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Star Alliance Gold Card holders enjoy free upgrades on Heathrow Express trains

| February 12, 2016
Star Alliance Gold Card holders enjoy free upgrades on Heathrow Express trains

Star Alliance and Heathrow Express (https://www.heathrowexpress.com/) have teamed up to offer Star Alliance Gold Card holders a special benefit when travelling on Heathrow Express trains – a free upgrade. Making use of this offer is very simple. Customers just need to purchase a standard class single or return ticket for the Heathrow Express, the fastest […]

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Norwegian reveal Europe’s sky-high surfing habits as it marks five years of inflight Wi-Fi

| February 11, 2016
Norwegian reveal Europe’s sky-high surfing habits as it marks five years of inflight Wi-Fi

New study shows a third of passengers log into social media within 5 minutes of a flight Americans and Brits most likely to show off about their holiday on social media channels Just one in ten passengers said they take a break from social media during a flight Flights to Tromsø, Malaga, Barcelona, Alicante and Madrid have […]

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EMEC 2016 Generates Significant Attendance, Social Media Numbers

| February 10, 2016
EMEC 2016 Generates Significant Attendance, Social Media Numbers

More than 400 delegates registered to attend MPI’s European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC), which ended Tuesday in Copenhagen, a 27 percent increase from the 2015 event.

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Valuable solutions to key question ‘How to Remain Relevant’ to be revealed at IMEX Association Day

| February 10, 2016
Valuable solutions to key question ‘How to Remain Relevant’ to be revealed at IMEX Association Day

Association executives from 40 countries will be discovering and developing solutions to the vital industry question – ‘how to keep your association relevant’ – to potential and existing members at this year’s IMEX Association Day. This unique annual event is taking place on Monday 18 April 2016 at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel.

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Robots and innovations are changing the hotel industry – ITB Hospitality Day

| February 9, 2016
Robots and innovations are changing the hotel industry – ITB Hospitality Day

The first hotel robot visits ITB Berlin – other hotel conference topics: digital natives, China’s hotel industry goes “totally digital“, competition among OTAs and loyalty programmes

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Top Properties for Couples Revealed Based on Millions of Traveler Reviews and Opinions on TripAdvisor

| February 5, 2016
Top Properties for Couples Revealed Based on Millions of Traveler Reviews and Opinions on TripAdvisor

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Palm-Eagle Beach, Aruba Tops in the World; Henderson Park Inn in Destin, Florida #1 in the U.S. 

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Sojern’s Q4 Global Travel Insights Report: Brazil Is a Rising Destination in 2016 with US and European Travelers  

| February 4, 2016
Sojern’s Q4 Global Travel Insights Report: Brazil Is a Rising Destination in 2016 with US and European Travelers  

Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Sydney and Reykjavik all gain popularity with US travelers this year, while US cities remain top long-haul destinations for Europeans

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LHW Welcomes Six New Members to its Collection

| February 3, 2016
LHW Welcomes Six New Members to its Collection

The Leading Hotels of the World announced the addition of six new members in Austria, Greece, Spain, and the United States to its collection of uncommon luxury hotels. The newest members join the more than 375 other diverse properties in 75 countries that embody their destinations through design, culture and cuisine.

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easyJet reveals concept designs for hybrid plane

| February 3, 2016
easyJet reveals concept designs for hybrid plane

Airline aims to trial technology in 2016 As part of its strategy of reducing its passengers’ carbon footprint easyJet has unveiled plans for a revolutionary zero emissions hydrogen fuel system for its aircraft which could save around 50,000 tonnes of fuel and the associated CO2 emissions per year.

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The Tweed Run for the 3rd time in Spetses! 15-17 April!

| February 2, 2016
The Tweed Run for the 3rd time in Spetses! 15-17 April!

The British elegance meets once again the cosmopolitan island of Spetses at the 3rd Tweed Run!

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ITB Berlin Convention: Travel 4.0 – the digital revolution

| February 2, 2016
ITB Berlin Convention: Travel 4.0 – the digital revolution

Robot services, emotions at the touch of a button: digitalization in the travel industry is the main topic of the global travel industry’s leading think tank on every day of the show – admission is free for trade visitors at ITB Berlin

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Sharing economy, personalisation and technology: the future of meetings and congresses

| February 1, 2016
Sharing economy, personalisation and technology: the future of meetings and congresses

GCB launches new resource for planners New formats, virtual spaces and digitalised services are all set to make an impact in meetings of the future according to a new study. The German Convention Bureau (GCB) along with the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) has partnered with the renowned Fraunhofer Institute, Europe’s largest application-oriented research […]

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World Travel Awards unveils nominees for Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016

| February 1, 2016
World Travel Awards unveils nominees for Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016

London, February 1st, 2016 World Travel Awards (WTA) has unveiled the nominees for its upcoming Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016.

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ABTA advises holidaymakers to book early after surge in summer bookings

| February 1, 2016
ABTA advises holidaymakers to book early after surge in summer bookings

Spain and Portugal lead the way with North Africa losing out ABTA – The Travel Association is advising holidaymakers to book their summer holidays early this year after new figures show a 6% year on year increase in bookings for overseas summer holidays with substantial increases for Spain (27%) and Portugal (32%), with Cyprus (14%) […]

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MEA results for year-end, December

| January 29, 2016
MEA results for year-end, December

Compared with 2014, the Middle East subcontinent reported a 2% decrease in occupancy to 67.4%. ADR for the year was down 2.6% to $192.82 and RevPAR dropped 4.6% to $129.98. 

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Save Money On Flights For World Travel Market Events

| January 29, 2016
Save Money On Flights For World Travel Market Events

Delegates attending events within the World Travel Market portfolio can take advantage of discounted air fares with oneworld airlines following a groundbreaking deal between the alliance and World Travel Maket’s parent company Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE).

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Innovative ideas and inspiration, business-boosting connections and networking all find a home at IMEX in Frankfurt

| January 27, 2016
Innovative ideas and inspiration, business-boosting connections and networking  all find a home at IMEX in Frankfurt

An expanded hosted buyer programme, more exhibitors and new educational features will create more opportunities to do business and learn about key trends at IMEX in Frankfurt this year.

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TripAdvisor Community Awards Honor the World’s Top Reviewers

| January 25, 2016

-Awards, Dubbed The “Ollies”, Given to Top Contributors from Community of More than 90 Million TripAdvisor Members  -San Francisco Bay Area Member Susan Kaiser Recognized as Top Reviewer in U.S.; Most Reviewed U.S. and World Cities Also Revealed 

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World’s Largest Travel Site Names Top Accommodations Including Bargains, B&Bs and Inns, Luxury, Service and Small Hotels 

| January 25, 2016
World’s Largest Travel Site Names Top Accommodations Including Bargains, B&Bs and Inns, Luxury, Service and Small Hotels 

 TripAdvisor® announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice™ awards for Hotels. Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide.

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More than One Third of U.S. Travelers Plan to Spend More on Vacations in 2016

| January 25, 2016
More than One Third of U.S. Travelers Plan to Spend More on Vacations in 2016

  TripAdvisor® announced the results of the TripBarometer1 study, the world’s largest accommodation and traveler survey, highlighting key travel trends for 2016. Conducted on behalf of TripAdvisor by independent research firm Ipsos,

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Record-breaking number of powerful decision-makers headed towards Copenhagen

| January 20, 2016
Record-breaking number of powerful decision-makers headed towards Copenhagen

Tomorrow, decision-makers working with the world’s largest medical and clean-tech congresses arrive in Copenhagen. A total of 86 executives – a record high number – will gather at the AC Forum, the Annual Meeting of the Association and Conference Forum.

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Out Now Global LGBT Travel Industry Survey & WTM London LGBT Village

| January 19, 2016
Out Now Global LGBT Travel Industry Survey & WTM London LGBT Village

First Global LGBT Travel Industry Survey Uncovers Missed Opportunities to Target USD$202 Billion Market – New research shows, for the first time, weaknesses – and opportunities – confronting the travel industry as it tries to better understand and target the important LGBT travel market – World Travel Market London and ONBC – Out Now Business […]

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International tourist arrivals up 4% reach a record 1.2 billion in 2015 

| January 18, 2016
International tourist arrivals up 4% reach a record 1.2 billion in 2015 

International tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1,184 million in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 50 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled to international destinations around the world last year as compared to 2014. 

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Variety Cruises is the Best Boutique Cruise Line!

| January 12, 2016
Variety Cruises is the Best Boutique Cruise Line!

Athens based Variety Cruises is the winner of the Best Boutique Cruise Line, as announced by USA TODAY!

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Travelers perceive Greece as a safe holiday destination

| January 8, 2016
Travelers  perceive Greece as a safe holiday destination

Online travel agency LoveHolidays surveyed clients from across the UK and found out that the majority of people would not be affected by a financial crisis when choose their holiday destination.  As Emily Finlay at LoveHolidays Blog reports:

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Lufthansa hires more than 4,000 new employees in the New Year

| January 7, 2016

• 2,800 flight attendants wanted at various locations. • Eurowings and Austrian Airlines are hiring 240 pilots. • More jobs for ground staff and trainees with airlines and Lufthansa Group service companies.

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Self-nominations open for World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2016

| January 6, 2016
Self-nominations open for World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2016

London, January 6th, 2016 World Travel Awards (WTA) has begun the self-nomination process for entrants wishing to participate in the Grand Tour 2016.

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IBTM ARABIA TO CONNECT ELITE MICE INDUSTRY SUPPLIERS AND BUYERS IN DYNAMIC THREE-DAY EVENT

| January 6, 2016
IBTM ARABIA TO CONNECT ELITE MICE INDUSTRY SUPPLIERS AND BUYERS IN DYNAMIC THREE-DAY EVENT

This year ibtm arabia 2016 will take place from 9th to 11th of February at The Jumeirah at Etihad Towers on the famous promenade of Abu Dhabi with views of the Arabian Gulf and Cityscape.

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World Travel Awards hails success of Grand Tour 2015

| December 30, 2015
World Travel Awards hails success of Grand Tour 2015

London, December 30th, 2015 World Travel Awards (WTA) is celebrating the successful conclusion of the Grand Tour 2015, having once again completed its mission to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the travel and tourism industry.

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Brussels Airlines opens Thessaloniki in summer 2016

| December 16, 2015
Brussels Airlines opens Thessaloniki in summer 2016

Brussels – Starting in May 2016, Brussel Airlines will operate two weekly flights to Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. On Thursdays and Sundays the airline will set sail for Makedonia Airport , which is also the gateway to the famous tourist region of Chalkidiki.

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“Speak Athenian. Be an Athenian.”

| December 15, 2015
“Speak Athenian. Be an Athenian.”

A new campaign for Athens, by the Athens International Airport and Marketing Greece, invites you to speak… Athenian!

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IMEX highlights trends to note in 2016

| December 14, 2015
IMEX highlights trends to note in 2016

What will be the trends and buzzwords in the world of business, in the meetings industry and in our lives in 2016? Here are six ideas and trends identified by the IMEX team that are likely to be more evident and influential next year. 1. Personalisation – is this just the start? CocaCola and Starbucks […]

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World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 winners revealed

| December 14, 2015
World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 winners revealed

El Jadida, Casablanca Abu Dhabi flag-carrier Etihad Airways has been awarded the title of World’s Leading Airline for the seventh consecutive year at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final 2015.

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World Travel Awards lands in Morocco ahead of Grand Final 2015

| December 11, 2015
World Travel Awards lands in Morocco ahead of Grand Final 2015

Casablanca, December 11th, 2015 World Travel Awards has arrived in Morocco as final preparations are put in place for the Grand Final 2015.

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Busy months ahead for meetings city Copenhagen

| December 11, 2015
Busy months ahead for meetings city Copenhagen

Copenhagen is ready to host a string of prestigious meetings and conferences in early 2016, including MPIs EMEC 2016, the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association and Conference Forum and the IAPCO EDGE 2016 forum.

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High-spending Arab tourists go on more diverse holidays

| December 7, 2015

Middle East is world’s fastest-growing outbound travel market – Young well-off Arabian travellers go on long expensive trips, ITB World Travel Trends Report finds – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin

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WTM London 2015 Conference and Events Sees a Record 18,000 Attendees

| December 2, 2015
WTM London 2015 Conference and Events Sees a Record 18,000 Attendees

World Travel Market London 2015’s Conference and Event programme experienced a 6.2% increase smashing through the 18,000 barrier for the first time.

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Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015

| December 1, 2015
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015

Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in El Jadida, Morocco, has been selected to host the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final 2015.

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North Americans head for foreign shores

| December 1, 2015
North Americans head for foreign shores

ITB World Travel Trends Report predicts strong growth for North America outbound travel in 2016 – Low growth likely out of South America – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin

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Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016

| December 1, 2015
Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016

World Travel Awards (WTA) has revealed Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania, has been selected to host the Africa & India Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016.

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