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

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

Tour East broadens US cover

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News, travel company

SINGAPORE, 6 December 2017: Tour East is tapping the  US outbound  travel market with the launch of a sales support service for travel companies based in New York.

It already operates a long-standing sales support and development arrangement focusing on MICE sector travel companies based in Minnesota

Appointing Delivering America, led by Joe Cauchi, Tour East is positioning itself for strong growth from the US for travel to destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more

American Airlines short of pilots

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 1 December 2017: American Airlines was scrambling Wednesday to avoid thousands of cancelations over the busy holiday travel period after a scheduling glitch left many flights without pilots, the company said.

Some 15,000 flights scheduled between 17 to 31 December 17 are without pilots after a scheduling system hiccup allowed too many pilots to take time off, the American Pilots Association said, according to news reports.

The airline said it will offer pilots 150% of their hourly rate to cover affected flights and can also call on reserve pilots to prevent cancelations. Read more

Loyalty programme winners and losers

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, trends

LOS ANGELES, 30 November 2017:  Three Asian airlines made it to the top-10 list for the sheer financial weight of their loyalty programmes, when compared with 170 airlines worldwide.

Japan Airlines in 8th place, Korean Airlines in 9th and ANA in 10th were the highest placed Asian airlines on a top-10 list led by four major airlines in the US; Delta Air Lines. American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

In the middle of the table were three powerful airline groups that have single loyalty programmes, but for multiple airlines. They were led by the Air France-KLM group with its Flying Blue programme, followed by Lufthansa Group’s Miles & More and IAG (British Airways with its Avios loyalty programme. Read more

Airlines settle Twin Tower claim

November 24, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

NEW YORK, 24 November 2017: American Airlines and United Airlines have agreed to a USD95.1 million settlement with the developer of the World Trade Center over the September 11, 2001 attacks, ending 13 years of litigation.

Insurers will cover the payout to World Trade Center Properties, owned by developer Larry Silverstein, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

Six weeks before the attacks Silverstein signed a 99-year lease for the site, which is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Read more

Uber teams up with Nasa

November 10, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News, Transport

LOS ANGELES, 10 November 2017: Uber on Wednesday unveiled a partnership with NASA that will see it develop flying taxis priced competitively with standard Uber journeys.

It also announced Los Angeles will join two other previously revealed “UberAIR” pilot schemes in Dallas Fort-Worth, Texas, and Dubai.

California and Texas are the US states with the largest number of cars. Read more

Peru richest in the world?

November 8, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

LONDON, 8 November 2017: From backpacking in the Andes to luxury Amazon river cruises, Peru has positioned itself as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world. Peru has enjoyed a growing tourism industry with more and more people visiting the country year on year.

Now, the Peruvian government intends to build on this increase by launching a campaign to double the number of tourists visiting the country by 2021. The campaign focuses on illustrating Peru’s cultural, natural and culinary riches, revolving around the idea that “Peru is the richest country in the world”.

The campaign was launched this week at the World Travel Market event in London. “When you come to Peru, you will become more enriched by experiences” says Elisabeth Hakim, PromPeru´s UK and North American markets coordinator. Read more

Roomlt on the go with rates

October 31, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

SINGAPORE, 31 October 2017: RoomIt by CWT, the new hotel distribution division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, announced last week a new agreement with Expedia Affiliate Network that will tap a broader hotel rates inventory.

The agreement will make rates from EAN  available to RoomIt and CWT clients, giving business travel clients access to 197,000 properties including 36,000 individual properties worldwide.

“CWT is committed to giving its clients options with the most competitive rates in the most places around the world,” said, RoomIt by CWT president, Scott Brennan. “Adding EAN to our available supply will provide stronger service for our travellers”. Read more

Business travel: How to rein in rogue bookers

October 30, 2017 by  

BELLEVUE, Washington, USA, 30 October 2017: Rogue bookings, or business travellers booking outside of their travel programme parameters, remain a major issue for companies, a recent study* by Egencia, the business travel arm of the Expedia group.

While 60% of companies have a travel policy in place, more than half of the business travellers surveyed still ignored the company’s travel policy, and a full 46% for their hotel bookings, the 4th edition Egencia Business Travel and Technology Survey stated.

Egencia is a travel management tool that allows business travellers to make their own bookings that have been fine-tuned to adhere a company’s travel policy. Read more

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