2012-10-4 — / — A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed to link one of the largest un-serviced city pairs in Australasia, with the intention of benefitting business, freight and tourism of both cities. Christchurch Airport CEO Jim Boult says the initiative has been under discussion between the two airports for three or four months…. Read the full press release

Brussels Airport wins global Routes Marketing Award

2012-10-4 — / — Last night in Abu Dhabi  Brussels Airport was awarded the overall Routes Airport  Marketing Award. Twice a year, the international Routes trade fair brings together airports and airlines from around the globe. In a kind of speed-dating environment they get the chance to meet all potential new customers at a single location.  Any interesting contacts can be… Read the full press release

Marriott Foundation Donates $250,000 to the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

Dream Foundation’s marquee program will teach the game of baseball and provide after-school educational programs for children in Wards 7 and 8. 2012-10-4 — / — The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation is excited to announce that The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation has committed $250,000 in support of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy…. Read the full press release

Ignite the Spark at Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano

Cherish memories and delight loved ones Alexandria, Egypt – 2012-10-4 — / — “If conversation was the lyrics, laughter was the music, making time spent together a melody that could be replayed over and over without getting stale.” – Nicholas Sparks It is all about love and finding some quality time to spend with one’s partner to revive… Read the full press release

Tourism Partners Launch Halal Guide to New Zealand

2012-10-4 — / — The partners have today launched a new culinary tourism guide to New Zealand focussing on meeting the needs of Halal travellers. The inaugural New Zealand Halal Guide to New Zealand provides general tourism information, together with a list of Halal classified restaurants and cafes, from halal-certified through to those which offer vegetarian… Read the full press release

Significant boost for Shannon as United announce new route to Chicago

2012-10-4 — / — Shannon Airport’s status as the transatlantic gateway to the West of Ireland is set to be significantly enhanced thanks to the announcement of a new route by United Airlines to Chicago from next summer. The new route will be in addition to the hugely successful daily service to Newark that United operate… Read the full press release

Celebrate the Festive Season at Hilton Queenstown

Hilton Queenstown has released an exciting Christmas programme that promises guests a truly memorable festive season. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand – 2012-10-4 — / — Hilton Queenstown has released an exciting Christmas programme that promises guests a truly memorable festive season. Hold an unforgettable Christmas cocktail party or buffet dinner at Hilton Queenstown this December and receive one guest complimentary with every ten paying guests, eligible for events with a minimum of 35 people. Relax… Read the full press release

Budapest Airport wins Best Sample Category at 2012 ASQ Fieldwork Awards

Budapest Airport was announced the winner of the Best Sample Category in the European Airport section at the ASQ Fieldwork Awards, part of the ASQ (Airport Service Quality) Forum held in Istanbul last week. 2012-10-4 — / — The ASQ Fieldwork Awards are an informal recognition of those airports which achieve the highest standards in ASQ… Read the full press release


Outlook At as 25 July 2012 IMS Revised Outlook Capacity growth 1 +7% +7% Revenue per seat (constant currency) 1 Low to mid-single digits +5% to 5.5% Cost per seat ex fuel (constant currency) 1 +1% to 2% +1.5% to 2% Full year pre–tax profit (PBT) £280m to £300m £310m to £320m 2012-10-4 — / — Trading update for… Read the full press release

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong Announces Third New Product Line to Complete an Entirely New Spa Menu for 2012

Relax in baths at the Spa

Hong Kong-born New Yorker Ling Chan proudly brings her skincare line Ling New York to her homeland for the first time Hong Kong, China – 2012-10-4 — / — The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong announces the third and final product line to launch in its three-phase menu update at the award-winning Forbes Five-Star Spa. Complementing the two result-oriented brands… Read the full press release

Protected Travel Services confirmed as ATOL franchise body

2012-10-4 — / — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is today pleased to announce that Protected Travel Services (PTS) has been confirmed as a franchise body under the ATOL financial protection scheme. The confirmation offers travel organisers an additional option for complying with the ATOL Regulations 2012, with businesses also able to operate under their… Read the full press release

Ryanair & LBA offer free flights to students

Competition winner: Leeds Met University student, Rachel Hobson (second left) wins Ryanair flights to Riga

Ryanair and Leeds Bradford Airport teamed up to offer a pair of free flights for student festival goers at Leeds’ first ever outdoor Freshers’ Festival. 2012-10-4 — / — Leeds Freshers’ Festival was held in Leeds City Centre’s Millennium Square, on Saturday 22nd September; Voodoo Events, in partnership with Leeds Met Students’ Union and Leeds City… Read the full press release

Budapest Airport Highly Commended at 2012 World Routes Awards

Budapest Airport Highly Commended at 2012 World Routes Awards

Budapest Airport was highly commended as one of the top three airports in Europe last night in the prestigious World Routes Awards, voted for exclusively by airline judges*. 2012-10-4 — / — “To win such recognition on the world stage after experiencing a difficult year with the loss of Malev is especially pleasing for us,” noted… Read the full press release


2012-10-4 — / — Within an unstable economic environment, the Air France-KLM Group has decided, for the 2012-13 winter season running from 28/10/2012 to 23/03/2013, to stabilize its growth in capacity* compared with winter 2011-12, including +0.5% on long-haul and -0.5% on medium-haul operations. STABLE CAPACITY* FOR AIR FRANCE: -0.1% ON LONG-HAUL NETWORK AND -0.5% ON… Read the full press release

Victoria’s Secret Beauty & Accessories store opening in Copenhagen

Victoria’s Secret, the leading specialty retailer of lingerie and beauty products, plans to open its first Beauty & Accessories Store in Terminal 2, Copenhagen Airport in partnership with Agora Trading.  2012-10-4 — / — The new store, scheduled to open on Thursday 18th October, will offer customers access to an assortment of best-selling Victoria’s Secret beauty… Read the full press release


2012-10-4 — / — easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has added an innovative new online feature designed to help customers find exactly what they are looking for at the click of a mouse.  ‘Inspire Me’ gives customers ideas on where to go, whatever their budget, helping them to see how far their budget can take them… Read the full press release

Le Meurice holds a candle to Christmas and presents its anniversary Yule log

Le Meurice holds a candle to Christmas and presents its anniversary Yule log

For the holiday season, the pâtissiers at Hotel Le Meurice, under Yannick Alléno, have again let their imagination run riot with a Yule log that celebrates an important anniversary for Le Meurice. 2012-10-4 — / — This year, the original Parisian palace hotel is lighting 3×5 candles to mark the 5th anniversary of the gastronomic restaurant’s… Read the full press release

ABTA Welcomes 35 New Members from July to September

2012-10-4 — / — ABTA welcomed the following 35 new Members into the Association from July to September 2012, five trading as retailers, 29 as principals and one in both classes of membership. Once Upon a Dream Ltd, Retailer,  ABTA number P5017 joined 2/7/12 Debbie’s Villas Ltd, Principal, ABTA number Y5238, joined 2/7/12 321 Dive Ltd,… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide Signs Management Agreement With Premier Hotels & Resorts For Hotel Development And Introduction Of First Hilton Hotel In Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh and MCLEAN, Va., 2012-10-4 — / —  Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Premier Hotels & Resorts to manage Hilton Dhaka, Bangladesh in central Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. The agreement will see the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Bangladesh and mark Hilton Worldwide’s entry into the country. Scheduled to open in 2015,… Read the full press release

easyJet celebrates its inaugural flight from Bristol to Copenhagen

easyJet celebrates its inaugural flight from Bristol to Copenhage

2012-10-4 — / — easyJet, the largest operator at Bristol Airport, has today celebrated its inaugural flight to the Danish capital of Copenhagen. Customers were taken by surprise and put in the mood for their trip by a Danish themed check in area where delicious Danish pastries were distributed. One lucky Bristol traveller won a pair… Read the full press release

Global Business Travel Association Appoints Top Indian Buyer to Its Asia Advisory Board

Bangkok, Thailand, 2012-10-4 — / — GBTA is thrilled to announce that Mr. Indriyajit Sethi  vice president, Group Strategic Sourcing for the TATA Group has accepted a position on GBTA’s Asia Advisory Board.  Mr. Sethi manages a TATA group aggregated buying shared services unit, reporting to Mr Ishaat Hussain (Director TATA Sons and member Group Corporate… Read the full press release


TRAFFIC OVER 7M FOR 6 MONTHS IN A ROW 2012-10-4 — / — Ryanair today (3 Oct) released passenger and load factor stats for September 2012 as follows: Sep 11 Sep 12 Change Yr to Sep 12 Passengers 1 7.25M 7.84M +8% 79.07M Load Factor 85% 84% -1% 82%   September 2012 was the sixth month in… Read the full press release

SAS and Apollo sign million dollar agreement

Apollo is developing its partnership with SAS and has signed another million dollar agreement ahead of the winter season. As a result, Apollo’s customers will be flying on SAS aircraft from 13 different locations in Sweden, Norway and Denmark to 8 destinations around the world. The contract is worth a total of SEK 590 million…. Read the full press release

Ethiopian Takes Delivery of the First Customized Q-400

Ethiopian Takes Delivery of the First Customized Q-400

2012-10-4 — / — Ethiopian, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of the first of its five re-configured Bombardier Q-400 aircraft on 28 September 2012 in Toronto, Canada. Based on its valued customers feed back, the airline requested the manufacturer to reconfigure the new Q-400 and as… Read the full press release

CTC intercepts and scores with travel plans on social media

Pilot project adds Canada to UK and Aussie travellers’ itineraries in the US; TripAdvisor and Les Clefs d’Or partnerships raise awareness. 2012-10-4 — / — Surprise, surprise! A new Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) pilot project gave travellers from the UK and Australia an added bonus on top of their planned trips to the US—a chance for Canadian adventures. Their amazement at the change… Read the full press release

Improved Performance Cushions Fall in Profits – Margins and Profits Remain Weak

Singapore – 2012-10-4 — / — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an upward revision to its global aviation outlook for 2012. The fall in airline profits from the $8.4 billion that the industry earned in 2011 will be cushioned by improved airline performance. Airlines are expected to earn $4.1 billion in 2012 (up $1.1 billion… Read the full press release

Sabre Employees Engage in 2012 Global ‘Give Together’ Fundraising Campaign

Teams in The Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific aim to raise more than US$1.2 million for charities around the world SOUTHLAKE, Texas – 2012-10-4 — / — Sabre Holdings (, a global travel technology company serving the travel and tourism industry, kicks off its annual Give Together fundraising campaign this week. Launched in 2000 and held in all… Read the full press release

Digital Native Shows the Way for GBTA Europe Delegates in Budapest

London, 2012-10-4 — / — GBTA, the voice of the global business travel industry treated delegates at GBTA Europe’s Annual Conference in Budapest last week to an insight to Generation Y and its use of social media by the event’s 17-year-old Digital Native speaker, Max Keegan, in his talk – ‘The Importance of Impatience’. Prior to the… Read the full press release

Marriott International Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Listen to the quarterly earnings review at (click “recent and upcoming events” tab and click on the quarterly conference call link). THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS • Diluted earnings per share (EPS) totaled $0.44, a 52 percent increase over prior year adjusted results; • During the third quarter, the company completed the sale of its equity interest in the Courtyard… Read the full press release

InterCity West Coast franchise

2012-10-4 — / — The Secretary of State for Transport has announced today, 3 October, that the InterCity West Coast franchise competition has been cancelled. A Virgin Rail Group spokesperson  said: “We welcome today’s frank announcement by the Secretary of State, acknowledging the flaws in the way the InterCity West Coast competition was assessed and… Read the full press release