Friday, 31 August 2012

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers brings Japanese culinary finesse to Abu Dhabi with the opening of 'Tori No Su' Japanese Restaurant

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers officially opened Abu Dhabi’s and the hotel’s latest gourmet venue: Tori No Su, a sleek Japanese destination of style and taste offering traditional Japanese cuisine along with contemporary creations based on classic elements by Chef Ando. Combining an authentic modern Japanese ambience with superb dining and lively urban interaction, Tori No Su features live Teppanyaki and Robatayaki counters, a Sushi bar, a beverage bar as well general seating areas.

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Etihad Cargo Announces Freighter Operations To Doha

Etihad Cargo will inaugurate a new weekly freighter operation from Abu Dhabi to the Qatari capital, Doha, effective September 3.

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Air Malta and ALPA Reach Agreement

After long but productive discussions Air Malta and ALPA concluded negotiations early this morning on a new 4-year collective agreement commencing 1st January 2012.

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Jumeirah Hosts part of UK X Factor in Dubai

Jumeirah, the global luxury hospitality group,announced that it was the host of a segment of the UK’s biggest TV show, The X Factor.

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Air Pacific Launches Direct Suva - Port Vila Service

Friday, August 31, 2012 - Air Pacific has added a direct Suva - Port Vila service to its international network. The non-stop, once-a-week direct service on Sundays between the capitals of Fiji and Vanuatu will be operated by the airline’s wholly owned subsidiary Pacific Sun using its forty-two seat ATR42-500 aircraft. 

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Geumsan to Hold Ginseng Festival

Friday, August 31, 2012 - The 32nd Geumsan Insam (Ginseng) Festival is slated to take place from September 14th through the 23rd at Geumsan Ginseng Museum square and Insam Yakcho Geori (Ginseng & Medicinal Herb Street) area in Geumsan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do.

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Festival O! Gwangju Media Art 2012 to Begin

The Festival O! Gwangju Media Art 2012 will take place from September 5th through 7th at the 5.18 Democracy Square, Jeonil Building, Asia Culture Maru, and Asian Culture Complex under the theme of ‘Light and Human’.

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Opinion leaders deliver New Zealand's targeted campaign messages

Chinese free and independent travellers (FIT) are set to be inspired by emotive messages from high profile opinion leaders as part of Tourism New Zealand's (TNZ) latest JV campaign with Air New Zealand. The 'New Zealand, New Emotion' campaign builds on previous activity, including the 100 % Revive your emotions campaign.

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Seoul Royal Residence to host Sunday Art Performances

Every Sunday during September and October, Unhyeongung Royal Residence in Seoul will be presenting Korean traditional cultural performances.

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American Airlines Launches Codeshare Agreement With Iberia Express

American Airlines and Iberia Express received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation for a new codeshare agreement. This agreement allows American to place its code on flights marketed by Iberia, and operated by Iberia Express, between its Madrid hub and 14 destinations throughout Europe. 

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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Kempinski Hotels announced the appointment of Mr. Vella Ramasawmy as the General Manager of their upcoming Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi scheduled to open later this year in East Delhi. A pioneer in the hotel industry, Mr. Ramasawmy is spearheading the hotel team to make it a new landmark for European luxury in India. 

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Boeing to Provide Performance-Based Logistics for US Air Force F-15 Radars

Boeing has received an $85 million Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) contract for continued support of U.S. Air Force F-15 mechanically scanned and Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars. The new PBL contract replaces three previous support contracts with one overarching agreement.

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Employment rises by 1.4 per cent in Airline industry says USDOT

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 1.4 percent more workers in June 2012 than they did in June 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported recently. 

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DOT Fines Aerolineas Argentinas for Violating DOT Price Advertising Rule

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Transportation fined Aerolineas Argentinas $50,000 for violating the Department’s new rule on full-fare advertising by failing to include government taxes and other fees in advertised airfares and ordered it to cease and desist from further violations.  

Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International Organized AET trip for Top Nepal Travel Agents

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - Thai Airways International: Kathmandu and Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi jointly organized an Agents’ Educational Trip for Nepal agents to Thailand from 3rd-8th August 2012.  The group of 10 visited Chiang Mai and Bangkok.

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TAT and Thai Airways International (Kolkata) Organized AET trip for Kolkata Travel Agents

Thai Airways International: Kolkata and Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi jointly organized an Agents’ Educational Trip for Kolkata agents to Thailand from 07th- 12th August 2012.  The group of 10 agents visited Surat Thani, Koh Samui and Bangkok.

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Cambria Suites Research Reveals San Diego And Seattle Top Business Travel Destinations

A new survey* from Cambria Suites fielded by the GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the GBTA, reveals San Diego (74 percent) and Seattle (69 percent) as the top cities for business travelers trying to achieve "work-life productivity" on overnight business trips. According to the "Total Work-Life Productivity of Business Travelers" survey, more than seven of 10 (71 percent) business travelers say the key to achieving work-life balance is focusing on "work-life productivity," which means living their overall life more productively by focusing equally on personal and professional needs.

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Incheon K-Pop Concert 2012 to begin on September 9

The Incheon K-POP Concert 2012 will be held on September 9 at 7 p.m. at Incheon Munhak Stadium.

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Malaysia's Tourist Arrivals Continue To Increase

The Tourism Minister, Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen announced that Malaysia welcomed 11,632,483 tourist arrivals for the first six months of 2012, registering a growth of 2.4%  compared to 11,362,862 arrivals for the same period last year. Correspondingly, total tourist receipts from January to June 2012 rose by 4.0%, generating RM26.8 billion to the country’s revenue compared to RM25.7 billion in 2011.

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26 travel sellers and front liners attended Kia Ora training

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - In June, Tourism New Zealand held 100% Pure New Zealand Korea training in Seoul with another successful Kia Ora class.

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

FAA Selects Harris Corporation As Voice System Provider

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Harris Corp. of Melborne, Fla., to support an essential element of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).  The NextGen-enabling program is called the National Airspace System (NAS) Voice System (NVS).

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Best Western calls on Facebook to select most unique and impressive hotels

Best Western International is calling on travelers to cast their vote on the Best Western Facebook page to select winners of the first-ever Best Western Fan Awards, which will recognize some of the most unique and impressive hotels worldwide from Best Western’s portfolio of more than 4,000 hotels in 100 countries. 

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airberlin and NIKI expand codeshare agreement with S7 Airlines

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - airberlin and NIKI are expanding their existing codeshare agreement with their Russian oneworld® partner, S7 Airlines. Since 2009 airberlin, NIKI and S7 Airlines have been operating codeshare flights connecting cities such as Dusseldorf, Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna with Moscow, and Berlin with Kaliningrad. 

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Cairo lures Cultural Tourists

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - Cairo is known to be a vibrant, exhilarating and an exotic city that oozes mystery along with an old world charm. The River Nile has been a silent spectator to its transition from monarchy to modernization. The majestic monuments, medieval markets, alluring pyramids, innumerable museums, mosques and ancient palaces will all fascinate you immensely whether it is your first visit or you have come back for more. 

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Ibis steps up its presence in Hong Kong

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - Ibis has recently opened its second hotel in this archipelago that has been dubbed the Pearl of the East. It was an exciting challenge and the ibis teams in this uncannily buoyant part of the world pulled it off

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Holiday Inn Resort Kicks Off Back to School Season with 'Extra Credit'

School is back in session, and teachers aren’t the only ones giving out “extra credit.”  IHG today announced the Holiday Inn Resort “Extra Credit” offer which rewards guests with a $50 Resort Credit to use on property when they stay at least two nights Sept. 4 through Nov. 30, 2012, when booked at starting today. 

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British Airways specially designs new in-flight menu for India

British Airways is delighted to introduce its new, specially designed in-flight menu for the preferences and tastes of its Indian customers across all cabins from Delhi and Mumbai. In collaboration with Oberoi Flight Services (OFS) and based on customer insights in India, this new menu is reflective of authentic Indian flavours and seasonal offerings.

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Malaysia Airlines' Adds Daytime Flights to Chennai

Beginning 1 September 2012, passengers travelling to Chennai, India will enjoy more connectivity with Malaysia Airlines’ new daytime frequencies between Kuala Lumpur and the South Indian city.

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Ryanair Intends To Re-Bid For Aer Lingus If The EC Grants Phase II Approval

Following 29th August decision of the European Commission to refer the acquisition of Aer Lingus to Phase II, Ryanair's Offer lapses, in accordance with the Takeover Rules, with immediate effect, and all acceptances of the Offer to date are void.

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Ryanair Opens 2 New Manchester Routes To Gdansk And Riga

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - Ryanair announced two new winter routes from Manchester to Gdansk and Riga, (from Nov 2012), as Ryanair expands its winter Manchester schedule to 18 routes, which will deliver over 1.3m passengers p.a., sustaining 1,300 “on site” jobs at Manchester Airport.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Beirut's hotel industry reported sharp RevPAR declines

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - “When measured in local currency, Beirut (Lebanon) reported sharp RevPAR declines (-39.2 percent) for July 2012 compared to last year as the Syrian crisis has deterred travellers to neighbouring Lebanon”,said Elizabeth Randall Winkle, managing director of STR Global. “July is the first month that average room rates and occupancy declined by around 20 percent”.

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CWT announces growth in sales volume and transactions for first half 2012

Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) announces that its sales volume for the first half of 2012 was US$15 billion1, representing a 1 percent increase compared to the same period in 2011. Transactions also rose 1 percent to 32.2 million2 in the first six months of 2012.

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San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau Names New Senior Vice President of City Wide Sales

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Rick Outcalt to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Citywide Sales. Outcalt, who most recently served as Director of Sales & Marketing for the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, will direct the citywide sales efforts for the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Onam Festival is a perfect time to visit Kerala

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - If you are planning for a Kerala trip to India this year, August would be a perfect time to visit. Onam is a grand festival in Kerala, which falls during the first month of the Malayalam calendar. 

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End of the Road Festival is all set to commence on August 31

End of the Road Festival — a yearly music festival focuses mainly on alternative music, mostly folk, alt-country and Americana. It is hosted at the Larmer Tree Gardens, on the border of north Dorset and Wiltshire, England. 

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Shanghai Shapes the Future of MICE Industry

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - Shanghai is a city of variety – from futuristic skyscrapers, Shikumen houses, time honoured restaurants to surreal river cruises, traditional tea houses and premium shopping destinations. MICE planners have plenty of options when it comes to choosing the perfect venue or accommodation – be it budget hotels, luxury resorts or serviced apartments to organize well planned out meetings.

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Brisbane Is The Hub Where Business Meets Pleasure

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - Brisbane in Australia is an absolute delight for MICE planners from every part of the world. A progressive outlook, sound infrastructure, world class facilities, easy access and variety at its best are some of the ingredients that have led to its unprecedented success as one of the most sought after business destinations.

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Guest Musicians Jazz Up Crystal's South Pacific Voyage

Live jazz brings an energetic beat to Crystal Cruises’ November 25th South Pacific voyage.   From Los Angeles to Hawaii and French Polynesia, a host of prolific guest musicians will treat sea-goers to daily live music, ranging from ragtime to swing, while Louis Zamperini, Olympic champion and subject of the bestseller Unbroken; American musical theater author Herb Keyser; Clint Van Zandt, former Chief Hostage Negotiator and “Silence of the Lambs”-style profiler for the FBI; and General Nick Halley will also be aboard to rivet audiences as Crystal Visions Enrichment guest speakers.

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Moscow Autumn Travel Industry Week will be held from September 19-22

Russia’s largest autumn tourism event, MATIW - Moscow Autumn Travel Industry Week will be held from September 19– 22, 2012 in the Crocus Expo, International Exhibition Centre,Moscow.

MATIW is a global event for the tourism industry in Russia, as it consists of three professional exhibitions and two annual specialised conferences. 

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ANA to become world's first airline to have all flight and cabin crew equipped with iPads

ANA Group announces that it is to equip all of its approximately 2,500 flight crew with an iPad, in addition to the already equipped cabin crew. The move, which will involve ANA producing electronic versions of the flight manual, is part of ANA’s Corporate Strategy for FY2012-13 to support corporate structural reform to drive high-quality operations and cost efficiencies.

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Monday, 27 August 2012

Try exhilarating adventure sports in Cairo

Monday, August 27, 2012 - Cairo is known to be a vibrant, exhilarating and an exotic city that oozes mystery along with an old world charm. The River Nile has been a silent spectator to its transition from monarchy to modernization. The majestic monuments, medieval markets, alluring pyramids, innumerable museums, mosques and ancient palaces will all fascinate you immensely whether it is your first visit or you have come back for more. 

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Changi Airport: Operating indicators for July 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012 - The number of passenger movements at Singapore Changi Airport increased 4.5% on-year to 4.36 million in July 2012.  Air traffic movements grew in tandem, with 27,100 landings and take-offs recorded at Changi during the month, or 4.6% more compared to a year ago.

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The Hungry Ghost Festival is going to be held in China on August 31

The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival or Yu Lan is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated on the 15th night of the seventh lunar month. During this time, it is believed that the gates of hell open, releasing the hungry ghosts to wander on the earth in search of food. So the people light up the lanterns on roadsides and at the riverside for the convenience of the ghosts. 

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929 exhibitors and 220 trade buyers from 80 countries attended BITE

The 9th presentation of Beijing International Tourism Expo, popularly known as BITE accomplished on a high note after the three days mega tourism event. BITE unveiled its international showcase of destinations, tourism attractions, travel packages, products and services from June 15 – 17, 2012.

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CIBTM will have its majestic presentation from September 12-14, 2012

CIBTM will have its majestic presentation from September 12– 14, 2012 at the China National Convention Centre (CNCC), Beijing, China. CIBTM is a part of IBTM Global Events portfolio. This event provides an ultimate platform for the world's leading MICE industry suppliers to meet top level buyers with strong purchasing power who are responsible for organising and planning meetings, events and business travel in China, Asia and the rest of the world.

Amtrak Texas Eagle Route Podcast Now Available

Monday, August 27, 2012 - Passengers riding on Amtrak Texas Eagle trains between Chicago and San Antonio now can begin their trips by downloading a podcast that provides an interpretive tour of the route’s history, stops and highlights. Amtrak, the National Park Service and the Texas A&M University Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences worked together on the podcast project. It is available for download at no charge from 

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Seoul to Host 7th International Media Art Biennale

The Seoul International Media Art Biennale, which has been showcasing works of thousands of media artists worldwide since 2000, will be held from September 11th through November 4th at the Seoul Museum of Art and Seoul Sangam Digital Media City (DMC).

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Friday, 24 August 2012

Dragonair Cancels Kaohsiung Flights

Dragonair announced that it will cancel four flights to Kaohsiung and five flights from Kaohsiung on 24 August due to expected severe impact of Severe Typhoon Tembin on southern Taiwan. 

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Rory McIlroy, Jumeirah's Global Brand Ambassador, Wows Youth Golfers in New York City

Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and its global brand ambassador, Rory McIlroy, joined forces to support a local community initiative in New York. Fresh from his second Major victory, Rory got back to basics with a junior golf clinic at the City Parks Foundation’s Junior Golf Center in Brooklyn.  

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2012 Healing Music Festival to start from September 7

Presenting a series of concerts of soothing music for the fourth year, the annual Healing Music Festival is set to run on September 7th through 9th under the theme of “Rendezvous of Music and Nature”. 

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City tours to start in Moscow in September

The first double decker tourist buses will be launched in Moscow only in September. Three buses have already tried new routes оn Friday, August 17.

Double decker buses were expected to start running in Moscow in July, as we previously reported. However tourists will have opportunity to enjoy the first city tour only in September, according to the website of the Moscow Committee for Tourism and Hotel Industry.

Russian Railways introduces tourist trains and discounts for tourists

Russian Railways introduces a number of innovations for the passenger traffic. A new flexible pricing, special tourist trains as well as discount tickets to the Black Sea and the North Caucasus resorts are among them.

One of these innovations aims to increase the use of railway transport for domestic tourist flow. 

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The Board of Estonian Air to be reduced

“In order to improve the effectiveness of the company, we have been carried out a number of important changes in the structure of Estonian Air, results of which we are expecting to see already at the end of the current year. The changes and the re-align touched all levels of the organization,” noted Signe Vaks-Saareoja.

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UK's Oldest Traveller: 101 year old "Turbaned Tornado"

Friday, August 24, 2012 - Gatwick Airport announces 101 year old Fauja Singh the winner of its nationwide search for the UK’s Oldest Traveller which was set up to help highlight how accessible airport travel can be for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM).

RHIC 2012 Conference is a perfect place to Position Your Investment for Growth

Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC) will take place on October 15-17, 2012, at the Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow. Now in its eighth year, RHIC has become the region’s largest hotel industry gathering. The conference will bring together top-level executives from all areas of the industry including investors, developers, brands, operators, financiers, advisors and government officials – all with one common purpose: to do business in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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Scott Antel chosen for Leadership Award by the Advisory Board for RHIC

The Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC) announced that Scott Antel, Partner, DLA Piper, has been selected as the 2012 Leadership Award recipient. The Award will be given to Antel during a special presentation at the conference on Wednesday 17 October.

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ITB Asia celebrates its 5th birthday with 20% discount on the event tickets this year

ITB Asia will complete 5 successful editions this year. On this grand occasion, ITB Asia is granting 20% discount on the fair tickets and lots more. With the tagline ‘Our 5th birthday is Your Accomplishment’, ITB Asia has lots to offer for the exhibitors and attendees. 

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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Rocco Forte Hotels appoints Blanche van Berckel as GM of Hotel Amigo in Brussels

Rocco Forte Hotels announced the appointment of Blanche van Berckel as General Manager of the Hotel Amigo, Brussels. Ms van Berckel, who will start in September, takes over from Jacques Vitu who recently left the company. 

Asia/Pacific hotel industry's occupancy decreased by 2.2 percent

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - Hotels in the Asia/Pacific region experienced mixed results in the three key performance metrics for July 2012 when reported in U.S. dollars, according to data compiled by STR Global. In year-over-year measurements, the Asia/Pacific region’s occupancy decreased 2.2 percent to 68.3 percent, its average daily rate ended the month virtually flat with a 0.2-percent increase to US$136.06 and its revenue per available room was down 2.1 percent to US$92.86.

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CEB opens up 200 jobs with new aircraft deliveries

Cebu Pacific expands its workforce with 200 more positions available for pilots, cabin crew, and technical and non-technical support crew. This is time for 2 brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft deliveries later this year, and 7 more aircraft in 2013. 

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Regional passengers have double reason to protest against unfair aviation tax, says Flybe

Flybe has thanked its passengers for their overwhelming public response following calls for pressure to be put on the Government to re-consider the punitive and unfair Air Passenger Duty tax that travellers pay when flying from a UK airport. 

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United Airlines Awards $851,000 In College Scholarships

United Airlines announced that it awarded $851,000 in college scholarships through the United Scholarship Fund to 580 employees and children of employees for the 2012-13 academic year. The United Scholarship Fund remains the only scholarship program in the country funded solely through employee contributions and donations from fundraising. 

Singapore Airlines Set To Redefine Airport Lounge Experience

Singapore Airlines has appointed renowned architectural and interior design firm ONG&ONG to develop a new design concept to be applied to all of the Airline’s airport lounges worldwide. The appointment is part of a more than $20 million investment programme in SilverKris Lounges for the next five years intended to enhance the travel experience of our customers.

Dragonair Expects Normal Taiwan Operations Today and Advises Passengers to Check Latest Flight Information

Dragonair announced that based on the latest weather forecast, the airline plans to operate its flights to and from Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung as scheduled today (23 August). However flights to and from Kaohsiung and Taichung tomorrow (24 August) may be subject to disruption caused by the adverse weather as a result of the passage of Severe Typhoon Tembin. 

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Travelocity And Zooborns Name The 15 Must-Visit Zoo And Aquarium Newborns

Zoos and aquariums are two of the best ways for people, young or old, to experience animals in a fun, safe environment. These destinations can also inspire a lifelong interest in wildlife conservation. One of the most exciting parts of a zoo visit is the opportunity to see a baby animal, and this summer, baby animals of all species have been born at some of North America’s favorite zoos.

Catch a Canaries cruise for some welcome autumn warmth

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - After one of our wettest ever summers, what better way to enjoy a balmy break this autumn, than with a Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Canaries cruise? There are some great savings on cruises to the Canary Islands, Portugal, Morocco, and Azores, where the climate is warm and welcoming.

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Embraer Delivers First AEW&C Aircraft to India

Embraer Defense and Security delivered the first EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) class of aircraft to the Government of India, in a ceremony held at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Mississippi Gulf Coast CVB announces national & regional awards

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced recent recognitions by AAA Southern Traveler, Where to Retire, and the Southeastern Tourism Society.

AAA Southern Traveler magazine readers selected Gulfport as the Best Fishing Weekend and chose the Mississippi Gulf Coast as the Best Casino/Gaming Destination in the south.Readers were asked to select their southern favorites in 17 categories. 

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AFL and Virgin Australia fly the Premiership Cup around Australia

The 2012 AFL Premiership Cup  begun a tour of Australia, courtesy of Virgin Australia, the official airline and sponsor of the AFL.

The Virgin Australia lounge network will host the Cup over the coming weeks in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, giving visitors to the lounge a chance to get close to the AFL’s ultimate trophy.

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Air Canada Foundation First Annual Golf Tournament Raises Over $268,000 for Children in Need

The Air Canada Foundation's first annual fundraising golf tournament held Monday, August 6, at the Elm Ridge Country Club, Québec, raised over $268,000 support of organizations focused on the health and well-being of children in need. 

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Bombardier Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter

Bombardier reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. Revenues totalled $4.2 billion, compared to $4.7 billion for the corresponding period last fiscal year. Earnings before financing expense, financing income and income taxes (EBIT) totalled $220 million, versus $296 million last fiscal year. The EBIT margin was at 5.3%, compared to 6.2% last fiscal year.

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Cathay Pacific welcomes Environmental Impact Assessment Study Brief for third runway option at HKIA

Cathay Pacific Airways welcomes the Director of Environmental Protection’s issuance of a Study Brief for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport. 

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ACI World Director General Angela Gittens Named 2012 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence Recipien

The Airport Consultants Council(ACC) announced the selection of ACI World Director General Angela Gittens as recipient of the 2012 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence. The award will be presented on November 6, 2012 during the ACC Annual Conference & Exposition awards luncheon in Bonita Springs, Florida.

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JetBlue Airways Reports July Traffic

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - JetBlue Airways Corporation [reported its preliminary traffic results for July 2012. Traffic in July increased 7.1 percent from July 2011, on a capacity increase of 5.5 percent.

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ACI- Passenger Traffic Posts Strong Gains at 5% Growth Year Over Year as Air Freight Bounces Back for June

Global passenger markets remain buoyant with growth of almost 5% year over year for the first half of 2011 and for June 2012. While certain domestic markets have slowed in North America (+0.8%), Europe (-0.3%) and Africa (-2.4%), international passenger traffic has shown strong growth in June. Africa (+19.2%) and the Middle East (+13.9%) recovered from the sharp declines in traffic in 2011 brought on by the Arab Spring. Asia-Pacific also posted double-digit gains in international passenger traffic at +12.3%.

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Alton Awarded Membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - Alton, Ill., has been awarded membership in Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad's year-long 150th anniversary celebration. Alton will receive an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman and CEO Jim Young, and Alton's historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at

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Busan Hosts 2012 Sound Wave Festival

The Sound Wave Festival, featuring diverse genres of music, is set to take place on Busan’s Gwangalli Beach on August 18th through 19th.

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Friday, 10 August 2012

Budapest Airport: All development commitments fulfilled

This is the accumulated value of all development commitments fulfilled by Budapest Airport as part of the Privatization Agreement, exceeding the 260.6 million euro limit set by the agreement. 

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Sydney Gets a Taste of Philippine Flavours

Guests were treated to a special feast hosted by the Philippine Department of Tourism, Philippine Airlines and San Miguel at The Grace Hotel to celebrate the ‘Flavours of the Philippines’ food festival.

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Dreams Become Destinations Rotating Routes for 1st Ethiopian Dreamliner

Ethiopian Airlines, which will be the first airline in the world outside Japan to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, announces rotating destinations, primarily in Africa, for its 1 st Dreamliner. 

Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Vivienne Tam Unveil Limited-Edition Slippers

Marking the one-year anniversary of its global welcome program for Chinese travelers, Hilton Hotels & Resorts today unveils limited-edition "Water Dragon" slippers designed for Hilton by iconic international fashion designer Vivienne Tam. 

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'Discover Wynwood' At Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Mandarin Oriental, Miami presents the “Discover Wynwood” package offering an insider’s guide to Miami’s burgeoning Wynwood District, home to the city’s top contemporary art galleries, vibrant street art, eclectic shopping and innovative restaurants and cafés. 

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Estonian Air revenues up by 24%, airline to take vigorous steps to reach profitability

The total revenue of Estonian Air in the first six months was up by 24% to reach 43.9 million euros, the financial result for the first six months was a loss of 14.9 million euros. The company expects to have significantly better results in the second half of the year. 

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'Come Fly With Me' With Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona's New Helicopter Package

Guests staying at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona can now discover the city’s most amazing views with the hotel’s new helicopter package which offers a panoramic flight in a twin-engine helicopter over Barcelona’s landmarks.

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Mandarin Oriental, Manila Launches 'Maximise Your Meetings' Package

With outstanding personalised service, award-winning cuisine, a world-class Spa, and well-equipped meeting rooms and function spaces, Mandarin Oriental, Manila introduces the “Maximise Your Meetings” package for group bookings of 10 rooms or more.

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Golden Week Celebrations At Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has a variety of enticing Golden Week packages to choose from.

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Relax & Rejuvenate With Special Offers & Discounts At Aamod

Friday, August 10, 2012 - For those looking for an eco friendly resort, Aamod is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.

Nestled in a picturesque sylvan setting on the fringes of the Kalatop wild life sanctuary, Aamod at Dalhousie is an eco-resort that enjoys unparalleled scenic beauty.

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Saturday, 4 August 2012

Carnival Glory's Steakhouse Recognized by the American Culinary Federation

Carnival Glory’s Emerald Room steakhouse has earned top honors from the American Culinary Federation (ACF), the largest organization of professional chefs in North America.

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