Thursday, 3 September 2015

Airport CEOs, panelists and keynote speakers explore the future of the world’s airports in Panama on day one of ACI’s WAGA 2015 main conference


aciOver 600 delegates took part in day one of the main conference yesterday at this year’s Airports Council International (ACI) Latin America-Caribbean/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition (WAGA), organized under the theme “Airports: Shaping our future” and graciously hosted by Tocumen International Airport. 

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Bombardier’s Joint Venture Wins Contract to Build 15 Very High Speed Trains for China


BombardierRail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that its Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. (BST), has been awarded a contract with China Railway Corp. (CRC) to supply 15 CRH380D very high speed trains for the country’s rapidly growing high speed network. The contract for 15 eight-car trainsets is valued at approximately 2.4 billion Chinese RMBs ($ 381 million US, 339 million euro).


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Cuba Mania: guaranteed vacations with a deposit of just $50!


transatAs part of its Cuba Mania promotion, Transat is offering travellers the chance to secure their vacation to Cuba, one of the Caribbean’s most popular and sought-after destinations, and take advantage of free seat selection with a deposit of just $50 per person. The offer is valid for bookings made between September 1 and 30, 2015 for travel between December 18, 2015 and April 30, 2016.


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Hotels.com Releases Hotel Price Index results for the First Half of the Year; U.S. up 2%


Hotel Price IndexFor the first time, hotel prices paid in three world regions have overtaken their pre-financial crisis levels of 2008/2009, with North America, the Caribbean and Latin America setting new records although the overall global rise is up just 1% in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 according to the latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®) from Hotels.com. More travelers[1], higher consumer spending in key areas and strong currency fluctuations have all contributed to this result. For the U.S. in particular, hotel prices rose steadily, with an overall 2% increase paid by worldwide travelers the first half of the year.


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PwC sees strong revenue uptick in US hotel industry


PwC USPrice waterhouse Coopers (PwC), US is forecasting that average daily rate (ADR) will drive revenue per available room (RevPAR) increases through the second half of 2015 and into 2016.


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Taj Hotels exits from Dubai property


Taj Hotels Resorts and PalacesAbu Dhabi: On Tuesday Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces said it was exiting from the Taj Palace Hotel Dubai, which is owned by Juma Al Majid Group, ending a 14-year partnership.

Following a mutual agreement between both parties, Taj Hotels handed back the Dubai property to Juma Al Majid Group on August 31, 2015, having run Taj Palace Hotel Dubai since 2001, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces said in a statement.


Dubai Cruise Tourism holds three-day roadshow in China


Malta's cruise tourismA three-city roadshow in China to showcase the emirate as an ideal embarkation destination on an international cruise itinerary for Chinese tourists was recently organised by the Dubai Cruise Tourism which is a part of Dubai Tourism,.

The roadshow, the second by Dubai Cruise Tourism over the past year, showcased Dubai’s strong credentials as a cruise destination ahead of the 2015-2016 season, which commences in September.


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Alaska Air Group Reports August 2015 Operational Results


Alaska AirlinesAlaska Air Group Inc. today reported August and year-to-date operational results on a consolidated basis, and for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Detailed information is provided below.


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Columbia to host UNWTO meet for second time


UNWTO NEW logo_40The focus of the 21st Session of the UNWTO General Assembly meeting in Medellin, Colombia (12-17 September 2015) will be tourism’s ability to foster inclusive development and social transformation will be. The meeting takes place at a most dynamic time for the tourism sector.

With five consecutive years of robust growth, tourism has been a major contributor to the economic recovery in many parts of the world. In 2014, despite several challenges, international tourism reached new records with 1,133 million tourists travelling the world and contributing US$ 1.5 trillion in exports.


Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Laguna Beach Hotel Entices Travelers With Exciting New Package


Renaissance ClubSportCalifornia travelers soak up the sun in style with special perks from Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Laguna Beach Hotel.

Summer might be coming to an end, but fun in the sun is in full swing at one of the premier hotels in Aliso Viejo. Travelers that book a stay for three or more nights can take advantage of the Laguna Beach Enjoy Blue Skies Package and earn 1,500 Marriott Rewards Points when they arrive on a Thursday or Friday. Featuring rates from just $159 a night Aug. 20 – Nov. 8, 2015, this special deal is the perfect excuse for families and friends to enjoy a weekend getaway in beautiful Southern California.


Vote for Copenhagen: Best International Destination


Vote for CopenhagenPrevue Visionary Awards – International Destination
Copenhagen is one of five nominees in the category International Destination in the Prevue Visionary Awards 2015. Now it is up to you and the jury of meeting professionals, to decide who wins.


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Caribbean Airlines Experiences Flight Disruptions Due To Shortage of Available Pilots


caribbean airlinesCaribbean Airlines confirms that its international flights scheduled for departure from Kingston and Montego Bay today, have been affected by many of its Jamaica-based pilots who were rostered to operate these flights, and fell ill.
 
Caribbean Airlines immediately commenced its procedure to contact customers travelling on affected flights.
 
The airline assures its valued customers that all efforts are being made to minimize disruptions to affected travelers.


Air New Zealand and Air China launch new alliance route


Air New ZealandThe alliance between the two national carriers will see air capacity between Auckland and Mainland China increase by more than 25 percent year round.
 
Under the alliance Air New Zealand will continue to operate daily between Auckland and Shanghai and Air China will operate the new service between Auckland and Beijing. The two carriers will codeshare on each other’s services between New Zealand and China.


Sabre first to automate Cuba travel certification process for agents


sabreSabre Corporation, a global technology provider to the travel and tourism industry, has announced the development of a capability that helps travel agents in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to comply with recently liberalized U.S. regulations for trips booked to, from or within Cuba.


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