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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Singapore Airlines significantly boosts Indonesia services

 With increased demand for both business and leisure travel in Indonesia, Singapore Airlines will add a daily flight to Surabaya.

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Qatar Airways Witnesses Rapid Growth In Just 16 Years Of Operations

 In a period spanning 16 years, Qatar Airways has achieved many milestones witnessing rapid growth. Qatar Airways has so far launched six destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman) and Basra (Iraq).

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Copacabana Beach packed with pilgrims for World Youth Day

 Brazil tourism is shining with World Youth Day as up to three million people have packed Copacabana Beach to hear Pope Francis address their all-night vigil today. 

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Air Arabia To Add Ninth Route To Saudi Arabia Next Month

 Air Arabia, UAE-based low cost carrier, has announced plans to add a new route to Saudi Arabia next month. This would be its ninth route to Saudi Arabia.

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Abu Dhabi Hotel Industry Registers 12 Percent Rise In First Half Of 2013

In a clear indication of tourism boost, Abu Dhabi hotel industry registered a 12 percent rise in the first half of this year.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou Presents Two Packages for 72-Hour Visa-Free Travellers

 Beginning 1 August 2013, Guangzhou will officially become the third city in China to offer foreign travellers 72-hour transit visits without a visa. 

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Nordwind airlines charter flight makes emergency landing in Surgut, Russia

 Nordwind airlines charter flight was forced to make an emergency landing when flap problem indication was received on July 27.

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Global strike halts Canadian visa process in UAE

 Strike by a Canadian union representing 1,350 foreign affairs officials in trade, diplomatic relations and immigration services has been calling for higher wages has escalated affecting the number of visas issued. 

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Emergency Declared As Massive Floods Inundate North Carolina

 Massive storms have wreaked havoc across North Carolina causing power outages and flash floods that swamped homes and washed out roads and bridges.

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Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong #MOsaicHK Photo Competition

 Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has been sharing our meMOries of the hotel with our FANs through our social media platforms. 

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Manila Hotel Lauded By Conde Nast Traveler, TripAdvisor

On its 101st year, the Manila Hotel is proud to announce two of its most recent achievements from luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler and respected online travel resource TripAdvisor. 

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Emirates to begin taking bookings for flights between Australia and New Zealand

 Following the next stage of its historic code share agreement with Qantas, Emirates will begin taking bookings for flights between Australia and New Zealand from August 14.

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Stratosphere Theater Hosts the Second in a Series of Planned Showbiz Roasts

 Andy Walmsley Entertainment (AWE) presents the Showbiz Roast of former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, bringing the show business community of Las Vegas together to experience camaraderie rarely enjoyed since the golden era of the Rat Pack.

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MTA and NYC EDC Announce Plan to Sell SoHo Parking Lot

 The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced that the MTA intends to relinquish control of the City-owned parking lot at 19 E. Houston Street in SoHo. 

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Late Night Busing of Hudson Line Needed For Track Rebuilding

 Metro-North Railroad today resumed normal Hudson Line train service using just a single track as ongoing recovery and repair work shifts to overnight hours following a major freight derailment last Thursday in the area just west of the Spuyten Duyvil station.

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Ruling of Constitutional Court Recognizes That Fiat Acted Correctly And In Direct Application Of The Law

In a ruling issued today, the Constitutional Court determined unconstitutional the section of Article 19 of the Workers’ Statute which requires that a union be signatory to the collective labor agreement applied within a company as a prerequisite for representation. 

Train companies Respond To DfT Figures On Train Crowding

 Responding to the DfT’s figures on crowding on trains, a spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies, said:

“By increasing services, running longer trains and making our fleet more reliable, train companies are carrying record numbers of passengers. 

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Celebrate Amtrak Rail Day in Seattle

 Celebrate Amtrak Rail Day at the restored King Street Station this Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Seattle. Rail enthusiasts can tour the Amtrak Exhibit Train, making its first of only two station stops in the Pacific Northwest this year. 

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ANA to increase capacity on two Asian routes

ANA, Japan’s largest airline group, is to increase capacity on two of its Asian routes.

It will increase the number of flights it operates between Tokyo-Narita, and Yangon airport in Myanmar, to seven flights per week, from three.

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China Southern Goes Daily Non-Stop To Brisbane

 Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) welcomes China Southern Airlines’ plans to introduce daily direct services between Guangzhou and Brisbane from 21 November 2013.

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Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel Opens in Kingston, Ontario

 Delta Hotels and Resorts is proud to announce the official opening of the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel in Kingston, Ontario.  The hotel has undergone an extensive $10 million renovation to completely revamp the property, showcasing Delta’s reinvigorated brand through modern design and innovation.

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Brisbane Airport Discovery Centre Reopens at Skygate

 Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd (BAC) has today re-opened its popular ‘Airport Discovery Centre’ in its new location inside the Village Markets* (near Woolworths) at Skygate Brisbane Airport.

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Discover Milwaukee's Neighborhoods Through Geocaching GeoTour

Earlier this year VISIT Milwaukee launched a new program designed to give visitors a tour of 15 of Milwaukee’s distinctively unique neighborhoods—the Discover Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods GeoTour.

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Country Artist Rockie Lynne to Perform During Princess Cruises Veterans Charity Cruise

Country singer Rockie Lynne has been announced as a featured performer during Princess Cruises’ first-ever fundraising cruise to support U.S. veterans. Lynne, a veteran himself who frequently supports military causes, will perform with his five-piece band during the November 5-9 sailing.

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ETC and UNWTO to present second edition of Handbook on E-marketing for Tourism Destinations

 In the past few years, new technologies have conquered everyday life, introducing opportunities but also posing challenges for tourism marketing organisations. 

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China Southern to Increase Flights Over Summer High Season

Tourism New Zealand has welcomed the decision by China Southern Airlines to increase its Guangzhou to Auckland service from daily to ten flights each week for the New Zealand summer.

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Varadkar launches New App For Dubline Discovery Trail

 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar has today launched a new mobile phone app for Fáilte Ireland’s Dubline project – a tourism trail through some of Dublin’s key landmarks.

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Lim Boon Kwee Appointed President of Dusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts

 Dusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts, the joint venture hotel management company established between Thailand-based Dusit International and China-based Changzhou Qiao Yu Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Lim Boon Kwee as President of the newly formed company. 

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Amtrak Virginia Announces New Morning Departure Time for Norfolk Service

 Passengers can sleep a little longer as weekday departures for Amtrak Virginia Train 174 from Norfolk moves to 5 a.m. beginning on July 29. Recently completed track improvements shave 10 minutes off trip time to Washington, D.C. 

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VISIT FLORIDA Partners with Google Maps to Showcase State's Beaches

 Today, a team from VISIT FLORIDA – the state’s official tourism marketing corporation – began a four-month odyssey to capture stunning images of the Sunshine State’s 825 miles of beaches using Google’s Street View Trekker technology.  These 360-degree images will be integrated into Google Maps, enabling potential visitors from around the globe to experience interactive views of Florida’s world-renowned beaches before they ever leave home.

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

GBT Erects Signs to Prevent Prevalence of Dogs on Beaches

GBT Erects Signs to Prevent Prevalence of Dogs on BeachesThe several nuisances that have resulted from the presence of dogs on some of Grenada’s beaches have become major sources of contention among visitors and locals alike.

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Grenada Board of Tourism Samples Conversation Kayak Product

Members of staff of various departments of the Grenada Board of Tourism can now identify with the new product being offered to visitors by Conservation Kayak of Whisper Cove Marina in Woburn, St. George. 

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Motorists Snapping Up MTA On-the-Go Tags: 200,000 Sold In Cash Lanes

Sales of MTA Bridges and Tunnels On-the-Go tags reached a milestone Thursday with more than 200,000 sold in cash lanes at MTA crossings, as even occasional drivers and vacationers are discovering the convenience of buying the tags at toll booths.

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Metro-North Update: Metro-North Providing Bus Service on Hudson Line As Efforts Continue To Clear Freight Derailment in the Bronx

 As efforts continue to clear a derailed CSX freight train from Metro-North tracks between the Marble Hill and Spuyten Duyvil stations, Metro-North strongly recommended Hudson Line customers make alternate travel arrangements today if possible.

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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Airport shopping takes off at London Gatwick This Summer

 This summer sees a complete revamp of the retail space at London Gatwick’s South Terminal, starting with 10 new and refreshed stores opening from the 18 July¹. From Kurt Geiger and Hugo Boss to Lacoste and Case, a range of exciting premium and designer brands will shortly enhance the offering available in the South Terminal departure lounge.

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BWI Marshall Airport's Observation Gallery Reopened

 An improved Observation Gallery at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall) is now open to the public. The acclaimed public space was temporarily closed in June 2012 to accommodate construction of a series of terminal enhancements.

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Garuda Indonesia and Liverpool FC Launch "Garuda Frequent Flyer-Liverpool Football Club Edition Card"

 As part of the implementation of Garuda Indonesia and Liverpool FC’s Global Partnership, and in line with the airline’s effort to continuously deliver added value on its services to loyal customers, today, Friday (19/7), PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk and Liverpool FC launched the Garuda Frequent Flyer – Liverpool Football Club (GFF-LFC) Edition Card in Jakarta.

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Two Ships, 34 Voyages, Four Maiden Calls And Countless New Highlights

Crystal Cruises is vastly expanding its presence in the exotic ports of China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei next year.   With a choice of 34 voyages (vs. just four in 2012), the five- to 29-day luxury Asia cruises offer a host of itinerary firsts and varied options, as well as tremendous added value, including a brand new 2-for-1 airfare bonus for select Crystal Symphony Asia cruises and Book Now bonus savings of up to US$2,500 per person for bookings made by August 30, 2013.

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Brazil Secretary states why to invest in the country

 In a conference organised by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in the United States, the Brazil National Secretary of Tourism Policies, Vinicius Lummertz, put forward points based on data from the country’s economic growth and tourism in particular to showcase why it is worth doing business in Brazil.

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CDB provides USD 65 million for LIAT Fleet Modernisation

 The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is providing loans totalling USD 65 million dollars to four shareholder governments of regional airline LIAT (Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica) to assist with the purchase of aircraft in the context of a Fleet Modernisation Project.

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IMEX in Frankfurt - Survey results testament to buyers' high motivation levels and business focus

 An exit survey of just under 900 hosted buyers who attended IMEX in Frankfurt in May reveals that the show continues to attract a committed business audience. 

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Farepotal's Cheapoair & Onetravel Bring Superior OTA Solutions to Consumers Booking Vacations, Business Trips

 Fareportal, one of the leading travel industry technology companies, along with its two online travel agency (OTA) subsidiaries,  have launched an aggressive marketing and public relations campaign to more effectively compete with the other OTA leaders.

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Andrew Woodford Announced as Head Chef at Boulestin

 Andrew Woodford has been appointed head chef at Joel Kissin’s eagerly anticipated new restaurant, Boulestin, located in St James.

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Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii presents special summer offers

 Summer is here, and the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) in Hawaii is gearing up by offering kamaaina, Hawaiian local, a $15 general admission special, more than half the normal cost of admission for Hawaii residents.

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