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Issue N° 582 - December 17, 2014

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Europcar streamlines its brand strategy, focusing on its two core brands Europcar® and InterRent®

Europcar Group UK Ltd_moving_your_way_logo_052012-GRADIENTVoisins-le-Bretonneux, December 17, 2014 – Europcar Group announced today that it is to focus its business exclusively on its two core brands: Europcar® and its low-cost, value-for-money business, InterRent®. Europcar has until now also serviced National and Alamo brands in some EMEA countries. Those two brands will now return to Enterprise Holdings which owns them.

“Making life simple is at the heart of what we are trying to achieve for our clients. By focusing our strategy on Europcar and InterRent, …

Iberia and Brazil’s TAM to code share on some Brazil and Europe flights

rio1Iberia and Brazil’s TAM to code share on some Brazil and Europe Flights

  • Iberia customers flying from Europe will be able to continue their trip from Río de Janeiro or São Paulo to ten additional Brazilian cities: Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife and  Salvador.
  • TAM passengers can fly on from Madrid with Iberia to Barcelona, Tenerife, Bilbao, Asturias, Rome, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Geneva and Venice.
  • Iberia and TAM are both members of the oneworld

UNWTO and UNESCO to organize first World Conference on Tourism and Culture

cambodgenewhome-logoThe First World Conference on Tourism and Culture will bring together, for the first time, Ministers of Tourism and Ministers of Culture from around the world, experts and stakeholders from both sectors to explore new models of partnership between tourism and culture (Siem Reap, Cambodia, 4-6 February 2015).

Cultural tourism can contribute to inclusive economic growth, social development and cultural preservation. The first UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture will provide an unprecedented global platform for policymakers, experts …

UIA offers Birthday discounts

345x225-PS1-300x195Ukraine International offers its passengers the 20% Birthday discount and thus makes birthday people`s and their friends` trips more pleasant and enjoyable. The offer has no expiration date.

The 20% Birthday discount* terms and conditions:

  • The 20% discount applies if you purchase UIA tickets and take an outbound flight within +/- 1 month of your birthday (no restrictions apply to inbound flights).
  • You can purchase both one-way and round-trip tickets for any UIA scheduled flight operated under the PS code

London Gatwick Airport increases runway capacity to 55 flights per hour and estimates an additional 2 million passengers on a single runway assisted by Amadeus A-CDM Portal


  •  London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is the first to implement Amadeus’ cloud- based A-CDM1 portal to improve communication and operational efficiency at the airport
  •  Airports, airlines and ground handlers all benefit from Amadeus’ cloud-based common situational awareness solution
  • LGW rolls out Amadeus’ A-CDM Portal to 300 users in just 8 weeks thanks to a quick implementation processamadeus30Vilvoorde, Belgium, 16 December, 2014: Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, today announces that London Gatwick Airport (LGW) is the

Magical Christmas atmosphere at Brussels Airport for thousands of holiday travellers

treeThe start of the Christmas holidays promises to be extremely busy. On Friday 19 December no less than 36,000 passengers will depart from Brussels Airport. Including the arriving passengers about 64,000 passengers will pass through the airport that day.  The whole week will be busy with 29,000 to 32,000 departing passengers per day.

The Christmas decorations in the terminal make for pleasant atmosphere. Moreover, every Friday in December a quintet will boost the Christmas mood by playing live music in …

Alliance Air introduces its first ATR 72-600

AllianceAirAir India’s fully-owned regional Subsidiary Airline Allied Services Limited under Brand Name “Alliance Air” today introduced its first newest ATR 72-600 aircraft into its fleet. The aircraft, leased from Singapore-based leasing firm Avation, is the first out of five that the airline will receive until July next year. This brand new ATR 76-600 is configured with 70-seats, and will bring additional capacity to passengers flying on the regional network of the airline across the country. Thanks to their new “Armonia

IHG agrees to acquire Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to create the

IHGkimpton_stack_pacific_RGB- IHG has agreed to acquire Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (“Kimpton”) for $430 million in cash.

– Kimpton is the world’s largest independent boutique hotel operator and a sophisticated food and beverage operator.

– Kimpton is a fully asset-light business that manages 62 hotels in the most attractive cities and resorts in the US with a further 16 hotels in the pipeline. It operates 71 hotel-based destination restaurants and bars.

– Acquisition makes IHG the clear market leader in the …

Formation of Tourism Intergroup at European Parliament Lifts the Sector

The-European-ParliamentThe formation of a new Intergroup by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the subject of Tourism has sparked a coordinated cry of “Bravo!” from the tourism industry across Europe.

A statement signed by the representative organisations of all the major sub sectors of the tourism industry in Europe represented in NET, notably CLIA (cruise lines), ECTAA (travel agents and tour operators), EFCO&HPA (camp sites, holiday parks and holiday villages), ETOA (inbound tourism), HOTREC (hotels, restaurants and cafes), IAAPA …

W Hotels Worldwide Unveils a New Legend with the Opening of W Bogota

WB2W Bogota Electrifies Colombia’s Luxury Hotel Scene with Cutting-Edge Design, Amplified Amenities and Whatever/Whenever® Service

BOGOTA, Colombia–(BUSINESS WIRE)– W® Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today debuted in Colombia with the unveiling of W Bogota. The new hotel electrifies Bogota’s hospitality scene by mixing the W brand’s 24/7 attitude, distinct interpretation of modern luxury, and unprecedented insider access to what’s new and next in design, fashion and music in South America’s new …

American Airlines rewards its customers with lucrative mileage promotion for 2015

AAFORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines will reward its customers with a bonus mile promotion in 2015, making the AAdvantage program the most generous in the industry. The promotion will offer AAdvantage® and Dividend Miles® members more miles based on the distance flown, the fare purchased and the member’s elite status level.

Suzanne-RubinPresident, AAdvantage Loyalty Program Suzanne Rubin said: “As the largest airline in the world, with a global network that spans 54 countries, our frequent flyer program must also

Frankfurt am Main – Highlights 2015

o_ausstellungsansicht_gegenwartskunst_1Ook in 2015 is Frankfurt am Main weer een publiekstrekker met een hele reeks activiteiten. Of het nu gaat om grote sportevenementen, spectaculaire kunsttentoonstellingen of traditionele volksfeesten, de metropool aan de Main biedt voor elk wat wils.

Pierre-Auguste_Renoir,_French_-_The_Large_Bathers_-_Google_Art_ProjectFrankfurt am Main, 15.12.2014 (tcf). Al jaren profileert Frankfurt am Main zich als cultuurmetropool met een veelzijdig en hoogwaardig programma. Voor het 200-jarige jubileum presenteert het frankfurt Städel Museum zich met talrijke hoogwaardige eigentijdse tentoonstellings- en onderzoeksprojecten. Van 11 maart tot en met

Khiri Travel Launches Carbon Neutral Tour in Sri Lanka

Woman_in_Kandy_with_batik_Sri_LankaHybridEngineFourteen-day carbon neutral luxury eco-trip in Sri Lanka will use eco lodges, tented camps and hybrid cars. Guests get to see elephants, leopards, blue whales and talk with villagers and forest tribesmen. Carbon emissions are offset.

Khiri Travel Sri Lanka has launched an overland 14-day Sri Lanka luxury wildlife tour which will be verified as carbon neutral. The trip links elephant, leopard, crocodile and bird spotting at four national parks. Following a detailed calculation, Khiri Travel then arranges for the

AIRail takes off: Start of the direct link between Linz central station and Vienna Airport


  • Up to eight train connections a day in addition to the existing flights
  • Earn miles in same way as travelling by air

 Yesterday, on December 14, 2014, Austrian Airlines and ÖBB launched the cooperation entitled ‘AIRail’ on the route between Linz central station and Vienna Airport. Austrian passengers with an Austrian flight either preceding or following their rail journey are now be able to use new ÖBB connections, with an Austrian flight number, between Linz central station and Vienna Airport. …

airBaltic launches flights between Riga and Poprad, Slovakia

AirBaltic_Poprada_1Riga. On 13 December airBaltic launched a new direct route linking Riga and Poprad, Slovakia. The once weekly service, offers convenient connections between the two cities and beyond to destinations in the Baltic region, Scandinavia, Russia and the CIS countries.

Martin Sedlacky, Board Member of airBaltic: “As a Slovak national myself working for the Latvian airline, I am very thrilled to see the two airports connected. Poprad in the High Tatras is an excellent and affordable skiing destination, which …

Groundbreaking alliance between Accor and Huazhu (China Lodging) creates a hotel giant in China


  • Combined access to over 2,000 hotels in China with long-term path for growth in the world’s largest travel market
  • Connected distribution and loyalty programs with over 47 million loyalty members worldwide and a combined access to 5,600 hotels
  • ibis, ibis Styles, Mercure, Novotel and Grand Mercure hotels in China to become part of Huazhu under a master-franchise for China, with a plan to develop 350 to 400 new Accor branded hotels in the midterm
  • Accor to take a 10% stake

In the Czech Republic the Masopust traditional carnival is beginning, enjoy the masked processions




You’ll be able to enjoy all of this at the beginning of the year in the Czech Republic, when the period of Carnival takes place. In addition to the traditional celebrations, inscribed on the UNESCO list, the capital city will host a carnival, which takes you to the time of Mozart and Casanova.

The cold winter days are warmed up in the Czech Republic by a time of entertainment and receptions – the Masopust carnival. That will culminate in …

National strike on 15 December : no flights in Belgium

679921-un-pilote-d-air-france-pendant-une-manifestation-contre-la-greve-des-pilotes-de-la-compagnie-le-24-sBelgocontrol, Belgian Air Traffic Control, has confirmed that no flights will land or take off from Belgium due to the national strike. This means that all flights from or to Brussels Airport from Sunday 14 December 10pm till Monday 15 December 10pm have been cancelled.

a1e1051c26d20b3e94b0dc5bd4925Passengers who are scheduled to fly in this time span are requested not to come to the airport and to contact their airlines or travel agency.v…

Germany builds its presence in China as a key meeting destination

header_Frankfurt-MThe board of the German Convention Bureau (GCB) has announced it will open a representative office in China. Together with the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) the GCB will further its work in Asia, one of its key target market. Information is available at www.germany-meetings.com 

Frankfurt am Main, 10 December 2014. From 2015 the German Convention Bureau (GCB) will increase its presence in China and strengthen its focus on the key Asian market. The decision was confirmed by the GCB’s …

Enjoy Free Wi-Fi in the sky on Emirates A380s

Wi-Fi-onboard-Emirates-A380s liDUBAI, U.A.E.,11th December 2014: Over 200,000 passengers have used Emirates’ free onboard Wi-Fi since October this year, taking advantage of the airline’s service to connect with family, friends or colleagues when they fly.

On most Emirates A380s passengers can access 10MBs of free data, enough to send emails, blog, tweet, post on Facebook, or browse the Internet.

Emirates currently offers Wi-Fi connectivity on 86 aircraft – on board all of its 56 Airbus A380s, as well as on 30

Iberia and Iberia Express will launch 13 new routes next summer


  • New routes include Hamburg, Florence, Manchester, Edinburgh, Naples, Budapest, Charles de Gaulle and London Gatwick
  • In addition the airlines will add 65 weekly flights to 24 existing Spanish, European and long-haul routes


Madrid, 11 December 2014 – Iberia and Iberia Express have announced their flight schedules for summer 2015, with new routes and additional frequencies.


The Iberia Group will launch 13 new routes in key European markets such as Italy, the UK, and Germany.


The airlines will …

Design Hotels : five new members: Tbilisi to Taipei

design_hotels_logoBerlin, December 11, 2014 – Tbilisi, Seoul, Balneário Camboriú, Gurgaon and Taipei: Design Hotels™ introduces five new destinations that are enriching a curated portfolio of over 280 members in more than 50 countries. Each one born and built by an “Original”.

Take for example Ellie Lai in Taipei, who has not only shone as the lead flute in the National Symphony Orchestra, but whose masterful art curation has blurred the lines between hotel and gallery. Her passion for …

Garuda Indonesia Receives Skytrax’s Highest 5-Star Rating

photo-salamgarudaThe only 5-star rated airline in Indonesia marks another milestone in its ongoing transformation program by receiving the prestigious recognition

Jakarta, December 12th, 2014 – Garuda Indonesia –the airline of Indonesia- has been named the newest member of the exclusive group of 5-Star Airlines by Skytrax, the world’s leading airline and airport review specialists (http://www.airlinequality.com/). The exclusive, top-tier 5-star rating is only awarded to airlines achieving the highest quality performance, and importantly, this focuses on the …

Iberia and Meridiana extend their code-share agreement to Madrid-Naples route

iberiaIberia and Meridiana has extended their code-share agreement to cover the Madrid-Naples route that the Italian carrier has just launched.

The schedule of four weekly flights operated by Meridiana between the Spanish capital and Naples, enables passengers to fly to other destinations – through Naples to Meridiana domestic destinations and via Madrid to 62 cities in Iberia’s network.

Cardholders of both Iberia Plus and Meridiana Club programmes can redeem Avios, when flying with either carrier.

“Meridiana has been our partner …

IATA Partners With Travel Agent Coalition to Develop NDC Study

1547Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and a Coalition of National Travel Agent Associations (The Group) are collaborating on a study to look at options that could benefit travel agents as the New Distribution Capability (NDC) XML standard is considered for implementation by airlines and technology providers.
iataThe study will be conducted by an independent consultant to be appointed jointly by The Group and IATA, who will undertake research and analysis in the following areas:…

Upcoming Winter Events in Morzine Set to Tempt Skiers

morzine_hiver_2014_2015_uk-2November 2014: The ski season is nearly here and the ski lifts will officially be open very soon. For anyone who is thinking about booking a catered chalet, Morzine in the French Alps is a great option. As well as excellent skiing and superb chalets, there are many exciting events taking place over the coming months.

Christmas is a great time to book your catered chalet. Morzine will have plenty of fun events going on in the build-up to the …

Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Debut First Luxury Collection Hotel in Japan

room1Opening in March 2015, Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto Will Bring Authentic Ryokan-Style Luxury and Indigenous Experiences to Global Explorers

KYOTO, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the signing of Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto. Owned by Mori Trust Co., Ltd., the hotel marks the first Luxury Collection property in Japan. It will join a portfolio of 23 acclaimed Luxury Collection hotels in Asia Pacific, including the recently opened The Azure Qiantang, a …

Delta expands partner chef menus on European routes

BdobnIYCQAA8KPf.jpg-largeMeals from New York’s Blue Smoke served on flights from JFK

LONDON, December 10, 2014 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has expanded the menus offered by its celebrated New York restaurant partner Blue Smoke on routes across Europe from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The move continues the airline’s focus on bringing regional fare to the in-flight experience.


The exclusive creations by Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois are being served in the BusinessElite cabin on flights to …