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Irish Dail backs Aer Lingus stake sale
The Irish parliament has backed the state’s sale of its 25.1% stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group Read More
Airlines to pocket Nats dividend
Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways are among the shareholders set to benefit from a £54.4m payout by the UK’s air traffic controller Read More
New airline partnerships boost Etihad Airways
Investments in the likes of Air Serbia and Alitalia have helped Etihad Airways grow profits by 52% Read More
Fifth craft boosts's capacity out of Edinburgh will be looking to grow its Scottish sales after announcing a fifth aircraft to operate out of Edinburgh airport next summer Read More
Canada calling
With more flights than ever there’s never been a better time to visit Canada. Gary Noakes offers some timely advice to help Canada sellers get up to speed with the carriers they need to know Read More
High-flying Wizz Air sees profits jump
Capacity growth and rigorous cost control have helped low-cost carrier Wizz Air boost profits by 67% Read More
Irish government agrees to sell Aer Lingus stake
The Irish government has agreed to sell its 25% stake in Aer Lingus to British Airways owner, International Airlines Group Read More
Irish government expected to agree sale of Aer Lingus stake
The Irish government is today expected to give the green light to its sale of a 25% stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group Read More
Profits soar at Ryanair
Ryanair has seen its full-year profits rise by 66% as it continues to see the benefit of its customer service improvements Read More
Fastjet adds extra aircraft as it pushes ahead with expansion plans
Fastjet is to add an aircraft to its fleet as it looks to ramp up its expansion plans across Africa. Read More
Ryanair boss in new attack on competition watchdog
Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary has said the airline will push for damages if the competition watchdog fails to reverse a ruling ordering it to sell its stake in Aer Lingus Read More
Belfast City airport calls for end to ‘outdated’ seats cap
George Best Belfast City airport has made a plea for its cap on seat sales to be removed Read More
Germania expands Gatwick operation
Charter airline Germania has increased its presence at Gatwick by adding a fourth aircraft Read More
US airlines step up campaign against Gulf carriers
The bosses of the big three US-based airlines are continuing their fight against the expansion of the Gulf carriers Read More
Singapore Airlines benefits from falling fuel costs
Singapore Airlines has seen annual operating profits rise by 58%, mainly due to the fall in the price of jet fuel Read More
Tui agrees new Dreamliner deal with Boeing
Tui Group has ordered one new Dreamliner 787-9 from Boeing with an option for one further aircraft Read More
Setback for Heathrow as Boris joins cabinet
Heathrow’s hopes for a third runway have been dented after its biggest opponent, London mayor Boris Johnson, joined the new Conservative cabinet Read More
Monarch grows its winter schedule with new routes
Monarch Airlines has added a number of new routes and frequencies to its winter 2015-16 Read More
Etihad plane diverted after bomb threat
An Etihad Airways plane en route from Cairo to Abu Dhabi had to be diverted following reports of a bomb threat Read More
Easyjet set to report first-half profit
EasyJet is expected to report a rare first-half profit when it announces its results later this week Read More

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Austrian Airlines to fly daily to Manchester
The Lufthansa Group carrier will operate a Vienna-Manchester service from September 10

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Lufthansa to operate A380 to Hong Kong
The superjumbo will replace the B747-8 that currently flies the daily route on October 25

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Gatwick CEO: Heathrow expansion plans 'unlawful'
Stewart Wingate said either LHR plan — a third runway or extending an existing runway — would worsen the already poor air quality conditions around the airport

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United delays SFO-Shanghai B787-9 service again
The US carrier had originally planned to add flights UA891/892 on to its San Francisco to Shanghai route in early May

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IHG opens Intercontinental Dubai Marina
Part of the Bay Central development, the new hotel contains 132 guestrooms and 196 fully-serviced residential suites

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Air China to fly Beijing-Montreal non-stop
The thrice-weekly B777-300ER operation is part of the carrier's joint venture agreement with Air Canada

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London Marriott Park Lane opens rooftop venue
Roofnic is located on the property's fourth floor and came about after staff won $40,000 in an internal competition to transform a grey space at a Marriott hotel in Europe

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SIA unveils Singapore Golden Jubilee livery
The special livery will feature on two of Singapore Airlines' A380 aircraft until the end of the year

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Emirates to fly daily to Bologna
The Gulf airline will operate a B777-300ER in a three-class configuration on the route

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Ones to watch
Why carry your gadgets when you can wear them? Steve Dinneen tries out ten of the best

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Married to your job
Sally Brown reveals how to maintain healthy, happy relationships when you are a frequent traveller

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Tom Otley goes on an art tour of the US city, taking in its murals and masterworks

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Buy and fly
On sale now tax-free at the airport

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Into the wild
Visiting a luxury private game reserve, Jenny Southan comes face to face with life and death in the South African bush

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A new chapter
Belgrade is putting its turbulent past behind it with an explosion of economic and cultural developments, writes Paul Revel

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All that glitters
While its economy has faced challenges, Tokyo remains one of the world"s biggest powerhouses – and with an Olympics approaching, it"s set to step up a gear, reports Jenny Southan

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Changing rooms
A new breed of lifestyle hotel brands aims to help you balance work and leisure – but are they right for the business traveller? Jenny Southan reports

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Class systems
Premium economy is on the rise, but is it worth it? And why are some airlines still slow on the uptake, asks Alex McWhirter

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Data zone
Helping you make the right travel decisions. This month: Heathrow vs Gatwick price comparison

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Air Canada Rouge upgrades business seating
The airline is converting business class on all its A319 aircraft from a 3-3 to a 2-2 seating configuration

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

UK holidaymakers 'Pack Peace of Mind' as CAA campaign boosts understanding of ATOL
More holidaymakers are financially protecting their holidays and more people recognise the ATOL certificate - these are just two of the headline findings following the CAA's latest Pack peace of mind campaign. Read More
CAA announces plans for certification of offshore helidecks
Proposals for how the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) could take on the safety certification and approval of offshore helidecks, raising safety levels through a CAA-directed scheme that would have powers to stop flights to helidecks that fail to meet the minimum standards, were announced today as part of a consultation on the area. The CAA's review of offshore helicopter operations published in February 2014 highlighted that the CAA's involvement in an enhanced certification process would r Read More
Flight punctuality at UK airports drops in 2014
The punctuality of scheduled passenger flights arriving and departing at 10 of the UK's biggest airports has dipped in the last 12 months to 79 per cent. 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. This is the third of a regular 60 day update on our work in this area. Read More
New safety proposals for helicopter operations to unattended offshore installations announced
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today announced a new set of proposals aimed at improving the safety of helicopter operations to the 116 normally unattended offshore installations in the North Sea. Read More

News | to take action against unruly passengers has pledged to take action to curb disruptive and inappropriate behaviour onboard its flights following a rise in the number of such incidents of late. Read More
Big Interview: Mark Warner goes 'back to basics' to drive trade support
Outgoing head of sales and marketing says resort operator is intent on boosting trade bookings. Lee Hayhurst reports. Read More
Technology association warns of ‘massive confusion’ over new package directive
The European Technology and Travel Services Association (Ettsa) hit out at the new Package Travel Directive (PTD) today, saying the final text failed to take account of “serious and legitimate concerns” raised by leading online players. Read More
Travel and tourism accounts for 9.4% of global employment, says WTTC
The global travel and tourism industry employs more people than car manufacturing, mining and financial services combined, according to research by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Read More
Etihad Airways reports record profit of $73 million
Etihad Airways has reported a record profit of $73 million on turnover of $7.6 billion in 2014. Read More
Atol recognition on the rise, says CAA
The Civil Aviation Authority reports an increasing number of holidaymakers know of the Atol scheme and are keen to ensure their holidays are financially protected following its ‘Pack peace of mind’ consumer campaign. Read More
Irish parliament approves Aer Lingus-IAG deal
The Irish Parliament, the Dail, approved the sale of Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group yesterday despite rowdy scenes as opposition politicians accused the coalition government of seeking to “ram through” the deal. Read More
Corfu deaths mother calls on Thomas Cook to push for improved safety
The mother of two children killed on a Thomas Cook holiday in 2006 has called on the tour operator to pave the way for new rules on safety in Europe. Read More
South Africa to assess impact of new entry rules
The South African tourism minister has pledged to maintain dialogue with the country’s department of home affairs to assess the impact of new rules for travellers visiting or transiting with children. Read More
Abta welcomes business exemption in package directive
Abta welcomed the Package Travel Directive (PTD) exemption for business travel, something the association said it had “been working towards since the beginning of the revision process”. Read More
Comment: Quality is key to successful travel industry events
At the recent Barclay’s Travel Forum it was suggested the industry was awash with events, and that there should be a coming together of the industry to coordinate or moderate the number in circulation. Read More
Transaero rebranding plans aim to 'reflect positive changes'
Russian carrier Transaero has unveiled rebranding plans which it believes will help it become “one of the world’s best airlines”. Read More
Special Report: European Commission reveals strategy for digital single market
Ian Taylor reports on a move that is likely to have significant implications for travel along with an e-commerce anti-trust investigation. Read More
Gatwick boss urges Scots to back expansion
The chief executive of Gatwick Airport will be in Edinburgh today to tell MSPs that expanding the airport will help Scotland’s direct air routes develop. Read More
Spanish air traffic controllers call strike
Spanish air traffic controllers have called for a four day strike next month. Read More

Destinations |

Caribbean: A West Indian Summer
It’s known for winter sun, but the Caribbean sparkles in summertime too, writes Jo Cooke Read More
Caribbean: Prime panoramas
Want a room with a view? Jo Cooke cherry-picks the best of the best Read More
Croatia & The Balkans: Sail away with me
Life on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast is smooth sailing, finds Katie McGonagle Read More
Croatia: A green and pleasant land
Mary Novakovich explores Croatia’s Istrian peninsula Read More
Latin America: Wild at heart
Rio isn’t the only place to let loose in Brazil, finds Katie McGonagle Read More
Asia: Rush hour crush
Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, is bustling but beautiful, writes Ben Lerwill Read More
Asia: Feast on the East
Penang mixes colonial history, sandy beaches and Malaysia’s best cuisine. Joanna Booth tucks in Read More
Active & Adventure: Silver surfers
Adventure doesn’t stop for the over-50s, writes Joanna Booth Read More
Indian Ocean: A grand adventure
Grand Baie is Mauritius, but not as you know it, finds Katie McGonagle Read More
Indian Ocean: Feeling good
Katie McGonagle finds out what’s new on the Indian Ocean spa and wellness scene Read More
Greece: Upping the Zante
This Greek beauty can keep clubbers, couples and kids happy, finds Katie McGonagle Read More
Greece & Cyprus: Live and learn
Pick up a new skill as well as a suntan in Greece or Cyprus, writes Katie McGonagle Read More
Family holidays: Take your tax back
As changes to APD cut families’ holiday costs, Joanna Booth looks at what they can spend those saved pounds on Read More
Family holidays go 3G
Three-generation family holidays with the grandparents in tow are all the rage, discovers Joanna Booth Read More
Malta: Old and new
Malta has a rich history, but there are modern attractions too, says Jeannine Williamson Read More

Advice |

Readers' Lives: Helen Tustin
When Helen Tustin’s shop managers approached her with the idea of entering the Take the Clia Cruise Challenge, there was no question of not applying. Read More
Readers' Lives: Emma Harewood
She has dressed up as Batman and as a cowboy for charity, but Emma Harewood’s latest challenge takes her fundraising efforts to a new level. Read More
Advice: How cruise specialists can use content marketing
Advice from Dan Miles business director, Melt Content Read More
Readers' Lives: Richard Slater
Richard Slater has become one of an elite band of just 20 Disney specialist homeworkers in the UK. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Yvonne Powell
A year before the Cover Stars Massachusetts trip, Holidaysplease homeworker Yvonne Powell would not even have considered a fam trip to the US. Read More
Readers' Lives: Rebbeca Kingston
Good friends Rebbeca Kingston and Lindsay Everett came up with an idea to set up a combined boutique and travel agency selling wedding dresses and honeymoons following their own experiences. Read More
Advice: How to run targeted marketing campaigns
Advice from Simon Farthing, head of consultancy, Profusion Read More
Readers' Lives: Lakh Hayer
Just five years ago Pure Destinations founder and director Lakh Hayer decided to follow in his parents’ footsteps and set up his own travel agency. Read More
Readers' Lives: Amy Edmonds
Plymouth University student Amy Edmonds will this summer become Abta’s first intern. Read More
Advice: 5 top tips to become an omni-channel business
Advice from Bob Morrell, managing director, Reality Training Read More
Readers' Lives: George Kelly-Triggs
It’s not often that a Nasa astronaut walks into your travel agency. Read More
Readers' Lives: Michael Atkinson
History buff finds Boston ideal for a walk down memory lane. Read More
Advice: How to sell polar trips
Selling holidays to the Arctic and Antarctica can seem daunting. Read More
Readers' Lives: Carolyn Park
Five years ago Carolyn Park decided to take the plunge and set up her own ‘one-manband’ travel agency. Read More
Advice: How to sell luxury family holidays in the UK
Advice from Tariq Khan, head of trade sales, Hoseasons. Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Austrian Airlines sets date for Manchester arrival
Austrian Airlines will join the other carriers of the Lufthansa Airline Group at Manchester with the start of a new daily service to Vienna on September 10th, 2015. In addition to providing a point to point service to one of Europe’s most frequently visited cities, the new flight also completes access for the Lufthansa Group’s customers in the north of England to the 360 degree onward connection offering across the airline group worldwide network.
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News: Heaney takes up financial reigns at Carnival
James Heaney, an experienced financial executive with more than 25 years in the cruise and hospitality industries, has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line, the world’s largest cruise operator. In this capacity, Heaney will be responsible for all of the company’s financial, accounting and information technology functions.
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News: Emirates set to fly into Bologna, Italy, from November
Emirates will launch a daily service to Bologna, Italy, from its base in Dubai on November 3rd, 2015. The capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna will be Emirates’ fourth Italian destination bringing Emirates’ weekly flights to Italy to 56. Set to be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER in a three class configuration, Emirates will offer the only long-haul wide-bodied service to and from Bologna.
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News: Hilton expands into Yunnan, China, with latest opening
Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake, bringing Hilton’s world-class hospitality to picturesque Yunnan Province for the first time. Owned by Yunnan Metropolitan City Investment Group and managed by Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake is located on the northeast coast of landmark destination Fuxian Lake.
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News: InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort to welcome inaugural World Spa Awards
World Spa Awards has revealed InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort will host its inaugural Gala Ceremony. The hotel, considered one of the finest in Vietnam, will welcome leaders from the global spa industry on September 14th, 2015. Embedded in the mythical hills of Monkey Mountain in the heart of the Son Tra Peninsula nature reserve, the five-star InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is a work of art as much as a resort.
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News: Flight Centre hosts VIP ‘Suitcase Party’ at Shangri-La London
Flight Centre has hosted an exclusive ‘Suitcase Party’ last night at the Shangri-La Hotel in The Shard. Organised in partnership with Destination New South Wales and Qantas, the invite-only event welcomed 100 VIP guests and loyal customers enjoy an evening of glamour complete with a Champagne reception and stunning views of the London skyline.
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News: Marriott unveils continued growth plans across Middle East
Marriott International has set the stage for significant and ambitious growth within the Middle East and Africa region according to its president and chief executive officer, Arne Sorenson. Visiting Dubai, Sorenson outlined regional growth plans that anticipate growth of the company’s MEA portfolio to over 240 properties by 2020, with plans to add roughly 80 properties and almost 16,500 rooms.
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News: Vietjet launches new flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei
Vietjet has announced that it will increase the frequency of its service between Ho Chi Minh City and Taipei. The new flights will take off on June 18th 2015. From five return flights a week, the airline will now increase it to operate on a daily basis to meet flourishing demand from business and leisure travellers on this route.
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News: EU Council backs new EU rules giving more protection to holidaymakers
New EU rules that will bring protection for package holidays in line with today’s digital age moved a step closer today following a political agreement by EU government ministers at today’s Competitiveness Council. The rules will extend protection of the 1990 EU Package Travel Directive to cover not only traditional package holidays, but also give clear protection to 120 million consumers who book other forms of combined travel.
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News: Etihad Airways reaches record profitability for 2014
Etihad Airways achieved its strongest financial results to date in 2014, posting a net profit of US$ 73 million on total revenues of US$ 7.6 billion. The figures are up 52.1 per cent and 26.7 per cent respectively over the previous year. The performance, which marked the airline’s fourth consecutive year of net profitability, also saw earnings before interest and tax up 32.5 per cent to US$ 257 million.
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News: London City Airport begins expansion work on Western Pier
Work has begun to reconfigure the London City Airport’s Western Pier, which houses 70 per cent of its departure gates. Built in 1987, the airport was designed for tens of thousands of passengers, not the millions that use it today. The new Western Pier will create a bright, open-plan space with modern seating, electronic boarding gates, workspaces, quiet areas and charging points.
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News: Oman Air launches new flights to Kuala Lumpur
Oman Air is to step up its operation from Muscat to Kuala Lumpur by offering daily non-stop flights to the Malaysian capital from June 1st 2015. The new service will meet growing demand for fast and convenient flights between the two cities, and will build on the success of the stopping service that Oman Air launched in 2010. Flights from Muscat will depart at 09:00 and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 20:10, while flights from Kuala Lumpur will depart at 09:45 and touch down in Muscat at 12:30.
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News: Puerto Rico Tourism Company hails tourism expo a success
Puerto Rico Tourism Company stated today that the first edition of the International Tourism Expo – Puerto Rico was a definite success. More than 90 exhibitors from local and international companies and more than 480 travel agents from the United States, Europe, Latin America, China and Puerto Rico participated in the event which had an estimated impact of $900,000 to the local economy.
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News: Enterprise expands into Saudi Arabia following Al Jomiah deal
Enterprise Holdings has announced its expansion into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the wider Arabian Peninsula through a partnership with the Al Jomaih Group, one of country’s largest industrial and consumer businesses. The newly created vehicle rental business, Al Jomaih Auto Rental, will open a network of branches at major airport, city and community locations in Saudi Arabia throughout 2015.
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News: Commonwealth Games England teams up with STA Travel as Official Travel Partner
Commonwealth Games England has announced that STA Travel has become Team England’s first Official Travel Partner. Founded in Australia, the location for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, STA Travel has been providing adventurous travel for over 35 years and is today recognised as the largest student and youth travel specialist.
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News: Malaysia Airlines battles to convey ‘business as normal’ message
Malaysia Airlines has moved to reassure the flying public that daily operations are very much business as usual as it finalises the restructure that owner Khazanah, Malaysia’s sovereign fund, commenced last year. Airline operations are to be transitioned to a new company, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), on September 1st. To effect this change and facilitate the transfer of selected assets and liabilities from the existing organisation, Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS), Khazanah appointed an administrator earlier this week.
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News: Etihad expects contribution to US economy to double by 2020
Etihad Airways will contribute US$2.9 billion to the US economy and support 23,400 American jobs this year, according to new research by the global consultancy Oxford Economics. The study, commissioned by the United Arab Emirates’ flag-carrier, projects that by 2020, the airline’s operating expenditure and capital investments will almost double to support 46,200 American jobs and deliver US$6.2 billion a year.
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News: SeaWorld set to welcome Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster
Surfacing next summer is Mako, a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach speeds of up to 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track — nearly a mile long — leaving riders feeling both breathless and weightless. The ride, which will open at SeaWorld, will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando. Mako’s tight turns and speed are inspired by one of the ocean’s fastest sharks - Mako sharks, also called “blue pointers”, are known for their top speed, making extreme jumps and the ability to quickly change course as they pursue their prey.
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News: Warner Bros. Studio expands behind the scenes tours in Hollywood
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is introducing a major expansion to the studio’s popular tour - opening July 16th, 2015. The expanded tour will be anchored by the addition of the brand new feature Stage 48: Script to Screen. The announcement was made today by Danny Kahn, executive director, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.
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News: Kempinski Seychelles to welcome World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2015
Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare has been selected to host the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2015. Set to take place on Saturday, June 20th, the dazzling red-carpet ceremony will welcome hospitality leaders and luminaries from across the regions. Located on the south end of Mahé in Baie Lazare, Kempinski Seychelles Resort is the perfect location for the Gala Ceremony.
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