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ITB Asia welcomes record visitor numbers

ITB Asia wrapped up on a high today as the annual event achieved record-breaking numbers. Held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, the three-day conference and exhibition recorded an impressive 25,000 business appointments this year. Having hosted more than 1,000 exhibitors and over 1,000 buyers this year, ITB Asia 2018 has also recorded an increase of 8.9 per cent of total visitors representing more than 127 countries from last year’s event. This year, ITB Asia 2018 welcomed new exhibitors as it unveiled its largest exhibitor showcase yet. This included Abu Dhabi, Botswana, Canton Sarajevo, Croatia, Fukuoka, Kansai, Mauritius, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Rovaniemi, Slovakia and Ukraine among many others.ADVERTISEMENT“Having surpassed last year’s impressive milestone, we have yet again achieved record-breaking numbers as we continue to see the show flourish. “As we look forward to next year’s ITB Asia, we continue to build and strengthen our efforts in maintaining ITB Asia as the premier event of the year and the go-to hub for remarkable travel content and inspiring experiences. “My greatest thanks and appreciation go out to all our supporters across the industry and the teams involved for their endless hard work in making this event happen,” said Katrina Leung, managing director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiser of ITB Asia. Following yet another successful edition, the show is already receiving high exhibitor re-bookings for ITB Asia 2019. ITB Asia 2019 will be held from October 16th-18th 2019 at Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands. Older Delta Air Lines to add Edinburgh-Boston connection from May Let's block ads! (Why?)

Delta Air Lines to add Edinburgh-Boston connection from May

Delta Air Lines will double its flights from Edinburgh from May 24th by adding a new service to Boston’s Logan International Airport. Complementing the airline’s existing daily service to New York-JFK, the seasonal Boston route will offer customers more travel options from Edinburgh to the United States, with two flights every day during the peak summer months. The new Boston flight will operate in conjunction with Delta’s joint venture partner, Virgin Atlantic, significantly boosting the airlines’ network from Scotland. “Boston is our fastest-growing international hub and a daily service from Edinburgh in addition to our New York-JFK route responds to increased demand for travel to the US and provides greater choice when it comes to planning trips for business or pleasure,” said Roberto Loriatti, Delta vice president, transatlantic. “More American tourists visit Scotland than from any other country - over half a million in 2017 - and with more than 2,000 extra seats each week between the US and Edinburgh, Delta will help increase visitor numbers, contributing to the local economy.”ADVERTISEMENTDelta has scheduled a 163-seat Boeing 757-200ER aircraft between Edinburgh and Boston, offering 16 fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One business class cabin, in-seat entertainment for every passenger, Wi-Fi access and free mobile messaging. Scotland cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, said: “Direct air links to the United States of America play an important role for Scotland’s economy, so I warmly welcome the announcement of this new service between Edinburgh and Boston. “Not only will this give Scottish businesses a direct route into important North American markets, but it will also give inbound visitors even more options when it comes to getting a taste of the world class tourism experience on offer in Scotland. “I wish Edinburgh Airport and Delta every success with this new service and look forward to it taking off next year.” Older Uniworld unveils plans for four new ships Newer ITB Asia welcomes record visitor numbers Let's block ads! (Why?)

Uniworld unveils plans for four new ships

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will introduce four new ships to its fleet over the next three years. New ships will launch on the Nile in Egypt, the Douro in Portugal and the Mekong in Vietnam in 2020, followed by a new ship on the Volga in Russia in 2021.  The new ships will replace existing vessels in each destination and the levels of comfort, luxury and design will be in line with the best of the Uniworld’s custom built Super Ships in Europe, reinforcing the brand’s commitment to having the most luxurious cruise fleet on the world’s rivers. Uniworld also announced today that it will be renovating and upgrading its River Countess vessel, offering guests an unparalleled floating hotel experience in Venice. Uniworld president, Ellen Bettridge, said; “We are delighted to bring our unique and elegantly designed one-of-a-kind vessels to the rivers in Egypt, Portugal, Vietnam and Russia for the first time. ADVERTISEMENT“We strive to provide our discerning guests with an unforgettable river cruise experience both on and off shore, therefore we have plans to offer our one-of-a-kind ships on our popular itineraries along the Nile, Douro, Mekong and the Volga. “With a beautiful upgrade of the River Countess also planned for 2020, our brand is truly innovating and these new developments demonstrates that Uniworld will always be ahead of the competition as the luxury leader in river cruising.” This announcement follows a number of recent ship transformations undertaken by the luxury cruise line, including the successful launch of the S.S. Joie de Vivre on the Seine in 2017 and Super Ship transformations of the S.S. Beatrice in 2018, and S.S. Bon Voyage which is set to sail in France in spring 2019. The new floating boutique hotels will feature the signature touches and distinctive themes for which the company’s ships are renowned – more suites, more dining venues and more luxurious finishes. Older Acquisitions drive strong revenue growth in third quarter at Accor Newer Delta Air Lines to add Edinburgh-Boston connection from May Let's block ads! (Why?)

Uniworld unveils plans for four new ships

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will introduce four new ships to its fleet over the next three years. New ships will launch on the Nile in Egypt, the Douro in Portugal and the Mekong in Vietnam in 2020, followed by a new ship on the Volga in Russia in 2021.  The new ships will replace existing vessels in each destination and the levels of comfort, luxury and design will be in line with the best of the Uniworld’s custom built Super Ships in Europe, reinforcing the brand’s commitment to having the most luxurious cruise fleet on the world’s rivers. Uniworld also announced today that it will be renovating and upgrading its River Countess vessel, offering guests an unparalleled floating hotel experience in Venice. Uniworld president, Ellen Bettridge, said; “We are delighted to bring our unique and elegantly designed one-of-a-kind vessels to the rivers in Egypt, Portugal, Vietnam and Russia for the first time. ADVERTISEMENT“We strive to provide our discerning guests with an unforgettable river cruise experience both on and off shore, therefore we have plans to offer our one-of-a-kind ships on our popular itineraries along the Nile, Douro, Mekong and the Volga. “With a beautiful upgrade of the River Countess also planned for 2020, our brand is truly innovating and these new developments demonstrates that Uniworld will always be ahead of the competition as the luxury leader in river cruising.” This announcement follows a number of recent ship transformations undertaken by the luxury cruise line, including the successful launch of the S.S. Joie de Vivre on the Seine in 2017 and Super Ship transformations of the S.S. Beatrice in 2018, and S.S. Bon Voyage which is set to sail in France in spring 2019. The new floating boutique hotels will feature the signature touches and distinctive themes for which the company’s ships are renowned – more suites, more dining venues and more luxurious finishes. Older Acquisitions drive strong revenue growth in third quarter at Accor Newer Delta Air Lines to add Edinburgh-Boston connection from May Let's block ads! (Why?)

Acquisitions drive strong revenue growth in third quarter at Accor

AccorHotels has reported revenue of €1,033 billion for the third quarter, up 22 per cent. The increase comes following the acquisition of Mövenpick and Australia-based Mantra. RevPAR climbed 5.9 per cent, reflecting positive performances in all regions – particularly in Europe (up 7.1 per cent) and Asia-Pacific (up 3.1 per cent) – primarily because of a strong price effect. Sébastien Bazin, chairman of AccorHotels, said: “AccorHotels turned in a solid performance in the third quarter, reflecting positive operating trends in the majority of our markets as well as the group’s strong growth as a result of acquisitions made since the start of the year. “In addition to these operations, which enable us to cement our international leadership, our organic growth continued at a fast pace and our pipeline rose above the 1,000-hotel mark, underlining the strength of our brand portfolio.”ADVERTISEMENTChanges in the scope of consolidation (acquisitions and disposals) had a positive impact of €144 million (17 per cent), thanks in particular to the addition of Mantra, Mövenpick and Gekko. During the period, AccorHotels opened 73 hotels, adding nearly 11,000 rooms. At end-September, the group’s pipeline had risen above the symbolic 1,000 hotel mark with 1,031 units in planning, representing record volumes of around 184,000 rooms. Accor predicted a full-year EBITDA target of €700-€720 million. “Despite contrasting conditions across our geographies, this strong operating momentum enables us to narrow our EBITDA target to the upper range of the guidance announced in July,” concluded Bazin. Older Raffles Singapore opens suite reservations ahead of 2019 return Newer Uniworld unveils plans for four new ships Let's block ads! (Why?)

Raffles Singapore opens suite reservations ahead of 2019 return

Raffles Singapore opened suite reservations for stays next year, ahead of its reopening in mid-2019. “Our careful and sensitive restoration was designed to ensure we retain everything that makes Raffles Singapore so special – the striking architecture, heritage and graceful service of the hotel. “The newly restored property will offer a reinvigorated charming Raffles ambience, its legendary service as well as new and reimagined bars, restaurants, courtyards, and social areas; spaces designed to make Raffles the place to meet, spend time, dine, shop and celebrate. “After more than a century of providing unsurpassed service excellence, we look forward to presenting a newly restored hotel with enhanced comfort and splendour for discerning travellers,” said Christian Westbeld, general manager, Raffles Singapore. The reopening of Raffles will continue to offer luxurious all-suite accommodations with an expanded suite count of 115. ADVERTISEMENTThis includes the introduction of exquisite new suite categories, updating existing distinctive accommodation with new amenities and technology while maintaining the sense of space and ambience. Complementing a suite stay at Raffles will be a variety of social spaces and lifestyle experiences. Signature dining experiences that over the years have come to be synonymous with the hotel will make their return. These returning favourites include the Singapore Sling at Long Bar, North Indian cuisine at Tiffin Room and the classic Raffles Afternoon Tea. Currently, the historic Long Bar has been fully restored and recently reopened in its original location at the Raffles Arcade, presenting the authentic sling experience where this cocktail was created more than 100 years ago. Long Bar continues its proud tradition as the home of the Singapore Sling. Its refreshed décor retains its inspiration from Malayan plantation life in the 1920s, transporting patrons to the edge of a tropical plantation. Older Anantara launches new Experiences Campaign Newer Acquisitions drive strong revenue growth in third quarter at Accor Let's block ads! (Why?)

Anantara launches new Experiences Campaign

Anantara Hotels & Resorts had launched a new Experiences Campaign, a carefully curated collection of moments designed to distil the essence of a destination into a relatable and accessible yet distinctive activity. From walking in the footsteps of the lost Champa Empire in Quy Nhon, South Vietnam, to indulging one’s inner Robinson Crusoe with a sunset champagne picnic on the private islands of Camamu Bay, Brazil. Thrill seekers will be satiated by the chance to catch a pristine wave off the coast of Sri Lanka, from a private helicopter no less. Guests are encouraged to lose themselves in Anantara and embrace the spirit of adventure, discovery and wonder. Imagine snorkelling a Maldivian reef, suspended in crystal clear water, and coming face to face with a majestic manta ray emerging from the depths of the ocean and stealing one’s heart. ADVERTISEMENTOr scaling Oman’s rugged mountains, a breath-taking vista of miniature villages and fruit orchards stretching as far as the eye can see, and suddenly feeling the pulse of that incredible country beating in the golden morning light. As purveyors of luxury, Anantara Experiences experts ensure the focus stays firmly on providing the highest level of service and on personalisation. Well-travelled and exacting, Anantara guests relish the experiences that stray off the beaten path while being thoroughly researched, impeccably planned and executed. “Immersing oneself in new destinations, opening one’s heart and mind to serendipitous moments, embracing the unknown is the only way to truly appreciate new cultures and places. “At Anantara, we believe that life is a journey - a philosophy that underpins everything we do, from deciding on resort locations to crafting guest experiences,” said Dillip Rajakarier, minor hotels chief executive, the owning company of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas.  Anantara Experiences Campaign is an important step in refining and developing this concept. It brings together the brand’s signature experiences, properties and destinations through expertly crafted, on-brand creative work while communicating Anantara ethos during every moment of the customer journey. In the role of curator and facilitator of luxury travel experiences that go beyond the ordinary and the mundane, Anantara strives to inspire, guide and operate as an integral part of the guests’ journey discovering idiosyncratic cultures and indigenous wildlife. Older British Airways woos pilots of tomorrow with Heathrow exhibition Newer Raffles Singapore opens suite reservations ahead of 2019 return Let's block ads! (Why?)

British Airways woos pilots of tomorrow with Heathrow exhibition

British Airways unveiled what could be its pilot class of 2022 last night, as 100 students were given the chance to give flying a go, at the airline’s headquarters near Heathrow. The airline’s aim is to inspire and encourage the next generation to pursue a career as a British Airways pilot. Pilots from across the airline turned out in force to welcome the students and to help them try their hand at the controls of one of the airline’s high-tech flight simulators. The youngsters were also able to experience life in the captain’s seat via virtual reality headsets. British Airways first officers Rebecca Panther and Amie Kirkham spoke to the students about what flight training involves and what it means to be a pilot. They also set tasks for the students focusing on the vital skills not normally associated with the role, such as teamwork and communication. British Airways director of flight operations, Captain Al Bridger, said: “The whole team at British Airways is passionate about demonstrating to young people that flying really is a wonderful career, which is open to everyone. ADVERTISEMENT“Through events like this we are aiming to inspire the pilots of tomorrow and, with determination, they can succeed.” The Flying Futures evening events are part of a portfolio of activities run by British Airways pilots to encourage young people into aviation; others include visits to schools, colleges and recruitment events. The airline has been recruiting female pilots for more than 30 years and the percentage of female flight crew at the British Airways is currently more than six per cent; double the national average of around three per cent. By the end of this year, the airline will have welcomed 22 more female pilots to the team. To find out more about the opportunities currently available at British Airways, visit the official website. Older AccorHotels appoints Brown to vice president, wellness, role Newer Anantara launches new Experiences Campaign Let's block ads! (Why?)

AccorHotels appoints Brown to vice president, wellness, role

AccorHotels has appointed Emlyn Brown to the role of vice president, wellbeing its luxury and upper upscale brands. Brown joins AccorHotels from Resense Spas, where he most recently held the position of global design director and was responsible for managing corporate strategies, wellbeing concepts and related design services. “We are delighted to have Emlyn join our team; his experience, skill set and leadership traits position him well for future success within the group,” said Rick Harvey Lam, senior vice president, AccorHotels luxury brands. “Emlyn will direct our global strategy in the pivotal area of wellbeing, enhancing our global luxury wellness offering through transformative guest experiences integrated with our leading spa and wellness standards.” He brings over 20 years of international experience to this role, beginning his wellness career in 1996. ADVERTISEMENTSince then, Brown has held several progressive management positions throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Over his career, he has led group operations of several leading luxury spa and fitness operators. During his time at Resense Spas he also held the position of managing director of Asia, accountable for the management and growth of the portfolio in China and south-east Asia. “It is an honour and a privilege to join AccorHotels, to work with its prestigious luxury brands and among the highly respected professionals of its global wellness and marketing teams,” said Brown. “Our discerning and affluent clientele are well-travelled individuals and they are increasingly motivated by the opportunity to maintain and even improve their approach to health and wellbeing along their journeys. “From designs and concepts to facilities and programmes, my goal is to continue to surpass the expectations of our guests and infuse their entire hotel experience with opportunities for transformative, innovative and extraordinary moments of wellness and wellbeing.” Older Stobart Air to launch Newquay-Southend service in April Newer British Airways woos pilots of tomorrow with Heathrow exhibition Let's block ads! (Why?)

Stobart Air to launch Newquay-Southend service in April

Cornwall Airport Newquay has confirmed that Stobart Air, a Flybe franchise partner, will add year-round services to London Southend starting in April next year. The route will complement the carrier’s multi-daily link to London Gatwick. Flown under the Flybe brand, five weekly flights will initially be offered, before increasing to a daily service on May 1st, in time for the start of the peak summer season. Utilising the airline’s 72-seat ATR 72s, the new link will increase the number of weekly seats being flown between CAN and London next summer by 11.5 per cent. Commenting on the announcement, Al Titterington, managing director, Cornwall Airport Newquay said: “It is great to see that further capacity will be added to the capital for 2019 thanks to Stobart Air’s decision to open direct flights to London Southend.” Informing more on the current market between CAN and the UK capital, Titterington stated: “During the first eight months of 2018 over 119,000 passengers have flown between CAN and Gatwick, a 12.8 per cent increase over the same period of 2017. ADVERTISEMENT“With the market between Cornwall and London continuing to go from strength-to-strength this new service comes at the perfect time.” The route between CAN and London Southend replaces the previously flown link by Flybe from the Airport to London Stansted. However, Stobart Air is not only restoring the link to an airport in the east of the capital which has quicker rail access to central London than Stansted, as well as giving better access to Essex and the east coast, its flying schedule also provides passengers with a more frequent and consistent timetable. Also commenting on the new service, Ciarán Smith, network development manager, Stobart Air, stated: “Cornwall Airport Newquay is already a great partner of the airline thanks to our existing services from the Airport to Dublin and Cork, flown under the Aer Lingus Regional brand, so we are thrilled to add further capacity with this new London Southend link, flown under our Flybe franchise. “The capital is currently underserved from the Airport, so we are thrilled to launch this route, not only opening further options for people going directly to London, but also offering the people in the capital, plus Essex and throughout the east of England, better choice when travelling to Cornwall.” Older Cosi tops out second property in Thailand Newer AccorHotels appoints Brown to vice president, wellness, role Let's block ads! (Why?)