November 21, 2019
Siem Reap

A visit to Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap

Features

Fresh from my experiences with Raffles in Phnom Penh, it is fair to say my expectations were sky-high by the time I got off the plane in Siem Reap. Over the past couple of decades, the city has emerged as one of the preeminent stops on the south-east Asia tourist trail, with thousands of hotels of all standards catering to the booming […]

Hotel

Tour to Radisson Collection Hotel, Tsinandali Estate

Top Stories

When pondering the origins of winemaking, Georgia may not be the first country that springs to mind. However, this tiny nation of the Caucasus, nestled on the edge of the Black Sea, has been making the intoxicating liquid with a great degree of success for over 8,000 years. The Georgian wine making technique, or Qvevri as it is properly known, is one […]

Cruises

Celebrity Cruises launches new onboard pricing structure

Destinations

Celebrity Cruises has announced the launch of ‘Sail Your Way’, a brand-new campaign that lets guests select from a choice of on-board benefits to truly personalise their experience. Launching on November 19th, the line said it was its most flexible campaign to date. Sail Your Way has been designed in response to feedback from guests who have asked for more […]

Beach

Centara Ao Nang Beach Resort & Spa opens in Krabi, Thailand

Asia

Centara Hotels & Resorts has welcomed the opening of Centara Ao Nang Beach Resort & Spa Krabi, a brand-new upscale resort and the first branded beachfront property in Ao Nang, the popular tourism gateway in southern Thailand. Nestled directly on the soft sands at the quieter end of Ao Nang Beach, just 40 minutes from Krabi International Airport and a […]

Mandarin Oriental signs on for Dallas project

Top Stories

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a luxury hotel in Dallas, Texas. The project, which will also feature branded residences, is scheduled to open in 2022. The new development will comprise a 25-storey mixed-use tower located in the exclusive Turtle Creek neighbourhood. It is within close proximity to the central business district and a number of […]

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Headlines

Fairmont
Headlines

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi to welcome new wellness residencies

Set in the North Shaviyani Atoll, surrounded by nothing but azure Indian Ocean, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi lends itself to those seeking a far-flung healing retreat. This festive season, two internationally renowned wellness practitioners, Johnson Chong and Dawn Harlow, take residency at the luxury resort, leading travellers on a journey of self-discovery, wellbeing and relaxation. Launching as part of […]

Hyatt
Headlines

Hyatt Hotels launches battle against plastic

Hyatt Hotels has unveiled a series of initiatives to reduce waste at its properties globally, including introducing large-format bathroom amenities and reducing single-use water bottles by June 2021. The following initiatives will be introduced as soon as possible in properties around the world, and no later than June 2021: Transitioning to large-format bathroom amenities to replace traditional small bottles of […]

Hotel
Headlines

A Visit to Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Cambodia

The history of Cambodia flows through Raffles Hotel Le Royal. Originally opened in 1929 in the heart of capital Phnom Penh, the property played host to a revolving cast of global stars – including Charlie Chaplin and André Malraux – as it grew in prestige over the following decades to rival any hotel in the region. The French colonial elite […]

USA & Canada

Top Stories

Mandarin Oriental signs on for Dallas project

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a luxury hotel in Dallas, Texas. The project, which will also feature branded residences, is scheduled to open in 2022. The new development will comprise a 25-storey mixed-use tower located in the exclusive Turtle Creek neighbourhood. It is within close proximity to the central business district and a number of […]

Airlines
Top Stories

United Airlines signs sponsorship partnership with Brand USA

Brand USA and United Airlines have announced a multi-year, global sponsorship agreement to promote international travel across the United States. The agreement makes United Airlines an official global airline sponsor of Brand USA and the exclusive airline sponsor of Brand USA’s next IMAX film, Into America’s Wild, which premieres in February. The film takes international audiences on a journey across […]

Freehand
Top Stories

Generator eyes $400m United States expansion following Freehand deal

Queensgate Investments, owners of Generator, has acquired Freehand Hotels. Following completion of the $400 million deal, the budget hotel brand will operate all four Freehand properties and their respective food and beverage outlets. The acquisition by the London-based firm merges the original upscale hostel trailblazers and reaffirms Generator as a global pioneer in the hospitality industry. When the deal completes, […]

Africa

African
Africa

Investments in Africa should benefit citizens

Investments ploughed in African economies should trickle down to its impoverished and underdeveloped communities, says African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina. He made the remarks while addressing members of the media at the conclusion of the second Africa Investment Forum held in Sandton, Gauteng. Fifty-two projects worth $41 billion in investment were netted during the three-day forum. The forum saw […]

SAA
Africa

South African Airways cancels flights in midst of industrial action

South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled almost all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday as a result of industrial action. SAA said the flight cancellation decision was made as a way to minimise the impact of disruptions for its customers. The cancellations will affect flights scheduled for Friday, 15 November, as well as flights scheduled […]

SAA
Africa

South African Airways gets new Airbus planes

South African Airways (SAA) has procured four new Airbus A350-900s in an effort to improve the airline’s customer offering and commercial prospects. On Thursday SAA took delivery of the first of the four new Airbus A350-900s. “We welcome the first A350 home on South African soil. The introduction of the A350s offers a new beginning for the airline and will […]

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Asia

Beach
Asia

Centara Ao Nang Beach Resort & Spa opens in Krabi, Thailand

Centara Hotels & Resorts has welcomed the opening of Centara Ao Nang Beach Resort & Spa Krabi, a brand-new upscale resort and the first branded beachfront property in Ao Nang, the popular tourism gateway in southern Thailand. Nestled directly on the soft sands at the quieter end of Ao Nang Beach, just 40 minutes from Krabi International Airport and a […]

Oman
Asia

Oman Air extends support to national football side

Oman Air has extended its support for the Oman Football Association, continuing its role as the official carrier of the national team for 2020. The organisations’ leaders signed the agreement in a ceremony at Muscat International Airport. Oman Air chief executive, Abdulaziz Al Raisi, welcomed the new agreement and said: “We are delighted to renew the agreement with the Oman […]

Dubai
Asia

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Canal View welcomes first guests

Radisson Blu has announced the opening of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Canal View. Continuing Radisson Hotel Group’s expansion in key global cities, the new design-focused hotel is the group’s seventh hotel in Dubai. A hotel steeped in soul and design, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Canal View is located within the largest and most impressive waterfront development in the […]

Europe

Bolt
Automobiles

Bolt launches new vehicle type in London

Bolt has announced the launch of an XL category, giving customers access to larger vehicles via the app. XL is a bespoke category for bigger groups with a seating capacity of up to seven passengers. The introduction of this new category follows Bolt’s successful launch in London in June amid increasing demand from Bolt’s diverse customer base for larger capacity […]

NYC
Europe

NYC & Company launches largest ever global marketing campaign

NYC & Company has kicked off its most expansive global tourism marketing campaign to date. The refreshed ‘Famous Original New York City’ initiative is valued at approximately $20 million and will reach 22 global markets including, for the first time ever, Ireland and Singapore. This promotional effort reinforces New York City’s incomparable welcoming spirit with the iconic Statue of Liberty […]

Manchester
Europe

Manchester Airport criticised for long security queues

Passengers travelling through Manchester face the longest average security queue waiting times of any large UK airport, according to Which? research. All three of the northern hub’s terminals had worse waiting times than rival airports – averaging 16 minutes per passenger – while in the worst-case scenario one holidaymaker reported queuing for up to 90 minutes. Stansted and Luton also […]

Australia & New Zealand

Val d’Isère
Australia & New Zealand

Val d’Isère prepares to open for new ski season

Snow is already piling up on the pistes above Val d’Isère in spectacular style. It is a timely moment for the resort to announce plans for the official start to the 2019-2020 winter season, with First Tracks. This annual get-together is the most awaited date in the calendar for all dedicated fans of Val d’Isère. The programme includes special deals […]

Dreamliner
Australia & New Zealand

Air New Zealand signs new Dreamliner 787-10 order with Boeing

Boeing and Air New Zealand have finalised an order for eight 787-10 Dreamliner planes valued at $2.7 billion at list prices. The carrier will integrate the largest Dreamliner model into its fleet of 787-9 and 777 planes from 2022. The deal, announced in May as a commitment, includes options to increase the number of aircraft from eight up to 20, […]

Marriott
Australia & New Zealand

Marriott signs to take Ritz-Carlton brand into Montenegro

Marriott International has announced the signing of a milestone agreement with Northstar to bring the Ritz-Carlton brand to Montenegro. Under the plan funded by Al Yasra, the Ritz-Carlton, Montenegro and the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Montenegro are scheduled to bring the brand to the country in 2023. “With its striking views of the Adriatic coast, Montenegro has quickly become a favourite Mediterranean […]

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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