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  • A4E: Abolishing air passenger taxes would boost European GCP by €215 billion
    A new study commissioned by A4E from PwC - “The economic impact of air taxes in Europe” - shows that abolishing all air passenger taxes in the European Economic Area would boost European GDP by €215 billion (cumulative) over the next 12 years.
  • Delta launches automatic check-in through app
    Delta Air Lines has added automatic check-in to the Fly Delta app to streamline the check-in experience for customers and take the guesswork out of accessing a boarding pass. The new functionality, available on the latest version of the app, automatically checks in eligible customers 24 hours prior to their scheduled departure.
  • Bellew to re-join Ryanair as chief operations officer
    Ryanair has announced that Peter Bellew will re-join the low-cost carrier as chief operations officer. The move follows the departure of Michael Hickey, who stepped down earlier this month after the airline was forced to cancel tens of thousands of flights due to a lack of pilots.
  • Norwegian Reward partners with Groupon in UK
    Norwegian Reward has added Groupon UK to its growing list of partners where members can earn points toward discounted and free Norwegian flights. The award-winning loyalty programme is fast approaching one million UK members who benefit from exclusive bonuses and discounts.
  • China Airlines to launch London-Taipei route in December
    China Airlines is returning to the UK following a five-year hiatus, with the launch of a new non-stop service between London Gatwick and Taipei’s Taoyuan International from December.
  • Virgin Australia launches Sabre Branded Fares
    Virgin Australia has implemented Sabre Branded Fares, joining a growing list of airlines globally. The solution allows travel agents and online travel agents using the Sabre global distribution system to access enhanced branded fare functionality that simplifies the retailing of Virgin Australia’s full-service benefits.
  • Carlson Wagonlit Travel signs multi-year distribution agreement with IAG
    Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced a multi-year distribution agreement with British Airways and Iberia Airlines, enabling CWT customers to avoid the airlines’ proposed surcharge on bookings created within participating global distribution systems that agree to these terms with IAG.
  • Airbus to partner with Bombardier on C Series programme
    Airbus and Bombardier are to become partners on the C Series aircraft programme. An agreement signed earlier brings together Airbus’ global reach and scale with Bombardier’s newest, state-of-the-art jet aircraft family, positioning both partners to fully unlock the value of the C Series platform and create significant new value for customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders.
  • Hawaii Island Air files for bankruptcy protection
    Hawaii Island Air has said it will file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in an effort to continue normal operations while navigating through legal challenges recently presented by the lessors of its aircraft.
  • easyJet and Lufthansa circle stricken Alitalia
    German flag-carrier Lufthansa has made an offer to buy parts of stricken Italian carrier Alitalia. The aviation giant is joined by easyJet of the UK, which has also put forward its own proposals.

RSS Hotel News

  • Stewart to lead IHG luxury operations in Europe
    InterContinental Hotels Group has welcomed veteran Fergus Stewart to the Europe region as vice president, luxury operations.  The move reflects IHG’s thriving luxury business with the continuing growth of both InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.
  • AccorHotels makes two Mercure signings in UK
    AccorHotels has made two new Mercure signings, the Mercure Warwick Honiley Court (Warwickshire), and the Mercure Walsall Barons Court (West Midlands). Both hotels have been signed under franchise agreements with the Talash Hotels Group.
  • Holiday Inn Express Cologne City Centre opens to first guests
    InterContinental Hotels Group has opened Holiday Inn Express Cologne City Centre, the largest Holiday Inn Express in Europe. The newly opened property boasts 323 rooms all featuring the next generation Holiday Inn Express design which balances home comforts with smart design features.
  • Staal to take up role of president with Pentahotels
    Pentahotels has announced the appointment of Eugène Staal as president of the company. He will take up the role with the neighbourhood lifestyle hotel group next month.
  • First glimpse of Canopy by Hilton Washington DC, The Wharf, revealed
    Canopy by Hilton has revealed the first look inside the brand’s first North American property, Canopy by Hilton Washington DC, The Wharf. Set on the Potomac River, The Wharf is home to some of DC’s most anticipated new restaurants, year-round entertainment and waterfront accommodations.
  • Meliá expands in South America with Iguazu Falls property
    Meliá Hotels International has announced the imminent opening of the Meliá Iguazu, the only hotel located in the heart of Iguazu National Park in Argentina. The location is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • AccorHotels to acquire Mantra Group in Australia
    AccorHotels has signed an agreement with Mantra Group with the view to acquire all of the issued capital in the company by way of a scheme to be approved by Mantra shareholders. Under the terms of the agreement AccorHotels would offer AUD3.96 in cash for each Mantra share including any potential special dividend.
  • Kigali Marriott Hotel recognised by World Travel Awards
    Kigali Marriott Hotel has been recognised as Rwanda’s Leading Business Hotel and Rwanda’s Leading City Hotel at the prestigious World Travel Awards Africa Gala Ceremony 2017.
  • AHIF 2017: Mantis Collection signs Akagera Game Lodge management contract
    The Rwanda Social Security Board has signed a hotel management and marketing agreement with one of Africa’s leading hotel management firms, Mantis Collection, headquartered in Queen Elizabeth Park, South Africa.
  • AHIF 2017: Sub-Saharan Africa offers new opportunities to investors
    The hotel sector in sub-Saharan Africa has evolved during the past decade due to high demand growth, entrance of new global brands and increasing supply in major markets. This is the overview presented by Xander Nijnens, executive vice president, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL sub-Saharan Africa, during AHIF 2017.

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RSS Technology News

  • Delta launches automatic check-in through app
    Delta Air Lines has added automatic check-in to the Fly Delta app to streamline the check-in experience for customers and take the guesswork out of accessing a boarding pass. The new functionality, available on the latest version of the app, automatically checks in eligible customers 24 hours prior to their scheduled departure.
  • Norwegian Reward partners with Groupon in UK
    Norwegian Reward has added Groupon UK to its growing list of partners where members can earn points toward discounted and free Norwegian flights. The award-winning loyalty programme is fast approaching one million UK members who benefit from exclusive bonuses and discounts.
  • Virgin Australia launches Sabre Branded Fares
    Virgin Australia has implemented Sabre Branded Fares, joining a growing list of airlines globally. The solution allows travel agents and online travel agents using the Sabre global distribution system to access enhanced branded fare functionality that simplifies the retailing of Virgin Australia’s full-service benefits.
  • Carlson Wagonlit Travel signs multi-year distribution agreement with IAG
    Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced a multi-year distribution agreement with British Airways and Iberia Airlines, enabling CWT customers to avoid the airlines’ proposed surcharge on bookings created within participating global distribution systems that agree to these terms with IAG.
  • Flight Centre Travel Group reaches distribution deal with IAG
    Flight Centre Travel Group, including its flagship global corporate travel division FCM Travel Solutions, has reached a multi-year agreement with British Airways and Iberia meaning customers in the UK and Ireland will be exempt from the airlines’ new £8 surcharge per fare component on GDS bookings.
  • Thompson appointed chief information officer with American Express Global Business Travel
    American Express Global Business Travel has appointed David Thompson as its new chief information and technology officer. He formally assumes the role later this year and will be based in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • American Express Global Business Travel reaches GDS deal with British Airways
    American Express Global Business Travel has reached an agreement with British Airways and Iberia that will allow companies and travellers to avoid paying a surcharge on air fares through participating global distribution systems.
  • Airbnb joins Pacific Asia Travel Association
    Airbnb has become the latest hospitality sector organisation to join the Pacific Asia Travel Association. PATA chief executive Mario Hardy said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Airbnb to the PATA family.”
  • Latest funding round sees Secret Escapes raise $111m
    Secret Escapes has closed a $111m Series D investment and debt facility. This significant equity round was led by Singapore-headquartered Temasek, with participation from existing investors Idinvest Partners, and a debt facility from Silicon Valley Bank.
  • Trainline goes international with new websites
    Trainline has enhanced international offering, as it adds eleven new websites, with nine additional languages and prices displayed in 15 new currencies.

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RSS Spa News

  • New Tata Harper treatment suite at Le Bristol Paris
    Le Bristol Paris has partnered with all-natural skincare brand Tata Harper at Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie to unveil a new, curated treatment menu and a bespoke designed treatment suite.
  • Gran Hotel Miramar reveals new Botanical Spa by Sisley
    Following its recent €65 million overhaul, Malaga’s brand new grand dame, Gran Hotel Miramar, can now invite guests to enter into a world of senses at its exclusive new Botanical Spa by Sisley.
  • The Hut Group takes control of ESPA from KSL Capital
    The Hut Group has acquired ESPA, a world-renowned leader in spas and skincare excellence, from affiliates of KSL Capital Partners. Established in 1993, ESPA is the choice of the world’s leading spas and skincare experts.
  • Omorovicza Midnight Suite pop up set for Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
    The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane will launch a week long pop-up, The Omorovicza Midnight Suite featuring La Perla, from September 7th-14th, 2017. Here, clients can experience a selection of treatments from the new Omorovicza Midnight Menu to celebrate the launch of their Midnight Radiance Mask.
  • Moczo steps up to lead Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
    International Hospitality Enterprises has appointed Andrea Moczo as spa director for the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. Located on prime beachfront in the chic Condado District of San Juan, the hotel reopened in 2014 following a $200 million renovation to unveil a spa sanctuary boasting Puerto Rico’s first and only Hammam.
  • Massey Partnership to represent Carbis Bay Hotel, Cornwall
    The Massey Partnership is now representing Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate in St Ives, Cornwall.  With extensive expansion of the estate taking place and an exciting beach regeneration project introducing a collection of eight new luxury Ocean Lodges and Ocean Club set to launch next year, the Massey team is excited to introduce this […]
  • Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad, unveils new spa for summer season
    Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad, will reopen for the summer season with a brand new spa aesthetic and facilities, inspired by the rolling hills and verdant valleys of the surrounding Bernese Oberland.
  • Acquaforte set to open at Forte Village in October
    Acquaforte will open officially on October 1st in association with the Thalasso Research Centre at Milan University.
  • Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba enhances spa offering
    Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba has further enhanced its wellbeing experience for guests, with the addition of a boot camp, jogging track and yoga area. They complement the resort’s health complex, which also features the award-winning Zara Spa Tala Bay and an extensive fitness centre.
  • Heathrow to welcome FlyFit wellness facility this autumn
    Heathrow has announced an exclusive partnership with FlyFit to open the world’s first wellness and fitness studio in an airport. The studio, which opens this autumn, will offer passengers both instructor-led and interactive strength, restorative yoga, and cardio classes.

RSS Cruise News

  • Celebrity Cruises to offer same-sex marriage ceremonies on-board
    Celebrity Cruises has announced same-sex marriages performed on board are now legally recognised, marking a historic first for the modern luxury brand.
  • U by Uniworld unveils first ship, The B
    U by Uniworld has debuted its first ship in Paris. The B set sail on its maiden voyage along the Seine River with top influencers, lifestyle media, travel agents and contest winners onboard, giving an exclusive look at the first-ever river cruise brand for millennials.
  • DFDS takes Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator title at World Travel Awards
    DFDS has been named Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator for the sixth year in a row at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony. DFDS beat four rival ferry operators to the award, which recognises excellence in the travel and tourism industry.
  • Townson to lead Uniworld in UK as Beadle departs
    Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has appointed Chris Townson as its UK managing director. He succeeds Kathryn Beadle who recently announced her retirement from the travel industry following three years in the position establishing Uniworld as the leading luxury river cruise line in the UK market.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line restructures EMEA operations
    Norwegian Cruise Line has experienced rapid growth worldwide during the past few years, in particular in the UK market, which is now Norwegians largest international market outside of the USA. As a result of this success and taking the potential of the UK market into account, the cruise line has announced an organisational restructure in […]
  • Silver Spirit to undergo 49-foot-long midsection extension
    Ultra-luxury travel innovator Silversea has unveiled plans for its first-ever ship lengthening. The turn-key transformation of Silver Spirit will take place early next year at the Palermo shipyard of Fincantieri.
  • Azamara Club Cruises purchases Adonia from P&O Cruises
    Azamara Club Cruises has entered into an agreement to purchase a sister ship to Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest from P&O Cruises. Delivery is expected to take place in March 2018.
  • Dream Cruises signs partnership with Alipay for on-board payments
    Dream Cruises has partnered with Alipay to launch the full suite of mobile payment options at sea. The deal is designed to give guests greater convenience by allowing them the options of spot payment, self-checkout and auto-debit with Alipay or AlipayHK, the newly launched Hong Kong version of Alipay which supports transactions in HKD for […]
  • New commercial leadership for Celestyal Cruises in Europe
    Celestyal Cruises has announced the appointment of Andrew Magowan as the company’s new vice president commercial, Europe. Magowan will be responsible for commercial strategy and the development of Celestyal Cruises’ presence and sales distribution in the European region, with a specific focus on the UK market.
  • Cunard to add fourth ship to fleet in 2022
    Luxury cruise brand Cunard today announced it is adding a fourth ship to its fleet. This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally.

RSS Rail News

  • Trainline goes international with new websites
    Trainline has enhanced international offering, as it adds eleven new websites, with nine additional languages and prices displayed in 15 new currencies.
  • AccorHotels takes 50 per cent stake in Orient Express
    Some 134 years after the first Orient Express trip between Paris and Constantinople, SNCF Group, owner of the iconic Orient Express brand, has teamed up with AccorHotels to continue the development of service.
  • National Express unveils new Caetano Levante III
    National Express is pulling the wraps off its all-new coach - set to take comfort, safety and technology levels to new heights when it hits the road. The UK’s largest coach operator is unveiling the new Caetano Levante III, giving the public a first look at the future of National Express coach travel.
  • UK government announces £400m in infrastructure spending for north England
    The UK government has backed transport improvements across the northern of England with £400 million of extra funding. More than £100 million will go towards local road schemes to bust congestion pinch-points and speed up journeys, while an extra £300 million will help push forward plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail to bolster links between Northern […]
  • Wimberly Interiors unveils designs for Venice Simplon-Orient-Express carriages
    Wimberly Interiors has unveiled the design of three ultra-luxurious private Grand Suites aboard the seminal Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Adorned with opulent marquetry, the sumptuous suites offer guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to be transported to the golden era of travel in suitably contemporary luxury, from March 2018.
  • Belmond welcomes celebrity chefs on-board Eastern & Oriental Express
    Belmond has announced a new series of ‘pop-up’ collaborations with highly acclaimed international chefs Ian Kittichai and   Luke Mangan aboard south-east Asia’s luxury sleeper train, Eastern & Oriental Express.
  • Eurostar unveils new cocktail menu for Premier passengers
    Eurostar will be treating Business Premier passengers to a new range of winter cocktails to enjoy whilst relaxing in the Paris lounge. Designed by the London Cocktail Club, the bespoke cocktails encapsulate Eurostar’s heritage, reminiscent of both British and French cultures.
  • Explosion on London Underground train at Parsons Green
    The Metropolitan Police are investigating a suspected terrorist attack at Parsons Green underground station. Images on social media show a white smouldering container which is believed to have exploded near the rear of the train, causing panic.
  • Eurostar partners with MagicBreaks for Disney trips
    Eurostar has partnered with MagicBreaks, the specialist booking provider and largest online re-packager for holidays to Disneyland Paris. MagicBreaks will be Eurostar’s exclusive partner for selling Disney products.
  • Transport for London launches new app to travellers
    Oyster card users can now check their pay as you go balance and top up their card with just a few quick taps of their smartphone after Transport for London launched its new app.

RSS Car Rental News

  • Avis Budget Group renews global partnership with IAG
    Avis Budget Group and International Airlines Group, one of the world’s largest airline groups carrying more than 100 million passengers each year, have renewed and expanded their global partnership.
  • Corinthia Palace Hotel prepares for Mdina Grand Prix in Malta
    Priceless rare and classic cars will take to the roads of Malta next week in a four-day annual celebration of vintage four-wheeled vehicles. The 2017 Malta Classic takes place October 5th-8th with over 70 pre-1976 cars taking part in hill climb, static shows and motorsport events.
  • New European leadership for Hertz
    Hertz Europe has announced that Francis Waddington has been appointed as vice president, Europe, and Rafael Girona has been named vice president, field operations and customer experience. Girona and Waddington report directly to Michel Taride, group president, Hertz International.
  • de Thé appointed public affairs director at Europcar
    Europcar Group has announced the appointment of Jehan de Thé to the role of public affairs director for the group. In his new role, 52-years-old de Thé will seek to develop the group’s public affairs strategy with the main objective to promote the group’s expertise in the new mobility markets and to be the link […]
  • Hertz appoints new sales agents in India and Vietnam
    Hertz has appointed Discover the World and InterGlobe Air Transport as general sales agents for Vietnam and selected India markets respectively. The organisations will promote Hertz’s products and services around the globe to domestic travel trade partners, corporate customers and leisure travellers.
  • TfL brands Uber unfit to operate in London
    Transport for London has informed Uber that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on September 30th. The decision means as many as 40,000 Uber operated cars could be removed from the city’s streets in little over a week.
  • Avis adds Prestige collection to Beep booking platform
    Avis Budget Group has announced that it has added the Avis Prestige collection to its travel agent portal, Beep. Beep was launched to the trade in June as a car rental one-stop shop bringing Avis Car Rental and Budget Car Rental together on one platform.
  • JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay partners with Maserati
    Starting today, guests visiting JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay will be transported to the fantastical resort via a Maserati automobile. Maserati exudes a sophistication and style long associated with sportiness and performance.
  • On-demand coach service Sn-ap secures £2m in funding
    Sn-ap, an on-demand intercity coach travel service that is changing the face of coach travel, has announced that it has raised £2 million in equity funding led by early stage VC fund Kindred Capital.
  • New chief executive steps up at Uber
    Ride hailing app Uber has announced Dara Khosrowshahi will take up the role of chief executive with the company. He was approved unanimously by the board earlier today.

RSS Organisations & Operator News

  • Anguilla Tourist Board says paradise island is open for business
    The Anguilla Tourist Board today announced that the 35-square mile Caribbean island, known for its white sandy beaches and warm hospitality, is officially ‘open for business’ once again and ready to welcome UK travellers.
  • CAA completes Monarch repatriation programme
    The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s two-week flying programme ended last night with the last flight touching down at London Luton Airport at just after 03:30. The flight from Tel Aviv with 122 passengers on board brought to a close the programme that was launched in response to the Monarch Airlines administration.
  • Malta Tourism Authority partners with Beautiful Destinations
    The UK and Ireland office of the Malta Tourism Authority is the first tourism board to partner with leading online travel brand, Beautiful Destinations, to create high-quality marketing assets to bolster Malta’s promotional efforts.
  • Thompson appointed chief information officer with American Express Global Business Travel
    American Express Global Business Travel has appointed David Thompson as its new chief information and technology officer. He formally assumes the role later this year and will be based in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • MBNA analysis reveals growing UK interest in Central American travel
    The face of travel is changing, with new research showing that Central American countries like Costa Rica and Argentina are becoming more popular with UK travellers.
  • UK revels in record year of tourism growth
    An extra £872 million in visitor spending was generated across the UK in the last year as a result of work by national tourism agency VisitBritain/VisitEngland latest figures show. This means for every pound invested in the organisation, £20 of additional visitor spend was generated for the economy.
  • Airbnb joins Pacific Asia Travel Association
    Airbnb has become the latest hospitality sector organisation to join the Pacific Asia Travel Association. PATA chief executive Mario Hardy said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Airbnb to the PATA family.”
  • AHIF 2017: Africa’s hotel supply projected to grow 11 per cent
    STR has highlighted Africa’s key hotel development and performance trends. Based on August 2017 data, Africa currently shows 301 hotel projects in the pipeline, accounting for 57,011 rooms, or 11 per cent of the continent’s existing room supply.
  • TUI Group reports strong figures for Greek tourism
    TUI has been able to increase the number of visitors to Greece this summer by around ten per cent to 2.5 million. As a result, Greece the second most important destination for the TUI Group behind Spain.
  • Peru earns 29 nominations for World Travel Awards Grand Final 2017
    South American tourism hotspot Peru has been nominated in 29 categories in the global edition of the prestigious World Travel Awards. The World Travel Awards Grand Final will take place at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa in Vietnam on December 10th.

RSS Food & Beverage News

  • Delta introduces Prosecco to economy class cabin
    Every flight can now be a special occasion as Delta customers raise a glass of Prosecco to toast the start of their journey after the airline introduced the Italian favourite in the main cabin.
  • Thomason steps up as executive chef at Banyan Tree Phuket
    Banyan Tree Phuket has appointed Ian John Thomason as its new executive chef. Thomason graduated from Stafford, England, before embarking his career at the famous Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.
  • The Aviary NYC opens at Mandarin Oriental, New York
    Mandarin Oriental, New York and Chicago-based co-owners chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas of the widely-acclaimed Alinea Group have announced the opening of The Aviary NYC. Featuring a distinctive culinary approach to cocktails and service, the restaurant also includes The Office NYC, a speakeasy-style environment, balancing the world of old and new.
  • Belmond welcomes celebrity chefs on-board Eastern & Oriental Express
    Belmond has announced a new series of ‘pop-up’ collaborations with highly acclaimed international chefs Ian Kittichai and   Luke Mangan aboard south-east Asia’s luxury sleeper train, Eastern & Oriental Express.
  • Four Points by Sheraton stops off in Nairobi in search of best brews
    Four Points by Sheraton has embarked on the Nairobi leg of its global trip discovering the world’s best brews. The journey kicked off at the new Four Points Hurlingham in a trail that culminated with an exclusive preview of the soon to open, Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport.
  • The Nine Lives of El Tigre set for London Cocktail Week
    Located in London Bridge, the Nine Lives cocktail bar will present the special showcase The Nine Lives of El Tigre during London Cocktail Week. Events will take place from October 2nd-5th.
  • Plane Food re-launches at Heathrow Terminal 5
    Some ten-years after changing the face of airport dining with Plane Food at Terminal 5, Gordon Ramsay has opened the doors to a new Plane Food restaurant. The newly designed restaurant showcases a journey of evolution, both in airport dining and in Gordon Ramsay himself.
  • Eurostar unveils new cocktail menu for Premier passengers
    Eurostar will be treating Business Premier passengers to a new range of winter cocktails to enjoy whilst relaxing in the Paris lounge. Designed by the London Cocktail Club, the bespoke cocktails encapsulate Eurostar’s heritage, reminiscent of both British and French cultures.
  • Armani Hotel Dubai launches Mozart-inspired afternoon tea
    Dubai Opera will open its September season with a trio of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most famous stage productions; The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte and Don Giovanni. To mark the new season, Armani Hotel Dubai – just next door to Dubai Opera – is welcoming guests for a celebration of European music and culture […]
  • Royal Lancaster London launches Halloween afternoon tea
    This Halloween, Royal Lancaster London is directing something spooky, and the biggest twist in this thriller, everything is black and white. Built in 1967, Royal Lancaster London is going back to the 1960s for Halloween to celebrate its 50th birthday.

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