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  • Labor pain causes Malaysian Airlines flight emergency landing

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    A Malaysian Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Bali for an Australian passenger who was in labor pain.     The flight MH135 from Kuala Lumpur to Brisbane, carrying 178 passengers was forced to make the …

  • Travel Leaders to Require Membership in ASTA

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    In a vote of confidence for the work being done for the travel agent community by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), the Franchise Advisory Board (FAB) for Travel Leaders, based in Plymouth, Minn., voted unanimously in favor of …

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  • ‘Ebola travel bans irrational,’ claims head of Red Cross

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    Imposing travel bans on Ebola affected countries would be “irrational,’’ said Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies while addressing to the media at press conference.   According to Elhadj, imposing …

  • WTM’s vibrant variety revealed with more than 200 new exhibitors in 2014 event

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    Tourist boards, luxury operators, emerging destinations and technology specialists from a wide range of sectors and countries are among the 213 new exhibitors confirmed for World Travel Market 2014, the leading global event for the industry.     Almost a …

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Global Travel News

  • Tourism Australia CMO Nick Baker named AMI marketer of the year

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    Tourism Australia’s Chief Marketing Officer, Nick Baker, was honoured by his industry peers last night, being named as the Australian Marketing Institute’s Marketer of the Year for 2014. In bestowing the award – which acknowledges long-term service and achievement in …

  • Virgin Australia announces direct services between Darwin and Alice Sp

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    Virgin Australia announced that it will introduce direct services between Darwin and Alice Springs from March 2015, to coincide with the opening of the new Virgin Australia Lounge in Darwin. Following a meeting today with Northern Territory Chief Minister, Adam …

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  • Eurostar reports continuing year on year growth as it gears up for its

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    Just weeks before its 20th anniversary on 14 November, Eurostar reported continuing year-on-year growth to 30 September 2014.  Compared to the same period in 2013, Q3 passenger numbers grew by 3% to 2.8 million (Q3 2013:  2.7 million) while sales …

  • Etihad Airways Selects SAP as a Strategic Technology Partner for Busi

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), today announced the selection of SAP as a strategic technology partner to deploy a range of key software solutions to deliver the latest best-in-class technology to the Etihad Aviation …

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    EUROPE

  • Virtual Tour of UK/Ireland Region to be Events Industry First

    Published on : Thursday, October 23, 2014

    World Travel Market has linked up with US-based VPiX to produce an interactive 360-degree tour of the UK and Ireland region which will be used to drive engagement between visitors and exhibitors after the event. VPiX has worked with resorts, …

  • British Hospitality Association partners with Sky to improve guest experience

    Published on : Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    The British Hospitality Association is delighted to announce Sky – the UK and Ireland’s leading entertainment and communications company – as a key Partner of the Association. Through this new partnership, Sky, already recognised as Patron sponsor of the 2014 …

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    AMERICA

  • Hotel industry in U.S. recorded positive results in the week ending on

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    The U.S. hotel industry recorded positive results in the three key performance measurements during the week of 12-18 October 2014, according to data from STR, Inc.     In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy rose 5.0 percent to 70.4 percent. …

  • National Library of Antigua and Barbuda to have more books on tourism

    Published on : Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    The newly opened National Library of Antigua and Barbuda was the recipient of a large donation of tourism guides and books from over 40 flight attendants operating throughout the United States and the Caribbean, who form part of the Skye …

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    MIDDLE EAST

  • Emirates recognized for its in-flight dining facilities

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, announced that it has won Saveur Magazine’s Culinary Travel Award for Best In-Flight Dining: First Class & Business Class for the second consecutive year.   Saveur, an American-based, globally recognised culinary-travel …

  • Etihad Airways Selects SAP as a Strategic Technology Partner for Busi

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), today announced the selection of SAP as a strategic technology partner to deploy a range of key software solutions to deliver the latest best-in-class technology to the Etihad Aviation …

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    ASIA

  • TripAdvisor reveals the most affordable island destinations in SE Asia

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    Gili Trawangan offers the best value for Singaporean travellers this year when it comes to an island getaway, according to a cost comparison report released today by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.       The results are taken …

  • DreamTrips Vacation Club recognized Africa’s Leading Travel Club

    Published on : Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    DreamTrips Vacation Club, one of the world’s leading travel and vacation club membership organizations, was recognized as “Africa’s Leading Travel Club” for 2014 as part of the World Travel Awards (WTA)—thesecond WTA regional award for the travel club this year. …

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TRAVEL INDUSTRY NEWS

    AIRLINE NEWS

  • Frankfurt Airport celebrates 20th Birthday of Terminal 2

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    In the early morning hours of October 24, 1994, the first flight arrived at Frankfurt Airport’s sparkling new Terminal 2:  a Cathay Pacific B747-400 jumbo from Hong Kong, carrying 350 passengers and 22 crew members on board. During the past …

  • Aeroflot Launches Flights To Georgia And Republic Of Moldova

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    Starting from October 26 Aeroflot is launching its own regular flights on the routes Moscow – Tbilisi – Moscow and Moscow – Chisinau – Moscow.   Aeroflot will provide daily flights to the capital of Georgia on comfortable modern Airbus …

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    CRUISE NEWS

  • Crystal Celebrates 21 Years As Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ No. 1 C

    Published on : Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Crystal Cruises will embark on its 25th anniversary of ultra-lux cruising by celebrating a record 21 years as Condé Nast Traveler magazine Readers’ Choice No.1 “Midsize Cruise Ship Line.” Crystal’s winning score of 90.142 was the highest of all Small, …

  • European Waterways Hires Former Le Boat Owner Debbie Petermann to Enha

    Published on : Thursday, October 23, 2014

    European Waterways announced that it has signed an agreement with Debbie Petermann, former owner of self-drive boating holiday company Le Boat, to help enhance the company’s customer services initiatives in the U.S.   As an owner of Le Boat, Debbie …

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    HOTEL NEWS

  • Hotel industry in U.S. recorded positive results in the week ending on

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    The U.S. hotel industry recorded positive results in the three key performance measurements during the week of 12-18 October 2014, according to data from STR, Inc.     In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy rose 5.0 percent to 70.4 percent. …

  • Belmond Grand Hotel Europe unveils largest presidential suite in St Pe

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    Russia’s first ever five-star hotel, Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, has unveiled six magnificent new suites including the largest presidential suite in St Petersburg and five Avant-Garde Suites inspired by 20th-century Russian artists. Created from 19 first-floor rooms in response to …

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    TOURISM NEWS

  • Overseas visitors voting with their feet as international numbers cont

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    The CSO issued Tourism and Travel results for the period January – September 2014 with very positive findings:   • Overseas trips to Ireland up 9% in the year to date, 5.9 million trips, half a million more than the …

  • Seychelles International Airport became the perfect scene for crowd wa

    Published on : Friday, October 24, 2014

    Seychelles International Airport became the perfect scene for crowd watchers on the lookout for legendary Kassav’s songstress, Jocelyne Beroard, as she landed in the tropical heat of the Seychelles archipelago. It’s been more than twenty years, since Jocelyne, Jacob and …

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IN CONVERSATION WITH

An interview with Mike Lee is the Vice President of Sales for Marina Bay Sands. Enhancing aspects of MICE, Business and Leisure Tourism and special focus on revenue responsibility, he joined Marina Bay Sands in November 2010. With over 35 years of hotel marketing, sales and developmental experience he has set dynamic standards in the hotel industry.

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Director of Sales at ACC Liverpool

Carina Bauer
CEO of the IMEX Group

Mr. Simon Press
Reed Travel Exhibitions Director, World Travel Market

Chris Doyle
Executive Director-Europe of Adventure Travel Trade Association

Carol Wallace

(CEO & President of San Diego Convention Centre)

Mr. David Ruetz (Head of ITB Berlin)

Tom Noonan (President and CEO, Visit Baltimore)

Dr. Christian Göke (COO of Messe Berlin)

Ms Kazuko Toda (Director, Convention Marketing Department of TCVB)

Mr. Subhash Goyal (President, IATO)

Nino Gruettke (Executive Director – ITB Asia)

Joe Mclnerney, (American Hospitality and Lodging Association President)

Michael W. McCormick (Executive Director and COO of GBTA )

Mr. Craig Moyes, Portfolio Director, AIBTM Global Events Portfolio Reed Travel

Ms. Lois Hall
(Exhibition Director of GIBTM)

Karen Bolinger (The Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Convention Bureau)

Mr. Shannon Stowell
(President ATTA)

Felicity Page
(Reed Travel Exhibitions, CIBTM International Marketing Manager)

Makiko Matsuda Healy
(Vice President, Tourism Development, NYC & Company)

Graeme Barnett
EIBTM Exhibition Director

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The Project Manager for The Code shares

Ms. Stephanie Chow
Executive Assistant Manager Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort

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Vice President Sales and Marketing Asia Moevenpick Hotels and Resorts

Alison Gilmore
Exhibition Director, ILTM

Erik Wolf
Executive Director & Founder at World FoodTravel Association

Ken Morrison
Chief Executive of Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF)

James Hogan
Etihad Airways CEO

Tom Jenkins
Executive Director of ETOA

Subhash Goyal
STIC Travel Group & President

Anish Kumar
Secretary of ATTOI and CEO

Nikhil Desai
Managing Director, Goa Tourism Development Corporation

Mr. Anish Kumar
Secretary of ATTOI and CEO, The Travel Planners

Mr. Parvez Dewan
Tourism Secretary of India

Nils Haupt
Director of corporate communications

Enver Duminy
CEO of Cape Town Tourism

Marco Saxer
Marco Saxer, General Manager of Swissotel, Kolkata

Konstantin Zeuke
General Manager, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

Tammy Jo Long
Founder & President of the Luxury Living Savannah

Sylvie Bourget
Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Via Rail Canada

Mr. Eric Van Piggelen
Chief Executive Officer BCCK.

Michael Stief
Media Spokesperson of Zurich Airport

Dr Ahmad Belhoul
CEO of Strategy and Tourism Sector Development

Jenny Herbison
Director of Mobile at Skyscanner

Mrs. Ratna Chadha
Chief Executive, TIRUN Travel Marketing, India Representative: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Sanjay Reddy
Managing Director of Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore

Mr. Jeet Sawhney
MD, Abacus India

Adrienne Clarke
Head of Conference Sales of The Convention Centre Dublin

Dr. Michael Kerkloh
CEO of Munich Airport

Ms. Barrie Seidenberg
President and CEO, Viator

Mark Walsh, Portfolio Director
Reed Travel Exhibitions

FREDERIC DE PARDIEU
mtrip’s CEO

Harsh Dhingra
Chief Country Representative, Bombardier Transportation India

Taleb Rifai
Deputy Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Al Tareq Al Ameri
Chief Executive Officer of Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi

Francesca Nina Soemitro
Director of Market Development Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy

Graeme Barnett
Senior Exhibition Director EIBTM, Reed Travel Exhibitions

Izabela Helbin
Director of the Krakow Festival Office

Tim Jacox
executive vice president of sales and marketing, Un-Cruise Adventures

Mike Lee
Vice President of Sales for Marina Bay Sands

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