Mandarin travels to South America

August 10, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Hospitality, News

HONG KONG, 10 August 2017: Hotel Santiago opened last week under Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s management following the group’s announcement in May.

Formerly the Grand Hyatt Santiago, the property will undergo an extensive room and public area renovation, the first stage of which is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2018.

Located in Chile’s capital city, the hotel will remain open throughout the period, and is now accepting reservations. This is the group’s first property in South America. Read more

Support emerges for Gulf airlines

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 9 August 2017: A coalition of transportation and tourism businesses, on Monday, called on the US government to preserve aviation agreements with Gulf nations despite accusations of unfair trade by major US airlines.

Businesses including courier service FedEx, budget air carrier JetBlue and hotel giant Wyndham, oppose calls from Delta, American Airlines and United to renegotiate open skies agreements with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

The three biggest US air carriers say Abu Dhabi and Doha have pumped billions in unfair subsidies into their national airlines Etihad and Qatar Airways, and they are lobbying the Trump administration to step in. Read more

Expedia removes wildlife bookings

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, 26 July 2017: Elephant rides, swimming with dolphins and getting pally with drugged tigers are heading for the exit as major travel websites remove interactive wildlife bookings from their inventory.

Travelocity was the first to pull the plug on interactive wildlife bookings and by late last week Expedia followed.

Expedia announced that it is withdrawing bookings for some wildlife activities immediately and will make a full review of all activities linked to wildlife based on guidance from wildlife protection groups. Read more

Demand for pilots grows

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

NEW YORK, 26 July 2017: Airlines will need 637,000 new pilots over the next 20 years to keep pace with the growth of global air traffic, Boeing reported Tuesday in an annual report on the subject.

Its latest estimate of the pilot requirements is up 3.6% from last year’s report.

Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region alone will need 253,000 new pilots, a third of the total, according to the report, which was prepared by Boeing’s Global Services Division. It put North America’s requirement at 117,000 new pilots and Europe’s at 106,000 for the period from 2017 to 2036. Read more

First 24 hours count

July 19, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, TRENDING

NEW YORK, 19 July 2017: The latest research from Booking.com reveals 46% of travellers believe the first 24 hours of a vacation sets the tone for the rest of the trip.

While ‘traditional’ activities like unpacking bags (63%) and exploring accommodation (60%) top the priority agenda, travellers are increasingly tech orientated, or taking a selfie.

On arrival at a destination they take a picture for social media (27%) and going online to check restaurant reviews (26%) also ranked high. Read more

Tourism lacks recognition

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 18 July 2017: A United Nations-backed report released last week, stresses the need for greater recognition of tourism as a key service export in order to attract technical assistance to the sector in least developed countries.

Although tourism represents 7% of all international trade and 30% of the world’s services trade, it is often difficult to direct trade-related technical assistance towards the sector because tourism and trade tend to fall under different line ministries, the report points out.

Produced by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), the report, titled Tourism for Sustainable Development in Least Developed Countries, was launched on the occasion of the Aid for Trade Review held in Geneva. Read more

US tightens security

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 29 June 2017: The United States announced, Wednesday, it would implement tough new security rules for all airlines flying into the country, but held off from a threatened expansion of its carry-on laptop ban.

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said evolving terror threats made it imperative to raise overall security standards, rather than take a piecemeal approach on personal electronics.

“Make no mistake: our enemies are constantly working to find new methods for disguising explosives, recruiting insiders, and hijacking aircraft,” Kelly said. Read more

Trump ban gains partial reprieve

June 28, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 28 June 2017: The US Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries, prompting the president to claim a victory for national security.

The nine justices, who will hear arguments in the case in October, said the ban could now be enforced for travelers from the targeted countries “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The court tempered its ruling by saying the ban could not be implemented against people who have personal links to the US, citing the examples of foreign nationals wishing to visit family or students accepted to attend university. Read more

Asia cities draw US and UK tourists

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, EUROPE, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 27 June 2017: Asian cities are gaining in popularity with tourists from the United States and the United Kingdom, according to Expedia.co.th that reported increased bookings from these two markets during the summer.

The report based on data from the first quarter of 2017 showed bookings for June to August increased when compared with trends monitored last year.

Cities in China and India are key destinations for US travellers this summer. The most popular mainland China cities are Beijing and Shanghai, with Hong Kong also in the mix. Read more

Qatar buys American Airlines shares

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Middle east, News

NEW YORK, 23 June 2017: Qatar Airways, its Middle Eastern business pressured by a diplomatic row with neighbours, is seeking as much as a 10% stake in American Airlines, the US carrier said Thursday.

Qatar Airways’ surprise investment push was disclosed by American Airlines in a securities filing, Thursday, saying the Qatari company planned to buy at least USD808 million in American shares.

In addition, Qatar Airways’ chief executive told his counterpart at American that the carrier sought a stake of about 10%. Read more

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