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Peninsula Paris awarded Palace status

The distinction sits above the five-star rating, and has been awarded to around 20 French properties since 2010

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Finnair increases A350 frequency on London-Helsinki route

From October 5 the carrier will offer its flagship Airbus A350 XWB aircraft on five flights per week between Heathrow and Helsinki

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British Airways launches “Kids fly for free” offer

Under 12s can currently fly for free with a paying adult on flights between Heathrow and Belfast City, Leeds Bradford, Inverness and Newcastle

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Frankfurt airport calls for curfew relaxation

The airport's operator has called for a relaxing of the strict night-time curfew, which has seen 14,000 passengers stranded in the last few months

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Norwegian launches partnership with No.1 Lounges

Members of the Norwegian Reward programme now benefit from discounted entry to No.1 Lounges, and bonus Cashpoints

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Ethiopian Airlines set to operate A350 on London route

The carrier's next-generation Airbus aircraft will serve the daily Addis Ababa-London Heathrow route from mid-August

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Boeing will deliver six B787-800 to Air India in two years

The national carrier will receive two Dreamliners this year and four next year

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American Airlines defers A350 to cut costs

Oneworld member now expects to take delivery of its first A350 in late 2018

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Grand Hyatt Chengdu opens for business

New 390-room property is first Hyatt-branded hotel in China’s Sichuan province

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British Airways paint jobs

British Airways has a classic and patriotic red, white and blue livery, but occasionally it commissions special liveries, both short-lived and still flying...

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Travolution

Lowcost customers turn to crowdfunding to salvage holidays
Holidaymakers have turned to crowdfunding to pay for their holidays after the collapse of Lowcost Travel Group. Read More
The Vertical Group makes three senior appointments
Vertical Travel Group has beefed up its senior management team making three new senior appointments. Read More
Lowcost collapse prompts immediate fall in cost of Google clicks
The collapse of Lowcost Holiday Group last week has had an immediate impact on the cost of advertising on Google, according to industry sources. Read More
Expedia to introduce rail booking
Expedia is to become the “first global full-service OTA” to introduce rail travel to its site. Read More
Anywhere Search tool unveiled by momondo
Almost 10% of prospective customers do not search for flights to a specific destination, but to entire countries or regions. Read More
Monarch collaborates with Zolv for explainer video
Monarch has had an ‘explainer video’ for its new trade website, with the help of Zolv. Read More
Club Med unveils dedicated agent portal
A dedicated UK trade website has been created by Club Med to help boost bookings by agents. Read More
Travel social network start-up talkholiday.com launches TV advert
Travel social media network talkholiday.com has launched a new TV advertising campaign to raise awareness of the brand. Read More
Rail tech specialist SilverRail announces nuTravel tie-up
Rail search and booking technology specialist SilverRail has announced a new partnership with US-based technology firm nuTravel. Read More
Black Tomato and Cadillac collaborate on inspiring rich content campaign
Upmarket online travel agency Black Tomato has teamed up with car manufacturer Cadillac for a rich content marketing to mark the launch of the XT5 model. Read More
Passion for better customer service in travel inspires team behind tprofile CRM platform
To date, talk of personalisation in travel has seemed like a one-way street; firms acquire and analyse customer and browsing data and deliver a tailored experience back in the hope it hits home. Read More
Multicom's FindandBook counts Malta specialist as newest customer
Malta specialist Robert Arrigo & Sons is the latest supplier to be added to the Multicom FindandBook portfolio as the UK travel agent booking platform continues to grow. Read More
Routehappy unveils new air fare merchandising prototype and signs up Cathay Pacific
Air merchandising content platform Routehappy has launched a new shopping prototype to support direct and indirect channels’ use of rich content in air fare retailing. Read More
Lastminute.com Group opens its audience to advertisers with new 'boutique' media brand
Lastminute.com Group has launched a new media brand to complement the OTA side of the business. Read More
Booking.com launches two new data insights tools for accommodation partners
Booking.com has launched two new data insight tools for hotel and accommodation partners to enhance the value of them doing business with the OTA. Read More
'Dishonest' Brits use threats of bad reviews to get their way, sunshine.co.uk survey finds
Threatening to leave a bad review is among the top tactics holidaymakers employ to get what they want, according to a new survey from sunshine.co.uk. Read More
TNS research for Google lifts lid on UK research and buying habits in travel
Research conducted by TNS for Google on travel booking behaviour has underlined the almost total penetration of the web but concludes the high street still has a role. Read More
Travel Counsellors' first app focuses on personalisation
The first consumer app to be created by Travel Counsellors has been revealed. Read More
Disabled users not catered for by travel websites, study claims
Shortcomings have been revealed for disabled users using a number of UK travel websites. Read More
[Infographic] Research reveals third party review websites boost consumer trust
As many as 45% of people taking escorted tours or adventure trips do not trust reviews posted on tour operator websites while 95% are likely to trust reviews on independent third party sites, according to research by StrideTravel.com. Read More

Travel Weekly

Holidaymakers in Turkey 'face no restrictions' following coup attempt
Holidaymakers to Turkey have been told they will not face any restrictions as a result of the state of emergency imposed following the failed military cop in the country. Read More
Kane Pirie joins WorkAdvisor as non-executive director
The former boss of Travel Republic Kane Pirie has been named a non-executive director of jobs review site WorkAdvisor. Read More
Easyjet to recruit over 1,200 cabin crew
More than 1,200 new cabin crew are to be recruited by easyJet, with half to be based in the UK. Read More
Tipto appoints Superbreak director as chairman
Superbreak sales and product director Jane Atkins is to succeed Zena Hill as chairman of Tipto. Read More
Two dead in Florida nightclub shooting
At least two people reported to have been killed and 15 others shot at a nightclub in Florida. Read More
Big Interview: Etihad Airways' chief James Hogan on the building of an airline
Etihad Airways chief James Hogan has transformed the airline in his 10 years in charge. He spoke to Ian Taylor Read More
Ryanair retains profit forecast despite economic turbulence
Ryanair today maintained its guidance on full year profits despite turbulence from air traffic control strikes, terrorist attacks in Europe and a weaker pound post Brexit. Read More
Heathrow border target times being missed due to stress
Border Force staff are struggling to cope with queues to check passports at Heathrow due to stress, a whistleblower claims. Read More
Flybe boss backs RAF Northolt plan to ease air capacity crunch
RAF Northolt should be opened up to scheduled commercial flights as the new government stalls on deciding which London airport should be awarded a new runway. Read More
MPs' group demands urgent action on runways and APD
Theresa May’s new government is being urged to make an urgent decision on expanding airport capacity while also cutting Air Passenger Duty to boost the post-Brexit economy Read More
City analyst expects a further profit warning from Cook
A fresh profits warning is expected to come from Thomas Cook this week. Read More
Cruise.co.uk poised to be sold for £50 million
Cruise.co.uk is reported to be up for sale for £50million. Read More
BA flight turns back after 'cannabis smell'
A British Airways flight carrying holidaymakers to Greece had to turn back when due to a "cannabis-like smell" in the cabin. Read More
Search for MH370 to be suspended
An email sent from Malaysian government officials to the passengers' next of kin after ministers from Australia, Malaysia and China met in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Friday, stipulated that the search has not been shut down. Read More
Lack of Lowcost customer data hampering rebooking efforts
Bed banks are struggling to rebook Lowcost Travel Group clients because they are not able to access data from the company about who made the original booking. Read More
Lowcost Travel losses could top £75 million
The shortfall in the failed Lowcost Travel Group’s accounts could reach £65 million, according to a provisional estimate, with the company having “probably” less than £10 million in assets. Read More
EasyJet tops list of airline compensation enquiries
EasyJet has had the most compensation enquiries levelled against it in the first half of the year, followed by Ryanair and Thomas Cook. Read More
Domestic boom predicted as US to UK flight searches jump 22%
Metasearch site Cheapflights.co.uk is predicting a British tourism boom post-Brexit after flight searches from the US to the UK jumped 22% in the past four weeks. Read More
School break up to see 2.3 million Brits jet abroad
Destinations in the western Mediterranean are most popular among the 2.3 million holidaymakers heading abroad for what is the first weekend of the school holidays for many. Read More
Heathrow points to post-Brexit resilience as profits rise
Heathrow Airport has admitted Brexit may cause short term uncertainty but claims it is "a resilient hub with a unique and compelling market position”, as its pre-tax profit rose 8.7% to £75 million. Read More

Travel Weekly

Hotels, Resorts & Spas: teach yourself spa techniques
Reap the benefits of a spa break long after the holiday is over, says Aby Dunsby. Read More
Switzerland: scenic rail journeys
A rail journey is a great way to admire Switzerland’s beauty, says Aby Dunsby. Read More
Austria: hiking and cycling in the Austrian Tirol
Skiers don’t have a monopoly on active holidays to Austria, finds Laura French. Read More
Greece & Cyprus: 48 hours in Chania, Crete
Take some time to explore this historic port town on the northwest coast of Crete, writes Jane Foster. Read More
Greece & Cyprus: Boutique hotels for different budgets
Boutique hotels offer a personal touch whatever the budget, finds Katie McGonagle. Read More
Latin America: Brazil and Argentina twin-centres
Rio, Buenos Aires and Iguaçu Falls are a perfect introduction to South America, finds Aby Dunsby. Read More
Indian Ocean: Upsell the Seychelles
Make these islands extra special with exclusive add-ons, writes Katie McGonagle. Read More
USA: Spending spree
Selling Stateside shopping breaks is more lucrative than you might think, finds Laura French. Read More
48 hours in Boston
Spend a weekend in the home of the Red Sox and the Revolution, writes Tamara Hinson. Read More
USA: American beauty
As the National Park Service celebrates its centenary, Laura French explores the wild landscapes of Nevada, Utah and Arizona. Read More
San Diego Neighbourhoods
Get to know San Diego district by district, writes Jo Cooke. Read More
Turkey: 10 of the best historic sites
Step back in time among Turkey’s ancient relics, writes Aby Dunsby. Read More
New Zealand 3 ways
The land of the long white cloud is surprisingly diverse, finds Katie McGonagle. Read More
Australasia: Due south
Adelaide is an amiable gateway to South Australia, writes David Whitley. Read More
Kenya Safaris: Park life
Get the lowdown on what to find in each of Kenya’s safari parks. By Emily Bamber. Read More
London: We are family
The capital is bursting with fun attractions for all the family, finds Aby Dunsby. Read More
10 of the best literary breaks
Aby Dunsby gets inspired by great British authors. Read More
All inclusive: Body and soul
Looking for a health kick? All-inclusive holidays are a good start, finds Aby Dunsby. Read More
Active holidays: Summer vs winter
Head to Italy or France for plenty of activity, whatever the weather, says Aby Dunsby. Read More
Caribbean: Three ways
You can tailor this all inclusive haven to any budget, says Lucy McGuire. Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Ryanair sees profits edge up in early 2016
Ryanair has today reported a four per cent rise in quarter one profit to €256 million. Over the same period traffic at the low-cost carrier grew 11 per cent to 31 million, while the average fare fell ten per cent to €39.92, offset by a nine per cent reduction in unit costs.
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News: Maldives Tourism reappoints Indian PR agency
Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation has re-appointed Think Strawberries as its public relations agency in India. The company’s roles would be as a liaison body for MMPRC in implementing the destination’s PR strategy in the respective markets for a period of one year from date.
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News: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane moves into top tier
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has announced the designation of the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, welcoming it to the brand’s premier tier of hotels recognised for their enticing destinations, distinguished designs and excellence in service and guest experiences. Joining 32 other Sheraton Grand properties worldwide, the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane will start a new chapter in the hotel’s 90-year history this October, following a multi-million pound top-to-bottom renovation.
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News: Smith to lead Omni Frisco Hotel
Omni Hotels & Resorts has appointed Jeff Smith as general manager for the Omni Frisco Hotel. In this role, he will lead the opening of the hotel and oversee all departments including operations, sales and marketing, rooms, risk management and food and beverage. As a veteran of the hospitality industry, Smith has been with Omni Hotels & Resorts for nearly 15 years serving in various corporate and property leadership positions.
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News: Jet Airways reveals Fare Choices pricing structure
Jet Airways is set to introduce a new flexible fare structure allowing guests more choice when booking flights. The new fare structure, named ‘Fare Choices’, will be introduced from August 17th, 2016. Jet Airways joins a select group of airlines worldwide offering a branded fare structure which offers flexibility and transparency.
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News: easyJet to recruit cabin crew across Europe
easyJet has today announced that it is to recruit more than 1,200 new permanent and fixed-term cabin crew positions as the airline continues its growth. The carrier, which flies more than 250 aircraft on over 820 routes in 31 countries, will offer its new cabin crew positions across all of its 27 European bases. Around half of these positions will be based in the UK.
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News: Pan Pacific Beijing to debut in 2017
Pan Pacific will make its debut in the capital of China in the first quarter of 2017 with the opening of Pan Pacific Beijing.
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News: Air New Zealand debuts Hollywood safety video
Air New Zealand has launched the latest in its series of entertaining in-flight safety videos. The latest production features actor Rhys Darby and Anna Faris.
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News: Delta Air Lines wins approval for LaGuardia terminal redevelopment
Delta and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will partner to replace Terminals C and D at New York’s LaGuardia Airport with a state-of-the-art facility. The project, which was approved earlier by PANYNJ, is part of a new lease agreement to be negotiated at the airport through 2050. The authority has committed, as part of the agreement, $600 million to facilitate construction of the terminal and other supporting infrastructure.
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News: Ryanair rolls out Birmingham summer 2017 schedule
Ryanair is launching its biggest ever Birmingham summer schedule, with 3 new routes to Chania, Girona and Reus, 2 new summer services to Sofia and Warsaw, and more flights to Faro, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Palma and Tenerife.
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News: Qatar Airways adds flight to Muscat, Oman
From August 1st, Qatar Airways will provide travellers from around the world with even more choice when flying to Muscat, with the addition of an extra flight to its existing schedule - increasing the number of daily flights to five. Now with 35 flights a week from Hamad International Airport travellers can easily explore the popular Omani capital city.
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News: Emirates increases capacity to Milan, Italy
Emirates has unveiled plans to increase capacity on the Dubai-Milan route with the deployment of a second daily A380. The migration from a Boeing 777-300ER to the double decker represents a capacity increase of 1,834 seats per week between the two cities; enabling more A380 to A380 connections to and from key destinations in Australia, China, South Korea and south-east Asia with just one stop in Dubai.
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News: Travelport appoints new board member
Travelport has appointed Scott Forbes to its Board of Directors. He replaces Gregory Blank from Blackstone who has tendered his resignation to the Board following Blackstone’s share sell down in March of this year.  Scott’s appointment is effective immediately.
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News: Sabre launches safety solution
Sabre has unveiled a new mobile duty of care solution to help corporations monitor their employees trips. SafePoint aims to provides peace of mind for corporations by bringing risk management to the traveller.
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News: Centara to open a new resort in Krabi
Centara Hotels & Resorts is planning its third property in Krabi at the end of 2016, Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort will feature 158 rooms that vary from Centra Superior, Centra Superior Pool View and Centra Family Residence.
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News: Aloft brand debuts in New York
Starwood’s Aloft brand has made its debut in Syracuse, New York, within the new Inner Harbor waterfront development. Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor features 132 spacious, loft-like rooms, accessible technologies and live music at W XYZ Bar.
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News: Courtyard by Marriott opens New York hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Clifton Park has opened its doors in Clifton Park, New York. The four-story hotel features an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor patio with a fire pit, fitness center and guest laundry, and offers 1,781 square feet of meeting space.
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News: Vietnam Airlines sees sharp rise in pre-tax profits
Vietnam Airlines has announced total consolidated revenue of VND36 trillion for the six months to June 30th 2016. At the same time pre-tax profits are estimated at VND 1,600 billion, reaching nearly seven per cent of the target set for 2016. In the first six months of 2016, the aviation market in Vietnam by 27.2 per cent compared to the same period last year, with a 37 per cent increase in the domestic market.
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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Royal China, London
The largest restaurant within the Royal China Group, Royal China Baker Street offers a traditional Hong Kong Chinese menu, with delicious favourites such as aromatic crispy duck served with pancakes, spring onion and cucumber. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole calls in for lunch to see what is on offer.
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News: Hawaiian Airlines to operate daytime Tokyo flights
Hawaiian Airlines has received tentative approval from the US department of transportation to shift its current daily flight between Honolulu and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport into a coveted daytime schedule. The new flights will begin on October 29th, 2016. The tentative award follows a DOT ruling in May granting Hawaiian a night-time slot pair to provide daily service between Haneda and Kona three times weekly and Haneda and Honolulu four times weekly.
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