SPECIAL TICKET PACKAGES ON SALE FOR 100TH GREY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP

TORONTO, 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — A special block of tickets is now available for the sold-out Grey Cup game in Toronto.  Although the game has been sold out for months, these new ticket-hotel packages are available through Tourism Toronto for visitors who want to catch the game and make it a weekend in Toronto. The 100th edition of… Read the full press release

Tnooz Feature: How Social Media is Changing Hospitality

Tnooz Feature: How Social Media is Changing Hospitality

2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Over the many centuries that the hospitality industry has existed, technology has rarely changed the way that hotels interact with guests during their stay. The last major disruption was the in-room telephone, which allowed guests to call the front desk with a complaint or request. Now, with the advent of smart phones… Read the full press release

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V Recognized for Sixth Year as One of the Best Hotel Spas in Europe

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V Recognized for Sixth Year as One of the Best Hotel Spas in Europe

Travel + Leisure readers vote for Le Spa once again Paris, France – 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — For the sixth consecutive year, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V has been named one of the Best Hotel Spas in Europe by the US magazine Travel + Leisure. The ranking, published annually, is determined by the votes of readers, who are invited to complete… Read the full press release

Great Appreciation Vacation Giveaway Offers Military Members a Vacation, and a Chance to Pay it Forward

Parsippany, N.J., 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Armed Forces Vacation Club® (AFVC) today announced its Great Appreciation Vacation Giveaway. Though summer vacations are now just fond memories, AFVC is giving members a chance to dream about their next vacation while also showing their appreciation for a friend or family member. Members can enter the Great Appreciation Vacation… Read the full press release

PREFERRED HOTEL GROUP ANNOUNCES GROWTH OF 65 NEW MEMBERS TO-DATE IN 2012

Third Quarter Sees Continued Increase in Reservations, Significant Milestone in Paris, and Enhancement of Preferred Pride CHICAGO – 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Preferred Hotel Group™, a global provider of sales, marketing and distribution services to independent luxury hotels, welcomed 24 new members during the third quarter of 2012, bringing year-to-date growth to 65 new member hotels. The… Read the full press release

IHG to introduce Managed Service Centre for hotels in Russia and the CIS

2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — IHG has announced plans to establish a managed service centre that will provide support services for its hotels as it grows Russia and the CIS. Once it is open (most likely around March 2013) the Moscow-based centre will enable IHG hotels to access specialised clustered (non-guest facing) services including sales and marketing,… Read the full press release

New edition of the LH Magazin app sets plane enthusiasts’ pulse rates soaring

2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — With a whole host of video clips, animations and interactive features, the new edition of the LH Magazin app opens up the exciting world of the Lufthansa fleet, which currently comprises around 400 aircraft. The special edition of the Lufthansa Magazin app presents in detail the 16 aircraft types of the current… Read the full press release

Canada Specialist Program breaks the 10,000-member barrier

Travel agents around the world are flocking to sign up for CTC’s education tool

Travel agents around the world are flocking to sign up for CTC’s education tool 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Canada, your number’s up…and up and up. The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s state-of-the-art tool for the travel trade around the world now has more than 10,000 fully certified agents, and there is no sign of the education momentum… Read the full press release

Concession Opportunity Security Checkpoint Mail Service Lease at San Francisco International Airport

SAN FRANCISCO — 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — San Francisco International Airport has commenced the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Security Checkpoint Mail Service Lease, and invites interested parties to attend the Informational Conference on October 30, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at San Francisco International Airport, SFO Business Center, 575 N. McDonnell Road, 2nd Floor, Accounting Conference Room. … Read the full press release

Aberdeen Airport to introduce an airside smoking facility

2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — More than 400 passengers said they wanted it, while more than 500 gave their views, and now Aberdeen Airport is preparing to launch an airside smoking shelter. At the start of 2012, the airport team kicked off a study to investigate whether providing facilities for smoking after security would reduce the number… Read the full press release

Travelport Announces Release of GalileoTerminal in Asia Pacific

New mobile solution offers travel agents access to the Galileo and Apollo GDS platforms anytime, anywhere Singapore, 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announced the launch of a new, innovative mobile solution for travel agents in the Asia Pacific region. Known as GalileoTerminal, the web-based solution enables travel agents… Read the full press release

New security contract awarded to G4S

New security contract awarded to G4S

Oslo Airport, 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — After a thorough evaluation process, Oslo Airport has decided to award G4S the contracts for security services. The contracts have a duration of six years, starting 1 March 2013. The bidding process has been conducted as two separate competitions, one for the passenger terminal and one for outside areas. Valued at… Read the full press release

Condé Nast Traveler Names Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele #1 Resort in Hawaii in Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

The Lodge at Koele

Escape to the private Hawaiian island this fall with Third Night Free offer Hawaii, Lana’i, Lodge at Koele, U.S.A. – 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele was named as the Top Resort in Hawaii by Condé Nast Traveler in the 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. The Resort also placed #32 in the world in the Top… Read the full press release

Marriott to Grow Russia and CIS Portfolio by Over 50 Percent to More than 30 Hotels by 2015

Marriott to Grow Russia and CIS Portfolio by Over 50 Percent to More than 30 Hotels by 2015

MOSCOW – 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Leading global hotel operator Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is on track to double its portfolio in Europe from 40,000 rooms to 80,000 rooms by 2015. Marriott is fueling much of its growth in Europe with a strong focus on new development in Russia & CIS and today announced it… Read the full press release

The Chairman and CEO of Air France visits Brazil

2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Focusing on the Brazilian market, Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France, was in the country on October 17th to visit the local company operations, in addition to meeting partner companies. On this occasion, the CEO took the opportunity to discuss possible network developments such as the introduction of A380… Read the full press release

Bristol Airport upgrades mobile site

2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Bristol Airport has upgraded its mobile web site following customer research which showed more passengers want information while on the move using mobile devices. The improved site makes useful information easily accessible and quick to download, with a new drop down menu option making better use of available space on smaller screen sizes. The… Read the full press release

SAS strengthens its position in Finland

2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — From November 1, SAS will be taking over responsibility for commercial operations in Finland. This is taking place in line with SAS’s 4Excellence strategy and strengthens SAS’s position on the Finnish market. Finnish subsidiary Blue1 is being converted to a production company, with the primary task of delivering operational flight services to… Read the full press release

UNWTO opens two new Sustainable Tourism Observatories in China

Madrid, 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Kanas Lake Nature Reserve in the extreme north-west of China and the city of Chengdu, one of China’s most populous cities, are the locations of two new UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories designed to monitor the environmental, social and economic impacts of tourism.   The Chengdu and Kanas Observatories join UNWTO’s network… Read the full press release

JAL Announces International Fare Fuel Surcharge for Tickets Issued between December 2012 and January 2013

TOKYO, 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Japan Airlines (JAL) has requested for approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to revise up the fuel surcharges applied on all international passenger tickets issued between December 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013 as detailed below. JAL sets fuel surcharge levels bimonthly based on the… Read the full press release

England’s The Waterside Inn Comes to Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong at Caprice

Chef Michel Roux

Michel Roux brings 28 years of three Michelin stars to the glittering kitchens of Caprice for an exclusive engagement in November Hong Kong, China – 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — A master in culinary design and sustaining the coveted three Michelin-star award at his signature restaurant The Waterside Inn in Bray, England for 28 consecutive years, Michel Roux Sr brings this unique… Read the full press release

AER LINGUS IS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR GEORGE BEST LOOK-A-LIKES

George Best//Sept 77 PACEMAKER ARCHIVE

2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — To celebrate Aer Lingus’ move to George Best Belfast City Airport on 28th October 2012, the airline is launching a competition to find the ‘best’ George Best look-alike in Northern Ireland.  Terms and Conditions PRIZES: 10 runners-up will receive a return flight to London courtesy of Aer Lingus and the overall winner will… Read the full press release

GBTA Forecasts Continued Growth in Business Travel Spend in China as Domestic Demand Increases

Chinese Authorities Rebalance Economy Towards Domestic Growth to Counteract Impact of Euro crisis Beijing – 2012-10-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — GBTA announces the results of its second GBTA BTI™ Outlook – China report, a semi-annual analysis of one of the largest business travel markets in the world. The report, sponsored by Visa, includes the GBTA BTI™, an index of business… Read the full press release

Hilton Naples Appoints Niccole Neebling As Director Of Sales, Catering & Marketing

Hilton Naples today announced appointment of Niccole Neebling as Director of Sales, Catering & Marketing. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

NAPLES, Fla. – 2012-10-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Naples today announced appointment of Niccole Neebling as Director of Sales, Catering & Marketing. Clark Hill, general manager, Hilton Naples, said, “We are fortunate to have an experienced professional like Niccole Neebling leading our sales and marketing efforts. Niccole fulfills the Hilton Brand Promise with her commitment to… Read the full press release

Five Marriott Hotels are Recognised as Europe’s Best at the World Travel Awards

LONDON – 2012-10-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Five Marriott hotels in Europe have walked off with top industry awards at this year’s much-anticipated World Travel Awards.  The awards, voted for by travel professionals and consumers worldwide, showcase and reward excellence in all areas of the travel and tourism industry. The Marriott hotels singled out for their contribution to… Read the full press release

Strike Gold At Hilton Queenstown’s eforea: spa at Hilton

Hilton Queenstown is celebrating Central Otago's 150th gold anniversary in fashion, with an exclusive promotion with New Zealand's leading shoe designer, Kathryn Wilson. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand -2012-10-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Queenstown is celebrating Central Otago’s 150th gold anniversary in fashion, with an exclusive promotion with New Zealand’s leading shoe designer, Kathryn Wilson. From 15 October 2012 until 7 November 2012 every guest of Hilton Queenstown’s luxurious eforea: spa at Hilton will be invited to enter a competition to… Read the full press release

Holidays in Houston 2012

Holidays in Houston 2012

2012-10-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — The holidays season in the nation’s fourth-largest city brings stunning light displays, world-renowned performances and much more. Check out all that Houston has to offer in the coming months. Performing Arts A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas Nov. 18-Dec. 24 A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas… Read the full press release

Hilton HHonors Treats Members with 1,000 Reasons to Plan Weekend Travel

Members can earn 1,000 Bonus Points per night Thursday through Monday MCLEAN, Va. – 2012-10-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Whether it is extending a business trip, planning a last-minute escape or enjoying extra days on a family vacation, this November and December, Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, is providing travelers… Read the full press release

Amadeus signs global partnership agreement with Charter Solutions International for traveller tracking and communications on mobile devices

Amadeus signs global partnership agreement with Charter Solutions International for traveller tracking and communications on mobile devices The Amadeus Mobile Messenger solution is a unique way of handling traveller tracking and communications in any travel disruption or crisis situation on iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Madrid, Spain, 2012-10-17 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Amadeus, a leading technology… Read the full press release

Executive Travel Designates Travelport Primary Technology Partner

Atlanta, 2012-10-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announces a long term renewal with Executive Travel, a BCD affiliate and one of the Midwest’s largest travel management companies based in Lincoln, NE. Under the terms of the agreement, Travelport will continue as Executive Travel’s travel technology partner and provide… Read the full press release

British experiences among world’s Great Adventures

2012-10-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Great Adventures is an inspirational new title from Lonely Planet which showcases a wealth of exciting experiences from across the globe including six British adventures. The hardback book contains the world’s most thrilling adventures in 9 themed chapters; Hike, Dive, Bike, Above & Below, Climb, Ice & Snow, Animals, Water and Drive…. Read the full press release