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Guest Post: Four steps to boost your online impact
It’s a busy time of year for the UK travel industry, with many consumers still fighting off the gloom of the early months to book trips and get that summer sun – whether that’s in the UK or further afield. Read More
Travelport reports positive start to the year as non-air revenue growth hits 23%
Growth in non-air revenue outstripped first quarter increase in core air revenue, Travelport has revealed in a trading update today. Read More
Tuxedo and STA launch combined student ID and pre-paid travel cash card
A cash card for STA Travel in Germany has been introduced by payment and card provider Tuxedo Money Solutions. Read More
Booking.com parent Priceline reports improved first quarter trading while advertising costs rise
Booking.com parent Priceline group saw business transacted on its websites grow 21% to $16.7 billion in the first quarter of 2016, although its advertising costs rose to just under $1 billion. Read More
Guest Post: Know your customers, don’t chase them
It’s a nuisance when you’re chased around the internet with garish, generic and ubiquitous adverts thanks to retargeting. I was recently harassed online with adverts of my own car from the very same auctioning site I was trying to sell it on. Read More
Winners and losers expected in 'deposit war', says Barclays
There will be winners and losers as the result of this year’s ‘deposit war’ that has seen OTAs offering consumers low upfront booking payments to secure deals for the first time. Read More
Sabre reports first quarter growth led by EMEA region
The EMEA region led global travel network growth for Sabre in the first quarter of the year. Read More
Tech investment and growth opportunities for Hotelbeds after €1.2 billon sale
Tui sold market-leading bed bank Hotelbeds to private equity firm Cinven Capital Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) last week for just under €1.2 billion. Read More
Special Report: OTAs fear package travel rules lead to data privacy minefield
Online travel agents fear new package travel rules could lead them into a data privacy minefield. Ian Taylor reports Read More
Package Travel Directive raises 'horrific' data issues warns lawyer
A leading industry lawyer has warned the new Package Travel Directive (PTD) will raise “horrific” data issues when it comes into force. Read More
STA says online and offline channels should be complimentary
The Holy Grail for travel agencies that operate high street stores is to make them work in perfect harmony with their websites, according to youth travel brand STA Travel. Read More
Expedia extends long-term Amadeus GDS deal
Expedia will be able to offer air, car, rail, cruise and hotels through the Amadeus global distribution system as part of a new long-term global deal. Read More
Momondo sees app bookings and traffic surge
Consumers are increasingly using their mobile phones to book and pay for flights, according to travel site Momondo. Read More
Paxport appoints sales director from Carlson Wagonlit
A new sales director from Carlson Wagonlit Travel has been named by Paxport, the Swedish owner of UK travel software firm Multicom. Read More
'Smart' hotel brand Yotel sets out growth plans
‘Smart’ hotel brand Yotel is keen for the UK trade’s support as it aims to open 12 hotels by 2019. Read More
JacTravel's new Totalstay.com offers agents 100,000 bookable properties
A new website for travel agents has been created by wholesaler JacTravel. Read More
Tui sells Hotelbeds in €1.19 billion deal
Tui has agreed to sell its Hotelbeds subsidiary for €1.191 billion in cash. Read More
Germania Swiss deploys Travelport’s Rich Content tech
Zurich-based Germania Swiss is the latest carrier to go live with Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding merchandising technology. Read More
Lastminute.com customers book flights for dream holiday from wrong Birmingham airport
A couple were left £1,200 out of pocket after they accidentally booked a holiday with lastminute.com from the wrong Birmingham airport. Read More
LateRooms.com teams up with Gay Star News for Digital Pride festival
LateRooms.com is partnering with LGBT news and lifestyle website Gay Star News for the world’s first Digital Pride festival. Read More

Travel Weekly

RCI timeshare clients sue for £2.4 million
Wyndham Worldwide’s RCI timeshare division is being sued for £2.4 million over claims that members of its exchange club have not been able to access properties. Read More
Spear Travels buys Broads Travel Group
Spear Travels has acquired the Broads Travel Group in the Midlands for an undisclosed sum. Read More
Holiday demand 'resilient' despite concerns
Consumer demand for holidays remains high despite uncertainty about the June 23 referendum on Britain’s EU membership fuelling concerns about the economy. Read More
Midcounties unveils new training programme for homeworkers
The Midcounties Co-operative has unveiled a bespoke diploma and training programme in a bid to turn its homeworkers into experts in personal service. Read More
Travel Network Group members encouraged to create social media campaigns
The Travel Network Group will encourage members to create their own social media campaigns after an “overwhelming” response to its first pre-conference push on Twitter and Facebook. Read More
Agents seek reassurance over Cosmos Tours trade pledge
The new boss of Cosmos Tours has affirmed his commitment to the trade after some agents questioned his long-term loyalty. Read More
Former Travel Republic boss issues Google 'enemy' warning
Google risks becoming seen as the enemy of the free internet rather than its facilitator, the former boss of leading UK OTA Kane Pirie has warned. Read More
Thornton’s Travel staff take majority share of business
Two members of the senior team at Thornton's Travel have taken a majority share of the business. Read More
Belleair owner to merge with bed bank Magic Rooms
Belleair Holidays owner The Holiday Malta Company is to merge with bed bank Magic Rooms Read More
Comment: Simple, but oh so effective
One of the toughest parts of my job is being involved in the shortlisting for the Agent Achievement Awards, the results of which will be unveiled next week. Read More
Barrhead growth plans could see investors brought in
Barrhead Travel has confirmed it could turn to external investors to accelerate the growth of its business both in England and globally. Read More
Flight Centre named one of the UK's leading places to work
Flight Centre UK, which last week refuted criticism over its working practices disclosed in a Channel 4 Dispatches probe, has been named one of the UK’s leading workplaces. Read More
Tui to launch exclusive hotel concept in Turkey
Tui is to launch its own hotel brand, Tui Blue, with the first two properties due to open in Turkey this week and next. Read More
Term-time holiday prosecutions thrown out of court
Two prosecutions of parents who had taken their children on holiday during school term-time have been thrown out by a court. Read More
Winners and losers expected in 'deposit war', says Barclays
There will be winners and losers as the result of this year’s ‘deposit war’ that has seen OTAs offering consumers low upfront booking payments to secure deals for the first time. Read More
Flybe clinches tenth codeshare pact with Air India
Flybe today forged a tenth codeshare pact in a deal with Star Alliance member Air India. Read More
Slump in sterling having little impact on travel, claims Sojern
The slump in the value of sterling amid Brexit fears has yet to have a major impact on foreign travel, although the length of trips being taken to the US is falling. Read More
MPs demand end to 'political dithering' on Heathrow
MPs today called for a clear timetable to be set for airport expansion while backing a third runway at Heathrow. Read More
Link between travel classes and air rage discovered
Inequality created by having two or more travel classes on flights could be triggering air rage, researchers claim. Read More
'Pricing pressure' sees Lufthansa sink into the red
Pricing pressure weighed heavily on Lufthansa Group in the first quarter of the year as it sunk into the red. Read More

Travel Weekly

A slice of the Med
Though we might forget it sometimes, food should be much more than simply a meal: just ask any Greek or Cypriot. Read More
Butlins: Mad about science
Butlin’s family science weekends are a great excuse for a fun – and educational – escape, finds Lee Hayhurst Read More
Scandinavia: Picking up pace
Scandinavia is speeding ahead as the family destination du jour, finds Katie McGonagle. Read More
10 of the best teen breaks
Keep the peace with these teen-tastic family breaks, writes Aby Dunsby. Read More
Anchors aweigh
Malta packs a punch for those who want to pursue a hobby on holiday, writes Aby Dunsby. Read More
Eyes on the prize
There’s always something new in Orlando, finds Tamara Hinson Read More
Six of the best US rail journeys
Get on track with these trips, says Aby Dunsby. Read More
Canada: Maritimes expedition cruising
Nikki Bayley gets close to the action on a more adventurous Maritimes cruise Read More
Croatia: Riding High
Croatia’s lush green landscapes are ripe for adventure, finds Mary Novakovich. Read More
Eastern Europe: Three ways
See another side of Eastern Europe, writes Katie McGonagle Read More
Canada: Toronto's hipster neighbourhoods
Leave touristy Toronto behind with Nikki Bayley’s guide to the city’s hipster side Read More
Guernsey: Channel Island charm
Slow down to appreciate the quiet beauty of Guernsey, says Meera Dattani Read More
Turkey: Active beach breaks three ways
Water-babies can dive into a host of active beach breaks in Turkey, writes Aby Dunsby Read More
UK & Ireland: Belmond's British Pullman
Katie McGonagle plays detective on board Belmond’s British Pullman Read More
Cornwall: Haven's Perran Sands
Holiday parks have come a long way, finds Lee Hayhurst and his family at Haven’s Perran Sands in Cornwall Read More
Spa breaks: Mum's the word
Mums-to-be and new mums deserve some TLC and a spa break is just the tonic, says Aby Dunsby Read More
East Iceland: Fjord thinking
East Iceland is an untamed beauty, finds Meera Dattani Read More
Executive floors and lounges: Join the club
Executive floors and lounges aren’t just for business travellers, finds Aby Dunsby Read More
Short breaks: Ten of the best new flights
With new flights from regional airports, weekend breaks are easier than ever finds Aby Dunsby Read More
Brisbane: River rising
Brisbane is on the brink of a hipster revolution, finds David Whitley Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Amadeus reveals strong performance in first quarter
Amadeus IT Holding has reported adjusted profit for the three months to March 31st grew 17 per cent, to €245.6 million. This was supported by a revenue increase of 13.2 per cent, to €1,120 million, and EBITDA growth of 15.2 per cent, to €448.8 million. Free cash-flow generation at the leading technology partner for the global travel industry expanded 17.9 per cent in the quarter, in the context of a robust capital structure, with leverage at 1.43x EBITDA.
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News: China Eastern Airlines places latest Airbus A350 order
China Eastern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900 aircraft, making the airline the latest customer for the aircraft. China Eastern Airlines operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with nearly 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising A320 Family and A330 Family.
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News: Sofitel London Gatwick appoints Globy Ouseph as general manager
Sofitel London Gatwick has appointed Globy Ouseph as general manager of the 518 bedroom hotel, the only premium hotel directly linked to the North Terminal at London’s Gatwick Airport. With over 12 years’ experience in the hotel and hospitality industry, Ouseph joins Sofitel London Gatwick, managed and operated by Arora Hotels, from his most recent positon as hotel manager at the 605-room Sofitel London Heathrow, also part of the Arora Group.
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News: LATAM carries Olympic flame to Brazil ahead of Rio 2016
LATAM Airlines has successfully carried the Olympic flame from Switzerland to Brazil and will now aid the transport of the torch on a relay across the country. The aircraft used for the delivery was the first to feature LATAM Airlines’ new logo and the aircraft also featured a special trademark identifying it as the carrier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay.
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News: Four Seasons launches new private jet culinary journeys
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has announced three new Four Seasons Private Jet journeys taking off in 2017. The itineraries are headlined by Culinary Discoveries, a first-of-its-kind journey developed in partnership with one of the world’s best restaurants, Copenhagen-based Noma, and its acclaimed head chef René Redzepi.
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News: Jordan launches new partnership with Qantas Airways
The Jordan Tourism Board and Qantas Airways have committed to undertake joint promotional activities in Australia and Jordan to support tourism and trade between the two countries. The joint activities will include a series of tactical promotions using Qantas sales channels and industry partners in Australia and in Jordan.
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News: Swissôtel Hotels unveils plans for Phuket Patong Beach Resort
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts has been appointed to manage its second resort in Phuket, and fourth property in Thailand. Currently operating as dusitD2 Phuket Resort, it is scheduled to commence operation as Swissôtel Phuket Patong Beach Resort in June 2016.
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News: UNWTO expresses support for Ecuador tourism following earthquake
Ministers and high representatives of UNWTO Members States in the Americas meeting in Havana, Cuba have express their full support to Ecuador following the tragic earthquake that struck the country’s central coast on April 16th, 2016. The statement came during the occasion 60th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Americas.
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News: Breaking Travel News interview: Filip Boyen, chief executive, Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Breaking Travel News here talks Filip Boyen, newly-appointed chief executive at Small Luxury Hotels of the World at Arabian Travel Market 2016. On the agenda is a drive at the group to refine the portfolio of properties offered by the brand, its new ownership and the growing importance of the Middle East as a source market.
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News: Breaking Travel News interview: Holger Schroth, general manager, Emirates Palace
Breaking Travel News reporter Rebecca Cohen chats with Holger Schroth, general manager, Emirates Palace about the development of the hotel, its plans for the future and its role as the centrepiece of luxury tourism in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.
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News: ITB Asia 2016 to launch dedicated MICE conference programme
ITB Asia 2016 will showcase its strongest meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions line up to-date with a full day conference programme dedicated to the growing sector. The ninth instalment of the leading regional trade show, organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore), will take place from October 19th-21st at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands.
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News: Fairmont Costa Canuva planned for 2018 opening in Mexico
Luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Mota-Engil Tourismo has announced the development of a new 250-room luxury hotel and additional private residences along the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico. The sparkling new Fairmont Costa Canuva is slated to open in late 2018 and will reside within the new master-planned seaside community, Costa Canuva, on the Riviera Nayarit.
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News: Geneva offers travellers free accommodation this summer
Awarded the title of Europe’s Leading City Break Destination by the World Travel Awards for the past two years, Geneva is unveiling a ground-breaking campaign aimed at showcasing its beautiful city to thousands of leisure travellers this summer. Known as an international business hub for its humanitarian role as the Capital of Peace, Geneva Tourism along with many of its partners are joining together to provide leisure travellers a chance to experience the city’s peaceful surroundings and activities with complimentary accommodations.
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News: Carnival Cruise Line takes delivery of Carnival Vista
A traditional maritime handover ceremony has been held at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, as Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of its newest, largest and most innovative ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista. The 3,954-passenger ship will reposition to Trieste, Italy, where it will depart on its maiden voyage, kicking off a summer schedule in Europe that runs through October 2016. 
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News: Lufthansa postpones full Brussels Airlines acquisition
The executive board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG informed the company’s supervisory board at its meeting yesterday that Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines have agreed to extend – by an additional three months – the deadline for Lufthansa to decide on the call option to fully acquire Brussels Airlines’ parent company SN Airholding. Under their existing agreement, Lufthansa was required to take this decision, through which it could acquire the remaining 55 per cent of SN Airholding by the beginning of June.
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News: Six Senses Zil Pasyon set for autumn opening
The 652-acre Félicité Island is one of the most dramatically beautiful and unspoiled islands of the 115-island nation that is the Seychelles. With massive granite boulders fringing the shoreline and picture perfect beaches it is the island’s dramatic beauty will that make it the perfect location for the new Six Senses Zil Pasyon opening in autumn 2016.
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News: Expedia and Amadeus extend global partnership
Expedia and Amadeus IT Group have announced a new global, long-term agreement. The agreement enables Expedia to offer air, car, rail, cruise, and hotel products through the Amadeus global distribution system, and adds Orbitz Worldwide brands in addition to the Expedia, Hotwire, Travelocity, Wotif Group, Expedia Affiliate Network and Egencia brands covered by the previous agreement.
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News: UK government urged to act over airport capacity
The opportunity to end decades of political dithering on airport expansion has been squandered, the UK transport committee has argued in a report on airport expansion in the south-east of England. In the report, the committee urges the secretary of state to set out a clear timetable for expansion, making clear the measures which have been accepted or rejected and the work which needs to be completed.
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News: Xiamen Airlines places latest Boeing 737 order
Boeing and Xiamen Airlines, China’s only all-Boeing carrier, have finalised an order for ten Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, valued at $960 million at list prices, will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.
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News: Dubai International welcomes 7.2m passengers in March
Passenger numbers at Dubai International continued to rise in March with 7.2 million guests passing through the airport, according to operator Dubai Airports’ latest monthly traffic report. Passenger numbers at DXB grew 7.4 per cent to 7,237,509 in March 2016, up from 6,736,929 registered during the same month in 2015.
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