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VisitBritain Workshop hears how OTAs bolster international visitors
Destination Management Organisations and hotel consortia from across the North of England gathered to discuss how to attract more overseas visitors this week. Read More
Asian visitors boost UK luxury hotels reveals Expedia
Luxury hotels in the UK are being buoyed by increased visitor numbers from the Asia, latest Expedia group data reveals. Read More
Travolution Awards: Entries now open
It’s that time of year when Travolution begins the search for the best in the digital travel sector and this year the annual awards will mark our 10th anniversary. Read More
Former Amadeus director Maria Whiteman appointed Saga Holidays MD
Saga Travel has appointed Maria Whiteman in the newly-created role of managing director of Saga Holidays. Read More
Personalisation 'key' to next generation of business travellers, says BA chief
British Airways’ global sales chief told business travel leaders “there are opportunities for everyone to drive costs out”. Read More
Dnata to refocus Travel Republic with new peaks marketing campaign
Travel Republic owner dnata Travel has admitted that focus waned on its business in the UK as it sought to integrate its technology into overseas markets. Read More
Global Travel Group poised to start rollout of bespoke mid-office Traveltek system
The Global Travel Group is replacing its own mid-office technology with a bespoke system being developed by Traveltek. Read More
Millennials are disrupting traditional travel models, research reveals
UK millennials are disrupting traditional models for travel, new research reveals. Read More
Tourico Holidays tasks ‘elite’ team to find cause of travel behaviour shifts
An ‘elite’ team of computer scientists has been formed by Tourico Holidays to identify the origin and cause of shifts in travel booking behaviour. Read More
Nordic OTA Uvet Nordic inks Worldpay deal
Leading Nordic OTA Uvet Nordic has partnered with Worldpay to deliver its service in new markets. Read More
TourRadar ties-up $6 million venture capital investment
Online multi-day tours marketplace TourRadar has secured $6 million in Series A funding from two venture capital firms. Read More
Monarch's reveals new trade website as part of single brand strategy
Monarch holidays, hotels and flights are being made available via a new website which completes the company’s move to a single brand strategy. Read More
Egypt searches drop while Greece improves, finds Icelolly research
Egypt has slipped to thirtieth place in Icelolly.com’s top-searched destinations. Read More
Family vacation rental marketplace Vacatia goes international with expansion into Mexico
US-based Family holidays online marketplace Vacatia has begun its international rollout by adding 20 resorts in Mexico. Read More
On The Beach's profits up 50% despite consumer confidence concerns
On The Beach says it expects a strong lates market as consumers put off buying holidays due to a dip in confidence following terrorist attacks. Read More
OTAs will find avoiding product responsibility ‘problematic’ under new package rules, says lawyer
Industry lawyers say travel retailers face “a real challenge” in avoiding liability for holiday arrangements under the new Package Travel Directive. Read More
Opinion: OTAs and hotels are partners, not enemies
It was with some astonishment that I learned of the comments by Chris Roe, of Accor Hotels, at the recent ITM Conference in Newport. Read More
Flightfinder parent selects Worldpay as partner to support expansion in 18 overseas markets
Northern European OTA group Uvet Nordic, the parent of Flightfinder, has struck a deal with Worldpay to become its exclusive online payments provider. Read More
Guest Post: Is Bleisure an overrated buzzword or a genuine opportunity?
There is a degree of healthy scepticism around the idea of ‘bleisure’- is it really a new phenomenon? Read More
Phocuswright Europe: Travel firms debate the pros of cons of going public versus private equity
Going public can be a way of enabling a firm to focus on the long-term and retain independence, leading travel firms told last week’s Phocuswright conference in Dublin. Read More

Travel Weekly

Cosmos Tours confirms departure of Paul Sharp
Cosmos Tours’ national sales manager Paul Sharp is to leave the business. Read More
Mauritius aims to boost UK low season visitors
Mauritius tourism officials are looking at ways to attract UK visitors during the island’s May to September low season. Read More
Heathrow expansion backed by George Best Belfast City Airport boss
The boss of George Best Belfast City airport has voiced strong support for a third runway at Heathrow. Read More
Extent of passenger drunken incidents revealed by Police figures
Hundreds of passengers have been arrested on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft or at an airport in the last two years, new figures reveal. Read More
LateRooms.com joins Channel 4's Comedy Gala Ad Break Takeover
LateRooms.com is among brands taking part in this year’s Channel 4 Comedy Gala Ad Break Takeover in a continuation of the firm’s ‘It’s Going To Be A Great Night’ promotional activity. Read More
Delta launches Edinburgh-New York route
Delta Air Lines claims it will offer more onward connections and on-board amenities than any other airline on the Edinburgh-New York route. Read More
Clia urges travel to embrace the 'kidult' generation
Travel companies need to cater for a wider demographic that encompasses young adults dubbed as ‘kidults’, according to new research by Clia. Read More
Record high travel salaries revealed in C&M's travel salary index
Salaries for typical new travel jobs increased last month to a new record high, an analysis of new vacancies shows. Read More
Royal Caribbean criticised over Harmony construction work
Royal Caribbean International faces accusations from passengers that construction work was still taking place on board the world's largest cruise ship during its first sailing. Read More
Air traffic control firm to pay £24m dividend
National Air Traffic Control Services is to pay a £24 million interim dividend to shareholders. Read More
Hostelworld shares slide after European bookings slump
Shares in Hostelworld plunged by as much as 30% yesterday after the company disclosed a European bookings slump. Read More
Airlines for Europe condemns new Norwegian air tax
A new air passenger tax to be imposed by Norwegian authorities has been strongly condemned by Airlines for Europe (A4E). Read More
Airlines lobby for plan to halve Scottish APD
Political parties in Scotland are being urged by airlines to support a halving of Air Passenger Duty. Read More
Advantage results reveal 'very healthy profit'
Advantage Travel Partnership’s turnover increased by almost £3 million in 2015, compared to the year before. Read More
Agents must show they 'add value', Advantage boss urges
Travel agents must show they add value and differentiate themselves from competing offline offerings, according to the boss of Advantage Travel Partnership. Read More
Global 2016: Indie agents are an 'untapped market', delegates told
Selling holiday experiences through independent agents is an “untapped market”, leading supplier Attraction World told the Global Travel Group conference. Read More
Brexit 'Leave' camp hits out at Ryanair's EU campaign spending
Ryanair has been accused of breaking electoral law over its campaign for the UK to remain in the EU. Read More
Royal confirms plans for fifth Oasis-class ship
Royal Caribbean Cruises has confirmed plans to build a fifth Oasis-class ship and two more ships for Celebrity Cruises. Read More
Air X airline plans flights to Greece
A start-up trade-friendly airline promising “generous” commission rates plans to start flights to Greece in 2017. Read More
Royal Caribbean targets new agent partners with funding pot
Royal Caribbean International has created a six-figure fund to spend on joint advertising with new-to-cruise agents. Read More

Travel Weekly

Active and adventure: Match point
Up your game in time for Wimbledon with a tennis break, says Aby Dunsby. Read More
Nepal: on the ascent
Nepal is getting back on its feet following the earthquake, discovers Meera Dattani. Read More
Caribbean: Sailing 3 ways
Holidays afloat aren’t just for Richard Branson and co, finds Aby Dunsby. Read More
Caribbean: 10 of the best spas
Book clients into one of these sanctuaries and they’ll come back feeling refreshed, writes Lucy McGuire. Read More
Ask the operator: Caribbean couples
Travel Weekly asks three operators to put together the perfect Caribbean honeymoon. Read More
Vow renewals: I do, take two
Recreate the joy of the big day with a renewal of vows ceremony abroad, writes Aby Dunsby. Read More
Kyushu: Robo hop
Step into the future as a new air link to Japan opens up quirky Kyushu, writes Jenni Doggett. Read More
Singapore Neighbourhoods
This Asian metropolis is a beguiling mix of cultures, discovers Hollie-Rae Merrick. Read More
South America: 10 of the best eco lodges
Get back to nature with these low-impact lodges, writes Laura Holt. Read More
48 hours in Sao Paulo
Think of Rio de Janeiro and a flurry of vividly coloured feathers might flash through your mind. São Paulo, a huge 95,800sq mile metropolis and home to more than 20% of Brazil’s population, is much harder to pin down. Read More
Indian Ocean: A family affair
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A slice of the Med
Though we might forget it sometimes, food should be much more than simply a meal: just ask any Greek or Cypriot. Read More
Butlins: Mad about science
Butlin’s family science weekends are a great excuse for a fun – and educational – escape, finds Lee Hayhurst Read More
Scandinavia: Picking up pace
Scandinavia is speeding ahead as the family destination du jour, finds Katie McGonagle. Read More
10 of the best teen breaks
Keep the peace with these teen-tastic family breaks, writes Aby Dunsby. Read More
Malta: Anchors aweigh
Malta packs a punch for those who want to pursue a hobby on holiday, writes Aby Dunsby. Read More
Eyes on the prize
There’s always something new in Orlando, finds Tamara Hinson Read More
Six of the best US rail journeys
Get on track with these trips, says Aby Dunsby. Read More
Canada: Maritimes expedition cruising
Nikki Bayley gets close to the action on a more adventurous Maritimes cruise Read More
Croatia: Riding High
Croatia’s lush green landscapes are ripe for adventure, finds Mary Novakovich. Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Hundreds evacuated as fire breaks out on Korean Air plane in Tokyo
Hundreds of passengers have been evacuated from a plane in Tokyo after a fire broke out in its left engine. Korean Air flight 2708 was taxiing on the runway at Haneda Airport when the fire broke out. Firefighters sprayed the engine with foam on the runway, which was temporarily closed.
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News: Aeroméxico sign comprehensive partnership with Travelport
Travelport and Aeroméxico, Mexico’s global airline, have announced details of a substantially extended relationship. As part of the new partnership, the expanding airline will not only continue to distribute all of its content through Travelport’s global Travel Commerce Platform, which connects online, leisure and corporate travel agencies in over 180 countries, but it will now also adopt Travelport’s industry-leading merchandising technology as well as digital travel services from MTT.
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News: Strong first quarter for inbound German tourism
According to preliminary information from the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, 5.6 million overnight stays in accommodation properties of at least ten beds were recorded in March, 2016 – an increase of nine percent year-over-year. In total, 15 million overnights by international travellers were documented during the first quarter of 2016 – seven percent more than during the first quarter in 2015.
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News: Rugby World Cup drives antipodean tourism to UK
On the back of a report this week showing the Rugby World Cup 2015 was the most economically-successful ever, figures out from VisitBritain show double-digit growth in the number of visits from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa from October to December last year. Visits from New Zealand to the UK increased by 52 per cent to more than 40,000 with the Kiwis spending more than £63 million during this period, more than twice as much as in 2014.
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News: British visitors drive up tourism figures in Mauritius
During the first quarter of 2016, Mauritius attracted 327,836 tourists, a 12.5 per cent increase over the previous year. Tourism revenues increase by 13.9 per cent, to MUR15 billion in the quarter. According to Statistics Mauritius, tourism revenue in 2016 will be 1.9 per cent higher than the previous forecast, after a surge in visitors during the first quarter.
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News: PromPerú to welcome World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony
Peruvian capital Lima is set to host the World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony for the second time. As Destination Partner for the event, PromPerú, the official tourism body of the Ministry of Foreign Trade & Tourism of Peru, will welcome industry leaders from across the continent to Swissôtel Lima on July 1st, 2016.
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News: Jamaica Travel Market set for debut in September
For the first time, the Jamaica Tourist Board will host the destination’s own tradeshow, Jamaica Travel Market, on the September 29th-30th at the Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa. The event will provide the ideal business-to-business platform for British tour operators and agents to meet with Jamaican suppliers and partners directly.
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News: Fred. Olsen reorganises internal support team
Following a restructure of its major account management team at the end of 2015, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has now expanded its internal support team, to enable it to deliver more comprehensive and focussed support to its travel trade partners. Becky Smith is promoted to the role of trade support manager, responsible for the day-to-day delivery of trade and account management support.
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News: Norwegian adds two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to fleet
Norwegian has signed an agreement to lease two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to be delivered in spring 2018. With this new agreement, the company’s long-haul fleet will consist of 42 Dreamliners by 2020. Norwegian also exercises eight of its 100 Boeing 737 MAX8 purchase options.
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News: Air Austral receives first Boeing Dreamliner
Boeing has delivered the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Air Austral. The newest addition to the Air Austral long-haul fleet will touch down at Roland Garros Airport in Saint-Marie, Reunion Island tomorrow following a 10,500-mile delivery flight originating from the Boeing Everett Delivery Centre in Everett, Washington.
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News: Delta Air Lines launches year-round Edinburgh-New York flight
Delta Air Lines will launch its new non-stop flight between Edinburgh and New York’s John F. Kennedy airports today, offering more onward connections and on-board amenities than any other airline serving this route. The new service extends Delta’s UK network into Scotland and will operate year-round, offering customers a choice of 60 onward connections throughout the US including popular destination such as Los Angeles, Orlando and San Francisco.
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News: China drives growth in UK visitor numbers
Records have been set in 2015 for inbound visits with strong growth from Britain’s major inbound markets including the US and Europe and double digit growth from newer markets China and the United Arab Emirates. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show stellar growth from China with visits up 46 per cent on 2014 to 270,000, and spend up 18 per cent to £586 million, moving China into the UK’s top ten most valuable inbound markets.
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News: Forte Village Resort to host World Spa Awards Gala Ceremony 2016
Forte Village Resort has been confirmed as the host of the upcoming World Spa Awards Gala Ceremony 2016. Set to take place on September 5th, the event will welcome hospitality leaders from around the world to the Sardinian resort. The announcement comes as the all-important voting window opens ahead of the Gala Ceremony.
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News: Avis launches ‘Untrending’ tool to get drivers off the beaten track
Avis Car Rental has launched Avis Untrending, an interactive tool that allows users to discover alternative locations a short drive from their chosen holiday destination. Designed to inspire travellers to explore new places, Avis Untrending offers recommendations based on Avis travel data and an ‘Untrending’ rating, which measures the number of hashtags on social media.
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News: Qatar Airways to offer Chang Mai, Thailand, flights from December
Qatar Airways has announced that it will expand its network to Chiang Mai in Thailand from December 16th. The airline will fly to Chiang Mai five times a week via Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, with an A330-200. The largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai will be the fourth city in the Asian country to be served by Qatar Airways, which currently flies to Bangkok and Phuket, and will commence flights to Krabi on December 6th.
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News: EVA Air to launch Chicago flights in November
Star Alliance member EVA Air has announced a brand new route, the third to be launched in 2016, further reinforcing its status as one of Asia’s most dynamic carriers. As of November 3rd, EVA Air will connect Taipei directly with Chicago on its latest-model, Wi-Fi equipped Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, making the ‘Windy City’ its eighth gateway into North America.
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News: HRS invests in The Lido Group of Australia
The global hotel solutions provider HRS has invested in the Australian company The Lido Group through a strategic partnership, thus continuing its global expansion. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Sydney, The Lido Group is a market-leading corporate and government accommodation aggregator and provider of integrated payment solutions.
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News: AC Hotels by Marriott to debut two UK properties
AC Hotels by Marriott has debuts in the UK this month with two new hotels in Birmingham City Centre and Manchester Salford Quays. The new hotels embody AC Hotels’ vision to create harmonious, modern and contemporary hospitality experiences for guests and its purposeful and timeless design is set to complement two of the most celebrated shopping and cultural destinations in the UK.
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News: Tianjin Airlines takes UK representation ahead of Gatwick launch
Ahead of the launch of its new service from the UK to China, expanding Chinese carrier Tianjin Airlines has appointed Rooster PR to run its UK press office and social media channels. Rooster will be responsible for launching Tianjin Airlines in the UK and driving awareness of the airline’s new twice-weekly Gatwick service through the development and implementation of strategic, proactive and creative PR campaigns.
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News: Norwegian launches low-cost flights to Las Vegas from Gatwick
Norwegian is continuing the expansion of its low-cost long-haul network by launching a new direct route to the bright lights of Las Vegas from London Gatwick. The twice weekly flights will launch from London Gatwick on October 31st, on the airline’s brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft which feature two cabins – premium and economy.
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