capitalize on opportunities in the new era of… Read the full press release

ACI World and Amadeus Launch Third Annual Technology Innovation Awards for Airports Worldwide

Awards celebrate best technology initiatives and leadership by airports worldwide Montreal, Canada, 2023-Feb-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Airports Council International (ACI) World and Amadeus have today (14 February 2023) opened submissions for the third edition of the Technology Innovation Awards, putting a spotlight on industry-leading technology initiatives and leadership by airports around the world…. Read the full press release

Fiji Airways introduces new Fly Your Way concept for more flexible and personalised travel options

National carrier introduces branded fare concept for Customer choice and flexibility Nadi, Fiji, 2023-Feb-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Guests flying with Fiji Airways will have more flexibility and choice with the introduction of an unbundled economy class fare concept. This new concept will be effective from 2nd March 2023 for USA and Canada, and 3rd March,… Read the full press release

Iberia Leads the Way in Innovation with Three Aenor Certifications

Only three companies in Spain have obtained these UNE certificates simultaneously. The certificates position Iberia as a user of cutting-edge technology, and also as a generator and developer of projects with a high innovation content. The awarding of the certificates comes in the midst of the bidding process for the handling tenders. Innovation is one… Read the full press release

Swedavia Welcomes New CFO Kristina Ferenius to Lead Sustainable Development

Stockholm, Sweden, 2023-Feb-07 — /Travel PR News/ — Swedavia has appointed Kristina Ferenius to be its new CFO as well as a new member of Swedavia’s Group management team. She will assume the position by August 1. Kristina Ferenius has a degree of master of science with a major in business administration, from Stockholm University…. Read the full press release

$171,000 in Grant Funding Awarded to Companies Pioneering the Future of Aviation Industry

More than $170,000 Awarded to Companies Shaping the Future of the Aviation Industry GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2023-Jan-26 — /Travel PR News/ — The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority, together with Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Seamless Ventures, Southwest Airlines®, Stantec GenerationAV and the West Michigan Aviation Academy, has announced the third round of companies that… Read the full press release

UK Civil Aviation Authority unveils vision for future of airspace with focus on quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys, and new capacity for all users

LONDON, UK, 2023-Jan-25 — /Travel PR News/ — The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today (23 January) set out a vision for the future of UK airspace which will help deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys, as well as create more capacity for the benefit for those who use and are affected by UK airspace…. Read the full press release

Lufthansa Technik and BASF Develop Revolutionary AeroSHARK Film for Reduced Drag and CO2 Emissions on Commercial Aircraft

Innovative AeroSHARK surface technology from Lufthansa Technik and BASF improves fuel efficiency and reduces CO₂ emissions First Boeing 777 with sustainability technology already in scheduled service, 22 more to receive sharkskin foil Lufthansa Group drives innovation for more sustainable aviation Cologne, Germany, 2023-Jan-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Following nature’s example, Lufthansa Technik and BASF… Read the full press release

Amanda Joiner appointed as Global Vice President and Head of The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center, brings 30+ years of luxury hospitality experience to drive innovation and success

Joiner brings over two decades of leading excellence and driving culture within The Ritz-Carlton hotel operations, sales, and marketing BETHESDA, MD, 2023-Jan-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Amanda Joiner takes the helm as the Global Vice President and head of The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center®, a leading global consulting and advisory firm delivering award-winning services that have… Read the full press release

EUROCONTROL Innovation Hub unveils exciting lineup of user-driven projects for 2023

Brussels, Belgium, 2023-Jan-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Through the EUROCONTROL Air Transport Innovation Network, the EUROCONTROL Innovation Hub’s network for developing agile digital solutions and services that fit our stakeholders’ needs, 2023 looks set to see a wide range of new user-driven innovation projects. In 2023 a new wave of projects will be launched… Read the full press release

Oman Air partners with HSBC to streamline international payments process

Muscat, Oman, 2023-Jan-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Oman Air has partnered with HSBC Oman on a unique and innovative international payments process, which will dramatically increase efficiency and security. Via a centralised treasury hub in Oman, HSBC’s Global Disbursement solution, developed as a bespoke service for Oman Air, will deliver simultaneous multiple currency payments… Read the full press release

PATA welcomes the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) as its newest government member

BANGKOK, THAILAND, 2022-Feb-18 — /Travel PR News/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to welcome the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) as its newest government member. STB’s mission is to shape a dynamic tourism landscape for Singapore in partnership with industry and community. PATA CEO Liz Ortiguera said, “I am truly honoured to… Read the full press release

Choice Hotels named a Hotel Visionary Award winner by Hospitality Technology

Hospitality Technology Recognizes Leading-Edge Revenue Management System ChoiceMAX in Enterprise Innovator Category ROCKVILLE, Md., 2022-Jan-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Building on its more than eight decades of innovation, Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) was named a Hotel Visionary Award winner by Hospitality Technology in the Enterprise Innovator category for its new revenue management system, ChoiceMAX. The award,… Read the full press release

Antigua and Barbuda becomes UNWTO’s 160th Member State

Americas, 2022-Jan-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili met the Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda for the first time since the country became UNWTO’s 160th Member State. The Caribbean destination became UNWTO’s newest Member State and eighth in the Caribbean region when its application was approved by the 24th Session of the General Assembly in December… Read the full press release

Ford International Airport teams up with MEDC and Southwest Airlines to provide grants and testing opportunities to companies focused on air travel technology solutions

Partnership with MEDC, Southwest Airlines Provides Grants to Innovation-Driven Companies, Allowing Them to Test New Products, Services in Live Airport Environment Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2022-Jan-20 — /Travel PR News/ — With support from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Southwest Airlines, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority has introduced the Ford Launchpad for Innovative Technologies and Entrepreneurship,… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways performs the first-ever trade on the IATA Aviation Carbon Exchange ACE using the IATA Clearing House

Pioneering initiative opens a new chapter in the promotion of innovation towards environmental sustainability DOHA, Qatar, 2021-Dec-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Qatar Airways became the first carrier to make a transaction on the IATA Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE) using IATA Clearing House (ICH)…. Read the full press release

miDiagnostics’ ultra-fast PCR test and new breath sampler to be trialed in Brussels Airport

Brussels, Belgium, 2021-Oct-15 — /Travel PR News/ — In the past year miDiagnostics has been working on the development of an ultra-fast PCR test based on imec technology, to detect COVID-19, with a test result in less than 15 minutes. In cooperation with Brussels Airport, this nasal-swab ultra-fast PCR test, as well as the new… Read the full press release

Virtual Event: best of aerospace innovation and Bombardier’s best-selling business jets

Montréal, Canada, 2021-Sep-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Bombardier is pleased to invite members of the international community to a special virtual event premiering at 11:00 am (EDT) on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. The momentous virtual gathering will celebrate the best of aerospace innovation and Bombardier’s best-selling business jets. All those wishing to join the… Read the full press release

UNWTO to highlight sustainability and innovation At The International Spanish Tourism Trade Fair

Madrid, Spain, 2021-May-18 — /Travel PR News/ — At FITUR: The International Spanish Tourism Trade Fair (Madrid, 19-23 May 2021), UNWTO will ensure sustainability, innovation and responsibility are a central part of the conversation. FITUR was the last global in-person trade fair to take place before the COVID-19 pandemic, and is the first one to… Read the full press release

Deutsche Hospitality again achieves “highest level of innovation” accolade in the WELT and ServiceValue Awards

Deutsche Hospitality emerges as the No. 1 innovator in its sector in the WELT and ServiceValue Awards Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2021-Feb-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Deutsche Hospitality has created a further branch benchmark by securing a third successive first place in the annual “Innovation” study carried out by the news channel WELT. In… Read the full press release

Deutsche Hospitality supports CHALLENGE4 to promote innovation and e-mobility

Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts and IntercityHotel is partnering CHALLENGE4 as it stages a major tour of Germany in a the new VW ID.3 electric car Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2020-Sep-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Promoting innovation and e-mobility – Rainer Zietlow, an experienced tour driver with the Mannheim-based special agency CHALLENGE4, sent out a… Read the full press release

CWT announces new operating structure to accelerate innovation, transformation and growth

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2020-Sep-03 — /Travel PR News/ — CWT, the Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform, today (September 2020) announces a new operating structure aimed to accelerate innovation, transformation and growth. With immediate effect, Patrick Andersen is appointed President, RoomIt & Commercial, Niklas Andréen is appointed President, Traveler Experience & Customer, and Michelle McKinney Frymire is appointed President, Strategy & Transformation,… Read the full press release

Deutsche Hospitality wins a “WELT Corporate Management Award” for displaying the highest level of innovation within the sector

Deutsche Hospitality comes first among 15 German hotel chains in the “Innovation” category of the 2020 “WELT Corporate Management Awards”. Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2020-Apr-21 — /Travel PR News/ — “This award is a fabulous confirmation of our ability to innovate,” said Thomas Willms, CEO, Deutsche Hospitality. “The promise of quality our brands deliver goes… Read the full press release

Japan Airlines Innovation Fund invests in mobility companies to create and bring nextgen transportation technology to the airline industry

  Tokyo, Japan, 2020-Feb-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Japan Airlines Innovation Fund today (February 21, 2020) announced the decision to invest in three mobility companies that are aiming to create and bring next-generation transportation technology to the market. Established in January 2019, Japan Airlines Innovation Fund is a firm that specializes in providing CVC… Read the full press release

IATA launches Accelerate@IATA to address innovation issues at the industry level

Geneva, Switzerland, 2019-Dec-05 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the creation of Accelerate@IATA, an industry level innovation platform designed to support airlines and their value chain partners by speeding up new technology implementation around IATA standards. The program brings together airlines, value chain partners, and startups to pinpoint problems, find solutions… Read the full press release

Lufthansa’s first Changemaker Challenge seeks ideas for sustainable innovation in Travel and Mobility

Lufthansa Innovation Hub, Lufthansa Group, Expedia Group, Google, and Uber seek digital and tech solutions to make travel and mobility more sustainable  Ideas can be submitted online until October 30, 2019. Early-stage startups, students, and young professionals worldwide are welcome to participate Finalists will pitch their ideas on stage at the “Lufthansa Group Innovation Forum”… Read the full press release