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Blackpool airport faces closure
Blackpool airport has said it will be forced to close if no new buyer can be found Read More
IAG lines up first dividend payment
The parent company of British Airways has cleared the way to pay its first dividend since it was created three years ago Read More
Air France strike called off
Air France pilots have called off a strike that had lasted for two weeks, and cost the airline hundreds of millions of euros Read More
Branson insists Virgin Galactic will be ready by spring
Richard Branson has insisted his Virgin Galactic enterprise will be ready for its first flight next spring. Read More
CityJet introduces 50 second check-in system
CityJet is aiming to reduce check-in time at London City Airport to under a minute with a new bag tagging system Read More
British Airways pulls out of Sri Lanka
British Airways has said it will now longer offer flights to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo from next year Read More
Air France makes concessions to unions
Airline offers to withdraw Transavia plans as it bids to end pilot strike Read More
Monarch secures union support over job restructuring
Staff vote in favour of major cuts to terms and conditions as part of ongoing business review Read More
Ryanair agrees GDS deal with Amadeus
Airline boosts its reach among agents with second GDS agreement this year Read More rules out scheduled US services
Heapy insists the company has no plans to follow Norwegian’s transatlantic move Read More
Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand reveal details of alliance
Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand will start their new alliance on January 6 next year with codeshare flights on sale later this week Read More
Union rejects Air France offer to end strike
Air France pilots are to continue with their strike indefinitely despite an attempt by the airline to end the dispute with a new offer Read More
Labour's new airport stance welcomed by Abta
Ed Balls’ pledge not to “dither and delay” over airport expansion Labour win the next election has been welcomed by Abta. Read More
UK scheduled flights become less punctual
All 10 of the UK’s key airports saw a reduction in the punctuality of scheduled flights during the spring. Read More
Investment fund in line to take control of Monarch
Turnaround specialist Greybull Capital is in talks to take control of Monarch, according to reports Read More
Airlines right to charge for hold baggage, EU rules
Airlines have the right to charge a supplement to customers who want to check-in their luggage, a court has ruled Read More unveils new training centre
Yorkshire-based airline has opened a new £9.5 million training centre. Read More
BA resumes flights to Kuala Lumpur
British Airways has resumed direct flights from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur for summer 2015 Read More
Air France set for third day of strikes
Air France has been forced to cut around 60% of its flights on Wednesday as industrial action by pilots entered a third day Read More
Thomas Cook Airlines launches new Premium cabin
Thomas Cook Airlines is launching a new Premium service on its Airbus A330 long haul fleet. Read More

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Four Seasons to open third London hotel
The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square will overlook the River Thames and the Tower of London

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United to fly B787-9 one-off to Heathrow
The US carrier will operate its new Dreamliner between Houston and LHR next month

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Lufthansa pilots to strike tomorrow
The latest industrial action is scheduled to take place at Frankfurt airport between 0600 and 2100 local time

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Qantas launches world's longest A380 route
The Australian airline is now operating a 8,755-mile journey between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth that lasts 15 hours and 30 minutes

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Boeing rolls-out Etihad B787-9
The Gulf airline has a total of 71 B787s on order, of which 41 are B787-9s and 30 are B787-10s

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Air France pilots' strike called off
But there is still no agreement between the carrier and pilots' union SNPL, which is protesting plans to transfer jobs to Air France subsidiary Transavia

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Alex McWhirter looks back at yesterday"s travel. This month, it's 1980 and the Philippine Airline Skybed

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Dreaming of sleep
We all have ways of dealing with jet lag, but what are the long-term effects of sleep deprivation and how are travel companies trying to help? Sally Brown investigates

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Buy and fly
New products on sale now tax-free at the airport

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Taste: San Francisco
Neil Davey tries out a quartet of eateries in the US city

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Four hours in... Perth
Tamara Thiessen discovers inventive art and fine views in the revitalised Australian city

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Weekend near... Frankfurt
Riving living: Andrew Eames discovers a world of tranquillity within easy reach of the big city

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Bhaji on the beach
Jenny Southan kicks back Indian-style on the colourful coast of Kerala

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What's on
Business Traveller rounds up events happening around the world in October

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Sing when you're winning
A knockout music scene and thriving technology sector have helped to make Austin the fastest-growing city in the US, writes Michelle Harbi

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Cape of good hope
From townships to tech hubs, Jenny Southan reports on how Cape Town is using its year as World Design Capital to create lasting change

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Terminal transition
The world’s busiest single-runway airport is not only transforming the passenger experience but is taking on Heathrow in its bid for expansion. Jenny Southan reports

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Join the club
With more and more airlines becoming alliance members, the benefits of playing the loyalty game are becoming better by the day. Dominic Lalk provides a guide

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Ethiopian Airlines B787 business class
London - Addis Ababa

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Data zone
Helping you make the right travel decisions. This month: Projected flight and hotel prices for 2015

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American to launch Dallas/Fort Worth to Beijing route
The carrier will roster a B777-200ER on the route, which is subject to regulatory approval
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Emirates A380: What you need to know
The Gulf carrier has 51 A380 aircraft in its fleet and 90 more on order. Take a virtual tour of one of its superjumbos via Google Street View

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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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Tune Hotels to debut in Newcastle
The 104-room Tune Hotel Newcastle will be the budget hotel group's sixth property in the UK

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Win a $500 spending spree
Business Traveller has teamed up with Simon Shopping Destinations to offer one lucky reader a US$500 spending spree in any one of its over 100 upmarket US shopping venues

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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
Flight punctuality at UK airports falls in second quarter of 2014
Flight punctuality at UK airports falls in second quarter of 2014 Read More
CAA announces replacement of Class F airspace
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that the UK's Class F airspace is to change. This follows the recommendations of an ICAO audit, changes to European legislation under the Single European Rules of the Air and a subsequent review of national airspace arrangements, which included a consultation with the aviation community. Class F airspace has been established for many years in the UK Flight Information Regions (FIR) in the form of Advisory Routes (ADRs). These ADRs will be rep Read More
Online test launched for infringing pilots
To increase the options it has available to tackle airspace infringements, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) may, from today, ask pilots who do infringe controlled or restricted airspace to sit a short online test to assess their airmanship skills. The test will only be accessible with a secure password, sent by the CAA to the infringing pilot. Failure to successfully complete the test within one month could result in further licensing action being Read More

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Skyscanner claims victory in competition appeal against and Expedia
Skyscanner has claimed victory following its appeal against an agreement struck between the UK’s competition authority,, Expedia and InterContinental Hotels Group. Read More
CodeGen opens Sri Lanka office as business gears up for future growth
TravelBox technology developer CodeGen has opened a new office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Read More
Stross to join peer-to-peer currency exchange site WeSwap
Former Directflights sales and marketing director Rob Stross is moving to take up an identical role at peer-to-peer currency exchange website WeSwap. Read More
Lowcostbeds to increase direct contracts with Asia Pacific hotel partners
Lowcostbeds is to forge more direct contracts with hotel partners across the Asia Pacific region following its debut at this month’s Pata Travel Mart in Cambodia. Read More
Hot Hotels research leads to same-week booking move
Mobile-only hotel booking app Hot Hotels is moving from same-day only to same-week only booking. Read More
Conferma develops tool to streamline business traveller payment process
Business travellers are being given the option to access Virtual Card Numbers for hotel bookings through a new mobile app. Read More
Mr & Mrs Smith recognises value of personalisation after driving intent
A first stab at using personalisation to drive customer intent was so successful it inundated boutique online hotel retailer Mr & Mrs Smith with inquiries. Read More
Skyscanner for Business launches Travel Insight data initiative
Updated traveller data is to be supplied to airlines and airports through a new initiative by search engine Skyscanner. Read More
Travelport achieves successful New York listing
Travelport completed a top-of-the-range listing that valued its equity at more than $2 billion (£1.2 billion), or $4.3 billion including its debt. Read More
Forest Holidays trials Google Glass to enhance customer experience
Forest rangers employed by UK break specialist Forest Holidays are trialling the use of Google Glass. Read More
Guest Post: The customer is the winner as travel tech evolves
LP Maurice, chief executive and co-founder of coach travel booking platform Busbud, discusses how tech is giving consumers more control and better service when they travel Read More
Former Youtravel chief Bedlow to replace Shuker at Alpharooms helm managing director Jamie Shuker is standing down and will leave the company tomorrow (Friday). Read More
Companies must do a better job with data, says PwC partner
Companies must do a better job of joining together the different data they have on customers or risk "pissing away money retargeting", according to PwC partner Matthew Tod. Read More
Time for preparation, not prediction, Google's Robb tells Abta convention
Travel firms should forget about predicting the future and instead prepare for it, because the speed of change means it is already here, Google's new head of marketing for large corporations told the Abta Travel Convention. Read More
Abta chairman takes swipe at emerging peer-to-peer sector
Abta chairman Noel Josephides ended this week’s Travel Convention with a swipe at the emerging peer to-peer sector epitomised in travel by Airbnb. Read More

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Egyptian firm reported to have acquired Mosaic Holidays
Egyptian travel company Sakkara Group International (SGI) is reported to have acquired specialist operator Mosaic Holidays. Read More
Beadle to bring Uniworld direct to the trade in new role
Former Hurtigruten boss Kathryn Beadle has been appointed to run the UK office for river cruise line Uniworld. Read More
Tourist fined for breaching Yellowstone's 'no-drone' policy
A Dutch tourist has been fined for crashing a drone into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. Read More
Clia unveils digital 'brochure rack' for agents
A digital ‘brochure rack’ bringing more than 90 cruise line brochures to agents’ desktops is being launched by Clia UK & Ireland. Read More
Danish airline Cimber to close
The Danish airline Cimber is to close down by April 1 next year. Read More
Osborne hints at speedy decision on airport capacity
A strong hint that a swift decision will be needed after next year’s general election on airport capacity came from Chancellor George Osborne in his speech to the Conservative party conference yesterday. Read More
Future of Blackpool airport hangs in the balance
The future of Blackpool airport hangs in the balance with a warning that it is likely to close within weeks unless a new owner can be found. Read More
One-off costs see decline in half-year Saga profits
Half-year pre-tax profits at over-50s group Saga fell to £32.8 million from £91.2 million despite its travel division having a strong start to the year. Read More
Glasgow hotels boosted by Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games and other events helped drive average hotel occupancy in Glasgow to 91.6% last month, new research shows. Read More
Opinion: Cruise Week harnesses the power of community
The UK director of Clia, Andy Harmer, explains why it is important that the annual celebration of cruise helps the sector reach out to new people. Read More
Special Report: British Airways thanks trade for support to Caribbean
British Airways has reported strong sales to the Caribbean this summer. BA commercial head at Gatwick, Colm Lacy, spoke to Ian Taylor. Read More
Brand USA launches new training module
Brand USA has launched a new module on its online training site to give agents an insight into luxury holiday options in the US. Read More
Mauritius holidaymakers up 20.5% in August
Mauritius saw a 20.5% year-on-year rise in British holidaymakers in August to reach a level of 11,857. Read More
Delays warning over Hong Kong protests
Airline passengers have been warned that surface links to Hong Kong international airport may be affected by mass pro-democracy demonstrations in the centre of the former British colony. Read More
Strike to cause Lufthansa flight disruption tomorrow
Lufthansa faces a fresh round of disruption with pilots planning to walk out tomorrow (Tuesday). Read More

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Happily ever Africa
Fall in love for ever with weddings in wonderful locations, says Jenny Morris Read More
Barbados: Finding the fun
Barbados bounces to its Bajan beat, discovers Karl Cushing on a Funway fam Read More
Ready, Steady, Tobago
Ben Lerwill offers the inside track on Tobago’s sporty side Read More
Life beyond the beach: 10 of the best Caribbean experiences
Tell clients what they’re missing when they’re busy doing nothing, writes Jo Cooke Read More
Caribbean: Like a virgin
Paradise is rarely as untouched as the British Virgin Islands, Jo Cooke discovers Read More
French fledglings
Lucy Huxley took her kids skiing for the first time with Club Med in Valmorel Read More
Two's company: 10 of the best romantic retreats
Looking for a romantic bolthole? Turn your eyes to Turkey, says Karl Cushing Read More
Turkey: Open season
Summer’s end doesn’t signal the end of holiday options or Turkey, writes Karl Cushing Read More
Austria: Beginner's luck
Joanna Booth finds her feet learning to ski with Inghams in Kitzbühel Read More
Berlin: Wall stories
As Berlin marks 25 years since the fall of the wall, Katie McGonagle finds out what's changed. Read More
Quebec, Canada: French connection
Katie McGonagle has a whale of a time in Quebec's maritime region. Read More
Alberta, Canada: Walking in the air
Joanna Booth tests her head for heights in Alberta. Read More
Get more in Malta
Up-sell a stay to make it extra-special, suggests Katie McGonagle. Read More
Malta: It's party time
Malta’s festivals are the perfect excuse for a short break, says Katie McGonagle. Read More
Add-ons: Doing it for the kids
Accommodation is just the start - tailor the whole holiday to tots with smart add-ons, says Joanna Booth. Read More

Advice |

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
Readers' Lives: Jo Farrell
Jo Farrell has a lot to thank her husband Chris for. It was he who gave her the encouragement, confidence and support to set up her travel agency Holidaze nine years ago on her own. Read More
Advice: How to sell animal attractions
Advice from Simon Pickup, sustainable tourism manager, Abta Read More
Readers' Lives: Lee Hunt
Lee Hunt is not usually a risk-taker. But after a five-year break from the travel industry and waiting years for a shop lease to become available in his town, the former Thomas Cook manager knew he had to get some money quickly to make his dream of running his own travel agency come true. Read More
Readers' Lives: Tina Nason
When Tina Nason was offered a trainee role at Carrick Travel 31 years ago, she nearly didn’t get the job – because her dad wanted her to finish her studies. Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: British Airways links with X-Factor ahead of final auditions
The X-Factor has teamed up with British Airways, as the official airline, to fly its celebrity judges and contestants to Bermuda, Cancun, Los Angeles and Nice for the final auditions. For the first time, the ‘judges houses’ episodes will air over three nights on ITV this Friday Saturday and Sunday at 20:00.
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News: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to acquire Big Bear Mountain Resorts in California
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, owner of Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain, announced earlier it has entered into an agreement to acquire Big Bear Mountain Resorts in Big Bear Lake, California. Big Bear Mountain Resorts includes both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, the largest and most popular of southern California’s ski and snowboard resorts that host nearly 800,000 winter visits annually.
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News: Lufthansa arrives at Terminal 2 at London Heathrow
Lufthansa will be relocating its flight operations to the new Terminal 2: The Queen‘s Terminal at London Heathrow Airport from tomorrow.  The move is the latest phase of the process to bring all Star Alliance members under one roof for the first time in Heathrow and sees Lufthansa joining United Airlines, Air Canada, Air China and ANA - the first airlines to move into the new terminal when it opened in June.
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News: Marriott International rolls out African expansion plans following Protea deal
Marriott International, Africa’s largest hotel company following its strategic acquisition of Protea Hotel Group, continues to gather momentum with a packed schedule of 30 property openings across the continent by 2020. Nine of these will open by end of 2015.
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News: Qatar Airways follows BA deal with Veuling codeshare
Qatar Airways and Vueling have signed an interline agreement that will enable Qatar’s five-star national airline to increase the number of passengers to Europe, while strengthening Vueling’s hubs in Rome and Barcelona. The agreement will also improve trans-European traffic by providing passengers with an even greater range of options for long-haul connections.
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News: Jung takes up leadership role with Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
Luxury Miami Beach hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, has announced the appointment of Dennis Jung to the position of hotel manager. With more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, the seasoned international hotelier will lead and oversee the operation of the 375 room hotel in Miami Beach, FL.
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News: Singapore links South Africa to global network
South African passengers will find it more convenient to fly to New Zealand, with the new alliance between Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand due to launch in January 2015, with codeshare flights going on sale on both airlines’ services between Singapore and New Zealand now. Alvin Seah, general manager Central and Southern Africa at Singapore Airlines, said: “The alliance will see the Star Alliance carriers operating one return service each per day on the Singapore-Auckland route and Singapore Airlines operating a daily return service between Singapore and Christchurch.”
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News: Illusions expands US operations with new sales appointment
Illusions has signalled its intention to corner the US market by appointing a business development guru dedicated to growing the travel tech firm’s presence in the Americas. The Dubai-headquartered company has recruited Scott Fluhrer as vice president sales – North America, who commands extensive experience in the online travel and distribution fields.
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News: Bogotá to welcome World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015
Colombian capital Bogotá has been selected as host for the World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015 after a fierce bidding process. Recognised by World Travel Awards as South America’s Leading Business Travel Destination earlier this year, the city has grown to become the leading light in South American tourism.
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News: World Ski Awards signs LEITNER as 2014 partner
World Ski Awards is proud to announce the signing of an exclusive partnership with LEITNER ropeways, Prinoth and DemacLenko. 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: Etihad Airways releases time-lapse video of new Airbus A380 livery painting
Video: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has unveiled the new livery design that will be introduced across its fleet. Created by leading brand consultants Landor Associates in partnership with Etihad Airways, the new livery is inspired by traditional Emirati design patterns, the landscapes of the desert and the geometric shapes found in the modern architecture of Abu Dhabi. The design pattern is also a key feature of the new cabin interiors being introduced on Etihad Airways’ Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft, and is being rolled out across the airline’s corporate branding – from advertising to brochures to premium lounges.
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News: Etihad showcases new livery on first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
Boeing has rolled out of its paint hangar the first 787-9 Dreamliner that will be delivered to Etihad Airways. The airplane is painted in the airline’s new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery with colours reminiscent of the desert landscape, inspired by the culture, Islamic design and architecture motifs of the United Arab Emirates.
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News: The Castle Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian, opens to guests
The Luxury Collection has announced the opening of The Castle Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian. Owned by the Dalian Yifang Group and managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The Castle Hotel marks The Luxury Collection’s first hotel in Liaoning, China.
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News: Thomson Cruises reveals latest ship improvement plans
Thomson Cruises has revealed a significant investment in Thomson Dream and Thomson Celebration as part of the cruise line’s modernisation strategy. Upgrades will include public areas such as sun decks and lounges, and the on-board dining experience will be enhanced with the introduction of a brand new a la carte restaurant on each ship.
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News: Jung appointed to lead Conrad London St. James
Hilton Worldwide has announced the appointment of Chris Jung as general manager of the newly re-launched Conrad London St. James, the latest addition to Conrad Hotels & Resorts’ luxury portfolio. With 11 years of extensive knowledge in international luxury hotel management spanning four continents, Jung brings strong commercial insight and a wealth of expertise to the position.
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News: Air France pilots return to work despite lack of strike deal
Pilots at troubled flag-carrier Air France have ended a 14 day strike which had grounded half of the airline’s flights, costing millions of euros. A late-night negotiating session with management saw leaders of the SNPL pilot union agree to return to work, despite no deal being agreed.
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News: FIFA World Cup 2014 drives up tourism spending in Brazil
Data released by the Central Bank indicates that between January and August of this year, international tourists visiting Brazil spent 8.8 per cent more than during the same period last year. In total spending reached £3,029 billion in 2014 compared to £2,785 billion in 2013.
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News: 30 feared dead on Japan’s Mount Ontake
Thirty hikers are feared to have died near the peak of Mount Ontake in Japan, following a volcanic eruption on Saturday.
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News: Best Western set to open first hotel in Mandalay
Best Western International has embarked on the next stage of its expansion in Myanmar, with the signing of its first hotel in Mandalay. Mandalay is Myanmar’s second largest city and economic hub in the northern region of the country.
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News: New appointment for Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, the Ottoman inspired resort located on Palm Jumeirah, has announced the appointment of Yvonne Luedeke, the new Director of Marketing and Communications.
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