Breaking Travel News

  • News: British Airways Gatwick traffic growth hits double figures
    British Airways’ operation at Gatwick Airport has seen 40 per cent more customers travel and an increase of 33 per cent in the number of routes it serves, according to latest figures released by the carrier..
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Apr 17, 3:06pm -
  • News: KLM to launch non-stop flights to Costa Rica
    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is launching twice weekly, direct flights to San José, Costa Rica, from the end of October.
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Apr 17, 3:01pm -
  • News: Swissôtel signs new hotel in Sarajevo
    Swissôtel, part of AccorHotels has entered into a franchise agreement with Al Shiddi International for development of a new 218-room urban resort scheduled to open in early 2018.
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Apr 17, 2:53pm -
  • News: New appointment fore Sabre
    Travel technology company Sabre Corporation has named Roshan Mendis as senior vice president of its global distribution system (GDS) and corporate travel business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa effective July 1. The appointment aligns with Sab…
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Apr 17, 2:04pm -
  • News: W Hotels unveil first W Sound Suite in North America
    Marriott’s W Hotels Worldwide have unveiled the first W Sound Suite to launch in North America at W Seattle. The private music studio, writer’s room and lounge offers a retreat for musicians and producers to write and record tracks whil…
    - 20 hours ago, 22 Apr 17, 9:09am -
  • Focus: I Want to Go There: 3 Amazing Spots to See in Scandinavia
    Scandinavia - a historic and cultural region of Northern Europe - is often dismissed as a tourist destination due to its climate. Which is a shame, as it has a selection of unique sights and landmarks to visit that are amazing enough to be unforgetta…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 10:03am -
  • Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Ã…land Islands, Finland
    Situated half-way between the Finnish city of Turku and Swedish capital Stockholm, the Ã…land Islands are that rarest of travel curiosities - an undiscovered gem. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole calls in for a visit to see ju…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 9:56am -
  • News: Temptation Cancun Resort to reopen this autumn
    When it reopens fall 2017, Temptation Cancun Resort’s sensually anticipated redesign by Karim Rashid will redefine the destination’s skyline. Inspired by the human body, the resort’s smooth, multi-collared seven story façade w…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 8:34am -
  • Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Bensley’s vision realised at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay
    Few names carry more cachet than Bill Bensley’s when it comes to resort design in Asia. His latest project, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, continues to build on his already impressive legacy with a property that delivers enriching experienc…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 8:26am -
  • News: AccorHotels reports strong increase in sales for first quarter
    AccorHotels has reported consolidated first-quarter 2017 revenue of €425 million, up 35.4 per cent on last year, or 7.4 per cent on a like-for-like basis. Changes in the scope of the company made a positive contribution of €82 million, or…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 8:16am -
  • News: Iberia unveils new Premium Economy cabin
    Iberia has presented its first Airbus A340/600 fitted with its new Premium Economy seating section to travel agencies, major companies, and the media. Iberia Maintenance will install the new seats on the aircraft already in Iberia’s fleet at i…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 8:04am -
  • News: Silversea christens Silver Muse in Monaco
    Ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea has welcomed distinguished guests to Port Hercule in the heart of Monaco for an intimate ceremony marking the christening of the latest addition to the fleet, Silver Muse. 
    - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 7:44am -
  • News: Airbus delivers first ever A321neo to Virgin America
    Airbus has delivered the first-ever A321neo. The latest generation aircraft powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines was handed over to Virgin America, an all-Airbus operator, at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 7:33am -
  • News: James Anderson appointed Thomas Cook Sport brand ambassador
    England and Lancashire Cricket legend James Anderson has been named as a brand ambassador for Thomas Cook Sport. England’s all-time highest international wicket-taker will work with the sports travel specialists to promote their sporting exper…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 7:28am -
  • News: Rudding Park Spa to unveil roof top spa garden
    Rudding Park has confirmed its new £9.5 million spa will include the UK’s very first roof top spa garden when it opens in May. Rudding Park Spa will introduce a world destination spa to Yorkshire, re-capturing Harrogate’s spa town he…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 7:22am -
  • News: New sales leadership for InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam
    InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam, Thailand, has appointed Jocelyn Whiteside as director of sales and marketing. Whiteside brings with her a wealth of experience and an impressive skill set.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 5:37am -
  • News: Qatar Tourism Authority heads for Arabian Travel Market
    Qatar Tourism Authority and its partners will return to the Arabian Travel Market with the largest delegation to represent the country at the renowned travel industry event. The delegation comprises of 38 hotels, tour operators and other industry ser…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 12:52pm -
  • News: Emirates to cut US flights following fall in demand
    Dubai-based airline Emirates will cut the number of flights it offers to United States following attempts to ban travellers from Muslim-majority countries by president Trump. Since taking office in November last year, Trump has signed two executive o…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 12:21pm -
  • News: Sun Aqua Vilu Reef to host World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony
    World Travel Awards has revealed the five-star Sun Aqua Vilu Reef will host its prestigious Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2017 on the July 8th. The event will take place on Meedhuffushi Island in the Maldives’ South Nilandhe Atoll, with hospitali…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 11:34am -
  • News: Discover Los Angeles launches #everyoneiswelcome campaign
    Discover Los Angeles, the city’s official destination marketing organisation, has unveiled a global initiative aimed at reinforcing the message to visitors that #everyoneiswelcome. The video, released on Discover Los Angeles’ social cha…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 11:24am -

Business Travel News

    • Big Three Airlines Change Policies in Wake of United Incident
      As United Airlines continues to review its policies related to bumping passengers, it and its competitors already have announced a few changes. Amid the media storm surrounding the forcible removal of a passenger who refused to give up his seat to ac…
      - 5 days ago, 17 Apr 17, 6:45pm -
    • Jet Airways Will Codeshare on Virgin Atlantic U.S. Flights
      On April 19, Jet Airways will begin codesharing on Virgin Atlantic flights between London Heathrow and nine U.S. airports: Atlanta, Boston, Washington Dulles, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco Seattle and both Newark and John F. Kennedy in the New Yo…
      - 5 days ago, 17 Apr 17, 5:35pm -
    • Steve Singh Will Leave Concur & SAP
      Steve Singh will leave SAP at the end of the month, SAP announced. He currently is CEO of Concur and president of SAP Business Networks and Applications, but SAP is shuffling management and departments. On May 1, SAP president of Global Customer Oper…
      - 8 days ago, 14 Apr 17, 6:35pm -
    • IHG Adds Two Sales Execs
      Intercontinental Hotels Group has named Jonathan Kaplan VP of global sales strategy. Kaplan will develop and manage IHG's global sales programs, as well as strategies and tools for IHG's corporate transient, travel management company and groups and m…
      - 9 days ago, 13 Apr 17, 10:30pm -
    • Number of Companies Reporting Corporate Card Fraud Decreased in 2016
      Of the 74 percent of companies who reported attempted or achieved payment fraud in 2016, 32 percent experienced corporate/commercial card fraud, down from 39 percent in 2015, according to a January survey by the Association for Financial Professional…
      - 9 days ago, 13 Apr 17, 7:05pm -
    • Alaska Airlines Will Shift Virgin America Love Field Service to Regional Aircraft
      Alaska Airlines and Virgin America are revamping their services out of Dallas Love Field, adding four routes to boost service 40 percent and swapping Virgin America aircraft out of many routes from the airport.
      - 10 days ago, 12 Apr 17, 10:20pm -
    • Delta Is Making Up Ground on Business Fare Declines
      Delta reported solid business travel demand despite a 1 percent year-over-year drop in total passenger revenue to $7.7 billion in the first quarter. The carrier made progress on pushing business fares up during the quarter, Delta president Glen Haue…
      - 10 days ago, 12 Apr 17, 10:10pm -
    • Flight Centre Invests in Latin American Agency with Tech Angle
      Australia's Flight Centre Travel Group acquired a 24.1 percent stake in Buenos Aires-based travel agency BibAm for US$7 million. The investment earns Flight Centre "low-risk entry to large Latin American markets via the Biblos leisure, corporate and…
      - 10 days ago, 12 Apr 17, 6:10pm -
    • WestJet Hires Southwest Technology Leader
      WestJet has hired former Southwest Airlines chief technology officer Craig Maccubbin as EVP and chief information officer. Maccubbin, who has been with Southwest since 2013, will help lead "an ongoing technology transformation at WestJet" as the Cana…
      - 11 days ago, 11 Apr 17, 11:15pm -
    • United Will Review Policies on Bumping Passengers
      United Airlines is conducting "a thorough review of crew movement, our policies for incentivizing volunteers in these situations, how we handle oversold situations and an examination of how we partner with airport authorities and local law enforcemen…
      - 11 days ago, 11 Apr 17, 11:10pm -
    • Ethiopian Airlines & Air Europa Start Codesharing
      Ethiopian Airlines and Spanish carrier Air Europa have begun codesharing. Ethiopian provides connections to African destinations from Addis Ababa, and Air Europa connects to European destinations from Madrid. Ethiopian is a member of Star Alliance, a…
      - 11 days ago, 11 Apr 17, 5:45pm -
    • Direct Travel & Vision Travel Will Merge
      U.S.-based travel management company Direct Travel and Canada's Vision Travel agreed to merge. "This move is the first step towards a shared strategy to build a global company," according to a joint announcement.
      - 12 days ago, 10 Apr 17, 6:45pm -
    • ATPCO Hires Three
      ATPCO has hired Christian Albrespy, formerly revenue accounting passenger director for Air France-KLM, to lead its revenue accounting portfolio; former Fannie Mae director of information technology Dan Cimino to head IT operations; and Beth Taylor, w…
      - 13 days ago, 10 Apr 17, 5:05pm -
    • Travel Bots: Are They Here to Stay?
      Artificial Intelligence is the buzzword for 2017. AI has infiltrated industries as diverse as personal shopping, executive recruitment and medical diagnostics. Transformational fervor around AI has fizzled in the past, but AI-powered messaging platfo…
      - 13 days ago, 10 Apr 17, 12:00pm -
    • Alternate Route for AI Bots: Agency Tech
      Everyone who talks about travel bots mentions Lola. Co-founded by Paul English, former co-founder of Kayak, Lola has raised nearly $45 million in series A and B funding rounds; it announced the latest in February, along with news about app enhancemen…
      - 13 days ago, 10 Apr 17, 7:30am -
    • Qantas Will Offer Free Wi-Fi Across Domestic Fleet by 2018
      Qantas is testing free inflight Wi-Fi on domestic flights aboard a Boeing 737-800 and by mid-year will begin expanding it across its 80 Airbus 330s and Boeing 737s. Qantas expects to complete the task by the end of 2018. It is using global broadband…
      - 16 days ago, 7 Apr 17, 5:15pm -
    • Microsoft Harnesses Machine Learning for Sourcing
      "The only way that we can serve our travelers is by turning them into data," travel management provocateur Eric Bailey told BTN. Bailey is better known as Microsoft's director of travel, venue sourcing and payment. He has pretty much ditched travel p…
      - 16 days ago, 7 Apr 17, 4:20pm -
    • Startup Ditches Mega for App Solution
      ThoughtSpot may be a small company, with 200 employees and just 100 actual travelers, but it's got big ambitions and international office locations. The venture-backed business intelligence software startup began operations two-and-a-half years ago.…
      - 16 days ago, 7 Apr 17, 4:20pm -
    • U.S. Big Three Carriers Had Above Average On-Time Performances in March
      All three of the largest U.S. carriers recorded above average on-time performances among North American carriers in March, according to FlightStats. Delta led the way with a rate of 83.8 percent. Carriers on average got 80.3 percent of flights to the…
      - 16 days ago, 7 Apr 17, 3:20pm -
    • Sabre Grows Hotel Content Via Expedia
      The Expedia lodging properties available through Sabre Travel Network have grown from 63,000 to 87,000, including full-service hotels and resorts, B&Bs, small inns, airport hotels, boutique hotels, budget hotels and serviced apartments. The enhanced…
      - 16 days ago, 6 Apr 17, 9:40pm -
    • Business Travelers Expect Consistency That Airbnb Can't Deliver
      How would you define convenience for a traveler checking into a hotel for business travel? Is it knowing that there will be someone waiting at the front desk to assist you 24/7? Is it providing standard in-room amenities, such as daily clean sheets a…
      - 16 days ago, 6 Apr 17, 7:10pm -
    • Global Air Travel Demand Growth Remained Strong in February
      Global air travel demand showed "strong growth" in February amid low fares and improving economic conditions, according to the International Air Transport Association. On a global basis, traffic increased 4.8 percent in February. That is well below…
      - 16 days ago, 6 Apr 17, 6:05pm -
    • Competition Heats Up for Small Meetings Tech
      This week, small meetings booking technology Bizly will introduce a messaging platform designed for more complex bookings, as well as a management app for enterprise clients to manage approvals and track both booking activity and small meetings spend…
      - 17 days ago, 6 Apr 17, 12:00pm -
    • Abacus Allows Managers to Customize Their Views of Expenses
      Expense management system Abacus' new Live Reports function allows managers to view expenses awaiting approval by such groupings as employee, expense type, project and department. Managers can customize the categories. Previously, CEO Omar Qari expla…
      - 17 days ago, 5 Apr 17, 8:55pm -
    • AirAsia Will Provide Content in Concur Travel
      Low-cost carrier AirAsia Group will provide content on Concur Travel. Concur also will provide access to corporate content for those customers that have negotiated agreements with AirAsia. AirAsia Group serves Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Phili…
      - 17 days ago, 5 Apr 17, 6:30pm -
    • Adelman CEO Title Switches Hands
      Andrew McGraw will become CEO and join the board of travel management company Adelman on May 1. He succeeds Bob Chaiken, who will become vice chairman. McGraw joins from Altus Alliance, which helps companies grow revenue. He also has worked for Deem/…
      - 17 days ago, 5 Apr 17, 6:25pm -
    • Alaska Airlines Adds to Portland Presence
      Alaska Airlines will boost service from Portland, Ore., with daily round-trip service to Detroit beginning Aug. 30 and to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport beginning Nov. 6. Alaska holds the largest share of flights in Portland, and th…
      - 17 days ago, 5 Apr 17, 6:25pm -
    • Impending EU Regulations Could Pose Hurdles for Corporate Cards
      Proposed European Union rules for beefing up card security could make the booking and payment processes that occur through travel management companies and online corporate booking tools unworkable, AirPlus International has warned. The second Payment…
      - 18 days ago, 4 Apr 17, 10:00pm -
    • Interchange Regulation Leads to ?12 million Dent in AirPlus Profits in 2016
      AirPlus International lost 127,000 corporate cardholders in 2016 as a direct consequence of the European Union Interchange Fee Regulation, according to the Lufthansa Group payments subsidiary. Profitability was dented by ?12 million and, said managin…
      - 18 days ago, 4 Apr 17, 9:50pm -
    • International Travel to U.S. Actually Rose YOY in February
      The growth rate of inbound international travel to the U.S. outpaced that of domestic travel in February, although a drop-off related to President Donald Trump's visa and immigration policies likely is looming, according to the U.S. Travel Associatio…
      - 18 days ago, 4 Apr 17, 9:20pm -
    • JetBlue Adds Mint to San Diego & Las Vegas Routes
      JetBlue will expand its premium Mint service to three new routes this year and is expanding service on some existing routes. By the end of the year, the carrier projects, Mint will be available on 70 daily flights, one out of every 14 that JetBlue op…
      - 18 days ago, 4 Apr 17, 9:15pm -
    • SMM & Venue Security: The Most Important Conversation You're Probably Not Having
      Meetings security is a tough topic, especially when both the venue and the planner concentrate on liability instead of the larger goal. The result is a gaping hole in risk management that should keep both parties of the contract up at night. Excellen…
      - 19 days ago, 3 Apr 17, 9:50pm -
    • Best Western Launches Group RFP Tool
      Best Western Hotels & Resorts has launched the BW Groups RFP Tool to simplify and improve the group booking process for BW hotels and customers. To create the tool, BW partnered with HotelPlanner, an online services provider for group hotel sales and…
      - 19 days ago, 3 Apr 17, 9:30pm -
    • American Airlines' New Sales Strategy
      American Airlines is pouring resources into its sales efforts this year, including a significant buildup of its sales team under SVP of global sales Alison Taylor, as the carrier seeks to reclaim corporate market share. Taylor, who joined the airline…
      - 22 days ago, 31 Mar 17, 9:05pm -
    • Australia Institutes Precautionary Aviation Security Requirements
      The Australian government has instituted "increased security measures" for flights from Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai but is not imposing a ban on onboard electronic devices, as the U.S. and U.K. have done, according to Minister for Infrastructure and Tr…
      - 22 days ago, 31 Mar 17, 8:25pm -
    • Revitalizing Amex GBT with KDS
      When Oliver Quayle joined KDS to lead product marketing in 2010, he didn't want to "market a terrible product that's just the same as everyone else's." So, Dean Forbes, CEO at the time, told him to fix it, Quayle told BTN payment and expense editor J…
      - 23 days ago, 30 Mar 17, 10:05pm -
    • Business Transient & Group Hotel Bookings Slowed in March
      Business transient and group bookings for the next 12 months at North American hotels are down from this same time last year, according TravelClick. "The advance-booking pace for March is disappointing, especially considering the annual spring reserv…
      - 23 days ago, 30 Mar 17, 9:45pm -
    • Qatar Responds to Electronics Ban with Loaner Laptops
      Qatar Airways plans to loan laptops to business class passengers to mitigate the U.S. ban of onboard laptops initiated last week. Beginning next week, the carrier will provide at the gate a USB for business class passengers to upload work they need d…
      - 23 days ago, 30 Mar 17, 8:30pm -
    • BCD M&E Continues Sales Team Expansion
      BCD Meetings & Events has expanded its enterprise solutions team, adding Shauna Whitehead as VP of global account management and Nancy Medoff as VP of global sales. Whitehead will grow BCD M&E's reach within its global client base. She joins the team…
      - 24 days ago, 29 Mar 17, 9:55pm -
    • Cvent Clients' Top Meetings Hotels
      Meetings technology and hotel network provider Cvent has named its 2017 top meetings hotels in the U.S. and EMEA and released its inaugural list of top Asia/Pacific meetings hotels after debuting its first list of top destinations for Asia/Pacific me…
      - 24 days ago, 29 Mar 17, 8:20pm -
    • Delta & Korean Air Will JV on Schedules & Revenue Sharing
      Delta and Korean Air have formed a JV that will include schedule coordination and revenue sharing on transpacific flights. Pending regulatory approval, the JV would create a network of more than 290 Americas markets and more than 80 Asian markets. Wh…
      - 24 days ago, 29 Mar 17, 6:20pm -
    • Private Jet Service Tradewind Aviation Adds Scheduled Boston-Westchester Route
      Tradewind Aviation has established itself as a private jet service to such tony leisure destinations as Martha's Vineyard, St. Barthelemy in the Caribbean and Vermont skiing destination Stowe. But about a year ago, it began targeting corporate travel…
      - 25 days ago, 28 Mar 17, 10:00pm -
    • American Will Invest $200 Million in China Southern
      American Airlines has committed to invest $200 million for a 2.8 percent stake in China Southern Airlines. Although each belongs to a different alliance?China Southern is in SkyTeam, and American is in Oneworld?the carriers plan to build a strategic…
      - 25 days ago, 28 Mar 17, 5:35pm -
    • GBTA Launched Virtual Payment Task Force
      The Global Business Travel Association has created a virtual payment task force to better understand hotels' difficulties in accepting single-use virtual cards, to evaluate the solutions the industry has implemented and to educate the industry on the…
      - 26 days ago, 27 Mar 17, 9:00pm -
    • ALHI Opens Global Sales Office in Europe
      Associated Luxury Hotels International, a sales and marketing organization for more than 250 luxury and upper-upscale hotels and resorts worldwide, has opened its first sales office in Europe. Located in London, the operation will focus on meetings,…
      - 26 days ago, 27 Mar 17, 8:15pm -
    • How Airlines Are Handling U.S. & U.K. Electronics Bans
      The U.S. and U.K. bans on laptops and other large electronic devices onboard flights from certain Middle East and North Africa destinations likely will last months, not days or weeks, according to International SOS.
      - 26 days ago, 27 Mar 17, 6:50pm -
    • Cathay Pacific & Lufthansa Group Will Codeshare
      Cathay Pacific and the Lufthansa Group will begin codesharing on April 26. Passengers on Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines flights to Hong Kong will be able to connect with Cathay Pacific flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns in Australia and…
      - 26 days ago, 27 Mar 17, 6:05pm -
    • American Airlines Names Chris DeGroot VP of International Sales
      American Airlines is adding about 130 positions to its global sales organization. One of those new positions is VP of international sales, to which Chris DeGroot will be promoted. DeGroot, who has worked with American since 2001, most recently as man…
      - 30 days ago, 23 Mar 17, 9:25pm -
    • Fox Rent A Car Acquires Car-Sharing Company
      Los Angeles-based Fox Rent A Car has acquired car-sharing platform JustShareIt, which allows car owners to rent out their own cars. Fox has used JustShareIt's technology for the past year to enable Fox customers to skip the counter and proceed direct…
      - 30 days ago, 23 Mar 17, 9:25pm -
    • Virgin America Name Will Retire
      Alaska Airlines plans to retire the Virgin America name in 2019, operating as a single carrier that incorporates some of Virgin's signature elements. Since it completed the acquisition of Virgin America last year, Alaska has considered operating Virg…
      - 30 days ago, 23 Mar 17, 7:10pm -

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