Hyatt to implement layoffs and to restructure roles across its global corporate functions

CHICAGO, IL, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Due to the historic drop in travel demand and the expected slow pace of recovery, Hyatt has made the extremely difficult decision to implement layoffs and restructure roles across its global corporate functions, beginning June 1, 2020. These actions will impact around 1,300 colleagues around the world…. Read the full press release

CVG named the Best Regional Airport in North America at the Skytrax’s 2020 World Airport Awards

Erlanger, KY, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Today (May 11, 2020), London-based Skytrax announced the 2020 World Airport Awards, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) was named the Best Regional Airport in North America. This marks the seventh year of the last nine that CVG has topped this award category for airports serving… Read the full press release

Hamburg Airport wins Skytrax World Airport Award in the “Best Regional Airport Europe” category for the fifth time

Hamburg Airport first place at the Skytrax World Airport Award for the fifth time Hamburg, Germany, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Following on from victories in 2011, 2012, 2017 and 2018, Hamburg Airport has won the renowned Skytrax World Airport Award in the “Best Regional Airport Europe” category for the fifth time. Skytrax defines… Read the full press release

KLM requires passengers to wear facial protection during boarding and on board

Amstelveen, Netherlands, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — As of today, Monday May 11th, wearing facial protection during boarding and on board is mandatory for KLM passengers. Passengers must ensure that they carry the required facial protection with them. Cabin crew will of course also wear facial protection. Facial protection refers to non-medical face masks… Read the full press release

Budapest Airport named best airport in Eastern Europe for the seventh time

Budapest, Hungary, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Ferenc Liszt International Airport has won the award for best airport in Eastern Europe for the seventh time this year. The Skytrax award, handed out at the World Airport Awards, is one of the greatest accolades in the industry, as it is decided by passengers themselves  based… Read the full press release

UNWTO names Spanish football legend Iker Casillas as Special Ambassador for Responsible Tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2020-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) today (11 MAY 2020) designated Spanish football legend and World Cup winner Iker Casillas as Special Ambassador for Responsible Tourism. In a virtual ceremony, the goalkeeper pledged to promote the universal benefits of tourism. During the ceremony, which was held by video… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways thanks frontline healthcare professionals with 100,000 free tickets

Qatar Airways to Give Away 100,000 Complimentary Tickets to Frontline Healthcare Professionals As the foremost airline taking people home, Qatar Airways will now support healthcare workers to take a well-deserved break Giveaway will open on International Nurses Day 2020 to say a massive thank you to these heroes Complimentary Economy Class return tickets on Qatar… Read the full press release

Emirates Airline Foundation: 132 million Skywards Miles to positively impact the lives and livelihoods

Customer and corporate support impact 90,000 people’s lives, support 22 projects in 12 countries, and more than 50 medical, engineering and educational missions Dubai, UAE, 2020-May-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Thanks to customer donations, the Emirates Airline Foundation used a staggering 132 million Skywards Miles to positively impact the lives and livelihoods of more… Read the full press release

Aberdeen International Airport announces the appointment of Roger Hunt as interim Managing Director

Aberdeen, UK, 2020-May-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Roger, who will continue in his current role of Chief HR and Development Director for AGS, will succeed Steve Szalay who will step down as Managing Director at the end of May to take up a new position with Southampton Airport. Having first joined Aberdeen International Airport… Read the full press release

Charlotte Douglas International Airport will receive $135 million federal funds under the CARES Act

Charlotte, North Carolina, 2020-May-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Charlotte Douglas International Airport will receive $135 million in federal funds from the CARES Act to help offset revenue declines caused by drastic reductions in air travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With CLT’s enplanements at just 5 percent of our 2019 level, a months-long recovery… Read the full press release

Manchester Airport to require passengers to wear gloves and faces coverings

The new guidance will be for all passengers departing or arriving through Manchester Airport Passengers will be asked to wear gloves and also cover their faces, either with face masks or their own clothing The move is designed to demonstrate one way in which air travel can be made safe as passenger numbers start to… Read the full press release

Air transport and tourism bodies call on international community to support the African Travel & Tourism sector

Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-May-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Five international air transport and tourism bodies have launched an appeal to international financial institutions, country development partners and international donors to support Africa’s Travel & Tourism sector which employs some 24.6 million people on the African continent. Without urgent funding, the COVID-19 crisis could see a… Read the full press release

COVID-19: IATA calls for aviation-specific financial relief measures from Nigerian Government

Lagos, Nigeria, 2020-May-08 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for aviation-specific financial relief measures from the government of Nigeria to address the severe impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the air transport sector. Air transport has ground to a halt in efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Along… Read the full press release

Indy Airport to receive $52 million under Federal CARES Act

$52 million to address IND operational needs INDIANAPOLIS, IN, 2020-May-08 — /Travel PR News/ — We welcomed the March 27 FAA announcement of assisting our nation’s airport system for continued operations during this COVID-19 crisis and saving workers’ jobs. “The amount of money allocated for the Indianapolis Airport Authority’s overall system, particularly the more than $52 million… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways to begin gradually reinstate suspended destinations and additional frequencies

Qatar Airways has received widespread positive feedback from passengers, governments, trade and airport partners by maintaining a robust schedule and fulfilling its mission to help take people home Airline will gradually reinstate suspended destinations and additional frequencies in line with expected relaxation of entry restrictions around the world with a focus on key global destinations… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards named Freddie Awards’ Best Customer Service for the eighth consecutive year

Southwest also won Best Redemption Ability, Best Loyalty Credit Card and Program of the Year DALLAS, TEXAS, 2020-May-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today (May 7, 2020) its frequent flyer program, Rapid Rewards®, held onto the Freddie Awards title of Best Customer Service for the eighth consecutive year. The Rapid… Read the full press release

Heathrow trials technologies and processes to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission

Heathrow to drive forward development of a Common International Standard by trialling technologies and processes that reduce risk of Covid-19 transmission Trials will assess for medical effectiveness, passenger response as well as suitability to the airport environment Technologies under review include UV sanitation, facial recognition thermal screening technology and contactless security procedures Data from trials will… Read the full press release

Deutsche Lufthansa AG held first virtual Annual General Meeting

Shareholders submitted 246 questions in advance Five Supervisory Board members are up for election Suspension of dividend proposed COLOGNE, Germany, 2020-May-08 — /Travel PR News/ — The 67th Annual General Meeting of Deutsche Lufthansa AG began punctually at 10.00 a.m. today (05-MAY-2020). For the first time, it is being held virtually, thus taking into account… Read the full press release

Lufthansa’s first virtual Annual General Meeting attended by 10,000 shareholders; Broad majority on all agenda items

Around 10,000 shareholders attend the first virtual annual general meeting online Astrid Stange, Erich Clementi, Dr. Thomas Enders and Harald Krüger elected to the Supervisory Board, Stephan Sturm re-elected Broad majority on all agenda items COLOGNE, Germany, 2020-May-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Some 10,000 shareholders followed today’s (05-MAY-2020) Annual General Meeting of Deutsche Lufthansa… Read the full press release

SFO: American Airlines will move into Harvey Milk Terminal 1 effective Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Relocation will activate new nine-gate section of Boarding Area B SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2020-May-06 — /Travel PR News/ — The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced that American Airlines will move into Harvey Milk Terminal 1 effective Tuesday, May 12, 2020. This move was originally planned to occur in late March but was postponed due… Read the full press release

PATA announces new organisational partnership with TCI Research

BANGKOK, THAILAND, 2020-May-06 — /Travel PR News/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce a new organisational partnership with TCI Research, a leading Travel Data Intelligence Agency awarded by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for its TRAVELSAT Solution and trusted by over 100 destinations, travel brands and organizations globally. “The COVID-19 pandemic presents a… Read the full press release

PATA announces second issue of 39 destination-specific reports for the period 2020-2024

BANGKOK, THAILAND, 2020-May-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Following last month’s successful release of the “Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2020-2024”, complete with updates in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the second issue of a suite of 39 destination-specific reports for the period 2020-2024, sponsored by Visa. Each report builds… Read the full press release

IATA supports the wearing of face coverings for passengers and masks for crew while on board aircraft

Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-May-06 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) supports the wearing of face coverings for passengers and masks for crew while on board aircraft as a critical part of a layered approach to biosecurity to be implemented temporarily when people return to traveling by air. IATA does not support… Read the full press release

IHG announces the rebranding of Fiesta Resort Saipan as Crowne Plaza® Resort Saipan in 2022

Fiesta Resort Saipan to rebrand as Crowne Plaza® Resort Saipan in 2022, signalling IHG’s rapid expansion in Micronesia Denham, United Kingdom, 2020-May-06 — /Travel PR News/ — IHG has signed a long-term agreement with Asia Pacific Hotels Inc to take on management of Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan, in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, from… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe shares series of new, “at-home” experiences to keep guests entertained and inspired

Designed to inspire guests and bring a piece of the Resort and the Santa Fe destination into their homes Santa Fe, U.S.A., 2020-May-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe tapped its team of experts across spa, wellness, food and beverage to craft an ongoing series of new, “at-home” experiences – sharing… Read the full press release

Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort selected as one of the best new hotels around the globe by Condé Nast Traveler

Hawaii’s first ultra-all-inclusive wellness enclave Hawaii, Lanai (Sensei), U.S.A., 2020-May-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Condé Nast Traveler today (May 5, 2020) announced the winners of its prestigious 2020 Hot List, which recognises Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort – an ultra-all-inclusive wellness retreat – as one of the hottest hotel openings of the year. Now in… Read the full press release

Four Seasons resorts in Hawaii donate a dream Hawaiian holiday to raise money for non-profits providing food to those in need

Four Seasons Resort Maui, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and Four Seasons Resort Oahu donate a dream Hawaiian holiday as part of the “All In Challenge” to raise money for non-profits providing food to those in need Hawaii, USA, 2020-May-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Four Seasons resorts in Hawaii step up to the “All In… Read the full press release

Choice Hotels launches new initiative to help Choice-branded hotels achieve superior levels of cleanliness

Enhances best practice guidance for cleaning, disinfecting, hygiene and social distancing to help protect the health and safety of guests, franchisees and their employees amid COVID-19 pandemic ROCKVILLE, Md., 2020-May-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Building on the existing dedication to cleanliness at its nearly 6,000 franchised hotels in the United States, Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:… Read the full press release

Port of Oakland announces new weekly service with 18 megaships linking to Asia, including Saudi Arabia

Eighteen megaships call weekly, first-ever direct link to Middle East Oakland, Calif., 2020-May-06 — /Travel PR News/ — A sprawling vessel service begins this week with 18 megaships linking the Port of Oakland to Asia, including Saudi Arabia.  A highlight of the new service: the first-ever direct link between Oakland and the Middle East. The Port said today… Read the full press release

Hilton and American Express announce enhanced co-branded credit card products

More ways to earn rewards include more Points on daily purchases during this time, flexible Free Night Rewards and Faster Qualification to Elite Status MCLEAN, Va., 2020-May-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Hilton and American Express are announcing more ways to earn rewards during this time on their co-branded credit card products. The changes are… Read the full press release