By Samantha P. Hendon On Friday, October 9th, 2015
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Airline, airport, travel and tourism groups urge Congress to ground revenue diversion plan

A coalition of organizations representing the travel, tourism, airport and airline industries as well as the traveling public are joining forces, urging leaders in the House and Senate to not divert $9.2 billion More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Friday, October 9th, 2015
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Hilton Shenzhen Futian opens

Hilton Worldwide and Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Hilton Shenzhen Futian. This hotel marks the second Hilton Hotels & Resorts property and the third Hilton Worldwide hotel in Shenzhen. Strategically More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Friday, October 9th, 2015
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October 2015 CruiseTrends report released

CruiseTrends report for the month of October 2015 was released today. The report provides information on the most popular cruise trends, including the top ships, lines and travel dates for premium, luxury and river More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Friday, October 9th, 2015
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W Hotels Worldwide to debut in Egypt

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc today announced that it will launch the iconic W Hotels brand in Egypt in 2020 with the opening of W Sharm El Sheikh and The Residences at W Sharm El Sheikh. Owned by More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Friday, October 9th, 2015
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United Airlines toasts new partnerships that bring more premium beverages on board

United Airlines is expanding its selection of premium beverages to offer customers two new options. The airline now offers Chicago-based Crafthouse Cocktails’ Moscow Mule on United-operated North and Central America More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Friday, October 9th, 2015
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Australia thrills yachting industry at 2015 Monaco Yacht Show

Notorious for its representation of high quality and innovative Australian products and services, Australia once again impressed the yachting industry at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show. The show continued to provide More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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World Leaders In Travel Take To The Stage At WTM

Influential movers and shakers in the travel industry will be at World Travel Market London 2015 – the leading global event for the travel industry – to debate key issues affecting the trade. There will be two More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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W Hotels amplifies presence in Latin America

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc today announced that it will extend its strong presence in Mexico with the debut of W Punta de Mita, located in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. Scheduled to open in 2016, More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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UAE rail network will connect all seven emirates, Saudi Arabia and Oman

United Arab Emirates – Rail passengers will be waiting until at least 2020 to travel on the UAE’s national rail network — two years after it is to be completed in 2018, the country’s regulators said More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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Marriott International enters Taiwan

Marriott International, Inc is pleased to announce its debut into Taiwan with the opening of the Taipei Marriott Hotel. Combining Marriott Hotel’s design and innovation with local Taiwanese warmth and hospitality, More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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Cracks appear in Chinese glass “skywalk” opened just two weeks ago

Tourists looking for thrills got more than they bargained for when cracks appeared in a glass-bottomed bridge suspended 3,540 feet over a canyon in China. Images showing small cracks in the “skywalk” More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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Spain: Foreign tourists account for over half of service exports

Foreign visitors to Spain account for over half of the country’s service exports, according to new research by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Spain’s visitor exports (money spent by foreign visitors More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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Avolon delivers one Airbus A320-200 aircraft to VietJet Air

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, announces the delivery of one Airbus A320-200 aircraft to VietJet Air. This is Avolon’s first aircraft on lease to VietJet Air.  More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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Giant human peace sign in New York’s Central Park honors John Lennon

Thousands of people joined Yoko Ono and tried to set a world record for largest group of human bodies forming a peace sign. The record attempt to honor Ono’s husband, John Lennon, didn’t succeed. Still, More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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New York City boasts 7 most expensive luxury hotels in US

The seven priciest city hotels in the United States are all located in Manhattan, according to a recent survey. Of them, The Ritz Carlton and the Mandarin Oriental lead the rankings. In determining the rankings, More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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Lufthansa return to Nairobi generates controversy

Lufthansa, which forced partner Brussels Airlines off the Nairobi route in exchange for flights to Accra, Ghana, is coming under severe and sustained critique. Apparently, the airlines has made a U-turn and is scaling More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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New VP at Princess Cruises

Carnival plc announced today that Anthony (Tony) Kaufman has been promoted to the new position of executive vice president, international operations for the Princess Cruises brand. In addition to overseeing the More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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Former Israel President welcomes Seychelles Tourism Minister to “The Peres Center for Peace”

Former President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, yesterday, July 27, welcomed Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, at the Tel-Aviv Centre for the Peres & Associates More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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Turkish tourism sector concerned violence may spook tourists

ANKARA, Turkey – An escalation of violence in Turkey could result in mass hotel reservation cancelations from spooked tourists, Turkey Hotel Operators’ Federation (TÜROFED) Chairman Osman Ayık told More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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European visitors to Thailand expected to fall due to economic downturn

BANGKOK, Thailand – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has overhauled marketing plans to cope with a tourism slowdown and some flight reductions by Thai Airways International (THAI) in Europe. TAT is More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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Egypt opens first tourism office in GCC region

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – With tourism to Egypt rising 9% in H1 2015, the Egyptian Tourism Authority has officially opened its new office in Abu Dhabi, its first office in the region. To encourage More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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Anchorage struck by earthquake

Alaska was struck by a 6.2 earthquake on Tuesday night, July 28, 2015 approximately 150 miles from Anchorage. Some residents felt shaking and ran from their homes, and the movement also interrupted a news conference. The More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Saturday, July 25th, 2015
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British Airways to launch 787-9 Dreamliner on Delhi route in October

British Airways’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, complete with a new First class cabin, will start flying to Delhi from October 25th. The 787-9, the first of which is due to arrive with British Airways in September, More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Saturday, July 25th, 2015
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British tourists name Tenerife and Majorca top summer destinations

British holidaymakers who are heading to Spain to lounge on a picturesque beach or explore romantic plazas this summer may feel like they haven’t left the UK. Spain and its islands are the most popular holiday More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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100,000 international tourists visited Inle lake in Myanmar

At least 100,000 international tourists visited the area in 2012, combined with a similar number of domestic visitors to the lake, giving a minimum base of 200,000 visitors annually. Inle Lake is a freshwater lake More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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Siberia International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (SITT / TourSib) 2014

Start Date: Thursday, 10th April 2014 End Date:   Saturday, 12th April 2014 Address IEC Novosibirsk Expocentre Novosibirsk, Russia Description SITT / TourSib is recognised as a major event for tourism industry More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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China Outbound Travel and Tourism Market 2014

Start Date: Wednesday, 9th April 2014 End Date:    Friday, 11th April 2014 Address National Agricultural Exhibition Center Beijing, China   Description The ninth edition of the annual outbound tourism exhibition More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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Global Aerospace Summit 2014

Start Date: Monday, 7th April 2014 End Date:   Tuesday, 8th April 2014 Address St. Regis Hotel Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Description Welcome to the Global Aerospace Summit – a strategic gathering More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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Be surprised: Ten most Important hotel and room amenities

WIFI, breakfast or the bed? What are the most important hotel and hotel room amenities these days. Forget the Bed, this year travelers just want the Breakfast! It seems global travelers lead with their stomachs More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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Qatar Airways Marks Five Years Of Flying To Houston

Last week Qatar Airways, a member of the oneworld alliance, celebrated five years of flying to Houston, Texas. The airline began daily, non-stop service between Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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Etihad Airways loyalty program becomes separate entity

Etihad Guest, Etihad Airways’ award-winning loyalty program, is entering its next phase of growth and has become a separate legal entity, Etihad Guest LLC. The evolution of Etihad Guest into a separate legal entity More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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New web portal to promote tourism in Jeddah

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) is planning to promote Jeddah, the gateway to the Two Holy Mosques, as one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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Caribbean shows great potentials in medical tourism

The Caribbean region can boost its bottom line by developing a medical tourism product that takes advantage of its brand as a great vacation destination, its proximity to North America as well as its tourism facilities, More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announces new Travel and Tourism Advisory Board Members

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the appointment of 32 members to the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (Board). The Board, established in 2003, serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to be First Global Hotel Brand to Offer PressReader Service Group-Wide

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will replace approximately two million complimentary print newspapers distributed annually to guests with environmentally-friendly digital versions beginning 29 March. The Hong Kong-based More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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Iranians love to party at home – and often tourists are welcome to join in

The key is getting to know Iranians when traveling to the Islamic Republic. Tourists can look forward to party until the morning hours and with plenty of alcohol, women and dancing. This is all possible in the country More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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Reunion Island Tourism appoints more ambassadors

Last Friday saw the introduction of a further 9 “Tourism Ambassadors” who joined the elite group of 31 others already appointed since the program was launched in 2011. The island’s tourism marketing body, More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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Digital tourism a hot topic at upcoming SA conference

The World Travel Market (WTM) Vision Conference – Cape Town, which takes place during the inaugural WTM Africa on Friday, May 2, will debate the crucial impact of mobile on the tourism industry and showcase the More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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Increase in Cambodian tourism leads to growing importance of child safe tourism

PHNOM, PENH, Cambodia – In 2013, Cambodia welcomed 4.2 million tourists, an increase of 17% from the previous year. This rapid growth of tourist arrivals is expected to continue year on year, raising concerns More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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Transaero Airlines to Offer a Record Number of Routes during Summer 2014

This year Transaero Airlines will offer the broadest summer flight schedule in its history. The summer schedule will include nearly 200 domestic and international routes. Transaero’s summer flight programme will More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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Thailand expects tourism boom post Bangkok political strife

For over a fortnight now, a sense of normality has returned to the major streets and shopping districts of Bangkok after anti-government demonstrators, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), decided More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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Strict visa regime and high APD hurting UK tourism

The tourism prospects of Britain is facing heavy loss due to the Government’s obstinate regime as far as the Air Passenger Duty and stringent visa policies are concerned, a report from WTTC states. The World Travel More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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Seattle Tourism Industry’s Largest Annual Meeting Held Today

Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine addressed some 650 regional tourism industry professionals at Visit Seattle’s annual meeting, called the 2014 Seattle Tourism Outlook, today at the Sheraton More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Signs Agreement for New Property in Jakarta

Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a new management agreement with PT Putragaya Wahana to introduce the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts property in Jakarta, Indonesia. Scheduled to open in 2018, More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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India to introduce electronic visa facility this year: Tourism Secretary

With a view to liberalise the visa regime, officials in the Tourism Ministry are busy finalising introduction of the electronic visa facility within this year as that would enable India to figure amid top four countries More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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Marriott Hotels Brings Next Gen To Istanbul

Marriott International continues its rapid growth in Eastern Europe with the opening of the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli, taking the company’s total number of properties to seven in Istanbul and eleven in Turkey More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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More than 3,300 travel agents have taken part in Europe training saessions

February marked the official launch of Transat Holidays’ 2014 Europe program with the Europe Training Academies, held in 34 cities across Canada. The Transat sales force was able to engage over 3,300 travel agents More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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Hindus call for prayers for missing Malaysia Airlines flight

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has called for prayers for the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and their relatives and loved ones.Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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Urban Adventures offers photography, farming and Moroccan music on new city tours

Urban Adventures, the day tour brand that offers travellers unique local experiences, has added a host of new itineraries including an urban photography tour in Barcelona, a rural farming tour near Egypt’s Red More...

By Samantha P. Hendon On Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
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St Vincent & The Grenadines

BASIC  Population (2010 est.): 109,000 Capital: Kingstown Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). Major credit cards accepted. Time: GMT –4 Driving: traffic drives on the left. Public holidays (2013): include More...