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Caledonian Sleeper completes rolling stock rollout

Serco Caledonian Sleeper has completed the roll out of its new overnight trains with the fleet now operating all services between London and Scotland. The introduction of the Highlander route this week follows the new carriages making their debut in April on the Lowlander between London and Glasgow/Edinburgh. Now, guests can also travel between London and Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William. Designed to accommodate the modern-day traveller, the new trains offer accommodation ranging from completely new comfort seats for the budget traveller to rooms with double beds and en-suites – for the first time in the history of Caledonian Sleeper. Other new features are included on the new trains, such as a hotel-style keycard entry system, charging panels and Wi-Fi throughout the train. Ryan Flaherty, Serco managing director for Caledonian Sleeper, said: “Our new trains have been years in the making and to see them complete their introduction to service is extremely exciting for everyone involved.ADVERTISEMENT“The Highlander route has always been popular - there’s nothing quite like falling asleep just outside of London and awaking at the foot of the mountains in the Scottish Highlands. “With the new service we are sure to see familiar faces continue to make the journey between London and Scotland as well as many new guests enjoy a service which is fit for today’s traveller, combining modern facilities expected with that feeling of nostalgia that comes from long-distance railway travel. “We have worked really hard to learn lessons from introduction of the trains on the lowlander route earlier this year.  “We are now confident that all passengers can rely on the Caledonian Sleeper to provide the journey of a night time.” Older Six Senses Gangtey opens to luxury travellers in Bhutan Let's block ads! (Why?)

Six Senses Gangtey opens to luxury travellers in Bhutan

Following the successful launch of three lodges in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha earlier this year, Six Senses Gangtey has become the fourth property in the Six Senses Bhutan journey to open. The lodge is located in the Phobjikha Valley, an area characterised by rolling hills, pine forests and grassy marshlands dotted with rural villages. This area is well-known for being the winter residence of the spiritual black-necked cranes which arrive from Tibet in October. A special feature of the Gangtey lodge is the unique cantilevered bird-watching bridge crafted from local stone and enclosed with expansive timber-framed windows to enable guests to get close to their feathered friends. The lodge also has floor-to-ceiling windows offering guests unobstructed, 180-degree views of the cranes’ nesting grounds and valley below.ADVERTISEMENTThe design is inspired by Bhutanese farmhouse architecture and incorporates local stone and hand-hewn timber. While maintaining uncluttered lines and natural palate, Six Senses has introduced beautifully weathered timber floors and accented walls. There are eight suites, each with valley-facing panoramic views and a private outdoor balcony equipped with daybeds as well as binoculars for bird watching. There is also a two-bedroom villa with its own private spa treatment facilities designed to pamper and relax. In keeping with the brand’s focus on wellness, Six Senses Gangtey boasts a dedicated spa featuring two swedana rooms designed specifically for herb-infused steam therapies. Every treatment starts with a journey of discovery and the inclusion of a sodalite crystal to set positive intentions through breathing and meditation. This is followed by Bhutanese chanting and singing bowls, promoting stillness, happiness and well-being. Older Steel cutting ceremony for latest Cunard vessel Newer Caledonian Sleeper completes rolling stock rollout Let's block ads! (Why?)

Steel cutting ceremony for latest Cunard vessel

Cunard and Fincantieri have celebrated the start of construction on the 249th ship of the luxury cruise line, marking an exciting moment in the company’s 179-year history.  The yet unnamed ship, which is being built to meet the growing global demand in luxury cruising, is set to reimagine the luxury cruise experience with an array of unique and exciting on-board amenities. The first section of the ship is under construction at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia shipyard. The shipbuilding group previously delivered Cunard’s popular and world-renowned Queen Victoria in 2007 and Queen Elizabeth in 2010. The steel cutting ceremony is a keystone-event in the life of Cunard’s new ship, marking the commencement of building works that will culminate in its delivery in Monfalcone, Gorizia, Italy, in 2022. ADVERTISEMENTOf the occasion, Simon Palethorpe, president, Cunard, said: “After years of planning and design, we are delighted to see building works commence on our newest ship. “The 249th ‘Cunarder’ will be our fourth luxury liner for the 21st century. “The new ship is taking inspiration from the successes of our past, integrating the Cunard spirit with exciting new concepts and ideas that will provide a uniquely luxurious travel experience for our guests.” Cunard used the auspicious occasion to announce the commissioning of a unique sculpture, masterly crafted from the first piece of metal cut for the new ship. Acclaimed sculptor Sam Shendi will complete the work, which will be displayed on board the ship for Cunard’s guests to enjoy. Gilberto Tobaldi, Castellammare Shipyard director, Fincantieri, added: “We are very proud to be embarking on this next chapter of Cunard’s history with the start of the build of their newest ship and we look forward to working with the Cunard and Carnival UK teams over the next months.” Older AviaDev Africa headed to Madagascar for 2020 show Newer Six Senses Gangtey opens to luxury travellers in Bhutan Let's block ads! (Why?)

AviaDev Africa headed to Madagascar for 2020 show

AviaDev has confirmed it will head to Antananarivo, Madagascar, for its fifth edition with the support of its host Ravinala Airports, Antananarivo and Nosy Be Airports. The event will take place from May 6th-8th next year. The 2019 show attracted participation from 27 Countries and is committed to retain its Africa-centric focus.  Since inception, AviaDev has been the catalyst for partnerships including notably a new route operated from July by Mango connecting Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth and also the Kigali-Harare-Cape Town route that has been served by RwandAir since May 2018. Patrick Collard, chief executive of Ravinala Airports, said: “I am delighted that we have brought Africa’s highest profile aviation event to Madagascar. ADVERTISEMENT“Ravinala Airports supports Madagascar’s medium-term ambition to host 500,000 tourists until 2023. “AviaDev will be a key driver for this goal and will showcase the route development opportunity for Madagascar. “The establishment of open skies will further enable Madagascar to welcome guests from all over the world, boosting the economic, social and cultural development for the country.” AviaDev will once again facilitate pre-arranged one-to-one meetings during the event alongside key networking activities to ensure the maximum output from the event.  Jon Howell, managing director, AviaDev, said: “Madagascar is the perfect location to host AviaDev Africa. “As one of the world’s largest Islands, air access is the key to achieving the ambitious tourism arrival targets, creating jobs and opportunities locally and stimulating the whole economy. “The new airport facility is world-class, this coupled with the hotel projects that are near completion will put Madagascar on the map as a business tourism destination. “AviaDev is delighted to partner with Ravinala Airports to showcase the vast opportunities that exist for partner airlines and airports and deliver a forum that will ultimately advance Africa’s connectivity.” Registration for AviaDev Africa is now open here. Older Finnair signs codeshare deal with oneworld partner Fiji Airways Newer Steel cutting ceremony for latest Cunard vessel Let's block ads! (Why?)

Finnair signs codeshare deal with oneworld partner Fiji Airways

Finnair flights to the exotic South Pacific are set to take-off thanks to a new codeshare partnership between the carrier and Fiji Airways. Customers can book tickets now for travel from October 27th to Fiji from London via Helsinki, opening up a range of incredible new destinations with palm-fringed beaches and crystal-clear coral waters. It also means Finnair customers can for the first time fly around the world on flights with carriers sharing the airline’s flight numbers only. The deal between Finnair and Fiji Airways is the first between the two oneworld alliance partners. Fiji Airways joined the alliance as its first oneworld connect partner in December.ADVERTISEMENTOle Orvér, Finnair chief commercial officer, said: “We are excited about this cooperation with Fiji Airways and are delighted to offer this wonderful new destination in the South Pacific to our customers. “This cooperation is unique as it will allow Finnair customers to purchase around-the-world routings under Finnair’s code for the very first time, using a combination of gateways in Asia and on the US West Coast. “We would also like to warmly welcome Fiji Airways’ customers to enjoy the wonders of Finland and the Nordics.” The new codeshare partnership on flights between flights between Helsinki and Nadi in Fiji, further boosts Finnair’s extensive route network, which already boasts 19 destinations throughout Asia and the Far East, including flights to more Japanese cities than any other European airline. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways chief executive, said: “We welcome our fellow oneworld partner, Finnair, into our family of codeshare partners. “Through this partnership, we are adding the wonderful city of Helsinki to our network, making Fiji and the entire South Pacific more accessible for Finnair customers. “We look forward to working with Finnair and introducing Finnair customers to Fiji, one of the world’s most welcoming and authentic cultures.”  Under the agreement, Finnair’s AY airline code will appear on Fiji Airways flights between Hong Kong, Singapore, Narita and Nadi, offering easy connections to the airline’s routes across the South Pacific. Finnair’s flight numbers will also be added to Fiji’s flights between Nadi and San Francisco and Los Angeles in California, subject to applicable government approvals. In return, Fiji Airways’ FJ code will appear on Finnair’s flights to Helsinki via Singapore, opening access for Fiji Airways’ customers to Finland and points beyond in Europe. Older World Travel Awards celebrates in Phu Quoc, Vietnam Newer AviaDev Africa headed to Madagascar for 2020 show Let's block ads! (Why?)

World Travel Awards celebrates in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The finest travel brands in Asia and Oceania have been unveiled at a star-studded gala ceremony in Vietnam. The elite of the travel industry assembled for the World Travel Awards Asia & Oceania Gala Ceremony 2019 on the pristine island of Phu Quoc to find out who among them had been crowned best of the best.

Muilenburg replaced as Boeing chairman

Dennis Muilenburg has been removed from the role of chairman with Boeing, but will remain as chief executive, president and director. The board has elected David Calhoun, currently independent lead director, to serve as non-executive chairman.  The board said splitting the chairman and chief executive roles will enable Muilenburg to focus full time on running the company as it works to return the 737 MAX safely to service. This decision is the latest of several actions by the board of directors as the company seeks to strengthen its governance and safety management processes. Calhoun said: “The board has full confidence in Dennis as chief executive and believes this division of labour will enable maximum focus on running the business with the board playing an active oversight role. ADVERTISEMENT“The board also plans in the near term to name a new director with deep safety experience and expertise to serve on the board and its newly established Aerospace Safety Committee.” Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defence, space and security systems, and global services. However, the company has suffered setbacks in recent months following the grounding of the 737 Max following crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. “I am fully supportive of the board’s action. “Our entire team is laser-focused on returning the 737 Max safely to service and delivering on the full breadth of our company’s commitments,” added Muilenburg. Older Vinpearl Convention Centre Phu Quoc prepares for World Travel Awards arrival Newer World Travel Awards celebrates in Phu Quoc, Vietnam Let's block ads! (Why?)

Muilenburg replaced as Boeing chairman

Dennis Muilenburg has been removed from the role of chairman with Boeing, but will remain as chief executive, president and director. The board has elected David Calhoun, currently independent lead director, to serve as non-executive chairman.  The board said splitting the chairman and chief executive roles will enable Muilenburg to focus full time on running the company as it works to return the 737 MAX safely to service. This decision is the latest of several actions by the board of directors as the company seeks to strengthen its governance and safety management processes. Calhoun said: “The board has full confidence in Dennis as chief executive and believes this division of labour will enable maximum focus on running the business with the board playing an active oversight role. ADVERTISEMENT“The board also plans in the near term to name a new director with deep safety experience and expertise to serve on the board and its newly established Aerospace Safety Committee.” Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defence, space and security systems, and global services. However, the company has suffered setbacks in recent months following the grounding of the 737 Max following crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. “I am fully supportive of the board’s action. “Our entire team is laser-focused on returning the 737 Max safely to service and delivering on the full breadth of our company’s commitments,” added Muilenburg. Older Vinpearl Convention Centre Phu Quoc prepares for World Travel Awards arrival Newer World Travel Awards celebrates in Phu Quoc, Vietnam Let's block ads! (Why?)

Muilenburg replaced as Boeing chairman

Dennis Muilenburg has been removed from the role of chairman with Boeing, but will remain as chief executive, president and director. The board has elected David Calhoun, currently independent lead director, to serve as non-executive chairman.  The board said splitting the chairman and chief executive roles will enable Muilenburg to focus full time on running the company as it works to return the 737 MAX safely to service. This decision is the latest of several actions by the board of directors as the company seeks to strengthen its governance and safety management processes. Calhoun said: “The board has full confidence in Dennis as chief executive and believes this division of labour will enable maximum focus on running the business with the board playing an active oversight role. ADVERTISEMENT“The board also plans in the near term to name a new director with deep safety experience and expertise to serve on the board and its newly established Aerospace Safety Committee.” Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defence, space and security systems, and global services. However, the company has suffered setbacks in recent months following the grounding of the 737 Max following crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. “I am fully supportive of the board’s action. “Our entire team is laser-focused on returning the 737 Max safely to service and delivering on the full breadth of our company’s commitments,” added Muilenburg. Older Vinpearl Convention Centre Phu Quoc prepares for World Travel Awards arrival Newer World Travel Awards celebrates in Phu Quoc, Vietnam Let's block ads! (Why?)

Vinpearl Convention Centre Phu Quoc prepares for World Travel Awards arrival

The paradise island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam is making final preparations as it steps up to host the World Travel Awards Asia & Oceania Gala Ceremony 2019 on October 12th. The leading travel industry figureheads from across Asia and Oceania are gathering for the red-carpet reception at Vinpearl Convention Centre Phu Quoc. The VIP evening will form the sixth and final regional leg of the WTA Grand Tour 2019 – a global search for the finest travel and tourism brands in the world. Vinpearl Convention Centre Phu Quoc is a state-of-the-art meeting and event facility, as well as the latest addition to the five-star Vinpearl Phu Quoc integrated complex. It features eight meeting rooms and a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 2,390 guests. ADVERTISEMENTIt enjoys a spectacular location on Bai Dai Beach, and adjacent to the luxury retreats Vinpearl Resort & Spa Phu Quoc and VinOasis. The pristine island of Phu Quoc is a hidden lush paradise off the southern coast of Vietnam. Surrounded by the warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand, the island is renowned for its stunning beaches, unblemished habitat, relaxing atmosphere and world-class scuba diving. Graham Cooke, Founder, World Travel Awards, said: “We are honoured to host our Asia & Oceania Gala Ceremony 2019 at the Vinpearl Convention Centre Phu Quoc. “This fabulous addition to the Vinpearl Phu Quoc integrated complex is playing a crucial role in building Vietnam’s reputation as the perfect destination for both business and leisure.” He added: “WTA has maintained its position as the industry leader for the past 26 years, consistently proving its value as the global benchmark for recognising excellence in travel and tourism. “I greatly look forward to welcoming the most senior travel industry figures from Asia and Oceania for what promises to be a most memorable evening in this wonderful new facility.” World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Dang Thanh Thuy, deputy chief executive officer, Vingroup, said: “Vinpearl is proud to host the WTA Asia & Oceania Gala Ceremony 2019 at our Vinpearl Convention Centre on Phu Quoc Island. “On this special occasion, we are honoured to present a charming image of modern Vietnam to international visitors as well as the world’s leading tourism and hospitality brands. “This significant event is not only a golden opportunity for Vinpearl to showcase its world-class all-inclusive resort complex at Phu Quoc, Asia’s most promising island destination, but also to promote Vietnamese tourism to the global travel industry.” Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region. World Travel Awards gala ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media. Older Royal Caribbean reveals Wonder of the Seas will sail from Shanghai Let's block ads! (Why?)