Thursday, 2 July 2015

Applications open for 12th UNWTO Awards


UNWTO NEW logo_40UNWTO has opened the call for applications for the 12th edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. Tourism initiatives from around the world are encouraged to apply before 30 October 2015.


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July 4: Where to celebrate Independence Day in America?


brand usaIndependence Day is a day of family celebrations with picnics and barbecues, showing a great deal of emphasis on the American tradition of political freedom. Activities associated with the day include watermelon or hotdog eating competitions and sporting events, such as baseball games, three-legged races, swimming activities and tug-of-war games.


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Air Seychelles introduces non-stop flight between Seychelles and Paris


imagesAir Seychelles’ first non-stop service between Seychelles and Paris landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport early this morning after an overnight flight.Flight HM 16 touched down at 6:05 am local time and was greeted by a traditional water-cannon salute on arrival.


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AEA’s cargo leaders call for a competitive European air cargo industry


AEAToday, airline executives representing the cargo activity of the members of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) met with key MEPs, Commission Directors and Transport Attach├ęs in the European Parliament to discuss the elements needed to ensure a more competitive European air cargo industry. They urged European regulators and policy makers to develop a balanced approach towards infrastructure needs, to ensure a competitive level playing field, to harmonize smart customs and security regulations based on international standards and to create a paperless environment.


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Routes Silk Road, the route development forum Asia, the CIS, Central & Eastern Europe & the Middle East will open this weekend


routesThe second Routes Silk Road, the route development forum that connects Asia, the CIS, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East will open this weekend in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event will bring together leading airports, airlines, tourism authorities, policy-makers and aviation stakeholders to develop new air service to, from and within the region.


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Aeroflot received brand new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft delivery


Boeing 737-800Aeroflot took delivery of its 10th B737-800 Next Generation aircraft made by Boeing. The plane is named in honour of Sergey Ozhegov, a Russian linguist, lexicographer, Doctor of
Philological Sciences and the author of Russian Language Dictionary.

Aeroflot’s Boeing 737-800NG has two-class composition with 20 seats in business class and 138 seats in economy class. The Business class salon is equipped with monitors for viewing media content.


“Taking off on holiday with Austrian Airlines”


unnamed (2)Right on time for the start of the summer holidays, Austrian Airlines is launching numerous family-friendly summer campaigns: this Saturday, 4 July and Sunday, 5 July 2015, for instance, Austrian flight attendants will be handing out free ice creams from Eskimo on all Austrian myHoliday holiday flights. A total of over 6,500 ice creams – weighing 391 kilos – will be given away to passengers, all kept cool with the help of around 500 kilos of dry ice. The domestic carrier is also opening a Family Check-In at Vienna Airport this year. 


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Austrian Airlines Launches numerous family-friendly summer campaigns


057 - Taking off on holiday with Austrian AirlinesRight on time for the start of the summer holidays, Austrian Airlines is launching numerous family-friendly summer campaigns: this Saturday, 4 July and Sunday, 5 July 2015, for instance, Austrian flight attendants will be handing out free ice creams from Eskimo on all Austrian myHoliday holiday flights. A total of over 6,500 ice creams – weighing 391 kilos – will be given away to passengers, all kept cool with the help of around 500 kilos of dry ice. The domestic carrier is also opening a Family Check-In at Vienna Airport this year. 


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Qatar airways lands in the spice island of zanzibar


pr2Qatar Airways launched its second new destination of the year, touching down in the Spice Island of Zanzibar yesterday. Zanzibar is the airline’s third route in Tanzania, following Dar-es-Salaam and Kilimanjaro.
 
Qatar Airways will initially operate five weekly flights to Zanzibar via Kilimanjaro, and commencing 1st October 2015, the airline will offer an additional two weekly flights making it a daily operation. Out of the daily flights from October, passengers will be able to fly non-stop to Zanzibar three-times-a-week and on a linked flight via Kilimanjaro four-times-a-week.

Seychelles added Bamboo Chalets as the new charm of La Digue island


Untitled-1La Digue is one of Seychelles’ most enchanted islands and the many small hotels there continues to make the charm of this beautiful island.



Tucked in a beautiful garden filled with neatly-cut trees not far from the La Passe jetty on the island, are 10 chalets forming part of the latest tourism establishment run by well-known Hotel L’Archipel belonging to top Seychellois hotelier Louis d’Offay.


airberlin and NIKI offer flights to Colombo with oneworld partner


AirberlinSriLankan Airlines, the national airline of Sri Lanka, is the new codeshare partner of airberlin and NIKI. The three airlines are to operate daily codeshare flights between Germany, Austria and Sri Lanka via Abu Dhabi, which can be booked as of now.
 
airberlin and NIKI will apply their flight numbers to SriLankan Airlines’ daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Colombo. SriLankan Airlines guests can now book airberlin and NIKI flights between Berlin-Tegel and Abu Dhabi and between Vienna and Abu Dhabi as a result of the codeshare agreement.


NTA and family travel expert to lead PDT to Western Canada


NTATour operators looking to expand their offerings of multigenerational travel can find beauty and adventure in western Canada this fall, when the National Tour Association leads a product development trip to British Columbia and Alberta. The Oct. 3-11 program allows tour operators to explore an array of family-focused experiences and destinations in the two provinces, ranging from world-class cities and scenic railways to mountain adventures and the Canadian Rockies.


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LGBT tourism in the U.S. set to increase by 9% in the next three years


US-tourism-LGBTThe US Supreme Court Decision to legalize gay marriage is set to see the American economy benefit from an influx of 1.3 million LGBT tourists spending USD$4.25 billion over the next three years, reveals analysis of the world’s largest LGBT market research data set – Out Now Global LGBT2030 Study www.lgbt2030.com.


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CEGA secures investment and announces management buy-out


download (2)CEGA, the market-leading medical assistance and claims handler, has secured funding from NatWest to support a management buy-out, led by Alistair Hardie, Group Chief Executive.  The buy-out supports the company’s recently publicised intention to invest in the business to drive innovation for clients and support its growth agenda. The management team will remain unchanged with Muir Robertson as Managing Director, Warwick Hoddy as Group Finance Director and Neil Heasman as Operations Director. Graham Ponsford, one of the original founders, will remain as Non-Executive Chair.  Graham comments: “I am delighted with this outcome. 


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