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Jordan to take over as Southwest chief executive next year

Southwest Airlines has announced that chairman and chief executive, Gary Kelly, will transition roles in early 2022, becoming the executive chairman of the low-cost carrier. Executive vice president corporate services, Robert Jordan, will take up the role of chief executive from February next year. Jordan also will join the board. “On behalf of the Southwest Airlines board of directors, I am delighted to announce Bob Jordan as chief executive,” Kelly said. “Bob and I have worked side by side for more than 30 years. ADVERTISEMENT“He is a gifted and experienced executive and well-prepared to take on this important role. “Working closely with president, Tom Nealon, and chief operating officer, Mike Van de Ven, we will begin developing transition plans in the coming weeks and months. “These three top-notch leaders make for a powerful team to lead us forward.” Serving as chief executive since 2004, Kelly has led Southwest through some turbulent times. He has made clear a desire to serve in the role of executive chairman through to at least 2026, at the discretion of the board of directors. Jordan, 60, is a long-time Southwest executive with broad and deep experience. Joining the airline in 1988, he has led numerous significant transformational projects, including the acquisition of AirTran Airways, the development of a new e-commerce platform, the Rapid Rewards loyalty program and an enhanced boarding process. “I am humbled, honoured and excited to be asked to serve as the next chief executive,” Jordan said. Older Resorts World Las Vegas to open today Newer Switzerland to reopen borders to Brits this weekend Adblock test (Why?)

Qatar Airways doubles service to Lagos, Nigeria

Qatar Airways has increased its service to Nigeria’s financial centre, Lagos, to two daily flights. Starting from July 1st, the service will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy. With the addition of Côte d’Ivoire on June 16th as the fourth new African destination since the start of the pandemic, Qatar Airways currently operates over 100 weekly flights to 27 destinations in Africa. The airline also operates three weekly flights from Abuja, connecting more passengers from Nigeria to the airline’s rapidly expanding network to now more than 140 destinations. Qatar Airways vice-president, Africa, Hendrik Du Preez said: “Nigeria is a very important market to us and we will continue to offer more travel options and seamless connectivity to the largest network of destinations across Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North America.ADVERTISEMENT“After just under a year of resuming flights to Lagos and launching to Abuja, following the challenges imposed by the pandemic, it is a testament to the resilience of the African region that we have now increased our frequency to Lagos. “We look forward to welcoming passengers on board to enjoy our world-class hospitality and service.” Older Dubai Expo 2020 celebrates latest countdown milestone Newer McGowan takes up new leadership role with Fairmont Empress Adblock test (Why?)

Palm Jumeirah leads Dubai property expansion

Investments continue to pour into the Dubai real estate sector, according to updates from the Dubai Land Department (DLD). The real estate sector showed continuous flow of investments in May, recording 5,359 investments worth over AED11 billion ($3 billion), DLD explained. In addition, 11,387 new investors entered the market, comprising 66 per cent of total registered investors since the beginning of the year. As far as real estate transactions are concerned, 6,021 deals worth AED21.8 billion were recorded in May, achieving a significant growth of 197 per cent in volume and 221 per cent in value compared to May. Property sales constituted the biggest chunk of transactions (74 per cent) during May.ADVERTISEMENTThe top five areas preferred by investors for villas were Hadaeq Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, followed by Wadi Al Safa 5, Wadi Al Safa 7, Al Thanyah Fourth and Palm Jumeirah. In apartment sales, Dubai Marina, Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, Business Bay and Al Thanyah Fifth topped the list in May 2021. “It is expected that the real estate sector will witness increased growth and a greater recovery in the coming period, with the fast-approaching date of Expo 2020, which in turn will attract tourists and visitors from around the world and constitute a great opportunity for the real estate sector to strengthen its position regionally and globally,” DLD said. Older Caribbean Airlines to cut staff as demand slumps Adblock test (Why?)

Caribbean Airlines to cut staff as demand slumps

Caribbean Airlines plans to cut around a quarter of its staff, or 450 employees, as part of a restructuring of the carrier. The airline, headquartered in Trinidad & Tobago capital Port of Spain, also said it would put a number of aircraft into storage. Caribbean Airlines said the restructuring strategy comes in the wake of the devastating Covid-19 crisis. “We will need to adjust operations to cater for a reduced scale of demand after the opening of the borders,” explained a statement. ”Put simply, passenger demand in the short- to medium-term is not going to recover sufficiently to support the existing company structure,” the airline added.ADVERTISEMENT“As a consequence, Caribbean Airlines is required to take further steps to ensure it has a sustainable business model for 2021 and beyond. “These steps include major cost reductions in all areas of the operations, specifically its human resource complement, its fleet and other assets, and its route network.” According to Cirium fleets data, the airline currently has six ATR 72-600 turboprops in operation, as well as seven Boeing 737-800 aircraft. It has five Boeing 737 Max planes on order. The carrier did not say how many aircraft it will take out of its operating fleet as part of the new strategy. The news comes on the same day that Caribbean reported first quarter 2021 results. The carrier posted a TT$172.7 million ($26 million) loss for the period, and a 75 per cent decline in revenue, compared to the same three months in 2020. Older Regent Seven Seas Cruises unveils plans for Grandeur Newer Palm Jumeirah leads Dubai property expansion Adblock test (Why?)

Regent Seven Seas Cruises unveils plans for Grandeur

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has confirmed the name of its new ship as Seven Seas Grandeur. Embodying a 30-year legacy of perfecting luxury travel, the sixth member of the Regent fleet is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2023. Jason Montague, chief executive of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, revealed the name in a video, which also unveiled the ship’s beautifully reimagined design of Compass Rose, the cruise line’s signature restaurant. “The culmination of a 30-year heritage of perfection, Seven Seas Grandeur is the latest evolution in luxury cruising. “Her refined style, matchless elegance and breath-taking beauty will exceed all expectations of our discerning guests,” said Montague.ADVERTISEMENT“We are immensely proud that by the end of 2023 we will have welcomed a sixth member to the world’s most luxurious fleet. It’s a testament to the expanding demand for luxury cruising that the Regent brand is driving thanks to our perfectly sized ships offering unrivalled space at sea.” Seven Seas Grandeur will host only 750 guests and have a gross tonnage of 55,254, providing among the highest space ratios and staff to guest ratios in the industry. She is a sister ship to Seven Seas Explorer, the most luxurious ship ever built and Seven Seas Splendor, the ship that perfects luxury. Find out more [email protected] Older Finnair deepens Juneyao Air partnership Newer Caribbean Airlines to cut staff as demand slumps Adblock test (Why?)

Sixt adds new electric vehicles to UK offering

Sixt has made it easier for customers to access electric vehicles in the UK. The mobility provider has added the Volvo Recharge to its range, which comprises of a new line of pure-electric and plug-in hybrid cars. They will be leased to Sixt customers on a long-term basis after being in-fleeted over the course of June and July. This follows substantial growth across the electric car market, with more than 245,000 pure-electric cars gracing UK roads at the end of April. The investment supports a Sixt commitment to both, supporting the electric car market, while establishing an ESG policy in which its service offering strives to contribute to sustainable development.ADVERTISEMENTTim Vetters, UK managing director at Sixt, said: “We understand the importance of establishing a powerful and meaningful policy around ESG in order to support the wider sustainability agenda. “This is why we wanted to be able to offer our customers cars with electrified power. “We hope that this will help to ensure the future success of the electric car sector, as well as assisting us in our mission to reduce the impact of carbon emissions in daily life.” Older England could scrap quarantine for fully vaccinated amber-list travellers Newer Travel sector demands reopening in nationwide protest Adblock test (Why?)

Dorchester Rooftop to welcome Polo Lounge pop-up this summer

This summer, Los Angeles restaurant the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel will pop-up at the Dorchester Rooftop, bringing a taste of California to London. With views across Hyde Park and East London, the Dorchester Rooftop will be transformed to the Polo Lounge with its iconic décor including candy-stripes and pink bougainvillea flowers, with the iconic Polo Lounge sign ready for that Instagram moment. Throughout July and August, the al fresco restaurant and lounge will be open daily for lunch and dinner for guests to sample the restaurant’s classic dishes including the famed McCarthy Salad. Known as the epicentre of LA power dining, the Polo Lounge has been the favourite spot for generations of stars and Hollywood deal-makers. The first time ever that the restaurant has held a pop-up, the Polo Lounge at the Dorchester Rooftop will bring guests a taste of Tinsel Town with a live band and DJ in partnership with Yamaha Music London & Molto Music Group.ADVERTISEMENTThe Polo Lounge’s most popular signature dish is the McCarthy Salad, a chopped salad unlike any other named in honour of polo player Neil McCarthy who used to frequent the Beverly Hills Hotel in the 1960s. Nearly 600 McCarthy salads are sold at the Beverly Hills Hotel restaurants and through in-room dining each week. Guests can also sample Polo Lounge classic cocktails including the Prickly Paloma, a cocktail of Tequila, Prickly Pear Grapefruit, Lime and Pink Salt. The Beverly Hills Hotel’s iconic banana leaf wallpaper will line the entrance of the rooftop, allowing guests to step into LA from the moment they enter via the private lift to the ninth floor. The Dorchester Rooftop launched in April to honour the Dorchester’s 90th anniversary, with the Polo Lounge following a series of guest chefs with more to be announced later in the year. Older ABTA: Travel no longer willing to be a ‘political orphan’ Newer England could scrap quarantine for fully vaccinated amber-list travellers Adblock test (Why?)

W Rome to take brand into Italy this year

Marriott International is preparing to make its brand entry in Italy this autumn with the debut of W Rome. Located on Via Liguria, next to the Spanish Steps, this historic palazzo-turned-luxury-lifestyle-hotel will offer an unapologetically Italian experience. “The debut of W Hotels in Italy is almost here, and we could not be more excited to unveil our playfully luxe spirit with this highly anticipated hotel,” said Candice D’Cruz, vice president – luxury brands, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “The opening will introduce a thriving line-up of restaurants and bars to the city that will become a must-go destination for travellers and local tastemakers alike. “After more than a year of missed moments, raising a glass together on Otto Rooftop Bar is just what we all need.”    ADVERTISEMENTDesigned by Meyer Davis with the brand’s bold interpretation of luxury in mind, W Rome brings innovation and local storytelling to life. In a city marked by an immense historical heritage, the hotel décor will layer an Italian colour palette with patterns that blur distinct eras of standout design. The property exudes 1970s glamour with traditional architecture blending into colour blocking and bold graphic patterns in hues of burnt orange, dramatic red and foliage greens. An eclectic mix of colourful furniture meets stone walls representative of the building’s past, while reflective surfaces bring a contemporary feel to the interior. The 147 stylish, open-plan guestrooms and 15 suites feature luxurious design details including wooden herringbone patterned floors effortlessly blurring into modern marble surfaces contrasted with dark, rich maroon curtains. Guestrooms boast iconic views, with some overlooking the Istituto Svizzero, and many offering private balconies and terraces. Older Bouldin appointed CLIA UK & Ireland chair Newer Holland America Line outlines plans for US return Adblock test (Why?)

Sabre renews partnership with Virgin Australia

Sabre Corporation and Virgin Australia have reaffirmed their long-standing relationship with the renewal of their global distribution agreement. Under the renewed agreement, Sabre will continue to distribute Virgin Australia flights and services through the Sabre GDS marketplace, ensuring that hundreds of thousands of Sabre-connected agencies will continue to have access to flights. “Although international borders remain largely closed at the moment, there is a lot of pent-up demand and positivity in the domestic market” said David Orszaczky, general manager digital and distribution, Virgin Australia. “We’re committed to creating an ecosystem that delivers great-value for customers and ensuring our agency partners can help deliver the many travel experiences we offer in their preferred channel.”  The carrier entered voluntary insolvency last year, before finding new financial support.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, the Sabre renewal comes at an exciting time for Virgin Australia and the broader aviation industry, which is beginning to recover from the impacts of Covid-19. “We are thrilled to reaffirm our longstanding collaboration with Virgin Australia at this important time for the carrier and for the travel industry,” said Rakesh Narayanan, regional general manager, Asia Pacific, travel solutions, airline sales, Sabre. “Our renewed agreement provides certainty to the travel industry that Virgin Australia’s travel agency content will continue to be available on the Sabre GDS as well as being testament to the commitment of both Virgin Australia and Sabre to providing rich content through our global distribution network.” Older Denmark to welcome cruises from Saturday as tourism reopens Newer Bouldin appointed CLIA UK & Ireland chair Adblock test (Why?)

Novella to lead Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice

Belmond has announced the appointment of Marco Novella as managing director of Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice. He will take up the position from next week. Hailing from Milan, Novella has travelled and worked extensively throughout his 25-years of experience in luxury hospitality. He previously worked with Belmond at Villa San Michelle in Florence for four years as general manager. Prior to his return to Belmond, he served as a managing director of the Lanesborough, London. ADVERTISEMENTHaving worked with numerous luxury hotel brands in the United Kingdom, France, Monaco and Italy, Novella strives to enhance the value of the iconic properties by combining innovation while staying focused on the historical roots and cultural heritage. “Coming back to Venice after all these years feels like going home,” said Novella. “The love and respect I feel for this unique city are extremely motivational. “Coming back as the new managing director of Cipriani - especially during the year of Venice’s 1,600th anniversary - fills me with pride. “I am sure that Cipriani will be the protagonist of a great rebirth of the city, in the visionary spirit of the Belmond Group.” Older New financial leadership for Leeds Bradford Airport Newer Denmark to welcome cruises from Saturday as tourism reopens Adblock test (Why?)