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Nepal Airlines to purchase two Airbus 330-200

The airline aims to own an all-Airbus fleet in the future

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Marriott improves its hospitality programme for Chinese travellers

Marriott Rewards' Li Yu programme has rolled out more services to make travel for Chinese guests more convenient

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Le Meridien relaunches flagship Paris property

The brand has completed a revamp of Le Meridien Etoile, the largest hotel in central Paris

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GoAir will improve connectivity in the North East

The airline will launch flights to ease anticipated festival rush to the region

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Hong Kong Airlines launches new daily direct service to Incheon

The carrier will also increase the frequency of its flights to Gold Coast/Cairns and Auckland during the holiday season

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Weekend travel deals September 24, 2016: flights, hotels and more

Air France, Cathay Pacific, Melia Hotels, Qatar Airways and Virgin Atlantic

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Hyatt Regency to debut in Cambodia

The 250-room hotel will be located in the country’s capital Phnom Penh, and will feature a rooftop swimming pool and bar

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Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards 2016 results

The winners of the region’s most prestigious travel awards were announced today at an exclusive presentation luncheon at the Conrad Hong Kong hotel

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New rail seat designs aim to tackle overcrowding

Design firm Priestman Goode has created two new seat designs which it says could increase seat capacity by up to 30 per cent per carriage

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Marriott and Starwood merger completes

Members of both programmes can now transfer points between the programmes and gain status match

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Travolution

UK outbound travel sector confounds dire post-Brexit vote predictions
Metasearch website Cheapflights.co.uk’s claim that the UK outbound sector has confounded doom-laden Brexit predictions has been confirmed by the latest industry data. The latest GFK booking data has revealed season-to-date bookings are up 4% year on year. August bookings were down 1% on last year, but revenue rose 4% off the back of a £30 … Continue reading UK outbound travel sector confounds dire post-Brexit vote predictions Read More
Travel Republic parent dnata tasks Washington with Facebook and Instagram integration
Travel Republic parent dnata to task Washington with Facebook and Instagram integration Travel Republic parent dnata Travel will turn its sights on integrating Facebook and Instagram into the group’s marketing strategy when new chief executive Andy Washington starts next month. Dnata Travel divisional senior vice president, Iain Andrew, said the group, which also owns high … Continue reading Travel Republic parent dnata tasks Washington with Facebook and Instagram integration Read More
Iata’s Billing and Settlement Plan set for ‘new generation’ overhaul
A new generation replacement for Iata’s long-standing Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) is to be developed. The airline trade body is looking to introduce new Iata Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS). Iata’s passenger agency conference in Singapore approved resolutions which will enable the introduction of three pillars of NewGen ISS: • A range of accreditation models that … Continue reading Iata’s Billing and Settlement Plan set for ‘new generation’ overhaul Read More
Feefo Travo@10 roundtable: Reviewing the impact of the ‘feedback economy’
Given the sheer volume of reviews online these days you might think this burgeoning digital sector risks becoming a victim of its own success by ushering in review fatigue. But travel experts who gathered for the latest Travolution Digital Masters dinner, sponsored by Feefo as part of our @10 birthday celebrations, see no such problem … Continue reading Feefo Travo@10 roundtable: Reviewing the impact of the ‘feedback economy’ Read More
Attempts to sell Lowcost’s assets thwarted by lack of interest and regulation
The administrator of Lowcost Travel Group has confirmed losses of tens of millions of pounds from the collapse will be borne by banks and credit card companies. The travel group, including OTA Lowcost Holidays and trade supplier Lowcost Beds, failed on July 15 with 27,000 customers abroad and 110,000 forward bookings. In a statement released … Continue reading Attempts to sell Lowcost’s assets thwarted by lack of interest and regulation Read More
OTA market investigation welcomed by British Hospitality Association
The Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to re-open a project investigating the practices of Online Travel Agencies has been welcomed by the British Hospitality Association The CMA last week sent questionnaires to a large sample of hotels in the UK as part of a joint monitoring project, in partnership with the European Commission and nine … Continue reading OTA market investigation welcomed by British Hospitality Association Read More
Make it social aims for groups market growth
Social booking technology provider Make it Social is building a client base around live ticketing in travel, sports and large scale festivals. Partnership deals have been signed with Paylogic, Ticketmaster Sport UK, student tour operator Bus2Alps, travel booking platform TrekkSoft and Surrey County Cricket Club at the Kia Oval. Make it Social has developed a … Continue reading Make it social aims for groups market growth Read More
Kantox launches dynamic hedging product to manage currency volatility
New software aimed at enabling travel companies to fully automate the management of their currency operations has been unveiled. Dynamic Hedging is a tailor-made solution for travel firms that have to work with multiple currencies. It has been created by foreign exchange management solutions firm Kantox which has previously worked with RIU Hotels, New Travelers … Continue reading Kantox launches dynamic hedging product to manage currency volatility Read More
Currency card supplier Caxton FX announces TMC tie-up
Pre-paid currency card supplier Caxton FX has agreed its first partnership with a business travel supplier. The deal with travel management company CTI aims to reduce the cost of overseas business trip expenses for clients as well as an efficient reconciliation process. Caxton’s prepaid MasterCard can be used like a normal debit card to pay … Continue reading Currency card supplier Caxton FX announces TMC tie-up Read More
Travellanda announces partnership with Top Dog Travel Systems
Wholesaler Travellanda has secured a strategic partnership with Top Dog Travel Systems to increase hotel distribution in  the UK. Integration between the two companies is designed to provide agents, operators and OTAs with an additional choice of more then 200,000 hotels worldwide. The agreement aims to provide consumers with rates on more hotels in all … Continue reading Travellanda announces partnership with Top Dog Travel Systems Read More
The Travel Network Group rolls out enhanced version of travel agent Honeycomb tech
Members of The Travel Network Group are being upgraded to the latest version of the consortium’s Honeycomb dynamic packaging technology. The enhanced version has been released following a new partnership with travel booking systems developer Comtec and technical support has been brought in-house to TTNG’s headquarters in Woking. TTNG, the Travel Trust Association and Worldchoice … Continue reading The Travel Network Group rolls out enhanced version of travel agent Honeycomb tech Read More
TNS study reveals top UK travel sites and booking and research trends
TNS study reveals top UK travel sites and booking and research trends The top 12 sites used by British holidaymakers to research and book their trips has been revealed in new research for Travolution sister title Travel Weekly. From a selection of sites presented to customer, the top two places, according to research undertaken by … Continue reading TNS study reveals top UK travel sites and booking and research trends Read More
Tourico Holidays partnership with Nordic Choice adds 187 properties to portfolio
Global travel wholesaler Tourico Holidays has added an inventory of almost 200 hotels in Scandinavia to its portfolio. The supplier deal with Nordic Choice will make 187 properties and 32,000 rooms available across five countries to Tourico’s 4,900 distribution clients. The agreement follows a 20% increase in inbound hotel bookings in the region via Tourico … Continue reading Tourico Holidays partnership with Nordic Choice adds 187 properties to portfolio Read More
OTAs keen to play up sustainability credentials in search results
The world’s biggest online travel agents, Booking.com and Expedia, are in talks to include sustainability accreditation in hotel search results. Leading operators, particularly Tui, already identify hotels certified by Abta’s Travelife and other schemes recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). But the big OTAs do not, as too few hotels are certified to … Continue reading OTAs keen to play up sustainability credentials in search results Read More
American Express buys door-to-door tech specialist KDS
American Express Global Business Travel is to take over integrated travel technology firm KDS. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, is part of a broader investment strategy “to develop an industry-leading suite of traveller-centric online and digital services, sitting on top of the company’s core technology platform for business travellers”. Based in France, KDS has … Continue reading American Express buys door-to-door tech specialist KDS Read More
OTA eDreams ODIGEO sets sights on improving long-term profitability
European OTA eDreams ODIGEO says it will continue to focus on profits and the long-term sustainability of the business even if it means taking a hit in the short term. The firm said growth this financial year will be concentrated in the first quarter as it invests in a transformation plan ahead of reduced growth … Continue reading OTA eDreams ODIGEO sets sights on improving long-term profitability Read More
Cyprus Premier integration makes accommodation available on Multicom’s FindandBook
North Cyprus specialist Cyprus Premier has added its accommodation range to flights on Multicom’s FindandBook trade booking platform. The integration means agents using the system can access Cyprus Premier’s 100 hotels and 150 villas and apartments. Multicom said agents can expect “excellent availability at extremely competitive rates” and a wide range of options for groups, … Continue reading Cyprus Premier integration makes accommodation available on Multicom’s FindandBook Read More
Icelolly.com wonders at Brits’ geographical knowledge after survey fail
Brits have been exposed as having poor knowledge of ancient, modern and natural wonders of the world in a study by online holiday deals site icelolly.com. The site found only 6% of Brits could identify all of the modern wonders correctly while 13% named Disney World Florida as a modern wonder of the world. Other … Continue reading Icelolly.com wonders at Brits’ geographical knowledge after survey fail Read More
Augmented reality and VR will transform travel, according to Expedia study
The holiday booking process of the future will be “completely transformed” through the use virtual and augmented reality technologies. These will allow travellers to have a deeper understanding of what a destination ‘feels like’ before making a booking, Expedia predicts. Social media will also be an integral part of the entire travel journey, from the … Continue reading Augmented reality and VR will transform travel, according to Expedia study Read More
Jon Platt turns to crowdfunding for term-time legal battle
A dad who won a landmark legal battle on term-time holidays is appealing for financial support from individuals in the trade to fight a government-backed appeal. Jon Platt won his case in May, when the High Court ruled he did not have to pay a £120 fine to the Isle of Wight Council because his … Continue reading Jon Platt turns to crowdfunding for term-time legal battle Read More

Travel Weekly

EasyJet pilots suspend threatened strike action
A threatened strike by easyJet pilots in a dispute over fatigue was suspended after talks today. Read More
Gatwick commissions assessment of its economic impact
An independent assessment is being commissioned into the positive economic impact created by Gatwick at a local, regional and national level. Read More
Workadvisor hands out prize for most informative review
Princess Cruises sales manager Mark Lowman took home £500 for submitting the most “informative review” of his employer on travel workplace website, WorkAdvisor. Read More
Carnival orders two ships for Chinese market in joint venture
A joint cruise venture involving Carnival Corporation has signed a deal for the first two new cruise ships to be built in China for the Chinese market. Read More
Shangri-La reveals Rasa Ria nature ambassador amid 20th celebrations
Shangri-La’s five-star Rasa Ria resort and spa celebrated its 20th birthday with a special announcement of its new nature ambassador. Read More
'Highest ever' inbound visitor numbers post-Brexit poll
The post-Brexit month of July saw record numbers of foreign tourists visit the UK, new figures show. Read More
Jetstar aircraft diverted after cabin fills with smoke
An aircraft flying from Sydney to Cairns in Australia was forced to divert to Brisbane about 40 minutes into its flight after filling with smoke. Read More
Heathrow investigates after terminally ill child 'nursed on the floor'
Heathrow is investigating claims that a terminally ill boy was forced to lie on the floor for several hours as his family waited to change aircraft. Read More
Marriott expects $250m synergies from $13bn Starwood deal
Marriott International expects to extract $250 million in annual cost savings through its takeover of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Read More
Malaysia Airlines backs Trafalgar Square cuisine and culture festival
Malaysia Airlines is supporting the UK’s largest celebration of Malaysian cuisine and culture taking place in London tomorrow (Saturday). Read More
EU accused of ignoring rulings on Airbus subsidies
The EU has failed to comply with rulings that it should cut subsidies to aircraft maker Airbus, the World Trade Organisation has ruled. Read More
Easyjet expects busiest day in its history
EasyJet expects today (Friday) to be the busiest day in its history as it carries more than 255,000 passengers. Read More
Government ‘to champion’ peer-to-peer economy following kite mark launch
The government declared its determination to “champion” the sharing economy yesterday at the launch of the world's first kite mark for the sector. Read More
EasyJet and Whitbread bosses ditched as government advisors
The bosses of companies such as easyJet and Whitbread will no longer act as government advisors. Read More
Industry raises £12,000 for Abta Lifeline at charity dinner
Members of the travel industry raised just under £12,000 for Abta Lifeline at the charity's annual dinner last night. Read More
Court rules thousands of Airbnb properties are illegal
Thousands of apartment owners who rent out their homes on websites such as Airbnb are likely to be breaking the law, a court has ruled. Read More
Operators back bid to raise funds for British winter Olympians
Leading snow sports operators are backing a new initiative to help raise money to help fund future winter Olympics competitors. Read More
Your Holiday Booking to open Tesco pop-up travel shops
Vertical Group’s homeworking agency Your Holiday Booking is to open a series of pop-up travel shops in Tesco stores. Read More
London hotels face corporate uncertainty and sharing economy
London hotels will have to attract more leisure guests as corporate uncertainty and tight travel budgets take their toll, a new study shows. Read More
TV presenter Laura Hamilton announces Monarch partnership
Monarch has become official partner to a new website set up by TV presenter Laura Hamilton. Read More

Travel Weekly

6 of the best self-drive honeymoons
A self-drive honeymoon affords adventurous clients the romanticism of a big adventure. Read More
Weddings & honeymoons: Sandals
My tip to agents would be to make sure clients know where they want to get married in the resort. Read More
Australia: Wild west
It’s easy to forget that Australia is a continent, with vast differences in landscape and climate. Read More
Australia: Wild west
It’s easy to forget that Australia is a continent, with vast differences in landscape and climate. Read More
Australasia: On the water
As the driest inhabited continent on earth – second only to Antarctica in its lack of rainfall – you’d be forgiven for thinking water and Australia don’t really go hand in hand. Read More
Sydney neighbourhoods
Sydney is greedy when it comes to icons with instant international recognition. Read More
Open season: Malta
Escape the crowds and protect the pennies with an off-peak break to Malta. Read More
Price freeze: Budget ski breaks
Avoid snowballing costs with a budget-friendly ski break. Read More
Ski & snow: American Express
North America’s slopes offer fun for all abilities, finds Aby Dunsby Read More
Franconia: In good cheer
Say hello to Franconia, Germany’s rebellious region, writes Tamara Hinson Read More
Jamaica: Island all-rounder
Like her athletes, Jamaica has more than one medal winner when it comes to resorts, writes Jo Cooke Read More
Dominica: Picking up steam
Get closer to nature on eco-focused island Dominica, writes Meera Dattani Read More
Barbados: Cream of the crop
Barbados is the place to party during its summer carnival – just don’t expect to keep up with the locals, says Aby Dunsby Read More
48 hours in Lisbon
The Portuguese capital is ideal for a laid-back city break, finds Ella Buchan. Read More
Murcia: A whale of a time
Forget lounging around on the beach: Murcia has much more to get sporty types on side, finds Laura French. Read More
The US: Red sky at night
A new Salt Lake City flight opens up a wealth of adventurous options in Utah, finds George Clode. Read More
The US: Washington DC neighbourhoods
Get away from Pennsylvania Avenue to see the real DC, writes David Whitley. Read More
The US: Northern soul
With deserted beaches, glacial lakes and swathes of forest, northern California is a world away from the surf towns and cities of the south, finds Ella Buchan. Read More
10 of the best wildlife tours
Clients won’t forget these animal magic encounters, writes Aby Dunsby. Read More
Escorted tours: Foodie Macedonia
Fancy trying something new on the menu? Get a taste of Macedonia, writes Katie McGonagle. Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Residence Inn by Marriott debuts in Hawaii
Marriott International has opened Hawaii’s first Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea. Set against a contemporary Hawaiian motif, the all-suite hotel consists of studio, one and two bedroom offerings.
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News: Hilton debuts full-service residences in China
Hilton is opening the Hilton Jinan South Hotel & Residences, marking the debut of its full-service residences concept in China.
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News: Ryanair extends Aberdeen schedule
Ryanair is extending its Aberdeen summer 2017 schedule with a new route to Faro, in addition to its 2 new routes to Alicante and Malaga already announced, which will deliver 75,000 customers per year at Aberdeen International Airport.
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News: easyJet launches flighst to Ljubljana
easyJet has launched a new route from London Gatwick to Ljubljana. The new year round service commences 5th December 2016 and flights will operate four times per week Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
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News: Sabre signs on UniWorld
Travel consultants in the U.S. and Canada can now provide travelers with a world-class, all-inclusive experience booking with boutique cruise operator Uniworld via Sabre Corporation’s travel marketplace.
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News: Etihad Airways increases flights to Australia
Etihad Airways is adding three weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Sydney to operate a double-daily schedule from 6 February 2017. The morning departure from Abu Dhabi – EY450 – and the afternoon departure from Sydney – EY451 – will increase from four to seven flights per week.
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News: Travelport renews contract with Sirena Travel
Travelport and Sirena Travel have renewed their long-term agreement. It means that Sirena Travel’s significant network of travel agencies, spanning 7,000 locations across Russia and the CIS region, will continue to efficiently and effectively have access to Travelport’s comprehensive travel content.
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News: Four Seasons opens New York hotel
The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown has opened in Tribeca. The hotel features 189 rooms and suites and 159 private residences, and is within walking distance of Wall Street, the World Trade Center, and the Oculus, and less than an hour from New York’s major airports.
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News: IHG signs Holiday Inn Dubai Science Park
InterContinental Hotels Group has signed Holiday Inn Dubai Science Park. The newly built 402-room hotel features five meeting rooms a conference hall seating four food and beverage outlets, an outdoor swimming pool, and a gym and is scheduled to open in 2019, 
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News: Hyatt Regency set to debut in Croatia
Hyatt is opening first Hyatt Regency property in Croatia. The 130-room hotel will be located in Zadar, and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.
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News: W Hotels expands into UAE
Starwood’s W Hotels Worldwide is debuting the W Dubai – Al Habtoor City, the brand’s first hotel in the Emirate. Owned by the Al Habtoor Group, the 356-room hotel features a rooftop W Lounge and WET pool deck, a FIT state-of-the-art fitness facility and private in-room yoga sessions. .
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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Griffin Survivor Power Bank
The first phone power bank rugged enough to be called Survivor, the device has a 10,050 mAh charging capacity and rugged protection. Here Breaking Travel News takes Griffin Survivor Power Bank, the ultimate backup battery for smartphones, for a whirl.
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Focus: Travelling to the Ryder Cup
Planning to head over to the USA to catch some of the Ryder Cup at the end of September? You’ll be lucky to get a ticket for one of the most exciting sports events of this or any other year. Tickets for the Ryder Cup are still available according to the official website but only via certain hospitality tickets, travel packages and by using resellers. And, as these figures from AO show, the costs all add up.
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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Kimpton EPIC Hotel, Miami
Kimpton EPIC Hotel in Miami welcomed its first guests 2008 and offers all the thoughtful perks for which the brand is known. Situated in the heart of Downtown, Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole here pays a flying visit to the property to see what is on offer.
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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Voilà from Wistiki
Voilà from Wistiki - a pocket sized tracking device - wants to become one of the must-have accessories of 2016. While that might be a little ambitious, it certainly has its uses. This Bluetooth device was created by designer Philippe Starck and allows the user to keep track on their possessions with the minimum of fuss.
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News: Marriott to offer 30 brand portfolio following Starwood deal
Marriott International has expanded to include 30 of the most desirable and prestigious hotel brands with the addition of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts portfolio. At a time when travellers place even greater emphasis on enriching and personal experiences, they can now choose from the most diverse selection of hotel brands ever. With more than 5,700 hotels and 1.1 million rooms in over 110 countries across the globe, guests now have access to the best hotels and resorts wherever they travel.
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News: Africa nominates Mzembi to head UNWTO
African nations have nominated a Zimbabwean, Walter Mzembi, as their candidate to become the new head of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. Should Mzembi get the post, it will be the first time in the organisation’s 43-year history that an African would head the organisation.
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News: Ferrari Land theme park nears completion at PortAventura
PortAventura World Parks & Resort has unveiled the latest developments in the construction of the new Ferrari Land theme park. The eagerly-anticipated attraction will be the third resort at the park and will open its gates to the public in April 2017. The construction of the park has entered its home straight, with the main building work already completed.
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News: Azores Airlines to add Airbus A321neo to long-haul fleet
Azores Airlines is modernising its short-haul and transatlantic fleet with the A321neo and by 2019 with the longer range A321LR. The decision follows a growth strategy to expand into new transatlantic routes. Azores airlines has been an Airbus customer since 1999 operating seven A310, A320 and A330 Airbus aircrafts across Europe, Canada and North America.
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News: Quito set to welcome hundreds of thousands of guests for Habitat III
From October 17th-20th Quito, the capital of Ecuador, will welcome more than 30,000 people at the Habitat III conference, the global summit of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. The event is celebrated every 20 years and will be the first summit ever to be held in a Latin American city.
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