Headline News

Scary spate of agent terminations fuels ATAS anxiety

egtmedia59The termination of a further five travel outlets by the Travel Compensation Fund after consumer claims were received has intensified the debate over the looming Australian Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS). … Continue Reading

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Stowaway, 15, survives five-hour flight on plane’s wheel
Travel agents out of picture in future unveiled by gurus
Amazing and deadly stories of airline stowaways
Discovering Baja California and the Sea of Cortes with Lindblad Expeditions

Accolades

Regal Hotels Website Won Gold Award In The 2nd Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme

The brand website of Regal Hotels (www.regalhotel.com) has recently been credited the Gold Award under the 2nd Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme organized by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). … Continue Reading

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Shakespeare Proves To Be The People’s Choice As Revealed In Visitengland’s Hall Of Fame To Mark St George’s Day – And It’s His Birthday
Seven Hotels Managed by HMH to Compete With the Region’s Leading Hotels at MENA Travel Awards 2014

Aviation

Delta Becomes Only U.S. Carrier with Full Flat-Bed Seats Featuring Direct-Aisle Access on All Widebody Overseas Flights

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has completed the installation of full flat-bed seats with direct-aisle access in BusinessElite across its entire international widebody fleet, making it the only U.S. carrier to offer full flat-bed seats and the convenience of direct-aisle access on all overseas flights. … Continue Reading

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JAL SKY NEXT Ready for Launch on Haneda=Fukuoka Route from May 28, 2014
Thai AirAsia X Launches Direct Flights From Bangkok Don Mueang To Korea and Japan
South African Airways Launches Airbus A330-200 Aircraft on Washington, DC – Dakar – Johannesburg Route
China’s Qingdao Airlines takes delivery of its first A320

Appointments

Oaks Hotels & Resorts appoints Area Director of Sales NSW/ACT

Oaks Hotels & Resorts, a division of Minor Hotel Group and one of Australia’s largest accommodation providers, has announced the appointment of Benjamin Pilkington as the new Area Director of Sales for NSW/ACT, effective immediately. … Continue Reading

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Outrigger Enterprises Group Promotes Mary Loy and Welcomes Richard Oshiro
Westin Hotels Welcomes Arianna Huffington to Newly-Launched Westin Well-Being Council
Hard Rock International Announces Marco Roca Executive Vice President/Chief Development Officer, Hotels

Apps

A New Mobile White Label Solution for Tour Operators and Travel Agency

mTrip has launched an all new mobile white label solution for tour operators and travel agencies. Targeting the modern day needs of tour operators, the 100% offline mobile app aims to improve customer satisfactionvisibility and relationships with their customers. … Continue Reading

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airberlin iPhone App: World’s First Smartwatch Boarding Pass
WhatAlarm: The Real Waking Up App

Association

Easter bonus for holiday parks

The Easter/Anzac Day holiday period is bringing an end-of-season windfall to holiday parks, with confidence levels rising to an all-time high. … Continue Reading

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Corporate

Cachet Hotel Group Imports New York Brand – Nano Hotels & Resorts – Designed for the Sophisticated Global Traveler

Cachet Hotel Group (CHG), announced today important milestones for their continued global expansion at a press conference held during the China Hotel Investment Conference (CHIC) in Shanghai, China. … Continue Reading

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Invest Hospitality LLC (IH) and Cachet Hotel Group (CHG) Announce Innovative Hospitality Joint Venture, Invest Hospitality Asia (IH ASIA)
Tourico Holidays Sets Pace for Record Earnings in 2014

Cruise

Cruise Deals

See Antarctica in Style in a Seabourn Veranda Suite

Ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn is offering Australians the ultimate way to see the White Continent with complimentary veranda upgrades on all four voyages during its next Antarctica season. … Continue Reading

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Destination Global

30 days until Vivid Sydney 2014 lights up the dark winter nights

The one-month countdown has begun, with only 30 days to go before the Lighting of the Sails marks the opening of Sydney’s spectacular winter festival, Vivid Sydney. … Continue Reading

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Tourism Industry Marketing Partnerships Now Available With The Legendary Pacific Coast
Royal Visit Sparks Interest in Australia’s Red Centre
Learn how to carve a wooden whisky tumbler at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Destination North America

Caesars Palace Heats Up With Competition Among Nation’s Top Asian Chefs in Culinary Battles® Finale

The Culinary Battles® quest to find the nation’s top Asian chef is about to reach its peak. After intense regional competitions in Atlantic City and Los Angeles, the final four contestants are heading to the grand finale at Las Vegas’ famed Caesars Palace on April 26th. … Continue Reading

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Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Skrillex, Beck & Calvin Harris to Headline the 13th Annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, October 3-5 & 10-12
Visit Pensacola Releases 2014 Visitors Guide
Festivals are Heating Up New York State this Summer
Glamping Under the Stars in Canyon Country

Destination Philippines

ThePhilippines.com Reaches Milestone Of One Million Page Views And 150K Facebook Fans — After Just One Year Of Launching

As tourism continues to grow in the Philippines, so does the online traffic of one web site that was developed as the official online travel guide to the country. … Continue Reading

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Destination Seychelles

Seychelles home grown small hotels & Self Catering establishments are an example in the ‘home away from home’ experience

Seychelles-TravelThe Seychelles Islands continues to fight the perception that it is a destination for only the ‘peoples’ of the world who are searching for only five star properties. … Continue Reading

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Zambia Minister For Tourism & The Arts To Lead Her Delegation To The Carnival In Seychelles This Week
Notting Hill Carnival from the UK & the USA Delegations land in Seychelles for the Carnival 2014

Destination Thailand

The 6th Samui Bike Week ready to roar into life

AmazingThailand_NewThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with the Samui Rider Club, Surat Thani Provincial Administration, Samui Hotels Association, Ko Samui Police Station and local tourism operators have come together to stage the 6th Samui Bike Week, an annual event for bike lovers and riders, from enthusiasts to professionals. … Continue Reading

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Bite Size Savory… by the River The Thara Thong “Mieng”Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
After The Shutdown, The Comeback: Leading Tourism Forum Unites Hospitality Heavyweights In Quest To Get Bangkok Back on Its Feet
Festival of Ko Lae Boat Races in Narathiwat
Wat Prayun in Bangkok Receives UNESCO Cultural Heritage Conservation Award of Excellence

Exhibitions

ATM on the crest of a wave

The Middle East’s cruise sector will be highly visible and well represented at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2014, which takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 5-8 May, according to show organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions. … Continue Reading

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lowcostbeds Returns to Arabian Travel Market to Expand Network of Agents and Hotels in the Region
300 international tourism buyers prepare for TRENZ 2014

Financial

Concord Hospitality Sells 13-Hotel Portfolio for $240 Million

Concord Hospitality Enterprises today announced the sale of a portfolio of 13 premium-branded, select-service hotels to companies owned by a global investment fund for approximately $240 million in an all-cash transaction. … Continue Reading

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Food & Beverage

Promotions In May At Mövenpick Hotel Saigon

unnamed (7)This May, Mövenpick Hotel Saigon invite gourmands to discover plenty of culinary combined with accommodation offers with enticing dishes introduced at our restaurants. … Continue Reading

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Seasonal Tastes Of Japan Aji Mackerel And The King Of Tunas
“A-la- carte Dinner Buffet returns to Kacho Restaurant” Kacho Restaurant, 37th floor, Queen’s Park Tower
W Taipei Launches “5BEER” in Woobar
A Decadent Afternoon Affair with Rubin Singer

Golf Tourism

Tee Off in Style with Hansar Samui’s Golf Package

Hansar Resort, Koh Samui Island, Thailand.Situated just 10 minutes from the Island’s International airport, Hansar Samui is located on the tropical stretch of golden sands and turquoise waters of Koh Samui’s up-market Bophut Bay, which offers a front seat to island life.  … Continue Reading

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Hospitality

Special summer attractions from Centara for guests from the Middle East

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort PattayaAs the summer season and the plans for holidays approach, selected Centara hotels in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Krabi, Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai and in the paradise islands of the Maldives and Mauritius have crafted a series of benefits specifically for families from the Middle East countries. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Lancaster in Paris: Where Stylish Luxury Meets Glamour
Choice Hotels Expands International Footprint Introducing Clarion And Quality Brands In China
‘Akyra’s Angels’ Take Wing As Guardians Of Heavenly Holidays At Chic Samui Resort
Tsogo Sun Extends Its Affiliation With Interval International

Hotel Deals

Sireeampan Boutique Resort & Spa Announces Luxury is all a-ROUND

unnamed (3)Sireeampan Boutique Resort & Spa, the intimate 11-suite luxury resort in the heart of Chiang Mai opened in January of this year, has unveiled its newest package catered to individuals seeking ultimate relaxation and a stress-free vacation the moment they land. … Continue Reading

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Boathouse By Montara Offers Sensational 25th Anniversary Discounts On All Room Types For Thai Residents From Now Until End Of September 2014
Astronaut turns Aquanaut to launch Atlantis, The Palm’s new scuba diving programs

Hotel Openings

The first U Hotels & Resorts to Open in Pattaya in early 2015

Absolute Hotel Services Group CEO Jonathan Wigley is delighted to announce the first member of U Hotels & Resorts in Pattaya.  The resort will consist of 21 villas and 21 rooms set on 5.5 rai of land which will be ready to open in early 2015. … Continue Reading

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IHG Announces the First Holiday Inn Express® Hotel in Puerto Vallarta Close to City’s International Airport
Carlson Rezidor underlines its leading position in Africa: Group holds largest hotel pipeline on the continent

Invitations

Một Hai, Ba, Yo! Say cheers at a free Bia Hoi with Intrepid Travel

Sip on a Vietnamese brew and chow down on street food at Intrepid Travel’s free Bia Hoi event at 1000 £ Bend on Wednesday 30 April from 6pm. … Continue Reading

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Loyalty

VOILA Hotel Rewards Partners with Mangalis Management Group

VOILA Hotel Rewards (http://voilahotels.com), the world’s number one loyalty program for independent hotels, today announced a partnership with Mangalis Management Group (http://www.mangalis.com) and the launch of AvantGarde by Mangalis. … Continue Reading

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The Leading Hotels of the World Expands Complimentary Airport Transfers for Top-Tier Loyalty Members

MICE

Mobile travel consulting

TravelManagers ATAS Warnings Prove Reality with More Travel Agency Closures

TravelManagers concerns reached an all-time high today regarding the Australian Federation of Travel Agents’ (AFTA) Australian Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS)  with the publication on Monday of the Travel Compensation Fund’s (TCF) latest termination notice announcing a further five outlets have had their TCF membership terminated due to consumer claims. … Continue Reading

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Photo Gallery

AUS vs SA off the cricket grounds | Atlantis the Palm, Dubai

South African and Australian cricket rivals, Morné Morkel and Pat Cummins, challenged each other to Poseidon’s Revenge, Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai’s most daring ride today.  … Continue Reading

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Responsible Tourism

Marriott Turns Up the Volume on Green Building

Kansas City, MO – April 22, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. announced today the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff in Missouri is the company’s first hotel to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design™) green building program status through the U.S. … Continue Reading

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DERECK JOUBERT supports ZEROS FOR RHINOS initiative with GREAT PLAINS FOUNDATION
Cruise Industry Highlights Ongoing Sustainability Efforts to Fully Protect Global Ocean Environment
Two Cheetahs Released At Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Social Media

Confidence High As Australians Spend Double The Global Average On Travel

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the results of the third installment of TripBarometer, the world’s largest accommodation and traveller survey¹. … Continue Reading

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Technology

Al Tayyar Travel Group and Travelport enhance partnership with new agreement

Travelport, the leading distribution services and e-commerce provider for the global travel industry, and Al Tayyar Travel Group – one of the largest travel companies in the Middle East and Africa – have strengthened their partnership with the signing of a new multi-year agreement, which will see both companies significantly enhance their business. … Continue Reading

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AirClub celebrates 1st anniversary by launching innovative online corporate jet booking platform

Theme Parks

The New LEGO® Legends of Chima Water Park Received its Largest LEGO® Model This Weekend!!

Construction is fast and furious at LEGOLAND® California Resort with the new LEGO® Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network quickly approaching on May 24, 2014. … Continue Reading

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Travel Deals

Essential Egypt

unnamed (2)Clients can book a great value 8-day adventure exploring Egypt’s highlights six months ahead and save even more with youth travel group Topdeck. … Continue Reading

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Free Five Star Hotel In Istanbul
Be quick to Bag a Deal to the Cook Islands and half price kids’ airfares

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