March 24, 2019
Emirates

Emirates: The Media Company That Happens to Fly Jets Too

Destinations

We tend to think of media companies as the things we sit down with after work, or the brands bringing us blockbusters at the cinema. But one of the most unexpected media companies also is in the business of slinging Airbus A380s around the globe. Emirates, the Dubai-based carrier, has one of the most sophisticated approaches to buying media and […]

mexico

Mexico New Government Priorities for tourism

South America

The question has bounced through the travel industry for months now: What is Mexico doing? News that the new administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador planned to disband the Mexico Tourism Board, shift promotional duties to embassies, and redirect money to build a train that visits some popular tourist areas has been out since late last year. “Everybody’s got their eye on it,” […]

Cuba

Cuban friendship: New group, Amigos De Cuba, boosts Seychellois

Seychelles

A newly-formed association to promote, encourage and strengthen the ties of friendship between the people of Seychelles and Cuba has been launched in Seychelles. Amigos De Cuba (ADEC) — which means Friends of Cuba — brings together Cubans working in Seychelles and Seychellois who studied in Cuba since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1978. A caretaker committee headed by Simon Gill has […]

EasyJet

easyJet ‘stands ready’ with no-deal Brexit contingency plan

Europe

easyJet has said it continues to “stand ready” to activate its contingency plan should Britain leave the European Union without a deal in the next few weeks. The future relationship between the EU and UK remains in flux following a decision by UK prime minister, Theresa May, to request more time to get a deal passed parliament. The UK will […]

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Headlines

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Headlines

Hotels, Airlines and Cruise Brands Using Premium Content to Build Loyalty

In recent years, airlines have raced to outdo each other with over-the-top and exclusive lounges, filled with unlimited snacks, innovative cuisine, top-shelf booze, game rooms with billiards tables, meditation studios, salons, and more. Among the best of the best is The Pier at Hong Kong International, where Cathay Pacific business class passengers can enjoy yoga classes, wonton noodle soup, and […]

Canada
Headlines

Air Canada adjusts schedule following the grounding of Boeing 737-MAX

Air Canada said today that it has adjusted its schedule through to April 30 to cover 98 per cent of its planned flying following Transport Canada’s closure of Canadian airspace to Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operations. In compliance with the safety notice, Air Canada has grounded its 24 737 MAX aircraft and Boeing has advised that deliveries of its 737 […]

Airlines
Headlines

Frontier Airlines mechanics ratify union contract with Teamsters

Frontier Airlines mechanics have voted to ratify their most recent contract with the Teamsters by a margin of 96 percent. The agreement will be in effect until March 2023. “We are thrilled that we were able to ratify such a great agreement for our members at Frontier Airlines,” said Steve Vairma, Local 455 Secretary-Treasurer. “Congratulations to everyone who worked so […]

USA & Canada

Visa
Top Stories

U.S. Visa for Cubans: Cuban tourists face harsh restrictions

The U.S. Embassy in Cuba posted a bomb-shell message on their website today, punishing Cuban citizen and the travel and tourism trade between Cuba and the United States. The message reads: Effective March 18, 2019, the United States will reduce the B2 visa validity for Cuban nationals to three months with a single entry.  U.S. immigration law requires that U.S. visa […]

Top Stories

Alaska Airlines flies nonstop to Everett’s Paine Field from Silicon Valley’s Airport

Alaska Airlines today launched nonstop service to Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport (PAE) in Everett, Washington from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). Paine Field is Alaska’s newest destination and the newest commercial service air terminal in the U.S. Located north of Seattle, Paine Field offers travelers in Western Washington an easier, and more convenient choice for travel. Learn more about […]

Africa

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Africa

Africa-Asia partner to improve healthcare

If Africa and Asia are to reap the benefits of having a youthful population and improve their economies, they must improve healthcare for women, adolescents and youth. By doing so, Dr Tshepo Motsepe said the two continents will be able to improve their economies, create jobs and enjoy benefits for all. Dr Motsepe, who is a medical doctor by profession […]

Africa

African Tourism Board plans impressive launch in Capetown at WTM

The African Tourism Board (ATB) is planning for an impressive launch event during World Travel Market (WTM) in Cape Town, South Africa. On April 11, 2019 from 1530-1730 hours, an international team of experts will conduct an informative and enlightening meeting of African Tourism Board members. Ministers of Tourism and leaders of the African and international travel and tourism sector, along with exhibitors […]

South Africa
Africa

Green economy to grow South Africa economy

South Africans must look at waste from an economic perspective as the green economy of the waste sector has the potential to create jobs and empower Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs), says President Cyril Ramaphosa. “This is a sector that has the potential to create 69 000 new jobs and empower more SMMEs and cooperatives. The chemicals industry, valued […]

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Asia

AirAsia
Asia

Indonesia Just Got Dirtier: The Dirty Business Targeting AirAsia

As it turns out, it isn’t just Traveloka and Tiket.com that are allegedly being arm-twisted by Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air to stop selling AirAsia Indonesia’s tickets, as reported by Skift on March 13. The pressure has also been placed on the country’s biggest offline local travel agencies, including Panorama Group, Golden Rama Tours & Travel, and Wita Tour, which have stopped featuring AirAsia […]

Garuda
Asia

Indonesia moves to cancel Boeing 737 Max order

Garuda Indonesia is set to become the first airline to officially cancel an order for the Boeing 737 Max 8 after two crashes involving the plane. The flag-carrier has 49 of the aircraft on order from the American manufacturer, in a deal worth around US$5 billion. However, following the crashes of 737 Max 8 planes operated by both Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air, […]

suzuki
Asia

Toyota: Suzuki cars out in India by 2022

In what could turn into a mega partnership in the global automotive industry, Toyota Motor and Suzuki Motor have agreed to take concrete steps toward sharing more models, vehicle architectures and electrified vehicle technology. The discussion between the Japanese automakers is on three major subjects: sharing of electrified vehicle technology including Toyota’s patented hybrid vehicle systems, sharing of Suzuki’s compact vehicle architecture […]

Europe

EasyJet
Europe

easyJet ‘stands ready’ with no-deal Brexit contingency plan

easyJet has said it continues to “stand ready” to activate its contingency plan should Britain leave the European Union without a deal in the next few weeks. The future relationship between the EU and UK remains in flux following a decision by UK prime minister, Theresa May, to request more time to get a deal passed parliament. The UK will […]

honda
Automobiles

Honda closing UK car plant in 2022

Japanese car maker Honda is set to announce it’s closing its only British car plant in 2022 with the loss of 3,500 jobs, a lawmaker told Reuters, in the latest blow to the UK car industry as Brexit approaches. A closure of Honda’s Swindon factory in southern England would be its second plant shuttering in 2022. The automaker said more than a year ago […]

Australia & New Zealand

Australia & New Zealand

first Asia Pacific market in Australia

Accor has chosen Australia as the first Asia Pacific market to expand its partnership with sbe outside of the US and bring its luxury lifestyle hospitality brand, Hyde to its shores following Accor’s acquisition of a 50% stake in sbe in October 2018.  Coming to the Gold Coast in March 2019, Hyde Paradiso will be a fashionable playground for an […]

Australia & New Zealand

63 luxurious Suites opens

Leading the way for the medical tourism sector, Essence Suites Taringa’s 63 luxuriously appointed suites are situated directly above the Westside Private Hospital in Brisbane’s west. With the brand-new building now complete, the hotel forms part of the $65-million 10-storey development and is managed by Essence Apartments and Suites’ parent company UniLodge Australia. UniLodge CEO Tomas Johnsson said while the […]

Business

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Business

Group predicts more global business in Nigeria

An integrated creative company, Ogilvy Group, says digitalisation will birth emergence of more global companies in Nigeria’s business landscape. Abdussamad Abdurrahman, Media Manager, Ogilvy Nigeria, quoted Paul Donnell, the Chief Executive, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) of Ogilvy Group, as saying. Ogilvy is a WPP company listed on the American Stock Market (NASDAQ:WWPGY) with 131 offices in 83 countries. […]

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