News: ITB Asia welcomes record visitor numbers

Held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, the three-day conference and exhibition recorded an impressive 25,000 business appointments this year.



News: Delta Air Lines to add Edinburgh-Boston connection from May

Complementing the airline’s existing daily service to New York-JFK, the seasonal Boston route will offer customers more travel options from Edinburgh to the United States, with two flights every day during the peak summer months.



News: Uniworld unveils plans for four new ships

New ships will launch on the Nile in Egypt, the Douro in Portugal and the Mekong in Vietnam in 2020, followed by a new ship on the Volga in Russia in 2021.



News: Acquisitions drive strong revenue growth in third quarter at Accor

AccorHotels has reported revenue of €1,033 billion for the third quarter, up 22 per cent. The increase comes following the acquisition of Mövenpick and Australia-based Mantra.



Focus: A startup company MUST2GO launches a unique B2B-platform for tourism

Personal travel guide MUST2GO, offering entertainment in 22 countries, launches a unique B2B platform for travel agencies. Connecting to the platform allows travel agencies to carry out work with a wide range of entertainment products quickly and effortlessly. In their turn, the agencies’ clients get access to entertainment, excursions and transfers in all major tourist regions of the world, at the best prices and with round-the-clock support in English, Arabic and Russian.



News: Raffles Singapore opens suite reservations ahead of 2019 return

Raffles Singapore opened suite reservations for stays next year, ahead of its reopening in mid-2019. The reopening of Raffles will continue to offer luxurious all-suite accommodations with an expanded suite count of 115.



News: Anantara launches new Experiences Campaign

Anantara Hotels & Resorts had launched a new Experiences Campaign, a carefully curated collection of moments designed to distil the essence of a destination into a relatable and accessible yet distinctive activity.



Focus: Leading luxury vacation rental company exceptional villas announces major expansion into new markets

Exceptional Villas one of the world’s most trusted vacation rental companies announced today that they are expanding their luxury portfolio into many new markets across the world. The expansion is led by customer demand and is part of a strategic growth plan to become the world’s leading luxury vacation rental service company.



News: British Airways woos pilots of tomorrow with Heathrow exhibition

British Airways unveiled what could be its pilot class of 2022 last night, as 100 students were given the chance to give flying a go, at the airline’s headquarters near Heathrow.



News: AccorHotels appoints Brown to vice president, wellness, role

Brown joins AccorHotels from Resense Spas, where he most recently held the position of global design director and was responsible for managing corporate strategies, wellbeing concepts and related design services.



News: Stobart Air to launch Newquay-Southend service in April

Cornwall Airport Newquay has confirmed that Stobart Air, a Flybe franchise partner, will add year-round services to London Southend starting in April next year.



News: Cosi tops out second property in Thailand

Centara Hotels & Resorts has topped out its second Cosi branded hotel, in North Pattaya. The affordable lifestyle brand provides the freedom-loving smartphone generation with relaxed, connected travel experiences at accessible prices.



News: Cobalt Air ceases operations as talks with creditors collapse

Cyprus-based airline Cobalt Air has ceased operations after failing to agree new financial arrangements with creditors. Passengers with outstanding tickets were urged not to go to Larnaca or any other airport, as no further departures were planned.



News: Gatwick moots routine use of standby runway to boost capacity

Gatwick Airport has set out a controversial vision for its future with the publication of a new draft master plan. The plan is being announced to the airport’s independent consultative committee GATCOM which meets today.



News: Mövenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel reopens in Jordan

Highlights of the revamp include 90 contemporary rooms decorated in natural tones and featuring modern showers and attractive tile flooring that create a relaxed ambiance at this fortress-style hotel.



News: MSC Cruises signs with Fincantieri for four new luxury ships

MSC Cruises and Fincantieri have announce the signing of a memorandum of agreement for the construction of four ultra-luxury cruise ships. The deal is valued at more than €2 billion.



News: Virgin Atlantic partners with Donal Skehan for new culinary offering

Virgin Atlantic has today unveiled a partnership with award-winning food writer and television host Donal Skehan to reinvent their dining experience at 38,000ft.



News: Heathrow promises biometric revolution next summer

Heathrow has announced plans for a full-scale roll out of new biometric services from next summer. The new technology will be a first for the airport and will streamline the passenger journey through Heathrow from check-in to take-off.



News: Rosewood unveils plans for four new hotels in Asia

Rosewood Hotel Group has signalled the next chapter of its Asian expansion with appointments to manage four key properties. These include Rosewood Shenzhen, due to open in 2022, Rosewood Hermana Mayor (2023), New World Jaipur Resort (2023) and Rosewood Shanghai (2024.)



News: NoMad Las Vegas welcomes first guests at Park MGM

NoMad Las Vegas officially opened its doors to the public earlier, bringing the refinement of a European home to Park MGM, the city’s newest resort.