Friday, 28 June 2013

Amtrak Sponsors New York City Pride Festival

 Amtrak announced today that it is an official sponsor of NYC PRIDE 2013 (June 28-30), one of the largest LGBT events in the nation. Amtrak will have a presence at NYC’s Pride Fest on Sunday, June 30, on Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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Amtrak Welcomes Aboard U.S. Secretary Of Transportation Anthony Foxx

 Amtrak Chairman Tony Coscia and President and CEO Joe Boardman issued the following statement: "Amtrak congratulates Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on his confirmation today by the U.S. Senate. 

TAT Releases Study of Four Key Target Niche-Markets

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has published a study of four key target niche markets that will be a major focus of its future marketing efforts in 2014 and beyond: health and wellness, golf, honeymoon and weddings, and ecotourism.

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Chinese Health & Wellness Visitors to be Focus of Annual Medical Tourism Fam Trip in August

High-end Chinese health and wellness visitors are to be the primary niche-market focus of the annual Medical Tourism Fam Trip to be organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Thai Spa Association between 13-18 August, 2013.

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Holkham Beach In Norfolk is To Officially Ban Nudists From Its Shores From 1st July

 Following the announcement that Holkham Beach in Norfolk is to officially ban nudists from its shores from 1st July, tourists may well be looking for their next kit-free hang out. Look no further. 

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SiteMinder Appoints Executive Vice President to Head Up The Americas

 Global online distributor, SiteMinder, has appointed well-known American hotel industry personality, David Chestler, to head up its expansion into the Americas market.

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Brazil Tourism Minister attends meeting of FORNATUR

 Urging the tourism sector leaders to gear up, Brazil Tourism Minister Gaston Vieira summoned the secretaries and state leaders in the industry to apply the resources available in the convention center, infrastructure and tourist signs during the 24th Special Meeting of the National Forum of State Secretaries and Managers of Tourism (FORNATUR) on Thursday June 27 in Brasilia.
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MGTO presents brand-new website in 15 languages

Following the soft launch of its Beta-version website last year, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) now officially unveils its brand-new website in 15 languages in accord with its aim of diversifying the tourism markets and expanding the international markets for Macau.

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'Riviera revealed' exhibition at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

 As the Wimbledon Tennis Championships begin, visitors to Britain will be pleased to hear they can indulge their passion for all things tennis off court with the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum’s latest exhibition: ‘On The Riviera’ - Tennis in the South of France 1874-1939, which runs until Easter 2014.

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National Restaurant Association Commends Bipartisan Senate on Immigration Reform Progress

 The National Restaurant Association today commended the bipartisan efforts of the United States Senate in passing immigration reform that seeks to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.

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Oman Air: Staff are the Driving Force Behind Airline's Success

Oman Air’s senior management has credited the airline’s continuing success to the dedication of its staff, and has reaffirmed its commitment to developing a supportive and competitive workplace environment across its 42-destination global network.

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Perth to welcome direct flight from Jakarta

 Garuda Indonesia will resume direct flights from Jakarta to Perth today, in a move which is expected to provide a boost for Western Australian tourism.

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Etihad Airways delegation addresses Australia's leading bankers in Sydney

 Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has hosted its latest financial roadshow for Australian bankers in Sydney, following editions held earlier this year in London and New York.

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Let The Adventures Begin: Four Seasons Hotel New York Launches Summer 2013 Facebook Contest Called MaxineTakesManhattan.

Maxine, an adorable green fuzzy plush toy from the TY Monstaz collection, takes on Manhattan this summer. The friendly mascot was selected among her furry TY Monstaz friends to travel around New York City on incredible adventures.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Ohio explodes with new tourism opportunities

Ohio travel forecasters expect summer to roar in at the speed of a record-setting Cedar Point roller coaster with 50 years of Rolling Stones music for visitors to enjoy getting wild at the zoos, zipping around the curves with NASCAR and blowing things up with Mythbusters.

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Tourism Victoria and Gourmet Traveller Promote The Regions

 Tourism and Major Events Minister Louise Asher today announced that Tourism Victoria has partnered with leading culinary travel publication Australian Gourmet Traveller to undertake a $250,000 interstate marketing campaign to increase awareness of the quality and depth of tourism experiences in regional Victoria. 

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A Key Market for National Carrier now flying 28 times weekly into the city

 Malaysia Airlines is increasing its frequency from Kuala Lumpur into Denpasar, Bali to 4 times daily effective 1 August 2013.

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Malaysia Airlines offering a total of 3,948 seats weekly on the Kuala Lumpur-Dubai-Kuala Lumpur route

 Malaysia Airlines will be adding Dubai back to its network effective 5 August 2013. The Kuala Lumpur-Dubai return service will be mounted daily via MH162 and MH163 using the Boeing 777-200 aircraft that offers a total capacity of 282 seats in each flight, equivalent to 3,948 seats weekly.

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Summer brings variety of new and treasured festivals in Ohio

In Ohio, summer brings a variety of new and treasured festivals taking place in every corner of the state.

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Kiwi celebrity chef 'Dishes Up' The Top End's Greatest Local Cuisine

 The unique local and indigenous culinary delights of the Top End are set to entice visitors to the territory as part of a new travel series currently airing in New Zealand that showcases some of Australia’s finest food experiences. 

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Stansted runners take off on inaugural charity runway run

 A dedicated band of jet-heeled runners took off on a very early morning run along Stansted Airport’s runway today to raise funds for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, the airport’s charity partner.

MOBO Awards celebrates 18th anniversary in Glasgow's New Iconic Venue

Glasgow - 2013 is set to be the MOBO Awards’ most exciting year so far. Celebrating its ‘coming of age’, the organisation teamed up with chart topping girl group Stooshe and the legendary music maker, Jazzie B of Soul II Soul who won an award at the first ever show in 1996 will join Kanya King MBE and Scottish partners to kick off the celebrations with a range of new announcements including:

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Skye's The Limit For Scotland's Business Potential

 An adventure conference on Skye that attracted delegates from as far afield as South Africa, India, the USA and Canada has been hailed a fantastic success.

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Malaysia Airlines Advises Passengers of Possible Flight Interruptions

 Due to the current haze situation which has deteriorated in parts of Malaysia over the last few days, Malaysia Airlines is advising passengers on the possibility of last minute flight cancellation and retiming.

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T-Rexing spree in Edinburgh city centre

A Tyrannosaurus Rex has been on the rampage through Edinburgh - despite being extinct for the last 65 million years.
 
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Nation's first City Hall on Wheels hits Boston Streets for summer

Taking its cue from the ever-popular food truck, Boston recently announced the full-time launch of the nation’s premiere City Hall on wheels. 

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VisitScotland Chairman in 108 Hole Golfing Marathon

Keen golfer Mike Cantlay will be joined by two friends, Ken Milligan and his son Harry from local school McLaren High, in a gruelling 108 hole marathon of Callander golf course, on the 1st July.

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SA Express and SAA celebrate Youth Month by launching a collaborative effort to train young South Africans

 The two state-owned airlines will pull together their resources to create a jointly managed and resourced national pilot training programme, paying for the trainees’ classroom tuition, practical training, flying time, accommodation, travel and other related expenses.

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Friday, 21 June 2013

Scottish young businesses receive funds to boost economy growth

More than £704,000 of funding has been awarded to Scotland’s brightest and most innovative start-ups, Finance Secretary John Swinney confirmed on June 19 at the second Scottish EDGE Awards.

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Comfort Inn & Suites of Branson, Missouri Earns Another Prestigious Honor

 The Comfort Inn & Suites of Branson, Missouri once again captured the prestigious urban Comfort Inn Hotel of the Year award by Choice Hotels International. 

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MainStay Suites St.. Robert-Fort Leonard Wood of Saint Robert Missouri Earns Top Honor

 The award-winning MainStay Suites St. Robert-Fort Leonard brought home yet another major distinction - the 2013 Choice Hotels International Hotel of the Year Award for the MainStay Suites brand. Owners Steve and Spike Erhardt received the honor during the 59th annual Choice Hotel International convention in Los Angeles. 

Magnificently quirky London Wonderground returns for a second year to attract global tourists

 The magnificently quirky London Wonderground returns for a second year of cabaret, music, circus and strange curiosities.

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ondon's specialist interest museums appeal to people with very particular hobbies

 Whether you're into craft, gardening, music, cinema, social history or stamp collecting, there's a London museum that's sure to fuel your passion. 

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Econo Lodge Hotel of Calhan, Colorado Named Hotel of the Year

 The Econo Lodge hotel in Calhan, Colorado – already recognized many times for its excellence – has  General Manager Sudhir K. Patel accepted the award during the 59th Choice Hotels International Convention in Los Angeles. Choice Hotels is one of the world's largest hotel franchisors.

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Sleep Inn & Suites Hotel of Cross Lanes, West Virginia Awarded Prestigious Honor

 The Sleep Inn & Suites hotel of Cross Lanes, West Virginia has once again been awarded the coveted 2013 Choice Hotels International Hotel of the Year Award for the Sleep brand. 

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David Kong Sings Contract To Lead BWI Through 2018

 Best Western International, the World’s Largest Hotel Chain®, announced today that President and CEO David Kong will continue to lead the brand through 2018. The announcement comes on the heels of Kong receiving a prestigious industry award. 

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Warwick International Hotels Goes Mobile Friendly

 Warwick International Hotels strengthens its digital strategy with a new mobile website including a new mobile booking engine responsive to tablets and smartphones.

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Quality Suites Hotel of Lansing, Michigan Named Hotel of the Year

 Already a consistently exceptional performer in the hotel industry, the Quality Suites Hotel of Lansing, Michigan brought home its latest big honor: Choice Hotels International 2013 Hotel of the Year Award for the Quality brand. 

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To Realize Japan as a Tourism Nation, JAL Provides Foreign Tourists Booking Service for Bus Tours on its Website

 Japan Airlines (JAL) collaborates with Hato Bus Co., Ltd. (Headquarter: Ota-ku, Tokyo/ President Shoichiro Kaneko) to provide foreign tourists English booking service for Hato Bus Sightseeing Tours on JAL’s overseas website in order to realize Japan as a tourism nation.

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Red Lion Hotels Completes Expansion of its Credit Facility with Wells Fargo

 Red Lion Hotels Corporation today announced the company has completed the expansion of its credit facility agreement with Wells Fargo Bank.

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Suburban Extended Stay Hotel in Longview, Texas Captures Top Honors

 The Suburban Extended Stay Hotel property in Longview, Texas has earned the prestigious Hotel of the Year award from Choice Hotels International.

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

VisitScotland Chief Executive, Malcolm Roughead welcomes Dundee City of Culture nomination

Welcoming the announcement that Dundee has been shortlisted for the 2017 City of Culture shortlist, Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland Chief Executive said:

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Kiwi Celebrity Chef 'Dishes Up' a taste of South Australia

South Australia's growing culinary reputation is being used to help inspire more Kiwi visitors to the state as part of a new travel series, currently airing in New Zealand that showcases some of Australia’s finest food experiences. 

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TAT Announces "THE MAGIC & MYSTERY OF AMAZING THAILAND" Photo Contest

 TAT is pleased to announce the second TATNews Photo Contest, now being held through its official media website TATNews.org. 

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Taxi fare rise held down in line with RPI

 Following the annual review of taxi fares for public rank taxis, the Minister for Transport and Technical Services (TTS) has agreed a 1.6% increase which is broadly in line with the retail Price Index (RPI) for the period.

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Badlabecques will keep sounds of Jerriais live and alive at the National Trust for Jersey Sunset Concerts

 Local band Badlabecques have given us a taste of what we can expect to hear at the Sunset Concerts on Friday 28 June 2013 ...

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MGTO simplifies license application procedures in line with tourism development

Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) has reached a consensus with related departments to simplify the application process for various licenses, a measure that remarkably reduces the number of documents required for applicants' submission and avoids repetitive work among various departments. The simplification policy will come into effect on July 1.

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Mega delegation visits Macau for "Experience Macau Tour"

Some 300 tourism officials, trade partners and key members of the press from Mainland and Hong Kong formed the delegation of "The 6th Experience Macau Tour" to visit Macau for coverage and exchange purposes, visiting non-gaming tourism facilities and attractions.

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Marriott International Teams Up with Yao Foundation to Support Charitable Works in China

 Marriott International today announced a three-year agreement with the Yao Foundation to support educational programmes for children in rural areas of China.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Airport of Rio de Janeiro displays exhibition of local crafts

 Tourists passing through the international airport GaleĆ£o in Rio de Janeiro can view an exhibition of handicrafts produced by communities and associations in the state.

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Renaissance Hotels Kicks Off a Summer of Discovery with Second Annual Global Day of Discovery

 Renaissance Hotels the hotel brand designed to help guests Live Life to DiscoverSM, will host its second annual Global Day of Discovery on June 19th at more than 100 hotels around the world.

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Turkish Ambassador Calls on Tourism Minister

 Ambassador of Turkey in India Dr.Burak Akcapar called on Union Tourism Minister Shri K.Chiranjeevi here today. During the meeting, Dr. Akcapar raised the issue of enhancing air frequency for increasing tourist traffic between the two countries as existing flights cannot cope with the demand. 

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Boeing Twin-Aisle Family Provides Unprecedented Value, Flexibility

 Boeing today highlighted its twin-aisle family, noting that with the offering of the 777X, it will have an airplane serving every major segment of the market.

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