Headline News

Cameras capture weekend’s deadly Cuba plane crash

Newly released video shows the moment an ageing Boeing 737-201 crashed shortly after takeoff from Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport at the weekend, killing 104 people in what is reported to be Cuba’s worst airline crash for 30 years. … Continue Reading

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Even the planes stopped for the Royal Wedding
How SeaDream sails away from the new generation of giant cruise ships
Foster a sniffer pup and ABF will buy the dogfood!
SilkAir to upgrade and fold into Singapore Airlines

Accolades

Best Western® Hotels & Resorts and Habitat Group Celebrate Another Prestigious Honor at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2018

Best Western Hotels & Resorts is celebrating after BluPhere Pattaya, BW Premier Collection by Best Western, its spectacular new seafront property being developed by the Habitat Group, was honored at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2018-19. … Continue Reading

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Agents Incentives

Today is Ride Your Bike to Work Day

Trafalgar CEO Gavin Tollman is encouraging agents to go green for a good cause and celebrate bike to work day today! … Continue Reading

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Airfare Deals

Emirates announces competitive companion fares to Dubai and Europe

Emirates is giving Australian travellers the opportunity to save when they travel with their loved ones, offering competitive companion fares to Dubai and Europe. … Continue Reading

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Aviation

Airport

P.F. Chang’s Opens in Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles residents and those traveling through the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) have a fresh, new and made-from-scratch option for Southeast Asian-inspired dining with the opening of P.F. Chang’s today at Tom Bradley International Terminal. … Continue Reading

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Melbourne Airport passenger performance April 2018

Appointments

International Hotelier Yaron Ashkenazi Named CEO of Oxygen Hospitality

Oxygen Hospitality Group, a U.S. hotel real estate investment and management company, today announced Yaron Ashkenazi, an award-winning international hotelier, has been named chief executive officer (CEO). … Continue Reading

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Asian Trails Laos | Change in Management Announcement

Apps

CityPals Launches a New App To Connect Travelers And Locals All Over The World

CityPals offers the global traveling community a chance to connect with locals either as a guide or tourist, and to gain experiences and insights on a personal level. … Continue Reading

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Spotify Data Predicts: Prince Harry and Meghan’s First Dance Will Feature Ed Sheeran

Association

Caravan Industry Embracing the Booming Chinese Tourism Market

Over the past 10 years, Chinese visitors have been a key source of growth for tourism around Australia. … Continue Reading

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Beverage

New Smoked Cocktails at L’Apéritif Tapas Bar

L’Apéritif Tapas Bar introduces a new range of Signature Smoked Cocktails. Indulge in a glass of Mango Sticky Riz made with toasted tea leaves delicately infused with its paired liquor. … Continue Reading

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Cruise

Start Spreading The News…Presenting Carnival Horizon: The Musical Showcasing Newest Carnival Cruise Line Ship That Makes Its Big Apple Debut Next Week

Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon, makes its U.S. debut in New York next week and, to celebrate, the line has created an engaging musical production designed to showcase all the spectacular features and activities the new ship has to offer, Broadway-style. … Continue Reading

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Disney Cruise Line Debuts Diverse Lineup of Itineraries and Home Ports for Fall 2019
Virgin Voyages Reveals First-Look Inside Its Newest Ship

Destination Hawaii

Island Of Hawaii Volcano Update The Hawaiian Islands Are Safe For Residents And Visitors Airports, Accommodations And Activities Are Open Statewide

At 4:17 a.m. HST on May 17, 2018, a steam and ash eruption occurred from Halemaumau Crater within Kilauea Caldera at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, resulting in an ash cloud that drifted northeast. … Continue Reading

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Destination North America

Southern Manitoba: The ultimate road trip for Aussie travellers

Canada’s best-kept secret is being shouted from the roof-tops of social media as more and more Aussies discover Canada’s beating heart in its central province of Manitoba. … Continue Reading

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Five-State Regional Cooperative Announces Rebranding In International Inbound Tourism Markets
Mammoth (Lakes) Improvements: Summer in The Sierra Set for Take-off
Escape to New York State this summer

Destination Thailand

Thailand Cultural Music Festivals all-star line-up readies to rock Pattaya

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising the Thailand Cultural Music Festival from 25 to 26 May, 2018, at Bali Hai Bay in Pattaya targeting international travellers as TAT continues to expand its ‘Open to the New Shades’ offering through a diverse event calendar. … Continue Reading

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Thailands DNP announces four-month rejuvenation for Ko Phi Phis famed Maya Bay

Exhibitions

HKTDC Entrepreneur Day Opens

A record 276 exhibitors are taking part at the 10th anniversary HKTDC Entrepreneur Day, which opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and continues through tomorrow. … Continue Reading

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Financial

Full-Year Net Profit Rises To $893 Million

The Group reported a net profit of $893 million for the 2017/18 financial year, an increase of $533 million, or 148.1%, from the same period last year. … Continue Reading

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Mastercard and U.S. Bank Voyager Put Fleet Managers in the Driver’s Seat

Hotel Deals

Retreat from winter with a 20 per cent saving at The Retreat Port Stephens

Escape to The Retreat Port Stephens during the cooler months and explore the ‘blue water paradise’ with a 20 per cent saving on a special, winter escape package. … Continue Reading

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Outstanding summer stays with Address Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts, and Rove Hotels
Have a Vivid Experience at Hyatt Regency Sydney
Get Rewarded This Great Singapore Sale

Hotel Developments

Marriott International And Simon Expand Relationship

Marriott International and Simon announced their plans to open at least five new hotels at Simon shopping centers over the next several years. … Continue Reading

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Hotel News

Historic Hotel Baker Adds Modern Touch with Crave In-Room Tablets

Crave Interactive, the world leading developer of cloud-based digital guest service solutions for hotels, today announced it has entered into an agreement to install its award-winningCrave T-Mini tablets in the historic Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Openings

Autograph Collection Hotels Brings Boutique To The Beach: Introducing Lido House To Newport Beach, California

Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., together with R.D. Olson Development today announced the opening of Lido House, a stylish celebration of Southern California’s iconic coastal lifestyle in the heart of Newport Beach. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Trends

STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 12 May

The U.S. hotel industry reported positive year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 6-12 May 2018, according to data from STR.  … Continue Reading

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Industry Deals

New Deals from Your Travel Club

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Lifestyle

A slice of the world’s top tier cake decorators at Brisbane Showgrounds

The world’s best cake artist, who has baked for Hollywood stars including Jane Fonda and Demi Moore, is just one of the many talents on show at International Cake Show Australia at the Brisbane Showgrounds from today. … Continue Reading

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New Names for Discovery Parks’ Hervey Bay Properties

OTA News

Ctrip teams with Hyatt to open its first flagship store

Ctrip Group (CTRP), China’s leading Online Travel Agency (OTA) today announces its collaboration with leading global hospitality brand, Hyatt, to open its first flagship store on its website and mobile application. … Continue Reading

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Resort News

The Nai Harn Invites Couples to Propose, Marry and Enjoy A Dream Honeymoon Overlooking Phuket’s Best Beach

The Nai Harn Phuket, the island’s only member of Leading Luxury Hotels of the World, is tempting couples from around the world with an array of exceptional facilities, indulgent experiences and a backdrop of sublime views that inspire romance, relaxation and marvellous memories.  … Continue Reading

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Responsible Tourism

The Treadright Foundation Celebrates Wttc’s Critical Buenos Aires Declaration on Endangered Species Day

In commemoration of Endangered Species Day today, The TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, celebrates TTC’s recent signing of the Buenos Aires Declaration on Travel & Tourism and Illegal Wildlife Trade at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. … Continue Reading

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Reviews

Seadream

A check on Google tells me Arctic P, the $80 million 87 metre yacht owned by the Packer family has been spotted in New Zealand. … Continue Reading

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River Cruising

Sell Three, Sail Free With U By Uniworld

U by Uniworld, the first river cruise dedicated to a new generation of adult travellers, announces its first Sell Three, Sail Freepromotion for travel agents… Continue Reading

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Ski

Mt Hood, Oregon where the Skiing is Pawesome all year round

Australian powder hounds might know Mt Hood in Oregon for enjoying around 430 inches of snow each year, having 2,150 acres of awesome downhill, backcountry and cross-country ski slopes and the longest ski season in North America but they may not know they will be kept safe each day by these real life hounds! … Continue Reading

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Statistics & Trends

Study finds women feel less safe about traveling than they did five years ago

A recent women’s travel safety survey revealed that 45 percent of female travelers feel less safe or much less safe about traveling than they did five years ago. … Continue Reading

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Tech

New Hotel Tech eBook Explores the Impact of Technology Throughout the Guest Journey

TrustYou, the world’s largest guest feedback platform, released their latest eBook: The Hotelier’s Tech Stack Guide – Must-Have Technologies That Impact The Guest Journey. … Continue Reading

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Theme Parks

Disneyland Resort Gives Guests a Treat: More Days Than Ever to Celebrate Halloween Time at Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks, Sept. 7-Oct. 31, 2018

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort returns for more spook-tacular days than ever this year, enchanting guests of all ages with frightfully fun experiences themed especially for the season, from Sept. 7 through October 31, 2018. … Continue Reading

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Tour Operator

Trafalgar’s Vatican Vip Exclusive After-Hours Dining Experiences Are Next Level

Award-winning operator Trafalgar has four exceptional after-hours experiences within the Vatican for its guests. Having offered exclusive access to private dining within the Ethnological Museum for the past two years, this year has seen new unrivalled VIP dining opportunities within the hallowed city. … Continue Reading

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Nine Impressive Royal Palaces in Britain

Tourist Boards

Guam strengthens Taiwan market goals at travel fair

The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) has increased its efforts to improve its Taiwan market through participation at the Taipei Tourism Expo (TTE). Considered Taiwan’s largest travel fair during the first half of the year, TTE was held at the Taipei World Trade Center from May 4-7, 2018. A total of 295,189 attendees were recorded with more than 350 exhibitors present. … Continue Reading

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Travel Deals

Cool Deals to Eco-Adventures on Lord Howe Island

A swag of cool deals has been released for Lord Howe getaways this cool season where a World Heritage-listed island of adventures awaits. … Continue Reading

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Whats On

China Night Concert Selected 4 Bands

The Music Industry Promotion Committee of China Audiovisual and Digital  Publishing Association (hereinafter referred to as CMIPC) finally announced the list of the top 4 bands for China Night Concert — “The Voice of China by Ling” in Midem 2018 after three months’ contest in China. The event is organized by Glory Global Communications Co.,Ltd. … Continue Reading

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