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St Regis announces second Dubai property
The St Regis Dubai - The Palm will open in the 52-storey Palm Tower in 2018

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British Airways sponsors i360 Observation Tower
Located in Brighton, the world's tallest moving observation tower will be named the British Airways i360

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Air Canada Rouge to fly Vancouver-Dublin
The three-times weekly service will operate on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays next summer

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Carlson Rezidor opens Radisson Blu in Nairobi
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill is located in the city's business district and is 20 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International airport

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'Free' third night with Dorchester Collection
The "3 Nights For The Price Of 2" offer is valid for stays at hotels in Europe and North America

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Hilton investigates credit card hack
The group has confirmed the theft of cardholder payment details and is urging customers to check their credit card statements

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IHG to open dual-branded Heathrow T4 hotels
The new-build development will contain Crowne Plaza London - Heathrow Terminal 4 and Holiday Inn Express London - Heathrow Terminal 4

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Lufthansa cabin crew strike called off
Members of the UFO union were due to walk out on Thursday and Friday

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Wow Air to fly to Bristol
From May 13, the Icelandic carrier will roster an A320 on to the three-times weekly route

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Cathay Pacific shuts Heathrow lounges until June
The carrier has closed its Terminal 3 lounges for refurbishment

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Air New Zealand to LA for £199 return
The airline has 100 seats available at the reduced price on its direct London Heathrow to Los Angeles service

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France to add security gates at Thalys stations
The gates will scan Thalys passengers and luggage at stations in Paris and Lille

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BA and Easyjet suspend Sharm el Sheikh flights until January
Leisure-based airlines Thomson, Thomas Cook and Monarch have also cancelled flights, until December 9, 10 and 19 respectively

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Etihad A380 makes US debut
The Gulf carrier has rostered the superjumbo on to its Abu Dhabi-New York route, with the first flight landing at JFK airport yesterday

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Frasers Hospitality comes to Switzerland
Fraser Suites Geneva will open in the city's Old Town area in mid-December

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Virgin Trains East Coast refurbishing entire fleet
The £21 million investment will see the group's 45 trains completely renovated, with the first entering service on December 14

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New Beijing airport to have seven runways
Once fully complete, the aviation hub will be capable of accommodating up to 100 million passengers annually

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Lufthansa cabin crew to strike again
The latest industrial action is scheduled for this Thursday and Friday

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Cathay to return to London Gatwick with A350?
The carrier is set to launch a sixth daily flight between Hong Kong and London with a flight to Gatwick - its first since 1993

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Marriott warns against calls offering free stays
Fraudsters are offering a complimentary stay at a Marriott hotel to entice customers to provide their personal information

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

Major airspace changes approved by the CAA making airline flights more efficient
. Announcement signals the first major development of the Future Airspace Strategy project to modernise UK airspace. . Change helps reduce aviation's environmental impact removing 30,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. . Aircraft flying to London City Airport will now fly over the Thames Estuary for significantly longer - reducing noise for many. . Aircraft departing from Stansted to the south east will climb higher, sooner - reducing fuel burn and CO2. Read More
Major airspace changes approved by the CAA making airline flights more efficient
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today approved a series of major airspace changes covering eastern and southern England, which will enable aircraft to fly more efficiently, help reduce the number of low-level flights and reduce the environmental impact of aviation. Read More
New reporting rules set to help improve aviation safety
. CAA welcomes new Europe-wide occurrence reporting regulation . Harmonised process will help identify safety risks more easily . 'Just Culture' to be cornerstone of new scheme . Ground handlers, maintenance engineers and private pilots amongst those bound by new rules The introduction of new European rules on the reporting of aviation safety incidents and occurrences will help to further improve safety levels in both the commercial and private sectors, the UK Civil Aviation Authority ( Read More
Process for testing small experimental aircraft made easier
New simple requirements from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for approving the initial flight testing of small experimental aircraft in the UK were launched today at a London conference on the subject. Read More
CAA decision on Gatwick Airport airspace departures review
Today the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced the conclusions of its review of the impact of a 2013 airspace change for departures from Gatwick Airport. Read More
New CAA web directory for special assistance information
Finding information about the special assistance services provided by airports has just become a little easier thanks to a new Civil Aviation Authority web directory. Read More
CAA publishes 60 day update on general aviation work
Significant progress continues to be made to make regulation of the UK's General Aviation (GA) sector more proportionate and evidence-based, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said today. Read More
CAA seeks to ease transition to new radios for light aircraft owners
A shortage of aviation radio frequencies across Europe means that most existing frequencies are being split to reduce the gap between them, allowing the introduction of more frequencies. As a result owners of general aviation aircraft will need to ensure that any radios fitted can transmit and receive on both 8.33kHz and 25kHz by 1 January 2018. To ease the transition the CAA is working on a number of initiatives to: Read More
New alternate syllabus for private pilot helicopter training
In the latest move to make the regulation of the UK's General Aviation (GA) sector more proportionate and evidence-based, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced today that two new training syllabus for private helicopter pilot training have been published. Read More
Pilot fined for entering controlled airspace around London Heathrow Airport
A helicopter pilot who illegally entered controlled airspace, causing disruption to flights at London Heathrow Airport, has been successfully prosecuted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Read More

News |

Iata downgrades long-term passenger growth forecast
Iata has downgraded its long-term passenger forecast by 400 million to 7 billion by 2034. Read More
Terrorism threat to tourism highlighted by Euromonitor research
Tourism will be the industry suffering the most in Tunisia as a result of repeated terrorist attacks, claims strategic market research firm Euromonitor International. Read More
Cuba and Cape Verde tipped as Sharm and Tunisia alternatives
All-inclusive destinations such as Cuba and Cape Verde have been tipped as being among next year’s alternatives to Sharm el-Sheikh and Tunisia where flights bans exist. Read More
Cruise lines reveal Black Friday price cuts
A four-day Black Friday offer is being introduced tomorrow by Princess Cruises. Read More
London Southend, Glasgow and Heathrow win AOA awards
Southend airport has been named as among the best in the UK. Read More
Travel and tourism sees growth despite challenges
The global travel and tourism sector is forecast to grow by 3.5% in 2015 despite the numerous challenges that have already occurred this year. Read More
Data reveals impact of Brussels 'lockdown'
Flight bookings to Brussels collapsed in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks and the subsequent security lockdown in the Belgian capital. Read More
Drunk passenger jailed after abusing Emirates crew
A passenger on an Emirates flight has been jailed for drunken abuse of a female cabin crew member. Read More
Autumn Statement prompts mixed reception from Abta
Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement has received a mixed reception from Abta Read More
British Airways open to Ryanair feeder flights
British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia are ready to work with Ryanair as a feeder carrier for their long-haul flights. Read More
Paris bookings halve as travel sales shrink by 15%
Travel agents suffered a 50% drop in passenger bookings to Paris amid a “dramatic” fall in flight bookings in the week following the massacre in the French capital on November 13. Read More
Opinion: How unity and resilience shone through the Paris horror
Gavin Tollman, chief executive of Trafalgar and chairman of The Travel Corporation in South Africa, offers a personal take on the terror that befell the French capital this month. Read More
Travel industry gears up for Black Friday
Travel companies were looking to capitalise on the hype around ‘Black Friday’ and discount shopping deals this week to generate extra business. Read More
Plane Stupid activists block Heathrow access tunnel
Anti-airport expansion protestors blocked the main access tunnel into the central are of Heathrow this morning. Read More
Abta expansion bid thwarted but election changes approved
ABTA’s bid to expand membership into foreign markets has been thwarted after members voted against a resolution at its General Meeting today. Read More

Destinations |

Turkey: Pause & play
Kick back or keep busy with a holiday to Turkey Read More
Turkey: Best of both
The Turkish province of Izmir ticks every holiday box, writes Tamara Hinson Read More
Grenada: Spice up your stay
Jeannine Williamson joins agents on a trip to get a feel for Grenada’s hotels Read More
Caribbean: 10 of the best family hotels
Book clients with kids into these and they’ll never want to come home, writes Jo Cooke Read More
All-inclusive: Cool runnings
Rebekah Commane finds her feet at Club Med’s new resort in the French Alps Read More
All-inclusive: 10 best dining
Enjoy some fine dining at these foodie hotels Read More
North Africa: Love is in the air
Ramp up the romance with a couples-only break to Egypt or Morocco Read More
Indian Ocean: Mauritius makes a splash
Karl Cushing visited Mauritius to discover that there’s more to the island than fly-and-flop holidays Read More
Escorted tours: Due North
Tamara Hinson joins a group tour for an adventure across the Arctic Circle by train in Norway Read More
Escorted tours: Tour & cruise combos
Get the best of both worlds with a two-in-one tour Read More
Latin America: Rail journeys
Keep your sales on track with these iconic train trips Read More
Latin America: Take it to the Mex
Never mind Cancun, it’s high time Mexico City nabbed some of the limelight, says Tamara Hinson Read More
The US: Summer sun
Idaho’s Sun Valley is best known as a ski resort but has plenty to offer in milder seasons too, Jenni Doggett discovers Read More
The US: Root maps
Find out how to plan an itinerary in Washington State’s national parks with Jeannine Williamson’s guide Read More
LA three ways: Walk, tour, cycle
Encourage clients to ditch the motor and discover a different side of the City of Angels, says Ella Buchan Read More

Advice |

Readers' lives: Lyndsey Hale
Wales agency Travellers World last year became one of 100 Bourne Leisure Super Experts. Since January, the agency’s sales of Bourne’s UK resorts have risen 55%. Here, business partner Lyndsey Hale explains how her agency is enjoying its new status Read More
Readers' lives: Michael Larkin
Michael Larkin was one of eight ex-Phileas Fogg Travel staff who joined forces to create call centre agency 2Bookaholiday in 2005. A decade on, six of the eight are still there, and the business employs a further 12 staff and turns over £14 million. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Phil Hindle
Midcounties Co-operative Travel personal travel agent Phil Hindle jumped at the chance to enjoy a Cover Star makeover in Boston – if only to get his wife off his back about not having had his hair styled and living in black jeans for the past 20 years Read More
Readers' lives: Oliver Hammerer
After years in the cruise business, Oliver, along with his wife Becky, spotted a gap in the market and set up a website to sell family-friendly cruises that sail during the school holidays. Read More
Readers' lives: Ashleigh Ellis
Former Travel Weekly Cover Star Ashleigh Ellis woke up one day to find her young son with a soaring temperature and his skin peeling off. A few days later, he was given a 25% chance of survival. Here, she reflects on her family’s traumatic experience Read More
Readers' Lives: Emma Casburn
Emma's love of travel prompted her to open an agency. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Roseanne Gage
As a fan of John F Kennedy, Roseanne Gage’s Travel Weekly Cover Stars trip to Massachusetts, her first to the US, could not have been more apt. Read More
Readers' Lives: Susan Tooke
Susan balances playing pro sports and running a business Read More
Readers' Lives: Scott Pawley
Scott Pawley’s travel management company scooped this year’s Advantage Travel Partnership corporate member of the year award. Read More
Readers' Lives: Rita Connor
Keen charity fundraiser Rita helps donate to a local holiday charity. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Danielle Rowley
Danielle overcame a dislike of being photographed to enter Cover Stars. Read More
Readers' Lives: Alison Shaw
Alison Shaw was named leisure manager of the year at the Travel Weekly Agent Achievement Awards 2015. Read More
Readers' Lives: Ian Barrie
Taking Glacius Travel from garden shed to ski retailer. Read More
Readers' Lives: Sam Cassem
Taking a risk to start an agency proved the right decision for Sam. Read More
Readers' Lives: Sarah-Nova Pattison
Home-based agent to be first in The Cruise Village's Scotland division. Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: P&O Cruises Australia welcomes two new ships to fleet
P&O Cruises Australia has introduced its two latest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, expanding Australia’s largest year-round fleet to five cruise ships. With the addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, P&O Cruises Australia now has five ships cruising year-round from eight homeports in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
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News: Boeing signs latest 737 order with BOC Aviation
Boeing and BOC Aviation, announced an order for 22 737 airplanes, building on the leasing company’s existing order book to fulfil customer demand. The order consists of 11 Next-Generation 737-800s and 11 737 MAX 8 airplanes. “This order demonstrates our continued confidence in the Next Generation 737 aircraft for its proven high performance, reliability and asset value,” said Robert Martin, managing director and chief executive officer of BOC Aviation.
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News: Lufthansa eases group booking with new portal
Travel agents and tour operators in the UK & Ireland will find it much easier to book travel groups thanks to Lufthansa’s new online tool “Book a Group”. This new portal allows the registered IATA agency to find suitable flights, request availability and prices, book with instant confirmation, and what’s more, to change and manage existing bookings.
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News: O’Connell takes over wellness leadership at Rosewood
Hong Kong-based Rosewood Hotel Group has strengthened its executive team with the appointment of Niamh O’Connell to the newly created position of group vice president of wellness development. In her role, O’Connell will lead and supervise the strategic, global development of spa, wellness and recreation operations for the group’s existing hotels and new projects.
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News: St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort recognised by World Golf Awards
The world-class facilities for golfers travelling to Abu Dhabi were recognised at the recent World Golf Awards ceremony, where the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi was named the World’s Best Golf Hotel. Voted for by golfers from across the globe, the accolade was announced as part of the second annual World Golf Awards ceremony held in the Algarve and placed the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort above other high-profile venues thanks to the unrivalled experience it offers golfers.
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News: British Airways to sponsor moving observation tower in Brighton
The world’s tallest moving observation tower, currently being built on Brighton seafront, was today named British Airways i360. The airline has signed a five-year deal, which includes full naming rights, with the developers of the Brighton beach attraction which has been conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects.
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News: Neuschwansteiner welcomes F1 guests to Abu Dhabi with exclusive exhibition
As guests arrive in Abu Dhabi ahead of the Formula 1 season, Neuschwansteiner has welcome them to the emirate with an exclusive photographic exhibition courtesy of Sutton Images. The show, presenting images from one of the world’s leading motorsports agencies, was complemented by the gourmet cuisine of Star-chef Michael Caines.
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News: Goldcar launches operations in Croatian hospitality market
Goldcar has announced its entry in the Croatian market through the launch of its new offices at Zagreb airport, Dubrovnik and Split. In addition to these locations, Goldcar has also opened a new office in Greece (Thessaloniki), thereby reinforcing its commitment to the Greek market, where there are already four existing rental points in Athens, Rhodes, Chania and Heraklion.
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News: Ritz-Carlton reveals plans for two new resorts
Ritz-Carlton has signed an agreement for the development of two new hotels in Asia Pacific, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui on the naturally beautiful island resort of Thailand and a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Niseko Village set at the base of Mount Niseko-Annupuri, the Japanese ski haven. Niseko is home to the largest ski resort in Japan, and is known internationally for being one of the world’s leading ski destinations.
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News: Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort launches Treasure Hunt
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, hailed as Morocco and Africa’s Leading MICE Hotel at the 2015 World Travel Awards, has unveiled its new ‘Mazagan Treasure Hunt’, offering team-building exercises at the resort as well as in the nearby town of El Jadida, and its UNESCO protected Portuguese fort. Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort is the ideal setting for a team building activity with a competitive edge.
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News: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises launches virtual reality app
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is bringing the reality of its luxurious ships to life with the launch of its very first virtual reality app. The S.S. Maria Theresa, Uniworld’s flagship masterpiece, is showcased in marvellous 360-degree views via the revolutionary app technology.
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News: Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony
World Travel Awards has revealed Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania, has been selected to host the Africa & India Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016. Set to take place on Saturday, April 9th, 2016, the dazzling red-carpet ceremony will welcome hospitality leaders and luminaries from across the regions.
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News: Latest strikes called off at Lufthansa
The Independent Flight Attendant’s Organisation has agreed to call off the strikes announced for Thursday, Friday and next Monday after progress was made in talks with Lufthansa management. UFO agrees to forgo strikes until at least the December 2nd, where an employment summit will take place.
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News: Carnival Corporation launches $1bn share buy back
Carnival Corporation has announced that it has initiated repurchasing stock under its currently authorised $1 billion share repurchase program. The company began repurchasing shares during its third fiscal quarter of 2015, has continued repurchasing shares during its fourth fiscal quarter of 2015 and intends to enter into a 10B-5 program to repurchase stock during its regularly scheduled close periods.
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News: Travelport launches Eurostar seat map
Travelport has today announced the launch of a new enhanced app for booking Eurostar seats, called Travelport Seat Map App for 9F. As Eurostar prepares to launch a new fleet of state-of-the-art trains between London, Paris and Brussels, Travelport has enhanced its app ready to make seat bookings even quicker and easier for UK travel agents.
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News: Four Seasons launches new app for Chinese travellers
Four Seasons has launched a dedicated App entirely in Simplified Chinese that has been uniquely designed to suit the preferred user experience of Chinese travellers. Similar to the global Four Seasons App launched earlier this year, the new Four Seasons Chinese App offers on-the-go access to hotel services and expert concierge recommendations, with a culturally intuitive look and interface, tailored to Chinese guests.
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News: Steigenberger Hotels moves into Dubai with Business Bay property
Leading German hospitality company, Steigenberger Hotel Group has opened its first property in the United Arab Emirates - the five-star, waterfront Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay in Dubai. The flagship Steigenberger Dubai is right at the heart of the city close to the iconic Burj Khalifa - the world’s tallest tower and the Dubai Mall in the cosmopolitan Downtown neighbourhood.
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News: Meliá Hotels refocuses efforts on Madrid
Meliá Hotels International has refocused its sights on Madrid with a major investment in the luxury hotel market, which now boasts 23 properties in the city. Meliá Hotels International is renovating the old Ambassador Hotel, a prominent feature on the Madrid-Velázquez walking tour, which will open in early 2016 as the new five-star Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques.
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News: Fairmont St Andrews set for £10m refurbishment programme
Fairmont St Andrews will undertake a multi-million pound interior refurbishment programme over the next 18 months to further elevate its prestigious facilities. The capital investment will mean stunning new interiors for all of the public areas as well as all bathrooms and suites.
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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel
Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel, the largest ocean ecological theme hotel in China, was built with the corporation of the world’s leading architects, interior and landscape designers, together with a total construction area of 300,000 square meters occupied. As the property is nominated for the title of World’s Leading Themed Hotel at the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News here takes a tour.
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