September 20, 2019
Gran Meliá

Gran Meliá Arusha takes brand into Africa for first time

Top Stories

Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening the first property under the flag in Africa, Gran Meliá Arusha. Based in the heart of Arusha within northern Tanzania, the exclusive east African resort will be the perfect base for visitors looking to explore the natural beauty of some of Africa’s most striking landscapes, including the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. Gran […]

Accor

Accor launches budget hotel brand – greet

Top Stories

Accor has launched a new economy segment brand, greet. Alert to new trends, Accor claims the new flag is a sustainable tourism offering that combines environmental considerations with a socially responsible approach for travellers seeking authenticity. greet is a community-based, responsible and non-standardised brand, that is in keeping with current trends and seeks to serve travellers who are looking to […]

BALPA

BALPA calls off British Airways strike

Europe

The British Airline Pilots Association has called off the next strike scheduled for September 27th in the dispute between British Airways and its pilots. BALPA said the strikes on September 9-10 had demonstrated “the anger and resolve of pilots”. It was now time for a period of reflection before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the […]

Air Arabia

Air Arabia launches new low-cost flights to Vienna

Asia

Air Arabia now offers direct flights between Sharjah and Vienna. The non-stop six-hour flight to Vienna, will operate four times a week, on Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and will be expanded to daily flight service as of mid-December. Adel Al Ali, group chief executive officer of Air Arabia and Julian Jäger, joint chief executive and chief operations officer of […]

Airbus

Global aviation fleet to double in 20 years, Airbus predicts

Headlines

The world’s commercial aircraft fleet is set to more than double in size from today’s nearly 23,000 planes by 2038. According to the latest forecasts from Airbus, almost 48,000 planes will be required over the next two decades. Traffic is expected to keep growing at 4.3 per cent annually, also resulting in a need for 550,000 new pilots and 640,000 […]

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Headlines

Airbus
Headlines

Global aviation fleet to double in 20 years, Airbus predicts

The world’s commercial aircraft fleet is set to more than double in size from today’s nearly 23,000 planes by 2038. According to the latest forecasts from Airbus, almost 48,000 planes will be required over the next two decades. Traffic is expected to keep growing at 4.3 per cent annually, also resulting in a need for 550,000 new pilots and 640,000 […]

biofuels
Headlines

SAS passengers offered biofuel opportunity

Travelers flying with SAS can now voluntarily choose to buy biofuel and so as to help reduce climate-affecting CO2 emissions by up to 80 per cent. The new non-profit service aims to pioneer a large-scale and competitive market for biofuel within aviation, in line with SAS’ sustainability strategy. SAS is now launching a new ancillary product that gives travellers the […]

Rena
Headlines

Leonardo Hotels launches Rena spa brand in UK

Leonardo Hotels has launched a new spa brand, Rena. It will be rolled out in select Leonardo Royal properties across its UK portfolio from this month. Rena Spa will officially launch in Leonardo Royal London City, Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge, Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s, Jurys Inn London Holborn and Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour. This will be followed […]

USA & Canada

Marriott
Top Stories

Marriott signs for W Hotels property in Canada

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Larco to bring W Hotels’ bold design to Toronto for the first time. The nine-story, 255-room property located at 90 Bloor Street East in Toronto’s fashionable Yorkville neighbourhood, will be surrounded by high-end boutiques, galleries and design studios as well as chic cafes, polished bars and fine-dining restaurants. The $40 million transformation will […]

Island
Top Stories

Long Island welcomes historic visitor numbers

Statistics from the New York State Economic Impact of Tourism report showcase record breaking highs across the state and Long Island in visitation, economic impact, and direct spending. For the first-time tourism on Long Island has exceeded $6 billion, with an increase in visitor spending across the region topping 4.5 per cent, generating an economic impact of $6.1 billion annually […]

Bahamas
Headlines

United States’ response to Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas

The United States extends its condolences to all those in The Bahamas who have lost loved ones and we stand with the communities affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Dorian. The U.S. government is working in partnership with the Government of The Bahamas, including the National Emergency Management Authority, to deliver emergency supplies to address the immediate needs in the wake of […]

Africa

Africa

Nigerian make history by winning seats in Manitoba Legislature

Until Tuesday’s vote, no black person had ever been elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the 150-year history of this province. Now there are three. Uzoma Asagwara won the Union Station seat for the NDP, Jamie Moses took the St. Vital seat for the party and Audrey Gordon won Southdale for the Progressive Conservatives. None of the political scientists the CBC contacted, nor the […]

Africa

WEFA opportunity for economic growth engagement

This week’s World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) is an opportunity for government leaders to engage on the state of global, African and South African economies, says Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. WEFA will take place in Cape Town from Wednesday until Friday, this week, under the theme of ‘shaping inclusive growth and shared futures in the fourth industrial revolution’. “It […]

Cape Town
Africa

MSC Cruises to base two ships in South Africa for 2020 season

MSC Cruises has announced it will bring two ships to South Africa’s shores for the 2020/2021 cruise season. This will mark the first time that two different classes of MSC Cruises’ ships will be deployed in South Africa, MSC Opera (Lirica Class) and MSC Musica (Musica Class). Ross Volk, managing director for MSC Cruises South Africa, commented: “The deployment for […]

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Asia

Air Arabia
Asia

Air Arabia launches new low-cost flights to Vienna

Air Arabia now offers direct flights between Sharjah and Vienna. The non-stop six-hour flight to Vienna, will operate four times a week, on Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and will be expanded to daily flight service as of mid-December. Adel Al Ali, group chief executive officer of Air Arabia and Julian Jäger, joint chief executive and chief operations officer of […]

Hong Kong
Asia

Situation for tourists in Hong Kong this weekend

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and eTurboNews have been in contact regarding the ongoing situation with protests in the city. The HKTB wishes to assure visitors that Hong Kong remains a safe destination. The Tourism Board is encouraging travelers to contact HKTB to find out information about the city by visiting their website which provides updates every 60 seconds. There is also […]

Europe

BALPA
Europe

BALPA calls off British Airways strike

The British Airline Pilots Association has called off the next strike scheduled for September 27th in the dispute between British Airways and its pilots. BALPA said the strikes on September 9-10 had demonstrated “the anger and resolve of pilots”. It was now time for a period of reflection before the dispute escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the […]

Dockery
Europe

Cunard to launch first cinema ad alongside Downton Abbey

Cunard has made its first cinema appearance with a new ‘Dreams’ advert appearing in UK cinemas before every screening of the new Downton Abbey movie. The advert, which has been created by Cunard’s retained agency Alpha Century, draws from the emotions evoked from travelling on the world’s only ocean liner Queen Mary 2, on an iconic transatlantic crossing with Cunard. […]

Native
Europe

Native Manchester welcomes first guests in north of England

Located in the newly transformed Ducie Street Warehouse on the edge of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, boutique aparthotel brand Native has just opened the doors to its latest outpost. Occupying eight floors of a vast Grade II listed former Victorian warehouse, Native Manchester will be the UK’s largest aparthotel, spanning 180,000 square feet. The beautifully designed 166 apartments will offer a […]

Australia & New Zealand

Eleven
Australia & New Zealand

Eleven Experience signs for Cedar Lodge, New Zealand

Eleven Experience has acquired Cedar Lodge on the South Island of New Zealand. The property will be operated as an Eleven Experience Lodge in collaboration with the previous owners for the upcoming fishing season. Cedar Lodge has long been renowned for its helicopter fly-out angling program, offering passionate anglers a paradise in which to target trophy-sized rainbow and brown trout […]

Business

Velocys
Business

British Airways partners with Velocys for sustainable jet fuel project

British Airways is one step closer to powering its future fleet with sustainable jet fuel made from rubbish as plans have been submitted to develop Europe’s first household and commercial solid waste to sustainable fuels plant. Altalto Immingham, a subsidiary of renewable fuels company Velocys and a collaboration with British Airways and Shell, has submitted a planning application to develop […]

Lufthansa
Business

Profit for Lufthansa Group collapses in deep red

In the second quarter of 2019, the Lufthansa (LH) Group profit fell to -70% (about 226 million euros). The LH  economic loss net result for the entire half-year amounts to 116 million (against a profit of 713 million in 2018). On the one hand, the LH Group, led by Carsten Spohr, collects the positive result of the routes on North America and […]

Amadeus
Business

Amadeus reports sharp earnings increase

Travel tech giant Amadeus has maintained its positive growth trend in the first six months of 2019, thanks to the solid operating performances of its distribution and IT Solutions businesses. The company also benefited from the consolidation of TravelClick and a positive foreign exchange impact. Over the first half of the year, EBITDA expanded 10.7 per cent, to €1,194 million, […]

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