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Airbus supports Grand Prix Abu Dhabi

Airbus, a leading provider of secure communications and collaboration solutions, was chosen as the official secure communications technology provider for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Formula 1 race security teams and coordinators, used the company’s Tetra network solutions to safeguard the venue and secure smooth performance during the event which took place between the […]

Exactly Where Do Women Belong? In Champagne!

Champagne belongs to women, from the ground and the grape, to the fermentation, bottling and drinking. Marie Antoinette noted that champagne made women beautiful and Empress Josephine enjoyed her Ruinart, although her supply was cut when she refused to pay her bills after her divorce. Odette Pol-Roger, a BFF with the late Sir Winston Churchill, […]

Hotel History: The Wales Hotel

One of the most charming historic hotels in New York, the Wales Hotel is closing its doors in 2020. It opened in 1902 as the 92-room Hotel Chastaignery on 92nd Street and Madison Avenue in the neighborhood called Carnegie Hill. After four name changes over one hundred years it became the Hotel Wales in 2000. […]

Satan does not fly American Airlines!

Florida resident Swati Runi Goyal was awaiting takeoff aboard an American Airlines flight to Las Vegas on the day before Halloween, when an airline employee approached her and demanded that she immediately changed out of a shirt proclaiming ‘Hail Satan’, otherwise threatening to remove her from the flight over the shirt’s ‘offensive’ message. In addition […]

Scorpion attacks United Airlines passenger on San Francisco-Atlanta flight

A female passenger on United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Atlanta was bitten by a scorpion mid-flight. A woman who felt a stinging sensation reportedly inspected herself in the aircraft’s bathroom, only to discover a scorpion in the leg of her pants. The arachnid was eventually captured by the plane’s crew. The woman was […]

ICAO is 75: Happy International Civil Aviation Day!

Seventy-five years after ICAO’s foundation, the International Civil Aviation network carries over four billion passengers annually. The global Air Transport sector supports 65.5 million jobs and USD 2.7 trillion in global economic activity, with over 10 million women and men working within the industry to ensure 120,000 flights and 12 million passengers a day are […]

African Tourism Board President heads to Routes Africa in Mombasa

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles former Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Minister and President of the African Tourism Board, was in Nairobi before heading to Mombasa for Routes Africa 2019. Founded in 2018, the African Tourism Board is an association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel […]

Universities embracing Tourism as a vehicle for Sustainable Development

It was a cross-pollination of ideas and synergies as Dr. Lydia Ramothibe and Dr. Tshinakaho Seaba both from the Tshwane University of Technology brought representatives from the University of Mpumalanga, University of Pretoria, government representatives and NGOs under one roof. African Tourism Board Chairperson Mr. Cuthbert Ncube delivered the keynote address at the event on […]

Tourism revenue plays critical role at Uganda National Park communities

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) handed over US$1.2 million (UGX 4,189,834,069) in revenue sharing funds to the communities neighboring the Murchison Falls Protected Area. A ceremony took place at Buliisa district headquarters. The Murchison Falls Protected Area is composed of Murchison Falls National Park, Karuma Wildlife Reserve, and Bugungu Wildlife Reserve. The Uganda Wildlife Authority […]

SUNx Calls for Climate Neutral Aviation 2050 Moon-shot

Professor Geoffrey Lipman, SUNx Co-founder in 16th Assad Kotaite Memorial Address, calls for Climate Neutral Aviation 2050 Moon-shot. Urges UN and WEF to pick up the ball. In giving the 16thAnnual Assad Kotaite memorial address in the ICAO headquarters last night, Geoffrey Lipman, SUNx Co-creator and President of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), […]

Early Bird Registration Now Open for 26th OTDYKH International Russian Travel Market

Following the success of the 2019 event, the dates for the upcoming OTDYKH Leisure fair 2020 have been announced. Next year’s highly-anticipated three-day event will take place at the Expocentre in Moscow from September  8-10,2020. The largest tourism event in Russia, this fair is unmissable for major competitors in the travel industry seeking to tap […]

The Seychelles Islands Excels at the Ninth Edition of Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards

In the ninth edition of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards, The Seychelles Islands won the runner up award for the Favorite Emerging Overseas Country. Held at the ITC Maurya, New Delhi- India on November 19, 2019, the ceremony was hosted by the esteemed Bollywood actress, Bhumi Pednekar, and attracted the likes of […]

The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center names General Manager and Director of Sales

The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center has announced the appointments of Daniel Rhodes as General Manager and Marc Becker as Director of Sales & Marketing. With a unique, 1940s-inspired theme and WWII artifacts incorporated throughout the property, The National WWII Museum’s Hotel will officially open its doors this December in New Orleans’ flourishing Arts and […]

FAA seeks public comments on Boeing 737 MAX Master Minimum Equipment List

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted a revised Boeing 737 MAX Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) today for a 30-day public comment period. An MMEL is a master list of aircraft items that may be inoperative under certain operational conditions, while maintaining the safe operation of the aircraft. The agency seeks comment any time an […]

Antigua and Barbuda celebrate tourism heroes at Black Pineapple Awards

Antigua and Barbuda celebrated the success of a record-breaking year in Tourism by hosting the inaugural annual Black Pineapple Awards Ceremony in New York on Wednesday, December 4th. The Black Pineapple Awards – eponymous to the Black Pineapple that is only found in Antigua – were created solely to honor the partners, tour operators, resorts, […]

Air Serbia re-launches Istanbul-Belgrade flights on December 11

Air Serbia will operate flights to Istanbul-Belgrade three times a week in the initial phase and increase the frequency to four times a week by the end of the year. In the first months of next year, the Serbian airline plans to increase the frequency to seven times a week. With the launch of Air […]

Agra tourists now have to pay extra to view iconic Taj Mahal

City officials in Agra, India today announce that domestic and foreign tourists will now have to pay extra to view the iconic Taj Mahal from a newly-built vantage point. Developed in the back of the Mughal-era monument, new vantage point was opened just a couple of weeks ago and is offering a superb scenic view […]

Airbus logged orders for 222 commercial aircraft in November

Airbus marked another month of high-volume bookings with new orders logged for 222 commercial aircraft in November, covering the A320neo Family, A330neo and A350 XWB members of its product line – bringing the overall number of orders booked by the company to more than 20,000. During November, a total of 77 single-aisle and widebody aircraft […]

Lufthansa Group announces 2020 summer long-haul destinations from Düsseldorf

The Lufthansa Group will continue to offer attractive long-haul destinations from Düsseldorf in the summer of 2020. The two New York airports Newark (EWR) and John-F.-Kennedy (JFK) as well as Fort Myers (RSW) and Miami (MIA) in Florida offer travelers a strong North American program. In addition, Lufthansa Group continues to connect Düsseldorf with the […]

Lucky 13 for Milan Bergamo Airport

For the first time in its history, Milan Bergamo Airport has hit the 13 million passenger mark, setting a new record for annual passengers for the Italian gateway. Handling just one million passengers for the first time in 1999, today saw the airport celebrate the historic moment with the lucky 13-millionth passenger departing for Dheli […]

Strong earthquake rocks Tonga, no tsunami warning issued

Strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked Tonga today. Samoa and Wallis and Futuna were also affected. No tsunami warning was issued after the earthquake. Preliminary Earthquake Report: Magnitude 6.0 Date-Time • 6 Dec 2019 13:04:47 UTC • 6 Dec 2019 01:04:47 near epicenter Location 15.284S 175.119W Depth 10 km Distances • 160.1 km (99.3 mi) WNW […]

US travel market share to continue decline through 2023

Sluggish demand for overseas travel to the U.S. will sustain the trend of the country falling behind international travel growth worldwide, according to the latest forecast released by the U.S. Travel Association. While global long-haul travel is projected to grow an average of 4.8% annually through 2023, the pace of U.S. growth is projected to […]

Who is Les Matuson appointed as Rescue Practitioner by Bankrupt South African Airways?

South African Airways is officially in business rescue and just assigned Mr. Les Matuson from Matuson Associated as the rescue practitioner. The Board of Directors of South African Airways (SAA) filed the notice of commencement of business rescue proceedings was filed with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) on 5 December 2019, as per […]

Russian airlines lost 3.2 billion rubles from Putin’s Georgia ‘flight ban’

Russian airlines estimate their losses from the ban on flights to Georgia, introduced at the height of the “high” tourist season by decision of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, at 3.2 billion rubles. The calculation of losses carried out according to the methodology of the Federal Air Transport Agency, was submitted by the affected airlines to […]

Who is airline turnaround of the year?

LOT Polish Airlines was selected for its return to profit since 2016, following an extended period of loss-making, while also resuming strong traffic growth. In 2019, it expects to carry 10 million passengers for the first time, more than twice its traffic of just four years ago. A restructuring programme started in 2012 made LOT […]

Who is the regional airline of the year?

airBaltic was selected for its strong return to growth and profitability after emerging from a challenging restructuring period. Annual passenger numbers, essentially unchanged at 2.6 million between 2008 and 2015, look set to reach five million in 2019, a near doubling in four years. Revenues have enjoyed similar growth. airBaltic’s restructuring years and the 2016 […]

Who is the low-cost airline of the year?

Spirit Airlines was selected for pioneering the ultra-low-cost model in North America, and more recently, turning its operations around and improving its customer relations. It is further evolving the model by leveraging new technology to drive up its non-ticket revenue, which should grow by 3% in 2020 after reaching USD56 to USD57 in 2019. CAPA […]

Who is the airline executive or the year?

This award is presented to the airline executive who has had the greatest individual influence on the aviation industry, demonstrating outstanding strategic thinking and innovative direction for the growth of their business and the industry. Airline executives across the globe could learn a lot from Tewolde GebreMariam who has helped deliver sustained profitability for Ethiopian […]

What is the airline of the year?

According to CAPA-Centre for Aviation, British Airways brand may only be 45 years old, but the airline has been built on a legacy that dates back 100 years to 1919 when forerunner company, Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T), launched the world’s first daily international scheduled air service between London and Paris. From Instone, Handley […]

CruiseTrends: Most popular cruise lines, cruise ships and travel dates

CruiseTrends report for the month of December 2019 was released today. This report details a picture of consumer behavior for cruise ship travel for December 2019. The reports provides information on the most popular cruise trends among consumers, including most requested cruise ships, lines and travel dates for premium, luxury and river cruising. Most Popular […]

Canada and US issue Dominica travel advisories over ‘civil unrest’

The Government of Canada and the United States Department of State have issued Dominica travel advisories. Travel warnings were issued in response to civil unrest in Dominica ahead of Friday’s general election. Two persons were shot and injured by the police Thursday morning in the village of Salisbury during attempts to quell demonstrations by some […]

FAA: Holiday or not – do not aim laser-light displays at sky

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a warning today that holiday laser-light displays aimed at houses become potentially dangerous when aimed into the sky. The agency receives reports each year from pilots who are distracted or temporarily blinded by residential laser-light displays. This creates a serious safety risk to pilots and their passengers flying overhead. […]

Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico: Creating seamless travel experience

Delta Air Lines and its Joint Cooperation Agreement partner Aeromexico are focused on providing their customers with a consistent experience when traveling between the two airlines. Over 3.2 million Delta and Aeromexico customers connect across the trans-border network every year and creating a truly seamless journey is paramount. Thus, by looking at all aspects of […]

Largest national park in East Africa set in Tanzania

The President of Tanzania has signed into a law a proposal endorsed by the Tanzanian parliament to establish the largest national park in East Africa. The Tanzanian President, Dr. John Magufuli had signed the document recently after the Tanzanian parliament approved a proposal on September 10th this year to establish the new park that will […]

MCB Tour Championship in Seychelles starts off with Pro-Am Competition

Following its first leg from Madagascar, the MCB Tour Championship 2019 continues its journey in the Seychelles at Constance Lemuria, Praslin. The well anticipated competition leg of the Indian Ocean swing will be held on our shores from Thursday December 5, 2019 to Saturday December 7, 2019. Warming up for the big day, the 48 […]

South African Airways Bankruptcy: What is next for SAA passengers and African Tourism?

South African Airways is considered one of the most important airline connectors in Africa. Together with Ethiopian Airlines and Egypt Air, the carrier is a member of the Star Alliance Group connecting directly to other major international carriers including United Airlines, the Lufthansa Group or Singapore Airlines. Headquartered in Airways Park at O.R Tambo International […]