News: MSC Cruises signs deal for fifth Meraviglia ship with STX France

MSC Cruises and STX France have signed an order for the construction of a fifth Meraviglia class cruise ship. Due to be delivered in 2023, this vessel will be equipped with a new generation of dual-fuel engines designed to run on liquefied natural gas.



News: DFDS appoints Hopcraft to key account manager role

Ferry operator DFDS has announced the appointment of Graham Hopcraft as its new key account manager - south.



News: Wizz Air opens base in Vienna, Austria

Wizz Air has opened its Austrian base at Vienna Airport with one of its new Airbus A320 aircraft. The newly allocated aircraft will support the start of operations of five new services from Vienna to the popular destinations: Valencia, Rome Fiumicino, Malta, Bari and Tel Aviv.



News: W Sydney continues brand expansion in Australia

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, has announced its re-entry into Sydney. Built and developed by Grocon and funded by Greaton Group, W Sydney will make waves with its debut slated for 2020.



News: Unite secures pay increase for baggage handlers at Gatwick

Almost a thousand easyJet ground staff and baggage handlers at Gatwick airport employed by DHL have negotiated a pay boost worth on average 7.5 per cent over two years.



News: Spirt Airlines to offer new US Virgin Islands connection from Orlando

On the heels of the launch of new service between Fort Lauderdale and St. Croix, Spirit Airlines has announced even more flights to the US Virgin Islands from the Sunshine State.



News: Harris to lead The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel

The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire has appointed David Harris as hotel manager. Opening late 2018, The Langley is an exquisite 41-room boutique hotel and spa, owned and managed by City & Country Hotels, nestled within 500 acres of idyllic Buckinghamshire countryside.



News: Qatar Airways touches down in Antalya, Turkey

Qatar Airways’ first direct non-stop commercial flight to Antalya touched down at Antalya Airport earlier, inaugurating the award-winning airline’s newest Turkish destination.



News: Ras Al Khaimah unveils FIFA World Cup sports lounge

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority is offering residents and tourists a chance to enjoy the ultimate summer of sport in an air-conditioned lounge located on the pristine shores between Al Hamra Village and Al Marjan Island.



News: Pegasus signs codeshare deal with Nile Air  

Through the codeshare partnership, Pegasus guests will be able to purchase flights from Pegasus channels for the Nile Air flights between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Cairo.



Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Bagni di Pisa, Tuscany

Bagni di Pisa is splendid five-star resort in Tuscany, where guests are invited to enjoy a refreshing variety of thermal spa services, as well as health and weight-loss programs, relaxation therapies and beauty treatments. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole visits to take the waters



News: Royal Caribbean to take controlling stake in Silversea

Royal Caribbean Cruises has agreed to acquire a stake in privately-owned Silversea Cruises, bringing together two companies with bold, long-term visions for the cruise industry.



News: Airbus opens fourth A320 production line in Hamburg, Germany

Making use of digital technologies and a more flexible industrial set-up, the innovative state-of-the-art line is a key enabler for ramping up the single aisle programme to 60 aircraft per month by mid-2019.



News: ibis Styles London Ealing to open this summer

AccorHotels has announced its new economy hotel, ibis Styles London Ealing, is set to open this summer. Continuing AccorHotels’ rapid expansion and adding to its strong portfolio of luxury and economy hotels, the launch of the property will provide business travellers with a comfortable and accessible hotel in the heart of the capital.



News: LOT Polish Airlines to launch London City-Warsaw connection in January

LOT Polish Airlines has today announced the 100th connection in its network. As of January, the Polish carrier will fly directly from Warsaw to London City up to twice a day.



News: Hamburg Festival to return to London in September

Hamburg Festival is returning for a second year, bringing Londoners a taste of the German city. Last year’s event brought a burst of music, tastes and culture from Hamburg to London and this year they look to build on the success, which saw a footfall of over 11,000.



News: Qatar Airways launches summer service to Málaga, Spain

The first Qatar Airways direct non-stop flight from Doha to Málaga has touched down at Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport, where it was welcomed by a celebratory water cannon salute.



News: Grotta Giusti unveils new thermal yoga offering

Italian Hospitality Collection has revealed that Grotta Giusti, Tuscany, is launching one of the world’s most unusual yoga offerings, thermal yoga in a millennial thermal cave with natural therapeutic steam baths.



News: Holland American Line appoints Winfrey as godmother to Nieuw Statendam

Holland America Line has revealed Oprah Winfrey will serve as godmother of its new Nieuw Statendam vessel. In support of the appointment O, the Oprah Magazine, has announced a three-day Girls’ Getaway cruise on the ship, starting on January 30th next year.



News: Saxon Hotel commemorates birth of Mandela with new package

To mark the forthcoming centenary of the birth of the late South African president and philanthropist, Nelson Mandela, The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa and Shambala Private Game Reserve are introducing an exclusive programme.