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Amadeus expands accommodation options with Booking.com partnership

No matter how or where travellers shop, they want greater choice and convenience when booking a trip. Finding the right place to rest your head at night, can make a real difference to the overall travel experience. Every day more than 1.5 million room nights are reserved across 228 countries and territories worldwide via the Booking.com platform. Thanks to a new partnership between Amadeus and Booking.com, travel sellers will now be able to access the vast and rich content of the company’s extensive listings. This includes everything from hotels, motels and resorts to homes, apartments and many other unique places to stay provided by Booking.com through the Amadeus Travel Platform.ADVERTISEMENTAs a result of this partnership, travel sellers will directly benefit from an increase of 30 per cent in the accommodation options made available by Amadeus. They will be able to access the new content in the coming months through multiple points of sale including Amadeus Selling Platform Connect and, for corporate bookers, through Amadeus cytric Travel & Expense. Ripsy Bandourian, vice president of partnerships at Booking.com, said: “We’re constantly on the lookout for strategic collaborations that can enable us to reach even more people around the globe, empowering them to easily discover and book their ideal travel experiences via Booking.com. “We’re delighted to be working with a partner like Amadeus that truly shares our passion for technology and innovation. “Together we are looking forward to seamlessly connecting even more travellers with the stays and trip experiences that are just right for them.” Booking.com’s extensive range of accommodation options will be shown alongside other travel content to make it easier for travel sellers to book a traveller’s whole journey. The additional content enables them to meet that traveller’s desire to have a wealth of choice, access to multiple price points as well as the convenience of having a single itinerary that covers the journey from start to finish.  Jorge Elliott, executive vice president of travel content sourcing, travel channels, Amadeus, said: “We’re confident that the partnership between Amadeus and Booking.com will bring a number of benefits to our travel seller community.  “Amadeus’ technology combined with Booking.com’s content means that travel sellers can search, book and integrate Booking.com’s content seamlessly, ensuring the booking process is simple, and trips can easily be customised for travellers.” Older British Airways to return to Islamabad from next week Let's block ads! (Why?)

British Airways to return to Islamabad from next week

British Airways will relaunch flights to Islamabad, Pakistan, from June 2nd. The three-per-week service will be operated on a three-class Boeing Dreamliner. The 787 is British Airways’ newest long-haul aircraft that is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than other aircraft and features larger windows, mood lighting and the latest inflight entertainment system. ADVERTISEMENTThe airline has a number of Pakistani and British Pakistani colleagues who speak Urdu, and there has already been considerable interest from these colleagues to work on the flights. Andrew Brem, chief commercial officer at British Airways, said: “The excitement is building as we put the final touches to this exciting route launch. “The anticipation from customers and colleagues has been palpable and we hope customers in both the UK and Pakistan will enjoy the classically British service we offer, with thoughtful bespoke touches.” Older Queensland launches scUber Great Barrier Reef submarine experience Newer Amadeus expands accommodation options with Booking.com partnership Let's block ads! (Why?)

Airbus partners with SAS Scandinavian Airlines for electric aircraft research

Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding with SAS Scandinavian Airlines for hybrid and electric aircraft eco-system and infrastructure requirements research. The deal was signed by Grazia Vittadini, chief technology officer with Airbus, and Göran Jansson, deputy president for strategy and ventures with Scandinavian Airlines. Collaboration will start in June and will continue until the end of 2020. Under the memorandum, Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines will cooperate on a joint research project to enhance understanding of the operational and infrastructure opportunities and challenges involved with the large-scale introduction of hybrid and full electric aircraft to airlines modus operandi. The project scope includes five work packages, which focus on analysing the impact of ground infrastructure and charging on range, resources, time and availability at airports.ADVERTISEMENTThe collaboration also includes a plan to involve a renewable energy supplier to ensure genuine zero CO2 emissions operations are assessed. This multidisciplinary approach - from energy to infrastructure - aims to address the entire aircraft operations ecosystem in order to better support the aviation industry’s transition to sustainable energy. Aircraft are roughly 80 per cent more fuel efficient per passenger kilometre than they were 50 years ago.  However, with air traffic growth estimated to more than double over the next 20 years, reducing aviation’s impact on the environment remains the aim of the industry. To overcome this challenge, the Global Aviation Industry including Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines have committed to achieving carbon-neutral growth for the aviation industry as a whole from 2020 onwards, cutting aviation net emissions by half by 2050 (compared to 2005). Older Amodeo steps into chief financial officer role with Radisson Newer Queensland launches scUber Great Barrier Reef submarine experience Let's block ads! (Why?)

TAP Air Portugal reaches fleet milestone

TAP Air Portugal has marked an historic point in its 74-year history. With the arrival of its latest A330neo – CS-TUI, which has been named King Afonso Henriques – the company has 100 aircraft in its fleet for the first time. A further 71 new aircraft due to arrive by 2025. The new airplanes have allowed TAP to open new routes with the airline continuing to grow in Brazil, a market in which TAP retains market leadership in connections to Europe and where there has been a 23 per cent increase in the number of passengers between 2015 and 2018. The carrier was also voted the World’s Leading Airline to South America by voters at the World Travel Awards.ADVERTISEMENTTAP also has a strong commitment to the North Atlantic market, where there has been a 177 per cent growth in passenger numbers between 2015 and 2018, alongside a quadrupling of the number of seats available in the past four years. TAP was the fastest growing European airline on routes to the United States, offering 245,000 more seats compared to 2015. TAP will continue receiving new aircraft throughout 2019, with new routes launching to Chicago, San Francisco and Washington in June 2019. In 2018, TAP was responsible for bringing four million tourists to Portugal, who contributed €5.5 billion to the national economy. The new fleet is also an important contribution to the country. Each new TAP aircraft makes a significant contribution to the country’s GDP, generating an average of €28 million in duties and taxes each year to the Portuguese economy and creating more than 750 jobs in Portugal on average. Older Red Sea Development Company employees witness developments first-hand with site visit Newer Amodeo steps into chief financial officer role with Radisson Let's block ads! (Why?)

Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito, adds global connections

Quito, capital of Ecuador, has boosted its connections to the world. In 2019, Santiago, Paris and Toronto will be reached thanks to new partnerships with LATAM, Air France and Air Canada Rouge. Imagine being just one flight away from the famous Plaza de Armas in Santiago, being able to dine 500 meters in the air over Toronto at the CN Tower, or walking through the magnificent Champs-Élysées in Paris. This will become a reality this year for residents of the city, as all the destinations will be added to the connectivity map of Quito International Airport. They will join a total of 16 direct international destinations from Mariscal Sucre International Airport. The secret behind successfully bringing new airlines to the airport lies in its route-development strategies, which seek to leverage the operational advantages of the airport. Deals are done in partnership with the municipality of Quito, the ministries of tourism and of transport and public works, and bodies such as the Civil Aviation General Directorate. Quito is not only the main gateway to Ecuador and a necessary stop to reach the world-famous Galapagos Islands; it also has a strong tourist appeal on its own. According to Quito Turismo, the sector generates approximately US$987 million per year in tourism alone, and it is projected that more than 700,000 tourists will arrive in the city in 2019. The route-development strategy also positions Quito as a business destination, since it is a city which has not only the necessary hotel infrastructure, but also additional attractions for this sector. The city is home to the Metropolitan Convention Centre, located in Parque Bicentenario, which was recently opened thanks to a donation from Aecon and the Airport Development Corporation, Quiport’s initial shareholders. These new destinations announced by Air France (Paris), LATAM (Santiago) and Air Canada Rouge (Toronto) are added to the list of direct flights, along with Sao Paulo, which was inaugurated by Gol at the end of 2018. The Brazilian airline has reported very positive numbers on their Paulist direct route, with which the whole of Brazil is open to passengers from Quito. Moreover, in 2019 new options in existing routes will be opened, such as Peruvian (Lima) and Plus Ultra (Madrid). Quito is connecting with an increasingly larger number of world markets through its airport, bringing more airlines and passengers to Ecuador and positively contributing to the development of the city and the country. More Information Mariscal Sucre International Airport is currently in the running for the title of South America’s Leading Airport at the World Travel Awards. Voting closes on May 25th, with more information here. Older Enjoy Ramadan with Anantara the Palm Dubai Resort Let's block ads! (Why?)

Enjoy Ramadan with Anantara the Palm Dubai Resort

[embedded content] Anantara the Palm Dubai Resort is welcoming guests this Ramadan with delicious traditional delights and stunning vistas across the water to the city. Visitors can come together to break their fast at the charming property, or enjoy a feast outside on the terrace. The Iftar menu includes jallab with dates, lentil soup and a sumptuous Arabic mixed grill platter with hot and cold mezze, pita bread and oriental rice. Indulge in traditional favourites including lamb chops and kofta, chicken shish taouk, falafel, hummus, and round off the celebrations with a delicious umm ali. More Information Find out more about the holy month of Ramadan at Anantara the Palm Dubai Resort – itself considered the Middle East’s Leading Villa Resort by voters at the World Travel Awards - on the official website. Older Pardo appointed vice president, operations, at Avani Hotels Newer Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito, adds global connections Let's block ads! (Why?)

Pardo appointed vice president, operations, at Avani Hotels

Avani Hotels & Resorts has appointed Javier Pardo to the role vice president of operations. Pardo reports directly to Robert Kunkler, chief operating officer of Avani-owner Minor Hotels, and is based at the regional office in Bangkok. It is hoped the move will further strengthen Avani’s presence and resources in this key market. Pardo will be overseeing the operational excellence and financial performance for the brand, and he will also be leading new brand initiatives, following a refresh programme that was launched at the end of 2018. He brings almost two decades of hospitality experience throughout Europe, with his last posting being director of operations and commercial director for the NH Hotel Group. ADVERTISEMENTMinor acquired NH Hotel Group in 2018. Pardo holds an executive MBA from Instituto Internacional San Telmo and speaks Spanish, English, and French. “Avani continues to expand our current portfolio of 24 properties in 15 countries with more than 20 hotels in the pipeline in south-east Asia, South Korea, Australia, Tunisia, the Maldives, and the UAE,” said Kunkler. “We are confident that under Javier’s leadership our relationships with our business and hotel partners will continue to thrive and grow.” Older Virgin Atlantic heads for Mumbai following Jet Airways collapse Let's block ads! (Why?)

Virgin Atlantic heads for Mumbai following Jet Airways collapse

Virgin Atlantic is relaunching flights between London Heathrow and Mumbai, India, for the first time in four years. Tickets will go on sale next Tuesday, with the first service set to take off on October 27th. Virgin said the new flight will complement the airline’s long-established route between London and Delhi.  The daily service will not only enhance a vital link between India’s commercial centre and the UK’s capital, but it also provides seamless connections via Heathrow between India and the United States.  The new flights will depart and arrive Heathrow in the morning to align with connecting flows to and from US.ADVERTISEMENTThe Mumbai flights will be operated on Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft.  Juha Jarvinen, executive vice president, commercial, at Virgin Atlantic, commented: “This year marks a significant period of growth for Virgin Atlantic and I’m delighted that we’re continuing to expand our route network once more, by returning to Mumbai.  “Until recently we’ve been able to serve this important market through our partnership with Jet Airways, however, since Jet Airways has sadly suspended its operation, we now have an opportunity to provide alternative options for our customers and meet this demand.” As well as flying customers, Virgin Atlantic continues to see increased demand for cargo. This fast cargo service will offer new opportunities for companies looking to export and import goods between Mumbai and prime markets in the UK and US. The new Mumbai flights marks Virgin Atlantic’s 27th daily service from London Heathrow and its third new route announcement this year.  Flights to Tel Aviv, Israel are due to commence in September, with flights to São Paulo, Brazil starting in 2020, marking the airline’s first venture into South America. Older Halford appointed general member at soon-to-open Ozo Phuket Newer Pardo appointed vice president, operations, at Avani Hotels Let's block ads! (Why?)

Halford appointed general member at soon-to-open Ozo Phuket

Onyx Hospitality Group has appointed Paul Halford as general manager of the soon-to-open Ozo Phuket at Kata Beach. Halford joins Onyx with close to 20 years of hospitality industry experience at hotels and resorts in Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji and Thailand, including a ten-year tenure across multiple Radisson Hotel Group locations. Most recently, he was general manager of Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18. In his new role, Halford will lead the pre-opening and positioning of the brand-new Ozo in Phuket, scheduled to open in June. The family-oriented resort will feature 255 rooms and suites located right on Kata Road, surrounded by a wide range of restaurants, excellent shops, a popular night market and vibrant nightlife scene. ADVERTISEMENTThe property boasts the closest location to the beach among non-beachfront hotels in the immediate area, with each guest room featuring clever and functional design with distinct spaces allocated for getting ready, snoozing and relaxed connectivity. Commenting on his role, Halford said: “We are absolutely delighted to open Ozo Phuket, welcoming the first guests to experience our all-new hotel. “The resort has a fantastic design of in-room functions with the best sleep quality Ozo has to offer, in addition to the energising breakfast selection and à la carte all-day dining at Eat, with Asian and international favourites. “Guests will also enjoy a relaxation space and stay connected at Chill or spend quality time with family at the free-form main pool and Splash activity pool. “The hotel’s location is amazing, with attractions and eateries for the whole family to enjoy, a relaxed vibe and the pristine white sands of Kata Beach just a short stroll away. “We believe Ozo Phuket will deliver quality service based on our core concept of ‘sleep, connect and explore’ for our guests.” Older Rees to lead Leeds Bradford Airport following Laws departure Newer Virgin Atlantic heads for Mumbai following Jet Airways collapse Let's block ads! (Why?)

Rees to lead Leeds Bradford Airport following Laws departure

Leeds Bradford Airport has announced the appointment of Hywel Rees to the role of chief executive. Rees is an experienced executive in the airports and infrastructure sectors, with airport operating experience at leadership team level. He joins the location from AMP Capital, where he has been a senior member of the asset management team for around five years, with a focus on airports. He was the asset director for Newcastle Airport, which has been an AMP Capital managed asset for more than six years, and in that time has seen year on year growth. He was also the asset director for London Luton Airport on behalf of AMP Capital, which owns a 49 per cent stake.ADVERTISEMENTRees joins at a transformative time for Leeds Bradford Airport and will focus on delivering the strategic priorities for the airport, including growth in passenger numbers, route development across regional and international destinations and delivering the new terminal building. Rees said: “I am delighted to join Leeds Bradford Airport and look forward to working with the team to grow the airport long-term and deliver a high-quality service experience. “I know what a positive contributor Leeds Bradford Airport is to the local economy and am excited by the opportunity to work with the airport staff and our key partners including airlines, government and the local business community.” The appointment completes an external search following the retirement of former chief executive Davie Laws last month. Chairman of Leeds Bradford Airport, Andy Clarke, added: “We are very pleased Hywel is joining us as chief executive. “His understanding of airports at a leadership level, particularly their crucial contribution to the local regional economy, will be valuable to the airport as we embark on the next stage of our growth and cement the airport’s position as a gateway to and from the Yorkshire region for leisure and business passengers, both internationally and closer to home. “Hywel has the experience to take the airport to new highs.” Clarke added: “I’d also like to thank chief financial officer, Paul French, and operations director, Simon Whitby, who have undertaken joint leadership responsibilities while we completed the search for a new chief executive.” Older Airbus increase range of A220 planes by hundreds of nautical miles Newer Halford appointed general member at soon-to-open Ozo Phuket Let's block ads! (Why?)