U.S. News Reveals the 2018-19 Best Winter Vacations

Hawaii named No. 1 winter destination in the world; Rome takes the No. 2 spot.

U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best HotelsBest Cruise Lines and Best Travel Rewards Programs, today released its annual rankings of the Best Winter Vacations

Loganair wins ERA Airline of the Year Gold Award

Scottish regional airline Loganair was commended by judges for rebuilding its commercial infrastructure since its franchise agreement with Flybe ended in 2017 and for serving its community in remote areas of Scotland in tough and challenging conditions.
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Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast Now Open

Malaysia’s ultimate destination for fun and entertainment

With a presence in more than 75 countries across the globe, Hard Rock International continues expanding its global portfolio with the official opening of its second hotel in Malaysia, Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. The 365-room property features a mix of music-inspired d├ęcor and contemporary accommodations that offer a reprieve from traditional, predictable resorts.

To further personalize hotel search, trivago acquires travel AI startup TripHappy

Trivago announces the acquisition of TripHappy, a US travel startup that leverages artificial intelligence to highlight relevant location and neighborhood information during the hotel search and discovery process. 
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Choice Hotels Launches Virtual Pay Online

First Hotel Company to Eliminate Need for Faxed and Emailed Authorization Forms for Corporate Travel
Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) has launched a virtual payment option on ChoiceHotels.com to create a seamless booking experience for corporate travelers, becoming the first hotel company to adopt this payment method on its consumer-facing website. 

Brussels Airport wins award for the best network development and airline marketing in the world

At the World Routes event in Guangzhou in China, Brussels Airport has won the overall World Routes 2018 Marketing Award, and also took home the World Routes Award in the category of 20 to 50 million passengers. Brussels Airport previously won this overall award in both 2012 and 2014; this is the first time that an airport has won the award on three separate occasions.
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Celebrity Cruises Unveils The Grand Plaza, the Breathtaking Epicenter of Celebrity Edge

Design duo Jouin Manku bring their iconic touch to more revolutionary spaces on Celebrity Edge
With Celebrity Edge less than three months from its first official sailing, Celebrity Cruises completes the final chapter of the ship’s transformational design story, with the reveal of iconic spaces designed by renowned designers, Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku of Jouin Manku Studio. 
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Fraport Traffic Figures – August 2018: Frankfurt Airport Records Passenger Growth

European routes continue to drive FRA’s passenger traffic – Fraport’s Group airports also report further growth
In August 2018, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed some 6.8 million passengers – an increase of 8.1 percent year-on-year.  Since the beginning of 2018, FRA has achieved growth of 8.7 percent, with European routes continuing to drive passenger traffic. 

Chinese Heritage Meets The New Generation Of Luxury With The Opening Of The Shanghai EDITION

  • Ian Schrager, the American visionary and pioneer of boutique hotels, brings the celebrated EDITION brand to the metropolis of Shanghai, with an unprecedented blend of leisure and entertainment within one luxury hotel.
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WTTC calls for action to maintain Europe’s Travel & Tourism competitiveness

Long term planning with communities at the centre, increasing resilience by preparing for crises, and transitioning to a seamless traveller journey through the use of technology have been highlighted during the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) first Europe Leaders Forum as three critical areas for action in order to ensure Europe’s Travel & Tourism sector maintains competitiveness. 
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2018 while Europe lead Seychelles tourism growth with 7% as at August 2018

Seychelles remains in great demand as a holiday destination; this is reflected in the figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics records as at September 7, 2018 showing that 235,640 visitors entered the country since January 2018.
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Qatar Airways Partners with George Calombaris to Create New Greek-Inspired In-flight Dining Options for Passengers Travelling from Australia

Qatar Airways is delighted to announce its expanded collaboration with renowned Australian chef and restauranteur, George Calombaris, who will create a new edition of Greek-inspired in-flight dining options for the airline starting 1 September 2018.
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TravelClick Partners with The Guestbook to Bring Its Cash Back Rewards Program to Independent Hotels

Enables TravelClick’s Hoteliers to Drive Direct Bookings by Joining The Guestbook’s Loyalty Network of More Than 600 Independent Hotels Globally
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Booking.com reveals how style can impact our vacations

  • Over half of global travelers (57%) pay close attention to their appearance every single day, but two out of five (39%) actually care more about their physical appearance while on vacation than when at home 
  • Almost half of global travelers agree that looking their best while on vacation is important (48%) with two in five dressing their best for vacation photos that are sure to make their way to social media (43%)
  • Style choices can be the key to feeling great while on vacation. Four out of ten global travelers say that wearing a vacation wardrobe is the secret to vacation confidence (39%)
  • The effects of vacation style last much longer than the trip itself. Almost half of global travelers (47%) have felt inspired to make changes to their own personal style after being on vacation.
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