News Pick

  • Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 jobs in an effort to make a comeback

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Malaysia Airlines has been through a  period of setbacks and the airlines is suffering major losses which have forced the fleet to do away with 6,000 jobs as part of a   wide ranging overhaul that the airline is compelled to …

  • How to improve tourism competitiveness? An UNWTO report

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Tourism destinations and companies need to continuously evolve in order to adapt to a constantly changing global marketplace. The latest UNWTO report speaks about the key market intelligence, statistic and tools for risk and crisis management as well as for …

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  • Death toll rises as China landslide kills 17, several injured

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Reportedly, landslide in China have caused the death of 17 while 6 have been missing from a village in China’s southwestern Guizhou Province.The landslide took place in Yingping Village in Fuquan City on Wednesday night, injuring 22 people and toppling …

  • Rome doubles tourist tax

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    A family of four staying at a 4* Rome hotel for four nights must now pay €96 in local hotel tax; last week it would have been €48. The City of Rome originally introduced the tourist tax (the ‘tassa di …

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Global Travel News

  • Lufthansa Group resumes flights to Erbil

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Based on the most recent assessments of the security situation in Iraq, the Lufthansa Group resumes flight operations to Erbil in northern Iraq. Austrian Airlines put its daily flight from Vienna back on the schedule yesterday. Flight OS829 departed at …

  • Lufthansa to take off in traditional folk costume during Oktoberfest

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    This year will again see Munich-based crews taking off in traditional folk costume during Oktoberfest. Local Bavarian dress will then be on display to the world on selected routes from Munich. The twelve female and two male flight attendants will …

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  • Wizz Air: Major Expansion and 25% Growth In Poland in 2015

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe*, today announced further expansion in Poland. This news follows the announcement of the fifth based aircraft and opening of 8 new routes in Warsaw just three weeks ago. The …

  • GVK-Oasis sign agreement for Mumbai Airport land development

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    The Mumbai International Airport Ltd consortium in India has finalised a lease of one of the commercial development parcels to Oasis Realty for an estimated $95.99m.Led by GVK, MIAL will invest the amount on the development of a 1.16 million …

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    EUROPE

  • Rome doubles tourist tax

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    A family of four staying at a 4* Rome hotel for four nights must now pay €96 in local hotel tax; last week it would have been €48. The City of Rome originally introduced the tourist tax (the ‘tassa di …

  • airberlin welcomes last minute holiday bookings over the next few weeks

    Published on : Friday, August 29, 2014

    In eight of the sixteen German states, the summer holidays are still in full swing. “When it comes to last-minute bookings, the German states are in a priviledged position as far as late summer holidays are concerned,” says Detlef Altmann, …

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    AMERICA

  • Hilton Worldwide expands presence in Texas

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park, a 299-room newly-built Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in the prestigious master planned community of Granite Park in Plano, Texas located just north of Dallas.     “We are delighted …

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Opens First Hotel in Billings Area

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotels, announced the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Billings, MT.     The four-story hotel, owned by Ember Lane Lodging Investors, LLC, is the …

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    MIDDLE EAST

  • 30 Oman Air Facebook Winners Experience The Best Oman Has To Offer

    Published on : Friday, August 29, 2014

    Oman Air, the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman, has welcomed to the Sultanate the first three of the thirty winners of its recent, phenomenally successful Facebook promotion, entitled ‘Fly a Boeing 737’.   The three winners from Dubai, …

  • Oman Air has officially unveiled its brand-new amenity kits for First

    Published on : Friday, August 29, 2014

    Designed by Harmony/gategroup, the two kits – one for male passengers and the other for female passengers – offer premium customers every luxury they need to arrive at their destination refreshed, groomed and ready to enjoy their stay.     …

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    ASIA

  • Lufthansa Group resumes flights to Erbil

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Based on the most recent assessments of the security situation in Iraq, the Lufthansa Group resumes flight operations to Erbil in northern Iraq. Austrian Airlines put its daily flight from Vienna back on the schedule yesterday. Flight OS829 departed at …

  • Singapore overtakes Bangkok as biggest Asian destination

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    One of the largest inbound operators to Singapore, global hospitality and leisure distributor GTA has bucked a downward trend in the destination’s tourism industry in the first half of the year, which has resulted in significant softening in hotel occupancy and average …

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  • Lufthansa Group resumes flights to Erbil

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Based on the most recent assessments of the security situation in Iraq, the Lufthansa Group resumes flight operations to Erbil in northern Iraq. Austrian Airlines put its daily flight from Vienna back on the schedule yesterday. Flight OS829 departed at …

  • Lufthansa to take off in traditional folk costume during Oktoberfest

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    This year will again see Munich-based crews taking off in traditional folk costume during Oktoberfest. Local Bavarian dress will then be on display to the world on selected routes from Munich. The twelve female and two male flight attendants will …

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    CRUISE NEWS

  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is named one of the Top 3 cruise lines in the

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has been awarded Which? Travel’s prestigious ‘Recommended Provider’ accolade, and been named second-best cruise line, in its first-ever dedicated cruise survey. The influential independent consumer body conducted an online poll of 1,327 Which? members in April …

  • Target Cruise Executives and Tourism Stakeholders at the FCCA Cruise C

    Published on : Friday, August 29, 2014

    The 2014 FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest cruise and tourism conference and trade show in the Caribbean, will let delegates and exhibitors target about 1,000 cruise tourism stakeholders and 100 FCCA Member Line presidents, CEOs and executives …

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    HOTEL NEWS

  • Take 5: Why Scandic Hotels supports the Meetovation 3.0 Initiative

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    VisitDenmark met up with Søren Nystrøm, Sales Director for Scandic Hotels Denmark, to get his views on of the Danish meeting design concept Meetovation. Here Søren sheds light on Scandic’s reasons for getting actively involved in the development of the …

  • Centara joins Fin Free Thailand campaign to abolish shark fin menus

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, has joined the Fin Free Thailand campaign to stop the serving of shark fin dishes.Centara hotels in Pattaya have been the first to end the serving of shark fin, with others …

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    TOURISM NEWS

  • Study warns of adverse climate change effects on Hawaiian tourism

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    HONOLULU — A University of Hawaii report has warned the state’s tourism sector to start preparing for the effects of climate change immediately.   The study said Hawaii would likely see more competition for visitors as warmer climate zones expand and new, …

  • Seychelles Praslin Island should use Culinary and Arts Fiesta to claim

    Published on : Saturday, August 30, 2014

    As the clock ticks for the grand opening of the first Praslin’s Culinary and Arts Fiesta on 5th -7th September, the organizing committee of the fiesta became more aggressive in its media campaign to lure more attention to this event. …

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IN CONVERSATION WITH

Izabela Helbin – Director of the Krakow Festival Office which operates the ICE Kraków Congress Centre. Her former positions include those of the Deputy Director for Marketing and the Krakow Promotion Director, as well as the Head of the Press Office of the Mayor of the City of Krakow. She shares interesting information with us on ICE Kraków Congress Centre

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Tourism Secretary of India

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CEO of Cape Town Tourism

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General Manager, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

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Founder & President of the Luxury Living Savannah

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Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Via Rail Canada

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Chief Executive Officer BCCK.

Michael Stief
Media Spokesperson of Zurich Airport

Dr Ahmad Belhoul
CEO of Strategy and Tourism Sector Development

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Director of Mobile at Skyscanner

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

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Managing Director of Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore

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MD, Abacus India

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Head of Conference Sales of The Convention Centre Dublin

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CEO of Munich Airport

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President and CEO, Viator

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Reed Travel Exhibitions

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mtrip’s CEO

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Chief Country Representative, Bombardier Transportation India

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

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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

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Director of the Krakow Festival Office

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