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Gulf Air announces new schedule for Athens
Gulf Air operates four weekly flights from Bahrain to Athens on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

TownePlace Suites hotel opened in Alexandria, Virginia
Hotel provides functional space for living and working, helping guests keep their routine and settle into the neighborhood.

Ethiopian won Reward Employer of Choice & Local Attractiveness Employer of Choice Awards
Ethiopian was nominated in three categories, out of the ten presented, and was crowned in two: Reward Employer of Choice, as the leader in terms of compensation and benefits offered to employees and Local Attractiveness Employer of Choice.

IDS Next launches Pulze 247 mobile analytics app for hotels
Pulze 247 will help hotel owners and general managers to keep track on their properties’ operations while on the move.

Leonardo Hotels with a ninth hotel on the Munich market
Opening of the Leonardo Hotel Munich City South.

Meeting passenger expectations: Distribution, airport processes, onboard connectivity top agenda at WPS
The 6th edition of WPS will take place in Dubai, 18-20 October with Emirates as the host airline. More than 700 high-level delegates from across the travel value chain are expected to attend.

Ryanair launches record (+6%) Madrid’s and Barcelona’s 2017 schedule
Three new routes from Madrid to Luxembourg, Newcastle and Verona. Ryanair launched its Barcelona summer 2017 schedule, with a new summer route to Sofia.

Hermes-Sojitz Fund expands its boutique hotel chain in Italy
The new boutique hotels will be commissioned stage-by-stage. 10 real estate items in the north of Italy are currently under construction, and Hermes-Sojitz is looking for new pieces to fit the puzzle.

MIA will welcome PAWA Dominicanain November
Dominican airline will begin two daily flights to Santo Domingo on November 16.

Construction & Renovations begin on historic Natirar Mansion
Restored mansion, new ballroom to open as a luxury event venue in June 2017 will be the centerpiece of exclusive new resort.

Port of Seattle reveals final design images for North Satellite modernization project
Ground breaking 1Q 2017, two phases scheduled to open in 2019 and 2021.

Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki undergoes $55.4m. redevelopment and repositioning
New lobby, rooms and dining venues debut early December 2016.

Russia’s largest new hotel complex under AccorHotels management
Novotel Adagio Ibis Moscow Kievskaya opens in Moscow in the 4th quarter of 2016.

Sabre AirCentre Crew Manager to help JetBlue manage crew resources
JetBlue Airways will be the first North American airline to use the next generation platform.

Sandals to Invest US$350m. to add 750 new rooms
Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett and Sandals Chief Executive Officer Adam Stewart disclosed that the home-grown hotel chain would be adding 750 rooms in three properties with an investment of US$350 million over the next five years.

Turquoise Holidays embraces the celebration market as new MD outlines fast track to expansion
Turquoise has seen its family holiday market grow from 14% to 24% since 2014 when it launched its first dedicated family brochure and opened its South West London shop.

Norwegian Cruise Line unveils new fleet brochure with worldwide cruises from November 2016 – April 2018
Exciting cruises worldwide including new destinations such as Polynesia, China and Japan.

The world’s large airlines key players at TTG Incontri
Over 40, the most prestigious, have already registered and will propose development strategies. The entire transport system will have a leading role at the expo.

Serviced apartment operator expansion plans remain unchanged post Brexit
Over 75% of operators report that they are making no changes to their expansion plans post Brexit. The UK is expected to be the key source market for the majority of operators for the rest of 2016.

Women in Travel Meetup to debate entrepreneurial and leadership skills
Organised by consultancy Everyday Mentor, the Women in Travel Meetup (8 November) will provide a platform for mentoring and networking.

Tourisme Montreal presents the city’s new tourism products
The conference, which was presented to leaders from Montreal’s tourism industry, was also an opportunity to rally the sector around the festivities planned for Montreal’s 375th anniversary.

SingEx Exhibitions wins the 2016 UFI Marketing Award
The UFI Marketing Award jury praised the winner’s project for its creativity and well- developed strategy. They also highlighted the event’s successful co-creation involving key industry partners, IoT experts and think tanks.

Global hotel rates will climb while air fares remain flat in 2017
Capacity driven by low fuel costs to offset increase in air demand, keeping ticket prices in check, projects Advito.

Big brands winning keyword battle from world’s most searched travel keywords
“Restaurants near me” becomes most expensive keyword in industry at $3.78 followed by “cheap hotels” at $3.35 per click.

Aeromexico unveiled the exterior design of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
The aircraft will be called Quetzalcoatl for its original livery. The design was selected from proposals submitted by more than  400 Mexican artists.

Rudolf Sommer, new Vice President of UNICEO in Germany
Rudolf Sommer is Senior Corporate Manager brands for EnBW. He will now lead and supervise the development of the association in Germany and German speaking countries.

Marriott Rewards launches global portfolio marketing initiative to showcase diverse hotel brands and member benefits
You Are Here campaign stars real loyalty members and their travel stories.

Tourism in Canada goes green
Green Tourism enters partnership with the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

Interjet inaugurates its new Mexico City to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Chicago flights
These new flights are in addition to the 14 routes the airline currently operates between Mexico and the U.S.

Chototel introduces the world’s first “Super Budget Hotel”
The concept seeks to offer accommodation starting from just US$2 per night and to use technology to provide residents with the services they need – paying only for what they consume.

Wizz Air to add 65,000 extra seats from Budapest Airport during S17
Enhancing existing links to northern Germany, Wizz Air will be reinstating Budapest’s direct route to Hannover, last operated by Eurowings in 2010.

WoodSpring Hotels signs multi-unit development agreement for the San Francisco area
Several hotels already are in the development stage with the first hotel expected to open later in 2016.

The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group to open luxury five star boutique hotel in London
Set to open in late 2016, and blending the best of Indian culture, hospitality and cuisine with the finest Victorian architecture, the five star The Lalit London will be located in a Grade IIListed property.

Virgin Group appoints Amy Stirling as Chief Financial Officer
As CFO of the Virgin Group, Amy will be responsible for the Group’s overall financial and risk positions as well as accounting, tax, treasury and key portfolio matters.

G6 Hospitality momentum continues in Mexico
Hotel 6 brand to enter three new markets.

Concur, an SAP company, signs agreement to acquire Hipmunk
Hipmunk is known for delivering some of the most innovative functionality in the travel industry, particularly features and functionality that are highly relevant to and beloved by frequent travelers.

WinStar World Casino and Resort opens WinStar Convention Center
Convention center creates jobs and expected to serve as national destination.

Pleasant Holidays releases new destination Weddings & Honeymoons Celebration Guide for 2017-2018
Pleasant Holidays’ new Destination Weddings & Honeymoons guide includes useful information to help couples identify and book the destination that’s right for their special occasion, including Must See/Must Do highlights and entry documentation required for each destination.

Finnair partners with Slush to fuel innovation and digitalisation
Together with Slush, Finnair will seek and identify potential startup partners for strategic collaboration projects.

European air traffic control strikes hit 1 million minutes of delay in 2016
IATA called on governments to ensure service continuity for air traffic management services.

UFI releases Euro Fair Statistics 2015: Exhibition industry data for 23 countries
The events covered in this report involved 677,146 exhibiting companies over the course of 2015 and registered a total attendance of 67,3 million visitors. 35% of the exhibitions were targeted at trade visitors and 31% at public visitors, while 34% were geared towards both target groups.

STR: EMEA, US, Central/South America and Caribbean/Mexico hotel pipeline for August 2016
The Under Contract total in the Middle East represents a 20.1% increase in rooms Under Contract compared with August 2015. The Under Contract total in Africa represents a 25.4% increase in rooms Under Contract compared with August 2015. STR’s August 2016 Pipeline Report shows 542,419 rooms in 4,460 projects Under Contract in the United States.

Residence Inn hotel to open in Woodbury, Minnesota
Extending the feeling of comfortable living on the road, the Residence Inn St. Paul Woodbury offers guests inviting and functional public spaces to relax or collaborate.

Wyndham Hotel Group revolutionizes marketing, quality and technology catering to the everyday traveler
World’s largest hotel company unveils nearly 30 new initiatives bringing its 16 distinctive brand personalities to life Connects franchisees with best-in-class resources and support.

The ITHQ goes to Cuba: A new partnership to train Cuban workers in tourism and cuisine
Between now and September 2018, the ITHQ will hold training activities for cooking professors and the directors of five hotel schools designated as a priority by FORMATUR as well as for trainers and cooks who work at hotels.

London & Partners announces new Head of Associations
Suzanne, who leaves her role as MICE Account Director at The Grove, in Hertfordshire, will take up her new position on 19th September.

Largest Maritim Hotel in Germany fully renovated
In the new rooms, the beige-anthracite colour combination produces a sense of well-being; and the bathrooms have been fitted out with the latest sanitation technology and high-quality dark brown granite.

Adelman Travel appoints new Director
Industry leading travel management firm expands account management in the Midwest.

New survey data on business travel spotlights “Duty of Care,” “Sharing Economy” and overall booking trends
Travel Leaders Group also issues findings on premium air travel bookings, as well as attachment rates for hotel and car bookings.

Laura Brown appointed to Ashfield Meetings & Events Board
Laura has over 15 years’ event experience including seven years working with pharmaceutical and life science clients at Ashfield Meetings & Events.

Tech twists, art galleries and game zones: The changing face of hotel lobbies over the past 25 years celebrates its 25th birthday with a look back at lobbies then and now. Instagram-able lobby spaces: The quirky features taking over the modern lobby.

Air Transat presents its 2017 transatlantic flight program
More flights and destination choices for Canadian travellers for summer 2017.

Dramatic renovation of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Golf Course in Southwest Florida nearing completion
Golf icon Jack Nicklaus has returned to the AAA Four-Diamond resort to help redesign the same course on which he first broke 40 at age 11; Renovation began in April, and will be completed this November.

Budapest Airport welcomes the arrival of Air Algerie and announces another link to Amsterdam
With the addition of the twice-weekly link to Algiers, the Central Eastern European airport will now offer more than 1,000 weekly seats to four of North Africa’s airports.

Auberge Resorts Collection to manage newly acquired Solage Resort in Napa Valley
The resort returns to the Auberge portfolio as the company’s third managed property in Napa Valley.

XING Events and SUBMIT join forces to form a strategic partnership
Extended service portfolio for organising and managing awards via a single source.

Jamaica leads winners at World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony
Also among the winners at the Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2016 was Turks & Caicos, recognised as the Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination, while the trophy for the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination went to Antigua & Barbuda.

RCI grows its global network with addition of 70 affiliated resorts
The new affiliations include resorts in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, India, Latin America and North America.

Hickory Street Capital announces plans for first boutique hotel in Wrigleyville, Hotel Zachary
Hotel to partner with nationally acclaimed restaurateurs.

TripAdvisor and Viator launch enhanced attractions content solution for travel partners, integrating new booking feature
Carlson Rezidor first hotel group to implement solution on Runtriz Platform via Radisson Blu One Touch app.

Empower urges hotel industry to adopt latest district cooling systems
District cooling can boost hospitality and tourism sector while saving natural resources says Bin Shafar.

Amadeus achieves sustainability leadership in the DJSI five years in a row
Amadeus is the only travel technology company included in the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2016. DJSI measures sustainability in leading-edge corporations worldwide.

Travellers’ favourite cruise destinations revealed by Cruise Critic
World’s largest cruise review site announces the highest ranked destinations of the year, based on passenger feedback.

Belmond names Arnaud Champenois Senior Vice President, Marketing & Brand
Arnaud Champenois joins Belmond from Starwood Hotels and Resorts where he has held the position of Vice President, Brand Director for Asia Pacific since 2011.

AIC Hotel Group and Les Mills team up to bring music-inspired fitness to all-inclusive Hard Rock hotels
Through a weekly visiting instructor program, the Les Mills partnership will offer guests at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana three daily classes from a collection of 14 training programs.

LEGOLAND California reveals major additions for 2017 and beyond
The new LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display opens to the public in March 2017 just in time for spring break and will kick off the fan-favorite LEGO Star Wars Days on March 4 and 5 in 2017.

World’s top travel bloggers arriving in Inverness for Social Travel Summit
The global social media spotlight will be on Inverness next week when nearly 50 of the world’s top travel bloggers arrive for a social media conference.

Majority of companies provide travel insurance and assistance services to business travelers
Overwhelming majority of travel professionals find offering insurance or assistance services to employees valuable.

Residence Inn by Marriott makes its “Aloha” debut in luxurious Wailea, Hawaii
Set against a contemporary Hawaiian motif, the all-suite hotel consists of studio, one and two bedroom offerings.

IndiGo signs its first ever GDS agreement with Travelport
This is the first time that IndiGo has struck a deal with a global GDS, and the choice of Travelport as its distribution partner reflects the value the airline sees in Travelport’s Travel Commerce Platform.

Despite widespread growth, Europe’s hotel industry still contrasted during first semester 2016
Brussels and Paris most impacted by terrorism fear in first semester 2016 while the hotel industry keeps a positive trend in the rest of Europe.

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