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Issue N° 579 - October 15, 2014

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United Airlines, Hertz Upgrade Partnership and Elevate Perks for a Richer Travel Experience


Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty to become United’s exclusive car rental partners

MileagePlus Premiers, select cardmembers eligible for Hertz elite status

MileagePlus members eligible for higher award miles on rentals

CHICAGO, Oct. 22, 2014 – United Airlines announced the airline is expanding

UIA offers 22% discount to mark the airline`s Birthday

10In November 2013 Ukraine International turns 22. To mark the occasion the airline is pleased to offer passengers exclusive 22% discount for travel within the period of Winter 2014/2015 Schedule.

To take part in the promotion, a passenger needs to

Tourism leaders discuss threat to Europe as World’s n° 1 destination


etclogoBrussels, 22nd October 2014. Tourism represents a major socio-economic activity in the EU with a wide-ranging impact on growth, employment and social development. Its total contribution to the EU’s economy is 9% of GDP and 10% of the

Aer Lingus set for mobile strategy take off with Advanced Air Approvals

air-iphone-bAer Lingus is implementing Advanced Air Approvals, a suite of mobile apps from Advanced Business Solutions, to support its investment in digital processes and to drive further efficiencies in procurement. The anticipated go-live is December 2014.

By interfacing with Aer …

Accor offers to transfer management of its Central European operations to Orbis

accorAs part of the process to reorganize its Central and Eastern European operations, Accor today submitted an offer to Orbis, a public company listed in Warsaw and 52.7% held by Accor, which would reinforce their existing partnership to make the

Khiri Travel Wins ‘Best Tourism Company’ Award

NTTClogo-1Khiri Travel Thailand has won the 16th Annual NTCC (Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce) Business Award for ‘Best Tourism Company.’

The award was announced at the 2014 NTCC Business Awards presentation dinner at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, Bangkok, …

Hilton Worldwide Enters Myanmar With First Hilton Hotel In Capital City

Lobby2_HiRes_FPNAY PYI TAW, Myanmar and MCLEAN, Va. -Hilton Worldwide today made its debut in Myanmar with the opening of Hilton Nay Pyi Taw, in the country’s capital city. Set amid lush tropical landscaped gardens, the 202-key Hilton Nay …

FCS Cargo Terminal at Frankfurt Airport Implements Innovative LED Lighting Technology to Enhance Work Environment and Save Energy

FCS invests in LED Lighting at FRAFraport Cargo Services (FCS) invests in new lighting system

FRA – While focusing on professional and efficient cargo handling services for its customers, Fraport Cargo Services GmbH (FCS) – a wholly-owned subsidiary of  Fraport AG – also remains dedicated to …

American Airlines Cargo, US Airways Cargo officially combine under single air waybill

american_airlinesAmerican_Airlines_Group_LogoFORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines and US Airways have reached a significant milestone in their merger today as the Cargo divisions combine under a single air waybill. The new entity currently brings in more than $800 million each year

The Warwick Barsey Hotel has been revamped

Hotel BARSEY BrusselsThe Warwick Barsey Hotel got a brand new look that can appeal the organizers of seminars and incentive in Brussels and beyond Belgium’s borders!

The 99-room boutique hotel is a place where hospitality is synonymous with bespoke. The atmosphere of …

Babylon Warwick Hotel, Baghdad has opened its doors

Babylon Main Pool 10From 29 September 2014, Warwick International Hotels Group (WIH) counts a new landmark hotel in its portfolio with the Babylon Warwick Hotel, Baghdad in Iraq.

The 300 rooms Babylon Warwick Hotel will benefit from the Group’s recognized experience in managing

Berlin advertises itself with worldwide image film

mur-de-berlin-conrad-schumann_pics_809Joint campaign by visitBerlin and be Berlin will run until 9 November

Berlin, 20 October 2014 Starting today, Berlin will have its own image spot broadcast worldwide by international broadcaster CNN. This joint campaign by visitBerlin and be Berlin will …

Mesures supplémentaires prises à Brussels Airport contre Ebola

7fc598be41fe5ab45f3742400496cBrussels Airport se dit satisfait des nouvelles mesures prises par le SPF SantĂ© Publique Ă  titre de prĂ©vention contre le virus Ebola. Tous les passagers arrivant Ă  Brussels Airport en provenance des pays touchĂ©s par l’épidĂ©mie d’Ebola feront l’objet de

New partnership brings 30 Brazilian buyers to London to buy Europe

20-city-fair-2012etoaThis year’s Global European Marketplace (GEM) will be boosted by a delegation of leading Brazilian tour operators.

GEM, ETOA’s flagship B2B networking event, showcases the very best of European tourism product to international buyers during a day of scheduled business …

Medical tourism: Trends and Forecasts

Medical-TourismThere is no exact statistics on the global market of medical tourism. Therefore, forecasts of experts regarding long-term growth in the number of medical tourists by 2017, have a very wide range – from 500 thousand to 10 million. Experts …

HUNGARY: Spa tourism: Case study of HĂ©vĂ­z published

Heviz Thernal Lake2The Tourism Observatory for Health Wellness and Spa has issued a case study of the Hungarian spa town of HĂ©vĂ­z, “Hot springs, tourism and economic impacts”.

Health tourism is the one and only industry in HĂ©vĂ­z. The thermal lake of …

Etihad Airways Butlers get training at The Savoy London

ButlersLondon, 16 October 2014: The Savoy, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, last week welcomed the first group of Etihad Airways’ unique in-flight Butler trainees for specialist training alongside head butler, Sean Davoren and his team. The 13 men and women, all …

New IATA Passenger Forecast Reveals Fast-Growing Markets of the Future

art-Flight-Passengers-Couple-620x349Geneva – the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its first 20-year passenger growth forecast, projecting that passenger numbers are expected to reach 7.3 billion by 2034. That represents a 4.1% average annual growth in demand for air connectivity that …

The ultimate 007 experience at Rotterdam’s main port

007_1Berlin, October 15, 2014 – With the opening of “Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style” in Rotterdam this October, it was only fitting that Design Hotelsℱmember Mainport offer their guests the ultimate 007 experience. The package, which includes …

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao | The Art of Our Time: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections


This ambitious double exhibition celebrates 20 years of partnership between the Solomon R. Guggenheim …

Amadeus unveils vision of dynamic, intelligent global travel ecosystem to unlock $130bn in revenues for air- lines by delivering a richer experience for the traveler

amadeus220x135_Documents_the-evolution-of-airline-merchandising,002_serveVision to be underpinned by development of new traveler-centric Global Merchandising System and the evolution of Amadeus’ retailing and distribution systems, with full integration across the Amadeus AltĂ©a PSS Suite, delivering a single customer view and end-to-end traveler experience


Brussels Airlines relocates to brand-new Queen’s Terminal at London Heathrow

Wednesday 15 October, 2014 —
 Starting today, Brussels Airlines passengers flying to or from London Heathrow will arrive or depart from the brand-new Queen’s Terminal. This new terminal at Europe’s largest airport, built exclusively for members of the Star Alliance …

Christmas magic on the Elbe

573w_2014-10-chrismasDresden can be relied upon to do Christmas in style. The twinkling lights, decorations and culinary winter delights of the famous Striezelmarkt on the Old Market Square attract legions of visitors from all over the world. © Sven Döring

Christmas …

Of oysters and diamonds: Decadent anecdotes from Dresden

573w_2014-09-skd-zwingerThe Zwinger with Semper Gallery: Augustus the Strong had this baroque masterpiece built for courtly festivities at the beginning of the 18th century. © Frank Exß

Decadent, lavish, bombastic. Three characteristics which certainly describe Augustus the Strong – and which …

Traveller MadeÂź Welcomes Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts as Newest Luxury Partners

87am_WaldorfAstoriaBerlin_1LONDON – 13 October 2014 – Traveller MadeÂź, the European network community of luxury travel designers, is announcing today their partnership with Hilton Worldwide’s luxury hotel brands Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts. …

Air Caraïbes, la compagnie aérienne spécialiste de la zone Caraïbes

img-Bienvenue-sur-le-blog-d-air-caraibes_07_07air_caraibes_logoAir Caraïbes est une compagnie aérienne française réguliÚre, spécialisée dans les destinations antillo-guyanaises et plus largement celles de la zone Caraïbes.

La compagnie Air CaraĂŻbes a Ă©tĂ© crĂ©Ă©e en 2000 par Jean-Paul Dubreuil, fondateur et PrĂ©sident du groupe familial vendĂ©en …

LOT brings profits from flying after nine months of 2014

LOT_Polish_Airlines_Boeing_767Warsaw, October 2014 – LOT Polish Airlines continue to boost profits. The cash flow in the company at the end of September is good enough so, at least by the end of October, LOT will not apply for the second

Switzerland Tourism’s “Time” Is The Best European Tourism Film


The winner of the first ETC Film Awards was announced at a ceremony held in the famous Bran Castle.

The Swiss film was selected from among all country members of the European Travel Commission.


Brussels, 14th October 2014. …

Major upgrades to oneworld events unveiled

2014-10-14 oneworld events

oneworldoneworldÂź, the world’s most awarded global airline alliance, today unveiled a series of significant upgrades to oneworld events, its one-stop, easy-to-use travel service for the conventions, conferences, exhibitions and special events markets.

Key improvements include:

  • Removal

Abacus resets travel distribution in Asia Pacific


  • Leveraging new Abacus WorkSpace technology to give travel
  • agents access to multiple content sources in a single B2B platform 
  • With ground breaking Abacus solutions that will help them drive profitable growth 
ABU DHABI, October 15th, 2014 – Travel technology leader 

Amsterdam – Maritim to change the Skyline of the Dutch metropole

congreshotel_maritim_amsterdam_artist_impression82007VThe tallest hotel in downtown Amsterdam will become a Maritim Hotel and will also be the largest congress hotel in Holland. The Maritim Hotel Group has just signed a rental agreement to construct a First Class Hotel in one of …

IATA and Travel Capitalist Ventures Launch NDC Innovation Fund

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 Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) partnered with Travel Capitalist Ventures, a leading travel-focused investment firm, to create the NDC Innovation Fund. This fund will support innovation in airline distribution using the New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard. NDC …