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IAG ups profit guidance as performance improves
BA parent reports operating profit of €900 million 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
Malaysia Airlines sued by MH370 passenger's family
A family is suing Malaysia Airlines as well as the country’s government following the disappearance of flight MH370 Read More
Anti APD campaign focuses on tax's 20th anniversary
Travellers in and out of the UK have paid £27.035 billion in Air Passenger Duty (APD) since its introduction 20 years ago. Read More
Walsh blasts ‘out of control’ APD
International Airlines Group boss takes another swipe at tax as it reaches its twentieth birthday Read More
Flybe pilot arrested over drink concerns
A Flybe pilot was removed from his plane shortly before take off and arrested on suspicion of being over the drink-drive limit. Read More
Ryanair to appeal French court decision
Ryanair has said it will appeal a decision by a French court ordering it to pay €8.1million in damages and €200,000 in fines Read More
Lan and Tam to target European passengers with new campaign
South American airline group launches campaign in five key markets, including UK Read More
United to offer first transatlantic flights from Newcastle
Airline will offer seasonal five-times-weekly service to New York in 2015 Read More
Flybe 'in talks' with European carriers to take over regional operations
Airline boss says further “white label” deals likely in coming years Read More
Thomson Airways could face strike action
Flights could be disrupted in the run-up to Christmas if union workers vote for walkout Read More
Alitalia to lay off nearly 1,000 employees
Italy’s largest airline Alitalia has announced plans to lay off nearly 1,000 employees, according to reports Read More
Heathrow 'our ideal first choice', says Branson
Richard Branson has reaffirmed his backing for Heathrow as the best place to build a new runway in the UK Read More
Monarch completes sale of group to Greybull Capital
Deal with private equity firm finalised within hours of CAA’s deadline 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 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
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

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Hilton to open Garden Inn hotel at Heathrow
Formerly the Jurys Inn London Heathrow Hotel, the rebranded Hilton Garden Inn at Heathrow Airport is scheduled to open on December 10

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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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Emirates A380: What you need to know
The Gulf carrier has 53 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 wifi for all Marriott Rewards members
From January 2015, complimentary wireless internet access will be available to all Marriott Rewards members across more than 3,800 hotels

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Lufthansa to start postponed Delhi A380 service next week
The German airline had been scheduled to begin operating its superjumbo between Frankfurt and Delhi on October 26

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American adds second daily Heathrow-LAX service
The US carrier will begin operating the new flight with a three-class B777-300ER, with 60 fully-flat seats in first and business class, in March

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Room Mate launches apartment rental
The online brand aims to provide private apartments with hotel services, such as a 24-hour concierge

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Marriott to open second Scotland Courtyard
The 240-room Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh Hotel will join the Courtyard by Marriott Aberdeen Airport, which opened last year

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BA to fly twice daily to Bilbao
British Airways will operate A319 and A320 aircraft between London Heathrow T1 and Bilbao from March 29

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Qatar cancels second Heathrow A380 service
The Gulf carrier was scheduled to add a second A380 onto its LHR route on December 1, but this aircraft will now fly to Bangkok from that date

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Park Hotel Group to move into Indonesia and Thailand
One hotel will be a rebranded property in Bali, set to open in early 2015, while the other, in Thailand, is scheduled for the first half of next year

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Jason Wordie looks back at yesterday"s travel. This month, it's 1998 and the closure of Hong Kong Kai Tak airport

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Featherweight champions
Steve Dinneen referees a knock-out tournament between the latest tablet computers to hit the market

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

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Business Traveller online auction
Our annual charity auction kicks off on November 3 in aid of the Prince"s Trust

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Ghost story
Tom Otley experiences the spirit of ecstasy as he takes a Rolls on the road

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Taste: Porto
A trip to historic Porto will have you looking at its most famous export in a new light, says Annie Harris

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Relics and ruins
Once famous for its diamond mines, Hyderabad"s trove of ancient sites makes it an Indian treasure, finds Tom Otley

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Red city retreat
Jenny Southan finds a luxury cultural hideaway in the Moroccan desert, complete with micro farm, artists in residence and championship boxer

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

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Joined up thinking
Beijing is set to expand hugely by absorbing its neighbours to become a 130 million-person megacity. Oscar Holland examines the plan's logic

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Big hitter
Is Chicago the new Silicon Valley? Jenny Southan investigates why tech start-ups are striking it rich in the Windy City

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Passage to Asia
A good location and top-quality facilities make Helsinki airport a winning option for Asia-bound flyers, says Tom Otley

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Qatar Airways A380 business class
Hamburg - Doha

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Data zone
Helping you make the right travel decisions. This month: Airport wifi cost in the UK and Europe

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

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
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

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UK government issues global travel terror warning
The UK government has issued a general travel warning about increased threat of terrorism. Read More
Ibiza Rocks Group to run first Croatia festival
The Ibiza Rocks Group is to run its first festival in Croatia next summer. Read More
Royal Caribbean boss hails UK bookings as Quantum arrives
Royal Caribbean Cruises has seen a “tremendous” rise in consumer confidence with strong bookings from the UK for the company’s new ships. Read More
Jet2 and Thomson compensation appeals turned down by Supreme Court
The legal firm pursuing flight delay compensation says it will push ahead with thousands of outstanding claims after Jet2 and Thomson Airways were denied permission to appeal High Court rulings. Read More
Strong summer prompts IAG to raise forecast
British Airways parent company International Airlines Group raised its full year profit forecast today following a strong summer. Read More
Analysis: First Rate Holiday Confidence index bodes well for travel
Rising consumer confidence is reflected in a heightened willingness to book overseas holidays in the coming year. Ian Taylor reports on the latest First Rate Holiday Confidence Index Read More
Thomas Cook loses appeal in disability discrimination case
Disabled passengers should be given a seat by airlines when waiting for flights, the Court of Appeal has ruled as it upheld damages for an arthritis sufferer. Read More
Air Passenger Duty will raise £3.2 billion in 2014/15
The government will gain around £3.2 billion from Air Passenger Duty in 2014/15. Read More
Cardiff airport seeks more airlines to arrest decline
New Cardiff airport boss Debra Barber has pledged to attract more airlines in an effort to reverse declining passenger numbers. Read More
Comment: Agents are vital to Monarch's future
The last time a major leisure airline collapsed in the UK, chaos ensued and tears were shed, not least by the man at the helm, Phil Wyatt, during a press conference. Read More
Cahill to retire from Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Line’s chief executive, Gerry Cahill, is retiring after 20 years of service. Read More
Norwegian delivers 25th consecutive quarter of earnings growth
Norwegian Cruise Line delivered its 25th consecutive quarter of profit growth in the peak summer period. Read More
Jeremy Paxman to speak at 2015 Advantage conference
Ex-Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman is to speak at next year’s Advantage conference in Turkey. Read More
Dutch student accommodation firm targets UK cities
A Dutch student accommodation operator backed by US private equity is targeting Brighton, Edinburgh and London after securing €150 million (£118m). Read More
Celebrity introduces combined ocean and river cruise packages
Ocean and river cruising are being combined in a new set of European holiday packages created by Celebrity Cruises. Read More

Destinations |

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
Around WTM: Stand to attention
Take a virtual tour of World Travel Market with Katie McGonagle’s look at what to expect on the stands. Read More
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

Advice |

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
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
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Preferred Hotel Group partners with Skyscanner
Preferred Hotel Group is launching a new partnership with Skyscanner. The move is designed to drive greater consumer awareness of the Preferred Hotel Group brand, while increasing bookings and reducing the costs of customer acquisition for its 650 member hotels and resorts worldwide.
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News: Sandals’ Red Lane Spa plans new product line
Patrick Huey, the recently appointed corporate spa director for Red Lane Spa, is planning to unveil a new all-natural product line in 2015 representing each of the five islands in which Sandals Resorts properties reside through indigenous scents, aromas and ingredients.
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News: Hamad International Airport reports increase in traffic
Hamad International Airport has revealed an increase in its monthly passenger statistics compared to those at Doha International Airport.
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News: World’s tallest Holiday Inn hotel opens its doors
The new 492-room Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District hotel has opened its doors the heart of New York City’s downtown business centre,  standing more than 453 feet tall. The new-build hotel is owned by Golden Seahorse and managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts.
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News: Gleneagles Hotel appoints new MD
The Gleneagles Hotel is appointing a new Managing Director, as the resort celebrates its 90th year and reflects on the success of September’s Ryder Cup. Patrick Elsmie will be succeeded as Managing Director by Bernard Murphy, the current General Manager.
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News: Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash kills one pilot
At least one person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed in the California desert, according to reports.
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Focus: London tops the list as the most expensive city in Europe
The cost of living in a European city will vary depending on where you want to be based. The new interactive tool from On Stride shows that Istanbul in Turkey is one of the cheapest cities to live in, whilst Reykjavik is one of the most expensive.
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News: ibis Styles London Kensington opens to guests
Influenced by the renowned culture, science, art and music scene of its top location, ibis Styles London Kensington has opened its doors, taking guests on a fun and quirky educational tour even while they are inside the hotel. Each ibis Styles hotel boasts its own distinctive design, great location and ‘all-inclusive’ offer at a great price with loads of little extras and this beautiful hotel is no different.
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News: Monarch Airlines completes £3.2bn Boeing order
Monarch Airlines today announced the confirmation of a narrow body fleet order with Boeing for a new generation fleet of 30 737 MAX 8s, worth more than $3.2 billion at current list prices. The order, originally announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, includes options for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s and marks the beginning of Monarch’s transition to an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet.
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News: International Airlines Group sees profits increase as Iberia continues recovery
International Airlines Group has upgraded its profit forecast after it reported a 30 per cent rise in third quarter profits. Operating profits at IAG - which owns both Iberia and British Airways - rose to €900 million in the three months to September 30th, up from €690m a year ago.
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News: Preferred Hotel Group links with Skyscanner for content deal
Preferred Hotel Group, a global provider of sales, marketing, and distribution services to independent hotels, today unveiled the latest development in its aggressive distribution model by launching a new partnership with Skyscanner. The move is designed to drive greater consumer awareness of the Preferred Hotel Group brand, while increasing bookings and reducing the costs of customer acquisition for its 650 member hotels and resorts worldwide.
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News: Philippines recruits Hills Balfour for UK tourism push
The Philippines Department of Tourism has appointed leading travel and tourism public relations and marketing agency, Hills Balfour, to spearhead their new social and digital media campaign in the UK. The partnership has been signed not only to further the tourism board’s digital presence in this territory, but to also increase positive awareness of the destination in the social media sphere.
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News: British Airways launches fresh assault on Air Passenger Duty
One of Britain’s fastest-growing taxes is 20 years old this week. Relentless rises in Air Passenger Duty mean that a family of four flying to a destination outside Europe will soon pay £284 in tax, compared with just £40 when the levy was introduced on November 1st, 1994. That seven-fold increase in APD has taken place while inflation has not even doubled over the same period.
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News: Hilton signs on for new Santa Marta, Colombia, property
Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of a management agreement with Fideicomiso Santa Marta Hotel to operate a new build Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in the Caribbean port city of Santa Marta, Colombia. Scheduled to open in 2017, this new Hilton Santa Marta hotel represents the company’s 14th hotel project in Colombia including its portfolio of seven existing operating hotels and seven currently under development.
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News: Virgin Atlantic launches first airline pilot career programme
In a first for the airline, Virgin Atlantic has today announced its airline pilot career programme - The Virgin Atlantic Future Flyers Programme - offering potential pilots the chance to join the airline with no previous flying experience. The programme, run in partnership with CTC Aviation, is the only one in Europe that sees new recruits training on long-haul aircraft once they receive their license.
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News: DFDS Seaways commits to Newhaven-Dieppe ferry service
DFDS Seaways and the Syndicat Mixte de Promotion de L’Activité Transmanche, which is responsible for the promotion of cross Channel activities for the Seine-Maritime region, have reached an agreement in principle to extend DFDS Seaways’ operation and marketing of the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry service for an additional year. The agreement was reached between Nicolas Rouly, chairman of the General Council of Seine-Maritime and the SMPAT and Peder Gellert Pedersen, chairman of DFDS Seaways France and underlines the importance of the cross Channel ferry service to the tourism industry in the Seine-Maritime region of Normandy.
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News: American Airlines to boosts London-Los Angeles services
American Airlines passengers can look forward to increased daily, direct services between London Heathrow Airport and Los Angeles International Airport when the world’s largest airline adds a new flight between the two cities beginning in March 2015. The new flight will be operated with the latest addition to American’s international fleet, the state-of-the-art, three-class Boeing 777-300ER.
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News: Dropping the pilot: Cahill steps down at Carnival Cruise Lines
Gerry Cahill, president and chief executive of Carnival Cruise Lines, has announced that he is retiring, effective November 30th, after 20 years of service. Cahill, 63, has been chief executive of Carnival Corporation’s largest cruise brand since 2007, growing the cruise line to 24 ships – the largest in the company’s fleet—during his tenure.
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Focus: Student Summer Break – how to get more for your money
Going away with your friends for a summer break is awesome. You make memories, have great experiences and enjoy your freedom while you have it. The thing is, if you’re a student, you probably don’t have a whole lot of cash behind you and that student loan can run out really fast, especially when you have a load of books to buy at the start of the year, and the lump sum can make it incredibly easy to splurge on nights out. So how can you have the best holiday for the least amount of cash?
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News: Ecuador receives record visitor numbers following WTA success
Ecuador is proving to be a very popular destination in 2014, with the South American country receiving over a million international arrivals in the first eight months of the year. Specifically, 1,009,665 foreign tourists have visited the Andean so far this year, representing an increase of 14 per cent over last year.
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