Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Hotels Open at Paris CDG

Hyatt Hotels has expanded its global portfolio with the official opening of Hyatt Place Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Hyatt House Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The openings mark the first Hyatt Place and Hyatt House dual-branded project in France and bring the number of Hyatt-branded hotels across the country to twelve as the Hyatt brand expands globally in markets that matter most to guests and World of Hyatt members. The two hotels are located in Paris Nord 2 International Business Park, one of the Ile-de-France’s busiest gateways, close to Europe’s second largest airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The 309-room Hyatt Place Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is designed for today’s m

Emirates Starts on Greener Road Journeys For Crew

Emirates has revealed that nearly a third of its dedicated fleet of transport buses for cabin crew in Dubai will now operate on biofuel, taking another step forward on its environmental mission to reduce emissions. The airline’s contracted service provider, Al Wegdaniyah, has committed to operating all road trips with biodiesel provided by Neutral Fuels, one of the UAE’s leading producers of biofuels, utilising locally-sourced, used cooking oil as feedstock. Emirates commissions a fleet of nearly four dozen buses in Dubai alone, to safely shuttle its cabin crew between their homes and the workplace, clocking an average of 700,000 kilometres in a normal month. Similar to operations in the air

Ethiopian Offers COVID-19 Insurance Cover For Passengers

Ethiopian Airlines will cover the medical insurance including repatriation, evacuation and quarantine costs related to COVID-19 as of 1st of October 2020 until 31st of March 2021. The coverage is applicable on all Ethiopian Airline’s international flights booked with the airline’s tickets. The global cover dubbed Sheba Comfort is part of the airline’s extra security measures to protect passengers and ensure that they travel with peace of mind. Passengers will have their medical expenses up to EUR 100,000 covered if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel in addition to quarantine costs up to EUR 150 per day for a maximum of 14 days. Sheba Comfort also includes repatriation and e

WTM Virtual Strikes Deal with Andalucia as Premier Partner

In a bid to draw more global attention, Andalucia will be WTM Virtual’s Premier Partner, as the Spanish region’s tourism industry recovers from the pandemic. The sponsorship deal is part of Andalucia’s nearly €9 million international marketing campaign – which also features Andalusian star Antonio Banderas as an ‘ambassador’ to help woo visitors back. Alongside its high-profile Premier Partner status, the tourist board will be supporting 40 co-exhibitors from Andalucia who are taking part in WTM Virtual (9-11 November). The regional government of Andalucia has allocated €300 million to help its valuable tourism sector to recover, including measures to make restaurants, accommodation an

COVID-19: Etihad Airways Adds PCR Test to Flight Tickets

From 1 October until 31 December 2020 will offer PCR tests included in all air tickets booked by customers in the UAE for flights departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport, with the exception of services to China. The airline is collaborating with Life Medical Diagnostic Center (Life Dx) to offer convenient testing between 48 to 96 hours prior to departure, at its network of collection facilities in the UAE. Travellers flying First or Business will also have the option of selecting tests at their home. The quick and easy process can be booked directly with Life Dx. Etihad strongly advises all travellers to visit for detailed information on country-specifi

Lufthansa and Austrian Trial New In-flight Shopping Platform

Due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic, most airlines had to discontinue a lot of in-flight offerings including in-flight shopping. To give customers the opportunity to shop above the clouds again, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines are now testing a new in-flight shopping experience for their passengers - via Internet on board (FlyNet). Guests will have free access to the SKYdeals shopping platform via the FlyNet portal with their mobile device during their flight within Germany and Europe. The platform is the first online marketplace on board for so-called "shoppertainment". At the start of the test phase, passengers will receive a free FlyNet Mail&Surf voucher after the sale is complete

Emirates Introduces Self Check-in and Bag Drop Kiosks

Emirates has enhanced customer’s experience with the introduction of self check-in and bag drop kiosks for a more seamless airport experience at Dubai International Airport. The service is now available to customers travelling to all destinations except to the US, Canada, China, India and Hong Kong due to additional requirements from these destinations. The 16 new self-service bag drop machines and 8 self-service kiosks complement the desks manned by Emirates check-in agents to reduce waiting time for customers during peak periods and improve the customer experience in Dubai. More self-services facilities are planned to be added in the coming months. The kiosks, which are located at the Term

British Airways Launches New Service to Bermuda

British Airways will launch new scheduled service from London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 to Bermuda with effect from 28 March 2021. The daily service will be operated by a Boeing 777-200, which will soon feature the airline’s new Club Suite. The flights will depart from London Heathrow at 14:55, landing in Bermuda at 18:25. Tickets for the new service are now on sale, with introductory return fares from as low as £510. Bermuda’s beautiful, secluded islands situated in the North Atlantic Ocean are home to some of the world’s most stunning reefs for scuba diving or snorkeling and visitors will benefit from luxury accommodation, selected by the experts at British Airways Holidays for the pe

Africlassic Rivonia Lodge Joins BON Hotels Portfolio

BON Hotels has expanded its African portfolio with the addition of their brand new property, Africlassic Rivonia by BON Hotels, from 1 September 2020. Originally owned by a family-owned and run by the Van Sandwyk family, the Africlassic Rivonia by BON Hotels occupies a unique, secluded and private position on the Braamfontein Spruit in Sandton, Johannesburg. What truly makes this hotel special is that each of the rooms represents a different African country, each telling its own story with its authentic decor and design. The artefacts inside each room also reflect a deep love for the African continent and all its inhabitants, making it a fascinating destination. This luxury property also boa

Four Seasons Casablanca Launches Smart Remote Office

Picture this perfect work setting – breakfast at one’s fingertips, a sleek office space, a private terrace, scenic views and a lot more. Well, with “Smart Remote Office,” you take advantage of an ideal setting at Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca for a productive day guaranteed. Enjoy a full-day access to one of the Hotel’s serene Superior Rooms fitted with contemporary office amenities such as a sleek hardwood desk, a modern reclining office chair, premium Wi-Fi access and a phone to conduct business calls. With sound-proof walls, partial-ocean or garden views and a minimalist design, discover the perfect office setting to work serenely. In-room dining is available at the tip of one’s fingers w

Africa Travel Week Amplifies ILTM Africa Experience

“Luxury doesn’t necessarily have everything to do with the amount of money something costs, but really the quality of the experience that is offered.” That’s the word from luxury travel expert and host of Africa Travel Week’s (ATW) recent virtual masterclass entitled The Luxury Traveller, Anthony Berklich. With luxury travellers predicted to be the first to rebound as travel restrictions ease, ATWis focusing on rebuilding the luxury travel market, setting its sights on creating a high quality show experience for international buyers and African exhibitors at the International Luxury Travel Market Africa (ILTMA), set to run from 07-09 April 2021 at the Cape Town International Convention Centr

Hotel Indigo Debuts in the Historic City of Bath

IHG Hotels & Resorts has further expanded its boutique footprint with the opening of the highly anticipated Hotel Indigo Bath in the UK. Set in a beautiful honey coloured Georgian terrace built in the 18th century, the 166 room Grade I listed building has hosted famous figures from history including Sir Walter Scott, William Wilberforce, and the Duke of York. Taking its design cues from the city’s surrounding Georgian architecture and the history of the local neighbourhood, Hotel Indigo Bath creates a truly memorable experience by artfully combining modern design and historical architecture. Guests will have five different room types to choose from including ‘Romance & Mischief’ rooms, ‘L

Qatar Airways Steps Up with Honeywell UV Cabin System

Qatar Airways has become the first global carrier to operate Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System, further advancing its hygiene measures onboard. In clinical tests, UV light has been shown to be capable of inactivating various viruses and bacteria when properly applied. Approximately the size of a beverage cart, the Honeywell UV Cabin System, which is operated by Qatar Aviation Services (QAS), has extendable UV arms that treat aircraft seats, surfaces and cabins without using cleaning chemicals. Having already received six of the Honeywell UV Cabin System, the devices have undergone comprehensive testing onboard Qatar Airways aircraft, before entering service. The airline aims to acqui

Air France Updates Flight Schedule For Winter Operations

Air France is continuing to adapt its flight schedule for the period up to 3 January 2021. In the context of currently applicable travel restrictions, Air France will operate 50% of its flight schedule planned for November and December 2020. By the end of the year, Air France will serve 170 destinations, i.e. almost all of its regular winter network, with frequencies adapted to the level of demand. On the domestic network, 43 routes will be operated on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Lyon Saint-Exupéry, most of which will offer day return flights. In Europe, Air France will serve 67 destinations, i.e. its entire regular network for this time of year. In Africa, Air Fra

Yas Island Rolls Out Exclusive Hotel Deal on Yas Plaza

Yas Island has rolled out an exclusive deal on hotel accommodation on Yas Plaza, offering discounted room rates with a free upgrade to the next room category, The 25% discount deal applies to bookings made before 20 October and is valid for stays from 28 October until 3 December 2020. Hotels participating in the Fall Sale include Radisson Blu Yas Island, Park Inn by Radisson Blu Yas Island, Centro by Rotana Yas Island, Yas Island Rotana, and Crowne Plaza Yas Island. A theme park is added to the holiday package for guests to enjoy one of Yas Island’s award-winning experiences, with more than 100 thrilling rides and attractions to choose from at the three one-of-a-kind theme parks. From thrill

Trade Registration Opens For WTM Virtual Conference

Travel trade professionals from around the world can now register for WTM Virtual (9-11 November 2020) to access the unrivalled range of online conference sessions, briefings and meetings. Included in the ticket price will be access to London Travel Week Virtual – a set of events designed to celebrate the travel and tourism industry, taking place between 30th October – 5th November. WTM Virtual will replace the live events of WTM London, Travel Forward and London Travel Week. The platform will follow the WTM Portfolio’s purpose and pledges to offer the best opportunities for travel industry professionals to connect, learn and do business. Members of the Buyers’ Club, Ministers and Media will

IHG Hotels & Resorts Debuts Voco Brand in France

IHG® Hotels & Resorts has opened their newest upscale brand voco™ in France with the opening of voco Paris Montparnasse. voco™ will also debut in the picturesque Strasbourg later this year, in the unofficial champagne capital Reims in 2021, and in Burgundy’s Beaune in 2022. Located on the hip Left Bank of the River Seine, in the heart of Paris, the sustainability-focussed hotel is just a five-minute walk from Montparnasse railway station, for buses straight to Orly or Paris-Charles de Gaulle airports. Right on the hotel’s doorstep guests will find the Montparnasse Cemetery and the Cartier Foundation. Guests can also enjoy spectacular city views from atop Montparnasse Tower and a buzzing bist

Lagos State to Develop Local Tourism Attractions

The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture has said the agency is set to develop local tourism site in the state even as it commences work on newly discovered ones. Speaking at a press conference to herald the celebration of World Tourism Day 2020 in Lagos, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, pharmacist, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf while expressing the state’s readiness to mark the event on the27th, September 2020, said the development of new sites in Lagos will help reduce the rate at which Nigerians travel abroad for adventure purposes Pharmacist Uzamat stated the state which is already among the top 5 tourism cities in Africa is eyeing the number one spot in the contin

United Makes COVID-19 Tests Available to Customers

United Airlines has become the first U.S. airline to launch a COVID-19 pilot testing program for travelers that could make it easier for them to manage quarantine requirements and entry conditions of popular destinations around the world. Starting on October 15, customers traveling on United from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Hawaii will have the option to take a rapid test at the airport or a self-collected, mail-in test ahead of their trip. The rapid Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test – administered by GoHealth Urgent Care and their partner Dignity Health – provides results in approximately 15 minutes and will be available to United customers on the same day as their flight departi

Qatar Airways Offers Passengers Free On-board Wi-Fi

For the next 100 days, Qatar Airways is now offering all passengers free on-board Super Wi-Fi connectivity, in celebration of equipping more than 100 of its aircraft with high-speed internet. From 25 September 2020 until 2 January 2021, all passengers can stay connected with family, friends and colleagues free-of-charge using the Wi-Fi connectivity on board. Qatar Airways now offers the largest number of aircraft equipped with high-speed broadband connectivity in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. More than 100 Qatar Airways aircraft have been fitted with the high-speed Super Wi-Fi service, using the GX Aviation technology from global mobile satellite communications provider, Inmarsat.



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