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Historic Liverpool bank to become luxury hotel
Martin"s Bank building was the hiding place for much of the country"s gold reserves during the Second World War

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Win a two-night stay at Edinburgh's Old Town Chambers
This month we're giving away a stay in one of Old Town Chamber's five-star signature apartments in the heart of Edinburgh

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Analysis: Why rebranding is the name of the game for hotels
David Churchill looks at the wave of brand conversions sweeping the industry

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Iberia offers 25 per cent off fares for two
The discount applies to European fares purchased by February 14 for travel between April 5 and June 16, when two passengers travel together

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Emaar launches loyalty programme
The new scheme allows members to earn points and redeem benefits with Emaar brands including The Address Hotels and Resorts

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Ryanair to launch Stansted-Hamburg route
The twice-daily service will launch in November, and the carrier has also announced flights from Manchester to Berlin, Hamburg and Nuremberg

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The big picture: Faces of Swiss B777-300ER
The carrier"s first B777-300ER aircraft depicts images of 2,500 employees worldwide

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Emirates to add sixth daily Heathrow-Dubai service
The new frequency will start on March 27, initially using a B777-300ER aircraft before being upgraded to the superjumbo

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Tried and Tested: Nubia Z9 smartphone
Business Traveller Asia-Pacific puts the new Chinese model through its paces

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Alitalia to launch Rome-Mexico City route
The new non-stop service will operate three times per week using a three-class B777 aircraft

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Indian Railways plans to hike fares
The railway ministry may increase ticket fares by as much as 10 per cent

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Gatwick moves airline reshuffle to early 2017
British Airways, Easyjet and Virgin had been due to switch terminals in November, but this will now happen on January 25, 2017

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Conrad Dublin begins refurbishment
The €8 million renovation project will see guest rooms redesigned, and the hotel"s lobby, restaurant and bar revamped

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IHG to open dual-branded property on Heathrow"s Bath Rd
The Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suite development is the second IHG dual-branded property to be announced at Heathrow in recent months

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Star Alliance launches free Heathrow Express upgrades for Gold cardholders
The on-going offer is valid for all Gold cardholders purchasing full fare single or return fares on the express rail service

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Indigo to expand operations
The budget airline will launch new international and domestic flights

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BA and Vueling further expand codeshares
More than 24 new routes added from Summer 2016 including Manchester to Rome

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Changi handled 3.4 million passengers from India last year
India represented the seventh largest market for the Singapore airport in 2015

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Four Seasons opens hotel in Casablanca
Four Seasons has opened a Foster and Partners-designed hotel in the Moroccan city of Casablanca

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Hilton Bankside showcases events space
New property with ballroom able to host 600 for dinner

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Travel Weekly

Incorvaja appointed manager of Malta's Le Meridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa
Former head of Malta’s Tourism Authority Alex Incorvaja has been appointed as the new general manager of Le Méridien St Julians Hotel & Spa. Read More
Delta staff cash in with $1.5 billion profit share
The largest payout in the history of corporate profit sharing in the US has been made by Delta Air Lines as 80,000 staff received their portion of $1.5 billion. Read More
American Airlines reveals Uber airport transfers tie-up
American Airlines is linking up with ride sharing giant Uber to provide airport transfers in the US. Read More
Boeing shares drop 12% after reports of accounting probe
Reports that Boeing is being investigating by US authorities over its accounting processes for two of biggest aircraft wiped almost $8 billion off the company’s market value. Read More
Heathrow criticised by rail regulator over Crossrail levy
Heathrow faces criticism from the rail regulator over plans to make Crossrail trains pay a huge levy to use track that the airport owns. Read More
Senior Tory backs demand to halt APD devolution
A former member of David Cameron's cabinet called for a halt to the devolution of Air Passenger Duty (APD) to Wales today as Bristol Airport released figures demonstrating the damaging impact this could have on the economy of southwest England. Read More
Scottish government extends timetable for 50% cut in APD
Scottish tourism minister Fergus Ewing repeated the Scottish government's pledge to cut Air Passenger Duty (APD) by 50% to the UKinbound conference in Aviemore yesterday. Read More
Lufthansa boss vows to make airline 'fit for growth'
The boss of Lufthansa has outlined his desire to make the carrier “fit for growth” again following two years of industrial action. Read More
Stelios revolts over reappointment of easyJet directors
EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou refused to support any of the airline board’s resolutions at its annual meeting yesterday. Read More
Special Report: unveils ranges of 'added-value' packages
Online specialist hosted cruise line bosses at its 10th annual sales conference. Hollie-Rae Merrick and Lucy Huxley report from Villars, Switzerland. Read More makes £20k pay pledge
Online agent has increased salaries to offer its homeworkers a minimum of £20,000 plus benefits as it looks to grow its UK business. Read More
Theme revealed for Abta Travel Matters conference in London
‘Confidence in a changing world’ is the theme for this year’s annual Abta Travel Matters conference to be held in London on June 22. Read More
UKinbound reveals 'overwhelming support' for Britain to remain in the EU
Inbound travel association UKinbound has come out decisively in favour of Britain remaining in the UK following a poll of members. Read More
Tipto reports 'exceptional' start to 2016
The Truly Independent Professional Travel Organisation (Tipto) has enjoyed a record start to its 17th year, with 450 agents attending nine events. Read More
International passenger growth powers Edinburgh airport January figures
Growing numbers of international travellers helped push the level of passengers using Edinburgh airport up by more than 11% in January. Read More
MAG airports report strong January
The four airports which make up the Manchester Airports Group have reported a strong start to 2016. Read More
DFDS reintroduces first of two SeaFrance ferries on Calais route
The first of two former MyFerryLink and SeaFrance ferries has entered service for DFDS on the Dover-Calais route. Read More
Big Interview: Changing regulatory landscape leaves questions to be answered
Richard Jackson stepped down as CAA head of consumer protection at the end of January. He spoke to Ian Taylor about his years as an industry regulator Read More
Staff retention problems 'cost sector £270m'
High staff turnover in tourism and hospitality is costing the sector £270 million a year. Read More
Heathrow pushes case for expansion after record January
Heathrow renewed its case for expansion as the airport reported a record 5.5 million passengers handled in January. Read More

Travel Weekly

Costa Rica: Three ways
This tiny country crams in attractions for every type of holidaymaker, says Ella Buchan Read More
Latin America: By season
Don’t get confused by Latin America’s topsy-turvy seasons Read More
Family holidays: Get ogre-excited
Thrill the kids with a visit to Shrek’s Adventure in London Read More
Family holidays: Switch it up
Why stick to what you know when you could go somewhere new? Read More
Waterparks: Save, spend, splurge
Splashing about doesn’t have to mean splashing out Read More
Cycling 3 ways: Easy, moderate, challenging
From painless pedalling to serious chain gangs, cycling trips can suit all sorts Read More
All-inclusive: The quiet life
All-inclusive stays are starting to make their mark in Asia Read More
All-inclusive holidays: Seasons
Enjoy a hassle-free holiday at any time of year Read More
Ski: Cool runnings
Amie Keeley joins an agent learn-to-ski fam to Tignes with Inghams Read More
Advertorial: Russe, Ivanovo and Borovo - a memory of the future
Innovation, cultural traditions, free spirit – those are three labels which shape the business card of the Bulgarian town of Russe. Read More
Turkey: Life in colour
Spice up a Turkey break with a foodie focus Read More
Turkey: Out of the blue
Oludeniz and Fethiye make ideal bedfellows for Turkish travellers Read More
Canada: 48 hours in Victoria
Nikki Bayley champions the charms of British Columbia’s capital Read More
Canada: 10 of the best spas
Nikki Bayley selects the pick of the pampering crop in Canada Read More
Croatia: Beyond Dubrovnik
Mary Novakovich discovers other pearls of the Adriatic along the Croatian riviera Read More
The US: 48 hours in New Orleans
Discover culture, nightlife and history as varied and satisfying as the food in the Big Easy, says Ella Buchan Read More
California: National parks
As the US National Park Service celebrates its centenary, Anna Hart explores California’s big six national parks Read More
Spain: Viva Galicia
Annie Bennett finds Spanish flavour in the O Salnés region in the country’s northwest Read More
Spain & Portugal: Family hotels
Check out these Iberian hotspots for kids Read More
Cruise: Treasure Island
Fresh from a refit, Island Princess is ready to take on the world Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Jumeirah partners with Emirates
Jumeirah Group has launched an exclusive offer providing Emirates Skywards members up to 30% off the Jumeirah Flavours Rate at participating Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts in Dubai.
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News: Star Alliance launches Heathrow Express upgrades for Gold members
Star Alliance has launched a new benefit for its Gold members – free upgrades on the Heathrow Express.
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News: Ryanair to launch Stansted-Hamburg route
Ryanair is launching a new route from London Stansted to Hamburg (Ryanair’s newest base), which will operate twice daily from the start of November, as part of its winter 2016 schedule.
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News: EVEN Hotels expands in US
The EVEN Hotels brand is set to grow, with signings in Pittsburgh, Houston and Eugene, Ore. EVEN Hotels now has three open properties, including the 150-room, new-build flagship EVEN Hotels New York-Times Square South hotel.
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News: IHG plans dual-branded property near Heathrow
InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a dual branded hotel development near Heathrow Airport, London. The two hotels Holiday Inn London - Heathrow Bath Road and Staybridge Suites London - Heathrow Bath Road will operate under a franchise agreement with Bathroad Corp Sarl.
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News: Ras Al Khaimah sees visitor numbers surge
The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has announced a 12.4 per cent increase in total revenue this year, driven by an increase in total visitors to reach 740,383 in 2015. The news further expands Ras Al Khaimah’s position as a premier tourism destination for a genuine Arabian experience.
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News: easyJet to launch new route to Zakynthos, Greece
easyJet has announced it will launch a new route to Zakynthos from London Stansted Airport. On sale today it will operate weekly throughout the summer with the first flights commencing on May 28th, 2016. The route is expected to be popular among leisure passengers and the airline is expected to fly 5400 passengers between the destinations annually.
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News: Pande takes up consultancy role with Burj Al Arab
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has appointed Seema Pande in a consultancy capacity as director of sales at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Pande joins from The Address Hotels & Resorts where she was group director of sales and marketing for Emaar Hospitality Group overseeing The Address Hotels + Resorts, Armani Hotels and Resorts and Vida Hotels.
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News: American Airlines links with Uber for door-to-door service
American Airlines is partnering with Uber to create a door-to-door streamlined service to help customers get from home or work to the airport and back The companies will work together to provide customers faster service, better airport navigation, rider promotions and mileage promotions.
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News: UK tourism body emphasis industry support for EU
UKinbound has revealed that 82 per cent of its members believe that staying in the EU is important to their business. The organisation is one of the leading trade associations, representing 350 members of the travel and tourism industry in Britain. The announcement, made at UKinbound’s Annual Convention, follows prime minister David Cameron’s recent request to the business community to share their views on EU membership.
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News: MAG Airports sees passenger growth across portfolio
MAG Airports – owner of Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports – had reported record passenger numbers in 2015. Continued growth into the New Year was driven by both the popularity of new winter destinations and fuller planes on established favourite routes.
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News: InterContinental signs dual branded Heathrow Airport property
InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the signing of a dual branded hotel development near Heathrow Airport, London. The two hotels Holiday Inn London - Heathrow Bath Road and Staybridge Suites London - Heathrow Bath Road will operate under a franchise agreement with Bathroad Corp Sarl.
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News: Private bidders losing interest in UK rail franchises
Taxpayers in the United Kingdom could end up footing the bill for rail services as private sector firms spurn the opportunity to run services, an influential committee has warned. Members of the committee of public accounts argued a lack of competition between companies bidding to operate routes could mean the government struggles to get value for money.
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News: Airbus delivers first Airbus A320neo to Lufthansa
Lufthansa, together with Airbus and the Pratt & Whitney engine manufacturer, is celebrating the delivery of the world’s first Airbus A320neo. Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa chairman, Airbus president Fabrice Brégier and the president of Pratt & Whitney, Robert Leduc, invited 700 guests and media representatives to the official delivery at Hamburg-Finkenwerder.
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News: AirIT conference to welcome Montgomery as keynote speaker
AirIT has announced that Bob Montgomery, vice president of airport affairs for Southwest Airlines, will be the keynote speaker at its 18th Annual User Conference & Symposium. The event will be held in Las Vegas, April 25th-27th, 2016. Montgomery has been with Southwest since 1977, and has held a number of positions in the Operating and Finance Departments prior to filling the properties and facilities and airport affairs role.
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News: Ed Leigh appointed as Verbier ambassador
Verbier has announced the appointment of Ed Leigh as its new resort ambassador. Widely respected as one of the premiere winter sports and off-piste ski resorts in the world, Verbier offers 191 runs of varying difficulties and is no stranger to playing host to some of the biggest names in skiing and culture.
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News: GoldenEye, Jamaica, to welcome new luxurious beach huts
April 2016 will see the vision of Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell, take one step further with the completion of 26 new beach huts on the luxurious Jamaican resort of GoldenEye. Designed by Jamaican architect Ann Hodges, the 26 freestanding one or two bedroom beach huts seamlessly merge outdoor and indoor living.
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News: Brighton & Hove Albion to welcome new Aloft hotel
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has entered into a franchise agreement with Brighton & Hove Albion to open a new Aloft hotel in the popular southern England coastal city. The 150-room Aloft Brighton, which is due to open in September 2017, will expand the brand’s growing footprint to four hotels in the UK, including two in London (Aloft London Tobacco Dock opens 2018), one in Liverpool and now one in Brighton.
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News: Jamaica welcomes record number of UK visitors in 2015
The Jamaica Tourist Board has announced the number of tourists from the UK & Ireland visiting between January-December 2015 has surpassed the 200,000 mark for the very first time. There were a total of 201,364 arrivals on the island. This represents an increase of 12.2 per cent from the previous year which saw 179,433 pass through Jamaican shores.
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News: ONYX Hospitality appoints Rijnders to Pattaya leadership role
Thailand-based ONYX Hospitality Group has appointed Robert Rijnders as its senior vice president and area general manager for Pattaya. Rijnders started working with Amari Hotels & Resorts since the early 1980s; the very beginning when Amari was still known as Siam Lodge Group of Hotels.
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