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BA tests prototype ash cloud detection device
“Promising” findings Zeus tech takes its first flight on a commercial aircraft Read More
Jet2 ‘not doing long-haul’ – despite leasing Airbus A330
Jet2 has ruled out entering the long-haul sector despite bringing a wide-body aircraft into its fleet next summer Read More
BA offering 'measured response' to BSP changes
British Airways is positioning itself as “a voice of reason” in the on-going debate over possible changes to the way UK travel agents pay for tickets Read More
Barrhead strikes branding deal with Turkish Airlines
Agreement will see exclusive branding implemented across agency’s Edinburgh stores Read More
EasyJet profit increase more than triples revenue growth
Strong results for low-cost airline as it focuses on “cost and process” Read More
Gatwick boss: UK hubs no longer necessary?
A hub airport in the UK could soon be a thing of the past, Gatwick’s chief executive has claimed Read More
Virgin to hire out Heathrow slots
Virgin Atlantic will lease two pairs of Heathrow take-off and landing slots to rival airlines as it awaits delivery of its new Boeing 787s Read More
Bidders distance themselves from Cyprus Airways deal
Cyprus Airways’ future hangs in the balance after its two potential rescuers reportedly pulled out Read More
Qatar Airways plotting Gatwick return?
Airline thought to be coming back to Gatwick after an absence of four years Read More
BA launches Krakow flights
British Airways is to begin flying to Krakow in May next year, offering timings to suit a long weekend in the city as well as business travellers Read More
Monarch introduces flight-only Atol cover
Airline takes “unusual” step of offering protection for flight-only seats following sale to Greybull Capital. Read More
Flybe swings to loss but looks to brighter future
Flybe has reported a “significantly improved performance in its core UK business” despite revealing a half-year loss Read More
BA will keep domestic routes going
Airline will keep flying to UK airports “as long as customers want them” - despite plans to drop more short-haul routes in favour of long-haul Read More
Davies: businesses may shun UK if airport issue is not soon resolved
The next government will find it harder to “duck” the issue of airport expansion in the south-east, according to the chairman of the Airports Commission Read More
Airports Commission publishes analysis of expansion plans, but has 'not yet taken a view'
New consultation on the three shortlisted proposals runs until February 3 Read More
Tories won't make airport expansion a 'general election issue'
Government’s aviation minister tells industry to “wait and see” in AOA conference speech Read More
Aviation body backs plan to make children exempt from APD
The Airport Operators Association has backed a call by MPs to axe Air Passenger Duty (APD) for children Read More
Virgin Atlantic returns to Tobago
Virgin Atlantic is to resume flights to the Caribbean island of Tobago Read More
MPs urge government to abolish APD for children
MPs are calling on George Osborne to exempt children from Air Passenger Duty in a bid to lower the cost of flying for families Read More
£52bn added to GDP, £8.7bn paid in tax – study reveals what aviation is worth to the UK
Sector renews calls for government support as report underlines its importance to the economy Read More

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Air France creates Hop Air France for short-haul services
The move brings together staff from both Air France and its regional subsidiary Hop to create Hop Air France






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Delta orders 50 Airbus jets to replace Boeing fleet
The deal, worth $14 billion (£8.9 billion) at list prices, is for 25 A350-900, and 25 A330-900neo planes






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US carriers battle over Edinburgh-New York route
United will next summer operate a double-daily service between New York Newark and Edinburgh, while American will inaugurate its JFK to Edinburgh service in May






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Qatar Airways to up Scandinavian services
The Gulf airline will next summer add afternoon frequencies to its Copenhagen and Stockholm routes






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Air Berlin to equip entire fleet with wifi
The German carrier has already completed fitting wifi onto two aircraft, which go into service in the next two weeks






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Lufthansa to launch Tampa route
The service is due to start next September. Tampa will be the German airline's third destination in Florida, joining Miami and Orlando






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Alitalia and Etihad unveil codeshare expansion
From March 29, Alitalia will triple its service frequency to Abu Dhabi, with new daily services from Milan and Venice. Etihad will codeshare on both routes






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Qatar to add second daily Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen service
From March 29, the new daily flight will be operated by an A320 aircraft, with 12 seats in business class and 132 in economy






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London City records busiest ever week
Some 84,758 passengers passed through the airport during the week beginning November 9, a 27 per cent increase compared to the same period last year






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MAS sees 40% increase in London business traffic
The upturn in Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur corporate traffic was measured between January 1 and August 31 and compared to the same period last year






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Virgin delays B787-9 services to Dulles and Newark
The carrier will now add its Dreamliner onto the Dulles route on January 7 and onto the Newark route on February 1






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BA to fly to Sharm el Sheikh
The route launch in September next year as a twice-weekly operation before turning thrice-weekly in October






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Miles & More slashes status miles on Turkish Airlines
Members will from January 1 only accrue 25 per cent of status miles when travelling with Turkish Airlines






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Thistle unveils 'Choose Your Own Room' service
The facility allows guests to take a virtual online tour of the actual room they have booked






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Finnair to launch Chicago service
The airline will operate an A330 on the thrice-weekly route next summer






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Air China to fly B747-8 to New York
The carrier had originally planned to fly the aircraft to Frankfurt, but from January it will instead make the 14-hour journey to the Big Apple






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Easyjet trials frequent flyer loyalty programme
The budget carrier has been running the trial, which involves more than 15,000 passengers in the UK, France and Switzerland, for the past three months






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Emirates launches iPhone app
The app provides iPhone owners with features including online booking and check-in






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Qantas reveals B737 in '70s livery
The Australian airline is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its iconic flying kangaroo logo with the new "retro" B737 aircraft






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United and Germanwings sign codeshare deal
The German carrier now offers codeshare flights as feeders for United long-haul services from London, Berlin and Hamburg






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Etihad investment in Alitalia approved by EC
The merger clearance means the Gulf carrier can now invest €560 million to save Alitalia from bankruptcy, as laid out in a deal signed in the summer






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Finnair Plus double points on Air Berlin
Members must book a flight on one of 170 eligible Air Berlin European routes and travel by February 28






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Win an exciting prize package courtesy of McArthurGlen and Hertz
McArthurGlen Designer Outlets is offering a gift card worth £250/€250 and a free weekend car rental in Europe, courtesy of Hertz






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Etihad Guest double miles on new routes
Members who book to fly on select new Etihad routes in their first 30 days of operation can earn double miles






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Win a luxury stay at Fraser Suites Glasgow
The prize includes an overnight stay for two in an Executive Studio Apartment with continental breakfast and dinner at a cosmopolitan city centre restaurant






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Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

Guidance on restoring vintage aircraft issued by CAA
Advice on restoring, or rebuilding, historic and ex-military aircraft has been released by the UK Civil Aviation Authority's General Aviation Unit. The guidance has been compiled from a number of existing CAA sources to create a 'one-stop-shop' webpage containing everything a vintage aircraft owner needs to know when starting a restoration project. The information, which only covers aircraft on Permits to Fl Read More
New approval granted for microlight company
For the first time under a new authorisation system, a microlight manufacturer has been given design, production and flight test approval by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The move will allow the Light Aircraft Company (TLAC) to sell its aircraft as finished 'factory-built' types - previously, the company, based at Little Snoring airfield in Norfolk, could only sell its products as amateur-build kits. The CAA said that the TLAC approval is the latest element in CAA's wider GA Programm Read More
CAA announces delay to full introduction of Standardised European Rules of the Air
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today confirmed that the UK implementation of significant elements of the European Union's Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) has been delayed. As a result, there will be no changes to the UK Rules of the Air stemming from SERA that will impact UK pilots. The changes to be introduced on 4 December 2014 resulting from SERA will only be those that replicate existing UK rules. The decision has been prompted by concerns over the impact of the changes Read More
'Proof of concept' rule change could boost UK experimental aircraft design
A proposal to simplify the initial testing process for experimental aircraft in the UK will benefit small-scale aircraft designers and manufacturers, as well as encouraging the growth of aerospace excellence in new design concepts. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a consultation aimed at reducing the red tape and financial burdens associated with securing airworthiness and operational approval for Read More
New training techniques to tackle human factors
An initiative to improve 'crew resource management' (CRM) in the aviation industry was launched earlier today with the release of open-access training videos aimed at tackling human factors issues in the cockpit. CRM is the name given to the training techniques used to address potential situations where human error may cause aviation incidents or accidents. The release of the videos [insert link] by the UK Civil Av Read More
CAA announces new members of ATIPAC
Press notice on appointments to ATIPAC Read More
CAA calls on airlines to comply with the law following Supreme Court decisions on flight delay cases
CAA statement on Supreme Court rulings on flight delay compensation cases Read More
Overflight restrictions removed for gyroplanes
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today announced it will withdraw the 'overflight restriction' from the 'Permit Operating Limitations' of factory-built, type-approved gyroplanes. The move comes after careful consideration of the risks, which the CAA said had left it confident that the appropriate levels of safety could be achieved. Unlike many aircraft currently operating on 'Permits', gyroplanes have not previously been allowed to overfly congested areas at any height. From today Read More
Lonely Planet? Almost half fly alone and few get waved off
The CAA's 2013 Passenger Survey Report has been published. This press release highlights its many findings Read More
Red tape slashed for non-EASA aircraft modifications
The need for UK regulatory validation for airworthiness design changes, originally approved overseas, to a range of UK-registered aircraft types is to be scrapped, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced. Owners and operators of 'Annex 2' aircraft, such as ex-military and vintage types eligible for a Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA), can now install any minor modification or change supported by a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that was approved by a state with which the UK ho Read More

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Comment: River cruising is a golden opportunity
Seventeen years ago, I began reporting for the travel trade press and was given the cruise patch to cover. Read More
Special Report: Travel Counsellors sets out growth strategy
More than 800 Travel Counsellors agents from around the world celebrated the agency's 20th Lee Hayhurst reports from Manchester Read More
Travel Counsellors issues agents 12% challenge
Travel Counsellors has challenged its agents to hit margins of 12% during the new year peak selling period. Read More
Carnival Corporation ahead of plan for cutting emissions
The world's largest cruise company has cut CO2 emissions from shipboard operations by 20% by 2013 – a year ahead of its initial plan. Read More
Norwegian boss issues plea to US regulators
The boss of Scandinavian carrier Norwegian has made a personal plea for US regulators to approve its plans for low fare transatlantic flights. Read More
Anger over proposed changes to US airlines' loyalty scheme
Two major US carriers are to change they way they award air miles to frequent flyers from the distance flown to the amount paid for a ticket. Read More
Former United boss takes helm at Hertz
A former senior executive at United Airlines is taking over as chief executive of Hertz. Read More
Royal Caribbean ship to make Pullmantur switch
One of Royal Caribbean International’s oldest ships is to be transferred to Spanish sister line Pullmantur Cruises. Read More
Diane Court joins JTA to boost trade support
Diane Court has left upmarket tour operator Destinology to join JTA Travel Group as it looks to increase its support for the trade. Read More
Jet2 'optimistic' after half-year profits rise
Jet2.com says it is optimistic about current trading after posting half-year results which showed a 10% rise in operating profit. Read More
Airbus beats Boeing to $14bn Delta order
Airbus has secured a major coup for its new A350 aircraft with an order reportedly worth $14 billion from Delta Air Lines following a competition with Boeing. Read More
Management reshuffle announced following Norwegian's Prestige acquisition
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced a reshuffle of its senior management following the company’s acquisition of Prestige Cruises International. Read More
Norwegian Cruise Line deal for Prestige completed
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has completed the acquisition of Prestige Cruises International. Read More
Gatwick issues capacity warning after busiest six months in its history
Gatwick has claimed the busiest six months in its history, reporting an 8% increase in traffic over the period to 22.5m passengers. Read More
Opinion: Travel rewards those in it for the long term
Anyone who tries to be different and act honestly and with integrity will be more successful than people in it for a quick buck, says Designer Travel's Amanda Matthews. Read More

Destinations | travelweekly.co.uk

Asia: Nurturing by nature
Relaxing is easy when you’re surrounded by the natural beauty of Malaysia – as Karl Cushing discovers on a trip to Langkawi and Ipoh Like this and want more details? Click here to download and save as a PDF . "Yeeees, it’s great, thanks,” I bravely lied through gritted teeth as the diminutive masseuse at The Danna Langkawi hotel enquired about the monumental pressure she was somehow applying during my deep-tissue massage. But once my hour-long treatment was complete, it ... Read More
Aviation: Class acts
Premium cabins are undergoing a radical shift, says Martin Ferguson Like this and want more details? Click here to download and save as a PDF . Picture this: you’re on an aircraft, sitting in an ultra wide seat, in front of a 48cm HD TV that’s wired into a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system; there’s a Giorgio Armani washbag, and you’re offered caviar on demand and champagne on tap. Sounds like luxury? Qatar Airways seems to think so, though it took a while to be ... Read More
Asia: China in the sand
Joanna Booth explores Hainan, China’s tropical island paradise Like this and want more details? Click here to download and save as a PDF . Paddle, paddle, paddle. An ungainly pop-up. A moment’s wobbly surfing, before toppling into the water. In many ways, it was pretty similar to the other surf lessons I’ve had in my life. But this time, I wasn’t in Queensland or California, but China. In a destination more associated with walls, pandas and warriors made of clay, a visit to ... Read More
Aviation: Route to success
Airlines will be taking off to a host of new destinations in 2015, giving agent earnings a lift, writes Martin Ferguson Read More
Mauritius: Exclusively yours
Mauritius hosted agents on a tour of its top-end hotels. Tamara Hinson lapped up the luxury. Read More
India & The Indian Ocean: An easy 'chelle
Rupert Murray joins agents on a fam trip to the beautiful Seychelles. Read More
Canada: West-coast wonder
Vancouver resident Nikki Bayley builds the best two-day itinerary in town Read More
Canada: The bears of summer
Churchill’s polar bears can come out to play in July and August, as Nikki Bayley discovered Read More
Paw-fect Places
Four legs are just as good as two when it comes to UK stays, says Joanna Booth. Read More
UK & Ireland: Highland games
It’s time to see your Scottish sales grow, says Joanna Booth. Read More
Escorted Tours: A tour for all seasons
There’s a perfect tour for every time of year, finds Katie McGonagle. Read More
Glasgow bliss: 48 hours in Glasgow
Scotland’s biggest city packs a punch as a short-break destination, says David Whitley Read More
Escorted tours: The numbers game
Which escorted tours would suit solo travellers or those going as a group? Katie McGonagle finds out Read More
Access all areas
Unsure of how hotel groups work with agents? Katie McGonagle finds out. Read More
WTM Preview: World at one
Stay on top of the action at this year’s World Travel Market with Katie McGonagle’s guide. Read More

Advice | travelweekly.co.uk

Readers' Lives: Danny Akhtar
After more than 20 years’ experience organising travel for celebrities, sports stars and other well-known faces, Danny Akhtar has set up on his own. Read More
Readers' Lives: Stella Sharples (née Kenyon)
Stella Sharples may only snatch five hours sleep a night, but she reaps the rewards for working hard. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Gemma Eckersley
Hays agent and music fan now plans to spend honeymoon in California Read More
Readers' Lives: Hannah Vincent
Before Hannah Vincent first started to work for Select World Travel, she hadn’t heard of the agency. Based in an affluent area in a parade of businesses, rather than on the high street, there was no reason why she should have known the agency was there. Read More
Readers' Lives: Karen Pocock
When Karen decided to celebrate a milestone birthday in style, it wasn’t long before the idea cropped up to go on holiday with her hubby Jim. Read More
Readers' Lives: Hollie Brown
As soon as Hollie Brown was upgraded to an upperclass seat on Virgin Atlantic, she knew the Cover Stars experience was going to be one of the most memorable trips she had ever experienced. Read More
Readers' Lives: Paul Smith
Paul Smith doesn’t do things by halves. When he decided to refurbish his York travel agency on its 10th anniversary, he wasn’t just thinking of a lick of paint. Read More
Readers' Lives: Andy Cassidy
Andy Cassidy has what many travel agents might consider an enviable job. Read More
Readers' Lives: Anna Davies
If you’d asked Anna in the past whether she fancied swimming with stingrays or zip‑lining in a rainforest, she would have given you a look which said ‘no chance’. Read More
Readers' Lives: Robin Quarrelle
Robin Quarrelle had not planned to get a job in the travel industry, but a couple of winters spent working in ski resorts had him hooked. Read More
Readers' Lives: Joanne Dooey
After 26 years in the travel industry, Joanne Dooey has taken the plunge to go it alone. Read More
Readers' Lives: Claire Horne
A crime novel is not the obvious place to see your travel agency business mentioned, but that’s exactly what happened to Claire Horne. Read More
Readers' Lives: Hazel Bryant
A year ago, Hazel Bryant was having trouble sleeping. Read More
Readers' Lives: Ben Murtagh
Every time the chance to travel comes Ben Murtagh’s way, he grabs it. As a result, the Virgin Holidays senior sales consultant manages seven overseas trips a year on average. Read More
Readers' Lives: Tina Luke
Mining town manager loves being at travel coalface. Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: New chief executive for Hertz Global Holdings
Hertz Global Holdings has announced that John Tague has been appointed to the position of chief executive and to the company’s board of directors as of today.Tague’s appointment follows an extensive search conducted by the Hertz board. He is a travel and transportation industry veteran who has delivered demonstrable results in revenue generation, operational excellence and corporate transformation.
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News: InterContinental London - The O2 set for 2015 opening
The new InterContinental London - The O2 is scheduled to open in late 2015, providing extensive facilities for leisure and business travellers visiting the capital. The luxury 453-bedroom 18-storey hotel and conference centre currently in construction as part of a 7.6 acre development scheme on the Greenwich Peninsula, a destination enjoying a huge surge in visitors following the 2012 Olympic regeneration project.
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News: British Airways calls on ZEUS to detect future ash clouds
In response to the Icelandic volcanic eruption in 2010 which caused widespread flight disruption to travellers, scientists at the Met Office and Natural Environment Research Council have developed a prototype ash detection device, capable of detecting small amounts of ash in the atmosphere. In time, this research could aid ash forecasting and also help airlines more accurately plan their flight and engineering operations.
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News: Qatar Airways reveals plans for Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen route
Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, will expand its flights to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport from March 29th 2015, as it increases its frequency to a double-daily service. With the launch of the new daily service to Sabiha Gökçen Airport, passengers from the Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Americas and Africa can now take advantage of an additional morning connection to Istanbul via Doha.
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News: Delta Air Line chooses Airbus to replace Boeing jets
Delta Air Lines has chosen the Airbus A350-900 and A330-900neo to replace older generation Boeing 747 and 767 aircraft starting in 2017 and 2019, respectively. The order for 25 state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft and 25 advanced Airbus A330-900neo aircraft fits within Delta’s existing capacity and capital expenditure plan and continues the airline’s focus on making prudent, cost-effective investments in its fleet.
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News: Emirates migrates booking app to iPhone
Building on the successful launch of The Emirates App for iPad earlier this year, Emirates airline has now increased its mobile presence with the launch of The Emirates App for iPhone on the App Store. Already the most popular travel app in 25 countries with a 4.5 star rating, The Emirates App for iPhone has enhanced features such as the ability to check-in and download their boarding pass directly to Passbook.
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News: Oman Air begins fleet expansion with Boeing 737 delivery
Oman Air’s fleet received a boost earlier when the second Boeing 737-900 arrived, after its latest Boeing B737-800 touched down for the first time at Muscat International Airport. The arrival of the brand-new aircraft marks the start of a major three-year expansion programme. This latest delivery takes Oman Air’s fleet strength to 32.
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News: PGA Catalunya Resort picks up World Golf Award in Portugal
PGA Catalunya Resort, near Barcelona, has added to its impressive tally of global accolades by winning the Spain’s Best Golf Course category in the inaugural World Golf Awards. The win, announced at a ceremony staged at Portugal’s Quinta do Lago.
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News: Norwegian completes Prestige Cruises deal
Norwegian Cruise Line has completed its previously-announced acquisition of Prestige Cruises International, the market leader in the upscale cruise segment and parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The deal came in for a total of $3.025 billion in cash and stock, including the assumption of debt. With this acquisition, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings operates a portfolio of brands that span all market segments in the cruise industry, from contemporary to upper-premium to luxury. 
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News: LATAM reveals slip in review in third quarter
LATAM Airlines Group has announced its results for the third quarter of 2014, two and a half years after the merger between LAN Airlines and TAM SA. Total revenue for the third quarter of 2014 totalled US$3,141.3 million compared to US$3,360.7 million for the same period in 2013, while the operating margin fell to 3.8 per cent compared to 7.6 per cent in 2013.
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News: World Ski Awards lands at A-ROSA Kitzbühel ahead of Gala Ceremony 2014
World Ski Awards has arrived in Austria ahead of the Gala Ceremony 2014, this year to be hosted at A-ROSA Kitzbühel on November 22nd. World Ski Awards, the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in ski hospitality, returns for a second year to welcome leading international figureheads and decision makers to the Alpine resort.
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Focus: Vacation Ownership Is the Best Way to See the World
You may think the top vacation destinations are only for the rich and famous, but think again. If you belong to a vacation ownership program such as Bluegreen Resorts, you can have a first-class vacation every year at some of the most desirable destinations in the world. Here are a few of the more than 60 top vacation destinations in the United States and the Caribbean.
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News: Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach opens to public
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach opens today and offers personalised service, uncompromising quality and the utmost attention to every detail. Every guest room and suite opens to large terraces that take in panoramic views of the open sea and Dubai’s glittering skyline, and numerous sun-or-stars outdoor dining and event spaces take full advantage of the Resort’s incredible location.
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News: UK arrivals to Namibia surge ahead in 2013
The Namibia ministry of tourism has released its arrival figures from 2013 showing a total of 23,185 arrivals from the UK - a 10.2 per cent increase year on year. In 2012 UK arrival had fallen by 2.5 per cent, with depletion in numbers to 21,035. In contrast in 2013 the UK market showed positive signs of growth, evident by the acceleration of visitors.
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News: The Els Club Teluk Datai recognised by World Golf Awards
Ernie Els’ Malaysian masterpiece, The Els Club Teluk Datai, has been named the ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ at the inaugural World Golf Awards, hosted in Portugal. Just two weeks after its official grand opening, the four-time Major winner’s stunning Langkawi layout, which sits amidst a tropical rainforest stretching to the shores of the Andaman Sea, scooped the much-coveted accolade, voted upon by golf travel executives and members of the media.
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News: Trading Standards steps in over TripAdvisor bad review furore
Trading Standards has confirmed a hotel which charged guests an additional £100 following a bad review on TripAdvisor will issue no further fines. Tony and Jan Jenkinson posted the negative comment on the leading travel website after being unimpressed with the one night they spent at the Broadway Hotel in Blackpool.
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News: Qatar Airways to offer direct daily flights to Edinburgh
Qatar Airways will operate a daily direct scheduled service from Edinburgh Airport to Doha’s Hamad International Airport from May 1st 2015. The announcement comes just six months after the successful launch of the five-weekly service on the route and reinforces the airline’s commitment to add additional frequencies on the route, which it announced at the launch.
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News: Thomas Cook signs on for Amadeus Altéa solutions
Amadeus and Thomas Cook group airlines have announce an agreement which will see the latter become the first leisure carriers to adopt the Amadeus Altéa solutions. Four of Thomas Cook group airlines based in Germany, the UK, Scandinavia and Belgium adopt Amadeus’ Altéa suite as a single platform to manage reservations, inventory and departure control. By unifying its IT systems across the group, Thomas Cook group airlines will be able to implement a customer-centric strategy offering a single consolidated customer touch point with comprehensive real-time information.
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News: MSC Armonia re-launched as MSC begins fleet revamp
MSC Armonia, the first of four MSC cruise ships to be enlarged and enhanced under the Renaissance Programme, was re-launched in Genoa today before a ten-day inaugural cruise to the Canary Islands. Hundreds of journalists and travel industry representatives boarded MSC Armonia as MSC Cruises chief executive Gianni Onorato unveiled the ship’s range of sensational new options and features.
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News: Air Astana flies into Dubai for new route
Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s winning flag-carrier, has bolstered its presence in the Middle East with the recent inauguration of direct daily flights to Almaty International Airport from Dubai International Airport. The route is served by Airbus A320 aircraft in a two class layout – 16 business class and 132 economy seats with lead in economy class. Almaty is complemented by Air Astana’s four times weekly services from the capital Astana to Abu Dhabi which have been operating since 2010.
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