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Charter flight ban for Thai airlines
Thailand’s airlines have been stopped from flying charters and new routes by China, South Korea and Japan over safety concerns Read More
Gatwick poised for busiest Easter getaway
Gatwick is set for its busiest Easter bank holiday weekend with 480,000 passengers expected to use the airport Read More
Mauritius to target Aussie stopovers
Mauritius is negotiating to become a stopover on the UK-Australia route as part of a “more liberal approach to open air access”. Read More
Ken O'Toole appointed MD of Manchester airport
Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has appointed Ken O’Toole as managing director of Manchester airport. Read More
Rescue teams find remains of Germanwings victims
Search teams in France have found DNA belonging to 78 victims of last week’s Germanwings air crash Read More
Australia introduces new aviation rules after Germanwings crash
Governments and airlines across the world have moved to ensure two people are in cockpits at all times following last week’s tragedy Read More
Etihad boss accuses US airlines of ‘protectionism’
The boss of Etihad Airways has accused a group of major US and European airlines of trying to “block” competition within the aviation market Read More
Airlines revise cockpit rules in wake of Germanwings crash
EasyJet and Norwegian will require two people to be in the cockpit of an in-flight aircraft at all times, following Tuesday’s disaster Read More
Wizz Air to reduce Ukraine services
Wizz Air is to cut routes from Kiev as part of a restructure of its Ukrainian business Read More
EasyJet set to profit from lower euro
EasyJet could make a profit over the winter season after benefiting from the euro losing value against the pound Read More
Germanwings pilot was locked out of cockpit before crash
Speculation is growing as to what caused the crash of the Germanwings flight as a cockpit voice recorder reveals one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit. Read More
Icelandair moves to Heathrow's Terminal 2
Icelandair will now be operating out of Heathrow’s Terminal 2 following a move yesterday. Read More
Germanwings crash: Evidence points to mechanical failure, say experts
The disaster is unlikely to have been caused by a sudden drop in cabin pressure, a leading body of engineers has said Read More
Rival airlines step in to help Germanwings following crash
Germanwings has brought in 11 aircraft and crews from other airlines to operate some of its flights today following yesterday’s tragedy. Read More
Brits killed in Germanwings crash
At least three Britons have died in the Germanwings air disaster, the UK Foreign Office has confirmed. Read More
Germanwings announces cancellations as crew 'decide not to operate aircraft'
Germanwings has reported “occasional flight disruptions” within its route network, following a crash in the French Alps on Tuesday. Read More
Germanwings crash: French president says there are unlikely to be survivors
The French president has suggested the conditions surrounding the A320 which crashed this morning in the French Alps mean there are unlikely to be any survivors. Read More
Germanwings flight crashes in France with 148 on board
A Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has crashed in the French Alps. Read More
Irish government: 'Ryanair should sell Aer Lingus stake'
The Irish government has urged UK competition officials to force Ryanair to sell most of its stake in Aer Lingus. Read More
Heathrow Express offers free travel for under 16s
Heathrow Express is to allow all under 16s to travel free from Friday in an attempt to attract more leisure travellers. Read More

Business Traveller RSS

Millemiglia bonus miles when flying to Abu Dhabi
The promotion is available to members travelling on the airline's new daily services to Abu Dhabi from Milan Malpensa and Venice

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Qatar Airways ups capacity to Bengaluru
The Gulf carrier will replace the B787 that it currently flies between Doha and the Indian city with a B777

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Accor bonus points for Mercure stays
The "Mercure Early Booker" promotion is running at more than 70 hotels in the UK and Ireland

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Four hours in Melbourne
Christopher Beanland discovers intriguing art, indigenous wildlife and Ned Kelly"s death mask in the Australian city

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Easyjet opens 26th base at Amsterdam Schiphol
The airline will start operating nine new services from Amsterdam. It is basing three aircraft at the airport, with a fourth to come

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BA extends A380 service to San Francisco
The airline has this week launched a five-times weekly superjumbo operation to the California city. It will continue flying the A380 to SFO in winter 2015/16

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Flybe announces Liverpool-Amsterdam route
The regional carrier will fly up to three daily services between the two cities, a route last served by KLM in 2011 and cancelled due to the "economic downturn

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Finnair begins Helsinki-Dublin service
The six-times weekly route runs every day except on Tuesdays

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Accor opens Mercure hotel at Heathrow
The 184-guestroom Mercure London Heathrow Hotel is located in the former Comfort Hotel Heathrow in Hayes

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'My' Austrian Airlines unveils new image
Besides a new livery, the airline will sell short-haul tickets under a revised four-tier tariff structure from October

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Regional Air Connectivity Fund receives 19 bids
The UK government will consider funding bids for routes including Norwich to Dublin and Doncaster Sheffield to Frankfurt
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Air Canada aircraft crash lands in snowstorm
The incident happened as flight AC624 from Toronto arrived at Halifax Stanfield International airport at 0043 local time (0443 GMT) yesterday

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Dangerous liaisons - Tom Otley recalls the more colourful coverage of Business Traveller"s early years

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

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Six of the best
John Brunton reveals top places for a tipple in Budapest

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Copenhagen 2015
Jenny Southan finds ancient body parts, well-travelled liquor and functioning anarchy in the Danish capital

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Arabian masterpiece
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is due to open at the end of the year. Tom Otley finds out what"s in store for visitors

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Way out west
The extension of the MTR"s Island line has given a new lease of life to three of Hong Kong"s oldest neighbourhoods, says Christopher DeWolf

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A bite of the apple
Seen New York"s major sights before? Michelle Harbi suggests alternative pitstops for the seasoned visitor

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Coasting around
Andrew Eames heads out of Warsaw to explore the attractive Baltic coast

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Civil Aviation Authority

Civil Aviation Authority | News Releases

Consultation on General Aviation rules and regulations launched
A root and branch review of many of the national rules and regulations that affect UK General Aviation (GA) is underway through a consultation on the elements in the Air Navigation Order (ANO) that affect GA. The review follows a commitment made by the CAA, in response to the Government's Red Tape Challenge, to reform the regulatory regime for the UK's GA sector. Pilot licensing, operations and airworthiness rules are covered in the consultation with a view to deregulating or delegating w Read More
CAA launches legal action: regulator acts against three major airlines to protect UK passengers
Press release on CAA action against three airlines Read More
CAA survey seeks passenger help to improve support for reduced mobility
CAA survey seeks passenger help to improve support for reduced mobility Read More
Norwich controlled airspace downsized after CAA review
Following a recent review of Norwich International Airport's (NIA) controlled airspace (CAS), the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a reduction in the size of the Class D airspace. Although acknowledging that the Control Zone (CTR) and Control Area (CTA) around Norwich were working well following their implementation in 2012, the CAA has reduced the upper level of both from FL50 (approx 5,000ft) to 4,000ft. As a result, the transition altitude above the CTR and CTA will therefore b Read More
CAA decision on Rebalancing ATOL: Small Business ATOL retained
CAA decision on Rebalancing ATOL: Small Business ATOL retained 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. In the second regular update to confirm its work in the area the CAA said that in the last 60 days it had: . Launched a formal consultation on the proposal to introduce an ICAO Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) for Read More
Periodic weight checks for microlights to be scrapped
The requirement for microlights to be re-weighed every five years is to be removed, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed. The decision forms part of the CAA's GA Change Programme and follows a joint proposal from the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) and the Light Aircraft Association (LAA). The periodic re-weighing of microlights was introduced in the mid 1990s following mutual agreement with the then Popular Flying Association and the BMAA. The CAA has recently s Read More
CAA outlines future plans for its Medical Dept
Following a public consultation , the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed it is committed to exploring options for the way it currently provides medical services to the aviation industry. One of the options could see the outsourcing of its AeroMedical Centre to a suitable private sector provider. No timetable has yet been set for any changes, however. In the consultation the CAA h Read More

News |

Ryanair aircraft clip wings at Dublin airport
Passengers escaped unhurt when two Ryanair aircraft clipped wings at Dublin airport this morning. Read More
Gales force P&O Cruises to delay Oriana departure
P&O Cruises has issued an apology to passengers after being forced to cut a cruise short by a day due to gales which swept across the UK yesterday. Read More
Flybe disposes of loss-making Scandinavian business
Flybe today confirmed the completion of the disposal of its loss-making Scandinavian arm. Read More
Miles Morgan eyes further expansion after Cirencester acquisition
Miles Morgan has expanded his portfolio to 13 travel agencies with the acquisition of a store in Gloucestershire. Read More
Thomson agent win Anthem of the Seas godmother competition
Thomson agent Emma Wilby has won the competition to be godmother of Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas, which launches this month. Read More
MSC Cruises announces return to UK next year
MSC Cruises is returning to the UK next year with a short series of ex-UK sailings from Southampton. Read More
Hoseasons to target the LGBT community
Hoseasons is poised to launch a campaign targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender holidaymakers. Read More
Oman Air cuts losses in 2014
Losses at Oman Air were cut by 4% to less than RO 96 million in 2014. Read More
Lufthansa sets aside $300m for Germanwings compensation
Lufthansa has put aside $300 million to cover possible costs arising from last week's Germanwings crash which killed 150 people. Read More
Park Inn by Radisson launches 'virtual travel service'
Mid-market hotel brand Park Inn by Radisson has revealed plans for a 'virtual travel service' which takes over a customer's social channels to make it appear they are away on a trip Read More
Lichfield agency marks anniversary with plans to open airport
Lichfield-based family travel agency RB Collection has marked its 30th anniversary by unveiling a joint venture with the Bryan family of Tamworth to open the West Midlands’ newest airport. Read More
Turkey hit by nationwide power cut
A nationwide power cut hit Turkey today causing massive disruption. Read More
EasyJet opens Amsterdam base
EasyJet plans to add a fourth aircraft to its newly-opened base at Amsterdam Schiphol airport from October. Read More
Wizz Air to open Glasgow-Budapest route
A new route to Budapest from Glasgow is being started by Wizz Air this summer. Read More
EasyJet puts winter programme on sale with 13m UK seats
More than 22 million seats are being put on sale today by easyJet for next winter across its entire network. Read More

Destinations |

Italy: Lake sides
Go beyond Garda with Katie McGonagle’s guide to the Italian Lake District Read More
France for All Seasons
Enjoy France at its best with Katie McGonagle’s guide to where to go at any time of year Read More
Cruise: African arks
Clients are coming in two by two for safari cruises, writes Jane Archer Read More
Cruise: Cuban rhythm
Jane Archer checks out why cruisers are heading to the revolutionary island before the Americans return Read More
Cruise: Cool Britannia
Hollie-Rae Merrick tests out P&O’s new and contemporary flagship Read More
Med Cruise three ways: Family, luxury, culture
Jane Archer sails in three different styles in the Mediterranean Read More
Cruise: Waltz happening
Jane Archer takes an in-depth look at the Danube Read More
Greece: Repeat bookings
Make Greek guests twice as happy with a second-time visit, says Katie McGonagle Read More
Cyprus three ways: Save, spend, splurge
Looking for luxury or to bag a bargain? Cyprus has something to suit all clients, says Jeannine Williamson Read More
UK & Ireland: Cream of the crop
Find superb UK seaside breaks in Devon, says Joanna Booth Read More
UK & Ireland: Short but sweet
Clients don’t need to use up precious leave days on a UK holiday – look at what they can do in just a weekend, says Joanna Booth Read More
Advertorial: Sofia - crossroad of the inspired
Bulgaria is a small country located at the crossroad between Europe and Asia, which preserves thousand year old history and rich cultural heritage. Read More
UK & Ireland: Irish cream
Pick the best Irish holidays, whether clients want a short break or a longer stay. By Katie McGonagle Read More
Theme Parks & Attractions: Magic moments
Make a theme park break even more special, writes Katie McGonagle Read More
Theme Parks & Attractions: Big Kids
Indulge your inner child on a theme park break that’s just for grown-ups, writes Katie McGonagle Read More

Advice |

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
Readers' Lives: Ann Jones
As a strong promoter of UK holidays, Ann likes to practise what she preaches. Read More
Readers' Lives: Helen Whittaker
Ever since Helen Whittaker was at school, she has been passionate about raising money for charitable causes. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Kirsty Sloan
Deciding to go on the Cover Stars trip to Massachusetts was one of the hardest decisions of Kirsty Sloan’s life – but one of the best she’s ever made. Read More
Readers’ Lives: Rita Hunter
There’s no stopping Rita Hunter. After more than 30 years in travel, she has ambitious expansion plans that could take her homeworking business to a new level. Read More
Advice: Know your local laws and customs
Advice from John Heppenstall, head of consular campaigns at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Read More
Advice: What you need to know about pensions law changes
Advice from Charles Counsell, The Pensions Regulator's executive director of automatic enrolment. Read More
Readers' Lives: Jule (Molly) McIntyre
When Julie McIntyre was eight, she told her mum she wanted to work on a cruise ship like the one featured on the TV show The Love Boat or a hotel like the one in Hotel. Read More
Readers' Lives: Cover Star Jennie Watson
Ask Jennie Watson about Boston and the chances are the first thing she will tell you is about Catie Copley at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel. Read More
Readers' Lives: Helen Johnson
Four years ago, Helen Johnson decided to put her experience to good use and open her own travel agency on the high street. Read More
Readers' Lives: Kit Williams
Kit Williams had intended to spend her retirement travelling the world. Read More
Readers' Lives: Lisa Barnes
When Lisa Barnes joined forces with Claire Milby to set up an independent travel agency in a furniture store with one other part-time member of staff, it was with a sense of trepidation. Read More
Readers' Lives: Karen Simmonds
When it comes to fundraising for worthy causes, travel agency owner Karen Simmonds has probably done more than her fair share. Read More
Breaking Travel News

Breaking Travel News

News: Lufthansa cancels anniversary celebrations
Lufthansa has confirmed it will cancel its 60th anniversary celebrations, originally planned for next month. In a statement earlier the airline said live coverage of the memorial service at the Cologne Cathedral in memory of the victims of flight 4U 95245 would be broadcast instead. That event will take place on the April 17th.
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News: Bahrain further liberalises visa regime for overseas visitors
Following on from the new visa policy announced in September 2014, the government of Bahrain has announced a second phase updates which will allow business visitors and tourists to spend longer periods of time in the country. The move also improves ease of access for GCC residents and visa holders.
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News: Eurostar set to start Easter celebrations
Eurostar is set for one of its busiest weekends of the year as over 150,000 passengers are expected to travel over the Easter bank holiday with the high-speed rail operator. Over 85,000 Brits will travel over the Easter break - a 16 per cent rise in passenger numbers compared to the equivalent period in 2014.
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News: Korean Air outlines Airbus A330-300 roll-out plans
Korean Air is strengthening its global service by introducing fuel efficient cutting edge aircrafts. Starting April 2nd, Korean Air will introduce its brand new A330-300 aircrafts, one of the main Airbus model aircrafts, on its South East Asia routes. The newly introduced A330-300 aircrafts will join the fleet serving on Korean Air’s routes to Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore as well as other routes in south-east Asia and Oceania.
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News: Airbnb signs on as accommodation partner for Rio 2016
Airbnb has confirmed it will act as the official “alternative accommodation services supplier” for the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games. The games will take place in Rio de Janeiro next summer. It is the first time the company has signed on as an official partner for the Olympics.
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News: Hilton expands digital check-in to Indian hotels
Hilton Worldwide has announced that its pioneering digital check-in and room selection technology is now live across more than 4,300 hotels spanning 12 brands worldwide. This includes the 14 hotels operating by Hilton Worldwide in India. Today’s official announcement in India continues the incredible rollout of this technology across Asia Pacific, following the recent launches in Australasia and south-east Asia, and preceding formal launches in China and Japan.
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News: Accor signs on as accommodation partner for French Open at Roland Garros
Accor is to become an official supplier to Roland Garros for the next three editions of the French Open. As part of this partnership, the hotel group will have a reception area in the partners’ Village during the tournament, which will this year take place from May 24th-June 7th. This will enable it to welcome many partners and investors from around the world.
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News: WTM Latin America to welcome global travel community to São Paulo
WTM Latin America 2015, set to take place from April 22nd-24th at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo, will again present Latin America to the world and the world to Latin America. And judging by the number of exhibitors and new exhibitors already confirmed to exhibit within the World region on the exhibition floor the mission is fulfilled for the third year running.
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News: Europcar predicts mobile future for business travellers
Europcar continues to focus on the needs of business travellers and its corporate customers, with the launch of its whitepaper, ‘Future Mobility’. As technology continues to develop, more employees expect to be able to work on the move, putting pressure on organisations to embrace connectivity.
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News: Swiss entrepreneur reveals plan for tallest hotel on earth
Swiss entrepreneur Remo Stoffel has unveiled a design for what promises to become the world’s tallest hotel. The structure, to be situated in Vals in the Swiss Alps, is designed to reach a height of 381 metres, which once completed in 2019. This will eclipse the JW Marriott Marquis hotel in Dubai, which currently holds the record at 355 metres tall. According to Stoffel, who is chairman of Dubai-based Farnek, one of the leading facilities management companies in the Middle East, the inspiration for the hotel came from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, ruler of Dubai.
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News: Strong accommodation figures from Puerto Rico tourism
Puerto Rico’s tourism industry continues to grow, as noted by the executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, while announcing an increase of hotel occupancy rates for February 2015, compared to the same month during the previous year. “PRTC is pleased that the country’s preliminary numbers in hotel occupancy for the month of February 2015, project a strong increase trend of 4.8 points, compared to the same month in 2014,” she explained.
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News: MSC Sinfonia returns to sea following renovation work
MSC Cruises has revealed MSC Sinfonia has left Genoa, Italy, to resume service following ground-breaking enlargement and enhancement work at Fincantieri’s shipyard, in Palermo, Italy. MSC Sinfonia entered dry-dock in January and returns to duty ten weeks later with renewed amenities and enriched on-board spaces for cruise guests.
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News: PPHE Hotel Group expands in Croatia with new Park Plaza property
PPHE Hotel Group, operator of the Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand in Europe, has announced the opening of its fifth hotel in Croatia. Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts will be extensively renovating, extending and rebranding the existing property, Hotel Park, with a view to opening summer 2015. The move is in collaboration with Croatian hospitality partner Arenaturist, in which PPHE Hotel Group has a minority ownership interest.
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Focus: The Benefits Of Staying Connected To Home Whilst On Holiday
Let’s face it, in today’s day and age, it seems as if more and more of us have less and less time to rest and relax. The need for holidays and vacations has never been greater, but the problem is that many of us simply don’t have the time to leave home/work for several weeks at a time as our schedules just won’t allow it. In reality however, holidays and vacations can be extremely beneficial for our health and because of this, we really should make the effort to go away more.
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Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Mehdi Othmani, general manager, Hilton Hurghada Plaza
Overlooking the Red Sea, the Hilton Hurghada Plaza Hotel offers breath-taking views from all 218 guest rooms and suites. From casual beachfront dining to romantic candlelit meals the range of fine dining on offer will suit all tastes, while the chance to relax in the sauna and whirlpool is also a welcome escape. Having been recognised as Africa’s Leading Green Hotel by the World Travel Awards in 2015, Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole here sits down with general manager Mehdi Othmani to discuss what 2015 holds for this stunning beachfront property.
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News: Etihad welcomes South African Airways to Abu Dhabi
Etihad Airways is now able to provide enhanced access to and from South Africa following the launch of a new daily service between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi by its codeshare partner, South African Airways. A delegation of senior SAA management, South African government officials and visiting travel trade and media representatives, was welcomed to Abu Dhabi when flight SA 278 touched down on schedule at Abu Dhabi International Airport at 20:25 last night.
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News: Kuoni unveils new accommodation options for Euro 2016
As UEFA adds new team Base Camps for the Euro 2016 final tournament, the official UEFA Euro 2016 Accommodation Agency, operated by the Kuoni Group, has found nearby accommodation to suit the needs of participating teams. The accommodation – along with details of training grounds – will be added to the dedicated website, launched by UEFA and the Kuoni Group back in September 2014.
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News: Lufthansa Group overhauls pilot safety following Germanwings disaster
In coordination with the German Federal Aviation Office, other German airlines and the German aviation industry association (Bundesverband der deutschen Luftverkehrswirtschaft), the airlines of the Lufthansa Group are to adopt a new cockpit occupancy procedure as a precautionary measure. Under the new procedure, two authorised persons must be present in the cockpit at all times during a flight.
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News: Colombia headed to WTM Latin America for first time
The third WTM Latin America, which will take place from April 22nd-24th at the Expo Centre Norte in Sao Paulo, will welcome Colombia to the event for the first time this year. Promoting the rich history and diverse landscapes and cultures, Colombia plans to take advantage of the most international business-to-business event for the industry in the Americas.
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News: Puerto Rico to welcome largest cruise ships in 2016
Next year Puerto Rico will welcome the largest cruise ships in the world, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, both from the Royal Caribbean line. The news was announced earlier by Puerto Rico Tourism Company executive director, Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, and Port Authority executive director Colberg Ingrid Rodríguez. 
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