First Crowne Plaza Hotel in Qatar Opens Its Doors to Guests: Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park was inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani yesterday

Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park hotel exterior

Doha, Qatar, 2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Trans Orient Establishment and IHG celebrated the opening of Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park yesterday by welcoming its first guest, and hotel owner, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani. His Highness checked into the hotel after being welcomed at a ceremony attended by the hotel’s… Read the full press release

Finavia to renovate Vaasa Airport

2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Finavia will launch a renovation of Vaasa Airport’s terminal facilities during the autumn. The renovation will make Vaasa Airport more functional. The goal is to improve passenger service so that Vaasa Airport will competitively and cost effectively meet flight travel needs in the future. The renovation is estimated to cost EUR 1… Read the full press release

EVA Gives Hokkaido-Bound Passengers Added Flexibility

New service between Taipei and Hakodate starts 28 October 16 Aug., 2012, 2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — EVA Air will begin flying to a second destination in Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands, on 28 October, 2012. Initially, the carrier will operate two flights a week between Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport and Hakodate Airport. The… Read the full press release

Hilton Manchester Deansgate Announces Total Re-style of Cloud 23

MANCHESTER, England, 2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Manchester Deansgate has announced that its famous destination bar, Cloud 23, will undergo a complete style overhaul which will see it transformed into one of the most glamorous venues in the north west of England. Work on the transformation will start on Tuesday 11 September 2012 with the results due to… Read the full press release

China Airlines to Offer Daily Flights to Auckland Starting October 28

2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — China Airlines will extend its Taipei-Sydney roundtrip service to Auckland on October 28 based on its optimism over New Zealand’s tourism market and ties between Taiwan, New Zealand, and Australia. China Airlines will add four weekly flights to Auckland to its Taipei-Sydney route (CI051/CI052). Combined with the existing three weekly Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights… Read the full press release

Upcoming Opening of a New iStore Location at Toronto Pearson International Airport

2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — LS travel retail North America and Toronto Pearson International Airport are pleased to announce the upcoming opening of a new iStore location. Situated in Terminal 3, near domestic gate B26, it is the Airport’s second iStore, after the opening of a first location in Terminal 1 last year. Set to open in October, the store… Read the full press release

Jet Airways enhances Gulf connectivity with three new flights

Will now operate six daily flights between India and the UAE 2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Effective October 18, 2012, Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline is set to enhance connectivity to the Gulf with the launch of its new Mumbai-Sharjah service, the airline’s sixth daily flight to the UAE from Mumbai, in addition to the resumption… Read the full press release

RYANAIR INCREASES KERRY-LONDON STANSTED ROUTE TO DAILY RETURN FLIGHT

€16 SEAT SALE FOR TRAVEL IN SEPT, OCT & NOV 2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (21 Aug) announced that it will increase the number of flights between Kerry and London Stansted from three return flights per week to a daily return flight from 7 Nov. Ryanair, which already offers a daily… Read the full press release

21.08.2012 Zurich Airport News Flash No. 18 / Half Year Result 2012

2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Flughafen Zürich AG concluded its first half year 2012 with a positive result. With 80.2 million Swiss Francs, net profit for the first half year of 2012 rose by 9.1 percent compared to the first half year of 2011. Flughafen Zürich AG: Positive First Half Year 2012 The number of passengers grew… Read the full press release

Schiphol Group 2012 Interim Report

Mainport grows despite uncertain economic climate Revenue increases by EUR 33 million (5.5%) to EUR 637 million (2011: EUR 604 million); EBITDA rises by 2.2% to EUR 264 million (2011: EUR 258 million); Net result is EUR 93 million (2011: EUR 97 million; down by 4.9%). Key developments: Traffic and transport at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol during the… Read the full press release

RYANAIR ADVISES PASSENGERS TO BOOK DIRECTLY ON RYANAIR.COM AND AVOID HIGH-CHARGING ONLINE TRAVEL AGENTS

OVER 300 COMPLAINTS RECEIVED FROM PASSENGERS WHO BOOKED WITH ‘ON THE BEACH’ SCREENSCRAPING WEBSITE 2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (21 Aug) warned passengers to book directly with Ryanair.com and not through online travel agents (or “screenscrapers”), following persistent calls from passengers who have suffered problems having booked with screenscraper websites…. Read the full press release

Major roadway project cleared for takeoff at Hartsfield-Jackson

Improved traffic flow, safety are goals ATLANTA, 2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has signed a contract with C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc., paving the way for a major project to improve access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and to enhance safety on Airport roadways. The plan to improve the inbound roadways to the… Read the full press release

Veterans Take Off From CVG

2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — CVG is proud to continue its support of Honor Flight Tri-State with a ceremony and flight to Washington, DC’s  Reagan International Airport on Aug. 21. Honor Flight Tri-State is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to fly World War II and Korean War veterans to their memorials in Washington, D.C. at… Read the full press release

FLY FOR £12 ON OVER 1,000 ROUTES IN SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER

RYANAIR £12 SEAT SALE – WITH NO FUEL SURCHARGES 2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, announced that from midnight (24:00hrs) tonight, Mon 20 Aug, it will release 100,000 seats at fares from £12 for travel on Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur in September, October and November. These “all in” low fares will be available on over… Read the full press release

Boston Marriott Copley Place Completes Renovation, Offers Polished New Look

Boston Marriott Copley Place Completes Renovation, Offers Polished New Look

A five year, full renovation of the Boston Marriott Copley Place has been completed, it was announced today. From guest rooms, to meeting space, lobbies and restaurants, to health club and pool areas, this landmark hotel has been entirely re-imagined and re-designed. 2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — All 1,100 spacious guest rooms and 47 luxurious suites have… Read the full press release

Philadelphia Zoo Unveils Great Ape Trail

Philadelphia Zoo Unveils Great Ape Trail, the Next Phase of its Pioneering Animal Travel and Exploration Trail System

Philadelphia Zoo Unveils Great Ape Trail, the Next Phase of its Pioneering Animal Travel and Exploration Trail System Animal trail network will create a first in the country, reinventing the zoo experience. 2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Philadelphia Zoo experience continues to be transformed for both animals and guests with today’s opening of the Great Ape Trail,… Read the full press release

First Flight of Ethiopian Boeing 787 Marks Record Entry-into-Service Using Mxi Technologies

2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mxi Technologies, the leader in aviation maintenance management software, announced today that within 24 hours of receiving their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) embarked on their inaugural passenger service flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “Ethiopian’s commitment to our vision is demonstrated through every facet of our business — including the… Read the full press release

Strategic Worldwide Expansion Continues as Four Seasons Opens in Its Birthplace

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

New flagship property in Toronto to open on October 5, 2012. 2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts celebrates a homecoming of sorts with the opening of a new 259-room flagship hotel in Toronto, Canada, where the company was founded more than 50 years ago. The opening is a significant milestone in a growth strategy that includes… Read the full press release

Gatwick welcomes BAA’s decision on the sale of Stansted

Gatwick calls on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to now remove the unnecessary burden of economic regulation which has been in force for over 25 years Healthy competition amongst airports is good news for passengers and airlines Independent Gatwick gives a ‘foretaste of the benefits competition can bring’ 2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Gatwick welcomes BAA’s decision… Read the full press release

Dream Comes True Ethiopian 1st Dreamliner lands in Addis Ababa

2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian Airlines 1st Dreamliner touched down at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on 17 August 2012 at 9:30 Am. The Dreamliner had flown from Washington DC, Dulles international Airport, after a static display for VIPs including members of US Congress, World Bank and IMF Executives, Ambassadors, as well as members of the… Read the full press release

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest Launches New Treatment Line Biologique Recherche

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

New results-oriented facial treatments rolling out this month. Budapest, Hungary, 2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest announces the launch of unique results-oriented facial treatments at The Spa. French brand Biologique Recherche will be a valuable and significant addition to the existing spa menu. Biologique Recherche is based on a clinical approach to beauty. The line uses intentionally pure,… Read the full press release

Travelodge Kicks Off National Teddy Bear Swap at Philadelphia Zoo

Travelodge’s The Great Sleepy Bear Swap lets children donate a stuffed animal to charity in exchange for a brand new Sleepy Bear teddy bear and free admission to the zoo.

Thousands of stuffed animals expected to be donated to local charities PHILADELPHIA, PA , 2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Philadelphia children are getting a free day of fun at the zoo today along with new teddy bears and more thanks to “Travelodge’s The Great Sleepy Bear Swap.” The first of five one-day events to be held across the… Read the full press release

Gatwick seeks local community views on the proposed implementation of P-RNAV

2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — A three month public consultation by Gatwick Airport is taking place to implement a system called P-RNAV. The system, which has been trialled on a limited basis at the airport for 6 years, utilises the full navigation capability of modern aircraft and improves the track keeping for departing flights. The proposed implementation… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Announces new service between San Diego and Los Cabos, Mexico

Miramar, Florida, 2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines today announced schedules for new service between San Diego and Los Cabos, Mexico starting November 8, 2012. Daily nonstop service between Los Cabos, Mexico (serving Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo) and San Diego starts November 8, 2012, with connecting service to Dallas/Fort Worth. In addition,… Read the full press release

Ethiopian Acquisition of Ten Boeing B787s Principally Financed by J.P. Morgan

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, has secured $1 billion of financing from J.P. Morgan for its 10 Boeing B787-8- Dreamliners. The Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) of the United States has provided export credit agency support via guaranteed loans that cover 85% of the total cost of… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Announces the “Experience Hualalai” Package

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Announces the "Experience Hualalai" Package

Guests receive USD 500.00 Resort credit for a five-night stay at acclaimed Resort. Hawaii, Hualalai, U.S.A., 2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupuluehu, the first and only Forbes Five-Star resort on Hawaii Island, announces the Experience Hualalai package, giving guests a USD 500.00 Resort credit on their five-night stay in ocean view and above room categories. Guests of… Read the full press release

Dimitris Manikis Named Managing Director of RCI® South Africa, Expanding Current Role

Parsippany, N.J., 2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, has named Dimitris Manikis to the role of managing director of RCI South Africa. In this expanded role, Manikis will also continue to serve as vice president of Business Development in Europe and the Middle East. Manikis has worked for RCI for more than… Read the full press release

Frontier Airlines Begins Service at SHD

Frontier Announces Nonstop Service From Shenandoah Valley, Va. To Orlando Beginning Nov. 20 Nonstop fares starting at $69 available until Aug. 25 only at FrontierAirlines.com DENVER, 2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines today announced new nonstop service between Orlando, Fla. (MCO), and Shenandoah Valley, Va. (SHD), with three weekly nonstop flights beginning on Nov. 20, 2012. To celebrate… Read the full press release

Ethiopian Takes Delivery of 1st Dreamliner

Seattle, Washington, 2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian Airlines today took delivery of its 1st Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner dubbed “Africa First”. The airline is the 1st in the world outside Japan and ahead of any airline in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East to operate the Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft in the world…. Read the full press release

FAVORABLE RESULT OF THE SNPL AIR FRANCE ALPA PILOTS’ UNION REFERENDUM ON THE TRANSFORM 2015 PLAN

2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Air France welcomes the approval by members of the SNPL (French National Union of Airline Pilots) of the draft framework agreement to improve economic efficiency by 20% within the framework of the TRANSFORM 2015 plan. With 83% participation, 67% of the pilots approved the agreement. “This result clearly demonstrates the sense of… Read the full press release