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HOLIDAY INN CELEBRATES ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY BY HIDING DIAMONDS UNDER GUESTS’ PILLOWS 2012-09-19 — / — A few lucky guests will find more than chocolate on their pillow when they check into Holiday Inn next week. To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Holiday Inn is placing more than £30,000 worth of sparkling diamonds in hotel rooms across Europe. Guests… Read the full press release

Marriott Celebrates First TownePlace Suites LEED® Volume Hotel

[Pictured: L to R: (front row) Karl and Margaret Ewald of Arapahoe Lodging, hotel owners; E.B. "Bud" Robinson of Arapahoe Lodging, hotel owner; Kevin Hougen, president and CEO of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce; (back row)Tom Burdeshaw, vice president - design management, Marriott International; Steve Hogan, mayor of Aurora, Colo.; Todd Dickson, TownePlace Suites Denver general manager; Loren Nalewanski, vice president - global brand management, TownePlace Suites. Photos provided by The Vern's LLC]

2012-09-19 — / — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) today announced the first TownePlace Suites hotel to open as part of its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environment Volume Program) Volume Program – the TownePlace Suites Denver Airport at Gateway Park in Colorado.  TownePlace Suites is the hospitality leader’s second brand to construct a hotel built using Marriott’s LEED… Read the full press release

Crowne Plaza Conversion Opens in Tulsa, Okla.

Upscale hotel offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space and ballrooms for large and small events and conferences ATLANTA, GA, 2012-09-19 — / — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] today announces the opening of the Crowne Plaza Tulsa, Okla. The eleven-story, 286-room hotel underwent a conversion from a Hilton and features newly redesigned guestrooms… Read the full press release

Allegiant Announces Nonstop Service to Casper Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo., 2012-09-19 — / — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) announces new, nonstop jet service between Casper, Wyo. and Phoenix/Mesa, Ariz. beginning Dec. 20, 2012. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with fares as low as $69.99* one way. “We are pleased to announce a new, affordable and convenient travel option for… Read the full press release

Indulge in the Sweet Scents of Fall at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey

Hershey, Pa., 2012-09-19 — / — Beginning October 1, visitors to The Spa At The Hotel Hershey can indulge in the sweet scents of fall. Available Mondays through Thursdays through November 29, guest can relax with pumpkin and apple spice treatments that prepare and nourish the body for the cool weather ahead. Guests that prefer the comforting aroma of pumpkin… Read the full press release


2012-09-19 — / — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (19 Sept) announced it would open a new route between London Stansted and Lublin – its 11th Polish airport – from 17th Dec, bringing its Stansted winter schedule to 95 routes, including new winter routes to Budapest and Warsaw (Modlin), as well as ski routes to Grenoble,… Read the full press release

Sugar, Spice And All Things Nice

Hilton London Canary Wharf is set to spice up the City bar scene at Cinnamon. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Cinnamon Bar Launches Exotic Trio of Tantalising Tipples LONDON 2012-09-19 — / — Hilton London Canary Wharf is set to spice up the City bar scene at Cinnamon. Drawing on its maritime location as a former hub for world trade, the bar’s expert mixologists have drawn on elements of the exotic to design three sweet and spicy… Read the full press release

Wyndham Worldwide Releases 2011 Sustainability Report, Achieves Five Percent Carbon Footprint Reduction

Second annual Sustainability Report highlights continued carbon reduction measured by custom state-of-the-art eco-software program tracking energy efficiency across the Company’s owned and managed properties Parsippany, N.J. 2012-09-19 — / — Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, today announced a five percent reduction in its carbon footprint over 2010 based on carbon emission… Read the full press release

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts partners with National Geographic and UNESCO for Responsible Business Week 2012

2012-09-19 — / — InterContinental Hotels & Resorts today embarks on a week-long programme of activities around the world to help protect and preserve unique and cultural heritage sites as part of Responsible Business Week 2012. This marks the third year of InterContinental’s Responsible Business Week in partnership with National Geographic. The theme for Responsible Business… Read the full press release

Renaissance Hotels to Open New Hotel in Izmir, Turkey

Marriott International Continues Expansion in Turkey With Growth of its Signature Lifestyle Brand. 2012-09-19 — / — Marriott International, Inc (NYSE:MAR) today announced plans to open its tenth hotel in Turkey, the 110-room Renaissance Izmir Hotel, set to open in late 2012.  Renaissance Hotels is the signature lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio. Recognized… Read the full press release

HERSHEY LODGE Offers Special Fall Dining Experiences

Hershey, Pa., 2012-09-19 — / — Hershey Lodge is featuring a variety of unique dining experiences throughout October and November. Among them are Oktoberfest, a Winemaker dinner, Witches Brewed Children’s Teas, Wild Game and Mushroom features, and a Beaujolais Nouveau celebration. October 1 through 28, the Lodge will celebrate the traditional festival of Oktoberfest in three of… Read the full press release

Six Flags Magic Mountain Brings You Thrills by Day, Fright by Night

New Mazes, Scare Zones, Shows and Extended Park Hours OCTOBER 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28 2012-09-19 — / — Six Flags Magic Mountain transforms from a “theme park” to a haunted “scream park” for the 20th season of Fright Fest Presented by SNICKERS®, Southern California’s most thrilling Halloween experience. This season marks one of the biggest and… Read the full press release

Warwick International Hotels welcomes Hotel Jardin Savana Dakar in its Collection

Paris, 2012-09-19 — / — The Group’s portfolio is still growing through the affiliation of a new hotel, located beachfront in the heart of lush vegetation and just five minutes from downtown Dakar, Senegal. Hotel Jardin Savana Dakar is located in the residential area of Dakar, on Cap Manuel, five minutes from the city center. At the… Read the full press release

Wyndham Vacation Ownership Acquires Shell Vacations LLC

Acquisition immediately accretive to adjusted EPS; Expands fee-for-service businesses PARSIPPANY, NJ, 2012-09-19 — / — Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) today announced that its subsidiary, Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), has acquired privately held Shell Vacations LLC (Shell) and its subsidiaries.  Shell is one of the largest independent vacation ownership club and property management groups, serving approximately 115,000… Read the full press release

IHG announced Special Dividend and Share Consolidation: Publication of Circular

On Tuesday, 2012-09-19 — / — the Board of IHG announced its intention to return US$1 billion of funds to Shareholders via a Special Dividend with a Share Consolidation of US$500 million and a Share Buyback Programme of US$500 million. The Board of IHG today announces it is publishing a circular (the “Circular”) setting out full… Read the full press release

China Airlines Receives Sports Activists Award from Sports Affairs Council

2012-09-19 — / — China Airlines received the “Sports Activists Award” from the Sports Affairs Council on September 7 for its contribution to the development of sports in Taiwan. As a first-time nominee, China Airlines was recognized by the judging panel for its long-term sponsorship of golf in Taiwan. Sports Affairs Council of the Executive Yuan… Read the full press release

Manchester Airport and Hallé Orchestra launch China trade mission with UKTI

2012-09-19 — / — Manchester Airport’s ambition to secure a direct route to China has taken a further step forward by supporting Manchester’s world-famous Hallé Orchestra, as they announce their first tour to China and link up with a UKTI trade mission that aims to increase exports from the North West. Senior executives from Manchester Airports… Read the full press release

EVA Wins Two Prestigious Travel Industry Awards, Magellan Gold and Silver New Royal Laurel Class, Hello Kitty program take top honors

2012-09-19 — / — EVA Air’s brand-new Royal Laurel Class business cabin is the 2012 Gold Magellan Award winner in the business class category for international carriers and its innovative Hello Kitty Jet program won the 2012 Silver Magellan Award for Advertising/Marketing campaigns in Travel Weekly’s prestigious annual recognition of the best in travel. Titled Royal… Read the full press release

China Airlines Forms Partnerships with NTUT, YunTech and NFU

2012-09-19 — / — China Airlines (CAL), National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT), National Yunlin University of Science and Technology (YunTech) and National Formosa University (NFU) have signed industry-academia agreements that will offer internships to science and engineering seniors from the three universities at CAL Engineering and Maintenance Organization. The internships will count towards students’ academic… Read the full press release

Dulles Day Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Plane-Pulling’ as Airport Marks a Half-Century of Service

Sept. 22 Event to Benefit Special Olympics Virginia 2012-09-19 — / — It’s the Man vs. Machine event of the year. Special Olympics Virginia and Dulles International Airport will hold their 20th anniversary of Dulles Day Plane Pull during the airport’s celebration of its 50th anniversary. Nearly 70 teams will try to hold their own in… Read the full press release

Manchester Airport to test new generation of privacy friendly security scanners

2012-09-19 — / — Manchester Airport has confirmed today that its trial of “naked” body scanners will end in October when testing will also begin on a new generation of privacy friendly security scanners. The current body scanners will initially be replaced by five next generation security scanners. In line with Government policy, these include a… Read the full press release

New Water Park Breaks Ground in Texarkana


2012-09-19 — / — The Holiday Springs Water Park is set to be Texarkana’s new go-to water playground. This Wednesday (September 19) marks the groundbreaking ceremony for the facility .The multi-million dollar venture will be built at Crossroads Business Park, a 1,000 acre multi-use area that is quickly becoming the center of an ongoing citywide business… Read the full press release

Helsinki Airport: Lots of passengers travelling – Arrive early at the airport

2012-09-19 — / — There will be a lot of passengers at Helsinki Airport on Thursday 20, Friday 21 and Sunday 23 September. Please arrive early at the airport if your flight departs at 14-18 hrs in the afternoon. Passengers must reserve enough time for check-in, baggage drop, security check and passport control. ###

Port of Halifax and Halifax Stanfield International Airport Promote Halifax as the East Coast Gateway

Halifax, NS, 2012-09-19 — / — The Halifax Port Authority and the Halifax Stanfield International Airport hosted a reception together last evening in Shanghai, China to promote Halifax as an east coast gateway. The reception was hosted as part of the Council of the Federation trade mission to China, led by Premier Darrell Dexter.  This event… Read the full press release

St. John’s International Airport Authority Launches a Strike Website

ST. JOHN’S, NL, Monday, 2012-09-19 — / — St. John’s International Airport Authority released a new website today specifically designed to address questions that arise in relation to the strike and to keep the public informed on the negotiations with PSAC and the present labour disruption.The new website address is “St. John’s International Airport is the… Read the full press release

Norwegian wins international award for best in-flight WiFi

Norwegian wins international award for best in-flight WiFi

2012-09-19 — / — Norwegian has won the prestigious Passenger Choice Awards 2012 for the category “Best Inflight Connectivity and Communications”. The airline competed against major international airlines like Virgin America, Emirates, Oman Air and Gulf Air. The award was presented in Long Beach, California, USA on Monday 17. September. The award proves that Norwegian’s commitment… Read the full press release

Airport receives share of £140million Government investment

2012-09-19 — / — Manchester Airport, Siemens, Sembcorp and Nissan are some of the 34 businesses that have successfully bid to design the vocational training programmes they need to grow and create tens of thousands of opportunities for young people, Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced. They are the first round of winners taking part in… Read the full press release

Haute cuisine, golf, unique spots where you can enjoy unique premium experiences this fall with Meliá Hotels & Resorts

Palma de Mallorca, 2012-09-19 — / — Fall is the season when we start to notice changes, in the weather, habits and the pace of life. Meliá Hotels & Resorts offers you the chance to visit some magical places in a different season, thanks to the special packages it has prepared for this fall. Lanzarote, Madrid, Barcelona… Read the full press release

First Airbus A320 to enter operation in fleet renewal lands in Vienna

• Austrian Airlines harmonizing its medium-haul fleet • First Airbus A320 expected to be put into operation on 1st October 2012 under registration OE-LBI • Total of seven Airbus A320 scheduled to replace Boeing 737 fleet 2012-09-19 — / — Austrian Airlines is harmonizing its medium-haul fleet: Austrian crews and aircraft engineers today brought the first… Read the full press release

Air New Zealand invests in B777-200ER upgrade programme

2012-09-19 — / — Air New Zealand is investing more than $100 million in upgrading its Boeing 777-200ER fleet to ensure it continues to deliver the most innovative product and technologies to customers flying on its international network. Air New Zealand Deputy CEO Norm Thompson says the upgrade of the eight aircraft is scheduled to begin in the second quarter… Read the full press release