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  • 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, …

  • Airline industry forecast 2014-2018 by IATA predicts increased growth

    Published on : Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Airline Industry Forecast 2014-2018 shows that international freight volumes are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% over the next five years. Emerging economies, particularly in the Middle East …

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Global Travel News

  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Closed for TCS NYC Marathon Sun., Nov. 2

    Published on : Thursday, October 23, 2014

    The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic on Sunday, Nov. 2 between 7 a.m. and approximately 3 p.m. for the TCS New York City Marathon. Motorists traveling to Brooklyn or Staten Island via the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge must …

  • MTA Subway Ridership Breaks Records

    Published on : Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Ridership on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Subway system reached unprecedented milestones in September, breaking the previous single-day ridership record five times in a single month.   Newly available figures show 6,106,694 customers rode the subway on …

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  • The Walled City in the Spotlight for Leading Tour Operators

    Published on : Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Tourism Ireland invited 13 sales managers from leading GB group tour operator, The Albatross Group, to come to Londonderry this week, as part of a fact-finding visit to Northern Ireland. The visiting group included decision-makers and managers from some of …

  • Air India launches Mobile App and takes off on Twitter

    Published on : Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Air India started the festive season on a positive note with the launch of a Mobile App to make bookings quick, simple and convenient while on the go. It also took off on the micro blogging site Twitter.     …

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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

  • 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 …

  • Regional Arts Centre in Ferryland upgraded to attract tourists

    Published on : Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    The Southern Shore Folk Arts Council has begun renovations to the Regional Arts Centre and upgrades to Festival Park in Ferryland, as part of an initiative designed to improve the overall tourism experience in the Irish Loop region and complement …

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    MIDDLE EAST

  • 3D documentary on UAE showcases Gulf’s heritage

    Published on : Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Desert Superstars 3D is the first 3D documentary from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that was screened during the 3D Korean International Film Festival in Seoul recently, Anasy Media Production, Abu Dhabi, announced on Tuesday. The festival held its 6th …

  • Tourism authorities join hands for third annual roadshow in KSA and Ku

    Published on : Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Cruise Arabia – the collaborative initiative formed by Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) to promote the Arabian Gulf as a cruise destination – …

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    ASIA

  • 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. …

  • The popular Colorful Running Event in Jakarta invites all visitors to

    Published on : Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    After its successful first edition on 26th January 2014, this one of a kind running event will return to the capital city of Jakarta. The Color Run will paint the capital city with a rainbow of happy colors on 23rd …

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  • Air India launches Mobile App and takes off on Twitter

    Published on : Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Air India started the festive season on a positive note with the launch of a Mobile App to make bookings quick, simple and convenient while on the go. It also took off on the micro blogging site Twitter.     …

  • Melbourne Airport’s passenger traffic results for quarter one

    Published on : Thursday, October 23, 2014

    International passengers at Melbourne Airport increased by 8 per cent for the first quarter of 2014/15 to reach 2,078,716 passengers.   Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff, said that the airport’s investment was at record levels to prepare for ongoing …

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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

  • Scandic invited to be keynote speaker at international congress on tou

    Published on : Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Magnus Berglund, Director of Accessibility, has been invited to be keynote speaker at the first international congress on tourism focused on travel for people with different types of disabilities – The World Summit Destinations for All – which is being …

  • Accor offers to transfer management of its Central European operations

    Published on : Thursday, October 23, 2014

    As part of the process to reorganize its Central and Eastern European operations, Accor today submitted an offer to Orbis, a public company listed in Warsaw and 52.7% held by Accor, which would reinforce their existing partnership to make the …

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    TOURISM NEWS

  • The Walled City in the Spotlight for Leading Tour Operators

    Published on : Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Tourism Ireland invited 13 sales managers from leading GB group tour operator, The Albatross Group, to come to Londonderry this week, as part of a fact-finding visit to Northern Ireland. The visiting group included decision-makers and managers from some of …

  • Tourism Ireland Welcomes +9.3% Growth in Overseas Visitors for January

    Published on : Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Commenting on today’s figures from the CSO for overseas visitors to the Republic of Ireland for the first nine months of 2014, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s CSO figures are very strong – confirming growth of +9.3% …

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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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