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New President named by Wyndham to RCI Exchanges

New President named by Wyndham to RCI Exchanges

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Wyndham Destinations, a vacation ownership and exchange company, has announced the appointment of Olivier Chavy as President, RCI® Exchanges. Most recently serving as CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Chavy brings 30 years of international hospitality experience and executive leadership roles spanning luxury hotel and timeshare resort operations to global interior design. RCI Exchanges is the global leader in vacation exchange, serving approximately 3.8 million members and more than 4,300 affiliated vacation ownership resorts. Chavy assumes responsibility for the strategic direction, operation and growth of the network and travel services of RCI Exchanges, including oversight of its collection of leading brands including RCI, The Registry Collection, DAE and Love Home Swap. “Olivier w
Alitalia airline: Of back doors and scoundrels?

Alitalia airline: Of back doors and scoundrels?

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development, Luigi Di Maio, meeting the unions at Mise, (Ministry of Economic Development) outlined the account of the new company, AZ, and declared, “So, after more than 10 years under the guidance of private individuals, Alitalia will return public.” The last year of Alitalia being public was in 2008 when the then Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called a group of individuals to block the merger of Alitalia with Air France-Klm. The Minister of Economy and Finance (MEF), Giovanni Tria, answering a question at the “Question time” in the Chamber of Deputies on February 20 recalled, “There is no question of renationalizing Alitalia: the solution for AZ can only be on the market, driven by subjects that have a prominent position in the civil avia
Organizational changes and retailing investment focus support ATPCO’s road to transformation

Organizational changes and retailing investment focus support ATPCO’s road to transformation

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One year following its acquisition of Routehappy, the first for the 54-year-old company, ATPCO announced that it has fully integrated Routehappy into the organization, bolstering its leadership team, and creating a new Retailing Solutions product line to infuse retailing into the company’s culture. By fully integrating and aligning ATPCO’s flagship pricing data with Routehappy’s comprehensive rich content, ATPCO is vastly expanding its value to the industry. This combination enables ATPCO to better provide modern retailing solutions including dynamic pricing, branded fares, rich content, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATAs) New Distribution Capability (NDC) and other distribution capabilities along with the newly unveiled Next Generation Storefront solution. “ATPCO continu
Los Angeles Tourism unveils new look

Los Angeles Tourism unveils new look

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Los Angeles Tourism has tapped some of the most talented writers and photographers in the L.A. area to create a fun robust library of content ranging from guides on hidden neighborhood gems to favorite beaches by playlist and places to visit based on astrological signs. Following more than 12 months of planning, research, and development, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board today unveiled its latest iteration of discoverlosangeles.com. Built Los Angeles Tourism’s digital team, the mobile-first design ensures faster response, enhanced search and better accessibility while featuring an editorial-led, visual storytelling focus that serves up the inspiration and research locals and travelers seek in official destination websites. Throughout the coming months, newly-created content w
Badass women dominating adventure travel

Badass women dominating adventure travel

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In honor of International Women’s Day (IWD), Friday, March 8, 2019, these inspiring travel professionals are working to make outdoor travel a more balanced place for women around the world. The theme of the day is #BalanceforBetter, focusing on how a more gender-balanced world will create a better working environment for everyone. It couldn’t come at a better time; in the outdoor travel industry, women have been historically under-represented – particularly in leadership positions. According to The Adventure Travel Trade Association’s report, “Out in Front: Tracking Women’s Leadership in Adventure Travel,” while women make up 60-70% of the travel industry, only 38% of board positions are held by females in the adventure sector, and there are significantly fewer female guides on average, es
2019 Tel Aviv Marathon attracts 2500 international participants

2019 Tel Aviv Marathon attracts 2500 international participants

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The Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon will take place on Friday February 22, 2019. 40,000 runners will participate in Israel’s biggest sporting event of the year. 2,500 international participants from Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Austria, US and more are set to hit the city to take part in the marathon, including a large delegation of elite international runners attempting to break the marathon record. The current record was set in 2015 by William Kiprono Yagon from Kenya at a time of 2:10:30. Any runner who succeeds in achieving a result of under 2:07:59 will receive $40,000. This year, the Tel Aviv Marathon will take participants on a stunning 42km route winding its way through the beating heart of the city. Runners start at Rokach Boulevard in front of the Tel Aviv Expo in northern Tel Aviv
BAME Women in Travel initiative to assist ethnic minority women in travel and tourism industry

BAME Women in Travel initiative to assist ethnic minority women in travel and tourism industry

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Women in Travel CIC, the social enterprise dedicated to empowering women though employability and entrepreneurship in the travel industry, will launch ‘BAME Women in Travel’ at a Royal Society of Arts evening event (6pm – 8pm) in London on 11th March 2019. The new BAME Women in Travel initiative will assist black, Asian and minority ethnic women in the travel and tourism industry to fulfill their economic and individual potential through customized training and mentoring services aimed at fostering entrepreneurship and employment. As well as engaging with BAME women, Women in Travel will simultaneously reach out to and work with the most forward-thinking travel and tourism businesses and organizations who wish to engage with and build knowledge of increasingly influential BAME travel commu
Marriott International partners with Manchester United

Marriott International partners with Manchester United

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Marriott International and Manchester United today announced a multi-year marketing partnership, giving the 120 million members of the Marriott Bonvoy travel program exclusive opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime Manchester United football experiences – including the chance to become the club’s Stadium Announcer or Kit Manager for the day. The new partnership launches today with a film that features familiar faces from the Manchester United first team and team management, bringing these magical moments to life. Manchester United, Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold comments: “Marriott International is the leader in its field and we’re excited to be partnering with them as Marriott launches its new travel program, Marriott Bonvoy. Together we look forward to creating some unforgettabl
Berlin Travel Festival 2019: Travel for the next generation

Berlin Travel Festival 2019: Travel for the next generation

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The Berlin Travel Festival kicks off on Friday, March 8 at Arena Berlin – and with over 120 exhibitors and more than 130 events, it’s sure to be a non-stop adventure. Brand exhibitors joining the festival include destinations, accommodation, gear, mobility, publications, advisors, apps, and start-ups. Among them, international destinations like Australia, Azerbaijan, and Nicaragua; mobility options from Mercedes-Benz, roadsurfer, and GoEuro; unique lodging at BoutiqueHomes, UNYCU Hotels & Locations, B4 Beach Club Tanzania, the off-the-grid Ecocapsule, and Germany’s campsites with PiNCAMP Powered by ADAC; advisors on hand include G Adventure, STA Travel, and Unplanned; and gear from HEIMPLANET and Foto Meyer Berlin, with Nikon, Panasonic, Sony, Fuji Film, and Polaroid. Program events i
Budapest Airport adds four further links to its network

Budapest Airport adds four further links to its network

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Budapest Airport is adding further network ties with Ryanair as the carrier announces that it will begin services from the Hungarian capital to Bordeaux, Palma de Mallorca and Toulouse. As weekly flights to Balearic Isle begin 6 June, the additional capacity supports the Spanish market which saw a robust 29% increase in passenger numbers from Budapest in 2018. Services on both new routes to France will be inaugurated for the W19/20 season, with the twice-weekly services. “Adding these new services shows that Ryanair continues to see Budapest as an attractive market which is both positive for travel and tourism, and for Hungarian business,” says Balázs Bogáts, Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport. “The airport is investing €700m into its development program to ensure that it is fu
Forex Trading In 2019: The Next Big Thing

Forex Trading In 2019: The Next Big Thing

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The global currency market has witnessed a number of big events in 2018. New opportunities have been unlocked for the investors. Last year, Sterling made the biggest headline story with Brexit deals, counter-deals,and negotiations offering sharp swings in the pound. The event continued for almost the whole year at various stages. In April, the pound was trading at 1.43 against the US dollar. However, it has now come down to 1.26 which is the current running price. As we enter 2019, it will be interesting to see what becomes of GBP. The greenback faced a lot of fluctuations all throughout the year. However, it has been holding a strong position during the second half of the year. In April, trading against USD, Euro was priced at 0.80 which gradually went up to 0.88 by December. This was ind...
Cornwall Airport Newquay announces Channel Islands link

Cornwall Airport Newquay announces Channel Islands link

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Cornwall Airport Newquay (CAN) has today announced that from 3 June regional operator Blue Islands, a franchise partner of Flybe, will commence a new service to Jersey and Guernsey. Flights will operate three times weekly throughout the summer season until 31 August, with the service adding a further 3,600 seats to the CAN market in 2019. The carrier will operate the route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, allowing for passengers to enjoy either an extended weekend or full-week break in the Channel Islands. Flights will depart CAN at 12:10, arriving in Jersey one-hour later, with passengers then having the option to connect through to Guernsey. Flights back to CAN will leave Jersey at 10:40. The airline will use its efficient ATR 42-320s on the route, laid out in a 46-seat configurati...
Marriott Bonvoy: Marriott International introduces new travel program

Marriott Bonvoy: Marriott International introduces new travel program

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Marriott International is launching a global marketing campaign introducing Marriott Bonvoy, the new name that replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). The campaign celebrates Marriott Bonvoy as a travel program with the tag line “Rewards Reimagined” through its 30 hotel brands, extraordinary experiences and rich member benefits. The comprehensive campaign encompasses advertising across television, digital video, mobile, print, social media, out of home, and cinema, as well as special events and member access to partner experiences around passion points like sports and entertainment. In addition, Marriott’s websites and mobile apps, co-branded credit cards and original content such as Marriott Bonvoy guest-room television and digital publicat
Shaza Hotels expands in Saudi Arabia with new hotel opening in Riyadh

Shaza Hotels expands in Saudi Arabia with new hotel opening in Riyadh

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Shaza Hotels, a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, has announced the opening of Shaza Hotel Residences, Riyadh. The property is the first for the brand in Riyadh and its third in KSA. It is also the first extended stay property to open for Shaza Hotels. Mr. Khalid Saud Abu Haimed, Chief Executive Officer of Sulaiman Abdulaziz Al Rajhi Real Estate Investments Company said, “After the successful launch of Shaza Makkah last year, it is with great pleasure that we bring Shaza Hotel Residences, Riyadh to the market. The unique hotel residences, by its design and excellent quality of services, will meet the ever-increasing expectations of local and international guests. We are looking forward to becoming the new preferred destination for families and business travellers during their stay in Ri
From Kurt Cobain to Soundgarden: Morrison Hotel Gallery kicks off Grunge Month

From Kurt Cobain to Soundgarden: Morrison Hotel Gallery kicks off Grunge Month

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Happy Birthday Kurt Cobain! In honor of what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 50th birthday, Morrison Hotel Gallery is announcing its next exhibition: Grunge – The Rise of a Generation, a photography exhibit celebrating grunge music, the fashion, the attitude and its impact on anyone who has listened to Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam or worn a flannel shirt. Nirvana’s Bleach was released 30 years ago this year. Soundgarden’s Superunknown will celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 8th. Grunge is making a comeback and it’s happening now. Opening March 8th in New York City, Los Angeles and Maui, Grunge – The Rise of a Generation is a collection of images taken by legendary photographers who were in the middle of all things grunge. Characterized by frayed fashion, a brooding sense of apathy an
HondaJet most delivered aircraft in its class for second consecutive year

HondaJet most delivered aircraft in its class for second consecutive year

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Honda Aircraft Company announced today that the HondaJet was the most delivered aircraft in its class in 2018, based on numbers provided by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Last year, 37 HondaJets were delivered around the globe, marking the second consecutive year the HondaJet has been the most delivered very light jet. “We are proud that our customers continue to choose the HondaJet for its unrivaled performance, efficiency and cabin comfort. This, along with our strong global dealer network, has made the HondaJet the most delivered aircraft in its class,” said Honda Aircraft Company President & CEO Michimasa Fujino. “The HondaJet finishing as the most delivered aircraft for the second consecutive year is a testament to our team’s dedication to developing cutti
Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket: Advanced water technology helps reduce eco-footprint

Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket: Advanced water technology helps reduce eco-footprint

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Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket is an exclusive luxury residence of 40 penthouses and suites located just steps away from Bangtao Beach, one of the island’s longest beaches lined with white sand. Green Globe recertified Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket in January this year. Michael Wenk, General Manager at the resort said: “For the past 7 years we have been continuously reinforcing our dedication towards environmental conservation as we believe we have to take accountability to support and protect our community and our environment. We are actively introducing innovative technological measures to help reduce our eco-footprint and preserve our fragile ecosystem.” The resort has been leading the way with progressive practices that save precious water resources and reduces plastic p
South Beach Food and Wine Show to showcase Jamaica as a premier gastronomy destination

South Beach Food and Wine Show to showcase Jamaica as a premier gastronomy destination

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Jamaica Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, (seen center in the photo) engages Chairperson of the Tourism Linkages’ Gastronomy Network, Nicola Madden-Greig, (left) and Analyst of Tourism Networks at the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Simone Harris, in conversation, ahead of their departure to Florida for the annual South Beach (SOBE) Food and Wine Show. The Tourism Enhancement Fund and the Jamaica Tourist Board are providing financial support for Jamaican chefs Gariel Ferguson and Colin Hylton to participate in the 4-day food festival, which begins today. The Tourism Linkages Network is also using this opportunity to have their first ever gastronomy activation outside of Jamaica. The Minister hopes that by participating in this event, it will showcase Jamaica as a premier Gastronomy destina
First “hetero-friendly” hotel opens in Italy

First “hetero-friendly” hotel opens in Italy

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Axel Hotels Group is the first “hetero-friendly” hotel to open in Italy. It is a new project that is part of its expansion plan for Sonders & Beach Group partner in Italy for LGBTQ tourism services. Axel Hotel Venezia, the first hotel chain in the world specifically designed for the LGBTA community, announced the upcoming opening of the Axel Hotel Venezia which will take place on March 15, 2019. This is its first presence on the Italian market and the starting point for a new market in Europe that is bound to reinforce its international expansion project. This hotel joins the 2 hotels foreseen by the Group for 2019: the AxelBeach Miami and the Axel Hotel San Sebastián, Spain. History, art and, style characterize the upcoming Axel Hotel Venezia. The location is a historic building in ty
Explorer Guide of Peruvian hotel dies in gift shop break-in

Explorer Guide of Peruvian hotel dies in gift shop break-in

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At 8:20 pm last night, February 19, 2019, a group of armed delinquents broke into the hotel gift shop at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica in Puerto Maldonado in Peru. With the help of a video surveillance system and the speedy action of the hotel staff, the intrusion was detected immediately. The resident manager, Percy Ccopa, and his team brought all of the 53 guests to a secure location, ensuring their isolation from the assailants. Tragically, one of the leading Explorer Guides, Elías León, who has worked with the company for more than a decade, lost his life during the break-in. “We are heartbroken by this incident,” observed Jose Koechlin, founder and Chairman of Inkaterra, “and we are in close contact with his family to provide support.” After giving statements to the police, all hotel gu
Malta attracts record-breaking 62,185 tourists from US and Canada in 2018

Malta attracts record-breaking 62,185 tourists from US and Canada in 2018

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Statistics released by Malta’s National Statistics Office for inbound tourism for 2018 show that Malta’s popularity in the North American market is still trending. The Hon. Konrad Mizzi, Minister of Tourism for Malta, noted that the US was one of the fastest growing tourism markets for Malta, recording a dramatic increase of 31.9% from 2017 to 2018, with a total of 47,170 Americans visitors. The increase from Canada in 2018 was 6.6% (15,015 Canadians) bringing the total arrivals in 2018 from North America (US & Canada) to a record breaking 62,185. This sunny archipelago in the Mediterranean recorded an overall 2.6 million visitors (+14.3% between 2017 and 2018), bringing a record number of tourists to Malta from around the World. Malta is turning into one of the Mediterranean’s top all