Destination Asia strengthen North America sales

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News, Thailand, tour company

BANGKOK, 14 December 2017: Destination Asia has appointed Michelle Rust to head its North American incentive travel and event business development for the Asian region.

The new appointment offers North American customers access to highly skilled Asian operations, backed by Destination Asia’s existing sales and marketing team located in their head office in Bangkok.

Rust, originally from New England and based in New York City, brings over 17 years’ experience to the role. Read more

IATA: Airlines perform well in October

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

GENEVA 14 December 2017: Global passenger traffic in October, measured in revenue passenger kilometres, rose 7,2% according to the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) results.

IATA reported capacity grew 6.2% and load factor climbed 0.8 percentage points to 80.8%, which was a record for the month.

October’s performance was a strong bounce-back after the hurricane-related disruptions in September. Domestic and international travel growth largely was in balance. Read more

Brexit: Britain cannot avoid EU rules

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BRUSSELS, 14 December 2017: The EU must make Britain’s air industry sign up to the bloc’s environment rules if it wants to keep access to European skies after Brexit, a campaign group warned in a report Wednesday.

Airlines should stay in the EU’s emissions trading scheme and follow rules against subsidies to prevent Britain becoming a “carbon haven”, Brussels-based group Transport and Environment said in the report seen by AFP.

The group — which has had meetings with EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier’s task force — warned that without a deal British planes could be unable to land in the bloc the day after the UK leaves. Read more

Marriott expands luxury brands

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Hospitality, News

BETHESDA, USA, 13 December 2017: Marriott International will open  more luxury hotels in 2018 as the company continues to expand its eight distinct luxury brands.

Marriott International’s luxury brands include world-renowned hospitality hallmarks: Ritz-Carlton; Ritz-Carlton Reserve; St. Regis; W Hotels; The Luxury Collection; EDITION and JW Marriott.

With hotels and resorts in 60 countries today, Marriott International is set to expand its luxury footprint with 200 hotels in the development pipeline, representing 25 new countries, from Iceland and Nepal to Cuba and the Philippines. Read more

Ryanair pilots vote to strike

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 13 December 2017: Ryanair pilots in Dublin have voted for strike action, the airline confirmed Monday, the latest in a succession of staffing woes for the no-frills carrier.

The unspecified industrial action was backed by less than 28% of around 300 pilots based in the Irish capital for Ryanair, the airline told AFP.

Ryanair added that it had not received formal notification of a strike, and no date for the walkout has been announced. Read more

Airbnb rethinks payment scheme

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Hospitality, News

PARIS, 13 December 2017: Airbnb agreed Monday to withdraw a payment system in France, suspected of facilitating tax avoidance, after the government complained it could potentially be used to launder money and lead to a loss in revenues.

The move followed a meeting between the accommodation rental website’s executives and government ministers, including French finance minister Bruno Le Maire, where the company agreed to “rule out any opportunity for open fraud” by using prepaid Payoneer cards.

“The company will waive all use of the prepaid card ‘Payoneer’ on the French market,” said Emmanuel Marill, Airbnb’s France director, in a statement released by the finance ministry. Read more

EU concerns over Air Berlin bid

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BRUSSELS, 12 December 2017: The European Union said Friday it was concerned about the impact on competition of German airline Lufthansa’s plan to take over routes operated by failed rival Air Berlin.

“We have quite deep competition concerns because there is a risk that on some routes Lufthansa becomes de facto a monopoly,” EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said at a news conference.

The warning comes a week after Lufthansa offered concessions to encourage the European Commission to green-light its planned purchase of parts of Air Berlin. Read more

Catalan crisis cuts hotel bookings

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Hospitality, News

MADRID, 8 December 2017: Hotel reservations in Barcelona are down by 10% in the first quarter of 2018 over the same time last year due to Catalonia’s separatist crisis, which could lead to job losses in the sector, industry lobby group Exceltur said earlier this week.

If the trend continues “tourism company heads may have to start adjusting the number of their employees to adapt to lower levels of demand,” Exceltur — which groups Spain’s major hotel chains and tour operators — said in a statement.

Hotels expect they would have to reduce their staff by an average of 8.2%, while car rental firms predict they would shrink their payrolls by about 5%, it added. Read more

Online shock for UK travel stores

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON; 7 December 2017: A sign of the times, Thomas Cook intends to close 50 of its retail travel stores in the UK over the next few months, according to reports in the UK media.

Thomas Cook revealed plans, earlier this week, to close another 50 shops as part of its ongoing review of its retail network that could see up to 400 employees lose their jobs or be shifted to different posts.

The closures will involve around two thirds of all Thomas Cook stores and a third Co-operative Travel the company stated. Read more

IATA offers rosy 2018 forecast

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

GENEVA, 7 December 2017: Led by US airlines, net profits in the aviation industry are set to rise by some 11% in 2018, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Tuesday as it presented economic forecasts for the industry.

According to the forecast by the industry’s global trade association, combined net profits will hit USD38.4 billion, from a revised USD34.5 billion in 2017, with US carriers weighing in with almost half.

“Strong demand, efficiency and reduced interest payments will help airlines improve net profitability in 2018 despite rising (operating) costs,” said IATA, whose 280 members account for more than three quarters of global air traffic. Read more

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