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Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, and airBaltic, the Latvian flag carrier, have signed a codeshare agreement that offers guests convenient new travel options between Belgrade and the Baltic capitals of Rīga and Tallinn.
The deal will result in Air Serbia placing its “JU” flight code on 47 weekly services operated by airBaltic between Rīga and Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Vienna and Warsaw, and between Tallinn and Vienna.
In return, airBaltic will see its “BT” flight code appear on 56 weekly flights operated by Air Serbia between Belgrade and seven key cities in Europe: Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Vienna and Warsaw.
Put together, these connections will allow travellers to fly between the capital cities of Serbia, Latvia and Estonia via one stop, using one ticket for the entire journey.
Dane Kondić, Chief Executive Officer of Air Serbia, said: “This codeshare agreement adds another layer of depth to our North European network by providing air travellers with dozens of new travel options when heading to and from the Baltic countries.…
Underscoring the importance of the cruise business in Greece, Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura on Saturday inaugurated Corfu’s new pier at a ceremony held by the island’s port authority.
During her speech, Ms. Kountoura referred to the high importance of the terminal, which will allow the port of Corfu to accommodate more ships as the island is among the main destinations selected by leading cruise companies.
She highlighted that the development of marine tourism in Greece is among the key objectives of her strategy and that ministry’s top priority is to improve the quality of services and support infrastructure.
While on Corfu, the alternate tourism minister was informed on the island’s tourism issues during meetings with the island’s town mayor, vice governor and tourism professionals.…
Warsaw, 9 November 2015 – LOT is to launch new flights from Warsaw to Košice, Palanga and Kharkiv. Flights to the new destinations will be launched in 2016 and tickets are already available, including at lot.com. The Polish airlines will connect those cities to the world and guarantee passengers the shortest and most comfortable trip to several dozen key destinations in Europe, North America and Asia.
Flights to Košice in Slovakia will be launched on 28 March and are scheduled 6 times per week. It is going to be a year-round connection by fast Bombardier Q400 aircrafts. Thanks to the flights schedule the passengers travelling from Košice will benefit from the shortest connection to the most important European destinations via Warsaw, including Stockholm, Dusseldorf, Zurich, London, Amsterdam and Paris. All those cities are reachable even within one day, without an overnight stay.
“The current offer from Košice Airport is insufficient – other hubs are at least a three-hour drive away.…
Many of the world’s biggest Travel & Tourism companies have improved their carbon efficiency by 20% in the last ten years and are on course to cut CO2 emissions by 50% by 2035, according to a major new report released today.
“Travel & Tourism 2015; Connecting Global Climate Action”, published by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), outlines the preparedness of the sector for climate change alleviation measures and demonstrates the progress that has been made by the world’s leading airlines, airports, hotels, cruise lines, car rental companies and technology companies in the last decade.
The report concludes that the world’s biggest Travel & Tourism companies, as represented by the Members of WTTC, are:
- 20% more carbon efficient today than they were in 2005
- On course to cut CO2 emissions by 50% from 2005 to 2035
- On course to reach the target of 25% reduction by 2020
In 2009, The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) published “Leading the Challenge on Climate Change”, which identified key themes and action areas required to meet the target of reducing our 2035 carbon emissions by 50% based on 2005 levels.…
Samsung to equip AccorHotels’ properties with its SMART Hospitality technology including UHD displays as a preferred supplier
PARIS – November 9, 2015 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd and AccorHotels Group, the world’s leading hotel operator, announced today a partnership to roll out Samsung’s SMART Hospitality Display technology across AccorHotels’ properties spanning 92 countries.
“We are excited to partner with AccorHotels to transform the hotel experience and provide our innovative hospitality solutions to even more global consumers,” said Seog-gi Kim, Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Business Team, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Our hospitality solutions and industry-leading expertise enable recognized global hoteliers to offer world-class in-room entertainment technology to better differentiate and strengthen their hotel brands in a highly competitive industry.”
“AccorHotels is committed to offering all of our guests-whether they stay with us for business or leisure–a hotel experience that meets their expectations and needs, particularly when it comes to technology and connectivity,” said Vivek Badrinath, Deputy CEO for AccorHotels.
With its many nightclubs, easy transportation, and original events, Brussels is a paradise for New Year’s revellers. Once again this year, Happy Brussels, presented by visit.brussels offers to guide party-goers to the best places to celebrate the arrival of 2016. The pass provides access to the best parties as well as well as flagship activities around the European capital.
New Year’s Eve is a pivotal moment, one offering the chance to start the new year in good spirits and festive fashion. And Brussels has loads of opportunities to suit everyone’s taste. The Happy Brussels pass offers the chance to explore all of these possibilities by hopping from one fantastic party to the next, and topping it all off with a stay full of new discoveries.
In fact, for 60 euros, the pass specifically provides access to a wide range of parties and a number of tourist activities. In its guide, it also combines advice for a magical visit to the capital of Europe under the glow of Christmas lights.…
Building stronger partnerships between tourism destinations and the media will be the topic of the 4th UNWTO International Conference on Tourism and the Media, to be hosted in Tunisia on 12-13 November 2015.
The conference is organized with the support of CNN International and counts on the participation of key media and tourism sector representatives. The initiative aims to bridge the gap between tourism authorities and the media community and to reflect on how to better communicate in critical circumstances. The key note speech will be delivered by Jim Bittermann, CNN Senior European Correspondent.
“Working alongside the media and facilitating their access to information is highly important for destinations worldwide”, said Mr. Rifai. “Together with the Tunisian Government, I trust that this event will help us advance stronger media partnerships in tourism”, he added.
“The objectives of the Tunisian government are clear; we want to make of our country a leading destination in the international scene.…
La croisière s’amuse !
L’année 2016 arrive à grands pas. Mais avant qu’elle ne débute, nous fêterons d’abord le réveillon du nouvel an. Nous attendons tous ce moment avec impatience et, chaque année,
nous souhaitons en faire un événement spécial. Cette fois, nous pouvons compter sur P&O Ferries pour passer une Saint-Sylvestre très particulière et inoubliable. À l’occasion du réveillon,
la compagnie de ferries, présente une offre extrêmement séduisante, à savoir une fantastique croisière du Nouvel An, à Zeebrugge. Si vous cherchez une façon originale de commencer la nouvelle année, ce fleuron dans l’offre de P&O Ferries constitue la meilleure solution.
Sur le ferry de croisière Pride of York, l’événement sera célébré avec un apéritif, de délicieux mets et des spectacles sur scène. Si la météo s’y prête, le ferry partira longer la côte Belge vers minuit.
La famille et les amis feront la fête jusque tard dans la nuit de la Saint-Sylvestre.…
The Management Board of Estonian Air decided to cease operations starting from 8 November followed by a decision of the European Commission according to which Estonian Air has received State aid which is incompatible with the internal market and must be paid back.
„Estonian Air team is extremely honoured to have made valuable contribution in development of Estonian tourism and economy over 24 years. During the last year our airline has done a big turnaround and with more capacity provider contracts we proved that Estonian Air can become a sustainable and profitable Regional Airline. I would like to thank all Estonian Air customers, partners and employees for making it happen. Nevertheless, the European competition authorities deemed our state aid violating the rules,“ said Jan Palmér, the CEO of Estonian Air.
Information for passengers who have booked their tickets on Estonian Air flights departing from 8 November until 10 November 2015
Passengers who are holding Estonian Air tickets (ticket number starts with 960) bought from Estonian Air or travel agency will be automatically rebooked on a flight of another airline.…
Japan Airlines (JAL) announced its easy-to-use and multilingual awarded travel information section “Guide to Japan” is now available on the mobile site of JAL’s global website (www.jal.com). Customers can access to the mobile site of “Guide to Japan”* easily on a smartphone or tablet PC whenever planning a trip to Japan or during the journey.
*URL (ex: JAL’s America website): http://www.ar.jal.com/world/sp/en/guidetojapan/
“Guide to Japan” covers the following wonderful contents:
·HOW TSU JAPAN
Japan’s unique customs expressed in a humorous tone and eye catching illustration
·JAL Staff Selection…
As Budapest Airport continues to intensify and strengthen its solid route network, with a storming average +16% monthly growth so far this year, the Hungarian gateway is already concentrating on its relentless expansion for 2016. Maintaining its progression, the capital city airport has announced a significant frequency increase with British Airways, which will mean an extra 60,000 passengers next year.
With an additional fourth daily flight to British Airways’ long established daily connection to London Heathrow, the national flag carrier’s increased service will offer improved connections from 3 May to numerous long-haul flights including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Montréal, as well as new connectivity to Hong Kong, Sydney and Cape Town.
Directly serving 36 country markets, the additional operations will firmly establish the UK as the largest country market flown from Budapest, with almost 14% of weekly seats. Having recorded a significant 21% jump in UK visitors this year, the London market is also the largest city pair from Budapest at more than double the size of second-placed Paris.
The 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism, to be held in the Kakheti wine region from 7-9 September 2016, was officially launched by UNWTO and the Georgian National Tourism Administration on the occasion of the World Travel Market in London.
As explained by UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, who led the presentation with the Head of Georgian National Tourism Administration, George Chogovadze and the Georgian Ambassador to Spain, Zurab Pololikashvili, “Wine tourism represents a growing segment with immense opportunities to diversify demand. In the case of Georgia, this potential is well-known and we are very pleased to be holding the first UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism in the country”.
“Georgia’s unique wine-making traditions date back 8,000 years and are part of UNESCO’s intangible heritage, creating the ideal base to host the Wine Tourism Conference. Herewith, the country’s recent success in attracting a growing number of tourists, its development in terms of tourism products, branding and marketing present an excellent platform to share best practices, experience and knowledge¨ said Dimitry Kumsishvili, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.…
The Indian airline Jet Airways has let it be known that they are planning to re-evaluate their activities at Brussels Airport. Together with Brussels Airlines and other Star Alliance partners, Brussels Airport is looking at how new flights to North-America and India can be started.
Jet Airways flies daily between Brussels Airport and Newark and Toronto in North America and Delhi and Mumbai in India. The plans of Jet Airways have been motivated by economic rationale and the continuous evolution of partnerships within the airline industry.
Arnaud Feist, Brussels Airport’s CEO says in a statement: “Ever since the end of 2013 there has been a strategic alliance between Jet Airways and Etihad Airways and the cooperation with the Star Alliance network has been reduced drastically. It was therefore to be expected that Jet Airways was going to re-evaluate their flights to Brussels Airport”.
When Jet Airways first came to Brussels Airport, the airport invested heavily so that the airline could make a large number of simultaneous arrivals and departures during the busiest period of the day.…
PARIS – le 9 novembre 2015 – Booking.com, filiale du groupe Priceline [NASDAQ: PCLN], révèle aujourd’hui de nouvelles données sur le nombre et la grande diversité de chambres disponibles à la réservation sur le site, ainsi que des données sur les hébergements uniques où les clients ont choisi de séjourner au cours de la dernière année. Les plus de 820 000 hébergements disponibles sur Booking.com disposent d’un potentiel de 21 millions de chambres à réserver à travers le monde et font de lui le site de réservation numéro 1 dans des destinations incroyables et uniques. Au cours des 12 derniers mois, pas moins de 285 millions de voyageurs – soit l’équivalent de la population du Royaume-Uni, de l’Allemagne, de la France et de l’Italie cumulés – ont séjourné dans ces hébergements, et plus d’un milliard de voyageurs ont réservé un séjour dans un établissement grâce à Booking.com depuis la création du site.…
Bruxelles, 9 novembre 2015 – Certains vols Emirates vers des destinations exotiques deviennent très attractifs pour les voyageurs belges. La compagnie aérienne lance quelques promotions cette semaine pour des vols en économie sur un éventail de destinations de l’océan Indien et du Moyen-Orient.
Les promotions s’appliquent aux réservations faites entre le 09 et le 15 novembre, pour un voyage d’ici le 20 décembre 2015.
« Beaucoup de nos clients belges voyagent dans les derniers mois de l’année, » déclare Jean-Pierre Martin, Manager Belux à Emirates. “C’est pourquoi nous avons lancé un certain nombre de tarifs spéciaux pour ceux qui planifient leur voyage. Emirates vole depuis Bruxelles vers un nombre impressionnant de destinations orientales. Ceux qui veulent découvrir une nouvelle ville, une nouvelle expérience ‘tropicale’ peuvent le faire à l’une des meilleures périodes de voyage de l’année. »
Tout compris tarifs en classe économique * à partir de 419 € à Dubaï ; 499 € à Jakarta ; 509 € à Doha et Colombo ; € 519 à Tokyo ; 529 € à Kuala Lumpur ; 539 € à Bangkok ; 549 € à Hong Kong et Shanghai ; Ho Chi Minh et 649 € à Malé, aux Maldives.…
C’est le plus gros avion commercial jamais conçu et construit par la Chine. Son premier vol devrait avoir lieu en 2016, avec des livraisons prévues au plus tôt pour 2018. Il a pour ambition de concurrencer principalement les Airbus A320 et A321.
L’avionneur chinois aurait déjà reçu 517 commandes de compagnies aérienne chinoises. Cette pâle copie de l’airbus A320 devrait rejoindre les flottes de Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines ou Hainan Airlines. Selon les rumeurs des compagnies occidentales seraient également intéressées par le C919. Il y a fort à parier qu’ici on entre sur le terrain politique à moins qu’il ne s’agisse tout simplement de faire jouer la concurrence entre Airbus, Boeing et l’avionneur chinois.
Les acheteurs auront le temps de voir venir les choses car, selon les experts, “il faudra encore des années avant que les premières livraisons soient honorées. Les spécialistes estiment en effet que le C919 ne devrait entrer en service qu’en 2019 au plus tôt… et de nouveaux retards ne sont pas à exclure.…
The large-scale exhibition “The national remembrance of the GULAG” opened on the 30th October 2015 in a new building of the GULAG History State Museum.
The exhibition is organized as a chain of altering expositional areas, representing the recollections of the epoch of the political repressions to visitors. The central part of the exposition includes clothes, documents, photographs, “voices” of witnesses from the collections of dozens Russian museums, associated by the GULAG’s history. The map of USSR with marked points of labor camps, camp administration and the amount of prisoners in different periods displays the geographical length and broadness of the exhibition.
One of the main purposes of this exhibition project consists of enlightening the theme of the maintenance our historical remembrance of the terror and the GULAG, in promoting the profound comprehension and perception of the Soviet period in the Russian history, in connecting museums of the remembrance from the various Russian regions.…
Recording +16% monthly passenger growth in September whilst welcoming more than 1 million extra travellers than this time last year, Budapest Airport is firmly on the road to reach the definitive 10 million mark in 2015. Having already celebrated 14 new links during the summer season – notably vital direct routes to Beijing, Toronto and Montréal – the capital city continues to far outperform the European average passenger growth of +5.1%.
Continuing to develop its solid route network, the Hungarian gateway has launched W15/16 by celebrating two new routes in the first week, from its two largest airlines: home-based Wizz Air’s twice-weekly service to Tenerife South; and Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, Ryanair’s daily flight to Copenhagen.
Photo caption: Launching its fifth winter sun destination from Budapest, and the airport’s first link to Tenerife South, Wizz Air’s inaugural flight to the largest Canary Island was welcomed on 30 October by José Angel Lopez Jorrin, Ambassador of Spain in Hungary (left), and Kam Jandu, Chief Commercial Officer, Budapest Airport.
- ANA Expands Code-share services in Europe
|ANA, Japan’s leading airline, is to launch its new service from Tokyo’s Narita Airport to Brussels on 25 October. This will be the first time ANA has flown to the Belgian capital and will make Brussels its sixth destination in Europe. The flight will be the only non-stop service from Japan to Belgium, playing an important role in ANA’s strategy to expand its international route network and enhance the airline’s brand awareness in Europe.
ANA will operate a daily service in each direction using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
ANA aims to provide added convenience to passengers flying from Brussels Airport, with connections through its joint venture partners Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines, as well as Brussels Airlines, Star Alliance member. Beyond Europe, ANA serves 50 destinations throughout Japan, as well as 23 destinations across Asia. The travellers can explore ANA’s domestic destinations through its special discounted “Experience JAPAN Fare”.
As guests in the world, but at home in Dresden: an apt description of the Kruzianer with their international reputation. © Dresdner Kreuzchor, Photo: Matthias Krüger
Dresden has a musical heart, and in the winter time, the beat quickens. When snow and frost settle on the city, spirits are lifted by the many ensembles that are resident in the city but whose reputation extends much further. The period from New Year until the end of March is traditionally rich in musical events, including chamber concerts, church vespers, opera, and symphonic performances by the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. One special date to note is 13th February when the Allied air raid of 1945 is commemorated with solemn concerts throughout the city.
- The Dresden Kreuzchor is celebrating its 800th anniversary on 4th March with a rousing festival performance in the Semper Opera House. The boys’ choir will be accompanied by the Staatskapelle and various renowned soloists.
Placement on Cvent List Reflects visit.brussels Efforts to Attract Corporate Events and Support Local Economy
visit.brussels announced today that it has been ranked number 9 on Cvent’s inaugural list of the top 25 cities for meetings and events in Europe for 2015. Cvent, a leading cloud-based enterprise event management platform, developed the ranking based on meeting and event booking activity in the Cvent Supplier Network, one of the world’s largest and most accurate databases of detailed venue information. Cvent sourced more than €7.3 billion euros (£5.2 pounds) in meetings and events through its marketplace in 2014.
“While the competition is fierce in the sector of meetings and events, the numerous advantages Brussels has to offer are increasingly recognized worldwide”, says Patrick Bontinck, CEO of visit.brussels. “After being ranked second in the world for international conferences according to UIA and 11th for the number of international associations’ itinerant conferences according to ICCA, the Cvent List reflects once more the constant reinforcement of the international position of our capital.”
Cvent evaluated more than 2,500 cities in Europe featured on the Cvent Supplier Network to compile the first annual list.…
Starting November 2, 2015, UIA offers companies to join its new Loyalty Program for corporate clients Panorama Club CORPORATE, and reduce the business travel costs significantly.
Each time a member Company books tickets for its employees, customers or partners on UIA flights, it will get a double benefit: bonus miles on the company‘s corporate account and bonus miles on the individual accounts of its employees, customers or partners.
Joining the Corporate Program is easy: each company has to complete an Application form on the UIA website and get an enrollment confirmation with a corporate account number, terms of its usage and password to enter Corporate Account on the UIA website.
In order to get bonus miles the company must provide a travel agent with its corporate card number or enter this number in the booking form on the UIA website each time when booking tickets for the company’s employees, partners or clients.…
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.3% in the first eight months of 2015 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, fuelled by strong results in Europe and consolidating the trend of recent years. International tourists (overnight visitors) travelling the world between January and August 2015 reached 810 million, 33 million more than in the same period of 2014.
Europe, the world’s most visited regional destination, recorded a robust 5% increase in international tourist arrivals, the highest across all regions and a notable result for a rather mature region. Asia and the Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East all enjoyed 4% growth, while limited data available for Africa points to an estimated 5% decrease in the number of international tourists.
“Sustained growth in international tourism is very positive news for all as the sector increasingly contributes to creating jobs, promoting trade and investment, developing infrastructure and fostering inclusive economic growth.…
Slovenian Karst is one of the most unique landscape. Located in the south-western part of the country offers breath-taking views of hills, Slovenian underground world and a peak into a wild and unusual nature. See it for yourself on the Karst! Visit the “Port of Venice” in Križna cave, the disappearing Cerkniško lake, a castle build in a cave, the springs of natural water and other beauties that make Karst unique and worth the visit.
Many say that Karst is one of the most beautiful corners in the world. The beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and Karst will definitely stay in your memory with an exceptional combination of underground cave systems and typical karst landscape. Keep your eyes open and follow the recommendations of the most breath-taking views in the Green Karst.
Slovenia’s landscape hides more than 11.000 caves, which are connected with underground canyons, passages and channels.…