Mexico’s First Adventure Travel Trade Show Kicks Off in September 2012

Boca del Rio, Veracruz, MEXICO, 2012-07-19 — / — Mexico’s state of Veracruz announces it will host ATMEX, the country’s first trade and consumer adventure travel fair featuring Mexico’s top adventure travel tour operators and destinations. Taking place September 5-­?9, 2012 at the World Trade Center of the coastal city of Boca del Rio, Veracruz, ATMEX is organized… Read the full press release

MAN at the heart of discussions between UNWTO and AMFORHT

2012-07-19 — / — Philippe FRANCOIS, President of the World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Training (AMFORHT), has met, Marcio FAVILLA, Executive Director and Javier BLANCO, Director of Affiliate Members of the World Tourism Organization, in Madrid, on Monday July 2. The core of the discussion was: put the MAN at the centre of… Read the full press release

Industry update: Canada’s tourism industry maintains social-media momentum.

2012-07-19 — / — Facebook’s stock price might have taken a dip after its controversial stock-market flotation, but its popularity continues among the Canadian travel industry. Naturally, it features in the next edition of the Canadian Tourism Commission(CTC)’s bird’s-eye view of the action in cyberspace. This series highlights the hard graft of CTC’s partners and friends from across… Read the full press release

Messy, Inaccurate, Confusing: Study Finds Corporate Travel Managers Waste Over 400,000 Hours Reconciling Travel Data

GBTA Foundation Study Finds Travel Managers Lack Single Solution to Efficiently Manage Multiple Data Streams Costing Companies Millions Effective Use of Travel Data Can Help Companies Control Travel Spend Alexandria, VA, 2012-07-19 — / — Travel data can play a key role in helping travel managers control travel spend, increase compliance, negotiate with suppliers and manage safety… Read the full press release

Eurostar reports a resilient performance in the first half of 2012

Passenger numbers up 2% to 4.8 million in H1 2012 Sales revenues up 1% to £425 million Growth in passenger numbers and sales revenues driven by leisure traffic 2012-07-19 — / — Eurostar, the high speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, today reported continuing  growth in passenger numbers and a resilient performance in… Read the full press release

World Committee on Tourism Ethics backs calls for Safe Coastal Tourism

Rome, Madrid, 2012-07-19 — / — The Eleventh Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics has closed with calls to make “Safe Coastal Tourism” a priority in coastal destinations worldwide (Rome, Italy, 12-13 July,). The Committee heard from invited guest, Caroline Danneels, founder of the non-profit organization “Safe Coastal Tourism”, on the importance of safety precautions at… Read the full press release

Discover More Fun in the Philippines at PTM2012

Bangkok, 2012-07-19 — / — The Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines have created exclusive tour itineraries for delegates attending the PATA Travel Mart (PTM2012) in Manila, Philippines, September 25-28. The tours are either complimentary or discounted. Each one gives an in-depth insight into the natural resources, heritage, culture – and fun – of the Philippines. PATA… Read the full press release

EASA welcomes the publication of the final report on the safety investigation of the accident of flight AF 447 on 1 June 2009

2012-07-19 — / — The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) welcomes today’s publication by the BEA (French Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority) of the Final Report on the safety investigation of the accident of flight AF 447 on 1 June 2009. The lessons learned from this accident will help to advance aviation safety. EASA has already… Read the full press release

News Brief: Strategic Action Plan to Improve Aviation Safety in Africa

Montreal 2012-07-19 — / — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) urge Ministers attending the African Ministerial Meeting on Aviation Safety being held in Abuja, Nigeria to endorse and adopt the  Africa Strategic Improvement Action Plan. The plan will enhance safety by addressing deficiencies and strengthening regulatory oversight in… Read the full press release

IATA Welcomes ICAO Progress on a CO2 Standard for Aircraft

Important Milestone in a Comprehensive Global Solution for Aviation Emissions Geneva, 2012-07-19 — / —  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed an agreement by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) environment committee on a metric to define a CO2 standard for new aircraft. “This major milestone in developing a CO2 standard for new aircraft demonstrates the… Read the full press release

Steak lovers in for a treat at Copenhagen Airport

2012-07-18 — / — The opening of MASH – one of the most popular Danish restaurants since 2009 – marks a new chapter of the F&B history at Copenhagen Airport. Food and beverage company SSP is the business partner behind the venture, which is part of Copenhagen Airport’s strategy of offering passengers the right mix of… Read the full press release

New Guidelines Aim to Improve Air Travel Experience for People with Reduced Mobility

2012-07-18 — / — ABTA and the CAA today launched new guidelines (Pre-Notification Guidance – for Supporting Passengers with Reduced Mobility), for the travel industry to help deliver a smooth airport experience for people with reduced mobility. The guidelines were drafted by the CAA in conjunction with ABTA and developed by an industry group *. They… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Commends Visa Waiver Program Working Group with Brazil

Announcement Follows U.S. Travel Recommendation Washington, D.C., 2012-07-18 — / — The U.S. Travel Association today commended the Department of Homeland Security for announcing a Statement of Intent to establish a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Working Group with Brazil. The agreement was signed by Secretary Janet Napolitano and Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota. “This is a significant step… Read the full press release

Oman Air’s Business Class Seat Shines at World Airline Awards™ 2012

2012-07-18 — / — For the second year running, Oman Air has won ‘Best Business Class Airline Seat’ at the prestigious World Airline Awards™, run by Skytrax. The award recognises Oman Air’s Airbus A330 Business Class seat and was presented to the airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Pearce, at a ceremony held at the UK’s Farnborough… Read the full press release

Helping Heroes – Marriott Rewards Members Donate Points to Help Wounded Warriors

2012-07-18 — / — For those injured while serving in the military, having the support of friends and family is crucial.  But the costs of long stays far from home can be prohibitive.  Now Marriott Rewards members can donate points to Fisher House Foundation’s Hotels For Heroes to provide free hotel rooms for ailing military servicemen… Read the full press release


2012-07-18 — / — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, announced that from midnight (24:00hrs) tonight, Mon, 16 July, it will release 100,000 seats at fares from £13 for travel on Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur in August, September and October. These “all in” low fares will be available on over 1,000 of Ryanair’s European routes but must be… Read the full press release

Senior Associate Deputy Minister from Industry Canada brings federal expertise to CTC’s board

2012-07-18 — / — No sooner did we fold away the welcome banners from David Jovanovic’s arrival, then Simon Kennedy joined the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s board of directors. Kennedy is currently the Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Industry Canada, a position he’s held since Sept. 1, 2010. There, he works closely with the Deputy Minister on policies and programs to hone… Read the full press release

Changes to Dartmoor MoD Danger Area

2012-07-18 — / — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given support to a Ministry of Defence (MoD) plan to alter the way the Dartmoor military Danger Area is managed. Whilst freeing up a substantial amount of Class G airspace for use by general aviation, the new arrangements are not expected to generate any fundamental… Read the full press release

Advantage announced as CAA’s latest ATOL Accredited Body

2012-07-18 — / — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today announced that the Advantage Travel Group is the latest travel organiser to meet the necessary criteria to become an Accredited Body. Under reforms introduced by the Government in April 2012, members of Accredited Bodies can sell ATOL protected holidays without having their own ATOL…. Read the full press release

SWISS earns top honours for its Business Class catering

2012-07-18 — / — Swiss International Air Lines has taken first place in the “Best Business Class Catering” category in this year’s Skytrax World Airline Awards. The annual industry distinctions are based on a survey of several million air travellers by the UK-based Skytrax consultancy company. Over 18 million air travellers from more than 100 countries… Read the full press release

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Elects New Chair

MESA, Ariz., 2012-07-18 — / — City of Mesa Mayor Scott Smith was elected as the chair of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority at the July 16 board meeting. Gila River Indian Community Lt. Governor Joseph Manuel will serve as vice-chair, Town of Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney will serve as secretary, City of Phoenix Vice Mayor… Read the full press release

British Airways Launch Campaign To Celebrate New Gatwick To Las Vegas Flights

2012-07-18 — / — British Airways are offering special deals on three night stays at the top hotels on the Las Vegas strip for holidays booked by July 25, 2012 to celebrate the launch of the new London Gatwick to Las Vegas flights which begin on October 29. British Airways are including a range of hotels… Read the full press release

Hilton Glasgow Unveils First Look at Trio of Dining Destinations

GLASGOW, Scotland, 2012-07-18 — / — Following an extensive multi-million pound renovation and redesign, Hilton Glasgow has announced the introduction of three new food and beverage outlets to the hotel. Connich Bar, Morblas Restaurant and Ti Tea Lounge are three new concepts for the stylish city centre hotel, which will celebrate 20 years in the city later this year…. Read the full press release

Hilton London Wembley Officially Opens

LONDON, 2012-07-18 — / —  Hilton Hotels & Resorts today celebrates the official opening of its new landmark hotel, Hilton London Wembley, just 10 days before the start of one of the biggest sporting events in U.K. history. With plans to transform the area into one of the most thriving parts of the capital, for sport, entertainment and… Read the full press release

Travelport and Air Canada Unveil Enhanced Version of Travelport Agencia™

Travel Agency Desktop Tool Enables Canadian Agents to Book All Air Canada Fare Families and Optional Services – Travelport Remains Only GDS with Full Air Canada Content and Capability to Fully Support Air Canada’s Merchandizing Functionality — Toronto, 2012-07-18 — / — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, operating the Apollo, Galileo… Read the full press release

IN JULY’S EDITION OF LATEST FROM LONELY PLANET: Spotlight on London • Free London eBook and app • Lonely Planet Manchester Airport store opens • Lonely Planet digital and print bundles

2012-07-18 — / — Spotlight on London As the world’s attention focuses on London, we’ve packed the London 2012 page of with information on how locals and visitors can make the most out of summer in the capital. Articles on the site include; the best places to eat near the Olympic park, advice for disabled visitors and… Read the full press release

Published This Month: Lonely Planet’s All-New Southeast Asia on a Shoestring

2012-07-18 — / — Lonely Planet’s all-new edition of its iconic best-seller, Southeast Asia on a Shoestring, hits bookstores this month. Evolving from the first-ever Lonely Planet guidebook (1973’s pioneering Across Asia on the Cheap), the Shoestring guides have been bibles for travellers planning big trips on small budgets for almost 40 years. The 16th edition of Southeast Asia on a Shoestring is 100% researched… Read the full press release highlights Oktoberfest – Don’t miss Munich this year!

2012-07-18 — / —, Asia’s leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced fantastic Munich hotel rates for Bavaria’s biggest festival – Oktoberfest! Launching on Saturday 22 September and wrapping up on 7 October, Oktoberfest is the world’s biggest fair, attracting more than six millions visitors a year… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Announces Nonstop Seasonal Service to Chicago O’Hare

Miramar, Florida 2012-07-18 — / — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today announced it is adding nonstop ultra low fare service between Phoenix-Mesa and Chicago. Daily nonstop seasonally service between Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport starts November 8, 2012 and runs through April 24, 2013. “We are committed to saving our customers money on… Read the full press release

Kuoni Shows Off The World In The New 2013 Worldwide Brochure

2012-07-18 — / — Kuoni has revealed its latest brochure, ‘Worldwide 2013’, featuring a selection of amazing holidays, unforgettable experiences, award-winning service and great value. Brimming with exclusive properties (mostly in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand), brand new places to stay, a wide range of multicentre holidays, tailor-made options and a brand new navigational aid,… Read the full press release