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Stuart Jackson to exit Monarch Group
Strategy director will leave next month after 20 years at the company Read More
Flights cancelled as UK hit by aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo
Strong winds and rain expected to cause travel disruption, with Heathrow cancelling around 10% of flights Read More
Monarch relaxes rules on handheld devices
Monarch Airlines will now allow customers to use a number of handheld devices including mobile phones and tablets at any stage of the flight. Read More
More than 1,500 flights hit as Lufthansa pilots begin eighth strike
Action covers European and international routes, and is expected to affect 200,000 passengers Read More
Delta insists airlines will always opt for Heathrow slots over Gatwick
Delta has insisted that it will always fight for space at Heathrow rather than Gatwick, even if the south London airport was selected for a new runway to be built Read More
Deadline to secure Monarch deal looms
Sources confident an agreement can be reached before company’s Atol licence expires on Friday Read More
Calls for CAA and govt to do more after Blackpool closure
Regulator should help keep costs down to support regional airports, says AOA chief Read More
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines appoints new CEO
Pieter Elbers has been appointed chief executive of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Read More
Heathrow sells Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports
Spanish giant Ferrovial and investment firm Macquarie pick up trio for just over £1 billion Read More
ANA boss urges UK to build new Heathrow runway
London will be left in Frankfurt’s wake if a new runway is not built, the chief executive of All Nippon Airways has warned. Read More
Ebola fear factor playing a part in latest travel share slump
Cook, easyJet and Carnival UK among the companies to take a hit as screening begins at London airports Read More
Air-France KLM moves upmarket in new commercial drive
Air France-KLM is offering minimal capacity growth and moving upmarket in a bid to win back passengers. Read More
Passenger growth boosts Etihad Airways
Airline reports 29% increase in third-quarter revenues on back of “accelerated growth” over summer Read More
Heathrow begins Ebola screening
Passengers arriving from at-risk countries to be examined by staff from Public Health England Read More
Sick passengers spark Ebola scare at Boston airport
Five people given all-clear after reporting flu-like symptoms on Emirates flight Read More
BMI Regional boosts capacity for summer 2015
Airline will up capacity by 16% to meet increased demand for UK and European services Read More
Flybe inks Avios frequent flyer deal
Regional airline Flybe has agreed a deal with Avios as it continues to upgrade its offering to customers Read More
Ebola screening to start at UK airports
Travellers heading to some of the UK’s busiest airports are to be screened as part of as part of the government’s attempt to prevent the spread of Ebola Read More
Transaero to start Heathrow-St Petersburg service
Russia’s second-largest carrier Transaero Airlines is to launch a twice-weekly service between Heathrow and St Petersburg Read More
Thomson Airways to offer direct flight to Costa Rica
Airline will become the only one to offer a direct flight on a 787 Dreamliner from Europe to Costa Rica on the 787 Dreamliner Read More

Business Traveller RSS

New hotel brand Zone by the Park aims to woo travellers in India
Styling by London design agency and mid-price range aims at international and domestic travellers

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Show it and spend it, say young business travellers
Conspicuous consumption is back, claims Priority Pass following survey

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Regus opens business arrivals facility at Gatwick
Meeting rooms, showers and breakfast part of the package at South Terminal

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Qantas claims first with new Airbus A330 business seats
Design allows recline during take-off and landing, claims airline, but has yet to receive approval

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Eurostar to showcase new trains
New rolling stock to be displayed next month a year ahead of entering service

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Hurricane's tail end hits flight schedules
Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester affected but few cancellations reported

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Gatwick to screen for Ebola
Airport joins growing number of those checking passengers as they arrive

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Heathrow gets 24-hour Tube at last
But round the clock service will only run on weekends from next September

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Qatar Airways reveals first A350 destination
World's first service using new Airbus will be to German financial capital

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Last airlines to shift to Heathrow Terminal 2 move in this week
Air New Zealand, South African Airways, Asiana and TAP Portugal complete Star Alliance grouping

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India's airline industry gets safety shake-up
US authorities demand overhaul before carriers are permitted to launch new services or codeshare

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Lufthansa on strike again
New action by pilots to spread to long-haul services from tomorrow with nearly 1,500 flights affected

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Win a Suite Dreams stay at St Ermin's
Tucked away behind its own lush courtyard garden in the heart of London, St Ermin's Hotel is a tempting proposition for a relaxed post-business stay

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Qantas A380: What you need to know
The carrier took delivery of its first A380 — which it named Nancy-Bird Walton, after the Australian aviation pioneer — in 2008

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Win a pair of ANA business class tickets
The Japanese airline is offer one lucky reader a pair of business class return tickets from London Heathrow to Tokyo Haneda

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Lufthansa A380: What you need to know
The German carrier has 12 superjumbos in its fleet with a further two on order
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Vienna: Gulf airlines move in
Competition for transfer passengers hots up as Etihad partner Niki and Emirates' subsidiary Flydubai enter market.

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Qatar Airways gives likely date for A350 delivery
Airline indicates January start for world's first Extra Wide Body service

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Feasting fliers not at fault for weight gain, research concludes
It's not the food you eat, it's what's eating the food that counts, scientists claim in new study

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Crystal-themed hotel set to light up Fifth Avenue
First Baccarat Hotel & Residences due to open in New York in time for Christmas

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Heathrow nets £1 billion sale windfall
Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton sold and cash used for improvements to London hub

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Germany backtracks over Etihad/Air Berlin codeshare
Authorities rescind ban on sales by UAE carrier of German partner's flights

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Lufthansa to withdraw from Abu Dhabi
The German carrier will axe the route at the start of the 2015 summer timetable

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Etihad prepares flying butlers
The hand-picked team of 13 senior cabin crew have completed a three-week training course led by the head butler at London's Savoy hotel

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Royal Brunei signs deal with BA
The agreement means Royal Brunei Airlines has extended its route network to include a further six UK destinations via London Heathrow

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

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
Ground Control to GA: 'come and see what we do' - Visit ATC Day is here again
Civil air traffic controllers from around the country will be throwing open the doors of their control towers over the next month, as part of the annual 'Visit ATC Day' initiative. As part of the project GA pilots are invited to take a tour of their local air traffic control unit to see life from the other end of the radio. The Airspace & Safety Initiative (ASI) which helps co-ordinate Visit ATC Day has now released details of this year's participating units. Pilots curious to see life from a Read More
CAA launches call for evidence on terminal air navigation services in the UK
CAA launches call for evidence on terminal air navigation services in the UK Read More
Flight punctuality at UK airports falls in second quarter of 2014
Flight punctuality at UK airports falls in second quarter of 2014 Read More

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Adara appoints former Microsoft and AOL executives
Former go-to-market UK marketing manager at Microsoft, David Morrow, has joined travel data marketing and insights platform Adara. Read More
Bluesmart reveals smart suitcase controlled by mobile app
A suitcase that connects wirelessly to the user’s phone is unveiled today (Monday). Read More
Cosmos unveils debut mobile app
Cosmos has produced its first mobile app to help customers research and prepare for their holidays. Read More
VisitBritain takes 'visionary approach' to content marketing with new Yahoo deal
VisitBritain and Yahoo have announced an enhanced a partnership that will see the tourism agency target potential visitors globally with rich content campaigns Read More
Momondo Group receives £80m cash injection from US private equity fund
Momondo Group, the owner of Cheapflights, has received a £80 million cash injection from US private equity fund Great Hill Partners. Read More
Kayak survey finds high demand for mobile check-in among Brits
A study into mobile travel trends has found a third of Brits would like to use a mobile device to check in at airports. Read More
EasyJet hails Jumio tie-up as app scanning tech takes off
EasyJet has seen over 1,500 customers use a new passport scanning function on its mobile app in the first two days of it going live. Read More
Startuptravels launches with aim of becoming TripAdvisor for entrepreneurs
A new venture aiming to become a TripAdvisor for travelling entrepreneurs has been launched with almost 9,000 from 130 countries having pre-registered. Read More
Ryanair GDS deal with Amadeus goes live
Ryanair’s GDS distribution deal with Amadeus has gone live as the carrier expands a series of service improvements. Read More
British travellers see mobiles as 'travel concierge', finds study
The majority of British travellers (89%) take one or more mobile device on holiday, with 69% using their mobile for the duration of their trip away, a new study shows. Read More
Sabre marketplace boosted by thousands of HRS hotels
More than 400,000 Sabre travel agents in 144 countries are being given access to book more than 50,000 HRS hotels within the Sabre travel marketplace. Read More
VisitBritain launches self-managing directory website
VisitBritain claims to be the first national tourism body to offer a free self-managing online directory for tourism businesses of any size or location. Read More
World Travel Market unveils blogging programme
Four seminars featuring top travel bloggers and travel marketing specialists will debate topical issues over two days at World Travel Market. Read More
Iata establishes standalone NDC investment fund for small businesses
A stand-alone strategic investment fund is being created to support companies in the use of Iata’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard. Read More
TAP and Vayant team up to power Portuguese airline’s push in German market
Portuguese national airline TAP has started using Vayant Travel Technologies’ price caching system for distributing through tour operators as it seeks to strengthen its position in Germany. Read More

News |

WTM 2014: Big Bus Tours London launches first training course
The first UK trade training course for sightseeing firm Big Bus Tours London has been created via Online Travel Training. Read More
Global air travel growth improves
Global international air passenger growth in August rose by 4.5% year on year and was up on the July result of 2.6%, latest Iata figures show. Read More
Bad weather prevents CMV cruise ship from docking in Liverpool
Passengers hoping to return from a Norwegian cruise are stuck on a ship which has been prevented from docking in Liverpool due to bad weather. Read More
Travel job applications reach 16-month high, finds study
More people are looking for a job in travel this autumn than at any point since May 2013, a new study shows. Read More
Minoan Group takes stake in Miles Morgan Travel
Miles Morgan has sold 20% of agency business Miles Morgan Travel to the Minoan Group for an undisclosed sum in a move “to fund expansion”. Read More
Flight delay compensation 'on hold' until court case decision known
Airline passengers affected by long delays are being forced to wait up to a year to find out if they will receive compensation, leaving thousands out of pocket. Read More
IHG reports growth in US and UK
The US helped InterContinental Hotels report a strong performance in the third quarter of the year. Read More
Premier Inn reports sales increase and record occupancy
Premier Inn delivered half hear sales growth of 14.7% with a record occupancy of 84% at its UK hotels. Read More
Ebola screening begins at Gatwick
Screening for Ebola has started today at Gatwick, according to Public Health England. Read More
Eurostar unveils Amsterdam details as sales rise
Eurostar today unveiled details of its planned new service to Amsterdam after recording a 3% rise in passengers to 2.8 million in the third quarter of the year. Read More
One in three travellers busts budgets on holiday
One third (34%) of holidaymakers are going over budget early into their holiday, a new survey reveals. Read More
Flights cancelled as Gonzalo tail hits UK
Air passengers are being urged to check if their flights are operating today as gales from the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit the UK. Read More
'Demotion worries' led to Thomas Cook Airlines pilot errors
A Thomas Cook Airlines pilot concerned about being demoted made a number of errors in what air accident investigators described as a “serious incident”. Read More
Qatar chooses Frankfurt for first new Airbus service
Frankfurt will be the first route served by Qatar Airways’ new Airbus A350 Xtra Wide Body (XWB) aircraft in the new year. Read More
Comment: The power of trust
Consumer reviews have become part of the furniture of travel. Feefo co-founder Matt Eames explains why Read More

Destinations |

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
Christmas markets three ways: Land, air, water
Make Christmas shopping more fun with a festive markets break, writes Katie McGonagle Read More
Cretan comforts
Jeannine Williamson relaxes in Hersonissos’ beach hotels, and explores beyond them Read More
Uncork the new Limassol
Jeannine Williamson tests the city’s tasteful transformation Read More
The great Aussie beach-off
David Whitley pits Byron Bay against the Gold Coast Read More
Track stars: Five of the best rail journeys
An inspiring train journey is just the ticket to keep clients on track, writes Katie McGonagle, with additional reporting by Jenny Morris Read More

Advice |

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
Readers' Lives: Paul Nadin
Ever since Paul Nadin’s mother died from multiple sclerosis when he was 23 he has had a desire to help others in the disabled community. Read More
Readers' Lives: Jo Farrell
Jo Farrell has a lot to thank her husband Chris for. It was he who gave her the encouragement, confidence and support to set up her travel agency Holidaze nine years ago on her own. Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Imagine Your Korea to debut at World Travel Market Buyers’ Club
The Korea Tourism Organisation is launching the country’s new tourism brand in partnership with the WTM Buyers’ Club at World Travel Market – the leading global event for the travel industry. Called ‘Imagine Your Korea’, the new brand and marketing campaign aims to show why the country is a unique destination, and will highlight attractions ranging from shopping to culture, and cuisine to pop music.
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News: South African Airways launches final preparations for Heathrow Terminal 2 move
South African Airways is undergoing final preparations ahead of its move to the new Terminal 2 at London Heathrow tomorrow. Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal is the new home of Star Alliance at London Heathrow and will offer SAA’s passengers an unrivalled travel experience with easy transfers, whether flying to or from London or making a connection.
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News: The Ascott reveals four new properties as ambitious expansion continues
The Ascott Limited has opened its first serviced residences in Hangzhou, China and Hamburg, Germany. In addition, the company has opened its second premier Ascott-branded serviced residence in Jakarta, Indonesia and secured a management contract for its second Ascott-branded serviced residence in Dubai which is slated to open in 2017.
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News: Strong growth at Eurostar ahead of anniversary celebrations
Just weeks before its 20th anniversary on November 14th, Eurostar, the high speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, has reported continuing year-on-year growth to September 30th 2014. Compared to the same period in 2013, quarter three passenger numbers grew by three per cent to 2.8 million while sales revenues rose by two per cent to £211 million.
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News: Hurricane Gonzalo causes minor disruption at London Heathrow
A small number of flights in the UK have been disrupted by the arrival of Hurricane Gonzalo. The tail end of the hurricane, which late last week caused widespread disruption in the Caribbean, brought high winds and heavy rain to parts of the country.
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News: Qantas begins work on new business lounge in Perth
Qantas has begun construction on its new Domestic Business Lounge at Perth Airport to coincide with the airline’s move to a dedicated Qantas precinct in 2015. The new lounge will add 30 per cent more lounge capacity into the Perth market and will be available to Qantas business class customers, Platinum and Platinum One Frequent Flyers.
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News: WestJet signs on for Travelport rich content service
Travelport today announced WestJet has signed up for its Rich Content and Branding solution. WestJet becomes the latest airline to take advantage of Travelport’s new offering, which is a key component of its’ industry-leading merchandising platform.
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News: Beckham launches Haig Club to international travellers
Diageo has announced the worldwide launch of its new single grain Scotch whisky, Haig Club. The distinctive and sophisticated new whisky, developed in partnership with global icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller will now be available in bars, restaurants and retail stores in the United Kingdom
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News: Alitalia and Etihad Airways reveal Expo 2015 liveried planes
Alitalia and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have unveiled two aircraft in a unique Expo Milano 2015 livery to mark their co-sponsorship of the global event. Expo 2015 will be held in Milan from May 1st 2015 to October 31st 2015 with an estimated 20 million visitors expected to attend the event of which more than a third will travel to the northern Italian city by air.
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News: Qatar Airways reveals Frankfurt as first A350 Xtra destination
Qatar Airways has announced Frankfurt as the first route for its highly anticipated A350 Xtra Wide Body aircraft. As the global launch operator of the A350 XWB, the programme will achieve another major milestone once the airline receives its first aircraft before the end of this year. Upon delivery, following several weeks of induction preparation, Qatar Airways will then be set to introduce its first commercial service to the German business hub city of Frankfurt.
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Focus: Onyx Payments Acquires Worldwide Payment Systems
Companies join forces to provide more global, more competitive end-to-end commerce solution for the travel industry Onyx Payments, the largest payment processor for hotels and travel distributors, announced today that it has acquired the Spain-based Worldwide Payment Services (WPS), a leading provider of international payment processing.
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News: Al Badia Golf Club to welcome Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final
Dubai will once again play host as the European Challenge Tour reaches its climax with the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final hosted by Al Badia Golf Club from November 5th-8th. The season-ending grand finale is the culmination of the 2014 Challenge Tour season which takes in 27 tournaments played across 21 different countries offering a total prize fund of €6,328,000.
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News: Hilton Worldwide reveals Canopy brand ahead of 2015 launch
Hilton Worldwide has announced the launch of Canopy by Hilton, a new hotel brand that redefines the lifestyle category around the mindset of today’s leisure and business travellers. Christopher Nassetta, president and chief executive of Hilton Worldwide, unveiled the Canopy by Hilton concept to nearly 1,900 owners and development representatives at Hilton Worldwide’s Global Partnership Conference in Orlando, Florida.
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News: Gran Meliá Don Pepe welcomes Moët & Chandon suite
Gran Meliá Don Pepe, Marbella’s emblematic hotel, is launching the world’s first suite partnership with Moët & Chandon. The luxury French champagne brand has exclusively designed a suite for the hotel’s VIP guests. The suite, located on the top floor of the hotel offers unforgettable views of the Mediterranean and Africa.
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News: Tune Hotels reveals £200m UK investment plans
Global hotel chain Tune Hotels - part of the Tune Group, the private investment group of Tony Fernandes, founder and Group chief executive of low-cost airline AirAsia - has unveiled plans to open up to 25 new properties by 2020, amounting to a further £200m in the UK. The announcement comes as the select-service hotel group opens the doors to its sixth UK property in Newcastle this week, and sees the UK as its strategic hub for expansion into Europe.
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News: SWISS moves into Terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport
SWISS formally moved into the recently reopened Terminal 2 at London’s Heathrow Airport earlier. In doing so, the carrier joins its 22 fellow Star Alliance member airlines in the totally rebuilt facility, which is also known as The Queen’s Terminal in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.
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News: World Travel Awards postpones Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony
World Travel Awards has been forced to postpone its annual Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony until April 2015. The event had been due to take place in Anguilla on October 24th. However, the recent impact of Hurricane Gonzalo on the island has disrupted preparations and made the hosting of the event impossible.
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News: Abu Dhabi in social media focus
Abu Dhabi has a new destination hashtag - #InAbuDhabi - which will be central to a new social media initiative to encourage visitors and residents to share their experiences of the emirate on their social media channels.
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News: Travelport inks deal with CemAir
Travelport has signed a full content agreement with South Africa’s commuter and regional carrier, CemAir. Effective immediately, the multi-year agreement provides Travelport-connected agents worldwide with access to the CemAir’s full content including its web fares.
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News: Hotelzon plans expansion into France and Poland
Hotelzon is planning to expand into France and Poland with the appointment of local Sales Manager, Abdallah Ahamada who will be based in Paris and Radoslaw Mazur who will be based in Warsaw.
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