Friday, 27 February 2015

Alaska Airlines names Charles Breer New Managing Director of Alliances

Alaska AirlinesVeteran airline industry expert Charles Breer has joined Alaska Airlines. Breer will serve as managing director of alliances, a new position created, to lead the airline’s 14 airline alliance partnerships.


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Heathrow Terminal 2 Named Airport of the Year at Air Transport World Annual Awards

unnamed (1)London Heathrow and Star Alliance have won the World’s Airport of the Year at Air Transport World’s (ATW) 41st Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards, honoured jointly for their collaborative work on the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow. The accolade was presented to Andy Garner Director Airline Business Development, London Heathrow, and Mark Schwab, Star Alliance CEO, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. last night (25 February).


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Scotland Primed for Outlander debut

Visit ScotlandVisitScotland has today welcomed the news that Outlander fans in Scotland and the rest of the UK will now be able to watch the big-budget television series on Amazon.

The Sony Pictures Television production, which was filmed in a studio in Cumbernauld and in other Scottish locations including Doune Castle and Culross, will be available on Amazon Prime Instant Video from 26 March.


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M&R Hotel Management Joins Clean the World Effort to Recycle Soap

unnamed (2)M&R Hotel Management today announced that its 13 hotels in the United States will participate in Clean the World’s recycling program, which recycles soap and bottled shampoo left behind by guests for distribution to people in need around the world.
Clean the World logo.jpgClean the World’s mission is to save lives by distributing hygiene products. The organization notes that 2 million children under the age of five die every year due to hygiene-related illnesses. Hand washing with soap is a low-cost intervention that can reduce those deaths by almost 50 percent.


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United Airlines Expands MileagePlus Travel Awards with New Cruise-Redemption Program

United AirlinesUnited Airlines today unveiled new cruise-travel benefits for members of the carrier’s MileagePlus loyalty program, enabling members who live in the 50 United States to set sail using miles or a combination of miles and money.

With MileagePlus Cruise Awards, more than two dozen cruise lines are available for mileage redemption for exciting journeys to destinations around the world, including the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.


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2014: A record year for tourism development in Cologne

CologneThe cathedral city experienced a real tourism boom in 2014. A total of 3.33 million hotel guests came to Cologne in the course of the year, accounting for 5.74 million overnight stays in total. These figures represent high increases of 12.4 per cent for arrivals and 13 per cent for overnight stays. There were significant increases for visitors from Germany as well as visitors from abroad. As a result, the approximately 32,000 beds in Cologne’s more than 300 hotels and other accommodation facilities were booked to 48.7 per cent of capacity.


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How to Live Like a Local in Cartagena, Colombia

download (3)With new hotels, easier flight access and a burgeoning culinary scene, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia has been named one of the not-to-be-missed destinations for 2015. For travelers looking for inspiration or trip planning advice, this coastal city is now featured in the newest series of experiential travel videos from the United States Tour Operators Association, in partnership with active member Avanti Destinations, Avianca, and the Rafael Núñez International Airport.


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Double the Points, Double the Fun: Popular Double Your HHonors Promotion Is Back

Hilton HhonorsHilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 12 distinct hotel brands, today announced the return of Double Your HHonors, one of the program’s most popular global bonus promotions among its 44 million members worldwide.


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Centro banamex confirmed to host icomex 2015

download (2)Reed Exhibitions have confirmed that ICOMEX , the leading MICE event in Mexico and Latin America, specialising in incentives, conferences and conventions is set to change venues and this year’s event is set to take place at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City .


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More than $725,000 in scholarships available through ah&lef

unnamed (1)The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) will dispense more than $725,000 for the 2015 academic year through their scholarship programs.
AH&LEF offers a wide array of scholarship opportunities for hospitality management students and lodging employees. Scholarships are available for incoming freshmen through graduate students. Awards range from $500 to $6,000, and unlike student loans do not have to be paid back. Applicants are judged based on a combination of factors, including hospitality work experience, academic performance, extracurricular activities, financial need, and personal attributes.


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Qantas half year 2015 financial results

qantasToday I am pleased to report the results so far of the fundamental business transformation that is underway at Qantas.Qantas today reported an underlying profit before tax of $367 million for the six months to December 2014, and a statutory profit after tax of $206 million. This is a $619 million improvement over the same period last year at the underlying level.


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OPINION: Why Passengers Should Care About Open Skies

download (1)It’s that time again. Time for me to give you some of my personal thoughts on a topic. Some might call it a rant.
You know the time when an American aviation lobby group decides that there’s just too much competition in the world? Not only is it the “Big Three” themselves, but also an aviation lobbying group backed by them. Combined, these companies and interest groups can bring a lot more lobbying firepower to the table.


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Gunstock Mountain Resort to Host SoulFest, New England’s Premier Christian Music Festival

downloadCelebrating 18 years of Music, Love and Action, the SoulFest, will be held August 6-8, 2015 in the picturesque White Mountains of Gilford, New Hampshire, at Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Rd. Gunstock provides an idyllic setting for this one-of-a-kind celebration gathering over 13,000 attendees and more than 100 artists and speakers.


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TTF: Sports Fans Want Easier Travel Across the The Tasman

unnamedAs the Cricket World Cup heats up, research has revealed that Australians and New Zealanders want faster, cheaper travel across the ditch to make attending sporting events easier. Reducing airport red tape and lowering taxes are key to encouraging more sports fans to cross the Tasman Sea more often, according to Australia and New Zealand’s peak tourism bodies Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) and Tourism Industry Association (TIA).


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