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Travel Trade Gazette - Air travel sales improve as prices fall saw a “pronounced” fall in ticket yields to the Canary islands and eastern Mediterranean Read More
Qantas chief insists airline is on course to return to profit
The boss of Qantas has insisted the airline will return to underlying profit by 2015, with the carrier on course to deliver its first pre-tax profits this year, for the three months to September Read More
Interview: Kenny Jacobs on raising Ryanair's game
The divisive airline’s chief marketing officer is taking it in a range of new directions. He explains his strategic thinking to Gary Noakes Read More
Monarch 'on track' to complete sale as midnight deadline looms
Company insists Greybull Capital deal will be finalised today Read More
American Airlines admits Ebola impact on sales
American Airlines’ bookings fell after US lawmakers discussed Ebola crisis Read More
Gatwick drives Norwegian passenger growth
Norwegian has reported its strongest passenger growth has come from Gatwick. Read More
Ryanair could launch holiday brand 'within five years'
The man tasked with improving the image of Ryanair has hinted at plans to launch a holiday brand within the next five years. Read More
Stuart Jackson to exit Monarch Group
Strategy director will leave next month after 20 years at the company Read More
Monarch relaxes rules on handheld devices
Monarch Airlines will now allow customers to use a number of handheld devices including mobile phones and tablets at any stage of the flight. Read More
More than 1,500 flights hit as Lufthansa pilots begin eighth strike
Action covers European and international routes, and is expected to affect 200,000 passengers Read More
Flights cancelled as UK hit by aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo
Strong winds and rain expected to cause travel disruption, with Heathrow cancelling around 10% of flights Read More
Delta insists airlines will always opt for Heathrow slots over Gatwick
Delta has insisted that it will always fight for space at Heathrow rather than Gatwick, even if the south London airport was selected for a new runway to be built Read More
Deadline to secure Monarch deal looms
Sources confident an agreement can be reached before company’s Atol licence expires on Friday Read More
Calls for CAA and govt to do more after Blackpool closure
Regulator should help keep costs down to support regional airports, says AOA chief Read More
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines appoints new CEO
Pieter Elbers has been appointed chief executive of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Read More
Heathrow sells Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports
Spanish giant Ferrovial and investment firm Macquarie pick up trio for just over £1 billion Read More
ANA boss urges UK to build new Heathrow runway
London will be left in Frankfurt’s wake if a new runway is not built, the chief executive of All Nippon Airways has warned. Read More
Ebola fear factor playing a part in latest travel share slump
Cook, easyJet and Carnival UK among the companies to take a hit as screening begins at London airports Read More
Air-France KLM moves upmarket in new commercial drive
Air France-KLM is offering minimal capacity growth and moving upmarket in a bid to win back passengers. Read More
Passenger growth boosts Etihad Airways
Airline reports 29% increase in third-quarter revenues on back of “accelerated growth” over summer Read More

Business Traveller RSS

Air France A380: What you need to know
The airline has ten superjumbos and currently flies to seven destinations — LA, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Johannesburg, Shanghai and Hong Kong

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Win a Suite Dreams stay at St Ermin's
Tucked away behind its own lush courtyard garden in the heart of London, St Ermin's Hotel is a tempting proposition for a relaxed post-business stay

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Free international roaming data with Globalgig
Sign up to the Business Traveller Plus members' club, and you'll get a free SIM and up to 300MB of free international roaming data
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Virgin Atlantic CEO heralds 'a time when we can be truly successful'
Founder Richard Branson and CEO Craig Kreeger discuss how the new B787 and Delta joint partnership will affect the airline's future

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Carlisle airport to be developed with US link
Owners Stobart Group aims to emulate the success it has had with Southend airport

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Gatwick loses Jeddah, Riyadh routes, but may gain Tehran
Saudi Arabian airline quits after only a few months, but Iranian carrier set to arrive

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Etihad raises frequency to Dallas before route launch
Forward sales encourage Abu Dhabi carrier to reschedule ahead of December start
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Air Berlin marks Fall of the Wall with special flights
Airline celebrates 25th anniversary of reunification with evening flight over 'illuminated border'.

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Virgin Atlantic B787-9 Upper Class
A review of Virgin Atlantic's first Dreamliner flight from London Gatwick to Atlanta.

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Cathay Pacific celebrates new brand refresh
Changes will include an update to the airline"s logo as well as a new design philosophy for its lounges
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Brussels Airlines unveils new business lounge
Facility offers tablet computer loan, showcases local food and has sleeping area

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BA unveils three-week premium seat sale
Discounts on First and Club World fares for travellers prepared to stay a Saturday night

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BA unveils three-week premium seat sale
Discounts on First and Club World fares for travellers prepared to stay a Saturday night
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Virgin Atlantic details wifi charge and new innovations onboard 787
Facebook check-in, onboard selfies and upgraded entertainment system revealed

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Marriott unveils 'meeting space of the future' in London
The London Marriott Hotel Kensington has completed a £1.3 million revamp of its event space

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Marriott unveils 'meeting space of the future' in London
The London Marriott Hotel Kensington has completed a £1.3 million revamp of its event space

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Chinese airline bids to boost UK-Beijing connections
Hainan Airlines aims to serve London and Manchester from next summer

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More budget US flights from Gatwick
Airport gets Wow Air connections to Boston and Baltimore/Washington via Reyjkavik

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Qatar Airways confirms next A380 route
Double decker will serve Thailand from the new year as latest A380 deliveries arrive

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Uber introduces people carriers
Taxi app firm now offers larger vehicles for six or eight passengers in London and Manchester

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Etihad president reveals plans for Alitalia partnership
Equity stake of 49 per cent will see close co-operation – including Expo 2015 in Milan

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Russia sees first Holiday Inn Express
First of 100 properties planned by budget brand to open in the next few weeks

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United names Hertz as preferred car hire partner
Airline claims extra benefits for frequent fliers but narrows choice of supplier

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Lufthansa could face more strikes
Action could be as early as this week as German court rules stoppages are legal

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New hotel brand Zone by the Park aims to woo travellers in India
Styling by London design agency and mid-price range aims at international and domestic travellers

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

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
Future of aviation medical services under examination
The provision of medical services to the aviation industry will be the subject of a wide-ranging consultation the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced. The consultation will focus on several proposed options of how services, such as the medical assessment of pilots, and airline personnel, currently provided by the CAA, should be delivered in future and whether there should be a separation between service provider and regulator. The CAA's M Read More
CAA announces firework display location guide for pilots
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has once again launched a dedicated webpage informing pilots of large firework displays which may affect their flight. The web-based notification system was first introduced last year. It aims to provide pilots with a simple means of locating details of firework displays, helping them to avoid potential hazards by ensuring all the information they need is available in one place. This will reduce the need for the large number of individual firework displ Read More
Air Navigation Order goes under the microscope
A 'root and branch' review of how the UK's Air Navigation Order (ANO) impacts on general aviation (GA) has begun, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirmed today. The wide-ranging review will look at how a more proportionate and lighter touch regulation for general aviation can be achieved. The review follows a commitment made by the CAA in response to the Government's Red Tape Challenge last year - which committed the CAA to reforming the regulatory regime for the UK's GA sector. Read More
Delay to flight training school transition deadline announced
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) requirement for all Registered Training Facilities (RTF) providing private pilot training, to become Approved Training Organisations (ATO), will be postponed, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed. The Aircrew Regulation requires all pilot training leading to an EASA flight crew licence, to take place from an ATO. Implementation of the requirement for RTFs will now be deferred to April 2018, following a decision made on 9 October 2014 by Read More
Ground Control to GA: 'come and see what we do' - Visit ATC Day is here again
Civil air traffic controllers from around the country will be throwing open the doors of their control towers over the next month, as part of the annual 'Visit ATC Day' initiative. As part of the project GA pilots are invited to take a tour of their local air traffic control unit to see life from the other end of the radio. The Airspace & Safety Initiative (ASI) which helps co-ordinate Visit ATC Day has now released details of this year's participating units. Pilots curious to see life from a Read More
CAA launches call for evidence on terminal air navigation services in the UK
CAA launches call for evidence on terminal air navigation services in the UK Read More

News |

Monarch ties up rescue deal
Private equity firm Greybull Capital has taken control from owners the Mantegazza family. Monarch has been in the family for three generations. Read More
eDreams shares suspended
Shares in Spanish online travel agency group eDreams Odigeo have been suspended after Iberia and British Airways withdrew sales. Read More
Flights to Italy disrupted by strike
Flights to and from Italy face cancellation and disruption today due to a walkout by public and private sector workers. Read More
Thomson pays out to nurse injured in salsa class
A former army nurse reportedly won £225,000 compensation from Thomson Holidays after being forced to give up her job because of injuries sustained in a fall while dancing the salsa on holiday. Read More
Qantas back in the black after record losses
Qantas is on course to deliver its first pre-tax profits this year in the three months to September. Read More
Cheap deals fuel early 2015 bookings, says Broadway
Cheap flights and hotel deals have led to a surge in holiday bookings for next year, Broadway Travel claims. Read More
Barrhead Travel among UK's fastest growing private companies
Barrhead Travel has been placed in the top ten of the UK’s fastest growing private companies. Read More
Council leaders defy government term-time holiday crackdown
Council leaders are reported to have defied the government by challenging strict rules against parents taking children on term-time holidays. Read More
Jet2 parent reports improved summer trading
Jet2holidays carried 21% more holidaymakers this summer to 771,000 as trading improved, parent company Dart Group reported this morning. Read More
Special Report: High street at the heart of Royal Caribbean's growth strategy
Royal Caribbean hosted 50 Tui agents on board Oasis of the Seas as the ship made its first visit to Southampton last week. Hollie-Rae Merrick reports. Read More
Royal's Guatemala call centre now at 'same standard' as former UK equivalent
Royal Caribbean International has said its call centre in Guatemala is now operating at the same level as its former UK equivalent was 12 months ago. Read More
American Airlines Group profits boosted by US Airways merger
American Airlines Group saw summer profits rise by 59% to $1.2 billion, boosted by its merger with US Airways. Read More
Skiers expected to be more safety-conscious after Schumacher accident
Skiers this winter are expected to be more safety-conscious following Michael Schumacher's high profile accident last season. Read More
British Gas airport ads use flight data to welcome returning travellers
Digital screens at airports are being used for an advertising campaign using live flight data to welcome British travellers returning home from abroad. Read More
Sara Mason-Parker joins business travel agency
The Travel Gossip industry website co-founder Sara Mason-Parker has been named as operations manager for business travel agency BookOTel. Read More

Destinations |

Hotels, resorts & spas: All change please
A spa stay can be more than just a chance to relax, writes Katie McGonagle. Read More
Middle East: Pause and Play
Pick a holiday to suit your clients’ pace, writes Katie McGonagle. Read More
Dubai: Special delivery
See Dubai in style with Katie McGonagle’s guide to upselling the emirate. Read More
Family holidays: On target for fun
Juliet Dennis found activities for all the family at Hoseasons’ Go Active Park in Somerset Read More
Active & adventure holidays: Walking three ways
Easy, moderate, challenging. Joanna Booth finds the best walking tours, whatever your clients’ commitment level. Read More
Winter sun: Lucky number seven
Take your pick of winter warmers that won’t break the bank, writes Katie McGonagle Read More
Winter sun v winter fun
Add a little action to a sunny escape, suggests Katie McGonagle. Read More
Escorted tours: Learn from the experts
Tours with expert input are extra-special, says Katie McGonagle. Read More
Discover Dalmatia
Dubrovnik is the gateway to a beautiful coast, discovers Joanna Booth Read More
Mekong magic
APT shows Hollie-Rae Merrick the very best of Indochina Read More
Scrumptious sailing
Hollie-Rae Merrick risks her waistline by going gourmet on Celebrity Silhouette Read More
Caribbean dream: Five of the best Caribbean Cruises
Jane Archer finds itineraries to suit all and sundry in these sunny isles Read More
P-P-Pick up a penguin
Increase commission by selling expedition and adventure cruises, says Jane Archer Read More
Christmas markets three ways: Land, air, water
Make Christmas shopping more fun with a festive markets break, writes Katie McGonagle Read More
Cretan comforts
Jeannine Williamson relaxes in Hersonissos’ beach hotels, and explores beyond them Read More

Advice |

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
Readers' Lives: Michelle Halsey
Michelle Halsey had an inkling she was on to something when she sold 12 seats on a dinner train trip – escorted by herself – with Belmond in just a week. Read More
Readers' Lives: Amanda Eulenkamp
Amanda Eulenkamp knows a thing or two about turning a crisis into a positive experience. Two of Travel Solutions’ five branches have flooded in the past six months. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Ashleigh Bourne
As the long-haul coordinator in a branch where none of the staff had visited California, Ashleigh Bourne was the perfect candidate for Travel Weekly’s Cover Stars trip. Read More
Readers' Lives: Paul Nadin
Ever since Paul Nadin’s mother died from multiple sclerosis when he was 23 he has had a desire to help others in the disabled community. Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Pan Pacific expands China profile with Tianjin hotel
Pan Pacific Hotels Group has announced the opening of the 319-unit Pan Pacific Tianjin in China. The property is the fifth Pan Pacific in China after hotels and serviced suites in Xiamen, Suzhou and Ningbo, marking the extension of the brand footprint along the east coast and into the northern region.
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News: Qatar Airways reveals Bangkok as next A380 destination
Qatar Airways’ A380 aircraft will soon touchdown in Bangkok, Thailand, following the launch of its inaugural service to London Heathrow introduced earlier this month. The airline is scheduled to commence A380 service between Doha and Paris Charles De Gaulle, followed by an additional London service by the end of the year.
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News: Japan Airlines acquires Hokkaido Air System as subsidiary
Hokkaido Air System has become a subsidiary of Japan Airlines after the larger Japanese carrier completed a qualifying transaction to hold up to 51.2 per cent of the shares in HAC. The HAC network includes flights to and from remote islands such as Sapporo (Okadama) on what is known as the Rishiri route and Hakodate and the Okushiri route. 
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News: Hundreds of new exhibitions line up for World Travel Market 2014
Tourist boards, luxury operators, emerging destinations and technology specialists from a wide range of sectors and countries are among the 213 new exhibitors confirmed for World Travel Market 2014, the leading global event for the industry. Almost a quarter of the new businesses attending this year are in the Travel Tech Show at WTM, reflecting the success of last year’s inaugural show.
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News: JA Manafaru set for November opening in Maldives
JA Resorts & Hotels, the Dubai-based international hospitality company, will officially launch its fully-owned high-end resort JA Manafaru in the Maldives on November 1st, thereby expanding its presence in the Indian Ocean with a second property. The company took ownership of the property in the Maldives earlier this year, and subsequently made a substantial investment in soft refurbishments and staff training to upgrade the resort to JA Resorts & Hotels standards.
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News: Lee Country takes UK representation to boost visitor numbers
The Lee County, Florida Visitor & Convention Bureau, a leading travel destination marketing organisation branded as ‘The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel’ has appointed Four Communications to handle its sales, marketing and public relations in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia following a competitive pitch process. Four Communications has been appointed to promote this region of south-west Florida to consumers, the travel trade and media with the aim of raising awareness of the destination and increasing visitation across target segments.
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News: American Airlines moves closer to US Airways integration
American Airlines and US Airways have reached a significant milestone in their merger today as the Cargo divisions combine under a single air waybill. The new entity currently brings in more than $800 million each year and moves more than one billion pounds of freight and mail annually.
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News: Wong to head portfolio management for Frasers Hospitality
Frasers Hospitality Group has announced a key addition to its executive team with the appointment of Dennis Wong to the position of director of portfolio and asset management. He will be responsible for Frasers Hospitality’s asset management plans and enhancement initiatives to maximise investment potential and growth. 
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News: Abu Dhabi heads to Kuwait to capitalise on booming tourism figures
Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry is heading to Kuwait today for a major promotion at The Avenues Mall. The move is part of a wider plan by emirate to convince expatriates and Kuwaitis of just how much there is to see and do in the destination.
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News: Hilton Seychelles recognised by World Travel Awards
Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa has been recognised as Seychelles’ Leading Resort for the third successive year by the World Travel Awards. Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa was also acknowledged by World Travel Award 2014 as Seychelles’ Leading Spa Resort, for the second year running.
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News: World Ski Awards links with iSKI ahead of 2014 Gala Ceremony
World Ski Awards has confirmed the signing of iSKI as its latest partner as final preparations are put in place ahead of the annual Gala Ceremony. The event, 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 A-Rosa Kitzbühel on November 21st-23rd.
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News: IOC grants provisional recognition to Kosovo Olympic Committee
The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee has granted provisional recognition to the Kosovo Olympic Committee and proposed that the NOC be granted full recognition at the next IOC Session to be held in December in Monaco. The NOC of Kosovo was established in 1992 and has more than 30 affiliated National Federations, 13 of which are Olympic sports federations.
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News: flydubai expands low-cost African route network with new departures
Dubai-based flydubai’s inaugural flights to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar touched down earlier in Tanzania. The new routes further underline flydubai’s rapid expansion in Africa, which has seen the carrier’s network double to 12 destinations this year.
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News: TAP completes Terminal 2 move at London Heathrow as winter flight schedule expands
TAP, the leading airline from Portugal to the UK, has completed the move of its operations at London Heathrow to the new and improved Terminal 2. TAP’s network of routes from London Heathrow are now all operating from the airport’s new Terminal 2 facilities, including check-in, boarding and lounges for passengers.
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News: InterContinental Hanoi Westlake takes prestigious World Travel Awards title
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake has been recognised by the World Travel Awards, taking the title of Vietnam’s Leading Business Hotel. This award demonstrates the industry-wide recognition of the hotel’s unparallel services, excellent facilities and consistency of quality.
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News: Hilton Worldwide reaches latest China milestone with Changzhou property
Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of Hilton Changzhou, it 50th property in Greater China. The hotel features 299 contemporary guest rooms and suites, offering panoramic views of the entire city from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Hilton Changzhou is operated by Hilton Worldwide and owned by Jiangsu Future Land Real Estate.
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News: American Airlines opens Japanese domestic market with Jetstar deal
American Airlines customers will now have greater access to domestic Japanese destinations thanks to a new codeshare agreement between American and Jetstar Japan. Under the new arrangement, American Airlines will place its ‘AA’ code on services operated by Jetstar Japan between Tokyo Narita International Airport and Fukuoka, Matsuyama, Okinawa (Naha), Osaka (Kansai) and Sapporo (Shin Chitose), with first flights under the codeshare starting October 26th, 2014.
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News: Ascott links with Quest for significant Australian expansion
The Ascott, the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator, has entered into a strategic partnership with Quest Serviced Apartments. Under the terms of the deal, Ascott expects to invest up to AUD500 million to acquire new properties that Quest will secure for its franchise in Australia over the next five years.
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Focus: Welcome November: Lato Boutique Hotel Reopens Brillant Restaurant with a New Gastronomy Concept
Lato Boutique Hotel in Heraklion, Crete, invites guests to a refurbished and revamped Brillant Restaurant, to enjoy modern ‘urban’ dishes, an expanded drinks menu, and more events than ever. Heraklion, Crete: Brillant Restaurant at Lato Boutique Hotel in Heraklion reopens this November for the chilly months, with a new gastronomy concept that will emphasize a delicious touch of urban creativity inspired by the always-in-fashion gastronomical model of a classic pub, as well as by fresh, Cretan seasonal produce.
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News: Everything Possible with new Small Luxury Hotels of the World website
Global digital agency Possible has announced the launch of a new digital platform for Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the bespoke luxury holiday website. Possible was responsible for providing a new brand positioning and completely revamping the brand’s digital experience across all platforms including tablet and mobile, matching the premium, unique and seamless experience that guests encounter when staying at SLH hotels.
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