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Issue N° 579 - October 15, 2014

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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 …

This winter discover Les Gets (Portes du Soleil)


logo_lesgetsLes Gets is part of the Franco-Swiss Portes du Soleil ski area. This immense outdoor playground includes 12 Franco-Swiss resorts, 650 km of pistes, 195 lifts, 267 marked pistes, 243 km of cross-country skiing, 9 snow parks, 400 mountain meadow …

Morzine Avoriaz – Winter 2014/2015 – Intense, unique… and real !

morzine_hiver_2014_2015-39Morzine, a village and a resort…

morzine_hiver_2014_2015-23The village of Morzines, with its wooden chalets and slate roofs, lies at the foot of a valley of fir trees…it’s the ideal venue for a winter holiday. Located at the heart of the …

ChĂątel: are you ChĂątellover ?

chatel1The history of ChĂątel

Having tried and failed in its initial efforts to promote itself as a thermal spa resort, ChĂątel took its first steps to becoming a summer tourist destination and welcomed holidaymakers and convalescents looking for tranquillity …

The Nice Carnaval a marvellous opportunity to discover the city in the winter

fleurs-nicecarnaval-de-nice-2014-j42rThe Nice Carnival is part of the Nice DNA  Present since the Middle Ages, it is one of the founding events of the town  It has evolved at its own pace, historically fulfilling its role as a social and festive …

Discover Avoriaz

sepiaAvoriaz is a lot more than a winter sports resort. Its lively past, its exceptional position on the top of a cliff faces and its unique architectural style, which has provoked furious debate, makes Avoriaz the ideal story telling subject.…

European Hansemuseum in LĂŒbeck

Hansemuseum1_01_2707c747e0_3e9644a8c5Opening in spring 2015

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of merchants during the Middle Ages and experience the rise and fall of the erstwhile trading power. European history will be brought to life in the new Hansemuseum and provide

Hotel performances across Europe stay globally positive in the 1st semester 2014

keys-e1351702083673The new results from the ECM-MKG European Destinations Observatory report1 highlight differences between destinations but also continuity in the positive trends since 2013 for almost all European countries partly thanks to a variety of big international events.



APG Interline E-Ticketing (APG IET) Program introduces its 100th airline partner in GDS

APG_NETWORKImageGen.ashxRichard Burgess, President of APG Network, the world’s largest organization for airline distribution services, announces that Avianca (AV) has become operational in its APG IET program and is available for sale by travel agents in the Global Distribution Systems (GDS)

Austrian Airlines Adds Further Regional Aircraft to its Fleet

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  • 17th Dash 8-Q400 lands in Innsbruck-Kranebitten at 6 p.m. toda
  • Expansion of the Austrian Airlines fleet based on a wet-lease agreement with SWISS


Austrian Airlines welcomes the third out of a total of four additional Dash 8-Q400 aircraft to its …

Ryanair Launches @Ryanairflights Twitter Flight Update Service

Ryanair-Twitter-1Ryanair, Europe’s favourite low fares airline, today (9 Oct) launched a new customer Twitter account, @RyanairFlights, which provides instant real time information for every one of its 1,600 daily flights.

Twitter users who follow @RyanairFlights can simply send their Ryanair …

LOT – the best Eastern European airline!

TTNG Conference 2014. Obsession. Split.Warsaw, October 8, 2014 – LOT Polish Airlines recognised by the readers of prestigious British magazine ‘Business Traveller’ for the 17th time.

The statuettes were handed in London. The award on behalf of the carrier was received by David Bentley, …

Service reform at Helsinki Airport will attract international capital and new jobs

getFile.doFinavia invests strongly in the development of Helsinki Airport. The commercial potential of the airport has also been noticed abroad. Significant investments in the development of Helsinki Airport made by new international service providers at the airport will have a

Ovation Global DMC Announces Offices at Five New Locations

Hugo-SlimbrouckHugo Slimbrouck, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Continuing its global expansion, Ovation Global DMC has announced offices at five new locations across Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and The Americas.

At each of the following locations, destination services will be provided by

Paradis thermo-minéral des Thermes Sveti Martin

masaza-uljem-4x3Les thermes Sveti Martin, destination unique en Croatie continentale, proposent aux visiteurs de passer des vacances de dĂ©tentes ou actives, le tout accompagnĂ© d’une gastronomie et Ɠnologie raffinĂ©e au cƓur de la nature prĂ©servĂ©e de Međimurje. Le …

Croatian National Tourist Board backs an undertaking never performed before – a balloon flight into the Mamet Cave (Jama Mamet)


spuĆĄtanje u jamu Mametslijetanje ujamu MametWith the aim to further improve promotion, and especially the promotion of active tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board has supported a unique and interesting undertaking on a global scale. Ten years after the video of the parachute jump

oneworld is Business Traveller’s best airline alliance again

2014-10-06 Business Traveller awardMonday, 06 October 2014 – oneworldÂź has today been named Best Airline Alliance for the second year running in the 2014 Business Traveller awards – confirming oneworld’s position as the most highly prized global airline alliance.

oneworld …

Brussels Airlines expands its winter offer with Riga, Krakow and Warsaw

IMG_0348Wednesday 8 October, 2014 — Brussels Airlines announces three newcomers in its autumn and winter program, which opens on 26 October: Riga, Krakow, Warsaw. Other destinations are updated with more frequencies or improved timetables. At Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines opens …