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Headline News

Morrison’s ‘miracle’ victory – a win for the travel industry?

The suspense is over – the Netherlands has won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Apart from that, and joking aside, the dramatic development in Australian politics at the weekend promises to have a significant effect on travel. … Continue Reading

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US issues chilling warning to airlines flying over Gulf
Man took Aussie trip with hallucinogenic cactus in luggage
Virgin Australia prunes capacity and routes to restore profit
Sustainability pioneers: Interview with Florian Hallermann from Zeavola Resort

Accolades

Delta’s global impact earns ‘100 Best Corporate Citizen’ award among largest US companies

The results are in: Delta Air Lines has been named to Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine’s annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking, recognized for outstanding environmental, social and governance transparency and performance amongst the 1,000 largest U.S. public companies. … Continue Reading

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Global Traveler Announces Seventh Annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards
The Star Gold Coast Hailed As One Of The World’s Leading Integrated Resorts
ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath honoured as business events industry leader
Pigs can fly – Manchester Airport wins CTW Award for welcoming Chinese travellers

Aviation

Airport

Layover Luxury: American Airlines Brings Flagship Experience to DFW

More gates. More flights. And now, more ways to relax. … Continue Reading

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Sydney Airport first Australian airport to offer navigation service for visually impaired
Air Vanuatu Announces Partnership with Luxury Melbourne Airport Lounge

Appointments

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore Appoints Tane Picken as New General Manager

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has appointed Tane Picken as General Manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. … Continue Reading

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Khiri Travel Announces Executive Changes
60% of attendees at MICE event expect digital disruption to industry

Beverage

World’s most expensive whisky tasting at Upper House

Swedish whisky enthusiast Pye Palm at Upper House with parts of his “full deck” of unopened Ichiro’s Malt Card collection from the Hanyu distillery in Japan. … Continue Reading

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Business News

Funds from the sale of Thomas Cook airlines have potential to provide capital for new destinations, says GlobalData

Following the release of Thomas Cook Group Half Year Results 2019, Johanna-Bonhill Smith, Associate Analyst for Travel & Tourism at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers her view: … Continue Reading

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Fluid situations

Competition

TAT Newsroom gears up for 2nd Blogger Thailand competition winners trip

The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Newsroom is gearing up for this year’s second Blogger Thailand completion, which is open to entries from international bloggers residing in Thailand until 31 May, 2019, after a recent site inspection uncovered off-the-beaten-track experiences reflected the ‘Open to the New Shades’ campaign. … Continue Reading

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TAT Newsroom gears up for 2nd Blogger Thailand competition winner’s trip

Cruise

Exclusive Entertainment Announced, Heightening The Excitement For Guests On Seabourn’s “World Cruise: Extraordinary Destinations” Aboard Seabourn Sojourn In 2020

Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury travel experience, will be dazzling guests with a jam-packed entertainment schedule planned for its 146-day World Cruise: Extraordinary Destinations aboard Seabourn Sojourn. … Continue Reading

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CLIA Members Hit Education Landmark

Cruise Deals

Quasar Expeditions Autumn Deal Free 3D/2N Ecuador Stay with Galapagos Cruise

Agents can now offer their clients complimentary 3D/2N and 2D/1N tours in Ecuador when booking their Galapagos cruise holiday on board Quasar Expeditions’ M/V Evolution vessel on selected departures between 21 September and 14 December 2019.  … Continue Reading

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Destination ASEAN

Geylang Serai Dazzles with close to 50 Light Installations for Hari Raya Light Up 2019

Geylang Serai will be bathed in a sea of colourful lights from 3 May to 16 June 2019 as Hari Raya Light Up 2019 returns with a visual feast of close to 50 light installations. … Continue Reading

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Destination Europe

Switzerland Tourism Asks Visitors to Take A Hike!

Switzerland Tourism has launched their 2019 Summer Campaign, which encourages visitors to take a hike. Literally. … Continue Reading

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Destination New York

Celebrate Independence Day in the Big Apple with New York City Vacation Packages

New York City Vacation Packages (NYCVP) is proud to announce they are once again offering two of their most popular summertime events – the annual 4th of July Barbecue Over Broadway and Macy’s Fireworks Cruise – in one fabulous package. … Continue Reading

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New Openings and Renovations Emphasise NYC’s Thriving Retail Scene

Destination North Asia

Yum China Reinforces Commitment to Sustainability with the Launch of Pioneering New Initiatives

Yum China Holdings, Inc. (the “Company” or “Yum China“) (NYSE: YUMC) announced on May 13, 2019 that it is the first restaurant company in China to get the ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) certification for its used cooking oil that will be converted into sustainable biodiesel following a successful pilot project in Chengdu. … Continue Reading

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2019 Fulong International Sand Sculpting Art Festival to be inaugurated on April 19
“Tour around Fujian, Have all Blessings” Activity Series — The 1st Culture and Tourism Industry Development Conference of Longyan, Fujian takes place in Gutian, Shanghang County

Destination Thailand

Airbnb and Thailand’s Government Savings Bank Launch New Partnership to Support Local Homestays

Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, and the Government Savings Bank, Thailand’s state-owned bank with over 106 years of history, today announced an official strategic partnership to help promote and empower Thai hospitality entrepreneurs — starting with local homestay owners. … Continue Reading

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Dining

Exhibitions

HKTDC Medical and Healthcare Fair finishes three-day run

The 10th HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA), finished its three-day run (14 to 16 May) today. … Continue Reading

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A slice of the Great Barrier Reef at the Brisbane Showgrounds

Financial

Mastercard and ZIVELO Leverage Artificial Intelligence to Revamp the Ordering Experience at Quick Service Restaurants

Today, Mastercard announced a partnership with ZIVELO, a leader in self-service kiosk technology, to enhance the drive-in and drive-through ordering experience for quick service restaurants (QSRs) with a first-of-its-kind AI-powered voice assistant and personalized dynamic menu. Sonic Drive-In will be the first partner to pilot the new experience at selected Sonic locations in the U.S. this year. … Continue Reading

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Gogo Inc. Announces Final Results of Tender Offer for Outstanding 3.75% Convertible Senior Notes Due 2020
Singapore Airlines Reports Highest Ever Annual Revenue Of $16.3 Billion

Gadgets

Exclusive Look: How Samsung Made Its Trailblazing 5G End-to-End Solution a Reality

For more than 35 years, Samsung has been a leader across the mobile industry, from smartphones to mobile chipsets to network solutions. … Continue Reading

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Golf Tourism

KN Golf Links Introduces Vietnam’s First Golfing GPS System

Award-winning KN Golf Links continues to push boundaries in Vietnam’s golfing market place with the introduction of StayPrime’s TeeWalker GPS system. … Continue Reading

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Club Car Buggies Unveiled for Solheim Cup Captains
Troon Acquires Golf Course Management Firm
Sir Nick Bestows Signature Design Status on Laguna Golf Lăng Cô

Health and Wellness

Savour, Nourish and Renew: Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara Announces a Full Day Itinerary in Celebration of Global Wellness Day

June 8, 2019 marks Global Wellness Day, an international celebration of the mantra, “one day can change your whole life.” … Continue Reading

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Hotel Deals

The Library in Koh Samui Announces 20% Discount and The Page Dining Experience

The Library is offering a 20% discount on its Best Available Rates (BAR) on bookings across all room types received by 30 June 2019 for guest stays of three nights or more until 30 September 2019 at this stunning resort in Thailand. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Developments

Avani Continues to Expand in 2019, Adding to Exclusive Avani+ Collection

Avani Hotels & Resorts (www.avanihotels.com) is delighted to announce that expansion plans are on track with 2019 set to welcome seven new Avani properties including in three new countries. … Continue Reading

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Hotel News

Hotel Openings

Historic, Storyful, New: Iconic Caribe Hilton Is Officially Open

Caribe Hilton, admired as one of Puerto Rico’s most beloved resorts, retakes center stage, officially debuting a more than $150 million restoration following a 15-month closure. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Trends

STR: U.S. hotel profits hit all-time high, labor costs outgrowing revenues

Results from STR’s 2019 HOST Almanac show that U.S. hotel industrywide house profit reached a record-breaking $80 billion in 2018 even as labor costs grew at a higher rate than revenues. … Continue Reading

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STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 11 May

Lifestyle

Swarovski Releases Its New Fall/Winter 2019 Collection and Campaign, Celebrating the Magic of Light

For Fall/Winter 2019, Swarovski celebrates the magic of light in all its brilliance with a new collection of jewellery, watches and accessories, making the everyday extraordinary and illuminating the inner beauty and confidence of the women who wear them. … Continue Reading

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Luxury Hotels

The Royal Ascot 2019 experience with The Lanesborough, Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne and Harvey Nichols Transfer and ticket inclusive experiences available

Guests wishing to celebrate one of England’s grandest racing occasions in true style can do so this year with an exclusive Ascot raceday experience package and styling consultation courtesy of London’s Lanesborough Hotel, Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage – the new and Official Champagne of Royal Ascot, and Harvey Nichols. … Continue Reading

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The Waldorf Astoria Beijing presents Fivebulous Anniversary Gala

Meeting Venues

Sheraton Fiji Resort launches state of the art meeting facilities

Following a $20 million-dollar investment, the Denarau Island Conference Centre has officially opened in style welcoming 3,000 delegates for the 52nd Annual Asia Development Bank, Board of Governors Annual Meeting. … Continue Reading

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MICE

Thailand Soars to Asia’s No.4 For International Conventions

Thailand’s MICE has soared to Asia’s no. 4 for international conventions with the number of meetings that reached 193. In Quarter 2, Thai MICE has continually grown in terms of volume and revenue. … Continue Reading

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60% of attendees at MICE event expect digital disruption to industry
MCEC lights up for Starlight

OTA News

Rail

Three Ways to Rock and Rail Like a Star

Take a cue from Hollywood movie star Margot Robbie and pair your ‘Rock’ with your ‘Rail’ for the ultimate Australian adventure.  … Continue Reading

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Eurail’s Summer Music Festival Guide the Best Festivals to Experience by Rail
Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT Continue Partnership with $31 Million Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Investment

Resort News

Pimalai Helps To Preserve Koh Lanta’s Pristine Environment, With The Aim Of Reducing Island-Wide Waste To Zero

Pimalai Resort & Spa, the luxury resort surrounded by nature on Koh Lanta, is a destination that truly embraces the environment. … Continue Reading

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Responsible Tourism

Investing in the Future of Marine Conservation Six Senses Laamu launches Junior Marine Biology program

Everyone can be a marine conservationist. That’s the message Maldives Underwater Initiative (MUI), the marine team at Six Senses Laamu, wants to share with the next generation of marine stewards.  … Continue Reading

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Sinalei Supports Ambitious Tree Planting Goal for Samoa
Health of Great Barrier Reef and Ocean Wonders On the Line at This Election, says Australia’s Peak Marine Conservation Group

River Cruising

Crystal River Cruises to Boast the Youngest Fleet in the Industry in 2020

When Crystal River Cruises’ 2020 season embarks next spring, it will be with the youngest fleet of luxury ships in the river industry.  … Continue Reading

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Viking’s Five-Day Flash Sale: Cruise Europe’s Rivers for Less

Sports

Qatar Airways Unveils New TVC Celebrating Its Sponsorship of the Upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

Qatar Airways, the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA, is thrilled to announce the launch of its stunning new TVC campaign celebrating the most exciting moment yet to come in women’s team sports: the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, taking place from 7 June – 7 July in cities throughout France. … Continue Reading

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Tech

Estonian luxury hotel recommends RateTiger for channel connectivity

The Three Sisters Hotel, a luxury boutique property has recommended RateTiger, powered by LiveOS, for fast and seamless connectivity for effective online distribution. … Continue Reading

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Tour Operator

Trafalgar Releases 2020 USA & Canada Itineraries Including 12 Brand New Trips

For customers looking for a travel experience packed with rich travel highlights that take them beyond the guidebooks, Trafalgar has today released its highly anticipated suite of 2020 USA & Canada itineraries, including 12 new trips and experiences to delight its guests and add to its award-winning product line up. … Continue Reading

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World Expeditions launches new Canadian Adventures
Meet The Man Who Used His House Deposit On Travel
A Change of Pace: Secret Compass Inspires the Spirit of Slow Travel

Trade Events

ITB China 2019 closed with 2,000 more attendees further strengthening its position as China’s largest b2b exclusive travel trade show

The third ITB China successfully closed today in Shanghai with around 17,000 attendees, a plus of 2,000 compared to last year. Buyers, trade visitors and exhibitors reported positive business results and experienced a unique gathering of the Chinese travel industry from 15 to 17 May 2019. … Continue Reading

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