Grand Central Hotel to open in June

Grand Central Hotel to open in June Hastings Hotels has announced that the Grand Central Hotel will open on June 18th and the first guests to check-in will be a group of international delegates attending the prestigious Hosts Global Forum. The forum, which was secured in a combined effort by Hastings Hotels, Tourism Northern Ireland, and Moloney & Kelly, is an influential global MICE event being held in Europe for the first time having previously been hosted in Boston, New Orleans, Miami and Mexico. Caitriona Lavery, group sales manager of…

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Heathrow Hub launches legal challenge to airport expansion

Heathrow Hub launches legal challenge to airport expansion Heathrow Hub has formally complained to the Competition & Markets Authority about the behaviour of Heathrow Airport Ltd regarding airport expansion. Heathrow Hub is an independent proposal to expand Heathrow Airport via an extended northern runway. The complaint, submitted on Heathrow Hub’s behalf by its legal advisers DAC Beachcroft, contends that Heathrow Airport has abused its dominant market position as the nation’s only hub airport by effectively and unfairly vetoing the northern runway plan. Heathrow Airport Ltd declined to provide the necessary…

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World Travel & Tourism Council calls on tourism ministers to roll out biometric technology

World Travel & Tourism Council calls on tourism ministers to roll out biometric technology The World Travel & Tourism Council has invited transport ministers attending the annual International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, to partner with the tourism sector to implement biometrics to make travel more efficient and secure. Speaking to the Open Ministerial Meeting, Gloria Guevara, WTTC president, said: “Travel and tourism generates 10.4 per cent of the world’s GDP and creates 313 million jobs. “Transport – aviation, maritime, road and rail – is fundamental to our sector’s success.…

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Manchester Airport unveils plans for 80th anniversary celebration

Manchester Airport unveils plans for 80th anniversary celebration Manchester Airport has announced a wide-ranging programme of activity to celebrate its 80th birthday with passengers, communities and colleagues past and present. The airport’s “oak” anniversary celebrations will emphasise its regional roots and global branches, telling the story of its evolution from a single wooden hut in 1938 to the UK’s third largest airport today. Activity will take place either side of Manchester Airport’s official birthday, on June 25th, and will also look forward to how the gateway will be transformed through…

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First All Nippon Airways A380 rolls off assembly line in France

First All Nippon Airways A380 rolls off assembly line in France Following the start of final assembly work in April, All Nippon Airways’ first A380 has completed airframe assembly and today made its debut in Toulouse.  With the ANA logo on its vertical tail, the aircraft has moved to an outdoor station where structural completion, engine installation and cockpit furnishing will be conducted.  System testing for electric power, hydraulic power, and air conditioning, will be also conducted. ANA’s A380 will be equipped with a premium configuration of eight first class…

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United Airlines launches seasonal Edinburgh-Washington connection

United Airlines launches seasonal Edinburgh-Washington connection United Airlines has inaugurated its nonstop seasonal service between Edinburgh and its Washington Dulles International Airport hub. Marking this special occasion, customers, guests, United employees and crew joined Bob Schumacher, United managing director, sales, UK & Ireland, Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport and Keith Brown, Scottish government cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work for a special gate celebration. The event included a Scottish piper welcoming the first passengers from the United States and a spectacular water cannon salute as United…

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CLIA reports another strong year for cruise sector in 2017

CLIA reports another strong year for cruise sector in 2017 Cruise Lines International Association has updated the official global cruise industry numbers confirming 2017 ocean cruise passenger growth and another positive year for the cruise industry. The industry has surpassed the 2017 ocean cruise passenger projections, reaching 26.7 million cruise passengers globally up from a projection of 25.8 million. For 2018, based on the new vessel launch schedule and expected regional deployment, CLIA is projecting another positive year-over-year growth for the industry with a passenger forecast of 28 million. “Once…

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Grayling challenges aviation industry to balance Heathrow expansion costs

Grayling challenges aviation industry to balance Heathrow expansion costs Transport secretary Chris Grayling has challenged the aviation industry to develop solutions for expansion that provide value for money and benefit passengers. In a speech to industry, the transport secretary set the standards for how Heathrow should collaborate with airlines on the costs and design of a third runway. He reinforced his commitment to ensuring that the interests of current and future passengers are at the heart of any expansion at Heathrow. Grayling said: “It’s important that airport expansion works for…

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The Bodrum Edition to open in June

The Bodrum Edition to open in June From the next chapter in the growing Edition legacy comes Ian Schrager’s latest visionary concept: The Bodrum Edition. Schrager, in partnership with Marriott International, acts to redefine the contemporary luxury hotel experience with his expanding global influence. Bringing a new energy to the Bodrum Peninsula, The Bodrum Edition is an Aegean utopia within the Yalikavak bay. Born for the world stage, the hotel is a natural Amphitheatre acting as a venue for 21st century recreation, socialising, and networking with an unparalleled vista overlooking…

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German National Tourist Board hosts culinary showcase in London

Beatrix Haun, director, German National Tourist Office, UK, fourth from right, joins guests at the culinary showcase in London German National Tourist Board hosts culinary showcase in London The German National Tourist Board UK & Ireland hosted a food tasting event in London last night for over 100 guests from the UK media and travel trade. The event, which took place at Borough Market, forms part of the organisations’ culinary Germany #EnjoyGermanFood campaign.  It was co-hosted by partners Tourismus Marketing Baden-Württemberg, the German Wine Institute and Eurowings. Food tourism is…

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