O.R. Tambo International Airport introduces new breed to its Bird Strike Avoidance Programme

2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — In an initiative that has never been done at any other airport in the world before, Africa’s hub airport, O.R. Tambo International, has successfully introduced and implemented a new breed of dog to its Bird Strike Avoidance Programme. Border Collies have been used at O.R. Tambo International Airport for the past 10… Read the full press release

Think you can pull 90 tons? Sign up for the Fourth Annual Special Olympics Illinois Plane Pull at O’Hare

CHICAGO, Illinois – 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — On Saturday, September 15, Special Olympics Illinois will pit teams of 20 men and women against each other as they play tug-of-war with an Airbus 300 aircraft weighing more than 198,000 pounds. You’ve got to see it to believe it! Check out the YouTube video that tells the story of the Plane Pull… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific plans to resume operation for Taipei flights

2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways announced that based on the latest weather forecast regarding Typhoon Saola, it plans to resume operation of Taipei flights from 10:00pm on 2 August. The following flights originally scheduled to depart today have been delayed to tomorrow (3 August): Flight No Route Scheduled Dep Time New Dep time (3… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Announces New Nonstop Route Between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport And Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Airline Celebrates New Service with a $139 One-way Sale DALLAS, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today it will begin service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) with two daily nonstop roundtrip flights starting Sept. 30, 2012. To celebrate the new route, the carrier also announced a… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific suspends Taipei operations for today, rebooking/rerouting window extended to 5 August

2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways today (Thursday, 2 August) announced that it will suspend all its Taipei flight operations today due to expected severe impact of Typhoon Saola on Taipei. Passengers whose flights are cancelled are advised not to go to the airport. Cathay Pacific will assist with alternative arrangements for affected passengers and… Read the full press release

Heathrow Airport Games media update – Thursday 2 August

2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — A busy day at the airport with 218, 571 passengers expected in the terminals – 105,873 of which are arrivals. Over 500 members of the Games Family* are expected to arrive at Heathrow today, with around 450 departing. A busy day at the airport with 218, 571 passengers expected in the terminals… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific suspends Taipei operations until at least midday on Thursday

2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways today (Wednesday, 1 August) announced that it will suspend its Taipei flight operations from 06:00pm today until at least 12:00 noon on 2 August due to the forecasted adverse weather as a result of Typhoon Saola. The last flight scheduled to depart Hong Kong today is CX510 and the… Read the full press release

The Lufthansa Group reports upward trend in earnings in the second quarter

Group earns operating profit in the second quarter and reduces its operating loss for the half-year to EUR 20m / Forecast for 2012 confirmed: operating profit in the medium three-figure million euro range 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Deutsche Lufthansa AG reported an upward trend in earnings performance in the second quarter of this year. In the… Read the full press release

ME London, the flagship project of Meliá Hotels International in the British capital, to open in September

Designed by Foster + Partners, it is the fifth hotel for the luxury lifestyle ME by Meliá hotel brand, joining the hotels in Madrid, Barcelona, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas Palma de Mallorca , 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The ME London Hotel, the latest jewel on the urban hotel scene in London, is preparing the final details for… Read the full press release

Dragonair Suspends Taipei Operations Until at Least Midday on Thursday

Hong Kong, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dragonair today (Wednesday, 1 August) announced that it will suspend its Taipei flight operations to and from Hong Kong from 6:00 pm today until at least 12:00 noon on 2 August due to the forecasted adverse weather as a result of Typhoon Saola. The last flight departed Hong Kong to Taipei today was KA486… Read the full press release

Dragonair Expects Disruption to Taipei and Taichung Flights from Wednesday Afternoon Through Thursday

Hong Kong, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dragonair today (31 July) announced that based on the latest weather forecast for approaching Typhoon Saola, the airline expects disruption to its flights to and from Taipei and Taichung from tomorrow (1 August) afternoon through Thursday (2 August).  However, it expects to operate its flights to and from Taipei and Taichung… Read the full press release

Jet Airways’ Jetprivilege welcomes Raymond as its newest retail partner

MUMBAI, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege, India’s largest frequent flyer programme, today announced its partnership with The Raymond Shop and Raymond Made-to-Measure in the ever expanding retail category and an opportunity to earn JPMiles for its members. The Raymond Shop is a Premium Retail store offering complete wardrobe solutions for men which includes top-of-the-line… Read the full press release

transavia.com flying to special winter sun destination this winter: Cape Verde

Schiphol, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — On 31 July 2012, transavia.com starts listing the unique islands of Cape Verde as one of its winter sun destinations. On 30 October, the airline will begin twice-weekly flights departing from Amsterdam to the Island of Sal with fares starting at €195 per single journey. Adding Cape Verde is in line with… Read the full press release

Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! Free Admission to Museums in Arkansas

Free Tickets from Coast to Coast Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! Tickets Now Available for Download New York, NY, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The best free ticket in town is just a click away – starting today, museum-goers can head to smithsonian.com/museumdaylive to download tickets for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! Tickets grant free admission for two people per… Read the full press release

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Sets New June Passenger Record

Airport Reports 2.19 Million Passengers, Busiest June and Second-Busiest Month Ever for BWI Marshall 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport announced today that 2,189,148 commercial passengers flew through the Airport in June 2012. That figure, an increase of 2.9 percent over June 2011, was a new record for the month of June, and… Read the full press release

Deals of the Week: Adventure Around Arizona

2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — This summer, Courtyard, Residence Inn and Towneplace Suites make traveling to Arizona easy and affordable.  Per weekend stay, guests will receive a $25 Visa gift card to use towards any of their hearts desires.   Guests will have their choice of deluxe accommodations at participating hotels in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson…. Read the full press release

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Receives Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings Magazine

DESTIN, Fla., 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is proud to announce it has received the prestigious Pinnacle Award as one of the 2012 Best Hotels and Resorts from Successful Meetings magazine. The Pinnacle Awards are given annually as a mark of excellence for meeting destinations, hotels and conference centers that demonstrate outstanding… Read the full press release

Iberia launches new auto-check-in software to reduce check-in time to less than 30 seconds

A new, simple, intuitive application streamlines check-in of passengers and luggage. Unveiled today in airline’s T4 hub in Madrid-Barajas airport, it will be gradually installed in other airports. Iberia’s aim is to increase the proportion of auto-check-in from 60% to 90% of total passengers. The innovation is a part of the Ágora project to ease… Read the full press release

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Receives ‘Greens of Distinction’ Award from Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine

DESTIN, Fla., 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is the proud recipient of the prestigious ‘Greens of Distinction’ award from Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine. This marks the 13th time Hilton Sandestin Beach has received the recognition. Presented to hotels, resorts and conference centers committed to their golf courses, meeting facilities, food and… Read the full press release

NATIONAL CAR RENTAL PROVIDES RETURN ALERTS TO EMERALD CLUB MEMBERS

New Feature Bolsters National’s Award-Winning Service for Frequent Business Travelers Demanding On-the-Go Service ST. LOUIS, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — National Car Rental, the premier rental car brand for business travel, today announced the launch of its new Return Alerts to Emerald Club members to enhance efficiency, choice and convenience in their frequent business travel. The new service –… Read the full press release

World’s biggest “tweet” takes to the air

The tweet ‘The best part of every trip is sharing it with you” will crisscross the skies for two months displayed on an Iberia A340-600 More than 3,800 people submitted their ideas in Iberia’s highly original contest on the social networks Madrid, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The world’s largest “tweet” took off from Madrid-Barajas airport today en… Read the full press release

Hilton Colon Quito Named Sustainable Tourism Certification by Smart Voyager

World-renowned Certification Agency Smart Voyager Recognizes Sustainable Practices Of Hilton Colon Quito QUITO, Ecuador 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Colon Quito has been honored with the Sustainable Tourism Certification awarded by Smart Voyager. “This prize is a result of the efforts of our entire work team and their dedication to our policy of social responsibility,” commented Patricio… Read the full press release

Airline Signs Above KCI Airport Roadways to be Replaced

Motorists Should Expect Lane Closures 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The aging electronic Welcome to Kansas City, Missouri sign at Kansas City International Airport was replaced with a state-of-the-art message board so visitors are greeted in style. Next on the schedule is replacing the six overhead electronic signs along Cookingham Drive and International Circle to ensure visitors… Read the full press release

Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona colabora con asociaciones locales para ofrecer empleo a personas con discapacidad

BARCELONA, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — En los tiempos que corren, hay un colectivo quesufre especialmente la difícil situación del mercado laboral: las personas con alguna discapacidad. Afortunadamente, hay iniciativas que reivindican el valor añadido que estas personas aportan a sus puestos de trabajo, sea cual sea el sector. En el ámbito de la hostelería, el equipo… Read the full press release

Enjoy The Taste Of Summer At Hilton Milan With The New Cocktail ‘That’s Milano’

The young bar tender Lieta Vecchiato, aged 27, was inspired by the classical milanese liquors MILAN, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Milan has introduced a new cocktail, ‘That’s Milano’, especially for summer which evokes the tastes of the Lombardy city. It has been created by the young bar tender of the hotel’s Cosmopolitan Bar, Lieta Vecchiato, aged 27…. Read the full press release

Honey I Shrunk The Haggis!!

Scotland’s Most Famous Dish is as Cute as a Cupcake WEST LOTHIAN, Scotland, U.K., 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — With thousands of international visitors expected to descend upon Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Hilton Edinburgh Airport gets set to welcome guests from across the world with Scotland’s national dish in cupcake form. Specially created by the hotel’s sous chef… Read the full press release

Frontier Airlines Celebrates Colorado Day with its Best Fare Sale of the Year

Fly Colorado’s hometown airline with fares as low as $49* (all inclusive) each way at FrontierAirlines.com DENVER, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines is celebrating the 136th anniversary of its home state of Colorado with fares as low as $49* each way (all transportation fees and taxes included) to domestic destinations served from Denver, Colorado Springs and Durango…. Read the full press release

Travelport signs new agreement with China Southern Airlines

Hong Kong, 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has today announced a new multi-year global content agreement with China Southern Airlines. Effective immediately, the new agreement ensures Galileo and Worldspan travel agency customers worldwide will continue to have full access to the airline’s fares and inventories. China Southern Airlines operates… Read the full press release

Heathrow Airport: Games media update – Wednesday 1 August

A busy day at the airport with 220,973 passengers expected in the terminals – 107,261 of which are arrivals. Over 600 members of the Games Family* are expected to arrive at Heathrow today, with around 300 departing. A busy day at the airport with 220,973 passengers expected in the terminals – 107,261 of which are… Read the full press release

The Great Parliamentary Summer Getaway

“Half Going Abroad with half holidaying at home” 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The third ABTA annual MP Holiday survey reveals today that all of the MPs and Peers who responded will be taking a summer holiday this year with half joining the Prime Minister and his Deputy in going overseas.  David Cameron and Nick Clegg will… Read the full press release