August 20, 2019
Island

Monkey Island Estate tour

Features

A beautiful slice of countryside, Monkey Island. Sitting, watching the geese waddle past, pecking at the manicured lawns, it seems this is the storybook England overseas visitors imagine, this is what they come for. The Thames gurgles gently in the background as I take in the chicken coop, smoke house and lovingly restored buildings, all of which to combine to […]

Wightlink

Be Wightlink guest

Top Stories

With Cowes Week set to put the Isle of Wight in the hospitality spotlight from this weekend, ferry operator Wightlink has been preparing for the influx of guests. The event is a key part of the British sporting calendar, taking place in early August each year. A part of the British ‘season,’ it takes place on similar dates annually – this year […]

Eclipse

Scenic Eclipse sets sail from Reykjavik on maiden voyage

Top Stories

As Scenic Eclipse sets sail today on its inaugural voyage, a 13-day itinerary from Reykjavik to Quebec, the very first images of its luxurious interiors have been released. “Today is the fruition of many years of planning and work from a large and dedicated team to create a vessel and an experience which has set a brand-new benchmark in ultra-luxury discovery […]

Hilton

Umbral, Curio Collection by Hilton opens in Mexico City

South America

Hilton has announced the opening of Umbral, Curio Collection by Hilton, representing the brand’s debut in Mexico City. The modern 59-room boutique hotel is the latest addition to Curio Collection by Hilton, reinforcing the growth of its portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts in premier destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America. “As we continue to strategically expand our presence […]

Serko

Serko signs Southwest Airlines as NDC partner

Destinations

Serko has announced an agreement with Southwest Airlines to provide NDC content in Zeno. Zeno will be the first online booking tool to provide Southwest content via the ATPCO New Distribution Capability Exchange. Under the agreement, Zeno clients will be able to shop, book, ticket and change Southwest Airlines flights. Importantly, the connection also allows the purchase of EarlyBird Check-In […]

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Headlines

777-8
Headlines

Boeing delays development of 777-8 long-range jet

Boeing has said it will put development of the ultra-long-range 777-8 on hold. The decision comes after a review of the development programme schedule and of 777X customer needs. It follows an earlier move to delay the first flight of the 777-9. The American manufacturer gave no indication of how long the development will be put on hold for. The […]

Hesperia
Headlines

Hesperia Investment Group to acquire La Manga Club, Spain

Hesperia Investment Group has reached an agreement with Arum Group to acquire a majority stake of the luxury resort La Manga Club. The Spanish resort has a total area comprising of 560 hectares with a privileged location in front of the Mar Menor and Mediterranean seas and adjacent to the nature reserve of Calblanque. La Manga Club is a tourism […]

USA & Canada

Virgin
Destinations

American Airlines to go triple daily on US Virgin Islands route

The US Virgin Islands department of tourism has announced the addition of a third American Airlines’ daily flight between Miami and St. Thomas in time for the winter season. Commissioner of tourism, Joseph Boschulte, reported that from December 18th the third daily flight will operate as a same day turn, departing Miami International Airport at 08:35 and arriving at Cyril […]

Canada
Top Stories

Air Canada sees strong second quarter

Air Canada has reported second quarter EBITDA of $916, up from the figure of $739 million reported last year. The airline reported second quarter 2019 operating income of $422 million, compared to second quarter 2018 operating income of $308 million. At the same time, the carrier reported adjusted net income of $240 million or $0.88 per diluted share in the […]

Barometer
Top Stories

American travelers reduce budgets, still spend more than Europeans

The results of GGA 19th annual Holiday Barometer were released today. This year’s barometer found that the number of Americans who indicated that they would be taking vacation this summer held steady at 68 percent equal to the number of respondents in Brazil (68%) and five points higher than the number of European respondents (63%). There were several interesting differences […]

Africa

Africa
Africa

China-Africa air traffic soared 630% in last ten years

Air traffic between China and African continent has expanded rapidly over the last decade, due to a massive investment pouring into Africa from the east Asian country. There are currently eight direct flights operating on an average day between China and African nations. That is a huge increase from less than a decade ago when airlines averaged less than one flight a day. At […]

economy
Africa

North West accelerates plans to grow economy

The North West Provincial Government has committed to regularly engaging with business and social partners to promote integrated economic planning in the province. An amount of R986.4 million has been allocated to the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism to accelerate transformational, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in that province. MEC Kenetswe Mosenogi revealed this when […]

dusitD2
Africa

dusitD2 Nairobi reopens following terror attack

dusitD2 Nairobi will reopen today following six months of renovation. The hotel was closed following a terror attack in January which left more than a dozen people dead. Highlighting the company’s commitment to supporting the local community, the upscale deluxe hotel will return to its prime location within the 14 Riverside complex. The complex itself is now fully operational following the January […]

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Asia

hyperloop
Asia

India announces $10 billion Hyperloop project

One of India’s busiest transit routes is getting a serious upgrade with the announcement of a $10bn Hyperloop project, expected to be the world’s first, which will ferry passengers 117.5km from Mumbai to Pune in just 23 minutes. The Maharashtra provincial cabinet approved the Rs 70,000 crore (~US$10bn) project in a meeting Tuesday. At present, some 75 million people travel the route […]

Africa
Africa

China-Africa air traffic soared 630% in last ten years

Air traffic between China and African continent has expanded rapidly over the last decade, due to a massive investment pouring into Africa from the east Asian country. There are currently eight direct flights operating on an average day between China and African nations. That is a huge increase from less than a decade ago when airlines averaged less than one flight a day. At […]

Singapore
Asia

Accor welcomes reopening of Raffles Singapore

Raffles Singapore has official reopened. A flagship property within Accor, the hotel is now welcoming guests and visitors, following a careful three-phased restoration, which began in February 2017. “There are few hotels in the world whose names have become virtually synonymous with the cities in which they are located – and none more so than the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. […]

Europe

British Airways
Europe

First British Airways Airbus A350 prepares for Dubai departure

British Airways’ first A350 aircraft is being put through its paces with extensive service trials ahead of it starting long-haul flying to Dubai on September 2nd. The airline took delivery of its newest aircraft featuring its latest generation business class seat, Club Suite, on July 29th. Since its arrival, the A350 has flown over 15,400 miles between Heathrow and Madrid […]

Malvern
Europe

Malvern Group collapse hits 50,000 UK holidaymakers

Malvern Group has ceased trading, with as many as 50,000 holidaymakers set to be impacted. The company operated two firms, Manchester-based Late Rooms and York-based Superbreak Mini Holidays, known as Super Break. In a statement, the company said Super Break hotel-only holidays would be cancelled and people currently on holiday might have to pay again. The company said it “anticipated” bookings through […]

London
Europe

Dukes London takes afternoon tea to new heights

With the quintessentially British tradition remaining as popular as ever, Dukes London has curated a quirky selection of teas with a twist to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week. With over 3.5 million vegans in the UK and the nation’s increasing appetite for plant-based eating, it’s official: veganism is here to stay. Dukes London sees no reason why being vegan means you […]

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 […]

Business

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, […]

Lennox
Business

Lennox Hotel Miami Beach to open this month

A striking new modern hotel, combining contemporary design with original Art Deco design, will open its doors in South Florida hotspot, Miami Beach, this month. Lennox Hotel Miami Beach is a bold luxury boutique property offering stylish accommodation and an authentic Miami experience. The hotel – located on Miami’s iconic Collins Avenue – offers 119 contemporary guestrooms, 13 of these […]

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